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  • America’s new drug policy landscape

    Two-thirds favor treatment, not jail, for use of heroin, cocaine
    Pew Research Center (US)
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    us-opinion-marijuana-pew2014Public opinion in the US appears ready for a truce in the war on drugs. A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that support for the legalization of marijuana use continues to increase. Fully 75% of the public think that the sale and use of marijuana will eventually be legal nationwide. Just as most Americans prefer a less punitive approach to the use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine, an even larger majority (76%) think that people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana should not have to serve time in jail.

  • DEA chief: Marijuana legalization just 'makes us fight harder'

    The Huffington Post (US web)
    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    fire-michele-leonhartFar from being discouraged by shifts in public opinion, state laws and even within the Obama administration on the legalization of marijuana, federal drug agents are driven to "fight harder," said Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart. Leonhart, who criticized President Obama for comparing marijuana to alcohol during a closed-door meeting, suggested that voters in Washington state and Colorado were duped into legalizing marijuana. The Marijuana Policy Project is calling on the president through a Change.org petition to fire Leonhart.

  • Patients still waiting to see benefits of 2013 law on medical marihuana

    The first home-grown marihuana could be available in the late summer or early autumn of this year
    Radio Prague (Czech Republic)
    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

    med-marijuana-dispensaryWhen the law on medical marihuana came into force in February of last year it seemed that the way was now open for patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases to use the drug under medical supervision without having to acquire it secretly in violation of the law. However, despite the good intentions of MPs who pushed through the legislation, little has changed in the past year and cannabis remains unavailable legally.

  • There's simply no case for banning khat

    The Guardian (UK)
    Monday, March 31, 2014

    Khat is as potent as a strong cup of coffee and has no organised crime involvement – yet the government wants to spend £150m on a ban that would create far more severe problems. When the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the government's expert advisors, were asked to consider khat, they said that it would be "inappropriate and disproportionate" to ban it. The cross-party home affairs select committee, on which I serve, produced a unanimous report opposing a ban. And yet the home secretary plans to do it anyway.

  • Non-psychoactive CBD oil made from marijuana plants poised to be game-changer

    Colorado innovation could open doors in other states, but some remain skeptical
    The Denver Post (US)
    Sunday, March 30, 2014

    A Colorado marijuana innovation is changing the way lawmakers in even the most conservative parts of the country talk about cannabis and is poised to create a rapid expansion in the number of states that have legalized marijuana in some way. But many marijuana advocates view the new political campaign with skepticism, fearing it could halt their movement's momentum. Taken to its logical conclusion, medical marijuana could be a "box canyon" for broader legalization efforts.

  • Caribbean countries consider loosening marijuana laws

    The Miami Herald (US)
    Saturday, March 29, 2014

    In Saint Vincent and across the Caribbean, marijuana is illegal, yet it is widely used, freely sold and openly puffed. It’s evidence of the shifting attitudes over pot. Now, for the first time, Caribbean leaders — much like a growing number of American and Latin American lawmakers — are considering loosening restrictions to control and capitalize on the popular crop.

  • Uruguay to track pot by genetic markers

    Associated Press
    Friday, March 28, 2014

    Uruguay's drug czar says every legal marijuana plant in Uruguay will be registered and tracked using radio frequency tags, and that state-grown marijuana will be cloned to include genetic markers, making sure that what's grown here, stays here. That's a much tougher tracking system than those imposed in Colorado and Washington. Uruguay wants authorities to be able to test the pot in any drug user's possession to determine if it came from a registered, legal source.

  • Legalizing medical marijuana may actually reduce crime, study says

    The Huffington Post (US web)
    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    mm-homicideLegalizing medical marijuana causes no increase in crime, according to a new study. In fact, legalized medical pot may reduce some violent crime, including homicide, University of Texas at Dallas researchers wrote in a journal article published this week. The study appears to settle concerns, simmering since the first states approved medical marijuana nearly two decades ago, that legalization would lead to more crime.

  • Une commission réfléchit à une régulation du cannabis en Suisse

    Swissinfo (Switzerland)
    Jeudi, 25 mars 2014

    L'interdiction totale du cannabis en Suisse, demeure insatisfaisante, constate la Commission fédérale pour les questions liées aux drogues (CFLD). Celle-ci suit les expériences menées ailleurs et s'intéresse au modèle genevois d'association de consommateurs de cannabis. La commission n'a pas pris position sur un modèle ou un autre, a indiqué à l'ats son président Toni Berthel. Elle est cependant parvenue à la conclusion qu'il fallait trouver une solution incluant la production, la vente et la consommation.

  • Medical marijuana users can continue to grow their own pot: judge

    Vancouver Sun (Canada)
    Friday, March 21, 2014

    A Federal Court judge granted a temporary injunction to patients who are suing Ottawa because they are concerned about cost and quality of a commercially grown product. Health Canada regulations slated to come into effect on April 1 require medical marijuana patients to buy their pot from large-scale commercial facilities instead of growing it themselves. Judge Michael Manson ruled that licensed patients can keep growing their own medical marijuana while their challenge goes to trial. The judge concluded some patients will not be able to afford marijuana if prices increase as expected. (See also: New federal pot law means little to medical marijuana users following recent injunction)

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