On Monday the 11th of May 2015, Medical Green Social Club was raided by the police, but lawyers representing the club were able to have these actions ruled illegal. Cannabis News Network reports on this sudden crackdown on Barcelona Cannabis Social Clubs.
Switzerland has long been among the most progressive countries in Europe in terms of drug laws. Over the last decade or so, there have been significant alterations made to the national drug policy; for a time, laws were tightened, but in recent years they have begun to relax once more. The Swiss laws on cannabis possession have traditionally been relatively relaxed. In the early 1990s, Switzerland developed a four-pillar approach to drug policy with the first pillar being prevention, the second treatment, the third harm reduction, and the fourth law enforcement. Thus, prevention and treatment are prioritized over criminalization of users.
With this documentary, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is continuing his cannabis research and publicity campaign, and is showing clear proven medical benefits of cannabis, explaining why cannabis should not be classified as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance by the U.S. Federal Government.
In Poland cannabis is illegal, with no medicinal cannabis program available for patients who could potentially benefit from this multi-purpose plant. And despite the Constitutional Court having ordered the government to deal with the legalization of medicinal cannabis in November 2014, no changes have been made so far.
On Tuesday the 5th and Wednesday the 6th of May 2015, the House of Representatives Criminal Jurisprudence Committee in Texas approved bills that could lead to the decriminalization or even legalization of cannabis in the state. A huge step forward in Texas, a state that is well-known for its very conservative stance towards cannabis.
The mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, has decided without warning to launch a crackdown on the Catalan capital's cannabis associations. He has announced the closure of no more and no less than 80% of clubs in Barcelona. Just like that. There have been no cannabis-related casualties, which makes the mayor's move seem all the more heartless and cruel. On the eve of municipal elections, all evidence suggests that he is more interested in scoring electoral points (which he looks likely to earn), than actually regulating and facilitating the continuous hard work that, over the last year, has been carried out by numerous professionals and activists from within the cannabis sector. This is precisely what I and many people within the Fedcac have been saying in the past year, which is the same amount of time it has been since “Trias ordered a moratorium on operating licences for clubs and associations, while calling on the entire sector's cooperation in order to ensure a satisfying outcome for everyone in our city."
The United Kingdom has a patchy track record with regards to drug policy over the last few decades. At times, there have been signs that attitudes towards cannabis are softening, such as the reclassification experiment in 2004 and the decriminalization trials in some London boroughs in 2002. However, the current situation is among the worst in Europe.
GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution is a new feature-length documentary from Director/Producer Dale Beaumont-Smith that addresses one of the biggest and most controversial of issues in our society: cannabis. Have you ever wanted to make a change? Now is your chance to start.
Globally, there is a growing trend for the decriminalisation of cannabis. However, the Spanish government have decided to crawl back like crabs, and introduce legislative reforms which jeopardise the progress that has been achieved over the last two decades.
Get ready for the latest CannaTest in which Cannabis News network tests weed bought on the streets of three big European cities. And the results are alarming!
Interview with Julio Calzada, Secretary-General for the Uruguayan National Assembly on Drugs – Part 1
My meeting with Julio Calzada was something of a surprise. I must admit that I was expecting to sit face to face with a political personality whose speech is constrained by the straightjacket of the clichés he churns out. In that regard, Julio Calzada does not fit this stereotype and, I would go so far as to say that he does not fit any of the stereotypes with which we associate people who navigate the corridors of power.
In March 2015, several news sources reported The Italian government is making serious efforts to legalize cannabis. Leading the attempt is Senator Benedetto Della Vedova from The Liberal Part (La Parte Liberale, LPL) and Italy’s undersecretary of state for foreign affairs. He and a group of 60 MPs, most of them from the Democratic Party (Partito Democratico, PD), have signed a motion to legalize cannabis. At this point, the lawmakers are fine tuning the idea and drafting a bill in order to enact this into a law.
The Biscay Provincial Court announced the acquittal of five members of Pannagh, a Basque cannabis users association yesterday, day 30th March 2015, following accusations of drug trafficking. Pannagh members have communicated their extreme happiness about the sentence, which proves them right and reaffirms the legality of their activities. The association however also points out that this sentence can still be appealed by the Supreme Court. Moreover, there is no mention of any compensation for their members following the Bilbao Municipal Police’s break into the Pannagh headquarters back in November 2011.
You probably know a lot about cannabis. In fact, these days if you don't have a basic knowledge of cannabis you probably don't pay much attention to current affairs, given how much focus the media has paid to it in recent years. Still, there's always more to know, so we've compiled a list of our favourite little-known facts!
The results of the UN convention make it clear that, with regards to international laws regarding cannabis, the United Nations commission on Drugs and Crime is way behind despite a world-wide shift forwards.
On Monday 9 March 2015, the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, Ivo Opstelten, resigned. His Secretary of State, Fred Teeven, followed suit, bringing an end to the rule of the minister most opposed to cannabis in the history of the Netherlands. Read more...
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 ...