The Dutch drugs policy is undoubtedly failing! Former Dutch Justice Minister Opstelten has come up with several laws in order to stamp out cannabis, and to reduce the nuisance of drug tourism in the south of the country. Check out the legacy of his harsh policy!
Spain is a decentralized country. The advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it) is that within certain limits, each autonomous region can set down its own cannabis legislation. It is true that the process for the legalisation of cannabis is generally known to be slow – things seem to move in slow motion.
On Thursday 26th February 2015 the law that legalizes cannabis in Washington finally came into force. This is a measure directly approved by voters, allowing smoking, growing and possession of small amounts of cannabis, however not the sale of it. The so-called 'Initiative 71', which provides for the legalization of cannabis in the US capital, Washington DC, has now become law. It was approved last November by a majority of 69.4% of the votes.
When we think of Jamaica, many things spring to mind. Some are directly reminiscent of paradise, with fine sandy beaches and Caribbean waters, surrounded by everything and nothing. Others still remind us of our dear, and long-departed, Bob Marley. But not all islands are paradise and not all paradises hold legends. Jamaica is lucky to be able to boast both, however, and now, when it seemed that there could be no better ending to this story, the recent legalisation of cannabis for religious and medicinal ends has put the cherry on the cake.
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.
Recently, the once liberal cannabis legislation in The Netherlands has changed a great deal. As a tourist, can you purchase weed in coffeeshops, or not? How many plants may you cultivate? What is the current status of cannabis in the Netherlands?
On 29 January 2015, the Parliament of Catalonia’s Health Commission approved the health regulation for cannabis clubs by publishing 17 recommendations in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia) directed at the Councils, with which the final responsibility for regulation of these clubs will ultimately lie.
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.
Is an individual allowed to possess and consume cannabis in France? And how about the situation concerning the cultivation of cannabis? What constitutes a small quantity? What does French law stipulate about cannabis? In this article we focus attention on the legal status of cannabis in France.
In August 2014, the German opposition party leader Cem Özdemir participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Only 5 months later, the politician faces investigations, not because of the challenge, but for the cannabis plant that ‘decorated’ the balcony where Özdemir took a bath with ice cold water.
As it was reported, the Conservative government has lost its latest attempt to prevent cannabis patients from growing the plant at home. After a unanimous decision the Federal Court of Appeal is still upholding an injunction that exempts patients from an overhaul of the Canadian medicinal cannabis system.
Welcome to a new series on the Sensi Seeds blog. In ‘Your opinion’ we select a news topic which influences the global cannabis society, and present a selection of public opinions which we came across online. In this first edition we check the opinions on Obama and the new medicinal cannabis law.
On the 22nd of December 2014 Cannabis News Network released a video on the rise of Cannabis Social Clubs. The info graphic in this video has now been extracted into a separate clip, to answer the question: what are Cannabis Social Clubs?
On 11 November 2014, a majority in the Senate of the Dutch Parliament voted for a bill to make punishable the preparation of illegal hemp cultivation (‘Strafbaarstelling voorbereiding illegale hennepteelt’), popularly known as the Growshop Act. The Act comes into force on the 1st of March this year. Read the Act's content and consequences here.
As many of you will probably have read, my new organisation - the United Patients Alliance (UPA) - has a rather important and vocal supporter in the shape of former drugs minister Norman Baker MP. Norman spoke at a UPA event on the 12th of December and has been influential in making sure that the issue of medical cannabis is taken seriously. In doing so, he has also raised the profile of both cannabis as a medicine and the United Patients Alliance.
Is an individual allowed to possess and consume cannabis? And how about the situation concerning the cultivation of cannabis? What constitutes a small quantity? What does German law stipulate about cannabis? The purpose of this article is to focus attention on the legal status of cannabis in Germany.
Switzerland (officially the Swiss Confederation) has a centuries-old tradition of using hemp as a source of fibre, food and medicine. Although Switzerland has at times been obliged to tighten its cannabis laws somewhat in keeping with international law, their approach has traditionally been one of tolerance and lenience.
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The Federal Republic of Germany is the most populous EU member state, with over eighty million inhabitants. Just as with other central European countries, Germany has a long history of cannabis use; today, cannabis is widely used and readily available in most cities, although its cultivation, sale and use remain illegal.