• Pirates: Legal marijuana could generate up to CZK 1.8 billion in taxes

    If the Czech Republic manages to start a regulated market together with the German one, it will mean huge opportunities for our economy in the area of ​​exports
    Radio Prague (Czech Republic)
    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    cannabis plastic bagLegalizing marijuana would bring the Czech state between CZK 650 million and CZK 1.8 billion in tax revenue, according to an analysis commissioned by the Pirate Party, which was presented on Wednesday. The study proposes various options for regulating the marijuana market, including mandatory registration of users. The register would make it possible to regulate the amount per month that can be purchased, or to check that the age of shoppers is over 18. It also aims to regulate the black market and restrict minors’ access to cannabis. The Pirate Party plans to present the study to its government coalition partners next week. (See also: The legalization of cannabis would bring in up to 1.8 billion, the Pirates claim)

  • Vobořil is looking for support for the regulated legal sale of cannabis

    Vobořil, he wants to fine-tune whether the proposal will be submitted by the government or the deputies
    Novinky (Czech Republic)
    Monday, September 12, 2022

    Jindrich VoborilThe new model of cannabis regulation in the Czech Republic envisages controlled sales in specialized branches, the liberalization of the use of cannabis and, in small quantities, also the cultivation of plants. According to Vobořil, it offers greater tools of control than dysfunctional prohibition. At the same time, he wants to bring an elaborate program protecting users from risks, as well as billions to the state budget. "I would first like to agree on the basis of the political spectrum in order to be authorized to prepare the proposal. I would like to create a working group so that the wording of the paragraphs is created and the reasoned report is created by the end of the year," he told Právu.

  • Germany’s move to legalise cannabis slows over fears of clash with EU laws

    New ‘degree of caution’ in coalition government over promises of breakthrough before end of this year
    The Guardian (UK)
    Monday, September 12, 2022

    cannabis germany2Legal hurdles are slowing down German plans to allow the controlled distribution of cannabis among adults, with fears that a badly crafted law to legalise the drug could be thrown out by the European court of justice. In the initial debate around legalising cannabis in Germany, the main obstacle identified was the UN 1961 single convention on narcotic drugs, whose obligations Canada and Uruguay ignored when they took steps to legalise the drug. Now, however, Berlin increasingly sees the convention as the smaller challenge as the binding nature of various European laws has come into focus. A Council of the European Union framework decision from 2004, for example, requires member states to ensure that the sale of drugs including cannabis are “punishable by effective, proportionate and dissuasive criminal penalties”.

  • Quality issues delay sale of cannabis products in Basel pilot scheme

    Switzerland's first pilot project for the legal sale of cannabis products has been delayed after some of the initial stock failed quality control tests
    Swissinfo (Switzerland)
    Friday, September 9, 2022

    switzerland flag cannabis2The ‘Weed Care’ experiment in the city of Basel was supposed to launch on September 15. But it has been put on hold because traces of pesticides were found in some of the supposedly organic plants. Basel’s health department said on Friday that the delay could last several weeks or even months as products must now be analysed again by an independent body. Six cannabinoid products – four types of cannabis flowers and two types of hashish – were due to go on sale in nine pharmacies from next week. The Federal Office of Public Health approved the pilot scheme in April as part of a project by the University of Basel, its psychiatric clinics and the cantonal health department.

  • The reality of legal weed in California: Huge illegal grows, violence, worker exploitation and deaths

    Intense cultivation is causing unmeasured environmental damage.
    Los Angeles Times (US)
    Thursday, September 8, 2022

    california illegal growingProposition 64, California’s 2016 landmark cannabis initiative, sold voters on the promise a legal market would cripple the drug’s outlaw trade, with its associated violence and environmental wreckage. Instead, the law triggered a surge in illegal cannabis on a scale California has never before witnessed. Criminal enterprises operate with near impunity, leasing private land and rapidly building out complexes of as many as 100 greenhouses. Police are overwhelmed, able to raid only a fraction of the farms, and even those are often back in business in days. The raids rip out plants and snare low-wage laborers while those responsible, some operating with money from overseas, remain untouched by the law, hidden behind straw buyers and fake names on leases. Labor exploitation is common, and conditions are sometimes lethal.

  • Czechia, mulling cannabis decriminalisation, calls for joint EU action

    Market regulation and decriminalisation of cannabis users were among the topics of the Prague meeting of European anti-drug coordinators
    Euractiv (Europe)
    Thursday, September 8, 2022

    czech cannabis flagCzech National Anti-drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil wants to strictly regulate the Czech cannabis market as cannabis sales should be decriminalised and regulated at the European level. While recreational cannabis is not allowed in Czechia, possession and growing at home has been decriminalised since 2010 but is still punishable as a civil offence. Market regulation and decriminalisation of cannabis users were among the topics of a meeting of European anti-drug coordinators, organised under the Czech EU Presidency. “We hope it will be a coordinated effort (to regulate the cannabis market). It is impossible not to talk about it on an EU-wide basis. Prohibition has not proved to be effective enough; we need to look for other models of control,” Vobořil said. (See also: Anti-drug coordinator: Czechia could soon legalise sale and growing of marijuana)

  • Britain blocks Bermuda’s cannabis legislation

    Premier Burt has said if royal assent was not given to the bill, it would destroy relations between Bermuda and Britain
    Caribbean National Weekly (US)
    Tuesday, September 6, 2022

    bermuda cannabis reformBermuda’s governor Rena Lalgie announced that the United Kingdom has blocked the Bermuda government’s controversial bid to legalize the use and production of cannabis in the British Overseas Territory. “I previously announced that I had reserved the Cannabis Licensing Bill 2022 for the signification of her majesty’s pleasure under Section 35 (2) of the Bermuda Constitution. I have now received an instruction, issued to me on Her Majesty’s behalf, not to assent to the bill as drafted." The Bill, as currently drafted, is not consistent with obligations held by the UK and Bermuda under the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The Cannabis Licensing Act 2022 was intended to create a regulated framework for the growth and sale of the drug. (See also: Crisis looms as Britain blocks cannabis legalisation | The long road to legalisation)

  • Explained: Bhang, ganja, and criminality in the NDPS Act

    Courts ruled that bhang is not ganja, and is therefore not covered under the NDPS Act
    The Indian Express (India)
    Thursday, September 1, 2022

    india express explained cannabisWhile granting bail to a man arrested on June 1 for possessing 29 kg of bhang and 400 g of ganja, Karnataka High Court recently observed that nowhere in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act is bhang referred to as a prohibited drink or prohibited drug in India. Since the ganja recovered was below commercial quantity, the accused was given bail on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh. The single judge Bench relied on two earlier judgments, Madhukar vs the State of Maharashtra, 2002 and Arjun Singh vs State of Haryana, 2004, where the courts had ruled that bhang is not ganja, and is therefore not covered under the NDPS Act. (See also: Cannabis in India: A rather long story, with its highs and lows)

  • Cannabis authority yet to start issuing licences, months after law introduced

    ‘This is a delicate process that cannot be done overnight’ – ARUC head
    Times of Malta (Malta)
    Monday, August 29, 2022

    malta cannabis flag3New rules on cannabis use came into force in Malta in December after parliament approved a new law aimed at further decriminalising the substance. The new law allows for the creation of cannabis associations for those smokers who might be unwilling or unable to grow the plant at home. They can join such associations, which cultivate cannabis to distribute among members, and buy their supply from there. But, eight months since the law was introduced, the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis (ARUC) has yet to start issuing licences for these clubs - or even publish regulatory guidelines which such clubs must adhere to. Authority chairperson Mariella Dimech said that the process is “delicate” and “cannot be done overnight”.

  • Pondoland: South Africa's cannabis growers left behind by legalisation plans

    Traditional growers in the Eastern Cape feel left behind. The cost of getting a licence to grow cannabis is just too expensive for many
    BBC News (UK)
    Sunday, August 21, 2022

    sa cannabis pondoland womenFor generations, people in South Africa's Eastern Cape have made their living growing cannabis. You might expect that as the country moves to legalise the crop, they would be first in line to benefit, but that is not necessarily the case. Cannabis, colloquially referred to as "umthunzi wez'nkukhu," or, chicken shade, is an intrinsic part of many rural communities in Eastern Cape's Pondoland and a vital source of income. "Cannabis is very important to us because it's our livelihood and source of income. Everything we get, we get it through selling cannabis. There are no jobs, our children are just sitting here with us." While cannabis might be a way of life for this community, growing it at this scale is illegal. There are more than 900,000 small-scale farmers in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces who have been growing cannabis for years.

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