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  • 'First ever' bill proposes legal cannabis in France

    The Local (France)
    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    France has some of the toughest possession statutes in Europe, but a first of its kind bill proposed could change that. People smoking a joint in France face a maximum penalty of a year behind bars and a €3,750 fine for the first offence, yet 13.4 million French people admit to sparking up at least once in their life. Even France’s Interior Minister Manuel Vallls said in an interview, he’d tried it “maybe once.” Esther Benbassa, the lawmaker behind the legislation tells why marijuana should be legalized in France. Legalizing cannabis has come up regularly in France, but the discussion never has never gotten far.

  • Drug busts push teens towards hard drugs in Lebanon

    Now (Lebanon)
    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    The relentless crackdown by security forces on the mainly cannabis-smoking youth in Beirut has had several negative repercussions on the Lebanese society. Young, impressionable teenagers in Beirut are increasingly getting drawn to what is called "synthetic cannabis" or otherwise known as "K2" or "spice." A mixture of herbs is usually laced with cannabinoids such as cannabicyclohexanol. The exact effects of this mixture are still not well understood, but early studies suggest a severe increase in chances of psychosis.

  • Why is Raymond Pryce so high on ganja?

    MP wants end to 'slash and burn' practice by cops
    Jamaica Observer (Jamaica)
    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    raymond-pryceRaymond Pryce, the North East St Elizabeth member of parliament, is not only a lobbyist for decriminalisation /legalisation of ganja. He plans to optimise on his grandmother's remedies, once the Jamaican Government removes the legal impediment, which now seems to be a foregone conclusion, because the two major political parties appear at one on the issue. "My belief is that we must change the 'fear'-led prohibition regime to a 'fair' and intelligent approach to ganja, and Jamaica must take back its lead role internationally," says Pryce.

  • Marijuana on the move

    Spain is bucking a global trend with its plans to crack down on use of the drug
    El País (Spain)
    Monday, January 27, 2014

    un_viennaSome 20 years ago, a Spanish official in favor of lifting the ban on drugs such as marijuana mentioned at a UN meeting that there "might be a more humane option" in the fight against trafficking. She was immediately taken aside by a senior diplomat, who told her in no uncertain terms: "Don't say things like that round here, not even in the washroom." Today, the same official says that internal documents are now circulating within the UN that openly admit to the failure of prohibition.

  • Turin votes in favour of legalizing cannabis

    Turin is the first large city in Italy to speak out about the annulment of the Fini-Giovanardi law
    The Local (Italy)
    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    Turin's city council has approved a motion in favour of making the drug legal for therapeutic purposes, making it the first of Italy's large cities to do so. The proposal is an appeal to the Italian parliament that they "move from a prohibitionist structure to one where soft drugs, particularly cannabis, are legally produced and distributed". This means that while the vote doesn't make it legal to consume, buy or sell cannabis for individual use yet, it paves the way for a more tolerant view of the drug in the eyes of the law.

  • Courage, common sense and cannabis

    The Copenhagen Post (Denmark)
    Saturday, January 11, 2014

    copenhagen-mm-2013Despite 40 years of prohibition, Danes smoke cannabis. If prohibition continues another 40 years, Danes will still smoke it. So too will residents in Uruguay, Colorado, Washington and the other US states that will inevitably follow suit. But while they will light up legally and boost state coffers, Danes will still be lining the pockets of hardened criminals. (See also: No plans to follow Colorado's lead on cannabis)

  • Poll stubs out legal cannabis hopes

    Nearly two thirds of Germans are against cannabis being made legal, a new study shows
    The Local (Germany)
    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    coffeeshop4Sixty-five percent of Germans say they would reject relaxing laws restricting the production, sale and consumption of marijuana, according to the study conducted by opinion pollsters Forsa for Stern magazine. Just under a third of those asked (29 percent) would like to see the drug legalized, while six percent said they have no opinion on the issue. Among supporters of the Green Party, those in favour of legalization jumped up to 51 percent. The poll of 1,003 Germans will come as a blow to Berlin Green politician Monika Herrmann, who is battling to open a Dutch-style coffee shop in the capital.

  • Marijuana in Colorado has a long history and an uncertain future

    The Denver Post (US)
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    denver-post-1937Federal marijuana prohibition in the United States started with a knock on a Denver man's apartment door. Seventy-six years ago, Samuel Caldwell became the first person arrested and prosecuted under a federal charge of selling marijuana, after drug enforcement agents busted him with 3 pounds of cannabis in his apartment. Three-quarters of a century and an estimated 26 million marijuana arrests after Caldwell's, legal marijuana sales were set to start at 8 a.m. in Colorado.

  • A Colorado marijuana guide: 64 answers to commonly asked questions

    The Denver Post (US)
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    colorado-marijuanaOn January 1, 2014, Colorado becomes the first place anywhere in the world to allow legal marijuana sales to anybody over 21 for any purpose. You have questions about how it will work? Since the voter-approved Amendment 64 (ah, there it is) went into effect on Dec. 10, 2012, it has been legal for anyone 21 and over to use marijuana or possess up to an ounce of marijuana for any purpose. Here are 64 answers to commonly asked questions.

  • Morocco: Istiqlal party proposes first draft law to legalize cannabis

    The issue of cannabis cultivation in Morocco has finally made it to the legislative sphere
    Morocco World News
    Sunday, December 29, 2013

    According to La Vie Eco, the Istiqlal Party has recently proposed a draft law to decriminalize and regulate the cultivation of cannabis for medical and pharmaceutical ends. The Istiqlal Party thus becomes the first party to take this issue to the parliament. The objective is to delimit the cultivation of cannabis to certain regions, namely Al Hoceima, Chaouen, Tétouan, Ouezzane and Taounate. Beyond these regions, the cultivation of this plant will be prohibited.

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