Even if Canada legalises cannabis on 1 July 2018, as announced recently, a number of questions still need to be answered. How high will the taxes be, what will neighbouring countries say, how high will the minimum age be, and who will be doing the selling? The answers can be found here.
As a long-standing grow shop employee, I have had to look at disappointed faces from behind the counter time and time again, as ambitious home growers have only managed to produce a few sorry buds instead of the giant harvest they had been expecting. Usually, these failed harvests were caused by a combination of inexperience and avoidable mistakes.
While just a few years ago, it was still taboo to talk about legalising cannabis in Morocco and Tunisia, nowadays, everyone is talking about it.
After their triumphs in the US and Canada, cannabis extracts are also gaining popularity in Europe. While consumers really value the relaxing effect of so-called “infused edibles”, extracts that are easy to dose and simple to standardise are particularly useful for medicinal applications. Cannabinoid extraction is a science in its own right, and goes much further than what the average consumer is concerned about. The “710” culture (if you turn 710 upside down, it looks like OIL!) is finding more and more fans wherever growing cannabis is either tolerated or legal.
So far, Uruguay is the only country in world to legalise cannabis on a national level. Everywhere else that you can buy cannabis or hashish without much fuss, there is a catch. Sales are either simply tolerated, as in the Netherlands and Spain, or they are only permitted for medical reasons, as in some US states, Jamaica or Germany. Elsewhere, there are geographical limits to legality within the state, as in Colorado and the other eight US states plus Washington D.C., where the forbidden plant was once again legalised by popular vote for recreation, after almost 100 years of being banned.
In the - often illegal - grower circles, a rule of thumb has emerged, partly thanks to numerous grower reports in hemp magazines, of "one watt per gram" as the standard for efficient growing under artificial light. But one should not be too dogmatic about applying this formula. Why not? Find out in this article.
On 9 March 2017, the long-awaited legislation on the use of cannabis as a medicine entered into force in Germany. Now that this legislation has come into effect, doctors in Germany are able to use a simple narcotic prescription to prescribe cannabis buds and products. This article examines the matter in detail.
The political discussion around cannabis keeps returning to the results of studies. Now that the opponents of cannabis are faced with the positive experiences in many US states, Uruguay and Canada, their arguments are petering out, so instead, they have begun referring to what they claim is a lack of results from studies on cannabis. So far...
Opponents of cannabis like to call it a gateway drug. They say it is just one of many illegal substances, a launch pad toward a druggie lifestyle. Although this theory has long been disproved scientifically, this alternative fact is repeated endlessly like a mantra by opponents of legalisation. But what about withdrawal treatment? More on that.
President Rodrigo Duterte has made headlines around the world with his deadly drug policy. But despite the bloody drug war, which the "Asian Trump" kicked off in 2016, the Philippines might still approve medicinal cannabis shortly. More about this here.
On 20 February, the South African media reported that the country's government will soon be issuing the first licences permitting the production of medicinal cannabis in South Africa.
Three years after cannabis was legalised, Uruguay’s government announced just a few months ago that it would soon commence state-controlled sales. The first harvest has already arrived and the cannabis buds should already be in the process of being dispensed to adult consumers with the assistance of the 1100 pharmacies in the country. However... More about the background to this story can be found here:
In Europe, there is currently a political cross-party consensus: cannabis is okay, as long as it is being used for medicinal purposes. Anything else should continue to be banned and in that context, many people are busily trying to keep the two discussions well apart from each other. None of the large right-wing parties, addiction researchers, doctors and even patient associations adopt a prohibitionist stance when talking about the re-legalisation of cannabis. "This question," they always say, "Has nothing to do with the other question. The medicinal use we are talking about is to reduce the symptoms of disease; recreational use is just about getting high."
Since the use of cannabis as medication for and by patients was legalised in Germany by the taking of legal action, people in possession of a “Certificate of Exemption for Self-Treatment with Medicinal Hemp Buds whilst under Medical Supervision” shouldn't actually need to worry any more about having trouble with the law due to this otherwise prohibited plant. However...
Today is Inauguration Day. What will be the stance of President Donald Trump on cannabis? Will he adopt a cannabis-friendly approach or enforce a zero-tolerance policy? Micha, a journalist and cannabis expert, provides us with some insights.
Following his election victory, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau announced that he would regulate the buying and selling of cannabis. In mid-December 2016, the task force he brought in especially for this purpose made a proposal, which dealt with no less than 80 detailed questions about the upcoming legalisation. Read more about the legalisation of cannabis in Canada here.
In late September 2016, the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) issued the first ever licence to a German cannabis patient to grow their own medicinal cannabis. Michael F., who is living with multiple sclerosis, took his demand for the right to grow at home as part of his government-recognised therapy to the highest court in the land for this matter. He won his case on 6 April of this year.
In Germany, following on from Bremen, Berlin has now decided to relax what is in any case its relatively liberal cannabis policy, compared to the national policy, making it the second federal state within six months to do so. Politicians would at last like to regulate trade in cases of possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis, which involves merely a written warning and no fine.
In Switzerland, a law student was acquitted of allegations of possessing eight grams of cannabis by the Zurich District Court. Originally, the defendant was ordered to pay a fine for the eight grams, for which he was summoned to appear in court. The result: acquittal. The entire story can be found here.