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10
Jul

Poland's first Medical Marijuana study - the majority of Poles are in favor

Medical Marijuana. Two-thirds of respondents want medical marijuana allowed in Poland - the results of a special survey carried out on behalf of PBS Radio TOK FM, Wyborcza.pl and the Foundation Step By Step. This is the first such study in our country.

In the survey, 42 percent. of respondents said they use marijuana or products derived therefrom in Polish medicine and should be allowed, but only in accordance with medical indications. Another 26 per cent consider that such treatment should be available without restriction.

Fri
10
Jul

Almost 240 kilos of marijuana seized at a vehicle checkpoint

Lujan - She is carrying 392 loaves of drugs in burlap bags in the back of a utility. The driver, a Uruguayan of 39 years, was arrested.

Nearly 240 kilos of marijuana that were hidden inside a utilitarian truck were seized during a traffic stop in Luján.

The procedure, in which the arrest of the driver of the vehicle was conducted by staff of the Community Prevention Command (CPC) Lujan on Route 5 to the junction with Calle Duarte was achieved.

According to sources, it all started when police intercepted the passage of a van Fiat Fiorino.
When the troops began to look inside the van, the driver tried to escape, but was arrested.

Fri
10
Jul

7 Answers About Health Canada's New Medical Marijuana Rules

CANNABIS CULTURE - Health Canada has changed medical marijuana regulations to allow the production and distribution of marijuana oil and fresh bud. Find out what the new rules actually mean for patients.

1) I heard Health Canada just legalized cannabis cooking oil. What’s going on?

As a result of a recent Supreme Court decision, Health Canada has just announced that they will be allowing licensed medical marijuana producers (LPs) to also apply for a license to sell fresh, uncured cannabis buds, and cannabis-infused oils. However, LPs cannot sell extracts like hash, resin oil or shatter, or infused food products.

2) Why fresh cannabis buds? Won’t those just go moldy during shipping to patients?

Fri
10
Jul

Bernie Sanders Connects War on Drugs to Unemployment

Over the course of his two-month-old campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has argued that he is the candidate for voters who don’t think Hillary Clinton is progressive enough. On issues from regulating Wall Street to campaign finance reform to civil liberties and war, Sanders has positioned himself to the left of the former secretary of state.

And now he seems to be flirting with the idea of using marijuana reform — which polling shows Democrats overwhelmingly support — as another way to appeal to voters who want to bring big changes to America.

“Maybe it’s time we began to rethink the so-called ‘war on drugs,'” Sanders said during a campaign rally in Portland, Maine on Monday.

Thu
09
Jul

Ex-Toyota exec Hamp walks free; experts divided

Former Toyota Motor Corp. executive Julie Hamp was released from detention Wednesday after prosecutors decided not to indict her regarding the import of a narcotic painkiller.

Prosecutors released the 55-year-old American after deeming that her action had no ill-intent, given that she had her family send the drugs to relieve her knee pain, investigative sources said.

Hamp was arrested on June 18 on suspicion of importing a mail package containing 57 oxycodone pills, which are illegal without a prescription in Japan.

Customs officials at Narita airport on June 11 found some of the pills placed at the bottom of a box listed as containing a necklace, and the rest inside an accessory case.

Thu
09
Jul

US New bill would let marijuana shops use banks

Pot shops would have access to banks under new legislation in the Senate.

The Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act, introduced Thursday in the Senate, would allow marijuana companies to store their money in banks.

Dispensaries are currently blocked from the banking system. Even though a number of states have legalized the use of medical and recreational marijuana, it is still illegal under federal law.

This pot paradox has forced many marijuana businesses to keep their cash in their stores because banks are prohibited from doing businesses with them.

Thu
09
Jul

Bipartisan marijuana banking bill introduced in the Senate

 

Reflecting growing public support for changing the nation’s drug laws, a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced the chamber’s first bill that would legalize banking for recreational marijuana companies.

Introduced by the Senate delegations from Oregon and Colorado, two of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, the bill would prohibit the federal government from penalizing banks that work with marijuana businesses.

 

Thu
09
Jul

Should Canada Take a Public Health Approach to Cannabis Legalization?

One of the most popular topics on the 2015 elections agenda is legalization and cannabis is by far the most widely used illegal drug in the Canada. The interplay between potential legalization models and our current federal medical cannabis system, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), is important because it will probably shape the direction legalization takes in Canada. Our federal system is unique globally and over one year later, has some important big name interests vested within.

Thu
09
Jul

Uruguay Calls For Global Drug Policy To Emphasize Human Rights

Uruguay’s National Drug Board released a report to the High Commissioner of Human Rights of the United Nations on shifting drug policy toward a human rights perspective.

The initiative [PDF], proposed on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, consists of 10 guidelines. One point decriminalizes drug use and ends the death penalty for it. Another point emphasizes respect for different cultures and plans to reduce drug use.

Thu
09
Jul

Avanza process decriminalization of marijuana in Chile

Chilean lawmakers approved Tuesday a bill decriminalizing personal cultivation and use of marijuana for both therapeutic and recreational purposes. After the vote, which ended with 65 votes in favor, 39 against and 5 abstentions, the legal text will be sent to the Senate, where it must be passed into law. 

The rule would legalize possession of up to 10 grams of any kind of marijuana, for over 18 years. It also authorizes the personal cultivation of up to six plants and possess up to 500 grams of marijuana at home. Patients should consume marijuana for medical reasons should have the prescription. 

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