Drugs

Senator Di Natale on the Regulator of Medical Cannabis Bill.

Over the past decades medical cannabis users have advocated to change a system which sees sick and dying people and their carers criminalised for getting relief for serious and life-threatening medical conditions.Cancer sufferers and their families and those living with epilepsy, HIV, chronic pain and muscle spasms have all reported how cannabis reduces nausea, restores appetites and prevents or eases seizures.

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Queensland solar energy installation plummets

Solar energy installation in Queensland homes has plummeted by two-thirds as compared with August 2015, according to figures from the Federal Government's Clean Energy Regulator.

That means the rate of solar system installations in Queensland homes is now less than one-third the level of 2012 since government policy changed.

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Children from hospital visit the Ekka

Dozens of sick children have already been soaking up a taste of the Ekka, with event organisers setting up a mini-festival today outside the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital at South Brisbane for those children who will not be able to make it to the big carnival.

Mother Eloise Lambourn was among the parents who joined their kids to experience the cuddly animals, tasty treats, games and entertainment.

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Legislative call to arms to combat Wicked gender vilification

The Queensland government was asked to change legislation to back complaints made towards Wicked campervans and their offensive gender targeted slogans.

Last weekend, local protests against Wicked campervan’s misogynist slogans spearheaded calls for the government to include gender vilification under its anti-discrimination laws when it comes up for review.

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Soon-to-be-reopened Borallon prison lacks suicide proofing cells

Borallon prison will soon be reopened without suicide proofing cells.

However, prisoners with a high suicide risk will not be housed in the soon-to-be-reopened Queensland jail, as fears inmates could hang themselves on so-called “hanging points” in all of the 244 cells.

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'Study Dogs' helping Queensland students read in class, and a heatwave in Pakistan killing over 180 people. (Image: Curtesy of ABC)

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Dogs to help children read aloud in schools


‘Story Dogs’, a program in Queensland, is bringing dogs into classrooms to help students gain confidence in reading out loud, by providing a non-judgmental environment.

It runs in fifteen schools across Queensland, and helps more than seventy-five students with their reading each week. The sessions see students reading to the dogs and their owners for 20 minutes.

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Port of Brisbane defends decision to ban employee with anti-coal industry car sticker.


The Port of Brisbane has defended their decision to ban an employee with an anti-coal industry car sticker. They said it would stop the security guard from doing her job properly.

Kym Garrick was fired from her job at the Port of Brisbane in August last year, by Corporate Protection Australia Group. Ms Garrick’s lawyers have said that her employer has discriminated against her on the basis of her political beliefs.

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Laws protecting the reef to be introduced next week


Laws protecting the Great Barrier Reef will be introduced into Queensland Parliament next week, according to the Premier.

When asked if the laws would limit port expansion to existing ports, Anastacia Palaszczuk said there would be good news but could not give specifics.

She said that there is some final consultation to happen, but she’s quite sure that there will be good news for Queensland.

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How effective are anti-meth advertisements?

The Federal government says methamphetamines are the most dangerous drugs every confronted by Australian society and are pursuing a new national taskforce to combat the problem.

Here in Queensland, youth drug and alcohol support service Dovetail is at the forefront on this battle.

Dovetail provides assistance to youth services seeking to update their policies and procedures for working with those affected substance abuse.

To find out more about how effective anti-meth awareness campaigns are, 4ZZZ reporter Dominic Cansdale spoke to Cameron Francis from Dovetail.

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You don't need to leave home to get high

It is now easier than ever to make home-brewed drugs with the latest discovery being genetically-modified yeast, which can be used to create drugs.

With this latest discovery, you would expect to see a large spike in drug use, but NewScientist doesn't think so.

We probably won't see a large hike in drug use – at least among populations who are educated about the risks.

The arrival of "home-brew drugs" will also be bad news for growers and traffickers, who could find themselves out-competed.

So while the idea of home-brewed hard drugs seems risky, its social effects will probably be largely positive.

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