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  • Dope to your door

    Why pot is the new pizza. The economics of home-delivered marijuana
    The Economist (UK)
    Saturday, June 21, 2014

    Evan Cox used to deliver pizza. But 18 months ago, as he was running out of money at college in Seattle, he had a new business idea. The state of Washington was in the process of legalising the sale of marijuana, but he guessed it would take time for pot shops to open. So he set up Winterlife, a marijuana-delivery service. Dope-delivery services are also popular in states with stricter laws. More than a dozen illegal delivery services now serve tokers in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

  • Genève devrait tester le marché régulé et taxé du cannabis

    Le groupe de travail sur la régulation du cannabis s'inspire des modèles espagnols et portugais pour sortir du cercle vicieux répressif
    Tribune de Genève (Suisse)
    Vendredi, 20 juin 2014

    Le groupe interpartis, qui planche sur la régularisation du marché du cannabis à Genève, vient de publier son deuxième rapport. Il dit avoir bien entendu les critiques émises en décembre 2013 et les préoccupations des opposants, mais il tient à son idée, celle d'implanter à Genève le modèle de consommation espagnol. Il s'agirait d'autoriser pour les adultes exclusivement, sur une période d'essai de trois ans, la distribution, la vente et la consommation de cannabis dans le cadre d’associations contrôlées par l’Etat.

  • Albania cracks down on marijuana production in key southern village

    Reuters (UK)
    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    With the fruits of its labor turning up in Italy, Greece and, last year, Germany, Albania has come under increasing pressure from the European Union to crack down on cannabis production in Lazaret long considered untouchable, out of reach of the law thanks to a web of corrupt connections to the police and politicians. Albania hopes to get approval later this month from each of the EU’s 28 member states to become an official candidate for inclusion in the group. Crime and corruption are sure to be top of the list of issues that must be resolved before it can join.

  • Councils can ban tourists from coffee shops, Council of State rules

    Dutch News (Netherlands)
    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Local councils in the Netherlands do have the power to ban people who do not live in their area from visiting cannabis cafes, the Council of State ruled. Preventing drugs tourism and combating organised crime are legitimate aims to allow selection on the basis of nationality, the country's highest legal body said. 'The residence criterion is a proportionate measure for combating drugs tourism and this legitimate objective cannot be achieved by other, less radical means,’ the council said in a statement. (See also: Most Dutch councils ignore ban on marijuana sales to tourists)

  • Légalisation du kif : Des associations rifaines mènent la fronde contre les projets du PAM et l’Istiqlal

    Yabiladi (Maroc)
    Mercredi, 18 juin 2014

    morocco-parliament-cannabisIl n’y a pas que les islamistes du PJD qui s’opposent aux propositions de loi du PAM et de l’Istiqlal visant la légalisation de la culture du kif. Le tissu associatif rifain adopte la même position, mais pour d’autres raisons. Deux ONG du Rif accusent les deux partis de servir les intérêts des multinationales et non des petits agriculteurs.

  • The difference between legalisation and decriminalisation

    The Economist (UK)
    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    The war on cannabis seems to be slowly burning out. On June 12th Jamaica announced that it plans to decriminalise possession of small amounts of the drug. Several countries, including Mexico and Portugal, have already taken this step, and many others are considering it. A handful of other jurisdictions—so far only Uruguay and the states of Colorado and Washington—have taken a different approach, not decriminalising but instead legalising cannabis. Many people mistakenly use the terms “legalisation” and “decriminalisation” interchangeably. What is the difference?

  • Jamaica anticipates a marijuana rush as decriminalisation looms – but is it too late?

    The prospect of growing ganja for medical purposes has triggered a wave of heady economic optimism, but it faces stiff competition
    The Guardian (UK)
    Monday, June 16, 2014

    cannabis-cultivation-jamaica2Possession of a mere handful of marijuana has for decades clogged Jamaican courts with petty cases and distracted an undermanned police force from tackling the crime cartels pushing drugs and guns. The recently proposed decriminalisation of marijuana has been long anticipated and much unfulfilled. Fearing those big-stick-wielding neighbours, the United States, would crack Jamaica's backside, politicians have avoided pressing the reset button on a law that has proved unwieldy, expensive and downright stupid. (See also: No fall-out expected from decision on ganja)

  • Ganja laws: The Government's case for reform

    A lightly edited version of Justice Minister Mark Golding's statement on reforms to the laws relating to ganja
    Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
    Sunday, June 15, 2014

    On June 2, Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja. These relate to the possession of small quantities for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places and the use of ganja for medical/medicinal purposes. Approval has been given also to a proposal for the decriminalisation of the use of ganja for religious purposes. The decriminalisation of ganja in Jamaica has been the subject of considerable study and recommendations over the years. A 1977 Joint Select Committee of Parliament which reviewed ganja use and legislation, stopped short of recommending its legalisation. (See also: Clear up inconsistencies in the proposed ganja reform)

  • Barcelona bans new cannabis clubs for 1 year

    The Local (Spain)
    Friday, June 23, 2014

    The Barcelona city council announced that no new cannabis clubs will be allowed to open in the city for one year in order to halt their proliferation and allow for tighter regulation of the 160 clubs that already exist. The cannabis clampdown comes just days after the first closure of a club for suspected illegal dealing. Cannabis clubs in the city have fuelled a boom in tourists looking for legal highs, despite technically being private establishments meant for members only.

  • Barcelona is fighting an overdose of cannabis clubs

    Business Week (US)
    Friday, June 13, 2014

    Barcelona has a new tourist attraction that some locals wish would disappear: a burgeoning number of "cannabis clubs," where people can legally buy and smoke pot. Although selling marijuana is against the law in Spain, some regions allow local residents to set up nonprofit clubs whose members grow and share it for personal use. As recently as 2011, only a few dozen such groups were in the Catalonia region, which includes Barcelona. But since then, the number has risen to about 400.

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