Mild stimulant used to be Maua’s most valuable export, bringing prosperity to all involvedThe Guardian (UK)
Friday, June 26, 2015
For more than two decades, Maua enjoyed booming business propelled by the growth and sale of khat, known locally as miraa, a popular herb whose leaves and stems are chewed for the mild high they offer. But last year the UK, home to one of khat’s biggest markets, declared the stimulant a class C drug and banned all imports, prompting Maua’s rapid descent into economic purgatory.
Für Herrmann liegen die Erfolgsaussichten bei 50:50Die Welt (Germany)
Freitag, 26. Juni 2015
Der Berliner Bezirk Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg will Cannabis legal verkaufen lassen und hat dafür einen Antrag gestellt. Es ist der erste dieser Art einer Kommune. Bezirksbürgermeisterin Monika Herrmann (Grüne) unterschrieb das 25 Seiten umfassende Papier und schickte es an das zuständige Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte (BfArM) in Bonn. In vier Verkaufsstellen sollen die Cannabis-Produkte staatlich kontrolliert registrierten Konsumenten aus dem Bezirk verkauft werden. (Mehr dazu: Kiffer brauchen Ausweis und Konsumtagebuch)
All eyes on the city as council makes ‘historic’ move toward regulation of at least 100 ‘medical marijuana’ shopsThe Vancouver Sun (Canada)
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Vancouver changed the landscape of Canada’s cannabis culture, becoming the first city in Canada to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries. The action, which will see a two-tiered licensing system aimed at weeding out for-profit dispensaries in favour of non-profit compassion clubs, comes as the federal government continues to reject calls to loosen its drug policies. Dispensary owners have 60 days to apply for a licence and will have to qualify under tight criteria, including criminal records checks and limits on where their shops can be located. (See also: Grey area leads to green rush)
City council approved regulations to set zoning controls and licence fees for Vancouver’s pot shops, a boom that’s come amid a haze of legal ambiguityThe Guardian (UK)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Vancouver has approved new rules to license and regulate illegal marijuana stores, making it the first city in Canada to attempt to control the burgeoning market – and setting it on a collision course with the country’s federal government. After four days of public hearings, the city council approved regulations that will set zoning controls and hefty licence fees for Vancouver’s many pot shops: the city of 600,000 is thought to have more marijuana stores than its 109 Starbucks locations. (See also: More than 70 per cent of Vancouver pot shops violate proposed rules)
Evidence was weak that marijuana helps anxiety and sleep disordersThe Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette’s syndrome and the authors recommend more research.
A multimedia investigation of the potential and limits of one of the most controversial plants of all timeSwissinfo (Switzerland)
Monday, June 22, 2015
"When pure and administered carefully, [cannabis] is one of the most valuable medicines we possess,” wrote British physician John Russell Reynolds in 1890, praising the substance’s curative properties. Over a century later, cannabis is on the list of banned substances worldwide due to its psychoactive effects. A devastating and dangerous drug for some, a medicine without equal in the pharmacist’s repertoire for others, cannabis is beginning to be used again in the treatment of serious illness and chronic pain.
Marihuana nach dem niederländischen Vorbild legalisieren oder weiterhin verbieten?Die Welt (Germany)
Montag, 22. Juni 2015
Die punktuelle Legalisierung von Marihuana in Hamburg rückt näher. Auf ihrem Kreisparteitag werden die Altonaer Genossen voraussichtlich einen Antrag der SPD Altona-Nord/Sternschanze annehmen, der das Verfahren beschleunigen soll. Der Vorsitzende des betreffenden SPD-Distrikts, Gregor Werner, plädiert offen für einen entsprechenden Modellversuch in der Sternschanze. (Mehr dazu: Die Antworten zur Cannabis-Abgabe in Hamburg | Modellversuch in Bremen | 30 Gramm Gras für jeden)
Controlling a substance like MDMA could discourage people from using less safe optionsThe New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Dr Paul Quigley, an emergency medicine specialist and clinical toxicologist at Wellington Hospital, says the legalisation of pure MDMA - the main ingredient in recreational drug ecstasy, which has euphoric effects - should be considered to protect users from other, more dangerous substances. He said MDMA had been around for about 30 years and was a prescription medicine used in the 1970s for psychiatric purposes - so it had been clinically tested on people. (See also: Should pure ‘ecstasy’ be regulated? – Expert reaction)
Data on one million teenagers shows marijuana use did not increase in US states where it was legalised, with fall among youngest childrenThe Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Legalising the medical use of cannabis has not led to a surge in the numbers of adolescents using it in the USA, according to new research that surprised its authors and will encourage those hoping for relaxation of the law elsewhere. A paper in the journal Lancet Psychiatry says that the use of cannabis by adolescents was already higher in the states that have opted for medical legalisation. But the change in the law did not lead to a jump in numbers.
Those concerned about the negative effects of drugs should welcome efforts to control the cannabis marketLos Angeles Times (US)
Monday, June 15, 2015
In their op-ed article against cannabis legalization, former drug czar William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn yearn for a time when fear-mongering, not facts, drove the marijuana policy debate in America. Those days are over. Bennett and Leibsohn blame the "marijuana lobby" for re-shaping the way Americans think about what they consider to be a dangerous drug. But the reality is that voters' views on pot have evolved based on both the failures of prohibition and the success of legalization and regulation.