• How the punishment for drugs possession in Norway is changing

    Norway's Attorney General recently issued new guidelines for how the authorities should handle drug possession charges
    The Local (Norway)
    Monday, May 23, 2022

    decrimThe Attorney General announced updated guidelines for how the police should work with drug possession charges. The Attorney General has said that drug addicts should not be prosecuted for having drugs for personal use. The Supreme Court has said that this advice applies to those found with up to five grams of heroin, amphetamine or cocaine. Lawmakers also say that those caught with “modest exceedance” of this limit should receive a reduced sentence or punishment. The Attorney General has advised that fair exceedance would be a quantity of narcotics of up to ten grams. Three recent rulings in the Supreme Court, which saw three drug addicts handed reduced sentences or no punishment at all for being in possession of drugs, prompted the new guidelines.

  • Is Austria set to legalise cannabis use?

    A case in the Constitutional Court could bring changes to the ban of cannabis for personal use in the country
    The Local (Austria)
    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Austria has a very complex system when it comes to its drug laws and regulations, but in short: no, cannabis is not legal in the alpine country. People are not allowed to consume, buy, sell, or grow the plant (growing it at home has some very strange specifications, such as it must never be allowed to bloom). However, since 2016, a person caught with a small quantity of cannabis could face only small charges, similar to traffic violations. The country’s constitutional court is evaluating a private petition by Paul Burger, a 26-year old Viennese. He was caught with a half-burned joint at the end of 2020 by two police officers in plain clothes.

  • Governor reserves assent on cannabis legalisation Bill

    “I hope that Bermudian officials will work together with UK officials to find a way forward"
    The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
    Friday, May 13, 2022

    bermuda cannabis reformA decision by Rena Lalgie, the Governor, to reserve assent on the Government’s controversial flagship cannabis legislation plunged Bermuda into uncharted constitutional waters. But the Governor urged Bermuda officials to work with the British Government to find a compromise in comments which seemed to suggest she was trying to avoid a constitutional crisis. David Burt, the Premier, has previously stated that if the move to legalise consumption and production of the drug was not granted Royal Assent it would “destroy” relations with London. The Governor said in a statement that the Cannabis Licensing Act 2022 appeared to her to be “inconsistent” with what she understood to be obligations held by the UK and Bermuda under UN Conventions. (See also: Government says it is waiting to hear from UK on cannabis law)

  • UK’s first regular drug checking service set to launch this month in Bristol

    Personalised health advice will be available, with the doors set to open for the first time on 28th May 2022
    DJ Mag (UK)
    Thursday, May 12, 2022

    drug checkingThe UK's first regular drug checking service is launching in Bristol this month, delivered by non-profit harm reduction specialists The Loop in a new partnership with the local authority. Funded by Bristol City Council, and delivered by the award-winning drug checking and evidence-based information organisation, the new scheme uses a multi-agency partnership model involving the Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) and People's Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC). The overall goal is to reduce high-risk use of substances and build a fuller picture of the local illicit drug market. Members of the public can confidentially test illegal substances free of charge, engaging in a process that has been proven to significantly reduce risk and harm.

  • Sadiq Khan appoints drugs tsar to explore legalising cannabis

    The London mayor made the announcement after visiting a cannabis factory in Los Angeles
    Evening Standard (UK)
    Thursday, May 12, 2022

    Sadiq Khan has appointed a drugs tsar to explore the potential benefits of legalising cannabis. The mayor has asked Lord Falconer, formerly Lord Chancellor in Tony Blair’s government and a current member of Labour’s shadow cabinet, to lead a review of the law on the class B drug. Establishing a London drugs commission was a manifesto pledge and Mr Khan has previously called for an “evidence-based approach” to potential decriminalisation. Mr Khan said the commission would examine the effectiveness of UK drugs laws on cannabis and the potential for reducing “drug-related harm”. City Hall does not have the power to change the criminal law but could influence the debate. (Transform: London's cannabis commission: what can it actually achieve?)

  • Germany speeds up the process to legalize recreational cannabis

    A draft bill is expected in late 2022
    Forbes (US)
    Monday, May 9, 2022

    germany cannabis flagWhen Germany's new coalition included the legalization of recreational cannabis in its political agenda in late 2021, there were few details on how to regulate the industry. However, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach announced last week that it would start the legal process for cannabis legalization soon. Finance Minister Christian Lindner confirmed that the process of legalizing recreational cannabis has started. He is planning a comprehensive technical preparation to legalize cannabis through a consultation process together with the Ministry of Health and other departments. The process will also involve the federal states, municipalities, associations, science, and civil society players. According to Lauterbach, the technical talks will likely start this summer, and a draft bill is expected to follow in late 2022.

  • DULF keeps distributing checked drugs as Health Canada flags denial

    The British Columbia Coroners Service has recorded 1,333 drug toxicity deaths since DULF sent its initial request
    Filter (US)
    Thursday, May 5, 2022

    canada dulf safe supply2On May 4 in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF) distributed 3.5 grams each of fentanyl-free heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to members of the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society. The action, dedicated to the 165 people in British Columbia recorded to have died of drug toxicity in March 2022, comes in the wake of Health Canada’s de facto rejection of DULF’s bid to distribute safe supply legally through a compassion club model. On April 21, nearly eight months after receiving the organization’s section 56 exemption request, Health Canada notified DULF that it did not intend to approve it.

  • Switzerland to launch adult-use cannabis sale trial program this summer

    The path that brought the pilot on adult-use cannabis sales started in 2016
    Forbes (US)
    Thursday, May 5, 2022

    cannabis traffic light Switzerland will start adult-use cannabis sales this summer amid a trial program that will involve 400 people. Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) authorized on April 19 the first pilot on the sale of cannabis for recreational use. The initiative is a joint project with the University of Basel and will take place in Basel, Switzerland's third-most-populous city. The study on the legal sale of adult-use cannabis aims to provide information to regulate cannabis in the whole country. In particular, the pilot is intended to provide information to consumers about low-risk consumption, knowledge on the effects of controlled access to cannabis, and information on consumers' behavior and physical and mental health.

  • Why cannabis prices are plunging – unlike just about everything else

    Cannabis producers were harvesting far more than Canadians could possibly smoke or ingest
    The Globe and Mail (Canada)
    Monday, May 2, 2022

    canada cannabis stock brokerAs Canadians deal with the highest inflation in decades and broadening price hikes, one industry remains locked in a lengthy trend of discounting and bargain rates: cannabis. Laden with inventory, producers and retailers of marijuana have been slashing the prices of their products to bring in cash and fight for market share – a situation that is wildly different from the state of affairs in most other industries, in which broad economic forces are pushing up prices among competitors. Prices for recreational and medicinal cannabis have dropped by 8.3 per cent and 10.2 per cent, respectively, over the past year, and by roughly 25 per cent in both categories since the end of 2018, according to Statistics Canada.

  • In defense of the plug: Buying illicit cannabis may be “better” than legal weed, research shows

    Many legacy-market operators are actually what should be the models for business development in this industry
    Forbes (US)
    Friday, April 29, 2022

    cannabis bagsExcoriated by some policymakers and by the legal cannabis industry as an unfair competitor and as a demonstration that legalization isn’t working, the illicit market remains popular with consumers for reasons of price, quality, and product availability. According to a survey conducted by Vikiana Clement, the executive director of the Cannabis Education Task Force at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College, so-called “illicit” cannabis operators actually performed better than their corporate competition on several key metrics, including the “triple-bottom line” of social and environmental responsibility as well as pure profit.

Page 6 of 447