• Cannabis authority chair sacked after 10 months

    Mariella Dimech says she disagreed with the 'political strategy' and was fired
    Times of Malta (Malta)
    Friday, November 11, 2022

    Mariella DimechPsychotherapist Mariella Dimech has been sacked from her position as executive chairperson of the new cannabis authority on the responsible use of cannabis. Dimech said she was informed by the Home Affairs ministry that her post was being terminated with immediate effect. "Over the last 10 months, I have worked with no functional office, no staff, no budget and a political strategy and decision strategy I disagreed with," she said. She was appointed earlier this year and her term was meant to last three years. Leonid McKay, the former director of Caritas, is expected to be appointed to head the cannabis authority. Malta legalised the cultivation and possession of cannabis at the end of 2021, becoming the first EU country to do so. (See also: Cannabis authority head removed after 10 months, says she disagreed with political strategy)

  • Weed is now legal in Thailand. How long will the high times last?

    Cannabis shops have multiplied since the drug was decriminalized, with caveats, in June. But some lawmakers are pushing for tighter regulation
    The New York Times (US)
    Thursday, November 10, 2022

    thailand cannabis costumeThailand’s military government is carrying out an experiment: What happens when a country in Asia, a region where drug laws tend to be harsh, essentially legalizes marijuana overnight? In the first few months, lots of people have opened weed dispensaries, and their customers have smoked a lot of weed. Thailand’s marijuana industry has a joyful, freewheeling vibe on a street level. But the high times may not last. Sprawling draft legislation, which is expected to move through Parliament in the coming weeks, will seek to regulate legal gray areas around the cultivation, sale and consumption of the drug. It could become law as early as next year. (See also: MPs slam Bhumjaithai's weed bill)

  • Nearly half of Americans to reside in states where marijuana is legal

    Missouri and Maryland passed legalization referendums on Tuesday, but three other states rejected measures
    Politico (US)
    Wednesday, November 9, 2022

    More than 155 million Americans will now live in states with legal weed. Maryland and Missouri passed legalization referendums on Tuesday, meaning there are now 21 states where anyone at least 21 years old will be able to legally possess marijuana. That marks a seismic shift since Colorado and Washington became the first states to back full legalization at the ballot box a decade ago. “[It’s] just further evidence that cannabis legalization for adult use is mainstream American public policy,” said John Hudak, an expert on cannabis policy at The Brookings Institution. “That shows you how much progress has happened in American public opinion.”

  • No timeframe yet for cannabis associations

    Reforms parliamentary secretary Rebecca Buttigieg says sector is a ‘complex’ one, and ministry is set on doing things ‘properly’
    Malta Today (Malta)
    Tuesday, November 8, 2022

    malta cannabis flagReforms parliamentary secretary Rebecca Buttigieg has refused to give a detailed timeline on when cannabis associations will start operating. “This is a complex sector and I am interested in doing things properly. We will issue our proposals soon,” she said. Last year, Malta became the first country in the EU to officially legalise recreational cannabis use. The law allows possession of up to 7g of cannabis and the growing of four plants at home. It also provides for regulated clubs from where cannabis can be sold to registered members. But despite the legal framework, the cannabis authority is yet to issue licensing for the operation of cannabis authorities, meaning users can either grow their own cannabis, or buy from the black market.

  • Treat Breda as part of Germany so regulated weed can go ahead: mayor

    The planned national experiment in regulated cannabis growing in 10 municipalities has been beset with problems and delays
    Dutch News (Netherlands)
    Monday, November 7, 2022

    Paul DeplaThe mayor of Breda has asked if his region can be treated as a part of Germany, in order to go ahead with a trial of regulated cannabis growing. Speaking at a PCN cannabis association symposium in Eindhoven, Paul Depla said the Netherlands was in danger of losing all enthusiasm for a trial and being overtaken by other parts of Europe. ‘If we just keep talking while the others go ahead, we should just stop the discussion,’ he said. ‘Treat us as German state and let us go ahead with legalisation! ‘We have been talking about regulating cannabis since 2008, in 2017 the government finally made a start, and if we keep up this tempo, by 2028 the rest of Europe will have regulated cannabis and the Netherlands will still be talking about a new law.

  • A decade after legalizing cannabis in Colorado, here's what we've learned

    Legalization increases use, but not necessarily problems
    Medical Xpress (US)
    Monday, November 7, 2022

    colorado 2012 celebrationTen years ago this week, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, making the state among the first two in the nation (along with Washington) to legalize the use and possession of cannabis, a.k.a. marijuana, for recreational purposes. Today, the once-underground endeavor is a $2 billion per year industry in Colorado, and research on its chemical makeup, health benefits and risks is flourishing at institutions around the country. "Before, research focused almost exclusively on the harms because it was only thought of as an illegal substance," said Angela Bryan, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at CU Boulder whose team studies the health impacts of cannabis. "Now we can focus on the full continuum."

  • Czech Republic on the way to legalizing cannabis

    Prague is now planning full legalization for 2023 and wants to coordinate the step with Berlin
    Deutsche Welle (Germany)
    Wednesday, November 2, 2022

    czech cannabis point prahaTourists in Prague may get the impression that the Czech capital is also the cannabis capital of Europe. From stickers to posters, the iconic leaf of the marijuana plant is all over the place. It adorns the windows and facades of plenty of shops offering everything someone might need to grow the plant. But that first impression is misleading. These products contain at most 1% of the psychoactive substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and they won't get you high. The possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana, hashish or hemp oil or the growing of up to five cannabis plants is an offense with a fine of up to €500. Around 20,000 Czechs are fined each year. (See also: Czech Republic plans to legalize cannabis in coordination with Germany)

  • 'Dare to legislate': Brussels mayor repeats call to legalise cannabis

    For Close, the problem of drugs in society will never be solved by the police alone
    The Brussels Times (Belgium)
    Thursday, October 27, 2022

    belgium cannabis handsFollowing the reported agreement by the German Government on the legalisation of cannabis, Brussels mayor Philippe Close reiterated his plea to decriminalise and eventually legalise its use in Belgium and Brussels. Over four million adults consume cannabis in Germany, which is why Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to crack down on the organised crime behind it by legalising and regulating the product and no longer considering it narcotics. "My full support for the socialist Chancellor Olaf Scholz who dares to legislate on cannabis," said Close on Twitter, tagging Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne. "It is time our country took the same direction. It is not about promoting a product but about managing it."

  • Dutch marijuana growing experiment runs into more delays

    The experiment has been beset by problems
    Dutch News (Netherlands)
    Thursday, October 27, 2022

    netherlands cannabis flagMarijuana growers who have been selected to take part in the government’s controlled cultivation trials said that they will not be ready to start early next year as the government intends, NRC reported. Nine of 10 firms have written to ministers about the problems and some have spoken to the paper directly about the issues. The experiment should have begun to 2021 but is now due to start in the second quarter of 2023. But the growers now say the end of next year is a more likely date. As yet, some of the growers have been unable to get a bank account because of bank concerns about money laundering and supporting criminal behaviour. High energy prices, delays on the supply side and problems with the track&trace system which will monitor where the marijuana products go and are sold are also causing difficulties.

  • Germany: Lauterbach outlines cannabis legalization plan

    An adult would be allowed to carry 20 to 30 grams of cannabis for their own consumption, details of the plan show. However, the legislative process could be a long one
    Deutsche Welle (Germany)
    Wednesday, October 26, 2022

    Karl LauterbachGerman Health Minister Karl Lauterbach presented his plans on the legalization of cannabis. He said that Germany's drug policy had to be renewed because the current policies weren't successful. His aim was to evoke better health policies as well as increased protection for minors. He made clear that Germany was not trying to imitate the Dutch model, as the country didn't have a regulated market. Rather, the plan signified "the most liberal legalization of cannabis in Europe", while also entailing "the most regulated market" in the EU. This approach could become a model for Europe, Lauterbach stated. However, before it can be taken forward, the European Commission has to check whether the plan was viable under European and international law. (See also: Kiffer müssen auf grünes Licht aus Brüssel warten)

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