Latest news on drug policy issues in the international media


  • Medical cannabis: Morocco to target European market

    The ministry said the priority markets of Moroccan medical cannabis are Spain, the Netherlands, and the UK
    Morocco World News (Morocco)
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    Morocco’s Ministry of Interior developed a study, showing the country’s interest to prioritize the European market in terms of the supply of medical cannabis. The ministry presented a feasibility study to the Committee for the Interior, Local Authorities, and  Urban Policy in the House of Representatives, showing that the annual net income from cannabis for medical use could reach MAD 110,000 ($12,316) per hectare. The study stipulates that the annual net income represents an improvement of 40% compared to the current numbers. The study also outlines the expectations of the share of Moroccan production in the European market. (See also: Légalisation du cannabis : revenus potentiels, marchés cibles... que dit l’étude de faisabilité du ministère de l’Intérieur ?)

  • After Aphria deal, the new Tilray eyes transformation into a global cannabis brands giant

    Company, which will have market value in excess of US$8 billion, is eyeing selling cannabis in everything from drinks to skin creams to snack bars
    Finacial Post (Canada)
    Monday, May 3, 2021

    dollar cannabis2Tilray Inc. shareholders approved the merger with Aphria Inc., creating a cannabis powerhouse that’s both the largest medical marijuana company in Europe and a major player in Canada’s recreational market. The company’s ambitions don’t end there, though. Irwin Simon, the former head of Aphria who is now chairman and chief executive officer of the combined company, has ambitions to transform it from an edgy Canadian marijuana company into a global consumer products giant, potentially selling cannabis in everything from drinks to skin creams to snack bars. The company will have a market value in excess of US$8 billion, making it a giant in the fast-growing cannabis industry.

  • Mexican lawmakers fail to legalize marijuana ahead of Supreme Court deadline

    After the Chamber of Deputies approved the Senate-passed legalization bill, senators said that the revised proposal was critically internally conflicted
    Marijuana Moment (US)
    Monday, May 3, 2021

    mexico scnj amparoMexican lawmakers have failed to meet a Supreme Court deadline to end marijuana prohibition after spending months going back and forth on a legalization bill that passed both chambers of Congress in differing forms. The result is a lot of uncertainty. This session, it seemed like the reform would finally be achieved. The Senate approved a legalization bill late last year, and then the Chamber of Deputies made revisions and passed it in March, sending it back to the originating chamber. A couple of Senate committees then took up and cleared the amended measure, but leaders quickly started signaling that certain revisions made the proposal unworkable. Lawmakers have begun floating the idea of holding a special legislative session after June’s elections in order to get the job done this year.

  • The forgotten history of European drug-dealer activism

    A Social Dealer Charter, a list of principles for how suppliers ought to engage their customers, was developed.
    Talking Drugs (UK)
    Friday, April 30, 2021

    Today, the contributions of drug suppliers towards harm reduction efforts remain mostly neglected by history, although some within the grassroots end of the movement still emphasise their critical role. The work of Van Dam in The Netherlands and Southwell in the United Kingdom is part of a mostly-forgotten history of drug dealers organising themselves and alongside drug-user activists to advance the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs. In 1996, as the City of Rotterdam was cracking down on the public presence of drug suppliers and consumers, or what they called “nuisances,” the City officially supported drug consumption rooms (DCR). But some drug-user activists were skeptical of these newly above-ground programs. “It is only concerned with regulating and monitoring users.”

  • Un premier pas vers une régulation du marché du cannabis

    La commission de la santé publique du Conseil national a donné suite à une initiative parlementaire proposant de réguler le marché du cannabis plutôt que de l’interdire
    Tribune de Genève (Suisse)
    Vendredi, 30 avril 2021

    switzerland 100percent legalLa Suisse devrait réguler le marché du cannabis plutôt que l’interdire. La commission de la santé publique du Conseil national a donné suite par 13 voix contre 11 et une abstention à une initiative parlementaire de Heinz Siegenthaler (Centre/BE). En régulant de manière détaillée le marché et en le contrôlant, au lieu d’interdire le cannabis, on crée des prescriptions cohérentes et plus conformes à la réalité sociétale, soulignent les services du Parlement vendredi. L’objectif est notamment de mieux protéger la jeunesse et les consommateurs. Pour l’auteur de l’initiative, l’actuelle interdiction du cannabis agit de manière insuffisante: la consommation ne diminue pas, le marché noir se développe et il n’y a aucun contrôle de la qualité, ni a fortiori de protection des consommateurs.

  • Maroc : Plaidoyer pour une amnistie des cultivateurs et l’usage récréatif du cannabis

    La coordination appelle aussi à une amnistie générale à tous les cultivateurs et les personnes poursuivies
    Yabiladi (Maroc)
    Mercredi, 28 avril 2021

    morocco cannabis grower2A la vielle de la promulgation de la loi sur les usages légaux, la Coordination des zones d'origine du cannabis, qui se compose d'agriculteurs et de descendants de cultivateurs de cannabis dans les régions historiques des provinces d'Al Hoceima et de Chefchaouen est mobilisée. Elle a, en effet, rencontré tous les partis politiques représentés à la Chambre des représentants pour leur présenter son mémorandum. La coordination défend aussi l’usage récréatif du cannabis. «Cela se fera à l'image des pays ayant légalisé le cannabis», explique ce membre qui ajoute qu’il s’agit d’un «marché noir que l’Etat doit exploiter, sinon il tombera entres les mains de barons, de gangs et de cartels». (Lire aussi: Abdelouafi Laftit sur la légalisation du cannabis : “Nous n'avons plus de temps à perdre”)

  • Should the EU help legalize cannabis farms in Morocco?

    Political fights are delaying Morocco's legalization of cannabis. But, thanks to the rise of medical marijuana, the measure fits well with EU development aims and international drug policy
    Deutsche Welle (Germany)
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    morocco parliament cannabisShould draft legislation clear the final hurdles in the next few weeks, Morocco could become the second Arab country to legalize cannabis. Lebanon was the first in 2020. Cannabis legalization has been suggested before in Morocco. It is hard to know whether the draft law will pass, Khalid Mouna, an associate anthropology professor at Moulay Ismail University in Meknes. Mouna said that had mostly been a tactic to gain the support of voters in deprived cannabis-growing areas. This time could be different, said Tom Blickman, a researcher on international drugs policy for the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute. "I think it's serious because the initiative comes from the government, and behind the government is the palace," he said, referring to the Moroccan royal family. "Previous proposals came from the opposition."

  • Grow landrace cannabis strains with ‘fair trade’ seeds from the source

    Landrace cannabis strains may hold the genetic building blocks for breeding the next generation of game-changing hybrid strains
    Leafly (US)
    Monday, April 26, 2021

    cannabis seedsThroughout India and Southeast Asia, indigenous farmers grow cannabis and make hashish using methods passed down for untold generations. Despite a global push to end prohibition, these traditional cannabis communities continue to struggle economically, as changes in climate and encroaching tourism threaten their existence. Now they find their unique landrace cannabis genetics under threat. Attempts to locate, preserve, and proliferate these strains date back decades. But most such efforts have been led by geographic and cultural outsiders, often driven more by profits than preservation. Over the past five years a grassroots, locally-led, globally crowdsourced effort, the Indian Landrace Exchange, has emerged to help defend and support these local cannabis-growing communities.

  • Cannabis: les cultivateurs s’organisent dans un cadre légal

    Ce sont des habitants des zones historiquement connues pour la culture du cannabis, qui ont mis en place ce cadre associatif avec pour principal objectif de défendre les droits des petits cultivateurs
    Le 360 (Maroc)
    Dimanche, 25 April 2021

    morocco cannabis moqueDans les provinces d’Al Hoceima et de Chaouen, les cultivateurs de la plante de cannabis ont décidé de lancer une initiative légale pour accompagner la mise en œuvre de la nouvelle législation relative à cette culture. D’après le quotidien Al Ahdath Al Maghribia, ces derniers viennent de créer la «Coordination des zones d’origine du cannabis». Cette initiative intervient au moment où le nouveau projet de loi sur les usages légaux du cannabis vient tout juste d’être présenté par le ministre de l’Intérieur devant le Parlement. Parmi les premières revendications de cette organisation associative, une révision du casier judiciaire des personnes recherchées pour cette activité, l’assainissement du foncier consacré à cette culture et l’accélération du renforcement du rôle des coopératives.

  • Alcohol giant Diageo, Tobacco giant Reynolds, and Morgan Stanley among companies newly lobbying on cannabis

    The involvement of tobacco and alcohol companies is an unwelcome development for some cannabis reform advocates
    Cannabiswire (US)
    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    dollar cannabisThe US House of Representatives passed a bill to expand cannabis industry access to banking. While a version of that bill stalled in the last Senate, Democrats now have a majority. Major companies are taking notice. Cannabis Wire was the first news organization to report that Marlboro maker Altria had started to get into cannabis lobbying at the state level, through its registration on cannabis sales in Virginia, and that the company planned to lobby at the federal level. Last month, Altria joined Molson Coors and other mainstream companies, like Brink’s, to launch the national Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation. Then, this month, the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity and the Reason Foundation launched another national group called the Cannabis Freedom Alliance.

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