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New York State's Medical Marijuana Rules Shaping Up as Unusually Restrictive

Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, a Democratic sponsor of the medical marijuana legislation, criticized "senseless burdensome restrictions" on the program.

ALBANY — When New York State’s lawmakers were mulling legalizing the medical use of marijuana last summer, some proponents feared that the proposed law was so restrictive that it would prevent many patients from receiving the drug.

Now, with the state’s Health Department close to issuing final regulations about the new program, the law’s supporters say their fears may soon be realized.

Tue
31
Mar

Ballot issue invites look at marijuana use in Wichita

How often do people get arrested for marijuana? Who gets arrested? And are they accused of other crimes as well?

Those are some of the things we wondered as Wichitans prepare to vote April 7 on a proposal that would lessen first-time penalties for adults caught with an ounce or less of marijuana.

The future of the proposal is unclear, even if voters pass it. State officials have already said they will challenge it in court since it conflicts with state law.

But we can learn some things from what is happening with marijuana in Wichita now, based on data from the Wichita Police Department, Wichita Municipal Court and Sedgwick County District Court.

Tue
31
Mar

Interview with Paul Birch: chairman of Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol

Paul Birch, the co-founder of Bebo and chairman of the recently established single-issue political party Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol (CISTA), was in Glasgow on Tuesday to launch his party’s campaign in Scotland, ahead of the General Election in May. CISTA campaigns for the reform of laws which prohibit the sale and possession of cannabis in the UK. After meeting CISTA candidates standing in Scottish constituencies, he spoke to the Glasgow Guardian.

Guardian: To have launched a single-issue party, you must be passionate about that issue, in this case, legalising cannabis. How did that come about?

Mon
30
Mar

Sir Richard Branson on Ending the war on drugs, the challenges and opportunities ahead

Last week’s Vienna meeting of the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs was an important stepping stone on the road to 2016, when world leaders will come together in New York to discuss drug policy in a special session of the UN General Assembly, also known as the UNGASS.

As dry as these diplomatic gatherings appear, they play a key role in our effort to end the war on drugs; try new approaches to drug policy that reduce harm; end the criminalisation of drug users and keep non-violent drug offenders out of prison; and treat drugs overall as a health issue. 

Mon
30
Mar

Lebanese Psychiatrist Considers The Cannabis Question

Walid Jumblatt’s call for the legalization of cannabis cultivation fits into a global trend, from the USA to Uruguay

Mon
30
Mar

If Signed, How Narrow Will New Mexico Interpret Hemp Law?

One of the rare bills that cruised through both chambers of the state Legislature this session would allow the state to grow hemp for research purposes. 

Mon
30
Mar

Tangerang gets high from marijuana fumes when Indonesian police burn three-ton pile

An Indonesian town was high on more than just life when police set fire to more than three tons of confiscated cannabis.    

Residents of Tangerang, 15.5 miles west of the capital Jakarta, reported suffering from headaches and dizziness after inhaling the tangy smoke given off by the bonfire. 

The 3.3 tons of marijuana were burned by Palmerah police at their subprecinct office in West Jakarta earlier this month.

A police officer throws packages of confiscated marijuana onto a fire in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in August last year. That fire destroyed two tons of the drug while the latest one in Tangareng burned 3.3

Mon
30
Mar

Growers push to relax restrictions on hemp

Hemp seed harvesting has started in New Zealand, but the industry wants food regulations changed.

It says despite a popular misconception, the cannabis species is good for humans.

But the Government has its hands tied when it comes to relaxing the rules.

Registered nurse and hemp grower Penny Young swears by eating the plant as a health supplement.

With the help of friends, she's currently harvesting her first crop.

Hemp is a cannabis plant species related to marijuana, but it has virtually no THC – the psychoactive substance that gives users of its cousin a high.

Sun
29
Mar

Denver cracks down on marijuana warehouses

Landon Riddle, 5, who has leukemia and uses medical marijuana to treat it, plays in a warehouse where medical caregivers grow marijuana in Denver. Riddle’s mother joined about a dozen activists and caregivers at the facility to discuss adjusting to a Denver City Council decision that bans caregivers from sharing space, which likely could close down warehouses such as this one.

The Denver Fire Department issued 58 permits for warehouses to grow marijuana in nonlicensed facilities last year – marijuana not to be sold in dispensaries. This marijuana was to be grown primarily by caregivers for consumption by medical users or for the grower’s personal use.

Sun
29
Mar

Uruguay's New Government Takes its Foot off the Gas: Marijuana Legalization Hits the Brakes

Since 2013 Uruguay has been a shining example of tolerance, respect and freedom with regards to cannabis. However, since Jose Mujica has been replaced as the head of the government, things could change. For now, the new president is taking legalisation cautiously, while his past opinions on the subject have always revealed his negative take on cannabis. In the interim, the UN is pressuring the country, profiting from the change of government. Will things end up going awry in this country, pioneer in marijuana normalization?

 

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