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  • D.C. pot advocates threaten public smoke-in to protest ban on pot clubs

    A loophole in a voter-approved ballot measure could allow clubs with membership fees
    The Washington Post (US)
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    After just five days of pot being legal in the nation’s capital, the D.C. Council voted unanimously to approve new limits on marijuana use. The legislation introduced last week by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) prohibits smoking in bars, clubs and virtually anywhere else outside a private home that residents may gather to smoke the drug. Adam Eidinger, head of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, warned that the restrictions rendered void an agreement that he had struck last year with Bowser to try to prevent public displays of marijuana smoking in D.C. that might provoke opponents in Congress.

  • UK should begin decriminalising drugs, say Richard Branson and Nick Clegg

    Virgin founder and deputy prime minister argue that ‘war on drugs’ has failed and urge UK to follow Portuguese example
    The Guardian (UK)
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg are urging the UK to begin decriminalising the use and possession of almost all drugs, following the example of Portugal. The Virgin founder and deputy prime minister argue in a Guardian article that the "war on drugs" has failed. "As an investment, the war on drugs has failed to deliver any returns," they write. "If it were a business, it would have been shut down a long time ago. This is not what success looks like." (See also: Knives out for Clegg as anti-drugs lobby targets Lib Dems)

  • UN drugs body warns US states and Uruguay over cannabis legalisation

    International Narcotics Control Board report says US and Uruguay are breaking drug treaties and warns of huge rise in abuse of ADHD treatment Ritalin
    The Guardian (UK)
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    The United Nations has renewed its warnings to Uruguay and the US states of Colorado and Washington that their cannabis legalisation policies fail to comply with the international drug treaties. The annual report from the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, which is responsible for policing the drug treaties, said it would send a high-level mission to Uruguay, which became the first country to legalise the production, distribution, sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes.

  • Belize to decriminalize 10 grams of marijuana

    Persons found in possession of marijuana could be issued a fine of up to $15 per gram
    Amandala (Belize)
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Cabinet and Parliament are soon expected to put their stamp of approval on a set of recommendations presented by the committee for the decriminalization of marijuana installed back in 2012. This will mean that all persons who have a police record for the possession of 10 grams of marijuana or less will have their criminal record for that conviction expunged forthwith, as the law will no longer deem the possession of marijuana for “private, personal use” to be an offense prosecutable as a crime in Belize.

  • Cannabis: what's in a name?

    Recent studies have used “hash” and “skunk” to describe varying strengths of cannabis
    The Guardian (UK)
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Users often make the claim that “sativas” produce a more “head-high” while “indicas” a more “body-high”, and that this could potentially be because of differences in THC content and CBD/THC ratio. However, there is no evidence to support the notion that CBD/THC ratios differ among the different types. Furthermore, nowadays there has been extensive crossbreeding which would make a further distinction between the types less meaningful.

  • Die grüne Welle

    Im Kampf gegen weiche Drogen propagieren Fachleute den kontrollierten Verkauf von Cannabis
    Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Schweiz)
    Dienstag, 3. März 2015

    In der deutschen Drogenpolitik ist ein radikaler Wandel zu beobachten. Angefacht von Gewaltexzessen und befeuert durch die Zunahme des Drogenhandels in Grossstädten eine Debatte über die Legalisierung von Cannabis entbrannt. Fachleute erklären die Drogen politik für gescheitert. Juristen, Suchtexperten und Kommunal politiker fordern eine Entkriminalisierung des Cannabiskonsums. Nur so könnten die Dealer vertrieben, der Schwarzmarkt ausgetrocknet und die Konsumenten vor gefährlicher Ware geschützt werden. (30 Prozent würde Cannabis legal und reguliert erwerben können | Google translate: The green wave | Cannabis policy reform in Europe)

  • How do you treat pain when most of the world's population can't get opioids?

    Rational policies to reduce opioid abuse without halting access to pain relief could set a global example
    Los Angeles Times (US)
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    In the United States, where doctors write more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers a year, the frequency of abuse and overdose represents a public health crisis. More than 15,000 Americans died from an overdose of prescription opioids in 2013. In other parts of the world, however, the crisis is that strong painkillers such as morphine aren't available at all. More than 70% of the world's population live in countries with no access to opioids. That has been the case in India.

  • Why ‘Special K’ is good medicine

    It’s on the WHO’s list of essential medicines, and is invaluable in developing countries. So why is the UN discussing increased regulation of ketamine?
    The Daily Beast (US)
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    In the global world of illicit drug policies, the granddaddy of them all is the United States. But as the U.S. starts to, perhaps, question the effectiveness of its abstinence-or-incarceration approach, China seems more than happy to pick up and go where the U.S. hasn’t gone. Next week, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will decide whether or not to schedule the drug ketamine internationally, as China has suggested it should.

  • Two headlines perfectly sum up everything wrong with American drug policy

    Congress and the Justice Department have largely played a "wait and see" game when it comes to the application of federal laws to state drug policy
    The Washington Post (US)
    Monday, March 2, 2015

    two-headlinesTwo stories published last week perfectly sum up the state of American drug policy. On Friday, Colorado released its first annual report on the state of the marijuana industry, which sold 17 tons of weed worth $700 million last year. That same day The Daily Beast reported on the case of Fate Vincent Winslow, a homeless man who in 2008 sold $20 worth of weed to an undercover cop and is currently serving a life sentence for it.

  • 2014 performance of cannabis stocks by quarter

    Marijuana stocks in general are extremely volatile
    Marijuana Business Daily (US)
    Monday, March 2, 2014

    cannabis-stocks-2014Cannabis stocks proved lucrative at the beginning of 2014, but the chances of a solid return deteriorated in the second half of the year. An investor who pumped money into a mix of securities followed by the Viridian Cannabis Stock Index in early January of last year could’ve netted a 938% return at the end of the first quarter. That equates to a profit of nearly $94,000 on an initial investment of $10,000. But a similar investment made in the second quarter would’ve only netted an investor $283 in profits. From there, the chances of a loss increased dramatically.

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