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Tue
25
Aug

Figures show a third of arrests for suspicion of possession of cannabis led to convictions

ONLY one third of arrests for suspicion of possession of cannabis in St Helens led to criminal convictions last year, police figures have revealed.

A debate surrounding whether forces should take legal action for use of the drug surfaced in the national media earlier this summer following the announcement by Durham Constabulary that they were relaxing their drugs policy by no longer targeting people who have cannabis plants at home.

Some drug experts have claimed police have effectively turned a blind eye to cannabis use to focus their attentions elsewhere, with users more likely to receive a warning than face prosecution.

Tue
25
Aug

Ireland: Not everyone is embracing ‘Hugs and Drugs’ minister

Dubbed the Minister for Hugs and Drugs, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin’s radical ideas regarding heroin and cocaine will not get a warm embrace from everyone.

The fact the Coalition did not appoint a minister with special responsibility for drugs policy for four years tells you all you need to know about how seriously they take the issue.

But Mr Ó Ríordáin, who also covers equality issues — the huggy part of his job — has certainly attempted to move fast to make up the lost time since being appointed to the role in May.

Far from trotting out the tired old cliches about a so-called war on drugs, Mr Ó Ríordáin has called for a new approach whereby Ireland would follow Portugal’s largely successful move to decriminalise all drugs from crack to weed.

Mon
24
Aug

Russia completely blocks Wikipedia due to article about marijuana

Russia banned Wikipedia on Monday, following through on threats to block the world's biggest encyclopedia due to a page about cannabis that Russia censors deemed illegal.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian censors responsible for surveilling and policing the Internet, pulled the trigger on the ban after demanding Wikipedia remove the page for charas, a form of hashish cannabis. The authorities complained that the Wikipedia page gave explicit instructions on how to make the product.

Mon
24
Aug

Cologne judgement on the private cultivation of Cannabis – patients have not yet planted a single plant

July 22nd 2015 marked the anniversary of the great Cologne cannabis judgement, but not a single cannabis plant has yet been grown. That’s a reason to look into matters.

The normalisation and legalisation of cannabis has certainly seen a lot of changes worldwide over the past 12 months, but what is happening in Germany? In Germany, grow shop offensives, driving bans as an alternative penalty for cannabis users and zero tolerance directives are hitting the headlines. It is anything but easy, even for cannabis patients in Germany. Medicinal hemp from pharmacies is expensive, and supply problems are a constant source of complaint.

Mon
24
Aug

Potential Privacy Breach Results in the Conditional Certification of a Class Action

On July 27, 2015, the Federal Court conditionally certified a class action with respect to an alleged privacy breach arising from the federal government’s administration of the Marihuana Medical Access Program (the Program). In Doe v Her Majesty the Queen, 2015 FC 916, the plaintiffs alleged that Health Canada publicly identified them as members of the Program by mailing oversized envelopes which had the return address of the “Marihuana Medical Access Program” visible on the outside. The certified class could include the approximately 40,000 people who received these envelopes between November 12 and 15, 2013.

Mon
24
Aug

Britain Fails to Kill Cancer Cells

The prohibitionist said it was a myth—now it’s a fact. The US government recently added a Cannabis and Cannabinoid page in the Alternative treatment section of their cancer website.

Cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. They are known to block cancer cell growth, prevent the growth of blood vessels that supply tumors, and relieve muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis.

Mon
24
Aug

UK: Why The Press Was Wrong About Changing Drugs Laws Based On Human Rights

A landmark report by politicians, calling for a more liberal drug regime based onhuman rights, had one detail that attracted particular attention.

"Junkies could use privacy law to avoid jail," was one headline for a story that suggested our drug law could be at an end. A prominent MP predicted it could "open the floodgates" and lead to drug users challenging their prosecutions and winning.

Mon
24
Aug

Germany: Düsseldorf moots cannabis legalization

City councillors in Düsseldorf, capital of Germany's most populous state, are following Berlin in planning a pilot project in which cannabis could be sold legally to adults.

The move is the result of a joint push by the three parties which form the city's governing coalition, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Greens and Free Democratic Party (FDP), the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

The "traffic-light coalition" (red, green and yellow are the parties' respective colours) in the North Rhine-Westphalian capital came together on Wednesday to pass a plan providing for a strictly-regulated cannabis trade that would provide the drug to adults.

Mon
24
Aug

Polish man jailed for growing cannabis in East Belfast complimented by judge

He was complimented on the way he prepared his defence and the judge told him some lawyers could learn from him

A judge complimented a Polish man telling him members of the legal profession could learn from how he presented his defence - before jailing him for six months.

Representing himself, 28-year old Polish national Przemyflaw Pril, caught cultivating cannabis plants, was complimented on the way he prepared his defence and was told by Judge Gemma Loughran: "There are lawyers who could learn from the care you have taken in presenting your material."

Mon
24
Aug

Vancouver Police left to regulate medical marijuana shops amid uncertain haze of legality

Authorities can't agree on a set pot policy

It’s police versus pot shops in the escalating battle over “medical” marijuana in Vancouver — and the cops say it’s keeping them busier than a bud grower at harvest time.

Marijuana shops are sprouting like weeds all over the city.

And despite claims that the stores are helping sick people by providing them with medical marijuana grown by green-thumbed angels of mercy, overwhelmed police say that’s not always the case.

“We’ve seen an explosion in the number of stores — we’ve gone from 12 to over 100,” said Sgt. Randy Fincham, spokesman for the Vancouver Police Department.

“It certainly is creating more work for us. It has caused us to take a hard look at where we’re going to put our police resources.”

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