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  • Ketamine: why not everyone wants a ban

    Health risks are "simply not sufficient" to justify international control
    BBC News (UK)
    Friday, March 13, 2015

    China is proposing there should be a worldwide ban on ketamine - the drug that can lead to users needing to have their bladders removed. But ketamine is used as an anaesthetic drug in much of Africa, and there are fears further international controls could affect medical usage too. The Chinese say that they are requesting the lowest level of restriction - known as schedule four - which would not affect its use for medical purposes. But Dr Kabwe in Lusaka's main hospital says any restriction will create a level of bureaucracy that will prohibit its use.

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  • Bern will Kiffen in Clubs erlauben

    Das Stadtparlament hat einem entsprechenden Pilotversuch deutlich zugestimmt
    Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland)
    Freitag, 13. März 2015

    Die Stadt Bern soll sich an einem Pilotversuch mit Cannabis-Clubs beteiligen. Das Stadtparlament hat einen Vorstoss der linksgrünen Fraktion überwiesen und damit der Stadtregierung den Rücken gestärkt. Via Motion forderten die Grünen, dass Bern sich zusammen mit anderen Städten an einem Pilotprojekt mit «Cannabis Social Clubs» beteiligt. Die Idee ist, dass innerhalb solcher Clubs der Cannabis-Konsum freigegeben wird. (Google translate: Bern wants to allow smoking pot in clubs | Mehr dazu: In Bern wird Kiffen legal | Basel-Stadt will Cannabis-Pilotprojekt)

  • Legalisierung von Cannabis statt drogenfreier Zone

    Die Grünen halten das für unrealistisch und haben stattdessen einen Gesetzentwurf zur Legalisierung von Haschisch und Marihuana vorgelegt
    Berliner Zeitung (Germany)
    Freitag, 13. März 2015

    Der Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg soll ab April eine Null-Toleranz-Zone für Drogen werden. Die Grünen halten das für unrealistisch und haben stattdessen einen Gesetzentwurf zur Legalisierung von Haschisch und Marihuana vorgelegt. Während Kiffer in Berlin bis zu 10 Gramm Cannabis und in manchen Fällen auch 15 Gramm für den Eigenbedarf dabei haben dürfen, gilt in den Sonderzonen ein totales Drogenverbot. Monika Herrmann, Bezirksbürgermeisterin der Grünen in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, hält das "für eine komplette Luftnummer".

  • The judge who allowed ecstasy and ketamine to be legalised explains why he did it

    The Journal (Ireland)
    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Judge Gerard Hogan made an unexpected decision to allow for the possession of some drugs in a ruling on an appeal with the backing of two of his judicial colleagues at the Court of Appeal who agreed with his assessment of Ireland’s drug laws. His 30-page ruling can be read in full here. The Dáil will sit late tonight to pass emergency legislation in order to reclassify drugs – including ecstasy, ketamine and magic mushrooms.

  • The war on ketamine

    Canadian researchers fight Chinese-led effort to declare anesthetic an illicit narcotic
    National Post (Canada)
    Monday, March 9, 2015

    In a dispute that pits the war on drugs against global health needs — and one UN agency against another — a pair of Canadian researchers is spearheading a last-ditch bid to keep a widely used anesthetic from being declared an illicit narcotic. The Chinese-led proposal to put ketamine on the international schedule of “psychotropic” substances — alongside the likes of LSD and mescaline — stems from its use as a club drug said to deliver hallucinogenic “cheap thrills.” But “scheduling” the medicine would also likely deprive most of the developing world of an inexpensive anesthetic employed in countless surgeries.

  • NRW-Ministerin fordert Cannabis-Freigabe

    Der Verkauf soll mit "Beipackzetteln" erfolgen
    Kölnische Rundschau
    Freitag, 6. März 2015

    NRW-Gesundheitsministerin Barbara Steffens (Grüne) spricht sich für eine kontrollierte Freigabe der weichen Droge Cannabis aus. Mit einer streng regulierten Freigabe hofft Sie auf die Eindämmung des kriminellen Handels. Trotz des Verbots sei der Cannabis-Konsum in Deutschland gestiegen, sagte Steffens. "Dies zeigt, dass ein Verbot nicht wirkt." Nach einem Gesetzentwurf der grünen Bundestagsfraktion sollen Erwachsene künftig bis zu 30 Gramm Cannabis kaufen oder drei Cannabis-Pflanzen anbauen dürfen. (Google translation)

  • WMA warns against making essential anaesthetic a controlled drug

    Scheduling ketamine would restrict its availability worldwide, which would lead to harmful impact on animal health and welfare, as well on public health
    WMA press release
    Friday, March 6, 2015

    The World Medical Association is urging its 111 member associations to lobby their governments to oppose scheduling the anaesthetic agent Ketamine as a controlled drug. The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is due to vote next Friday (March 13) on whether to schedule Ketamine because of concern about its use as an illicit recreational drug in many countries. But the WMA warns that if it is made a controlled drug, it would effectively prevent the drug’s use in many poor countries where it is the only alternative for short term pain relief in surgery.

  • Justizminister will Cannabisbesitz straffrei stellen

    Für den persönlichen Gebrauch soll man kleinere Mengen von Cannabis besitzen können, ohne dafür bestraft zu werden
    Die Presse (Österreich)
    Freitag, 6. März 2015

    Der Besitz von kleineren Mengen Cannabis soll straffrei werden in Österreich. Das Justizministerium von Wolfgang Brandstetter erklärte dass eine derartige Gesetzesänderung geplant ist. Auch der Erwerb beim Dealer würde laut Ministerium dann zum Eigengebrauch straffrei bleiben – für den Käufer. Sofern dieser mit den Gesundheitsbehörden kooperiert. Zuletzt liefen Gespräche über diese Novelle zwischen Brandstetter und SPÖ-Gesundheitsministerin Sabine Oberhauser. Der Besitz von Cannabis ist momentan strafbar. (Google translate: Austria: Justice minister wants to decriminalize cannabis possession)

  • In Germany, it's a painstaking path to medical marijuana

    As with any other medication, the prescription of cannabis can only be authorized after a usage-risk assessment has been done
    Deutsche Welle (Germany)
    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Only few Germans are allowed to smoke marijuana to relieve pain. But that all could change. The federal government wants to prevent citizens from being able to grow plants themselves, but it has indicated that it wants to make it easier for cannabis patients to receive their medication. Federal drug represenative Marlene M. announced last month that the government was considering a law that would allow such patients to have their medicine covered by health insurance.

  • Cannabis lovers greet Green legalization plan

    Possession of 30 grams of cannabis for personal use and the cultivation of three cannabis plants would be allowed
    The Local (Germany)
    Wednesday, march 4, 2015

    German pro-legalization campaigners welcomed a draft law presented by the Green party that would allow adults to consume cannabis under strict conditions. The Greens reckon that a tax of €6-7 per gram of cannabis could also bring in €1-2 billion per year to state coffers, based on current average street prices of €10-12 per gram. They hope that their plan will massively reduce the burden on the police and judiciary. (Die Welt: Grüne wollen jedem drei Cannabis-Pflanzen gönnen | Der Spiegel: Cannabis-Gesetz der Grünen: Kiffen, aber richtig | SZ: Kiffen - bitte erst mit 18)

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