Cannabis News Network is launching a miniseries on one of the hottest topics in cannabis regulation: the medicinal benefits of the plant and the struggle of patients to get access to it. Watch part 1 which covers government interference here!
On Wednesday 24th February the Canadian court ruled that patients have the constitutional right to grow medicinal cannabis. But the fight is not yet over! An update on this, and many other international developments, can be seen in the forthcoming report from Cannabis News Network.
Once again, current events show that there is a great deal of change going on in Germany and that developments regarding medicinal cannabis are increasing in pace. However, public opinion is changing faster than politics and legislators can keep up. Read more here.
On Wednesday 10th February 2016, the Amsterdam court acquitted Dutch medicinal cannabis grower Rudolf Hillebrand of the charge of illegally growing cannabis. The court agreed with the defence that Hillebrand cultivated cannabis as an essential supplement to his HIV medication and definitely not for financial gain. A historic verdict!
According to the latest available polls, cannabis still is France’s favourite illegal substance. In April 2015, the OFDT reported that 42% of citizens aged 18-64 had experienced consuming cannabis at least once. With these numbers, France has officially earned the title of biggest consumer of cannabis in Europe. Read more here.
On the 4th of February 2016 the Belgium Court of Appeal found Michel Degens, President of the Mambo Social Club, guilty of growing cannabis. He received a suspended sentence with probation and was acquitted of a second charge, namely ‘encouraging people to use cannabis’.
Throughout the American continent, in Europe, Australia and even in a few African countries, many states are seriously considering relaxing cannabis legislation. More and more countries are legalising cannabis, and not only for medicinal purposes. But on the Arabian Peninsula and in parts of Asia, time seems to have stood still.
The first edition of Weedstock will take place from the 29th till the 31st of January 2016, near Johannesburg in South Africa. A weekend dedicated to South African cannabis culture and a fundraiser for the Dagga Couple’s ‘Trial of the Plant’ to be heard in the Pretoria High Court later this year. Find more info here!
On December 22nd 2015, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree that legalizes medicinal cannabis. Read more here.
On January 8 2016, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health released a bill that could change the country’s controlled substances legislation and grant patients access to cannabis. More detailed information about the draft can be found in this article.
Every day, there is progress in respect of the legalisation and regulation of cannabis. This applies particularly to the American continent and Europe. However, there is a third continent that is heading in the same direction: Oceania, and in this article, we focus on New Zealand, where medicinal cannabis may become legal as soon as 2016.
2015 was, once more ,an eventful year in terms of cannabis legalization. In some parts of the world, further steps towards cannabis decriminalisation and regulation have been undertaken. In other parts, however, harsher rules have been established. Take a look at our exclusive 2015 overview for cannabis legalization.
29/12/2015 - The Supreme Court of Spain condemns four members of the Association of Cannabis Consumers Pannagh to imprisonment in a judgment full of errors and contradictions. In addition to the prison terms, they have been condemned to fines of 250,000 euros in total, despite considering that no enrichment has taken place.
In 2015 Uruguay is setting up government controlled grow facilities. Professional grow facilities are on the rise in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon. And in the Netherlands, multiple municipalities want to start their own cannabis plantations. But how do you set up a good, professional grow facility? If anyone knows, it is James Burton.
One month ago, Mexico's Supreme Court issued a historic ruling when it approved the personal cultivation, possession and use of cannabis. The judges issued their ruling on constitutional grounds and while it only relates to four individuals, it has created a global precedent and opened the door to legalised recreational cannabis use in Mexico.
Germany’s leading organization in the battle for cannabis legalization, Deutscher Hanfverband (DHV), has once again asked German citizens what their opinion on cannabis legalization is: 42% of the interviewees are in favor of it, 51% think that cannabis will be legal in Germany in a few years from now.
South Africa is one of the first country in the world where cannabis use was banned, back in 1908. Their main reason: to get more control over cannabis users, mainly black Africans and Indians at that time. Now, over 100 years later, the Dagga Couple is fighting for legalization. Check out this Cannabis News Network report!
One almost never sees potent cannabis plants flowering in public and while this was a common sight almost everywhere only 80 years ago, it is now banned in most corners of the earth. Until recently, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museums in Amsterdam and Barcelona, the Cannabis College in Amsterdam, the Hemp Museum in Berlin, and the Museo Della Civilta Contadina in Bologna were the only places in the world either solely devoted to the heyday of cannabis, or actually permitted to display real cannabis plants.
“Irrational Drug Laws are hindering medical research” - that is Prof. David Nutt’s statement. How exactly laws are doing that, he explains in a presentation at the Breaking Convention 2015, a biennial interdisciplinary British conference on psychedelic consciousness.