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May

Time has come to re-examine cannabis prohibition, Israel's police chief says - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

The Israeli government and police should reexamine their policies on the use of cannabis and study how other countries are dealing with the matter, National Police Chief Yohanan Danino said Wednesday.

“I think the time has come for the Israel police, together with the state, to re-examine their stance on Cannabis. I think we must sit and study what’s happening around the world [with Cannabis].”

Speaking to high school students in Beit Shemesh Wednesday, Danino also said he is aware of the fact that Cannabis “has become an issue that is much more a part of the public debate than it was in the past and more citizens are asking that the use of Cannabis be legalized”.

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14
May

Debunking the Myths of Marijuana Withdrawal “Syndrome”

“Reefer Madness” ideology has yet to be quashed, where well-to-do, model students take one fateful puff and they are severely hooked, avoiding Trainspotting-esque withdrawal symptoms and instead spiral into a marijuana-laced world of paranoia, aggression, academic failure and mental illness. To the contrary, there are pro-marijuana myths, where marijuana could never be addictive and is a benign, happy little drug that can do absolutely no harm. As such, marijuana withdrawal syndrome is still considered by some to be just about as real as leprechauns, unicorns and the Easter bunny!

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14
May

Marijuana 101: Welcome to America's cannabis classes

It’s a rare education seminar that includes this shot across the bow: “Everything and anything we’re talking about today is federally illegal—there is no grey area.” Yet that’s the warning that course facilitator Doug Porter issued to the dozen students attending a one-day workshop held by the Cannabis Career Institute (CCI) at a Baltimore airport hotel on a recent rainy Saturday. “I don’t want you to be negged out by this,” he said. “If you’re crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s, chances are you’ll never spend a day in jail.”

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May

Marijuana Legalization In Nebraska 2015: Medical Cannabis Bill Passes First Hurdle In State Senate

A bill that would legalize some forms of medical marijuana in Nebraska passed its first hurdle Tuesday after state senators voted to advance the proposal. The bill, which was first debated last week, gained support among skeptics after senators adopted an amendment that would prohibit marijuana smoking and exclude “chronic pain” from the list of qualifying medical conditions, according to local station KSNB.

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14
May

Nelson Sees Big Future for Cannabis in Territory

Sen. Terrence “Positive” Nelson and his staff have started drafting a bill to legalize, license and regulate medicinal cannabis in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but it may be a while before the “Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act” bill is heard in the legislature, the senator told a news conference Tuesday.

“I can't dictate when it will be heard in Legislature,” Nelson said.

It could be as late as August, he said, because of budget hearings coming up, he said. The draft of the bill will be submitted to the Legislature's legal council by the end of May. Legal council will have 45 days to review it, then it goes to a legislative committee process.

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14
May

Minister urges citizens to respect the police as new ganja law takes effect

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding has called on citizens to respect the police, particularly in relation to the recent amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, which have introduced several important changes in respect to ganja.

"As a Government, we are not encouraging anybody to smoke ganja, especially the youth at school. In fact, we are coming up with a public education programme to say to the youth, yes the law has changed and some of the harsh penalties have been removed, but this is not something for kids as kids should not be smoking and they should not be drinking alcohol," the minister emphasised.

Senator Golding said the public education programme is necessary as the situation must be dealt with responsibly.

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14
May

Pot activist calls Quebec’s Cannabis Registry a form of medical extortion

MONTREAL — The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre launched the groundbreaking Quebec Cannabis Registry on Monday.

The province-wide program is a world first and it will track patients who use medical marijuana for research purposes. But one prominent pot activist calls it a form of extortion since it is now the only way Quebec patients can have access to legal marijuana.RELATED

“When you say registry right away the first thing that comes to mind is sex registry or offender, so you have this stigma,” said Marc-Boris St-Maurice, director of the Montreal Compassion Club.

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14
May

Smoking weed DOESN’T cause psychosis in teens, after all

Bad news for drug prohibitionists – a new study has thrown doubt on the idea that smoking cannabis can cause psychosis in teens.

Drug war advocates have repeatedly cited previous research which showed that teenagers who smoked were at a higher risk of psychotic episodes – using it as evidence that dope is making children crazy.

The new study by University of Oxford, University of Leeds and used  4,830 16-year-old twins to rule out genetic factors – and found that both cannabis use and psychotic episodes were triggered by environmental factors, including being poor, or bullying.

In other words, cannabis doesn’t cause the episodes – children who are under stress for other reasons tend to smoke dope, and are also at higher risk of psychotic episodes.

Wed
13
May

Medical marijuana winners and losers are already starting to emerge as potential bidder drops out

Applications for one of five medical-marijuana licenses in New York will roll into the state Department of Health through a May 29 deadline, but winners and losers already are emerging. And at least one aspiring marijuana grower has decided to take his business elsewhere.

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13
May

As marijuana deadline looms, 5 things New Yorkers should know

With a May 29th deadline for applications from prospective marijuana growers and sellers who want to do business in New York State fast approaching, we turned to the nation's leading cannabis business figure to help make sense of what's happening.

Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings, talked about why New York became the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana, how New York's law differs from other states, and how the unions fit into all of this. Here's an edited transcript of our conversation.

 

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