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  • Ganja interests wary of internal business rivalry

    There was a healthy dose of scepticism from growers who see themselves as in danger of being turfed out of the ganja market
    The Gleaner (Jamaica)
    Sunday, February 1, 2015

    Despite strong ministerial and legislative signals, segments of the marijuana lobby are unsure that sufficient protections will be afforded to the persons who currently supply the raw material. The challenges of integration for a product that is currently sold underground, as well as product contamination, were key elements of the discussions when ganja growers, researchers and lobbyists gathered with government officials, including four ministers, at the Cannabis Business and International Investors Conference. (See also: Lowe warns ganja farmers to beware of scammers)

  • Israeli medical marijuana creates buzz but no high — will it go global?

    The inability to export is setting limits on the industry’s ambitions
    The Washington Post (US)
    Sunday, February 1, 2015

    Israel has become a world leader in science on the medical uses of marijuana, and its producers could become major exporters of medical cannabis. But so far, the government has allowed them to export only their knowledge — not the actual product. Michael Dor, the senior medical adviser in the Israeli Health Ministry’s cannabis unit, said that in ongoing government talks, agricultural officials support the export of Israeli medical cannabis, but top officials in the police force, army and executive branch oppose it. Exports face stringent international legal requirements.

  • Drugs in the UK: Why we need to talk about regulation and decriminalisation

    Calls for drugs to be regulated in the UK are growing
    The Independent (UK)
    Saturday, January 31, 2015

    Fighting the war on drugs in the UK costs an estimated £13 billion annually. It has cost lives recently, too; four people died after taking ecstasy pills made from a high concentration of the chemical PMMA instead of MDMA late in 2014. At least 765 died of a heroin overdose in 2013 – up 32 per cent on the year previous. Over 2,000 deaths were drug related overall. If MDMA was sold as part of a regulated market, it would save lives overnight.

  • Legal, illegal, ganz egal? Cannabis in Europa

    Arte Yourope
    Samstag, 31. Januar 2015

    yourope-cannabisCannabis ist in Europa die mit Abstand am meisten konsumierte Droge. Fast jeder hat schon mal gekifft. Dennoch ist es in allen europäischen Ländern illegal, selbst im liberalen Amsterdam wird Cannabiskonsum lediglich geduldet. Dabei sind die Niederlande nicht einmal das liberalste Land, was Cannabis betrifft.

  • US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation

    US not comfortable with Jamaica's push to decriminalise weed
    Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses. According to assistant secretary, William Brownfield, there is a possibility that the move could increase inflows of marijuana from Jamaica that now accounts for 80 per cent of ganja illegally smuggled into that country. Brownfield said that, while the US must be tolerant of national policies to combat the illicit trade of ganja, Jamaica must be mindful of international drug treaties to which it is a signatory. (See also: US says it welcomes discussion on drug policy)

  • Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate

    There is pushback from officials within the American Government
    Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government official William Brownfield cautioning the Government against breaching international drug treaties to which it is a signatory. "He is saying that Colorado, Washington DC and so on can go ahead and legalise ganja, but Jamaica signed those treaties and therefore cannot do the same. What a ridiculous argument," McDonald commented.

  • Vermont lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana

    USA Today (US)
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana. Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis, but in each of those cases, it was voters at the ballot box, not lawmakers, who changed the law. Vermont could become the first state in history where elected officials directly legalize pot, and Gov. Peter Shumlin said he "continues to support" efforts to do so. (See also: A dozen ways to legalize the marijuana supply chain, in Vermont or any state)

  • Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch opposes marijuana legalisation

    ‘I do not support legalisation of marijuana’ she tells Senate committee. Obama’s nominee says position mirrors Justice Department policy
    The Guardian (UK)
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told senators during her confirmation hearing that she, like her predecessor Eric Holder, would not support marijuana legalization. Lynch did not stray far from the Justice Department’s current stance. While Holder refused to challenge legalization in Colorado and Washington, he also did not change the federal government’s stance on what is currently a Schedule I controlled substance, in common with heroin. (Will the next Attorney General crack down on marijuana?)

  • Ketamine praised for speedily alleviating depression

    Patients in Israel report a fast reaction and improvement in their feeling within two or so hours of receiving treatment
    Haaretz (Israel)
    Monday, January 26, 2015

    An increasing number of Israeli psychiatrists have started using ketamine as part of the medical treatment for depression and chronic pain. This follows a series of studies worldwide that found it to be effective and very fast at treating manic depression and suicidal tendencies without significant side effects. (See also: Fact Sheet on the Proposal to Discuss International Scheduling of Ketamine at the 58th CND)

  • Report predicts 18 states will legalize pot by 2020

    Whether that pans out depends on Colorado, cash and the federal government
    Time (US)
    Monday, January 26, 2015

    us-cannabis-legalization-2020A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states that currently have or are in the process of creating legal markets for pot. The report from ArcView Market Research, a firm that pairs investors with marijuana-related businesses, was sponsored by marijuana-industry groups and has a prolegalization tone. But their prediction is not simply self-serving optimism. (See also: The conference where guys in suits pitch marijuana start-ups to other guys in suits)

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