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  • Catalonia set to legalize medical marijuana

    Will help the region to crack down on its booming cannabis club scene
    The Local (Spain)
    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Catalonia is drawing up rules to allow the use of marijuana for the treatment of patients suffering from conditions with symptoms such as pain and loss of appetite, the region's health minister Boi Ruiz has said. The move would open the way for the drug to be prescribed to cancer and AIDS patients, among others. The plan was partly designed to stop Barcelona's increasingly popular cannabis clubs from controlling the supply of medical marijuana, Ruiz said.

  • This is your federalism on drugs

    Washington Post (US)
    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    legal-patchwork-usConservative Republicans often talk about the need to constrain the power of the federal government. On everything from environmental regulation to education policy, Republican officeholders argue that individual states should be able to adopt their own policy priorities, free from federal interference. Yet many of these same people are silent when the question turns to marijuana. In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize marijuana possession within their states. This November, voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia will get the chance to follow suit. (See also: Let states decide on marijuana)

  • Leading anti-marijuana academics are paid by painkiller drug companies

    What does it say about medical academia today that many of that painkiller-funded researchers are now standing in the way of a safer alternative: smoking a joint
    Vice (US)
    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    herbertkleberAs Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policymakers should avoid relaxing restrictions around marijuana. It's too dangerous, risky, and untested, they say. Just as drug company-funded research has become incredibly controversial in recent years, forcing major medical schools and journals to institute strict disclosure requirements, could there be a conflict of interest issue in the pot debate? (See also: The real reason pot is still illegal)

  • Black market boom lays bare a social divide in Colorado’s marijuana market

    Nascent cannabis industry splits between wealthy with clean criminal records and those who turn to less than legal methods
    Guardian Weekly (UK)/Washington Post (US)
    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    That the black market in Colorado bustles in the emerging days of legalisation is not unexpected. By some reckonings, it will continue as long as residents of other states look to Colorado as the nation’s cannabis cookie jar. And as long as its legal retail competition keeps prices high and is taxed at rates surpassing 30%. “I don’t know who is buying for recreational use at dispensaries unless it’s white, middle-class people and out-of-towners,” said a longtime community activist. “Everyone I know still has the guy on the street that they hook up with.”

  • Les clubs de cannabis passent un nouveau cap

    L’Exécutif genevois a lancé une étude de faisabilité des Associations de consommateurs de cannabis, prônées depuis deux ans par un groupe interpartis
    Le Matin (Suisse)
    Samedi, 16 aout 2014

    suisse-cannabis-flatLe chemin qui mène à la régularisation du cannabis se poursuit malgré les récentes réserves de l’Office fédéral de la santé publique (OFSP). «Le Conseil d’Etat est conscient de la réalité quotidienne de nos villes. Il ne s’interdit pas de réfléchir à de nouvelles pistes», explique le magistrat genevois MCG Mauro Poggia. Ce dernier a mandaté une commission présidée par l’ex-conseillère fédérale Ruth Dreifuss pour étudier la faisabilité des Associations de consommateurs de cannabis (ACC).

  • Canada's doctors decline to join anti-marijuana campaign

    Doctor groups say they do not support any 'political messaging' on anti-drug issue
    CBC News (Canada)
    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    The main groups representing Canadian doctors have declared they will not participate in Health Canada's upcoming anti-drug campaign targeting young people. “The educational campaign has now become a political football on Canada's marijuana policy,” said a joint statement by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. “We did not, and do not, support or endorse any political messaging or political advertising on this issue.” (See also: Government working on new pot legislation)

  • Drug legalisation in the UK is a question of time

    Newsweek (US)
    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Twelve years ago, a promising young politician rose to speak in the British parliament. “I ask the Government not to return to retribution and war on drugs,” he said. “That has been tried, and we all know that it does not work.” He went on to criticise the government for “posturing with tough policies”, and “calling for crackdown after crackdown”, thereby “holding back the debate”. And when a vote was called, his was cast in support of “the possibility of legalisation and regulation”.

  • Barcelona shuts down 49 cannabis clubs

    The Local (Spain)
    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    solo-sociosAuthorities accused the clubs selling cannabis illegally and attempting to lure tourists to their premises. The Catalan federation of cannabis associations, CatFAC, appealed for dialogue between the authorities and the clubs. "We are aware that the administration does its job well and ensures the common good but this situation would be easier if, before it acts, it set clear rules for all cannabis associations," it said in a statement.

  • Colombian President Santos backs medical marijuana use

    BBC News
    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said he supports the legalisation of marijuana for medical use. He said the measure - which is due to be voted on by Colombian lawmakers - would be a "compassionate response" to pain experienced by people with terminal illnesses. "We look favourably on the initiative on the medical and therapeutic use of marijuana," Santos told a drugs forum in the Colombian capital, Bogota. "It's a way to stop criminals from acting as intermediaries between the patient and a substance that is going to ease their suffering."

  • Drugs minister calls for legalising cannabis for medicinal use

    Norman Baker will say in a letter to Jeremy Hunt that cannabis would help relieve symptoms of a range of medical conditions
    The Guardian (UK)
    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    norman-bakerLiberalised drug laws should be introduced to legalise the widespread use of cannabis to relieve symptoms of certain medical conditions, including the side effects of chemotherapy, the drugs minister Norman Baker will say. Amid concerns that "credible people" are having to break the law to secure the only substance that can help to relieve their condition, Baker is writing to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to call for a review of the medicinal properties of cannabis.

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