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  • Morocco’s major opposition party calls for legalization of cannabis

    The Istiqlal party also proposed a draft law to decriminalize and regulate the cultivation of cannabis
    Morocco World News
    Monday, May 25, 2015

    Hamid Chabat, Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party, one of Morocco’s major opposition political parties, has once again called for the legalization of cannabis. Chabat called for the reorientation of its cultivation to the pharmaceutical industries. He called for the outright legalization of cannabis, calling the government’s proposal to replace the cultivation of the plant by raising goats, a ‘lie’. (See also: Dans le Rif, le kif comme nouvel argument de campagne pour le PAM)

  • While Russia grapples with HIV epidemic, Moscow’s addicts share their filthy needles

    Infection rates are set to hit three million, but drug use and unsafe sex - the main causes - are rife
    The Observer (UK)
    Sunday, May 24, 2015

    The government does not offer substitution therapy or harm reduction outreach, and the impact of grassroots groups such as Rylkov, which has only 15 staffers, is limited. The official count of Russians living with HIV has risen to 930,000 from 500,000 in 2010, and the actual number is probably much higher. Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the federal Aids centre in Moscow, predicted this month that at least two million Russians are likely to be officially registered as HIV-positive within five years, and a total of three million will have the virus.

  • 3,000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam

    Vietnamese gangs have historically dominated the UK’s £1bn cannabis trade
    The Guardian (UK)
    Saturday, May 23, 2015

    The link between child trafficking and the UK’s domestic cannabis industry has been increasing, with Vietnamese children the main group at risk. According to a 2014 report by the NGO AntiSlavery International, almost all potential victims of trafficking linked to cannabis are Vietnamese, and more than 80% are children. Vietnamese gangs have been instrumental in the proportion of domestically grown cannabis in Britain rising from 15% in 2005 to about 90% now. (See also from 2005: Police 'can't cope' as Vietnamese flood drugs trade)

  • Marijuana incorporated: cannabis eases into a billion-dollar business high

    Legalisation has created a ‘green rush’ as companies find success in edibles, a growing consumer base and a three-day expo at the Hilton
    The Guardian (UK)
    Saturday, May 23, 2015

    2015 Marijuana Business Conference ExpoNow legalised in 23 states and the District of Columbia for medical use and four states – Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska – and DC for recreational use, weed is big business. Cassandra Farrington, organiser of the 2015 Marijuana Business Conference & Expo, said independent analysts have valued the legal industry at $3bn, rising to $10bn when including ancillary trades and services. She puts the industry’s workforce at 60,000. "It’s really difficult to pin down an estimate of the black market, but calling it $50bn would be a reasonable estimate."

  • Boom du cannabis indoor

    En Suisse alémanique, les saisies de plantations de chanvre ont explosé
    Tribune de Génève (Suisse)
    Jeudi, 21 may 2015

    Les faits divers mettent en lumière un phénomène impressionnant: en un an, le nombre de plantations découvertes a pratiquement quadruplé, passant de 18 à 70 entre 2013 et 2014. Alors que les saisies de plus de 100 plants restent, en règle générale, anecdotiques, Saint-Gall compte pour l’an passé 19 plantations entre 100 et 1000 plants, et 4 au-delà de 1000. Les champs exposés à la vue de tous ont été délaissés pour des cultures «indoor», en intérieur. (The rise of cannabis farms in Switzerland)

  • Experte warnt vor Cannabis-Freigabe in der Schanze

    Henning Brauer vom Anwohner-Verein Standpunkt Schanze bezeichnet den Flora-Park als "norddeutschen Hotspot für Marihuana"
    Die Welt (Germany)
    Donnerstag, 21. May 2015

    hamburg-floraparkUm dem zunehmenden Cannabis-Handel im Flora- und Schanzenpark Herr zu werden, fordern Anwohner des Schanzeviertels nun die Freigabe der Droge für ihr Viertel. Zwar sehe der Koalitionsvertrag eine Prüfung solcher Modellversuche vor, das letzte Wort habe aber der Bund. "Die Stadt Hamburg muss im Bundesrat wirbel machen, damit Bewegung in die Sache kommt", so Vorstandsmitglied Brauer. Das Bezirksamt hatte einem runden Tisch organisiert. (Mehr dazu: Kommt 2017 die schwarz-grüne Kiffer-Koalition? | Durchaus gesellschaftsfähig)

  • Germany's bad idea to legalize pot

    The detailed legislative proposal from the Greens could make things worse
    Bloomberg
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    Green Party member Dieter Janecek and Christian Democrat Joachim Pfeiffer filed a policy proposal for legalization. The idea of legalizing cannabis is gaining momentum in Germany. It's getting surprising support from parts of the political spectrum that have historically been hostile to the idea. Yet the measure, if adopted, could make it harder for Germans to get marijuana.

  • MPs block cities from harvesting marijuana

    According to municipalities, regulated cannabis cultivation will lead to less crime and fewer health risks
    NL Times (Netherlands)
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    A narrow majority in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament in the Netherlands, supported a motion to not allow municipalities to experiment with cannabis cultivation: 75 parliamentarians voted for, 70 voted against. Many municipalities want to experiment with the production of cannabis for coffee shops, despite opposition of the government. Municipalities like Utrecht, Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Rotterdam are investigating whether there are opportunities for communal recreational cannabis cultivation. (See also: Dutch police destroyed 6,006 marijuana plantations in 2014)

  • How America overdosed on drug courts

    Drug courts embolden judges to practice medicine without a license—and they put lives in danger
    Pacific Standard (US)
    Monday, May 18, 2015

    drug-courtDrug courts celebrated their 25th anniversary last year. Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with addicts, drug courts were designed to balance punishment with rehabilitation. Many drug court judges oppose opioid maintenance and require patients to become completely abstinent as a condition of participation or graduation. They believe that maintenance simply amounts to swapping one drug addiction for another. This critique betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of opioid pharmacology and addictive behavior.

  • Drug experts plead for a better way

    The group is hoping to influence public opinion in advance of the release of the second yearly drugs report from the federal government
    The Local (Germany)
    Monday, May 18, 2015

    In an Alternative Drugs and Addiction Report, experts have warned politicians that current laws on dangerous drugs are doing more harm than good in Germany. "Since 1971 [the year the Drugs Law was passed] drug consumption and dependency have increased in a way unimaginable back then," the experts wrote in the report. The researchers and activists write that bans and legal punishments are not enough to deal with the problem of drugs. "The law has not only failed in its objective, but prevented further measures that would have limited the damage."

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