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  • Caricom leaders to debate marijuana legalization

    Associated Press
    Saturday, March 8, 2014

    Researchers with a Caribbean trade bloc have found that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost the region's sluggish economy. Caricom leaders are expected to talk about the preliminary report in a two-day summit that begins Monday in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.

  • As US states allow pot sales, Dutch reverse course

    Associated Press
    The Seattle Times (US)
    Friday, March 7, 2014

    The Netherlands, the world pioneer in pot liberalization, has recently taken a harder line toward marijuana, with mixed results seen particularly in border towns such as Maastricht. Maastricht's street dealers are back, local residents complain. And the reason is a crackdown on coffee-shops triggered by another problem: Pot tourists who crossed the border to visit the cafes and made a nuisance of themselves.

  • The battle against 'pasta base'

    Uruguay is tackling a hard drug by legalising a soft one
    BBC News (UK)
    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    paco-bolsaIn December, Uruguay became the first nation in the world to legislate for the production, sale and state regulation of marijuana. Many hope that when the law takes full effect next year, fewer people will use a cheap, highly addictive cocaine derivative called "pasta base". By allowing adults to grow their own cannabis or buy a maximum of 40g a month from a pharmacy, supporters of the new law believe it will separate the marijuana market from more problematic drugs.

  • UN: cannabis law changes pose 'very grave danger to public health'

    International Narcotics Control Board calls US and Uruguay moves on cannabis 'misguided initiatives'
    The Guardian (UK)
    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has launched a counter-offensive against moves to liberalise drug laws around the world, warning that cannabis legalisation poses a grave danger to public health. At the launch of the INCB's 2013 Annual Report, its president, Raymond Yans, voiced concern over "misguided initiatives" on cannabis legalisation in Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that fail to comply with international drug conventions. (See also: Time for UN to open up dialogue on drug policy reform and end counter-productive blame-game)

  • Why the mayor of Copenhagen wants to get into the marijuana business

    He sees it as the only way for the Danish capital to get a grip on its huge cannabis trade
    The Atlantic Citylab (US)
    Monday, March 3, 2014

    The city of Copenhagen should be growing its own weed, said its mayor. According to Social Democrat Frank Jensen, the Danish capital can only get a grip on its huge trade in Cannabis if the state itself muscles in and displaces the pushers. Aware that a municipal government peddling its own grass might sound a little crunchy, Jensen is emphasizing the proposal's seriousness. "This isn’t a hippie proposal," he told newspaper Berlingske. "It's being discussed by people in suits and ties." (Editorial: Legalize marijuana on a trial basis)

  • Jamaica to decriminalise ganja by year end - gov't official

    The Gleaner (Jamaica)
    Sunday, February 23, 2014

    Jamaica is to decriminalise ganja by year end as the government moves to capitalise on the booming marijuana trade internationally, said Science and Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell. The minister confirmed that ganja will be decriminalised this year in keeping with parliamentary approval. Paulwell, late last year, had come out in full support of positive developments in ganja locally and internationally and said that "Jamaica will not be left behind" as interest and movements in ganja law reform and research and development grows rapidly. (See also: Ganja green light this year)

  • «Wir wollen die Dealer austrocknen»

    Genf will die Abgabe von Cannabis testen
    Basler Zeitung (Switzerland)
    Sonntag, 23. Februar 2014

    sandro-cattacinCannabis-Konsum soll in Vereinen mit Mitgliederbeitrag legal werden. Das fordert ein überparteiliches Genfer Komitee. Im Genfer Projekt können sich Erwachsene, die im Kanton Genf wohnhaft sind, in einem Verein einschreiben, um legal eine vorbestellte Menge an Cannabis zu beziehen. Der Genfer Soziologe Sandro Cattacin leitet die Arbeitsgruppe des Projekts. Er spricht über dessen Signalwirkung an Jugendliche und die Reaktion des Bauernverbandes.

  • Kiffen für die Gesundheit

    Coffeeshops in Frankfurt
    Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany)
    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    Der Ortsbeirat im Frankfurter Bahnhofsviertel fordert den Magistrat dazu auf, ein Modellprojekt zum legalen Verkauf von Cannabis einzurichten. Damit soll der ungezügelte Schwarzmarkt kontrolliert werden. Ob ein solcher Antrag innerhalb des Magistrats eine Mehrheit fände, darf bezweifelt werden. Der Antragsteller, Costantino Gianfrancesco (Grüne), sagte gleich zu Beginn der Debatte: "Es geht hier nicht um Legalisierung, es geht um Kontrolle." (Mehr dazu: Frankfurter Ortsbeirat votiert für Coffeeshops)

  • Most Dutch councils ignore ban on marijuana sales to tourists

    Dutch News (Netherlands)
    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    Tourists are still able to buy marijuana in 85% of the Netherlands' cannabis cafes despite the national ban on selling soft drugs to non-residents, according to Tilburg University researcher Nicole Maalsté. Most local authorities have incorporated the ban into their local bylaws but do nothing to enforce it. However, non-residents are excluded from coffee shops in 23 of the 103 local council areas with licenced cannabis cafes. These are mainly in the southern regions.

  • California ballot measure on pot legalization delayed until 2016

    A national drug reform coalition decides not to put an initiative before voters in November, saying it needs more money and time
    Los Angeles Times (US)
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    real-california-cannabisA coalition of investors and strategists, which played a key role in passing most of the legislation to reform drug laws nationwide since 1996, has decided not to put a pot initiative on the ballot in California this year but will wait to push for legalization until 2016. Signature-gathering efforts for at least two additional pot measures are circulating, but they do not appear to have the high-profile financial backing needed. So the coalition's decision makes it less likely that marijuana will be legalized in California in the near future.

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