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Tue
13
Oct

Thousands of Scots call for cannabis to be legalised

CANNABIS should be legalised, according to thousands of Scots.

More than 220,000 people in the UK have signed a petition calling on the Government to legalise the drug, sparking a parliamentary debate.

And Record analysis has shown that Glasgow has the highest percentage of people in the UK supporting the move.

A total of 564 people from Glasgow Central have signed the petition. Close behind is Glasgow North, where one person in every 172 has put their name to it.

A total of 22,620 Scots are backing the petition.

Tue
13
Oct

UK: Free-thinking Brighton wants to legalise cannabis the most

Free-thinking Brighton wants to legalise cannabis more than anywhere else in Britain, Mirror Online can reveal.

Nearly 1,000 people in the Green Party's only seat backed a landmark petition which will be debated in Parliament tomorrow.

Today Labour MP Paul Flynn, who is leading the debate, says the war on drugs has failed in a piece for Mirror Online.

Meanwhile the Mirror's data unit analysed the publicly-given addresses of the 220,000 people who have signed the petition - which claims legalisation could raise £900m a year.

Tue
13
Oct

Leaked Treasury report reveals legalised cannabis could be worth hundreds of millions to the Exchequer

Internal government report claims that legalising cannabis could swell the nation's coffers by as much as £800 million every year

Legalising cannabis would bring in hundreds of millions of pounds in additional taxation and make significant savings in the criminal justice system, a leaked Treasury report has revealed.

 

 

Mon
12
Oct

Cannabis user lobbies MPs to legalise weed

A MAN who has been "busted" by police for possession of cannabis has lobbied Berkshire MPs to legalise the drug for medicinal use.

Jonathan Liebling, 48, from Shinfield, who consumes a quarter ounce of cannabis per week to control anxiety and depression, has written an open letter to MPs in his capacity as political director of United Patients Alliance.

He said: "It's currently in schedule one of the misuse of drugs act, that means it's illegal for doctors to recommend it. If they [the government] moved it to schedule two - which they could do at any time - doctors could then recommend it and we could apply for an import licence from Europe. I would hope that something alone those lines could be done within the next 12 months."

Mon
12
Oct

5 things to know about the new California marijuana regulations

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly two decades after California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, the state finally is planning to regulate the vast, unruly industry the voter-approved move spawned.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a package of bills that create a licensing and oversight framework for the growing and selling of medical marijuana and pot-infused products.

Here are the basics on the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, how it might affect the existing landscape for medical marijuana and what happens next.
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Mon
12
Oct

Scotland: Minister hints at relaxation of cannabis research laws

Laws governing medical research into the effects of cannabis on patients could be relaxed, a Home Office minister has signalled.

Mike Penning told MPs the Government would not support an e-petition calling for the legalisation of the production, sale and use of cannabis - which gathered 223,169 signatures.

But the Conservative frontbencher said there is a need to "look carefully" at the impact of certain parts of legislation on research.

Mon
12
Oct

Younger people will be using marijuana, Mike DeWine says regarding Issue 3

The marijuana debate in Ohio is garnering more attention after Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine’s trip to Colorado.

DeWine said he took a three-day trip to Colorado about two weeks ago to speak with people directly affected by the legalization of marijuana in the state.

DeWine said he spoke with Colorado’s attorney general, the chief of Denver police and several doctors.

DeWine said he doesn’t want the current problems in Colorado to make their way to Ohio.

"The perceived risk is down and the availability of marijuana is dramatically up, and the end result is going to be younger children will be trying marijuana and more children will be using marijuana," DeWine said.

 

Mon
12
Oct

Today's cannabis debate shows how irrational Westminster has become

This afternoon, a handful of MPs will gather in Westminster Hall to debate cannabis policy. It's like sending a policeman out to fight an invading army. We are witnessing a policy failure of epic proportions, and the debate parliament holds – one it has been forced to hold by public petition – will be conducted with a handful of MPs in a legislative attic.

Mon
12
Oct

Pa. State Rep. updates medical cannabis task force work

State Rep. Mike Regan (R-York/Cumberland) reassured the public recently that the House medical cannabis task force recommendations on legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania steer clear of anything having to do with legalizing recreational use of the drug. 

"Our report makes it clear that legalized medical cannabis would only be allowed in the form of pills, oils and vaporization and not through smoking or 'edible' form," Regan said. "There is nothing involved in this report that would legalize a recreational usage," 

Mon
12
Oct

Ohio AG DeWine says trip to Colorado raises new marijuana concerns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has returned to the state after a recent business trip to Colorado.  DeWine says he went to Colorado to learn about the consequences of marijuana legalization and how to implement the law if amendment three passes.

DeWine says law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and educators all told him the same thing.  He says, “The message was really clear. And that message was you guys are crazy if you bring this to Ohio. You guys are just crazy.”

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