Cannabis

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South Africa To Consider Medical Marijuana Bill

February 21, 2014 Cannabis

The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was presented to parliament this week.Ambrosini to present bill to legalise use of cannabis(dagga) The bill’s sponsor, cancer-stricken Member of Parliament Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, says legalising marijuana will help patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The opposition politician admitted […]

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Brazilian Senate will discuss the legalization of Cannabis

February 18, 2014 Cannabis

The proposition of a law project to legalize and regulate the recreational, medicinal and industrial use of Cannabis was presented at the Brazilian Senate this last Monday (17/02/2014) and will be coordinated by Senator Cristovam Buarque. Senator Buarque affirmed in his speech at the Senate that this is a very important discussion and should be […]

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Uruguay legalises production and sale of cannabis [Update]

December 12, 2013 Cannabis

The world’s most far-reaching cannabis law has been passed by the Uruguayan parliament, opening the way for the state to regulate the production, distribution, sale and consumption of the planet’s favourite illegal drug. The law, effective from next year, will: allow registered users to buy up to 40g of marijuana a month from a chemist’s; […]

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Uruguay’s marijuana experiment

August 27, 2013 Cannabis

The Latin American nation’s impending legalization of the drug will impact the region and the U.S. By Peter Hakim and Cameron Combs The United States’ take-no-prisoners (or, perhaps more aptly, take-too-many-prisoners) approach to drug control has few fans in Latin America, long the most violent battleground in the U.S. war on drugs. Uruguay, the smallest […]

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British press misrepresents research on cannabis liberalisation experiments

April 25, 2013 Cannabis

Earlier this month the press reported that the downgrade in cannabis (from B to C) in 2004 and the Lambeth depenalisation experiment had both been found to result in increased cannabis use and crime. However, the data these claims were based upon does not support this conclusion – provoking one of the authors to write a public letter of complaint about the misrepresentation of his research.

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Marijuana Task Force Makes Recommendations to Colorado

March 28, 2013 Cannabis

On 10 December last year, the Governor of Colorado put together a task force to find practical and pragmatic solutions to the challenges of implementing Amendment 64 – to authorise the recreational use and regulation of marijuana. The task force group included a variety of individuals, from politicians and lawyers to industry experts and activists. Their recommendations (whittled down from almost 100 to a set of 58) were presented to the Governor and Colorado General Assembly on 13 March.

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US federal authorities continue deliberating response to state votes on marijuana

March 12, 2013 Cannabis

Since Colorado and Washington legalised the recreational use of cannabis, the discord between state and federal laws has been a constant source of uncertainty, with the decision on the federal response yet to be made by US Attorney General Eric Holder. Meanwhile, expert committees in Washington and Colorado consider their regulatory options, and the Drug Enforcement Administration and the International Narcotics Control Board both lobby the federal government for an immediate crackdown.

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Pot opponents regroup following Washington and Colorado votes

January 10, 2013 Cannabis

As America begins to look poised for widespread decriminalisation of marijuana possession, the anti-pot lobby attempts a new tack.

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Why marijuana should be legal for adults

January 10, 2013 Cannabis

In response to an opinion piece written by conservative political commentator David Frum, clinical psychiatrist David Nathan argues that regulated legalisation is necessary to prevent disproportionate criminal sanctions being brought against individuals

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Most Americans and Canadians Are Ready to Legalize Marijuana

November 29, 2012 Cannabis

In the online survey of representative national samples, a majority of Canadians (57%) and Americans (54%) support the legalization of marijuana.

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