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It’s About to Get Much Easier to Buy Medicinal Weed in Australia

While federal legislation now allows for medicinal cannabis to be grown, manufactured, and prescribed in Australia, it's currently in fairly short supply. Many patients are still forced to obtain their treatments illegally, with the country's low domestic output and restrictions on imports.

But that all may be about to change. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced Tuesday that the government is trying to speed up the delivery process to supply more Australians with safe medicinal cannabis products from overseas. 

"We have listened to the concerns of patients and their families who are having difficulty accessing the product on prescription while domestic production becomes available," Hunt wrote in a Facebook status. "We are now making it easier to access medicinal cannabis products more rapidly, while still maintaining strict safeguards for individual and community safety."

Several measures have been taken to help speed up the legal weed supply chain. First, weed grown in Australia will no longer be allowed to be exported out of the country, and secondly, the Department of Health will now allow domestic cannabis importers to source supplies from overseas without an authorized doctor specifically asking them to do so for a specific patient.

The Office of Drug Control estimates that within just eight weeks, Australians will be able to purchase from a surplus of imported medicinal cannabis from "approved international sources" until domestic suppliers catch up.

Of course, even though this means that Australia's pot supply will increase, citizens will still need a prescription from an approved doctor to access treatment. Different states have different medicinal marijuana frameworks that will affect a patient's ease of access, varying from Queensland's relatively flexible laws to Victoria's fairly strict regulations.

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Christmas’s Hottest Toy Has a Pretty Foul Mouth

Few things beat Christmas when you're a kid (if your family adheres to it). Getting up early, surrounding the tree with your loved ones, and of course, opening presents. This is the big moment, that gift from Santa—that money gift—the toy you've waited all season for is finally yours.

Then that magical toy says, "Fuck me."

That's what at least one family experienced around the Christmas tree this year. Sarah and Nik Galego, a couple in Victoria, BC, bought a Hatchimal (one of the season's hottest toys) for their six-year-old son, and when unwrapped, the little thing started to channel Regan from The Exorcist.

"Fuck me," it says repeatedly, among what can only be described as moans.

Hatchimals are sophisticated little toys that arrive in eggs, then hatch when played with enough, and once out of their eggs, can learn how to talk, walk, and all sorts of other neat stuff. The toy doesn't have a preset foreign language for it to speak when hatched, but it learns its own personalized language, which is where the mistake could be originating from. The thing is, the Hatchimal isn't supposed to talk while hatching, but this one came out of its egg swearing like a sailor.

"It was doing its hatching process and it fell asleep, and we both looked at each other, and we're like, that's not what it's saying, is it?" Sarah Galego told CTV.

Others have noticed the problem as well and uploaded similar videos to YouTube.

As the Furbies of 2016, Hatchimals sold out of stock before Christmas, and the toy, with a suggested retail price of almost $90, was being sold on E-bay and Kijiji for upward of $400. Spin Master, the company behind the toy, said that it "sincerely apologizes" to anyone having issues (other Hatchimals just didn't work), and the company has increased its customer-care hours.

"While the vast majority of children have had a magical experience with Hatchimals, we have also heard from consumers who have encountered challenges," Spin Master said in a statement. "We are 100 percent committed to bringing the magic of Hatchimals to all of our consumers."

As for the parents who bought the foul-mouthed little toy in particular, well, they're pretty darn chill about the whole thing.

"It's good at teaching him responsibility. It's been really cool watching him take care of it," Galego told CTV. "I found our little flaws with the Hatchimal pretty hilarious. We're not going to return it or file any complaints with it. It's pretty funny."

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