The Federal Council wants to make access to medicinal cannabis easier. They are also reviewing whether health insurance funds might cover the costs in future. Recreational use of cannabis could soon also become simpler. Several cities and cantons will be allowed to sell of cannabis on a trial basis. Could we be on the cusp of legalisation?
“Can Ireland afford to miss out on The Green Rush?” asks Niall Neligan, lawyer, academic, and founder of drug policy law reform group, Fweed, in a recently published booklet entitled A 21st Century Approach to Regulating Cannabis, an ambitious legal framework, which could inject €300 million into the Irish economy by 2025.
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.
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.
Blockchain will be the Next Big Thing. The technology behind the Bitcoin cryptocurrency is still in its infancy, like the start of the Internet in the early 1990s, but it has huge potential. Blockchain is also opening up new horizons for the Dutch cannabis industry.
On the 25th of May 2018, when 66.4 per cent of the Irish people voted to repeal the 8th Amendment, the constitutional clause that banned abortion, it was clear that Ireland, a country previously known for its repressive social policies, had entered a new era of openness and compassion. The question now is, will this new era pave the way for the regulation and decriminalization of medical cannabis?
The cannabis seed industry evolved in an inconsistent manner over the last few decades, and throughout its development, methods and approaches to breeding have varied widely. Many breeders work for years to stabilize strains, and keep meticulous records documenting every single generation and its characteristics, the results of each cross and backcross.
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.
With anything related to driving, Dutch law is merciless. Regardless of whether you are fit to drive or not, the law dictates that if you have THC in your blood, you will pay. Why this does not actually help road safety is explained in an exclusive multi-part series from the Cannabis News Network. In Part 3, the focus is on how the new law came about.
It is illegal to drive a vehicle after having consumed more than a specified quantity of alcohol or cannabis. Cannabis users are dealt with particularly severely in this regard. Why this does not actually help road safety is explained in an exclusive multi-part series from the Cannabis News Network. In Part 2, the focus is on Cannabis vs alcohol.
REMA's representative, Patty Amiguet, talks about the situation of women who use cannabis and other drugs in Spain, and how they are getting organized to change things.
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!
The members of the Pannagh association, condemned by the Supreme Court, have witnessed how the Constitutional Court of Spain agrees with them and overturns their sentence. The six-year judicial process seems to be nearing its end.
Cannabis News Network presents Mikki Norris and Chris Conrad: Their Story – part 6, Trump and Sessions, what’s next?
The last instalment of our series with veteran cannabis activists Mikki Norris and Chris Conrad looks to the future for cannabis in the United States under the highly questionable presidency of Donald Trump, and Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General who has repeatedly made anti-cannabis moves.
Cannabis News Network presents Mikki Norris and Chris Conrad: Their Story – part 5, Proposition 64 – the California way
Veteran cannabis campaigners Mikki Norris and Chris Conrad have watched the status of cannabis in California go from illegal to medicinal acceptance to recreational use. The fifth part of this Cannabis News Network video series shares Chris and Mikki’s experience on the different forms of legalisation and compares California’s approach to the Netherlands.
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.
Hemp seeds are completely legal in most European countries. However, each country has its own rules and nuances when it comes to the treatment of cannabis, which makes it no easy task to keep track In this article, we aim to shed some light in this darkness.
The Supreme Court acquits Ebers and the Constitutional Court rules in favour of the Law of Addictions of the Basque Country, but at the same time it reminds us that cannabis clubs are illegal and from now on autonomous governments will not be able to regulate cannabis cultivation.
If you are a European citizen, you are probably aware of the fact that France is not the most lenient country when it comes to cannabis and its consumers. Multiple changes of governments over the last decades didn’t exactly bring positive change on the matter. This is why at times, the weakest beacon of hope can make one’s day.