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Can One Man End the Global Drug War?

In between slurps of soup and sips of coffee, Jindřich Vobořil tells a story of his youth that would sell out a Broadway theater. He lived on and off the streets in his hometown of Brno, Czechoslovakia, running with local gangs. By age 12, he was burning through 30 cigarettes a day and says he moved on to hard drugs by his teenage years. By the mid-’80s, Vobořil was a 17-year-old dropout who played guitar in a rock band and had joined the nation’s preeminent anti-communist organization, Charter 77, before becoming … a Catholic, organizing underground religious activities — back then, religious people were persecuted by the government.

Friends, meet the unlikeliest top-level bureaucrat on planet Earth.


There is a crazy theory going around Prague that says Google will acquire Twitter

About 1,000 social media executives from around the world attended the Engage 2015 conference in Prague last week, hosted by Socialbakers, the big Czech startup that handles a huge chunk of Facebook's international marketing clients.

Outside the main conference sessions much of the chatter among attendees was about whether Facebook or Google was more powerful in terms of reaching the audiences they need. Both have audiences in the billions, but Facebook seems to be innovating faster than Google right now.

There was less talk about Twitter.


High hopes for 'first cannabis pharmacy' in UK

Carun UK managing director Michal Takac in the country’s ‘first cannabis pharmacy’

Londoners looking for a solution to ageing skin, body aches and other ailments can add hemp to their bathroom cabinet after the opening of the UK’s “first cannabis pharmacy”.

The store, which sells mainly oils and hand creams rather than medicines, is situated in the affluent southwest London suburb of Twickenham.

Carun Pharmacy, the UK arm of Carun, a Czech company, is not the first in the country to sell hemp health products. The Body Shop launched its hemp range nearly 20 years ago.

According to Carun’s website, a 105ml tub of “all-purpose hemp ointment” costs £16.99, while 200ml of “hemp intimate hygiene gel” sells for £11.99.


Prague Million Marihuana March draws 5,000 supporters

Police: Prague march for marijuana legalization saw no notable incidents

Prague, May 8 (ČTK) — Some 5,000 mainly young people took part in the Million Marijuana March 2015 in the center of Prague for the legalization of cannabis growing.

The march started on Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square) and continued across Wenceslas Square to ŠtvaniceIsland where it culminated with celebrations.The police imposed several fines for marijuana possession and smoking on the spot, but no incidents accompanied the march, the police patrol commander told the Czech News Agency.

The main demand of the 18th Million Marihuana March is the legalization of the growing and possession of cannabis and its products for personal use and not only for medical treatment.


EU Cannabis: when prohibition does not equal lower consumption

In Europe, the legislation varied from one country to another. And the most stringent laws do not necessarily produce the best effects.

According to the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT), nearly one in two French smoked cannabis. However, France has one of the toughest laws on drug use, even so-called "soft" drugs. In Europe, laws differ. On one hand the countries that decriminalize, are tolerant, do not condemn. And conversely those which are very severe. Scientific studies are struggling to establish links between the laws in force and the actual consumption of drugs. If consumption is sometimes tolerated in different forms, the sale and cultivation of cannabis are of course mostly misdemeanors.

Countries that tolerate


Baker’s Dozen: 13 Places to Celebrate 420

San Rafael High School’s claims to fame include adult actress Nikki Tyler and Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” video, but the California campus is best known as the alleged birthplace of 420. Back in 1971, five classmates sought a hidden cannabis crop in the Point Reyes Peninsula, and 420 served as the code word for the search and their 4:20 p.m. meeting time. The legend may or may not be historically accurate, but 420 is definitely the preeminent counterculture holiday with annual cannabis celebrations on April 20. On the fifty shades of green scale, 420 ranks up there with St. Patty’s and Earth Day, and travelers can celebrate with cities to visit, things to do and places to munch.

Punta del Este, Uruguay


The Best 4/20 Tourism Spots Around the Globe

The origin of 420 is a little hazy, but in the past 50 years 420 has gone from being a legend about a group of California high school students to a full-blown stoner holiday celebrated around the world. There are best bud competitions, smokeouts in parks and appearances by Snoop Dogg. As more places have legalized recreational marijuana, the 420 celebrations have only gotten bigger and better. These are five of the world’s best.



It’s 420! The Best Pot Tourism Spots Around the Globe


Woman tells cops marijuana plants are merely 'orchids'

Couple faces five years in jail; plants discovered when police responded to disturbance call

Ostrava, North Moravia, April 5 (ČTK) — A Czech married couple was growing some 20 plants of cannabis in a special box, but the wife told the intervening police these were orchids, regional police spokeswoman Gabriela Holčaková told the Czech News Agency.

The couple then produced marijuana from the plants.

The detectives seized 17 plants, Holcakova said.

If convicted, the couple may be sentenced up to five years in prison, Holčaková said.

The police uncovered the mini-lab by chance, she added.

The man faced some health problems, behaving aggressively. He destroyed the furniture in the flat.


The Czech Republic wants to promote the cultivation of marijuana to reduce the cost

The legalization of medical marijuana has failed in the Czech Republic because the high prices of imported cannabis make it inaccessible to large segments of the population.
The Czech government wants to promote the local cultivation of marijuana after failing to legalize the drug for therapeutic purposes due to the high price of imported cannabis.
The law to facilitate the use of marijuana for medical purposes through the controlled sale in pharmacies, passed in 2012 and has been in force since the end of 2014.

The goal is for patients to have access to cannabis at reasonable prices, but the existing restrictions on growing has forced them to import Indian hemp, which has driven the price to levels unaffordable for most patients.


WHO Called to Take a Stand on Consumption of Cannabis

Experts estimate that "the current system of drug control has failed" and that health authorities should decide on the use of cannabis.

The scientific evidence for medical benefits of cannabis appear to be more convincing. And according to experts, the results of many relevant and declining legal prohibition studies should force public health officials to decide quickly about the use of cannabis.

"The World Health Organization (WHO) will probably soon adopt a new position on cannabis, given the pressure it undergoes", explained Pavel Pachta, former deputy secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board ( INCB), before an audience of experts gathered at the International Conference on the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids, held since Wednesday in Prague.


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