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  • 7 reasons President Trump is unlikely to fight legal marijuana

    A look at why it would be hard to stop what the states have started
    Time (US)
    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    With Donald Trump nominating Cabinet members who have spoken out against legal marijuana, some are arguing that the war on drugs may make a comeback. But while there’s reason for anxiety among those selling recreational marijuana legally in states like Colorado and Washington, an all-out war remains unlikely. Experts say that trying to undo legalization at this point would come with serious economic and political hurdles.

  • 'They are slaughtering us like animals'

    Inside President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines
    The New York Times (US)
    Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    I had come to document the bloody and chaotic cam­paign against drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte began when he took office on June 30: since then, about 2,000 people had been slain at the hands of the police alone. What I experienced in the Philippines felt like a new level of ruthlessness: police officers' summari­ly shooting anyone suspected of dealing or even using drugs, vigilantes' taking seriously Mr. Duterte's call to "slaughter them all." Beyond those killed in official drug operations, the Philippine National Police have counted more than 3,500 unsolved homicides since July 1, turning much of the country into a macabre house of mourning. 

  • Düsseldorf moves forward with plans to legalize cannabis

    It hopes to use scientific research to gain the approval it needs from the federal government
    Deutsche Welle (Germany)
    Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Düsseldorf took the next step in its plan to legalize the regulated sale of recreational cannabis to over 18 year-­olds, taking advice from experts in psychology, crime and economics during a consultation at City Hall. Representatives from the Cologne and Münster city councils interested in pur­suing similar schemes were also present at the meeting. The proposal for cannabis legalization in Düsseldorf was first put forward a year ago by the City Council's "traffic light" (red-yellow-green) coalition of Social Democrats, liberal Free Democrats and Greens. (Kiffen soll in Düsseldorf legal werden | Düsseldorf hopes to pull other cities onto weed legalization plan)

  • Europe's outdoor cannabis capital

    Sources within Albania suggest many communities have turned to cannabis for the first time this year
    BBC News (UK)
    Thursday, December 1, 2016

    Albania has become the largest producer of outdoor-grown cannabis in Europe. The potent plant has been described as "green gold" for struggling farmers. In a poor nation, it's a billion-euro industry. In Albania, a kilo of this illegal drug sells for between 100 and 200 euros. In Italy it will fetch about 1,500 euros. And most of the country's cannabis crop is trafficked out - north through Montenegro, south to Greece, or west across the Adriatic to Italy. There is no significant home market. One source estimates the illicit industry may be worth five billion euros per year - about half of Albania's GDP.

  • The California desert town that plans to be 'a Mecca for marijuana'

    Two years ago Desert Hot Springs declared a fiscal emergency, and decided pot might be the answer to its woes
    The Independent (UK)
    Thursday, December 1, 2016

    buds-jointsDesert Hot Springs is the first Southern California city to legalise large-scale cannabis cultivation. With the drug becoming legal for recreational use in the Golden State, the town hopes to draw pot tourists with the promise of 'bud and breakfast' resorts and 'soak and toke' options at its famous mineral spas. California was the first US state to legalise medical marijuana, in 1996, but its weed farmers operated in a grey market until 2015, when the state agreed new regulations allowing growers to apply for licences. At November’s election, California voters passed Proposition 64, legalising the drug for recreational use.

  • Marijuana task force submits report outlining framework for legal system

    The Liberal government has promised to table legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the spring of 2017
    The Globe and Mail (Canada)
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    Canada’s new legal marijuana regime is expected to feature a mishmash of provincial rules and a heavily regulated production system that will initially favour existing producers of medical cannabis. Former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan, who leads a task force outlining a framework for the system, gave her report to the government, offering recommendations on how marijuana should be legally produced and sold and how it could be consumed and by whom. The report still has to be translated into French before being made public in coming weeks. (See also: 8 burning questions about the coming federal pot report)

  • Duterte threatens to kill rights activists if drug problem worsens

    He lambasted the United States and the European Union yet again for raising their concern over his threats to kill suspected drug personalities
    The Inquirer (Philippines)
    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has threatened to kill human rights activists critical of his take-no-prisoner tactic against illegal drugs, which has claimed the lives of some 5,000 people allegedly involved in the narcotics trade. In a speech in Malacañang on Monday night, Duterte said those accusing him of ordering the summary executions of drug personalities should be blamed if the country’s drug problem worsened.

  • Donald Trump adds another marijuana opponent to his Cabinet

    Price is one of the most consistently anti-marijuana members of Congress
    The Washington Post (US)
    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday named Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as his pick for Health and Human Services secretary, a position that could offer the anti-marijuana legislator more control over medical access to the drug. Although federal regulation of illicit drugs rests primarily with the Justice Department, the HHS secretary holds some powers that could restrict how available marijuana is in states that have legalized it for recreational or medicinal use. For instance, the agency could penalize doctors or sue sellers who work with medical marijuana in those states, since the substance remains illegal under federal law.

  • A brief history of war and drugs: From Vikings to Nazis

    From World War II to Vietnam and Syria, drugs are often as much a part of conflict as bombs and bullets
    Al Jazeera
    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Adolf Hitler was a junkie and the Nazis' narcotics intake gives new meaning to the term 'war on drugs'. But they weren't the only ones. Recent publications have re­vealed that narcotics are as much a part of conflict as bul­lets; often defining wars rather than sitting anecdo­tally on the sidelines of them. In his book Blitzed, German author Norman Ohler describes how the Third Reich was permeated with drugs, including cocaine, heroin and most notably crystal meth, which was used by everyone from soldiers to housewives and factory workers. (See also: A Pill for ISIS Super­soldiers? Not So Fast)

  • Zurich: Patients should have easier access to cannabis

    Authorization is so complicated and overly bureaucratic that many people look to obtain the drug illegally
    The Local (Switzerland)
    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    People who need cannabis for medical reasons should be issued with a special identity card to help them obtain the drug more easily, say authorities in the canton of Zurich. It’s already legal for people to consume cannabis-based products for medical purposes, but they currently require authorization from the Swiss federal health office in order to do so, reported news agencies. Earlier this year authorities in the Swiss capital Bern announced they were supporting the development of a pilot project which would see cannabis sold in pharmacies in the city.

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