• Study: Most Czechs want easing of laws on cannabis

    76% of citizens agree with the regulated sale of cannabis to persons over the age of 18
    Radio Prague (Czech Republic)
    Wednesday, December 7, 2022

    czech cannabis flagMost Czechs would favour an easing of the current legalisation on possession and cultivation of cannabis, suggests a study by the firm Behavio for the group Charta 420, who support calls from the national anti-drug coordinator, Jindřich Vobořil, for soft drug liberalisation. The survey indicates that two out of three Czechs agree with the decriminalisation of cannabis and the regulation of the sale of marijuana to adults. One-quarter of those questioned said they would leave current law in the area in place, while 3 percent want tougher regulations on drug use, the study suggests. (See also: Poll: Most people would relax laws on possession and cultivation of cannabis)

  • Regulated cultivated cannabis experiment delayed again; could start in 2024

    The investment costs for those growing the cannabis have also increased "exponentially" due to inflation and increased construction and energy costs
    NL Times (Netherlands)
    Saturday, December 3, 2022

    netherlands coffeeshop rolling jointsHealth Minister Ernst Kuipers said that the experiment in regulated cultivated cannabis will be postponed again. He expects that "as it stands now" only legally produced cannabis will be able to be sold in coffeeshops in eleven municipalities in 2024, and that it is not possible to launch the project during the second quarter of 2023 as previously announced. He does want to try to begin with a "start-up phase" in a smaller number of municipalities. The government intends to adopt a position on the legalization of cannabis in 2024. Due to the postponement of the experiment, the research report on this will not be ready by then. That is why Kuipers and Justice Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz will look over the situation and draw whatever conclusions they can on the basis of the information available at that time.

  • Law aiming to clear simple drug convictions expected next year

    Dates for expected public consultation yet to be given
    Times of Malta (Malta)
    Friday, December 2, 2022

    malta pinMalta won’t see a bill that introduces a path to clearing simple drug convictions from people’s criminal records until sometime next year. A spokesperson for the ministry of equality and reforms said that a public consultation would be “kickstarted in the coming months, with the aim of presenting legislative amendments next year”. Last year, parliament approved a sweeping cannabis reform, which, along with decriminalising cannabis for personal use, allowed anyone with a criminal record for cannabis possession to have it struck off. In June, Prime Minister Robert Abela said the government was seeking to consult with stakeholders on the possibility of extending that forgiveness to any person with a simple drug possession conviction. 

  • Basic legislation proposal on legalizing cannabis should be ready by March 2023

    Thanks to the controlled sale, the state could receive billions of crowns annually in taxes
    ČTK (Czechia)
    Friday, November 25, 2022

    czech cannabis flag2A basic legislation proposal for introducing a regulated cannabis market in Czechia should be finished by the end of March, the country’s National Drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil said after a meeting of experts. The proposal should lay the foundations for the rules of handing licenses to producers, distributors and sellers, as well as to the formation of so-called cannabis clubs and the cultivation of cannabis. The idea is to "create three principles of regulation". This should cover licensing, cannabis clubs and self-growing. The so-called substantive plan should be in place by the end of the first quarter of 2023. The proposal should then be discussed by coalition politicians and the government. Work would then continue on drafting specific paragraphs.

  • Poland: Cannabis for everyone?

    Poland has some of Europe's most restrictive drug laws. But lax medical marijuana rules have healthy people lining up for prescriptions
    Deutsche Welle (Germany)
    Wednesday, November 23, 2022

    poland cannabisThe distribution and use of cannabis for medical purposes became legal in Poland in 2017. By 2021, doctors across Poland were writing roughly 3,000 marijuana prescriptions a month. But how many monthly prescriptions go to patients who really need medical marijuana, and how many to others faking illness in order to gain access to cannabis? "That's hard to say," explains Andrzej Dolecki, chairman of the Free Hemp movement, one of the oldest organizations in the fight for the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana in Poland. "Rules for medical cannabis are very liberal, not because politicians designed them that way but because of their amateurism." (See also: Polish activists advocate for cannabis legalisation)

  • High hurdles face Germany's cannabis legalization plans

    The German government is moving towards legalizing marijuana, creating an entirely new industry in the country. But the effort faces significant challenges, including European law
    Der Spiegel (Germany)
    Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    germany cannabis flagThe legalization of cannabis is a prestige project for the current coalition government. Berlin doesn't just intend to decriminalize the substance, but also wants to regulate its cultivation and distribution, to change regulations on legal limits for driving and, to advance health and youth protection regulations. However, there are doubts in Brussels as to whether the German plans are consistent with EU regulations. Current EU law requires member states to criminalize all activities relating to the trafficking of cannabis – from production to preparation and distribution to sale. The Commission has also hinted at a loophole: EU law does not lay down any requirements for the personal use of cannabis; that is a matter for the member states. Whether that is broad enough to get the green light from Brussels for the entire legalization plan is questionable.

  • Activists fear medical cannabis companies want in on recreational market

    MaltaToday understands that a medical cannabis company has already reached out to the government over its intention to “know the way forward” on recreational cannabis
    Malta Today (Malta)
    Monday, November 21, 2022

    malta reform nowEstablished medical cannabis companies could be looking to set their foot in Malta’s flegdling recreational cannabis market, according to sources. Releaf, the NGO that led the campaign to legalise recreational cannabis, fear that the sacking of the Authority for Responsible Use of Cannabis’s first director could lead to the dealer-driven black economy for cannabis poised for a takeover “an equally profit-driven market run by a few friends in high places”. Mariella Dimech was sacked after 10 months in the job, with not one single licence for the non-profit cannabis ‘clubs’ having yet been issued. Dimech complained that she had been left without a functional office, staff, budget or political strategy with which to carry out her job. (See also: McKay appointment a ‘direct insult to the spirit of the law’, says Releaf Malta)

  • New York has $750m worth of cannabis stockpiled that growers can’t sell

    Cannabis farmers have ‘an unclear path to market’ as the state has yet to approve retail dispensaries
    The Guardian (UK)
    Saturday, November 19, 2022

    us ny cannabisA strong smell of weed hangs over many New York neighbourhoods, the result in part of cannabis decriminalization in 2019 – but cannabis growers in the state are at an impasse when it comes to getting their crops to market. Almost 300,000 pounds of the drug, worth as much as $750m, from last summer’s production at 200 state-licensed farms are stockpiled, without a place to be sold and in danger of deteriorating, according to a Bloomberg report. Distribution issues are to blame. Although the New York City has vape shops selling marijuana and CBD products on almost every street, and there are mobile weed vans on Times Square, New York’s office of cannabis management has yet to approve retail dispensaries. (See also: New York approves firms to build first social equity marijuana dispensary storefronts days before key regulators meeting)

  • Anutin calls for patience as debate over hemp bill drags on

    With the new ministerial announcement in place, the control of recreational cannabis use will slightly improve while the country waits for the cannabis and hemp law
    The Bangkok Post (Thailand)
    Thursday, November 17, 2022

    thailand anutinA new announcement categorising flowers or buds of the cannabis plant as "controlled herbs" is a temporary measure to curb the proliferation of recreational cannabis use in Thailand while the deliberation of the bill on cannabis and hemp continues to drag on, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said. This latest announcement is only one of the many small legal measures being used to control the recreational use of cannabis that has increased rapidly following the decriminalisation of cannabis in June. The problem of the increasing recreational use of cannabis continues while Thailand waits for the cannabis and hemp bill -- an all-in-one legal mechanism to ensure better control of cannabis use in the country and limit it to medicinal purposes -- to be passed into law.

  • Study examines if CBD buffers THC’s effects

    Little evidence shows that CBD can reduce adverse effects of cannabis and THCLittle evidence shows that CBD can reduce adverse effects of cannabis and THC
    High Times (US)
    Wednesday, November 16, 2022

    girl smoking potA study published in Neuropsychology attempted to determine if CBD reduces the adverse effects of THC, such as paranoia and memory loss, but found little evidence to support this theory. Study participants were observed and both pleasurable effects as well as adverse effects like paranoia and memory recall were recorded. The study, called “Does cannabidiol make cannabis safer? A randomised, double-blind, cross-over trial of cannabis with four different CBD:THC ratios” aimed to determine if increasing the amount of CBD can reduce the “harmful effects” of cannabis—notably from THC. The study also suggests that people who report better effects from CBD:THC products say so because they consume less THC rather than any buffering effects from CBD. (See also: Cannabis not made safer by increasing its CBD content)

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