Cannabis company signs pharmacy deal

Marijuana company Cann Group has signed a distribution deal to allow approved patients access the company’s drugs at pharmacies around Australia.

Symbion, which supplies health care products to 4,000 retail pharmacies and 1,300 hospitals around Australia, will carry Cann’s imported medical cannabis products.

The company is looking at importing formulated oils and soft gel caps with a range of cannabinoid profiles, a spokesman said.

More than 20,000 Australians have been approved to use medical cannabis to treat conditions including cancer pain, chemotherapy-induced vomiting, drug-resistant epilepsy and anorexia under a special program set up in 2016.

ASX-listed Althea has also been dispensing medical cannabis through Australian pharmacies while a number of other companies including THC Global are working towards that goal.

Cronos Australia, which plans to import medical cannabis grown in Canada by major shareholder Cronos Group, began trading on the ASX on Thursday following a $20 million initial offering.

Cronos shares were down 26 per cent to 37 cents at 1449 AEDT.

“Of course, we take note of the share price, but we’re right at the start,” said Cronos Australia chief executive Rodney Cocks, who added that the listing process had not been easy.

“We are now busy delivering on our vision to be a leading health and wellness company in the Asia-Pacific with our portfolio of quality cannabinoid brands and products.”

Cann Group said it had received its first shipment of a high THC oil formulate from its strategic partner and major shareholder, Aurora Cannabis in Canada.

Cann Group said it has completed 40 marijuana harvests and expects to launch its own locally grown products early next year in partnership with contract drugmaker IDT Australia.

Cann Group said it expects its mammoth $130 million, 34,000 square metre medical cannabis greenhouse facility in Mildura, Victoria, to be complete late next year.

That greenhouse will have the capacity to produce 70,000kg of dry flower annually, which Cann Group expects to fetch $220 million to $280 million based on current prices.

At 1449 AEDT, Cann Group shares were up 0.5 per cent to $1.015.

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Total fire ban in place for northern NSW as conditions deteriorate

UPDATE @ 4.30 PM | A TOTAL fire ban for the Tweed Region and much of northern New South Wales has been extended into tomorrow, with dangerous fire conditions expected.

It comes as the Far North Coast weather area is predicted to reach ‘extreme’ in the early afternoon on Friday.

Neighbouring areas including Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore and Clarence Valley Shires have also been included in the Total Fire Ban, whilst a local fire ban has also been imposed for the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast.

The NSW Royal Fire Service warns that under ‘extreme’ fire danger, fires will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving.

“Only consider staying if you are prepared to the highest level,” they said.

During a Total Fire Ban you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

General purpose hot works such as welding, grinding or gas cutting, or any activity that produces a spark or flame are also not to be done in the open.

The NSW Rural Fire Service & Fire + Rescue NSW are standing up additional crews in preparation for tomorrow’s expected conditions.

EARLIER @ 8.30 AM | A total fire ban is now in place for the Tweed Region and much of northern New South Wales, as fire conditions deteriorate.

A severe fire danger rating has been issued with hot, dry conditions and northeasterly winds forecast for today.

Temperatures in Tweed Heads are nearing 30 degrees today, and pushing to 31 degrees tomorrow.

High 20s temps expected for the weekend and much of next week, with absolutely no rain in sight.

Though it is set to become quite windy mid-next week, which could worsen fire conditions.

While the total fire ban has only officially been declared for today, it is expected to continue tomorrow as well.

Similarly, just over the border, the Gold Coast is experiencing a ‘very high’ fire danger, which could escalate to ‘severe’ on Friday.

A total fire ban remains in place for the Gold Coast until midnight Saturday.

WATCH: The new Netflix Christmas movie people are falling in love with

Netflix has released its new Christmas movie starring Sex and The City star Kristin Davis and Hollywood heartthrob Rob Lowe, and to no surprise, it’s already melting hearts across the globe.

The film, titled ‘Holiday in the Wild’, follows Manhattanite Kate Conrad (Kristin Davis) whose husband leaves her right before their second honeymoon to Zambia.

As the name of the movie would suggest, Kate decides to go on the honeymoon to Africa solo, where she meets a good-looking pilot named Derek (Rob Lowe).

“During a detour through Zambia, she helps her pilot, Derek, rescue an orphaned baby elephant,” Netflix says in a description of the clip.

“They nurse him back to health at a local elephant sanctuary, and Kate extends her stay through Christmas time.”

In true rom-com style, the pair obviously fall in love… but does Kate return home to New York or live happily ever after looking after baby elephants with her lover in Africa? You’ll just have to watch to find out!

Clearly, it’s everything we could possibly want in a cheesy festive flick and more #noshame and judging by the comments on social media, we’re not alone.

If you’re looking for something to get you into the Christmas spirit, this super cute holiday flick will be sure to do it.


Train tracks

Gold Coast trains suspended after person trespassed on the tracks

Gold Coast trains have been briefly suspended this morning, after an incident involving a person on the tracks.

Queensland Police were called to the tracks a short time ago, following reports a person is trespassing in the corridor.

Commuters are being told to expect delays of around 30 minutes at the moment, though it could worsen.

The Gold Coast line is currently suspended in both directions between Helensvale and Nerang.

Police are still on the scene.

School Bully

Disability inquiry in Qld told of bullying

A 10-year-old girl with Asperger’s was hit across the head, pushed from a pier and ended up hiding in a rubbish bin to escape harsh taunting by classmates, the royal disability commission has heard.

Counsel assisting Kerri Mellifont says students are subject to violence and bullying so severe they are forced to withdraw from the mainstream school system.

Submissions Dr Mellifont read to the hearing as it began in Townsville on Monday speak of students being harassed by classmates and left out of activities by educators.

Students unable to curb their behaviour are being excluded from the school, with one boy aged six suspended six times in six months for behavioural issues, she said.

The commission was told of one girl called Charlotte who recently withdrew from a private school because bullying became so severe she had stopped attending.

“Her parents felt they had no choice but to remove her after incidents that included her being pushed off a pier and hiding in a garbage bin to escape taunting,” Dr Mellifont told the inquiry on Monday.

“On one occasion she was admitted to hospital suffering severe anxiety and stress after a teacher confronted her with a false accusation that she had stolen another child’s property.

“The resulting anxiety was crippling, even affecting her walking and speech.”

In a separate incident, Charlotte was taken to the hospital after being hit across the head. Her injuries included black eyes.

The school put an individual education plan in place that was inadequate and only exacerbated her anxiety, the commission was told.

“We’ve had such a horrible journey. It’s almost like because Charlotte’s different, she’s viewed as less,” Charlotte’s mother’s submission says.

The commission was told of several similar cases, in which parents fearing for the children’s safety made the “agonising decision” to remove them from school.

“While parents acknowledge the benefits of attending a mainstream school, they remove their children to ensure they are safe, they are listened to, and they are free from bullying,” Dr Mellifont said.

She said many parents struggled financially to home school their children as they struggled to resolve the “significant barriers” they face in educating their child.

In his opening address on Monday, chair Ronald Sackville QC said education was vitally important for the life experiences of children and adults with a disability.

Parents and carers of students with a disability, disability advocates and experts in inclusive education will give evidence at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre over four days this week.

“We will hear from principals and heads of special education from three separate schools as well as the Queensland Teachers’ Union,” Mr Sackville said as sittings began on Monday.

Queensland’s Department of Education will brief the hearings about the impact of its inclusive education policy on students with disability.

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