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  • 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.

  • Could Iran be the next country to legalise cannabis and opium?

    Re-introducing the cultivation of plants such as poppy and cannabis under state supervision?
    The Conversation
    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    After Uruguay courageously legalised the use of cannabis under a new drug policy, could Iran be the next country to make it legal? From the outside, the image of Iran as retrograde and inherently conservative hardly fits with the reality of a more dynamic domestic political debate within. But drug policy is one of the areas of debate in which the Islamic Republic has produced some interesting, yet paradoxical, policies.

  • Was wird aus der Idee, Gras legal zu verkaufen?

    Der Kreuzberger Versuch, Coffeeshops zu legalisieren, ist gescheitert. Das war zu erwarten. Aber andere deutsche Städte ziehen nach
    Die Zeit (Germany)
    Donnerstag, 22. Oktober 2015

    Inspiriert von Berlin haben Hamburg und Münster vor wenigen Monaten beschlossen zu überprüfen, ob man nicht einen ähnlichen Antrag formulieren könne. In Bremen setzt sich der neue Bürgermeister Carsten Sieling (SPD) seit seinem Amtsantritt für die Eröffnung von Coffeeshops ein, auch der Düsseldorfer Stadtrat will es versuchen. Strafrechtsprofessoren, Polizisten und Jugendrichter plädieren dafür, Cannabis legal zu verkaufen und die Drogenpolitik an die moderne Gesellschaft anzupassen.

  • In U.S., 58% back legal marijuana use

    Majority favors legal marijuana for third consecutive year; younger generations more supportive than older generations
    Gallup (US)
    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    gallup-oct-2015A majority of Americans continue to say marijuana use should be legal in the United States, with 58% holding that view, tying the high point in Gallup's 46-year trend. Americans' support for legal marijuana has steadily grown over time. When Gallup first asked the question, in 1969, 12% of Americans thought marijuana use should be legal, with little change in two early 1970s polls. The higher level of support comes as many states and localities are changing, or considering changing, their laws on marijuana. (Gallup: Support for legal marijuana at an all-time high and likely to grow)

  • UN agency urged to publish leaked paper backing drug legalisation

    The UNODC paper said decriminalizing personal use of now-illicit drugs could reduce the incarceration of millions of people worldwide
    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    ihrc2015-decrimDelegates at the 2015 Harm Reduction Conference in Malaysia called on the United Nations drugs agency to officially release a leaked paper detailing an apparent landmark UN recommendation in favour of decriminalisation. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) had originally intended for its paper to be presented this week in Kuala Lumpur, but scrapped those plans and has since claimed it was "not a final document."

  • Pot legalization looks certain for Canada

    Advocates and experts say it's only a matter of time after the Liberal Party's election romp
    US News & World Report (US)
    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Carrying a torch for marijuana legalization, the Liberal Party of Canada emerged like a phoenix from parliamentary election to an absolute majority in the country’s House of Commons. Supporters and political scientists say, the party likely will make good on a campaign pledge to make Canada the world’s next country to allow cannabis for recreational use. "When can Canadians expect you to legalize pot if you're elected?" a reporter asked Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau. "We're going to get started on that right away," he said. (See also: Harm-reduction drug programs may get OK under new Liberal government)

  • The truth behind the UNODC's leaked decriminalisation paper

    The UNODC claims that the briefing is not a final or formal document, and does not amount to a statement of its policy position
    Steve Rolles (Transform)
    Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    decrim-unodc-transformThe UN Office on Drugs and Crime has responded to the 'leak' of its paper calling for the decriminalisation of drug possession for personal use. The document was to be presented by the UNODC at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Kuala Lumpur, and an embargoed copy had already gone to select media (the norm for such publication events). When it was then pulled at the last minute, the BBC, which had already filmed a news segment on it, decided to release it anyway. Richard Branson was filmed for the segment, and was sufficiently annoyed when the UNODC backtracked, that he broke the story himself on his blog.

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