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  • B.C. mulls framework for expanded heroin-assisted treatment

    Injectable treatments are the highest-intensity option available for opioid addiction and require patients to visit a clinic two or three times a day
    The Globe and Mail (Canada)
    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Prescription heroin, a last-resort treatment for severe addiction currently restricted to only one clinic in all of North America, could one day be dispensed at pharmacies much as methadone is. The dispensation model is one of three proposed in a draft of B.C. guidelines for the expansion of supervised injectable opioid-assisted treatment (siOAT). The document, being prepared by the nascent BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), is a first-of-its-kind in North America and reflects the centre’s push to provide a wide range of options for people struggling with substance use.

  • “High Time” for Bio-Cannabis in Morocco

    The plant is grown in indoor cannabis green houses
    Morocco World News (Morocco)
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    The Moroccan cannabis industry seems to have no immediate plans of cutting back on its productivity. In fact, there’s a new seed in town. Cultivators are now planting “bio-cannabis.” The golden age of the cannabis trade is back on track. This is due to “special” seeds imported exclusively from Afghanistan, known for their “high quality,” revealed hashish growers to the daily Assabah. North African and European mafias are grappling to get hold of Moroccan bio-cannabis, which according to Assabah, is as expensive as MAD 250 in the local black market.

  • Over-regulation impeding bloom of Jamaican cannabis industry

    Despite the change in law, convincing farmers to actually register with the CLA is proving complicated for the state for various reasons
    Talking Drugs (UK)
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Over-regulation of Jamaica’s cannabis industry is deterring farmers from entering the legal market, and impeding development - indicating why drug policies must be tailored to a country’s socioeconomic needs. The vast rules and pricy prerequisites for entering Jamaica’s legal cannabis market are deterring farmers from seeking cultivation licenses. In addition to these regulations, “there is little knowledge, understanding or engagement with the new scheme by farmers”, according to author Simon Jones, who has published two pieces on the Jamaican cannabis industry for the International Journal of Drug Policy.

  • Big Pharma's anti-marijuana stance aims to squash the competition, activists say

    Pharmaceutical company Insys spent $500,000 to block legalization in Arizona. Five months later it won approval for a cannabis-derived medical drug
    The Guardian (UK)
    Monday, April 3, 2017

    As marijuana legalization swept the US in November, Arizona was alone in its rejection of legal weed. There, a pharmaceutical company called Insys was a major backer of the successful campaign to stop the state’s recreational cannabis measure, publicly arguing that pot businesses would be bad for public health and endanger children. But to marijuana activists, the motive of Insys was clear – to squash the competition. Confirming those suspicions, Insys has now received approval from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to develop its own synthetic marijuana, the latest case of Big Pharma battling small cannabis growers.

  • Understanding Judge Davis' dope judgment

    While a step towards decriminalisation, there’s a way to go before you can light up a joint without fear of arrest
    Ground Up (South Africa)
    Sunday, April 2, 2017

    south africa daggaOn 31 March 2017, Justice Dennis Davis handed down a judgment in the Western Cape High Court that declared sections of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, 1992 invalid and unconstitutional. The applications brought by Gareth Prince, Jeremy Acton and Jonathan Ruben argued that the criminalisation of dagga use and possession was a violation of the right to equality, dignity and freedom of religion. Interestingly, however, Davis instead chose to address their challenge almost solely within the context of the right to privacy. (See also: Dagga ban goes up in smoke - and so do some cases)

  • Thousands dead: the Philippine president, the death squad allegations and a brutal drugs war

    Now in a safe house, a former police officer fears for his life after allegedly exposing Rodrigo Duterte’s role in extrajudicial killings when mayor of Davao
    The Observer (UK)
    Sunday, April 2, 2017

    “Throw them in the ocean or the quarry. Make it clean. Make sure there are no traces of the bodies.” The words are shocking. That they allegedly came from the man who is now president of the Philippines makes them explosive. It is claimed that Rodrigo Duterte gave the orders to his first death squad in Davao, in the southern island of Mindanao, in 1989 when he was ‘“mayor Rudy”. Arturo Lascanas, a retired police officer, made the accusations of Duterte’s campaign of extrajudicial killings under oath to the country’s senate last month.

  • Dagga ban goes up in smoke - and so do some cases

    The landmark Western Cape High Court's order regarding the private use of dagga applies only to home use and cultivation
    Weekend Argus (South Africa)
    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Dagga aficionados - users of the intoxicating plant - may now legally grow and consume it in the privacy of their homes, without fear of arrest.  In other words, it’s okay to get high on your own supply. And anyone who has been arrested for using dagga will have their cases stayed until the laws governing the use and ownership of dagga have been brought in line with the constitution, the Western Cape High Court has ruled. (See also: Green light for new dagga law could take a while, Parliament warns | How the Western Cape High Court dagga judgment applies to you)

  • Dagga can be used at home, Cape court rules

    Parliament has 24 months to align relevant legislation to the use of cannabis with the Constitution, the Western Cape High Court has ruled
    Weekend Argus (South Africa)
    Friday, March 31, 2017

    In a much celebrated outcome, Judge Dennis Davies ruled that an adult may cultivate and use cannabis in the privacy of their own home. “The order also makes clear that the relevant provisions are only unconstitutional to the extent that they entrench upon the private use and consumption of a quantity of cannabis for personal purposes." "In the interim period, it is necessary to provide that prosecutions that fall within legal provision declared to be unconstitutional should be stayed”, the judge said. (See also: Dagga can be used in the home, Western Cape High Court rules | Now you can get high on your own supply | Parliament and High Court judgment on use of dagga in private homes)

  • Argentina gives green light to use of medicinal marijuana

    Legal change guarantees certain patients access to cannabis oil, but homegrown pot still illegal
    El País (Spain)
    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    The Argentinean Senate has passed a bill making medicinal marijuana legal, in line with other Latin American countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Chile. A unanimous 58-0 vote guarantees patient access to cannabis oil and lifts the ban on importing the plant. While the new ruling authorizes the production and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, cultivating it yourself remains a crime with offenders facing up to 15 years in jail. In other words, nothing has changed in this respect while those providing the raw material are still in the same position.

  • «Une grande partie de l’argent du haschich ne profite pas à l’économie marocaine»

    Les autorités ne peuvent pas y supprimer la culture de cannabis, car les populations sont convaincues que la terre est impropre à tout autre culture
    Le Monde (France)
    Jeudi, 30 mars 2017

    Début mars, un rapport du département d’Etat américain a fait grand bruit, affirmant que la « production de cannabis » au Maroc équivalait à 23 % du produit intérieur brut marocain (PIB), qui s’est élevé, en 2016, à 100 milliards de dollars (93 milliards d’euros). Un chiffre considérable lancé comme un écran de fumée qui masque des réalités complexes en termes de culture et de transformation de la matière première. Les pays du Nord débattent de la légalisation du cannabis, en se concentrant sur la santé publique de leur population en matière de consommation de drogues, tandis que les pays du Sud sont stigmatisés et contrôlés à travers la publication des chiffres sur la production et le trafic. (A lire: Cannabis et PIB marocain: Des calculs qui «ne répondent à aucune logique» | Morocco and Cannabis)

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