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Mar

Can cannabis gelato change Italy's attitude to weed?

The flavor is named after Bob Marley. Probably not because the reggae legend loved gelato.

What's Italian for munchies? 

A town on Italy's Riviera coast has begun selling a weed-infused gelato that campaigners hope could change the country's attitude to cannabis.

Perleco, a gelato parlor in Alassio, recently launched the gelato -- named Marley after reggae legend Bob. 

But while it sounds like a weed fiend's dream, its makers say the frozen treat isn't going to get anyone high.

Tue
01
Mar

Malaysia: Uphill battle to legalise marijuana

It's virtually impossible to produce up-to-date scientific evidence of ganja's benefits.

Malaysian proponents of marijuana legalisation will have a tough time persuading the government to consider the plant’s benefits because it’s next to impossible to legally produce up-to-date scientific results on the matter.

According to Arif Husaini Abdul Rahim, a medical officer at Sarawak General Hospital, one of the biggest obstacles to studying the effects of marijuana in Malaysia is obtaining samples for research.

“We can’t study the chemicals in the plant if we have no legal means of obtaining it; hence we rely on countries that have legalised it to pursue the field,” said Arif in a recent interview with the Malaysian Digest.

Tue
01
Mar

Australia: ‘Big change’ coming to marijuana laws as Queensland leads the way

AUSTRALIA is facing “big change” to laws around cannabis, with Queensland leading the way on helping sick people access the currently illegal drug.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick told Triple M Brisbane’s Marto and Ed Kavalee for Breakfast this morning that there was “growing demand” for the move.

The Bill, which was released online for public consultation last night, will formalise the process by which doctors can prescribe medicinal cannabis to patients.

Tue
01
Mar

Trump Tuesday: John Oliver mocks Donald Trump with #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain

Donald Trump has been compared to plenty of things — a spoiled brat, a carnival barker, Mussolini. But HBO’s John Oliver says the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination is “America’s back mole.”

“It may have seemed harmless a year ago,“ Oliver said on “Last Week Tonight” Sunday. “But now that it has gotten frighteningly bigger, it is no longer wise to ignore it.”

“I get it, he’s unpredictable and entertaining,” Oliver continued. “Donald Trump can seem appealing until you take a closer look, much like a lunch buffet at a strip club, or the NFL, or having a pet chimpanzee. Sure, it seems fun, but some day Coco is going to tear your f***ing limbs off.”

Tue
01
Mar

D.A.R.E. program quietly removes marijuana from list of 'gateway drugs'?

Even D.A.R.E. isn’t pretending like marijuana is a gateway drug anymore.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program (D.A.R.E.), one of the largest anti-drug groups in the world, no longer lists marijuana as a so-called “gateway drug” on its website, as one Redditor recently pointed out.

The gateway theory basically claims that people who start using “soft” substances, such as marijuana, then go on to use “hard” drugs like heroin or cocaine.

It’s a fairly common argument made to support marijuana prohibition.

Tue
01
Mar

Bills To Decriminalize, Legalize Marijuana Introduced In Michigan Senate

Senator Coleman Young II introduced a bill and a Resolution related to marijuana in the Michigan Senate on Feb. 24.

Senate Bill 813 would establish the “Nonmedical Marihuana Code”. It would legalize marijuana and allow possession of one ounce and 5 flowering plants per adult, plus an unlimited amount of marijuana generated from the plants, provided that stash is kept where the garden is. Out-of-state visitors are allowed one-half an ounce of flower. Hashish: 5 grams for residents, one gram for tourists.

Tue
01
Mar

Medical marijuana users concerned after Montana court decision

MISSOULA, Mont. - Medical marijuana patients in Montana are worried they won't be able to get prescriptions filled after last week's state supreme court decision.

Thursday justices upheld most of a restrictive law passed by the 2011 legislature. Part of their decision said medical marijuana providers can make money but can only sell to a maximum of three patients.

Katrina Farnum, the owner of Garden Mother Herb in Missoula, said she has no idea who will help most of her 124 patients with their chronic illnesses.

"The people who I've been dealing with for the last two days are in tears and don't know what they're supposed to do," she said.

She's been in business for over 12 years.

Tue
01
Mar

Medical marijuana bill headed back to Florida Senate floor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A medical marijuana bill is headed back to the floor of the Florida Senate after being approved in the rules committee Monday.

The bill (SB 460) was debated on the Senate floor last week but was referred back to committee because of the number of late amendments sought.

When Sen. Rob Bradley introduced the bill in October, he wanted to expand the Right to Try Act to allow terminally ill patients to use nonsmokable marijuana of all strengths and doses. However, the Republican from Fleming Island has added regulations to resolve issues that have come up since the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act signed by Gov. Rick Scott two years ago.

Mon
29
Feb

City of Saskatoon takes hands off approach to medical marijuana dispensaries

Saskatoon's city council is standing by a committee decision not to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, despite receiving a cautionary letter from the owner of the Saskatchewan Compassion Club.

On Feb. 8, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services voted against issuing business licences to marijuana dispensaries.

Administration argued that medical marijuana falls under federal jurisdiction, and anyone involved with it must get a federal licence.

It also pointed to the city's own bylaw's which state that before a business licence can ge granted, the applicant must have the necessary federal and provincial approvals. 

Mon
29
Feb

Marijuana Legalization 2016: Where Do Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Stand On Cannabis Use?

As Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepare for Super Tuesday, marijuana legislation has hit the headlines again. The Vermont Senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow people over 21 to carry one ounce and would create licenses for retailers and growers.

With Colorado having passed legislation legalizing marijuana in late 2012 and the Vermont House now considering  the Senate-passed bill, attention is now on the Democratic candidates' stances as both states prepare to vote Tuesday. 

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