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  • Ruling in Mexico sets into motion legal marijuana

    The decision reflects a changing dynamic in Mexico
    The New York Times (US)
    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    The Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana, delivering a pointed challenge to Mexico’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against drugs. The vote by the court’s criminal chamber declared that individuals should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for their personal use. While the ruling does not strike down current drug laws, it lays the groundwork for a wave of legal actions that could ultimately rewrite them.

  • Ohio vote was against monopoly not marijuana, say campaigners

    Advocates eye 2016 after voters decisively rejected Issue 3 which would have handed control of a legal cannabis industry to a small group of millionaires
    The Guardian (UK)
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    buddieMarijuana legalization advocates in Ohio are turning their attention to 2016, after voters rejected a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational use – a measure critics said would have enshrined an oligopoly in the state constitution. Issue 3 lost in a landslide, an embarrassing defeat for backers of the campaign, who poured over $20m into the race. About 65% of Ohians opposed the initiative, and 35% voted in favor. The defeat does not represent a referendum on prohibition of marijuana in Ohio, legalization advocates said; it showed residents simply rejected the creation of a monopoly.

  • After Ohio’s vote, these states will determine the future of legal marijuana

    There are no fewer than 10 sometimes-conflicting marijuana ballot measures that may go before voters in California
    The Washington Post (US)
    Wednesday, November 3, 2015

    ballots-2016Drug law reformers in at least 16 states have already got ballot measures in the works for next year, according to vote-tracking site Ballotpedia. Two other states, Rhode Island and Vermont, may become the first to legalize recreational marijuana via legislative action, rather than popular vote. Some of the ballot measures may not get enough initial support to go before voters, while a number almost certainly will. Here's a rundown of where things stand. (See also: Weed wars: Pro-marijuana groups are now fighting against each other)

  • New UN think-tank report: What comes after the War on Drugs?

    Some states, particularly in the Americas, see UNGASS 2016 as an opportunity to rethink global drug control
    The Huffington Post (US)
    Wednesday, November 3, 2015

    after-war-drugsThe UN's own thinktank, the United Nations University (UNU), published a report entitled What Comes After the War on Drugs? that argues that UNGASS 2016 will largely confirm the current approach to drug control, despite growing calls for change. The report, based on a series of consultations involving over 50 Member States, 16 UN entities and 55 civil society organizations, considers the major political and policy trends leading into UNGASS 2016, and offers recommendations for strengthening global drug policy efforts at a time of deepening divisions.

  • Germany mulls state cannabis body for pain relief

    Germany's government has plans to set up a pharmaceutical agency to regulate the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes
    Deutsche Welle (Germany)
    Sunday, November 1, 2015

    medical-useA so-called cannabis agency has been proposed in draft legislation put forward by the federal health ministry, the "Welt am Sonntag" newspaper reported. The bill was reportedly awaiting approval from the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel. As outlined in the draft, the new state-owned body would be tasked with regulating the price of medicinal hemp and making sure the drug was grown and sold purely for pharmaceutical purposes. Patients in need of pain relief would not be allowed to grow their own cannabis plants.

  • On ballot, Ohio grapples with specter of marijuana monopoly

    One of the nation’s oddest legalization campaigns
    The New York Times (US)
    Sunday, November 1, 2015

    no-on-3Ohio lawyer Don Wirtshafter has fought for decades to make marijuana legal, calling it “my life’s work.” But when Ohio voters go to the polls to consider a constitutional amendment to allow marijuana for both medical and personal use, he will vote against it. Issue 3, as the proposed amendment is known, is bankrolled by wealthy investors spending nearly $25 million to put it on the ballot and sell it to voters. If it passes, they will have exclusive rights to growing commercial marijuana in Ohio. (Ohio's marijuana legalization ballot measure, explained | ResponsibleOhio’s MJ legalization ballot initiative ‘a bad deal’)

  • Altruistic marijuana grower is guilty but goes unpunished

    The ruling may have considerable impact on future cases involving marijuana production
    Dutch News (Netherlands)
    Friday, October 30, 2015

    doede-de-jongDutch cannabis grower Doede de Jong has been found guilty of cultivating cannabis by the appeal court but will not be punished because he had done all he could to ensure a safe, legal supply to licenced coffee shops. He is the second 'altruistic' marijuana grower found guilty in court without being punished. The government is under increasing pressure to allow regulated production to supply coffeeshops and remove the grey area between licenced sales and illegal production. (See also: Landmark ruling for cannabis grower | Dutch increasingly support regulated cannabis cultivation)

  • Government awards third ganja research licence

    Timeless Herbal Care Ltd is now able to develop an international global brand for Jamaican medical ganja
    Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
    Monday, October 26, 2015

    Canadian nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, Timeless Herbal Care Limited (THC), which has operations in Jamaica, is the first private entity to be granted a ganja research licence by the Government. The licence is the third to be issued following similar awards to the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona and University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech). The licence permits THC to cultivate ganja locally for research and development, in keeping with provisions outlined in the amended Dangerous Drugs Act.

  • Marseille : ce n’est pas le cannabis qui tue, c’est la prohibition

    Uruguay s’est lancé sur la voie d’un marché régulé du cannabis par lassitude face aux règlements de compte
    Libération (France)
    Lundi, 26 octobre 2015

    france-legalisationEst-il acceptable de mourir sous les balles, dans une cité en France, quand on a 15 ans ? Non. Il est temps de réfléchir autrement. Ce qui tue, ce n’est pas le cannabis, principal produit en vente dans ces cités. Ce qui tue, c’est la prohibition, système injuste et inefficace mais meilleur allié des trafiquants, puisque l’interdiction du produit justifie leur activité. En France, on doit se poser la question d’une forme de légalisation.

  • As prohibition crumbles, cannabis consumers are less apt to abuse it

    Alarming reports not only exaggerate the bad news in the study; they overlook the good news
    Forbes (US)
    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    Contrary to what prohibitionists assume, the increase in marijuana-related problems following legalization may not be proportional to the increase in consumption. It’s plausible that people prone to excess are less likely to be deterred by prohibition than people of more moderate habits. Problem users may represent a smaller share of cannabis consumers after legalization than they did before, which means marijuana’s benefit-to-cost ratio would improve. A study in JAMA Psychiatry provides some evidence that as the number of cannabis consumers increases, the percentage who experience serious cannabis-related problems will decline.

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