Unidos Podemos and Regulación Responsable introduce to the Spanish Senate a Non-Legislative Motion for a Comprehensive Regulation of Cannabis
The cannabis debate in Spain has now arrived to the Senate in the form of the Non-Legislative motion presented in March by Unidos Podemos in collaboration with Regulación Responsible. The NLM intends to open the medical and recreational cannabis regulation debate in order to give answers to a reality that can no longer be avoided. Keep reading.
Cannabis advocacy continues to progress in 2017 with news that has given the cannabis community grounds for optimism. WHO will conduct its 1st official evaluation of cannabis' medicinal value. If the results are favourable, the stringent international restrictions on cannabis may ease and cannabis may finally be reclassified. Read more.
In February 2017, Ciudadanos and the OECM presented a Non-Legislative Motion in Congress in order to regulate medical cannabis in Spain. Its objective is to address the needs and demands of Spanish patients, as well as to open a parliamentary debate about therapeutic cannabis – a treatment backed by scientific evidence.
Spanish PP politician Eduardo Van den Eynde, who suffers from cancer, has posted a letter on Facebook in which he calls for the legalisation of medical cannabis, which he himself uses to ease the effects of chemotherapy. With the response and the signs of support received, also from fellow politicians, he hopes to reopen the debate on legalisation in Spain.
As of 2017, the UK's MHRA officially recognises CBD as a medicine, on the basis of scientific evidence. To protect patients, it has established standards of safety, quality and efficacy for CBD products. Although this is a positive development for patients and the British cannabis community, the medicinal value of cannabis is not recognised.
Since 1 January 2017, patients in Italy have been able to obtain medicinal cannabis grown and produced by the army at pharmacies nationwide. Following a year of endless debates, locally produced cannabis is now available at Italian pharmacies, although some obstacles remain.
With the aim of improving and providing museum visitors with a personalised experience, on Thursday, 19 January, Barcelona's Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, presented its new audio-guide service, which is already available in six different languages, allowing visitors to browse the collection at their own pace and as they choose.
In December 2016, the DEA dealt a fresh blow to cannabis. All cannabis extracts, including CBD, are classified under Schedule I of Controlled Substances as drugs with no medical use. The DEA again ignores scientific progress and legalisation campaigns, as well as patients who are already benefiting from the therapeutic applications of cannabis.
The Global Commission on Drug Policy, comprised of 23 renowned key political and intellectual figures, has presented its 2016 report, advocating the worldwide decriminalisation of all drugs and recommending the abolition of criminal and civil penalties, which continue to be in force for the use and possession of drugs in much of the world.
You may be aware of some of the applications of cannabis and cannabinoids in treating a long list of diseases. Today we focus on its therapeutic potential to prevent and treat bone injuries or diseases, an area of medical application where research conducted over the last few years has yielded very promising results.
Australia has legalised cultivating medicinal cannabis. The law passed in February has just entered into force, allowing individuals and entities to apply for a licence to cultivate and produce it. However, it is feared that the complex and strict licensing system might delay the patients legally accessing this medicine.
The race for the White House is about to reach its conclusion, and the US voters’ decision will doubtlessly have repercussions beyond its borders. There’s no other head of state with so much influence over the rest of the world and their decisions on legalising cannabis don't just affect Americans. What are the presidential candidates’ positions?
There is daily progress worldwide on the legalisation and normalisation of cannabis, especially in the Americas and Europe. But a third continent is heading in the same direction: Oceania. This time, we’re focussing on New Zealand, where the movement towards the use of medicinal cannabis is not progressing fast enough, due to its government's policy.
Uruguay, the world's first country to legalise the production and consumption of cannabis, has awarded production to two private companies and announced that pharmacies will begin selling within months. It seems we can now benefit from the legalisation of cannabis in Uruguay, as well as the first harvest of legal recreational cannabis. Read more here.
Organ transplants save thousands of lives every day, but this process is far from simple. Our bodies' immune systems are programmed to protect us from any external attacks and can trigger a transplant rejection. However, a recent study shows that THC can prevent organ rejection in mice.
One of the biggest myths around cannabis is that its consumption has a negative impact on intelligence, especially for teenagers. In January of 2016, the results of two studies with adolescents were published, which found that the consumption of cannabis is not a causal factor for a reduced IQ or worse performance in school.
For the first time since the invention of the War on Drugs and the Ban on Cannabis, a US presidential candidate has publicly expressed his intention to end both. Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate to the White House in the primaries, has expressed his desire to achieve this goal and has already taken steps to this end, which could revolutionise the country's cannabis industry and by extension, the rest of the world's.
The pioneering Israeli scientist known as “The Father of Cannabis Research”, Dr Raphael Mechoulam, is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at CannMed 2016, the Conference on Personalised Medicine with Cannabinoids being held at the Faculty of Medicine of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in April this year.
Australia is set to legalise the cultivation of medicinal cannabis throughout the country. Last Wednesday (10 February), the government introduced a draft bill to Parliament to create a national legislative framework allowing the cultivation of medicinal cannabis, for approval at the end of March. Read more.