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Should medical marijuana be legalized in the Philippines?

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Should medical marijuana be legalized in the Philippines?

This was the question that several law students from two universities in the country tried to answer on Tuesday (June 9) during a Law and Policy Debate at the House of Representatives.

Ambassador Manuel Teehankee, a medical and law expert, recognized the need for public discussions on the legalization of marijuana.

He noted that debating on a topic is a healthy method of testing ideas and proposal, and "a good way by which the legislative process can be vetted with various ideas being exchanged."

Wed
10
Jun

Dutch police roll up cannabis `crime family`

Etten Leur: Dutch police have arrested six family members accused of exporting large amounts of cannabis to France, police said on Tuesday.

 

 

More than 200 officers swooped on 24 addresses in the southern Dutch cities of Etten-Leur and Roosendaal following an intensive 18-month probe by Dutch and French police, a statement said.

Police on Tuesday seized a cannabis plantation and a small amount of cannabis resin, as well as a villa which police said was bought with "criminal proceeds".

They confiscated weapons, money counting machines and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Tue
09
Jun

Charges against Garden City mother enflame cannabis community

For years, Garden City resident Shona Banda has been self-medicating her Crohn’s disease with cannabis oil and making no secret of it, touting her homemade vaporizer on YouTube and in a self-published book.

Now, Banda could face up to 17 years in prison for doing so, in a case that has medical marijuana advocates enraged and legislators from both parties saying it is past time to re-examine the state’s drug laws.

“We are terrified,” said Lisa Sublett, founder of the medical marijuana advocacy group Bleeding Kansas. “We are outraged. We are heartbroken. Many are planning to move.”

Tue
09
Jun

Rand Paul in Baltimore county finds an island of red in Maryland's sea of blue

Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican running for president, went to the Baltimore area on Tuesday night for the first time since riots provoked by the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

The 2016 hopeful appeared at a dinner of suburban Republicans in a banquet hall that arguably looked more like a setting for a mafia wedding than a speech on urban policy.

Tue
09
Jun

After they ban vaping, what will they ban next?

Non-smokers breathed a collective full-lunged sigh of relief when smoking became illegal in public places across the UK back in 2006-7. Smokers, presumably coughed, spluttered and desperately snatched a half-lunged breath whilst venting their disapproval but soon gave up to pop outside for a crafty fag. Probably. I don't remember it. I was too busy outside, smoking. 

This new, weird world of smoke-free establishments lead to a marked rise in the trade for picnic benches, outdoor heaters, wall-mounted ashtrays. Smoking became more of an activity on a night out. You cant just spark up anywhere. No, mate. You'll have to finish your drink before you go outside. But nobody told me, I've just got a pint in.

Tue
09
Jun

Louisiana Officially Decriminalizes Cannabis Possession

When Governor Bobby Jindal signs HB 149 into law sometime this week (perhaps today), Louisiana will officially become America’s 19th state with decriminalized marijuana possession.

Just two weeks after the state’s Senate gave the bill its overwhelming blessing, Louisiana’s House too agreed that weed and those that inhale the stuff should be unchained, voting 74-19 in favor of the new legislation.

And here’s exactly what the bill will do:

The bill proposes the following changes:

Tue
09
Jun

New Hampshire selects medical marijuana dispensary vendors

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is one step closer to giving qualifying patients access to medical marijuana.

The state's Department of Health and Human Services says it has selected three vendors to operate four dispensaries across the state, although specific locations have not been chosen. New Hampshire passed a medical marijuana law in 2013, and the state is running behind schedule in making the treatment available.

The dispensaries will be located in four specific geographic areas: Belknap, Strafford and Rockingham counties; Merrimack and Hillsborough Counties; Sullivan and Cheshire counties; and Grafton, Carroll and Coos counties.

Tue
09
Jun

Groups protesting Vancouver's proposed regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries

A group called the Coalition for Dispensary Free Communities is protesting Vancouver’s proposed regulations for marijuana dispensaries ahead of its June 10 public hearing.

Currently, there are over 90 medical marijuana dispensaries around the city — but there are only 16 licensed producers in Canada. The new regulations put forward in a report by the Vancouver’s chief license inspector proposes marijuana businesses to be at least 300 metres away from schools and community centres. Under the new regulations, the businesses will also require to pay an operating fee of $30,000 per year, as well as acquiring a “Good Neighbour Agreement.”

 

Tue
09
Jun

Deputies: $240000 worth of marijuana seized from Tampa grow house

Nearly a quarter-million dollars worth of marijuana was seized during a grow house bust in Tampa, deputies said.According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, deputies searched a home in the 15900 block of Timberwood Drive on Monday evening and confirmed it had been used to grow marijuana.Deputies seized 237 pounds of marijuana, which is valued at $240,000, and a 2007 Suzuki SUV, the report said.Ramon Soto Machado, 60, was arrested on charges of owning, leasing or renting for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a listed chemical with intent, trafficking in marijuana, manufacture of marijuana, grand theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Machado was booked into the Orient Road Jail.

Tue
09
Jun

Legal highs 'prohibition' will create new criminal class

David Cameron will create a new criminal class with his crackdown on legal highs, a former health minister has warned.

Norman Lamb told IBTimes UK that the government's psychoactive substances bill, which will introduce a blanket ban on legal highs from April next year, is "ridiculous".

The legislation comes after 120 deaths were linked to the substances across England, Scotland and Wales in 2013, according to Home Office data.

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