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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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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Oregon Court Of Appeals: Marijuana Odor Is Not Offensive

There have been several ‘marijuana odor bans’ in states all over America in one form or another. The bans relate to the smell of marijuana being consumed, and/or to the smell of marijuana being cultivated. In Oregon, a court case was decided this week which determined that the smell of marijuana being consumed is not offensive. Per Oregon Live:

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday refused to declare the smell of marijuana smoke wafting into neighbors’ homes “unpleasant.”

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California NAACP Files Marijuana Legalization Initiative Language

The California National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed initiative language this week for marijuana legalization in California. It’s my understanding that the California NAACP does not intend to run a campaign itself, but is filing the initiative as a kind of ‘road map’ of what the organization would like to see in a marijuana legalization effort in California. There are multiple legalization efforts in California right now (as expected), but the one that seems to be getting the most traction is ReformCA. I could be wrong since I don’t live in California, but that’s what it seems like to me based off of my conversations with leading cannabis advocates.

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