• Bipartisan Congressional lawmakers want Biden to push UN to end international marijuana ban

    The measure also calls on U.S. officials to press the UN to “expunge and forgive penalties relating to cannabis for prior offenders"
    Marijuana Moment (US)
    Friday, March 18, 2022

    biden cannabisA bipartisan duo of congressional lawmakers filed a resolution on Friday imploring President Joe Biden to wield his influence to get the United Nations (UN) to end the international ban on marijuana by removing the plant from the list of controlled substances in a global drug treaty. Reps. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced the measure as UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) wrapped up meetings for its 65th session this week in Vienna. CND in 2020 adopted a proposal to delete cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention, but it currently remains in Schedule I, precluding member nations from legalizing the plant.

  • Cannabis law still reflects discriminatory practices: Andrew Bonello

    Parts of the new law continue to reflect discriminatory practices of the past and replicates injustices and suffering for people who consume cannabis
    Malta Today (Malta)
    Thursday, March 17, 2022

    Andrew BonelloThe reform enacted by the Maltese government in 2021 Act No. LXVI to establish the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis and to amend various laws relating to certain cannabis activities, included strong provisions to safeguard public health, human rights, respect for personal freedoms and autonomy. Nonetheless, parts of the new law in Malta, including the de facto implementation of the law, continue to reflect discriminatory practices of the past and replicates injustices and suffering for people who consume cannabis. Unfortunately, the law has totally ignored the negative effects caused by criminalisation and continues to promote a stigmatised approach. (See also: Cannabis lobby slams 'regressive' Labour manifesto)

  • Politicians across parties propose 5-year cannabis pilot in Denmark

    The program would allow domestic production and state-controlled retail
    Mugglehead (Canada)
    Tuesday, March 15, 2022

    denmark cannabis flagDanish officials across five political parties have proposed a plan for an adult-use cannabis pilot similar to a program proposed in its capital city. Earlier this month, the proposal was presented in Danish Parliament instructing the government to start legislative work that will result in a bill that legalizes cannabis for five years. According to submitted documentation, that bill will look like one put forth in Copenhagen with sales at state-controlled outlets, and it’s legal for citizens to buy, possess, grow and consume cannabis for personal use. The proposed scheme would set up public outlets in municipalities wishing to join the program. Production would be legalized, and take place domestically in Denmark.

  • Herzog, Sa'ar call on convicted cannabis users to request clemency

    The President and Justice Minister are working to decriminalize the personal use of cannabis and make it an administrative offense as part of a broader push to reform Israel's penal system
    The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
    Sunday, March 6, 2022

    israel cannabis flag courtIsraelis who have been convicted for possessing or using cannabis for personal purposes were called upon to submit a request to have their criminal record erased, President Isaac Herzog and Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar announced. The call came after on February 9 a proposal was put forward to amend the Administrative Rules and Order law such that possessing or using cannabis will be designated as an administrative offense and will not warrant the opening of a criminal record. The clemency process in Israel requires that a person who wishes to erase his criminal record submit a request with the Justice Ministry, which then prepares a file and recommendation for the President to decide upon. 

  • Morocco ratifies decree to start legal cannabis industry

    The decree authorizes the issuing of licenses in several Moroccan regions where it is legal to cultivate cannabis, as well as monitoring and regulating its production
    Morocco World News (Morocco)
    Friday, March 4, 2022

    cannabis morocco2Morocco has ratified the legislative changes required to start the country’s promising domestic legal cannabis industry for medical and export purposes. The prospect of legalizing Moroccan cannabis products has long captivated investors in the rapidly growing global Cannabis industry, given Morocco’s historic reputation for quality cannabis production. Given Morocco’s various free trade agreements and expertise in cultivating the plant, the decree aims to move large parts of the illicit cannabis market out of the shadows, and into the spotlight of international investors and consumers. 

  • Ganja lobby turns heat on Gov’t in defence of small farmers

    The 2015 passage of legislation had spurred “enthusiastic expectation for an inclusive ganja industry to be built from the ground up”, but that sentiment has given way to a sense of betrayal
    The Gleaner (Jamaica)
    Friday, February 25, 2022

    The Ganja Growers and Producers Association Jamaica (GGPAJ) has called for an immediate two-year incentive programme for marijuana cultivators, especially for small, traditional, Rastafarian and indigenous farmers, many of whom have been excluded from the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA)-regulated industry. Richard Crawford, president of the GGPAJ, made the call at the seventh anniversary of the approval of the Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act. "It is is socially, morally, culturally and economically wrong that those persons constituting the small and traditional ganja cultivators.. who were hounded, beaten, prosecuted, arrested, convicted, criminalised for growing ganja.. are being left behind."

  • Inside California's cannabis crisis

    Small weed farms are facing extinction under oppressive regulations, high taxes, and a statewide collapse in cannabis pricing
    Rolling Stone (US)
    Monday, February 21, 2022

    us cannabis cultivation californiaCalifornia’s marijuana market, which reached an estimated $4.4 billion in sales in 2020, has seemingly reached peak cannabis capitalism. But the overwhelming sense amongst the so-called “legacy growers” is that they’re at a breaking point, exhausted by the regulations of the industry that they largely created. Protecting existing growers was a pillar of Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana for adult use. Legalization advocates included a provision to encourage legacy growers to join the legal market, promising that no cultivation site would be larger than one acre until 2023, so that small farms wouldn’t face competition from multi-acre ‘mega farms’ for at least five years. But cannabis industry lobbyists persuaded the California Department of Food and Agriculture to change the provision.

  • In blow for cannabis advocates, Italy's high court blocks referendum

    Currently, the cultivation of cannabis plants incurs a sentence ranging from two to six years in prison
    Euronews (Europe)
    Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    italy cannabis3A referendum on making growing cannabis legal in Italy has been blocked by the country's constitutional court. In a ruling judges said the law would have forced Italy to violate its international obligations to prevent drug trafficking. But critics said that the court had stifled the democratic process after a petition gained 630,000 signatures, well above the threshhold to trigger a referendum on the issue. Supporters of the referendum believed that the legalisation of cannabis, which they say is no more harmful than legal substances such as alcohol and tobacco, would have made it possible to remedy overcrowding in prisons while focusing police action on violent criminal organisations. (See also: Top Italian court blocks marijuana and psilocybin referendum from going before vote)

  • Schumer asks for input as Democrats finalize cannabis bill

    The letter comes after Schumer indicated during a press conference last week that he was aiming to introduce the legislation as soon as April that would lift the federal prohibition on cannabis
    The Hill (US)
    Thursday, February 10, 2022

    Chuck SchumerTop Senate Democrats are asking their colleagues for input as they work to finalize cannabis reform legislation, with the aim of introducing a bill this spring. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent a letter to their colleagues to invite them "into the drafting process as we work to finalize this legislation."  "In order to appropriately address such a nuanced issue, we respectfully request the input, advice and guidance of Chairs and Ranking Members of relevant committees as well as senators who have dealt with the challenges and realities of legalization in their own states," they wrote. (See also: Schumer asks senators to help shape marijuana legalization bill he plans to file soon)

  • Europe should follow Malta's example on cannabis reform, says minister

    Malta’s law allows users to carry seven grams of the drug and store up to 50 grams at home, making it the first EU state to legalise cannabis
    Euronews (Europe)
    Wednesday, February 9, 2022

    europe cannabisMalta’s new cannabis rules should serve as a model for other European states of how to end the unnecessary prosecution of low-level drug users and strike a blow against organised crime, according to the minister responsible for the law, Owen Bonnici. The new law, passed by the Maltese parliament in December 2021, prevented recreational users from being dragged through the courts or tribunal process for possession of small amounts of cannabis. But it also allows for users and, eventually, non-profit organisations to grow cannabis plants and distribute it to other smokers via cannabis associations, meaning they no longer have to source the drug via the black market and put money into the pockets of international criminal gangs.

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