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DC Legislature passes, sends governor bill overhauling medical marijuana market in state

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature has approved an overhaul of the state’s medical marijuana market, sending to Gov. Jay Inslee a bill seeking to eliminate unregulated dispensary sales now that the state’s recreational market is in place.

The Senate on Tuesday concurred with changes made to the bill in the House last week, and then voted 41-8 to pass it out of the chamber and on to the governor for his expected signature.

Among its many provisions, Senate Bill 5052, would create a database of patients.

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Apr

Alaska House Steps Towards Full Legal Marijuana Market

Many in the House floor session were unclear of whether HB 123 would receive enough support to pass, all the way up until the vote.

A fundamental bill for establishing regulations over marijuana in Alaska passed the House today.  The bipartisan vote is a step towards the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board creating a permit structure for all components of a full legal market.

Barrow Democrat Benjamin Nageak told colleagues during a House floor session there are some basic reasons marijuana needs its own regulatory board.

“I mean jeez, every time I see high people I go over, because I want to laugh,” Nageak said, illiciting chuckles from around the chamber. “I think we need to have a separate board to have, ya know, happy versus versus unhappy people.”

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Apr

What evidence do MPs turn to when they make policy?

MPs value the views of constituents and expert opinion more highly than evidence from randomised controlled trials, a new survey has found. However, the majority of the 104 Labour and Conservative MPs from the previous parliament who were questioned support the idea of using randomised controlled trials to evaluate policies and don’t believe they are too expensive.

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Apr

Jakarta Arrest: Selling Marijuana Brownies and Chocolates Online

Jakarta, GIVnews.com – The National Narcotics Agency in Indonesia (BNN), together with the national police force, had arrested a syndicate of five people who were suspected of selling marijuana ‘brownies’ online. One of the alleged was a 38-year-old man identified as IR.

According to the Deputy Head of the BNN Deddy Fauzi Elhakim, as reported by the Jakarta Globe, BNN has also requested the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to close down the website that has been used to sell the marijuana brownies online. This action was taken since BNN does not have the authority to block the website while the Ministry is authorized to do so.

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Apr

Contraband is big business in Greece

Organized crime in the European Union generates about 110 billion euros a year, corresponding to around 1 percent of the EU’s gross domestic product, a recent report commissioned by the European Commission found, with the bulk of that coming from the “traditional” market of illegal narcotics.

The report, titled “From Illegal Markets to Legitimate Businesses: The Portfolio of Organized Crime in Europe,” compiled by Project OCP – Organized Crime Portfolio, found that in Greece, organized crime generates just under 3.6 billion euros, corresponding to 1.6 percent of GDP (in 2010), significantly more than in Croatia (134 million euros; 0.3 pct/GDP) but also less than in Latvia, where 514 million euros of proceeds account for 2.8 percent of GDP.

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15
Apr

Ecuador Breaks the Ice on Drug Legalization in Landmark Bill

A new bill in Ecuador seeks to change the public-policy paradigm on drug use in the country. On Thursday, April 9, legislators held a historic first debate of the Organic Law on Comprehensive Drug Prevention in the National Assembly.+

The first debate on a landmark drug regularization bill was held in the National Assembly on Thursday. (Asamblea Nacional)

The project, promoted by the ruling party PAIS Alliance, was introduced to the chamber by Carlos Velasco, head of the Commission of the Right to Health.+

The bill aims for “comprehensive drug prevention, by establishing a legal and institutional framework to address drug use, and the regulation of the substances that are subject to control.”+

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Apr

Chris Christie: 'I Will Crack Down And Not Permit' Legal Marijuana As President

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) becomes president of the United States, he said on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" Tuesday, he will "crack down" on those states that have ended prohibitions on marijuana.

When asked by Hewitt if he would enforce federal drug laws in those states that have legalized and regulated cannabis, Christie responded unequivocally.

"Absolutely," Christie said. "I will crack down and not permit it."

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15
Apr

Are Cigarettes the New Joints? Get Ready for Homegrown Tobacco

High cigarette taxes fuel a surging black market in smuggled cigarettes, notes Americans for Tax Reform's Patrick Gleason in the Wall Street Journal. New York smokers are the greatest beneficiaries of that black market, burdened as they are with the most ridiculous cigarette taxes in the country. There's a huge flow of smuggled smokes from relatively low-tax states like Virginia. And some smokers are turning to an alternative to which marijuana fanciers facing legal pressures of their own have resorted for decades: growing their own.

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Apr

Cannabis festival '420' set to return to Platt Fields Park

Hundreds of people are expected to go to the event in Fallowfield on Sunday Hundreds of people are expected to go to the event in Fallowfield on Sunday An annual festival celebrating cannabis is set to take place in a Manchester park again next weekend. Hundreds of people are expected to go to the ‘420’ event at Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield on Sunday - as part of a series of worldwide events which campaign for the legalisation of marijuana. Around 500 people went to the festival last year - with police on patrol making no arrests despite participants openly smoking cannabis. The Platt Fields Park event is organised by Manchester pro-cannabis groups Mannijuana and the Greater Manchester Cannabis Club.

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Apr

Ending Prohibition: Towards Strict Regulation or Human Rights?

 

 

 

A Strict Regulation Approach…

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