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Wed
09
Sep

New DEA Chief: Marijuana Has No Medical Use, Should Stay in Schedule I

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made headlines last month by admitting that marijuana is less harmful than heroin, but in a new interview he says that cannabis should not be reclassified under federal law even though “it certainly is not as dangerous as other Schedule I controlled substances.”

Wed
09
Sep

UK: MPs will debate legalising cannabis, selling it in shops and taxing it to fund the NHS

Campaigners are joyous after Parliament was pushed into the move by a 210,000-strong petition on its own website

MPs will hold a full debate on whether Britain should legalise cannabis, sell it in shops and tax it to fund the NHS.

Campaigners are joyous after Parliament was pushed into the move by a 210,000-strong petition on its own website.

Today the petition became one of two to have a formal date set for its debate - the other is a bid to sack Jeremy Hunt.

It will be discussed in Westminster Hall, the second-biggest Commons venue after the chamber itself, on October 12.

Wed
09
Sep

Oregon: Earl Blumenauer Provides Federal Marijuana Law Update This Weekend

Congressman Earl Blumenauer has been leading efforts to sensibly reform our marijuana laws for decades. As a young state legislator, he helped Oregon become the first state to decriminalize marijuana and he hasn’t slowed down one bit. Now in Washington, D.C., the Portland representative works across the political divide to convince more and more elected officials to support practical cannabis law reform.

Wed
09
Sep

Legalization Of Marijuana In California A Strong Possibility

Come election time this November, voters in California may finally be looking at a ballot that includes a measure to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. While California was the first state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, a subsequent proposition to legalize the drug for recreational purposes in 2010 fell short of the votes needed for passage.

The legislation currently being proposed, called the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, will require 365,000 signatures to be placed on the November, 2016 ballot, and is being pushed for by ReformCA, a project of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, chaired by Dale Sky Jones.

Wed
09
Sep

Port Hope paves way for possible medical marijuana industry

Politicians consider potential sites for marijuana facilities ahead of updating bylaw

PORT HOPE -- Port Hope is considering updating its laws to allow medical marijuana facilities to set up shop in the municipality. 

Council will make a decision on Sept. 15 whether to make changes to its current zoning bylaws to include provisions as to where a medical marijuana facility could potentially be built and operate. 

Port Hope’s elected officials and members of staff met on Wednesday for a public meeting on the issue. 

Wed
09
Sep

Foul play: The criminalization of Dutch coffeeshop owners

Cannabis News Network presents you with a follow-up on the dramatic case of Johan van Laarhoven. This former Dutch coffeeshop entrepreneur and his wife are still being imprisoned in Thailand under horrific conditions.

The reason for their imprisonment is an investigation initiated by the Dutch government, who is accusing Van Laarhoven of money laundering. Van Laarhoven having retired to Thailand, the public prosecutor triggered the Thai government to investigate Johan van Laarhoven too, which led to his and his wife’s imprisonment for over thirteen months.

Wed
09
Sep

UK: Parliament to debate cannabis legalisation next month

 

Parliament will debate the legalisation of cannabis next month, House of Commons authorities have announced.

MPs will consider a proposal to make the “production, sale and use of cannabis legal” on Monday 12 October.

Wed
09
Sep

Blowing smoke? MPs to debate legalizing cannabis in UK, activists skeptical govt will act

MPs will debate whether the sale, production and use of cannabis should be legalized after a petition demanding a shift in the law attracted over 200,000 signatures.

The debate will be led by Labour MP for Newport West Paul Flynn, who strongly advocates the reform of Britain’s cannabis law. It will take place in Westminster Hall and is scheduled for October 12. 

Flynn has campaigned for the reform of UK cannabis law since 1990. In 2011, he presided over the launch of a report examining how cannabis could better be regulated, which was published by Britain’s pro-reform group Clear UK.

Wed
09
Sep

The Cannabis Chronicles: Dramatis personae, part I

In March 2016, South Africa will bear witness to a historical court case that seeks to have one of the oldest and most draconian anti-cannabis laws in the world overturned. In the first of a series of articles leading up to the case, KEVIN BLOOM looks at some of the lesser-known characters in the drama, from the Khoi to Connie Mulder.

They have a sort of hemp growing in this country (Scythia), very like flax, except in thickness and height; in this respect the hemp is far superior: it grows both spontaneously and from cultivation …

—Herodotus, 484–425 BC

Tue
08
Sep

On Marijuana Policy, Congress Needs to Pick Up Where It Left Off

Now that Congress has returned from its August recess, it's time for members to debate and vote on the annual budget that will fund the federal government from October of this year through September of next year. And various marijuana amendments will be a part of these discussions.

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