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Health Canada is addressing salvia and marijuana

The Canadian government intends to further restrict the consumption of Salvia divinorum, better known as salvia and its preparations, derivatives.
 
Minister Rona Ambrose announced Saturday its intention to implement additional measures to "protect young Canadians from dangerous drugs" list that now joins salvia.
 
Health Canada is working since 2011 to register the plant, mainly used for its hallucinogenic effects, on its list of controlled substances under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. So far, salvia was considered a natural product not approved.
 

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04
Aug

Costa Rica medical marijuana bill to be debated this month

August 3rd, 2015 (ICR News) A controversial medical marijuana bill is amongst 54 bills and initiatives that are scheduled to be read and debated in the extraordinary session of the Legislative Assembly, which begins on Monday and will continue through the month of August.

The bill seeks to legalize and regulate marijuana-derived medicines and medical treatments, including tablets, suppositories, ointments, sprays, patches, and injections amongst others.  The smoking of marijuana however would remain off-limits.

Supporters of the bill say that such treatments could benefit patients with diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and a range of other afflictions.

 

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Tue
04
Aug

Medicinal cannabis likely in New Zealand by 2016

Toni-Marie Matich's eldest daughter suffers from intractable epilepsy - a seizure disorder that cannot be controlled with conventional medicine. It led the Hawkes Bay mother-of-five to found United in Compassion (UIC), which advocates for New Zealand-based research into the therapeutic effects of cannabis-based medicines. The paediatrician caring for her daughter just happens to be the Children's Commissioner, Russell Wills.

And that's led to the unlikely but powerful alliance of Wills and UIC, teaming up with NZ Drug Foundation, to campaign for broader access to medicinal cannabis. It's raised the prospect that it could soon become as readily available as morphine.

Tue
04
Aug

UK: PCC Ron Hogg will not sign petition to legalise cannabis as activists declare war on prohibition

DURHAM’S Police and Crime Commissioner has confirmed he will not be signing a petition to legalise cannabis as activists declare war on prohibition.

PCC Ron Hogg made international headlines last week after telling The Northern Echo that Durham Police would no longer proactively target cannabis users.

In the days following the contentious announcement, cannabis campaigners launched a petition asking the government to legalise the class-B drug.

The petition now has more than 180,000 signatures, surpassing the 100,000 needed to have the matter debated in Parliament.

As pro-legalisation activists across the world celebrate, the man at the centre of the heated debate firmly confirmed he will not be adding his name to the list.

Tue
04
Aug

Uruguay tries to hang on to its buzz

The new government wants to marry the cutting edge with the conservative

When Uruguay became the first country to legalise cannabis two years ago under the leadership of the eccentric former guerrilla, José “Pepe” Mujica, the world took notice of this tiny republic that was once just another province of what is today Argentina.

Tue
04
Aug

CDC Marijuana Warning: More Reefer Madness Or Legit Alarm?

Hilary Bricken

Tue
04
Aug

Will Ohio's Cannabis Legalization Initiative Make The Ballot After Fraud Investigation

An Ohio political action group has gone ahead with plans to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to legalize marijuana amid investigation for fraud. The group was forced to scramble for more signatures after Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted named a special investigator Wednesday to review what he said were discrepancies in ResponsibleOhio's petitions.

Tue
04
Aug

White House Gets Marijuana Science All Wrong

According to a press statement released by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (1), popular culture continuously presents “confusing messages” about marijuana. Furthermore, the document states that political campaigns aimed at legalizing the drug “perpetuate the false notion that marijuana is harmless.”

The statement goes on to say that the Obama Administration persistently opposes legalizing marijuana. Why? Because it believes that making the drug legal would pose a significant health and safety risk to all Americans and would increase the availability and use of illegal drugs.

The White House’s view contrasts to the view of some in the scientific community that the drug actually has positive medical benefits.

Tue
04
Aug

Marijuana in the 2016 U.S. Election

The news media will certainly focus a lot on marijuana in the 2016 election. Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that marijuana is covered a lot in the media these days. Many mainstream media outlets, once strong opponents of legalization, have now embraced marijuana with spin-off publications that focus solely on cannabis or they have reporters covering the marijuana beat.

Tue
04
Aug

Canada: A Maclean’s primer on marijuana

Maclean’s is your destination for the 2015 election. Start with our in-depth primers on the 12 big issues, including marijuana

If there is one file on which Justin Trudeau has definitively put his stamp as Liberal leader, it’s marijuana policy. Back in 2013, Trudeau surprised many by speaking out in favour of legalization and regulation, then admitted he “took a puff” on a joint being passed around at a dinner party at his Montreal home—after he was elected an MP in 2008. Ever since, Tories have taken aim at him over the stance. Pro-legalization advocates say criminalizing pot clogs prisons and feeds organized crime. Defenders of the status quo argue that legalization would only give young people, in particular, easier access to dangerous drugs.

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