As was announced recently, medicinal use of cannabis is likely to be made legal at federal level in the US in 2019. At almost the same moment, the government has set up an anti-cannabis committee. How can you reconcile these?
The law governing German driving licences punishes cannabis consumption is harsher than in many neighbouring countries. One thing stands out: on the one hand, the threshold value of 1ng THC/ml of blood serum for social users is very low, while on the other hand, there’s no THC threshold for medicinal use. But this does not mean patients are fully protected.
Unlike in Europe, the public in the US and Canada appear relatively unconcerned about so-called genetic engineering. The first GMO companies are now starting to look at improving the ancient medicinal and crop plant Cannabis sativa L.
Since 2007, extremely high peak values of THC content have been regularly found in Berlin. Statistically speaking, Berlin is the record holder since 2010, with an active ingredient level of 44% THC in cannabis. What is really behind this?
Not just professional basketball players in the US consume cannabis. The international doping agency WADA only bans cannabis during, but not between, competitions – and CBD has been removed from the prohibited list.
The Hemp Parade (Hanfparade) is one of the oldest demonstrations for the legalisation of cannabis. This year, 6,000 people joined the demonstration against the ban on cannabis and its consequences. The demonstrators are calling for ‘Education, not prohibition’.
The Parliament of Luxembourg has adopted a law on the use of medicinal cannabis. After the international trade in cannabis shares threatened to be compromised as a result of the - until July - illegal status of medicinal cannabis in Luxembourg, everything went very fast.
In California, cannabis grown outdoors was for the first time identified as the trigger for a dangerous illness. A study that has attracted little attention so far shows that a woman became seriously ill from smoking contaminated cannabis. What really happened and how can consumers protect themselves?
Cannabis seeds and non-flowering cannabis plants are legal in Austria, but this is about to change. Austria’s right-wing coalition government is planning a nationwide ban. So far, nothing has been decided about when and how this is supposed to happen, but the government appears determined to go ahead.
Growing number of cannabis offences in Germany – Drugs Commissioner prefers fines to criminal charges
In Germany, cannabis users have so far only been decriminalised on paper. In 2017, there were more criminal investigations than ever before. Now, Germany’s Drug Commissioner is reflecting aloud about punishing quantities for personal use with a fine.
Swiss cannabis activists want to use the momentum of legal cannabis containing CBD in order to achieve the legalisation of the plant’s forbidden variant containing THC. So the new cannabis initiative is underway, 10 years after the No in the last referendum about cannabis. However, it is limping forwards and it desperately needs support!
Anyone searching for the word “cannabis” on YouTube will be swamped by millions of hits. Not only are there millions of video clips on the subject, over the last few years more and more channels have sprung up that focus on the forbidden plant. Many are in fact mainly about personal consumption, but others attempt to report, more or less objectively, on current developments.
Hopes of a liberal cannabis policy have declined with the CDU/SPD coalition. Nevertheless, cannabis is still appearing increasingly on the political agenda. The German Parliament is currently debating three separate bills. At the same time, the number of cannabis patients continues to grow.
In Austria, cannabis has been voted medicinal plant of the year, prompting a fresh look at research developments. Since the widespread legalisation of medicinal cannabis, there has been an increase in data on the once prohibited plant. Many studies confirm what patients already knew, some dispel old myths, and some surprise even self-proclaimed hemp experts.
The US state of California, the fifth largest economy in the world, legalised cannabis on 1 January 2018. Although other US states had already created a regulated cannabis market before California, the Golden State intends to grow its sales market for cannabis, which already was the largest in the world, even faster. Currently, the annual sales of medicinal cannabis, which was legalised in California in 1996, is set to reach $7 billion this year.
The rumours about hidden forces of darkness lurking behind the worldwide ban on cannabis just refuse to die. There is no proof at all of any worldwide cannabis conspiracy. The driving force behind the ban is latent European and North American racism, not economic interests as maintained, for example, by the cannabis activist Jack Herer.
The production, sale and export of medicinal marijuana are strictly regulated. Despite this, patients know less about the contents and origins of their medication than recreational users. Why is this and what could be improved?
Since medicinal cannabis was legalised in Germany, there has been constant confrontation between cannabis patients and the police and authorities. Patients need to take medicinal cannabis when they’re on the move or away from home. But where is consumption allowed?
Six months after legislation was passed for its medicinal use, there is a massive shortage of cannabis in Germany’s pharmacies. The five Tweed strains sold out weeks ago, and the earliest delivery date is a week away.