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New data on cannabis availability, use and treatment from the AIHW further supports the urgent need for sensible cannabis regulation. 

Following the release of new data from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Penington Institute is calling for urgent attention from governments to reduce community harms by introducing a regulated cannabis market for adult use.   The AIHW Trends in Cannabis Availability, Use, and Treatment in Australia, 2013–14 to 2021–22 report reveals findings in cannabis […]

Cannabis Use Disorder: Insights from Professor Nick Lintzeris  

Join addiction medicine specialist, Professor Nick Lintzeris, for a free webinar on the role of medicinal cannabis as a treatment approach for people living with cannabis use disorder. Professor Lintzeris’ experience is that agonist or substitution treatment can be effective for treating substance use disorders (for example, methadone, buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, nicotine for […]

A call for urgent cannabis policy reform in Victoria: The community has spoken

Key points:  New research (November 2023) commissioned by Penington Institute shows Victorians unequivocally support cannabis regulation for adult personal use, recognising the critical and urgent need to mitigate the harms of the current approach. The research also confirms an overriding community sentiment that our current laws and policies remain starkly misaligned and outdated.  The research, […]

Global Perspectives on Australia’s Cannabis Future series: Economics of cannabis regulation

This webinar has ended. To watch a recording, click the Register for Webinar button. Penington Institute is delighted to invite you to the fourth webinar in our Global Perspectives on Australia’s Cannabis Future series: Economics of cannabis regulation.  In this webinar, we are going to explore the commercial and economic aspects of regulated cannabis markets; […]

National drug survey reveals increased community support for cannabis regulation alongside other sensible drug policy reforms

The results of the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2022-23 (NDSHS) released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reinforce a clear message that Australians are sending to policymakers: Australia is ready for cannabis policy reform.   According to the survey, 45 per cent of Australians support legalising and regulating cannabis, a jump […]

VICE: Medical Marijuana Australia – The VICE Guide on How To Get It

John Ryan, Penington Institute CEO, was recently featured in VICE Australia’s comprehensive guide on medicinal cannabis (also known as a medical marijuana). He spoke about the continuing challenges with patient access to medicinal cannabis as outlined in our Cannabis in Australia 2022 and 2023 reports. Read the full guide here:

The Medical Republic: We’re on the path to legal recreational cannabis

Last week, Penington Institute posed the question, “Can a regulated cannabis market improve public health?” in a new webinar series exploring cannabis regulation. Read this great article from The Medical Republic on some key points made by our expert panel. This was the first webinar in our series titled “Global Perspectives on Australia’s Cannabis Future”, where we […]