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  • Mexico president following California marijuana vote - state lawmaker

    If California votes to create a legal cannabis market, it would place great pressure on Mexico
    Reuters (UK)
    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has proposed liberalizing his country's drug laws, privately asked California lawmakers visiting Mexico about a state measure to legalize recreational marijuana. A delegation of California Democratic lawmakers visiting Mexico talked for an hour with Pena Nieto. During the meeting, Pena Nieto brought up the November ballot measure without getting into details, California state Senator Ben Allen said in an interview. "But they're clearly paying close attention," he added. Pena Nieto has said the United States and Mexico should not pursue diverging policies on marijuana legislation.

  • The DEA wants to ban another plant

    Researchers say the plan is 'insane'
    The Washington Post (US)
    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    The Drug Enforcement Administration has received a torrent of backlash from patients with chronic pain and former opiate users after announcing plans to ban kratom, a plant gaining popularity across the United States for its opiate-like effects. A DEA spokesman said that the agency has received a surprising number of comments about the ban and could ease the restrictions after further research. Kratom has been used in the Southeast Asia for recreational and medical purposes for centuries, according to a 2011 report from the Transnational Institute.

  • Tilburg to allow medical marijuana users to grow drug at home

    Strict conditions will be set on the cannabis growing
    NL Times (Netherlands)
    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    medical-useTilburg Mayor Peter Noordanus decided to allow patients using medical marijuana to grow it themselves at their homes in the city, he wrote in a letter to the patients group for medicinal marijuana users PGMCG. Conditions include that patients are not allowed to cultivate more than five plants. They also need a prescription from their doctor, have to be a legal adult and make sure that their cultivation does not cause a fire hazard. They are also not allowed to sell the cannabis they grow. While growing marijuana is illegal, the court frequently decides to impose no penalty for it.

  • How three drug users took on the might of the Russian state

    Substitution therapy for addicts is banned in Russia
    The Guardian (UK)
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    The Russian government has a notoriously punitive attitude towards drugs. Substitution treatments are banned and the only option for recovering addicts is to go cold turkey. But three drug users who have struggled for years with their addiction and have become life-threateningly ill as a result, claim that this policy is an abuse of their human rights, and are taking the Russian state to court. (See also: Russia scorns methadone for heroin addiction)

  • Cannabis industry expected to be worth $50 billion by 2026

    Legal market will gain new consumers, former illicit users
    Bloomberg (US)
    Monday, September 12, 2016

    marlboro-marijuanaThe legal cannabis industry in the U.S. may grow to $50 billion in the next decade, expanding to more than eight times its current size, as lawful pot purveyors gain new customers and win over users from the illicit market, according to a new report. Legalizing recreational use in California, where the drug is already medically permitted, is on the ballot in November, and approval of that measure alone would triple the size of the nation’s current $6 billion legal industry, according to a report from 10 Cowen & Co. analysts. Legal weed would be a major opportunity for Big Tobacco, Cowen said.

  • In Israel, booming medical marijuana looks to conquer new highs

    Israeli scientists are plowing ahead with new clinical trials in order to approve cannabis use for a wider variety of diseases
    The Times of Israel (Israel)
    Monday, September 12, 2016

    raphael-mechoulam2Israel is a well-known as a pioneer in medical cannabis. This summer, the government approved a plan initiated by Health Minister Yaakov Litzman to relax some of the medical cannabis requirements. The plan will expand the number of doctors who can issue prescriptions, remove limits on the number of growers, make cannabis available at approved pharmacies, and possibly eliminate the requirement for a permit from the Health Ministry so that just a doctor’s prescription will be sufficient. There are approximately 23,000 patients who have medical marijuana prescriptions in Israel, up from 10,000 in 2012. (See also: Israel to begin exporting marijuana soon)

  • Cannabis trade moving into other Copenhagen neighbourhoods

    Just days after the demolition of Pusher Street, dealers are moving into Nørrebro and Christianshavn
    The Copenhagen Post (Denmark)
    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Since residents of the freetown Christiania took matters into their own hands and ripped down the cannabis stands on Pusher Street, it appears that dealers are plying their trade in other parts of Copenhagen, like nearby Christianshavn and Nørrebro. "The market has moved into the area around Christiania," Tommy Laursen from social action group SSP Copenhagen said. Nørrebro residents have also observed that marijuana sales in their neighbourhood have increased. (See also: Will Christiania become a mass surveillance zone? | Police cameras in Pusher Street promptly torn down)

  • Lausanne dit oui à l'expérience du joint légal

    Lors du Conseil communal, les élus lausannois ont donné leur feu vert à la Ville
    Tribune de Génève (Suisse)
    Mardi, 6 septembre 2016

    Sans surprise, les élus lausannois ont donné leur feu vert à la Ville. Celle-ci pourra rejoindre le groupe formé par les grandes villes de Suisse qui souhaitent tester la consommation légale cannabis au travers de différents projets. Une fois finalisés, ils devront encore trouver grâce aux yeux de la législation fédérale. Le débat a opposé gauche et droite, à l'avantage de la première, favorable au test. Le constat général est l'échec de la répression. (Lire aussi: Comment «couper l’herbe sous le pied des dealers)

  • Ketamine should be kept off worldwide illegal drugs list, doctors say

    Ketamine is used as the sole available safe anaesthetic in many parts of the world
    The Telegraph (UK)
    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    ketamine-ampoule2The powerful tranquiliser ketamine should be kept off a worldwide illegal drugs list despite it being abused by clubbers, doctors are arguing. They say it should always be treated as a medicine and not be placed under United Nations illicit drug restrictions. The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists is calling for global support for its initiative to protect ketamine's status as an essential medicine for anaesthesia and pain relief. China and other countries which have a problem with ketamine abuse want the drug included on the UN schedule for controlled drugs.

  • An unprecedented number of states will vote on marijuana this fall

    As campaigning shifts into high gear in the fall, here's a rundown of where marijuana will be on the ballot in November
    Washington Post (US)
    Friday, September 2, 2016

    More states than ever will consider easing restrictions on marijuana use this November: Voters in five states will decide whether to fully legalize recreational use, while voters in four more will weigh in on whether to allow medical marijuana. The outcome of these initiatives could set the tone for the national marijuana legalization discussion going forward. Big state victories for the pro-marijuana contingent -- recreational weed in California, medical marijuana in Florida -- could widen the gap between state and federal marijuana policies, ratcheting up pressure on Congress and the next presidential administration to provide a fix.

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