• Scotland's drug deaths: Consumption room pilot on track despite warning over legal barriers

    Work is going on with reference to a pilot for a safer drug consumption facility in Glasgow
    The Herald (UK)
    Wednesday, February 2, 2022

    uk dcr van glasgowThe new chair of the SNP’s drug deaths taskforce is confident legal barriers to setting up drug consumption rooms can be overcome as he insisted the facilities would not be a “free-for-all" or be a magnet for drug dealers after fears raised by a UK minister. David Strang was speaking in response to UK Government Home Office and Justice Minister, Kit Malthouse, who told MSPs to stop focusing on drug consumption rooms being set up, appealing for a focus on better treatment options instead of “wrestling with these legal and practical difficulties”. The Scottish Government is determined to allow safe consumption facilities to operate, despite the UK Government holding the legal powers to allow the policy to be implemented.

  • Budding market: Lucrative cannabis industry looks to leverage ex-politicians’ sway

    Increasing numbers of former leaders and security chiefs find new careers in the country’s tightly controlled cannabis industry, which hopes to use influence to change laws
    The Times of Israel (Israel)
    Wednesday, February 2, 2022

    israel medical marijuanaNot too long ago, Ehud Olmert was trying to lead Israel to a historic peace agreement. These days, the former Israeli prime minister is pushing a different message: Legalize marijuana. Olmert is among a group of former Israeli leaders and security chiefs who have found new careers in the country’s tightly controlled medical cannabis industry. They hope not only to cash in on the local market, but also to clear the way for the country’s major marijuana producers to export. “Everything will change dramatically overnight if there will be legalization,” Olmert, an adviser to the startup Univo, said. In Israel alone, he said, “the market would be unlimited. It would be huge.” Israel is one of the world leaders in medical cannabis consumption and marijuana possession is decriminalized.

  • A cannabis monopoly asteroid is coming

    Op-Ed by Shaleen Title
    Marijuana Moment (US)
    Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    cannabis dollar shadowIf you think two or three powerful companies owning and controlling the sales of all regulated marijuana sounds like a good thing, you can click away from this article. But if the thought of a market controlled by Marijuamazon, Canna-uber, or Weedbook (excuse me, Weedaverse) is unsettling to you, I want to introduce you to a valuable concept: antitrust laws. As the power grab for control of the multibillion-dollar industry heats up, consumers and patients need antitrust protection. By applying the concepts of antitrust law to all federal cannabis reform now, we can avoid the creation of national monopolies before it’s too late and create a diverse and fair marijuana market instead. (See also: Schumer gives update on federal marijuana legalization and banking in meeting with equity advocates)

  • Can delta-8 THC provide some of the benefits of pot – with less paranoia and anxiety?

    Delta-8 THC products have become one of the fastest-growing sectors of the hemp industry
    The Conversation (Australia)
    Monday, January 31, 2022

    cannabis handsOver the past year, you may have seen something called delta-8 THC or “delta 8” appear in convenience stores and pharmacies alongside CBD gummies, oils and lotions. Delta-8 THC is a hemp-derived compound that’s closely related to delta-9 THC – what’s commonly called THC and is the psychoactive component of cannabis that’s responsible for the high that users feel. Like garden variety marijuana, delta-8 THC can be vaped or eaten. However, it’s rarely smoked. Anecdotally, its fans swear by its benefits – that it helps with relaxation and pain relief without intense highs that can veer into anxiety or paranoia.

  • Cannabis: French high court ruling puts CBD products back on sale

    In its ruling, the court noted that the flowers and leaves of certain varieties of cannabis were “devoid of narcotic properties” and could therefore be marketed in France
    The Local (France)
    Wednesday, January 26, 2022

    france cofyshopFrance’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, has temporarily overturned a ban on the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) flowers and leaves in France, less than a month after it was introduced by the government. This is just the latest stage in France’s convoluted history with cannabis. A ministerial order had banned the sale of hemp flower and leaf loaded with CBD, from December 31st 2021 – but the Conseil d’Etat has provisionally overruled that decision, pending further examination of the order. Following the Conseil’s decision, the only requirement is that the finished CBD product must have a THC content of 0. As with leaves and flowers, the sale of these products is prohibited to minors.

  • Narcotics Control Board approves delisting of cannabis

    Under the new rule, people can grow cannabis plants at home after notifying their local government
    The Bangkok Post (Thailand)
    Tuesday, January 25, 2022

    thailand marijuana awakeningThe Narcotics Control Board meeting has endorsed the Public Health Ministry's latest draft list of narcotic substances, in which all components of cannabis no longer appear as a Category 5 narcotic substance. After the meeting, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said this decision is in line with the government policy to promote the use of cannabis for medical, research and educational purposes. It also complies with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's order to have people benefit from cannabis. However, cannabis extracts must have less than 0.2% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by weight. With cannabis legalisation being a flagship policy of Mr Anutin's Bhumjaithai Party, he said the party will propose a draft bill on the issue to the House of Representatives.

  • Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace is on a mission to legalize cannabis

    And Amazon just got behind her
    Forbes (US)
    Tuesday, January 25, 2022

    The rNancy Maceepresentative from South Carolina introduced a bill to end federal pot prohibition and says legalization is an issue that unites America—“just like apple pie.” In November, the 44-year-old freshman Congresswoman, who represents South Carolina’s coastal swing district spanning Charleston to Hilton Head, introduced the States Reform Act, a bill that would end the federal government’s 85-year prohibition on marijuana. Mace is certainly not the first politician to introduce a cannabis legalization bill, although it’s been impossible to get one passed by both chambers of Congress. But Mace already has one of the most powerful conservative groups in the world in her corner: Charles Koch’s Americans for Prosperity. And now she has one of the world’s largest companies supporting her bill: Amazon.

  • 'Malta will not become another Amsterdam': cannabis authority chair

    "We will make sure to provide people with all the relevant research so they are able to take responsible, evidence-based decisions"
    Times of Malta (Malta)
    Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    Mariella DimechPsychotherapist Mariella Dimech has been appointed the first executive chair of the Authority on the Responsible Use of Cannabis. She tells how she plans to stifle the black market and raise awareness on cannabis use in Malta. "Back when I worked at Caritas I was concerned that legalisation would create a ‘free for all attitude’. I had just come back from rehabilitation training in the US, where we were taught a zero-tolerance, punitive approach towards drug rehabilitation. And I was very adamant about it during my time as programme coordinator at Caritas. But I learned from experience that it’s not the only way to go about it. And I now believe that a harm-reduction approach is also necessary." (See also: Cannabis may be legal. But it’s not a ‘free-for-all’: Mariella Dimech)

  • Drogenbeauftragter über geplante Cannabis-Freigabe: "Ein Ritt auf der Rasierklinge"

    Der Drogenbeauftragte der Bundesregierung, Burkhard Blienert, warnt vor Schnellschüssen bei der geplanten Legalisierung von Cannabis
    Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany)
    Thursday, January 20, 2022

    Burkhard BlienertMit der kontrollierten und regulierten Abgabe von Cannabis in Deutschland werden wir europäische Geschichte schreiben. Denn als größtes EU-Land sind wir beispielgebend für andere Staaten. Das Thema ist extrem komplex und voller Fallstricke. Es macht keinen Sinn, jetzt die Legalisierung übers Knie zu brechen, wenn dann wenig später die Verkaufsstellen wieder schließen müssen, weil wir etwas vergessen haben. Das ist kein Gesetz, das man so einfach aus dem Ärmel schütteln kann. Es gibt aber schon zahlreiche Vorarbeiten, auf die wir aufbauen können, etwa der Entwurf der Grünen für ein Cannabis-Kontrollgesetz. (See some relevant quotes in English)

  • French political left light up an enormous parliamentary doobie

    France is Europe’s biggest consumer of cannabis, according to a report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
    RFI (France)
    Sunday, January 16, 2022

    france bientot legaliserFrench MPs discussed a bill this week to legalise the consumption of cannabis. Proposed by the hard-left France Unbowed party (LFI), it is not expected to find government support, but several recent polls show public opinion shifting in favour of legalisation. Caroline Janvier and Jean-Baptiste Moreau from the ruling LREM party were among MPs from five parliamentary groups in support of a bill which would "legalise the production, sale and consumption of cannabis under state control". A similar proposal put forward by Esther Benbassa from the France Unbowed party back in 2014 was rejected.

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