On 15 January 2016, numerous media channels reported that in Rennes, France, a participant in a clinical trial died after taking a substance whose effects were supposed to resemble those of cannabis. Read the complete report here.
When Justin Trudeau emerged surprisingly victorious in the Canadian elections, it was immediately apparent to Marc Emery that “pot is now legal throughout Canada”. Canada’s other activists also celebrated the Liberal Party’s victory, almost as though cannabis was now no longer banned. More about the current situation in Canada here:
Throughout the American continent, in Europe, Australia and even in a few African countries, many states are seriously considering relaxing cannabis legislation. More and more countries are legalising cannabis, and not only for medicinal purposes. But on the Arabian Peninsula and in parts of Asia, time seems to have stood still.
Following the ever-increasing public pressure on the German Federal Government, the German Drugs Commissioner Marlene Mortler has announced what just a few months ago seemed unthinkable: Germany, just like the Netherlands and Canada, will establish a Cannabis Agency in order to care for its patients itself in future. Up until now, the German Government has insisted that there is no need for such an institution.
Good news from Berlin: The organisation of police officers and other law enforcers LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) has now been established in Germany. This non-profit organisation, which has had great success in the USA, only has one other section in Europe, in the UK.
Uruguay, Washington State, and Colorado all re-legalised cannabis at around the same time and began to work out a set of rules for a legal and controlled cannabis market. In Seattle, it took more than 18 months for the first shops to open, while in Uruguay there is still nothing for sale almost two years following legalisation. Only Colorado has had anything like a legal cannabis market since 2013, which although strictly regulated has developed more or less according to the rules of a free market economy.
The actual goal of Vaclav Wenzel Cerveny is a referendum to legalise cannabis again in Bavaria. As this could turn out to be a very lengthy process, however, the former member of the conservative Bavaria Party organised a hemp fair, Cannabis XXL, in the Bavarian capital in the meantime. In a place where merely wearing a hemp-leaf shirt is reason enough for a body search, between 10 and 12 July a total of 2,500 visitors gathered to send a message of support for cannabis in the Bavarian lion's den.
The Cezch Republic, Germany, The Netherlands: In all three countries, the legislative bodies and the police have hugely increased the pressure on growshops in recent years, although conditions and the immediate impact on the shops and their customers are slightly different in each country.
Cannabis legalisation: "We're not advocating the consumption of cannabis. This is about trying to come up with a better solution to a social problem, which manifests itself in various strata of society, by using a different approach." Is change in the air in Berlin? Read more about it here.
When cannabis was celebrating its renaissance in the USA and Europe in the late 1960s, all tobacco companies were interested in making the move to the cannabusiness. What about today?
Most people who consume cannabis smoke it. In Europe, most people actually mix it with tobacco, although that is much more dangerous than simply enjoying it in its pure form, like the majority of connoisseurs in the USA, Canada and Jamaica.
In a test purchase, Hanf Journal editor Mr Kimo was given some nasty-smelling weed that had been enhanced with undefinable fruity aromas. When Kimo asks the sales assistants about the stinking buds the next day, the worker at the counter becomes aggressive and the victim of the deception fleas from the shop. Following extensive research, the shop, which is not far from the Oude Kerk, is not the only one to sell such weed to tourists.
Many police officers already know that a regulated cannabis market does not pose a threat to our values, and that it has medical applications and a low potential for addiction. In Germany and the rest of Europe too, there are apparently more and more cases of police officers who have an affinity for cannabis. Read their stories for yourself.
Jan-Josef Ackermann of Darmstadt has had special authorisation to procure cannabis flowers from a pharmacy since 2013. As he was unable to afford their price of 15 to 20 euro he started growing his own medicinal cannabis Until everything was seized. Read on ...
In Germany, the death of Robert Strauss has hit the headlines in recent weeks, even giving a little impetus to the discussion on medicinal cannabis. A person had to die for the issue to be considered again. Read on...
Colorado is the only place on earth that actually has gained experience with a legal and regulated cannabis market. The facts and figures that this has generated in the course of a year are worth looking at, in order to identify any positive or negative developments and trends.
Getting behind the wheel when stoned is not exactly responsible. It is therefore subject to a penalty in most European countries. In some countries, such as Switzerland and Austria, drivers are regularly checked for THC, while in other countries checks are rare.
Görlitzer Park is making national and international headlines because the brisk trade in cannabis and other illegal substances there has led to very repressive reactions on the part of the police after two suspected weed sellers were stabbed by a publican in November 2014. While the Berlin senate attempts to regain control of the vast area with increasingly bizarre measures, district mayor Monika Herrmann would prefer to open a coffee shop trial model in the very same spot. Reason enough to take a look at the current situation in Görlitzer Park.
Many EU countries have now approved Sativex, although its indications in Germany are very restricted. It is a similar story for Dronabinol (Marinol), with health insurance companies generally refusing to reimburse the cost for this THC-Pharm active substance. Since Dronabinol is far more expensive than the already over-priced medicinal cannabis flowers available in Germany, for German patients Dronabinol is often not a viable alternative to the weed they have grown themselves or obtained on the black market.