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NSW’s Planned Hemp Processing Facility Featured in Australian News

A project being led by Australian hemp pioneer, Langdon Brown, to build a $50 million hemp fibre processing plant, was recently featured in the Australian media publication, Pondering Pot:

CEO of Southern Cross Hemp, Langdon Brown, joins the Utah CBD Collective for an interview

Cannabis pioneer Langdon Brown to build Australia’s first factory for processing of hemp fibre for domestic and export markets

A snippet from the Tweed Valley Weekly’s coverage of Southern Cross Hemp Oil CEO Langdon Brown’s hemp processing factory announcement

Southern Cross Hemp Oil CEO Langdon Brown, who played an instrumental role over the last decade in bringing about the legalization of medicinal cannabis in Australia, and who has since become one of the country’s leading advocates for industrial uses of hemp, has secured $50 million in financial backing to build Australia’s first manufacturing plant for processing hemp fibre.

Mr. Brown hopes to make Australia a leading producer of feedstock for hemp-based products, including hemp-based plastic beads that hold the potential to revolutionize food packaging by providing a biodegradable alternative to traditional non-biodegradable plastic.

Mr. Brown told Australian media that he is looking to purchase up to 100 acres of land for the maufacturing plant in Murwillumbah, that would also include a tourism facility where the public could be educated about hemp’s many commercial and industrial uses.

Several major Australian media publications covered the announcement of the upcoming hemp processing plant, including the Gold Coast Bulletin, the Herald Sun, and the Tweed Daily News.

New Podcast Interview with Langdon Brown on Banana Talk

Langdon Brown, who recently launched New South Wale’s first DPI approved mobile hemp oil extraction company, Southern Cross Hemp Oil, had an interview on the Banana Talk podcast:

Cannabis Pioneer First to Receive Permission from Australian DPI for Mobile Hemp Oil Extraction Company

Langdon Brown, who helped create the groundswell of public support for medicinal cannabis, which eventually led to the Australian government legalizing medicinal cannabis nation wide, has become the first Australian granted permission to launch a mobile hemp oil extraction company, from New South Wale’s Department of Primary Industries.

A hemp field. Langdon Brown has received permission from the NSW DPI for extraction of hemp oil from Australian-grown hemp

A hemp field. Langdon Brown has received a NSW permission from the DPI for extraction of hemp oil from Australian-grown hemp

Brown, whose arduous journey over the last several years included successfully exonerating himself in the Australian legal system on charges of illegal supply of cannabis (see: Is This the Last Australian to Face Court Over Medicinal Weed?), published a message on his Facebook page today announcing receiving permission from the DPI and soliciting contacts for production of skin care and pet food products utilizing Australian processed hemp oil.

US Podcast Interviews Langdon Brown on How He Got His Charges Dismissed While Helping Thousands of Australians Access Medicinal Cannabis

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US-based Calacann published an interview this month with Langdon Brown, the Founder of Don Medicinal Cannabis, for their Dank Discussions podcast.The podcast summarized the key points of the interview as:

3 Dank Points

  • Overcoming trauma with the help of cannabis.
  • Beating a 15-year+ case by not giving up.
  • Traveling thousands of miles to help 1800+ sick Aussies

Link to interview:

Charges Dismissed: How a Medicinal Cannabis Pioneer Helped Thousands While Beating His Case

All Charges Against Medicinal Cannabis Pioneer Dismissed By Sydney Magistrate

On 15th November 2018, Langdon Brown of Don Medicinal Cannabis had two commercial supply charges of cannabis oil dismissed in Sydney Downing Center. This is the second time such charges against Mr. Brown have been dismissed.

Nominated for Australian of the Year in 2017 and 2018 for helping sick and dying Australias with little to no profit, his tax paying medicinal cannabis company paid $200,000+ in GST from 2014-2016

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Don Medicinal Cannabis founder Langdon Brown nominated for 2018 Australian of the Year

Langdon Brown, who is facing a trial next month for supplying medicinal cannabis  to sick and dying Australians, has been nominated for the 2018 Australian of the Year Award.

Mr. Brown has led the charge to legalise medicinal cannabis and has personally provided medicinal cannabis to thousands of people in need in Australia through his company, the Don Medicinal Cannabis.

Below is the letter confirming his nomination:

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Don Medicinal Cannabis founder Langdon Brown nominated for 2017 Australian of the Year

Langdon Brown, one of the leading pioneers to legalize medicinal cannabis for sick and dying Australians, has been nominated for the 2017 Australian of the Year Award.

Mr. Brown has led the charge to legalise medicinal cannabis and has personally provided medicinal cannabis to thousands of people in need in Australia through his company, the Don Medicinal Cannabis.

Below is the letter confirming his nomination:

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Study estimates $28 billion in tax revenue for the US per year with nation-wide legalization of marijuana

A medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado (O'dea)

A medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, where tax revenue are expected to double initial estimates (O’Dea)

A study by the US-based Tax Foundation finds that the four US states that have legalized marijuana have collected more tax revenue than they had initially estimated. The Colorado government is anticipating revenues of $140 million, which is double the initial $70 million estimate. Washington’s state government meanwhile is estimating tax revenue as high as $270 million per year.

State governments could expect to raise between $5 billion and $18 billion in total if they all legalized and taxed marijuana, says the study.

The study says that state and federal governments could levy a number of taxes on the national marijuana market, including a federal excise tax similar to what is collected from cigarettes, which would raise $500 million in revenue and a 10 percent sales surtax, like that collected in Colorado, which would raise $5.3 billion if imposed nation-wide.

Business income from the marijuana sector would additionally raise nearly $5.5 billion in federal revenue and $1.5 billion in state and local revenue. The study cautions however that this revenue could fall as competition drives down prices and total business revenue in the marijuana sector.

Other sources of government revenue opened up by legalization include individual income and payroll taxes from employment in the marijuana industry. These sources of revenue may increase as production ramps up, the study estimates.

The study predicts that prices and profit margins will fall drastically when marijuana is legalized, as a result of the much lower risk premium attached to production of marijuana once it is legal.

While some rights activists point to the repression inherent in taxation of voluntary transactions, most welcome the shift from wholesale prohibition of marijuana, to regulation and taxation, as a lifting of the degree of repression placed on the marijuana sector. All major marijuana advocacy organizations in the US meanwhile are supportive of the growing trend toward legalization and taxation of marijuana, and regularly tout the benefit of legalization on local, state and federal tax revenues.