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​Women and Weed: The Re-Emergence of Female Cannabis Culture

Having spent a large amount of my youth at a Church of England all girls' school, I had decided drugs were evil. Take one toke on a spliff and it would be a slippery slope towards your school portrait appearing on the front page of the Mail: "GCSE Student Tragically Dead at 16 from Doing Too Much Reefer".

Skip past my puritanical phase, though, and by 19 I was smoking weed pretty regularly, thanks to my boyfriend and my male housemate. No surprise there, really: weed is the most commonly used drug in Britain, and 93 percent of those who use drugs (around 14 million people) have smoked cannabis.

Fri
05
Aug

Italy cannabis legalisation: The health arguments for and against marijuana

For the previous week, Italy’s parliament has been discussing whether or not to legalise the possession, use, and manufacturing of hashish. Whereas these in favour argue that it will strip the nation’s mafia of a serious supply of earnings, the mission additionally has many opponents, conservatives and the Catholic Church particularly.

If the legislation ended up being voted in, consuming hashish would nonetheless stay forbidden in public locations, possession could be restricted to 15g at dwelling and 5g outdoor and folks wouldn’t be capable to domesticate greater than 5 crops.

Legalising hashish has been a debate that has taken centre stage lately, one which many countries throughout the globe have began to tackle.

Fri
05
Aug

Police Say Marijuana Dispensaries Aren't Big Targets For Thieves

Despite initial fears cash-heavy marijuana dispensaries would be targets for theft, Portland Police say those worries have not come to fruition.

Portland Police have three people in custody after the armed robbery of a marijuana dispensary Wednesday.

Police said three men, one armed with a handgun, robbed the Mt. Hood Wellness Center dispensary.

Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said as recreational marijuana was being legalized, they worried dispensaries might be targeted, because federal banking laws block them from using banks. Owners can’t take cash to the bank every evening like other small businesses, so they end up holding large sums. Authorities worried that would make them vulnerable to armed robbery.

Fri
05
Aug

Marijuana possession charges dropped against Oregon teen

Charges have been dropped against a 19-year-old Oregon man accused of marijuana possession, despite the legalization of weed.

Devontre Thomas was accused of possessing about a gram of marijuana at Chemawa Indian School, a boarding school in Salem, earlier this year. The school is operated by the Bureau of Indian Education, which is part of the federal government.

According to KATU's news partners at Willamette Week, feds hadn't pursued a marijuana-related case in Oregon in at least three years.

Fri
05
Aug

How Cannabis Legalisation Can Help Remedy Social Injustices

In 1992, Amir Varick Amma was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on drug charges. Convicted of two nonviolent drug felonies, he was unfortunate to be sentenced under the Rockefeller drug laws – resulting in a harsh sentence typically reserved for murderers.

After drug law reforms were passed in New York in 2004 and 2009, a judge reduced Amma’s sentence. He was released after spending 19 years behind bars.

Thu
04
Aug

Italy: Right-Wing Group Forces Delay in Italy Vote on Colorado-Style Pot Legalization

Update: While public support for cannabis legalization in Italy remains high, the Italian Parliament has postponed a vote on the issue until September. Last week, a cross-party group of lawmakers proposed a bill that would have legalized marijuana, but that effort was derailed by a right-wing parliamentary group that introduced more than 1,300 amendments to intentionally delay the vote.

Thu
04
Aug

Norwegian Customs seize 1,600 kg cannabis in 1H

OSLO: Norwegian customs agents have reported a three-fold increase in the amount of cannabis confiscated at the nation’s borders.

Through the first six months of 2016, the Directorate of Norwegian Customs has seized 1,600 kg of cannabis, while just 550 kg was seized in the first half of last year. The agency director general, Bjørn Røse, said the increase may indicate that cannabis use is on the rise both in Norway and elsewhere in Europe. “Cannabis use has remained stable in Norway for several years, but the new figures give cause for concern,” he said. Røse said that major seizures had been made in trailer transports, vans and campers.

Thu
04
Aug

An Oregon teen is facing federal drug charges over a single gram of marijuana

An Oregon teenager is facing federal drug charges and up to a year in prison for possessing a gram of marijuana, according to his lawyer — the first marijuana possession case federal authorities have prosecuted  in the state since 2011.

Devontre Thomas, 19, recently graduated from Chemawa Indian School in Salem and is heading to college this fall. But first, he'll have to take a trip to the federal courthouse in Portland to fight the charge, stemming from an incident in March 2015.

Thu
04
Aug

As marijuana backers urge OK, majority of lawmakers come out against

As proponents gathered outside the State House Wednesday to urge support for marijuana legalization and condemn arguments against it as rooted in fear, opponents of a ballot question to allow the adult use of marijuana released a list of 119 members of the Legislature opposing legalization.

Massachusetts voters will decide at the ballot box in November whether to legalize adult use of marijuana while also setting up taxation and a regulatory structure for marijuana sales.

Supporters on Wednesday described backing the question as a matter of fairness and racial justice and said the tax revenue could provide an infusion of financial resources for areas like education, infrastructure and addiction treatment.

Wed
03
Aug

Boston City Council President, Mayor at Odds on Marijuana Referendum

Boston City Council President Michelle Wu and Councilor Tito Jackson will formally endorse the state ballot push to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The move, to be announced at a State House event Wednesday morning, puts them directly at odds with Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who is helping to lead the charge against the referendum. 

A 2007 graduate of Harvard College, Wu said she never used the drug but recalled some classmates did during their years in Cambridge.

“It just seems ridiculous that kids at Harvard can smoke pot and have incredibly successful careers while blacks and Latinos, particularly men and boys, who are using the same substance are sent to jail,” she said, voice rising.

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