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Interview: The Romanian “King of Legal Highs”

Alin Rotaru, dubbed by the Romanian media, ”The Kings of Legal Highs”, was the owner of what was probably the first physical “ethnobotanical shop” in Romania, which opened in early 2008 in the eastern city of Galați. Read Drugreporter’s guest author Ștefan Iancu’s interview with him.

(The questions and answers below do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Drugreporter.net editorial board. Warning - the interview contains explicit language!)

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01
Apr

Ireland POLL: Should cannabis ever be legalised?

Senator James Heffernan and Dr Chris Luke lay out the pros and cons for leagalising cannabis in Ireland. Have your say in our poll below.

YES

Yes, because criminals control its distribution and its illegality is attractive to impressionable young people, says Senator James Heffernan

IF people want to relax of an evening, and if they smoke a joint to do that, well, I don’t have a problem with that. It’s wrong to criminalise a person for using a recreational drug.

Go to any festival in the country and you’ll see recreational drugs everywhere. There’s not a major hassle about that.

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01
Apr

Arizona Marijuana group executive says he will target rival group

Story Highlights

  • The director of a group behind an initiative to legalize pot in Arizona threatened to target a marijuana dispensary medical director who joined a competing legalization effort.
  • The influential Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project and the newly created Arizonans for Responsible Legalization have both said they will pursue initiatives in 2016.
  • The documents shed light on conflicting philosophies behind the proposed ballot measures.

The director of a group behind an initiative to legalize pot in Arizona threatened to target the business affairs of a marijuana dispensary medical director who joined a competing legalization effort, documents obtained by The Arizona Republic show.

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01
Apr

Jamiacan Gov't issues Ganja Law fact sheet

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Justice has prepared a fact sheet on the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 (DDA).

The sheet outlines the main changes that have been made by the DDA in relation to the possession of ganja, smoking the substance as well as importing and cultivating it. 

The Act also makes special provisions for people of the Rastafarian Faith and visitors to the island who intend to use medical marijuana. 

In the fact sheet, the ministry also explains that failing to pay a ticket for possession of two ounces (or less) of marijuana  will lead to a conviction which will be recorded on the offender’s criminal record.

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01
Apr

Barcelona's Spannabis Meets Expectations for Yet Another Year

The Spannabis Fair has once again fulfilled expectations, after three days of activities in which over 30,000 participated. 

From 20 to 22 March Barcelona welcomed Spannabis 2015, the hemp fair that, like every year, generated great expectations, which were totally satisfied by the organisation. The event drew over 30,000 participants: national and international experts, scientists, doctors, jurists and users calling for the therapeutic and medicinal use of cannabis. 

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01
Apr

OLCC signs contract to manage recreational marijuana business licenses

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission this week signed an agreement with a Kansas-based company to build the online application process for recreational marijuana business licenses.

NIC USA, Inc., will design an online application for commercial growers, processors, wholesalers and retailers. The state must begin accepting applications by January 2016.

The system will be used to apply for a new license or renew an existing one, pay license fees by credit card and pay marijuana taxes, as well as update license information.

The agency's agreement with the company has an annual subscription fee of $80,000 and no up-front costs.

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01
Apr

Mild-strength marijuana is the future of pot

Cannabis product potency is dropping as the industry matures. Above, the new Stokes Micro line (via SF Green Delivery)

Think of it as bud — light.

Despite the police headlines about increased potency, the legal marijuana landscape is actually becoming more mellow and mild thanks to the influence of moderate, mainstream consumers as well as state regulations.

These mild pot products now include: mints that pack a barely noticeable body buzz and unwind stress; pre-rolled joints with the strength of a craft beer; and topical rubs that zap shoulder pain without any high or danger of failing a drug test.

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01
Apr

Uruguayans skeptical as government takes control of marijuana market

As Uruguay embarks in a historic direction to control and regulate its marijuana industry, nearly six out of 10 of its citizens disagree with the policy according to the Latin American Opinion Project (LAPOP) at Vanderbilt University.

Law 19.172, passed in December 2013, made the small Latin American country the first in the world to take over all activities related to the marijuana market, including growing, distributing and selling cannabis and all its byproducts. While the measure has earned Uruguay kudos in some quarters for creativity, parts of law 19.172 violate treaties that comprise the International Drug Control Regime.

Wed
01
Apr

Pot lobby turns its back on 'Cheech & Chong'

Looking to shake the stoner stereotype, the marijuana industry drops famed smoker Tommy Chong as an activist.

 

The marijuana lobby is tired of the “Cheech & Chong” stoner jokes and wants to be taken seriously in Congress.

That’s why the National Cannabis Industry Association dropped actor and marijuana activist Tommy Chong from its Capitol Hill lobbying push slated for the end of April. According to an internal email obtained by POLITICO, the cannabis industry wants to move past the stoner stereotypes embodied by Chong as it tries to remake itself as a serious and respectable segment of the economy.

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01
Apr

Hundreds apply for spot on OLCC's marijuana rules committee

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission plans to announce the makeup of its marijuana rules advisory committee by the end of April.

The agency initially planned to have the committee's membership finalized by mid-March, but was swamped with applicants, said spokesman Tom Towslee. Towslee said an estimated 500 people expressed interest in serving on the panel, which will help shape the rules for the regulated recreational marijuana industry.

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