In Germany, following on from Bremen, Berlin has now decided to relax what is in any case its relatively liberal cannabis policy, compared to the national policy, making it the second federal state within six months to do so. Politicians would at last like to regulate trade in cases of possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis, which involves merely a written warning and no fine.
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.
How the Global Economy Depends on Illegal Drug Money – Part II: Trade Routes, Empire, & the “Narco-State”
Drugs have been traded between countries for centuries, and laws have been passed banning their sale or consumption for perhaps as long. The early history of the drug trade is patchy, but from the 17th century onwards there is plenty of evidence of a flourishing international trade – as well as plenty of efforts to stamp it out.
In part one of our recent interview with Clark French, he spoke about the United Patients Alliance. In part two of this interview, Clark explains more about the UPA, providing invaluable input on the All Party Parliamentary Group for drugs, what steps they are taking now to consolidate their progress, and what lies ahead.
Mexico is one of the biggest producers of cannabis in Latin America. The country is also one of the most violent in the world, clearly illustrating the failures of prohibition and the war on drugs. Will the war on cannabis end soon? Watch the video here.
As well as a new president, the US has new cannabis policies in six states. Both medicinal and recreational use of cannabis has gained new ground. Here is an overview of the results from today’s voting.
In Switzerland, a law student was acquitted of allegations of possessing eight grams of cannabis by the Zurich District Court. Originally, the defendant was ordered to pay a fine for the eight grams, for which he was summoned to appear in court. The result: acquittal. The entire story can be found here.
After several years of uncertainty and timid changes, the ball is in Puerto Rico's court. True legalisation is gaining momentum and the process for applying for a Cultivation Licence for Medicinal Cannabis has finally been kick started. The licence's principles will be implemented as per Regulation no. 155.
Has cannabis legalisation reached the crucial tipping point? Whether you are a fanatical cannabis user, use cannabis for medicinal purposes only, or are staunchly opposed to every form of cannabis, it is clear that the global policy on cannabis is changing. Could a chain reaction of new legislation be triggered? Read on and judge for yourself.
The Cannabis News Network team took off to Dublin in September to attend The Global Medical Cannabis Summit: Advancements in the Age of Cannabis. Watch their report here.
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.
For the first time in its history, a majority of Dutch Members of Parliament are in favour of regulating cannabis cultivation. One of the main parties has just submitted a proposal for a new bill. Read more about this incredible development in this article.
Medicinal cannabis patients in Tilburg can now grow five plants at home to supply their needs, thanks to a recent decision by Mayor Noordanus following a request from an association of patients. Could this open the doors for other municipalities to do the same?
Poland is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea, with a population of almost forty million, a strong economy, and (in recent years) a generally progressive approach to drug legislation. However, despite legislative successes over the last decade, the drug laws remain relatively strict by modern European standards.
The new Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) will be put into effect on the 24th of August 2016. This is an adjustment of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) put in place in 2013.
More and more voices are being raised in Japan, calling for an end to the zero-tolerance policy on cannabis. One political party wants to see the ban on research on the cannabis plant lifted, thereby legalising medicinal cannabis. Interest in industrial hemp applications has also been growing. Might we tentatively be able to speak of a cannabis comeback?
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It is strange that in a country where people are allowed to both sell and carry firearms, some are still amazed at the prospect of totally legalising cannabis. The United States has always been considered to be the world's spokesperson.
On 17 June 2016, the German Bundesrat, the chamber of the federal states, debated the Law on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis recently presented to Parliament. In order to establish a legal basis for medicinal cannabis flowers, the law has to pass through both chambers.