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More political momentum for UK cannabis legalisation

The UK has some of the most outdated cannabis laws in the developed world, but things are starting to change as politicians ask why the UK is spending so much money on strict adherence to prohibition laws which benefit only the criminals.  A recent report from the All Party Parliamentary Group For Drug Policy Reform has been published saying that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed and so has ‘blanket prohibition’.  The report called for experiments to assess the viability and potential benefits of legalisation of drugs such as cannabis.
 
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20
Aug

America just admitted that cannabis DOES kill cancer cells - Metro

Conspiracy theorists have been saying it all along – but cannabis does apparently kill cancer cells.

That’s according to the US government, which has added a page on the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to their official cancer advice website.

The National Cancer Institute, part of the US Department of Health, now advises that ‘cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment’ by smoking, eating it in baked products, drinking herbal teas or even spraying it under the tongue.

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20
Aug

Complaint filed against Colorado to allow medical pot for PTSD treatment

State has 21 days to file a response

 

 

Several people on Wednesday filed a complaint in Denver District Court against the Colorado Board of Health's decision in July not to add post-traumatic stress disorder to medical conditions that can be treated under the state's medical marijuana program.

The complaint lists Curtis Bean, Larisa Bolivar, Stephen Otero, Matthew Kahl and Zach Phillips as plaintiffs in the case. They are asking that a judge overturn the board's ruling. Several are military veterans, and one is a survivor of sexual and physical abuse.

Thu
20
Aug

Bernie Sanders Announces Bill to Abolish Private Prisons, Hints at Marijuana Policy Platform

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Bernie Sanders isn’t done talking about criminal justice reform — in fact, he’s merely getting started. The presidential contender continues to rise in the polls and sensible Drug War reforms will only increase his standing with the Democratic base.

Thu
20
Aug

Brazil Supreme Court debates decriminalization of drugs

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday began debating a drug case that could lead to the decriminalization of possession for personal use in the South American country.

 

In 2009, an inmate in a Sao Paulo prison was caught with three grams of marijuana. The crime of drug possession was tacked on to his criminal record that included robbery, sale of stolen goods and illegal possession of a gun. Two years, later the public defender's office in Sao Paulo state filed an appeal on his behalf arguing that the inclusion of drug possession was unconstitutional because it violated the constitutional right to privacy.

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20
Aug

New Schools, Less Crime: Colorado Sees Benefits Of Marijuana Legalization

DENVER — Colorado’s successful experiment in marijuana legalization is bringing in millions of dollars of revenue per month while simultaneously benefiting schools and contributing to a drop in crime rates.

Colorado reached over $50 million dollars in recreational cannabis sales in June, breaking the state’s previous record, according to Ricardo Baca, a staff writer for Denver Post’s The Cannabist. In addition, medical sales reached $25 million.

Based on the state’s various taxes on marijuana sales, Baca reports that the state has earned over $60 million dollars in marijuana tax revenue so far this year.

Thu
20
Aug

IS YOUR STATE ONE OF THE NEXT 12 TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA?

In an ideal world for those in the cannabis industry, as well as for advocates and enthusiasts nationwide, cannabis would be made legal in every state in the country by the 2016 elections, if not sooner.

Wed
19
Aug

Vietnam sentences Filipino man to death for trafficking drugs

A Vietnam court has given a death sentence to a Filipino man for carrying over 3.4kg of cocaine from Brazil into Vietnam in late 2013.

Forty-year-old Emmanuel Sillo Camacho received the sentence at his trial opened by the Hanoi People’s Court on Tuesday on charges of “illegally transporting drugs” pursuant to Article 194 of the Penal Code.

Camacho was arrested in early December 2013 after being caught with cocaine hidden in his luggage at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

Security forces discovered white powder with total weight exceeding 3,408 grams stashed inside eighteen socks.

Camacho told investigators that four months before the arrest, he had met a woman named Jessica who was living in Brazil through Facebook.

Wed
19
Aug

UK: MPs and Peers call for radical new approach to drugs laws

A group of MPs and Peers says legal cannabis markets should be tested and drug use decriminalised as part of a radical new approach to drug use.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform wants an overhaul in global narcotics policy.

It says the "war on drugs" and "blanket prohibition" have failed.

The group also believes certain human rights laws could be used to claim that those who possess cannabis should not be treated as criminals.

Wed
19
Aug

Fargo Man Fighting To Legalize Medical Marijuana In ND, "Be Compassionate”

After being disappointed with lawmakers, a local man is asking the community to help legalize medical marijuana in North Dakota. Ray Morgan, a Fargo man suffering from severe back pain is leading the fight.

He’s asking the community to sign a petition. He's formed a committee of 25 people, and if they get approval from the Secretary of State they can start collecting signatures. They need 13,500 people need to sign on. If they get that, you will be able to vote for or against legalizing medical marijuana on the November 2016 ballot.

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