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  • Ohio's legal weed proposal could create the world’s first 'pot grower oligarchy'

    System would create an unprecedented, constitutionally protected monopoly on marijuana production, which could stifle market competition
    Vice News (US)
    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    marijuana-monopoly-ohioOhio voters will have the opportunity to legalize the commercial cultivation and sale of cannabis this November, including for medical marijuana patients and recreational consumers. Critics say the proposal, called the Marijuana Legalization Amendment, would create a "pot grower oligarchy" by limiting commercial marijuana cultivation to just 10 sites in the state, rooted to specific land parcels that wealthy financial backers of the amendment have already acquired. (See also: Ohio's marijuana legalization ballot measure, explained)

  • Case of prisoner caught with 3 grams of marijuana guides definition of drug possession in Brazil

    No one can be punished for a personal decision, one which does not interfere with or endanger the rights of others
    Folha de São Paulo (Brazil)
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    brasil-descriminalizaA marijuana case from July 2009 inside the provisional detention center of Diadema (SP) will guide the STF's (Supreme Court) verdict which will decide whether drug possession for personal use in Brazil is a crime or not. Based on the punishment imposed on the detainee, a 55 year old mechanic, the Court will discuss the constitutionality of the article that criminalizes the possession of narcotics in the Anti-Drug Law. (Brazil’s Supreme Court to decide decriminalization of drugs)

  • Colombia decriminalizes marijuana cultivation up to 20 plants

    The court ruling further decriminalizes the cultivation and possession of the drug for personal use
    Colombia Reports
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    colombia-corteColombia’s Supreme Court ruled that growing up to 20 plants of marijuana is not a crime. The possession of small amounts of the drug had already been decriminalized. The court ruled on the private cultivation of marijuana in an appeal filed by a man who had been sentenced to more than five years in prison after he had been caught by police with a recently cut plant weighing 124 grams. The maximum amount of marijuana that can legally be carried is 20 grams in Colombia.

  • Tories' false claims about pot laws put youth at risk: drug policy centre

    In recent years, national surveys have shown a majority of Canadians want to loosen marijuana laws
    The Globe and Mail (Canada)
    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    cannabis-claims-icdspConservative Leader Stephen Harper has made Canada’s approach to marijuana laws an election issue, contrasting his government’s tough approach against the Greens’ and Liberals’ plan to legalize the drug and the NDP’s pledge to at least decriminalize it and study legalization. The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy released a list of common claims about the use and regulation of pot that research shows are actually incorrect. Such false claims about marijuana lead to policies that actually put youth at risk, the researchers say.

  • Brazil may decriminalize drug possession

    The Supreme Court should set forth, in the sentence, the criteria for being considered a user
    Agência Brasil (Brazil)
    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Brazil can match to other countries in South America that decriminalized the illegal drugs possession and show more tolerance for the consumption and cultivation for personal use. The Supreme Court (STF, in the original acronym) may judge a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the prohibition. The lawsuit was filed by the Public Defense Office of the State of São Paulo alleging that drug possession shall not be taken as a crime, because it does not harm third parties. The current law from 2006 does not establish the specific amount of possession for each case, leaving the decision to the judge.

  • The tragedy of the ganja policy

    Traditional ganja industry players have the potential to contribute to "facilitating enterprise for employment and growth"
    The Jamaica Observer
    Sunday, August 9, 2015

    The amendment of the Dangerous Drugs Act 2015 in February has laid the foundation for the development of the policy framework governing a ganja industry in Jamaica. Key Ministries have to develop policies that will enable maximum economic benefit to the nation. This has led to a foray of discussions among many Jamaicans, especially those posturing to benefit from the "green gold rush", on how best to ensure that the prospective policies result in the traditional ganja growers and the common citizens gaining a share of the "ganja pie".

  • Cannabis in Berlin: Illegal...or not?

    Zero tolerance in Görlitzer Park
    Cannabis News Network
    Friday, August 7, 2015

    In Germany the possession of cannabis is illegal. Even small amounts are prosecuted, but charges are usually dropped. The definition of this "small amount" varies depending on the federal state. Most states do not prosecute up to 6 grams. The state of Berlin, being the most liberal, allows 15 grams. However the use and consumption of cannabis is not forbidden in Berlin, it’s actually one of the most liberal cities in the world regarding cannabis. Germany's number one open illegal market to buy cannabis in public is Görlitzer Park, affectionately known as "Gorli" by the locals.

  • Surprising news about teens, marijuana, and health issues. It’s all good

    The researchers found no links to physical or mental health issues
    The Washington Post (US)
    Wednesday, August 5, 2015

    With the widespread availability of marijuana in recent years thanks to its legalization in a growing number of states, there has been increasing concern about the long-term health consequences on teens who might be able to get easier access to it illegally. A study published by the American Psychological Association in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors should alleviate some of the worst fears. The researchers found no links to physical or mental health issues -- including depression, psychotic symptoms or asthma -- in any group, even those with very high use.

  • Is Italy about to legalize cannabis?

    Proposals that would largely decriminalize marijuana in Italy have the support of 250 MPs – but does that mean Italy will be legalizing the drug any time soon?
    The Local (Italy)
    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Under a new law proposal in Italy, people over the age of 18 could cultivate up to five plants at home and growers could set up social clubs involving a maximum of 50 people and 250 plants. The scope of social clubs would be to provide spaces for growers to consume and share their product, but would prohibit them from profiting from the sale of cannabis. The general sale would instead be under the control of a state monopoly that would licence dedicated shops. The proposed legislation was drafted by the parliamentary intergroup, Cannabis Legale, and presented to parliament on July 15, 2015.

  • Cannabis petition forces MPs to consider debating legalisation

    More than 125,000 sign appeal calling for total legalisation hosted on government’s official e-petitions website
    The Guardian (UK)
    Saturday, July 25, 2015

    A petition calling for the total legalisation of cannabis in the UK has been signed by more than 125,000 people in just four days. The response to an appeal hosted on the government’s official e-petitions website means MPs must now consider debating the issue in parliament. All petitions that reach 100,000 signatures are given such consideration. The petition’s success comes after a persistent campaign on social media, with activist-linked Twitter accounts around the world calling on UK-resident marijuana smokers to sign up.

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