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Tue
05
Apr

Pot Is a Medicine Like Any Other

Over the last two years, medical cannabis has exploded onto the international radar. Canada’s adoption of marijuana for medical purposes regulations (MMPR) and creation of a legal, medical cannabis industry is at the forefront of a complex global discussion.

Tue
05
Apr

Colombia Joins Countries From Mexico to Chile for Legalization on Marijuana

While a 1986 law allowed for the manufacture, export, sale and medical and scientific use of marijuana, the practice was, until Tuesday, never formally regulated.Current law already allows possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana or cultivation of up to 20 marijuana plants for personal use.

Colombia joins countries from Mexico to Chile for legalization on marijuana

With the new rules, Colombia joins countries from Mexico to Chile that have experimented with legalization or decriminalization as part of a wave of changing attitudes toward drug use and policies to combat it in Latin America.The proponents of medical marijuana claim that up to 400,000 Colombian citizens can use cannabis products to treat symptoms of epilepsy and other illnesses.

Tue
05
Apr

New Zealand Tourette's Patient Given Green Light To Use Medicinal Cannabis

A patient suffering from severe Tourette's Syndrome has been given the OK to use a medicinal cannabis product.

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has green-lighted the use of Aceso Calm Spray, after recommendations from health officials.

It's the third application for a cannabis based medicine to be used.

Mr Dunne said he's approved it once before.

The other application was withdrawn before a decision was made.

"The fact that the two cases that have come to my desk in the last year have both been approved suggest that if people complete the application get the information together, know what they're talking about, the chances are they will get a positive response." said Mr Dunne.

Tue
05
Apr

UK Cannabis Possession Arrests Fall by Almost 50% Since 2010

In the same five year period cautions for possession fell 48 per cent and the number of people charged fell by 33 per cent.

A 46 per cent fall in the number of arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales shows the Government must start "developing rational, evidence based policies as alternatives to criminalising cannabis consumers," advocates of cannabis legalisation say.

Data released after a freedom of information request by the BBC shows arrests fell between 2010 and 2015 from 35,367 to 19,115.

In the same five year period, cautions for possession fell 48 per cent and the number of people charged fell by 33 per cent.

Tue
05
Apr

Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Seeks Warning Labels

Illinois state Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, proposes that Illinois medical marijuana products would be required to carry warning labels about possible side effects.

Republican lawmaker says goal of listing side effects is to treat medical marijuana like any other prescription drug.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois medical marijuana would be required to carry warning labels about possible side effects under a bill proposed by a Republican lawmaker.

Tue
05
Apr

Time To Stop Complaining and Get Involved

We receive a lot of inquiries (and some complaints) at NORML from those who favor legalization and wonder why we continue to focus on a state-based strategy instead of focusing on Congress. The belief is that Congress could legalize marijuana in one fell swoop if they wanted to do so.

It’s a reasonable question, but there are valid reasons for the current strategy.

Congress Is Not Yet In Play

Tue
05
Apr

New Marijuana Industry Caps Clear Denver Panel as Deadline Looms

City Council will introduce proposal to replace moratorium on new entrants in industry with limits on cultivation, stores

A proposal that would create citywide caps on stores and grow houses to protect marijuana-saturated Denver neighborhoods cleared its first hurdle Monday.

But when the City Council introduces it on the floor April 11 and takes a final vote as early as April 18, the measure isn't guaranteed an easy ride.

Mon
04
Apr

Kansas lawmakers to consider marijuana, medical hemp bills

Kansas Democratic Rep. John Wilson never thought he’d take up marijuana as a legislative cause, but the struggles of a family in his district to get medical hemp preparations to treat their son’s seizures changed his mind.

Wilson, of Lawrence, is pushing for a House measure that would allow medical hemp to treat seizures. Another pending bill would reduce the penalties for first- and second-time marijuana possession. House-Senate conference committees will continue working on the bills when the Legislature returns April 27 to finish its work for the year.

Mon
04
Apr

A Closer Look at States Trying to Legalize Marijuana in 2016

By the end of this year, several more states in the U.S. could be among those who have legalized cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. Of course, their success is up to the activists and voters in each state. If you’re in one of these states, here is what you need to know.

States where recreational legalization is on the ballot: Nevada

States where medical legalization is on the ballot: Florida

States where activists are going through the legislature or attempting to make the ballot for recreational or medical legalization: California, Vermont, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, Michigan, Rhode Island, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Utah, Arkansas

Long Shots

Mon
04
Apr

The bizarre reason Maine marijuana policy is completely up in the air

A month ago, Maine’s secretary of state said a ballot question that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state fell short of the needed number of voter signatures to make this November’s ballot.

Immediately, the campaign behind the ballot effort cried foul and moved to challenge the decision in court, arguing Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap had inappropriately deemed nearly 17,000 signatures invalid. Because the ballot question came up about 10,000 signatures short of moving forward, the question would have been eligible to reach voters if those 17,000 signatures had been counted, the campaign said.

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