Items tagged with cannabis

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Possession of cannabis for personal use [01.01.2020] The legal status of cannabis for personal use is one of the most controversial policy issues in the European Union. Although cannabis is a classified...
The UN Drug Control Conventions [31.12.2019] For more than ten years, TNI’s Drugs & Democracy programme has been studying the UN drug control conventions and the institutional architecture of th...
Constellation spends $4bn to lift stake in cannabis group Canopy [15.08.2018] Beer maker Constellation Brands doubled down on its bet on the budding marijuana industry, pumping just under $4bn into a Canadian group that has sou...
Mexico’s new president has a radical plan to end the drug war [15.08.2018] Since the military took to the streets to fight the increasingly powerful and violent cartels producing and trafficking drugs north to consumers in t...
Ontario will rely on private sector to sell recreational cannabis [13.08.2018] Premier Doug Ford is giving up Ontario’s monopoly on weed, opening sales of recreational cannabis to private stores by April 1 in a dramatic shift th...
New government in Spain: An opportunity for cannabis legalization? [10.08.2018] On June 1, Pedro Sanchez became Spain’s first president to be elected through a no-confidence motion. A few days after the Popular Party was condemne...
Climate change is turning the Middle East's breadbasket into a cannabis farm [09.08.2018] Heeding the recommendation of international consulting group McKinsey, which was part of a broader development plan, Lebanon's parliament is preparin...
Police chief calls for more cannabis clubs where drug can be used and traded safely [09.08.2018] A police chief has called for cannabis users to be allowed to freely grow and sell the drug without fear of arrest in cannabis clubs, saying the “war...
Health Minister David Clark in favour of liberalising drug laws [31.07.2018] Health Minister David Clark is personally in favour of more liberal drug laws because prohibition has not worked in the past. But Clark would not com...
Constitutional court outlaws all punishment for cannabis consumption in Georgia [30.07.2018] The Constitutional Court of Georgia ruled that people can no longer face administrative punishments, such as fines, for consuming cannabis. The decis...
Lebanon's cannabis heartland, Bekaa, hopes for legalization [27.07.2018] The Bekaa Valley in Lebanon has long been notorious as one of the world's major cannabis-growing regions, producing some of the finest hashish. The c...
Synthetic cannabis deaths spike in New Zealand, igniting legalisation debate [27.07.2018] The number of fatal overdoses from synthetic cannabis use has soared in New Zealand, going from two deaths in five years to 45 in 12 months. The emer...
Weeks: we need to talk about cannabis [25.07.2018] More changes to the law on cannabis could be in the works, the Minister of Social Development and Sport in Bermuda has signalled. Michael Weeks said ...
For US pot companies, Canada is the land of opportunity [25.07.2018] Green Thumb Industries had a business plan, expertise and plenty of ambition to grow its marijuana business. What the Chicago-based company didn't ha...
New poll shows big jump in support for cannabis reform, especially for medicinal use [24.07.2018] Public support for cannabis law reform has soared in the past year especially for medicinal use of cannabis, a poll commissioned by the New Zealand D...
Regulated marijuana trial plans should be bigger, says Council of State [20.07.2018] The government’s highest advisory body, the Council of State, has thrown its weight behind criticism of plans to begin trials of regulated marijuana ...
Murder in Colombia’s peace laboratory [19.07.2018] Colombian campesinos in Briceño, Antioquia have voluntarily uprooted their coca plants in exchange for government support to grow new crops. But with...
Does legal weed make police more effective? [18.07.2018] Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state has “produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit” to police departments' ability to sol...
Lebanon to consider legalizing cannabis growing: official [18.07.2018] Lebanon ’s parliament is considering legalizing the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said, in an attempt ...
Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away [14.07.2018] Police forces are in effect decriminalising cannabis, campaigners say, after uncovering figures that show a substantial fall in the number of prosecu...
Cuomo administration report backs marijuana legalization in New York [13.07.2018] The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) released a state Health Department report that says the "positive effects" of legalization "outw...
CARICOM report says legalize marijuana use [09.07.2018] The CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana has recommended the declassification of marijuana as a dangerous drug in all legislation and the reclass...
A plan to jump start Lebanon's economy: Export cannabis to the world [08.07.2018] Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. presented a document detailing proposals to jump start Lebanon's economy to President Michel Aoun, Bloomberg reported....
Caricom Commission: Marijuana laws too draconian [08.07.2018] The Caricom Regional Commission on Marijuana has labelled existing regional marijuana laws as draconian and one which carries with it inappropriate c...
Partnership critical for ganja industry success - SRC head [06.07.2018] Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC) Dr Cliff Riley has underscored the importance of working partnerships that acknowledge an...
Smoke rings: more councils volunteer for cannabis growing trial [06.07.2018] Municipalities in the Netherlands have signed up to a mooted four-year trial in legally growing cannabis for the first time. The new coalition agreem...
High hopes: Who will benefit from NZ's legal cannabis industry? [05.07.2018] In New Zealand, it’s Māori communities who have been hit by racial bias in drug policing. Even when accounting for rates of use, at every stage of th...
Swiss government supports legalising medical cannabis [04.07.2018] The Federal Council has recommended the approval of the sale of cannabis for medical purposes. It also wants to legalise pilot tests to establish how...
South Australia's 'counter-productive' cannabis crackdown likely to be defeated [03.07.2018] The South Australian government’s plan to introduce jail sentences for people caught in possession of cannabis faces defeat in the state’s parliament...
Sajid Javid looks into easing rules on medical cannabis prescription [03.07.2018] The home secretary, Sajid Javid, is considering whether cannabis could be made easier to prescribe for medical use, Downing Street has said. It comes...
CARICOM heads to consider dismantling marijuana prohibition [02.07.2018] The dismantling of the prohibition of marijuana in its totality across member states is a key recommendation contained in the report of the CARICOM R...
South Australia's cannabis crackdown based on 'nonsense', experts warn [02.07.2018] The South Australian government’s plan to introduce harsher penalties for cannabis possession is based on “nonsense” reasoning and flies in the face ...
Recreational marijuana now legal in Vermont [01.07.2018] As of Sunday, recreational use of marijuana is legal in Vermont — within boundaries of some clear and not-so-clear rules. Vermont becomes the ninth s...
Legalising cannabis 'would raise £1bn in tax for the UK' [29.06.2018] Legalising cannabis would raise £1bn a year in tax for the UK. A report from the Institute of Economic Affairs has valued the UK's black market at £2...
Paris: Cannabis 'coffee shops' raided and closed by police [28.06.2018] Police raided the two " coffee shops" and took three people in for questioning. The cafes were immediately closed and it's not clear if they will reo...
New regulations may spark Canada’s craft cannabis revolution [28.06.2018] While legalization in Canada is delayed until October 17th, 2018, Canadians are celebrating as micro-licenses are finally coming out, ushering in the...
Russia cites UN body to blast Canada’s cannabis legalization [28.06.2018] Opponents of the Trudeau government’s plan to legalize marijuana in Canada are getting some unexpected if, perhaps, unwelcome support from the Russia...
Profits and perils of the new Canadian pot economy: Don Pittis [25.06.2018] Legalization is creating a whole new industry — perhaps a whole new economy. But even as pot generates new jobs and new companies and new stock marke...
Grenada PM contemplates decriminalising marijuana [25.06.2018] Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell believes the time has come for Grenada to reconsider decriminalising the use of marijuana and other forms of recreat...
Durham police chief calls for legalisation of cannabis in UK [24.06.2018] A chief constable has called for the ban on cannabis to be scrapped, arguing that it damages public safety, puts users in more danger, and gives mill...
Regulated marijuana trial should be bigger [21.06.2018] The government’s plans to experiment with regulated marijuana cultivation should be carried out far more widely than in just six to 10 local authorit...
French government ‘to close’ newly opened Paris cannabis coffee shops [20.06.2018] Along with the UK, France has among the strictest laws on Cannabis in western Europe, but despite this, huge queues have formed over the past few wee...
Senate passes pot bill, paving way for legal cannabis in 8 to 12 weeks [19.06.2018] Senators have voted to pass the federal government's bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52-29, with two abstentions, paving the way ...
Cannabis war 'comprehensively lost', says William Hague [19.06.2018] Former Conservative leader Lord Hague has called for a "decisive change" in the law on cannabis - suggesting that the Tories should consider legalisi...
Marijuana bill inches closer to passage with House vote [18.06.2018] The bill to legalize recreational marijuana has cleared another vote in the House of Commons — but it still has to get a final stamp of approval from...
New York moves toward legal marijuana with Health Dept. endorsement [18.06.2018] New York moved a significant step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, as a study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will recommend that th...
The year Mexico legalised drugs [18.06.2018] On 5 January 1940, Mexico's left-wing president, Lázaro Cárdenas, signed the new Federal Regulation of Drug Addiction into law. The new legislation w...
Legalising marijuana: An intoxicating affair [17.06.2018] Cannabis, hemp, pot, ganja, bhang – call it what you wish, but there’s no denying that the venerable, yet also reviled, plant has been endemic to the...
Reform of drug laws begins as bill passes first reading [17.06.2018] The National Legislative Assembly passed by a landslide vote the three narcotics control policy bills, which are an effort by authorities to reform o...
Better to Ask Forgiveness Than Permission [15.06.2018] In recent years, the international debate on drug policy reform has intensified, and with it has come a productive exchange of information between ac...

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