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PM Trudeau says cannabis will be legal in Canada on Oct. 17

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada on Oct. 17.

Trudeau made the proclamation during question period Wednesday, saying the provinces wanted more time to implement the new regime than originally anticipated.

"We heard from provinces and territories who told us they needed more time to transition to this new framework, so our government will continue to work in full partnership with them, to ensure the smooth and orderly implementation of this new law across Canada," Trudeau told reporters during an end-of-session news conference.

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21
Jun

Estonia's cannabis flag is a major symbol of changing attitudes in Europe

A small town in Estonia recently announced they would be placing a hemp leaf on their flag, a traditional crop for the region. And while it may be tempting to think of this as simply local flavor, this decision says a lot about changing attitudes towards cannabis in Europe, writes Calvin Hughes. 

Kanepi, a region and a town in the south eastern part of Estonia is traditionally known for its production of hemp. Now a municipality, Kanepi takes its name from the plant locals have harvested for generations. 'Kanep' means cannabis in the local lingo.

Thu
21
Jun

Will the NYPD really stop frivolous marijuana arrests?

The city of New York promised to wind down its decades-old war on marijuana Tuesday, with Mayor Bill De Blasio announcing a new policy limiting trips to a police station over cannabis possession.

“New Yorkers with no priors will receive a summons instead of an arrest for smoking marijuana publicly,” the mayor said. “We believe this will result in thousands of fewer arrests. In fact we think at least 10,000 fewer New Yorkers will be arrested under this policy.”

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21
Jun

Canadians who've used pot can be forever barred from entering the United States

On Tuesday, the Canadian Senate voted to legalize the recreational use and sale of marijuana by adults. The House of Commons already passed the bill on Monday, which means Canada is poised to be the first industrialized nation with federally sanctioned pot shops. And while the potheads up north may see this as a reason to rejoice, it’s also a reason for them to be wary when traveling to the United States.

Wed
20
Jun

Maine Supreme Court: Workers’ compensation does not cover medical marijuana

Maine’s Supreme Court handed down a ruling today that the state’s workers’ compensation system does not cover the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The ruling is yet another instance where federal prohibition is creating problems for states with legal cannabis programs.

Tuesday’s ruling stems from a workers’ compensation case involving an employee with the Twin Rivers Paper Company, LLC. Gaetan H. Bourgoin suffered a back injury on the job with the company. Bourgoin then received a medical cannabis recommendation to treat the related back pain. An initial order required the company to pay for its employee’s medical marijuana. But the Supreme Court ultimately sided with the employer’s objections.

Wed
20
Jun

A higher calling: How Israeli marijuana research changed the world

As much of the world debates how to address marijuana use, the vast majority of American states have legalized it or allow it for medical purposes. Global pharmaceutical companies and hospitals seeking effective treatments using cannabis should look to Professor Raphael Mechoulam, a scientist at Hebrew University. Mechoulam, a pioneer in the field, was the first to isolate, analyze and synthesize the major psychoactive and non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis and has developed a number of revolutionary marijuana-related treatments. 

Wed
20
Jun

As medicinal cannabis review is launched, Scottish Govt calls for control over the drug to be devolved

The Scottish Government has reiterated its argument that control over cannabis should be devolved to Holyrood, following the announcement of a new UK Government review into medicinal drugs derived from the plant.

In the wake of recent UK controversies surrounding the medical application of cannabis, a Scottish Government spokesperson told CommonSpace: “At the moment both regulation of medicines, and also drug control under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, are currently reserved powers of the UK Government.

“We believe responsibility in this area should be devolved so that future decisions on these issues would be for the Scottish Parliament to consider.”

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20
Jun

Canada becomes second country to legalize cannabis use

Canada is to become the second country in the world to fully legalise marijuana, after the senate approved legislation paving the way for recreational cannabis to be legally bought and sold within the next two or three months. 

“We’ve just witnessed a very historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition,” senator Tony Dean told reporters on Tuesday after the vote to pass the Cannabis Act.

“It ends 90 years of needless criminalisation, it ends a prohibition model that inhibited and discouraged public health and community health in favour of just-say-no approaches that simply failed young people miserably.”

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20
Jun

5 Canadian licensed producer's to benefit from the passing of C-45

Canada is the first G-7 nation to legalize recreational marijuana after the upper house of parliament voted 52-29 in favor of a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana. This is a major milestone and cannabis investors need to be monitor how the market responds to this vote.

Canada’s recreational marijuana market is expected to open in the next 8 to 12 weeks and this is a significant development that should drive the cannabis sector higher. Yesterday, Canadian cannabis stocks rallied off their lows and were a bright spot in a market that traded lower on average.

Wed
20
Jun

Home Secretary rules on Alfie Dingley cannabis oil appeal

The mum of an epileptic Warwickshire youngster said she was 'overwhelmed' after it was announced her six-year-old son would be granted a licence to take cannabis oil.

Alfie Dingley's parents were due to travel from their Kenilworth home to lobby MPs tomorrow.

But Today Sajid Javid announced the youngster would be given access to the drug which it is hoped would prevent Alfie suffering up to 30 debilitating seizures a day.

His announcement in the House of Commons came as the government faced mounting pressure to chance the law on medicinal cannabis.

Mr Javid revealed at the same time a review would be carried out into the medicinal use of cannabis which could lead to patients in the UK being prescribed the drug.

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