Europe

Fri
12
Jun

Holland public opinion firmly in favour of full cannabis legalisation

A recent opinion poll in Holland showed a staggering 70% of people are now firmly in favour of a complete overhaul of Dutch cannabis laws and want to see a regulated system for the supply of cannabis.  Currently possession of small amounts of cannabis are tolerated, and the famous Dutch Coffee shops allow people to buy small amounts of cannabis for personal medical or recreational use.  But the supply of cannabis to coffee shops remains completely illegal.  The survey by Motivaction also showed that 61% want to see a system of permits introduced for controlled production of cannabis.

 

Thu
11
Jun

Germany Takes Big Strides towards Cannabis Regulation

Almost three million Germans regularly smoke marijuana, making its legalisation an issue of widespread interest. Activists, expert lawyers in Criminal Law and some politicians are beginning to demand its regulation.

In Germany some three million citizens recognise smoking cannabis regularly, almost five times more than those who report only having tried it. It is still illegal to consume it in the country, so one of marijuana lovers' struggles in the coming years is going to be its regulation.

Thu
11
Jun

Can Cannabis kill cancer cells? MCBT raises money to fund independent clinical trial

European non-for-profit organisation Medical Cannabis Bike Tour (MCBT) is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Walacea to finance an independent trial that investigates the effectiveness of cannabinoids (the active compounds in cannabis, CBD and THC) as a treatment for patients diagnosed with brain tumours.

By hosting an annual bike ride through Europe, MCBT has raised ‚ā¨200,000 since 2012 to help fund an independent clinical trial on 30 to 40 brain cancer patients in Spanish hospitals. From June 11th to 13th, 80 people will ride 420 kilometres through Belgium, Germany and Holland, with hopes to raise a further¬†‚ā¨280,000.

Mon
08
Jun

What Can Ireland Learn From Portugal’s Drug Policy?

This week a delegation from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality travelled to Portugal to learn about its drugs policy, and to assess the impact of the changes that were implemented over a decade ago.

The delegation also visited the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) which this week launched its 2015 report

The following politicians makeup the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality:

Mon
08
Jun

Cannabis Movement in Spain will not abide to ‚ÄėGag Rule‚Äô

Spain is one of the most leading countries in Europa in terms of cannabis decriminalization. The country is also the inventor of and leader in the so called Cannabis Social Clubs. But lately, the Spanish government seems to be determined to bring an end to this revolutionary process. Check out this Cannabis News Network video from our team in Spain.

In Spain, cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug. The Spanish Penal Code prohibits its sale but not the personal consumption in private places. Each autonomous community may schedule their way to cannabis legislation.

Mon
08
Jun

Drugs Rarely Kill Anyone in Portugal

Portugal decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001. Weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it -- Portugal decided to treat possession and use of small quantities of these drugs as a public health issue, not a criminal one. The drugs were still illegal, of course. But now getting caught with them meant a small fine and maybe a referral to a treatment program -- not jail time and a criminal record.

Mon
08
Jun

European Drug Report

Drugs. The report by the European Agency Cannabis is still the most consumed. In 2014, 101 new drugs introduced to the market, and an increasing power and purity of drugs.

The EMCDDA report shows a general stagnation of demand for heroin. Approximately 19.3 million adults (aged 15-64) reported use of cannabis in the last year. About 3.4 million adults (15-64 years) have used cocaine in the last year, of which 2.3 million are young adults (15-34 years). Social media and apps play an increasing role in drug markets.

Sun
07
Jun

Study Finds Europeans Love to Get High ‚ÄĒ And Their Drugs Are Stronger and Purer Than Ever

The purity and potency of illegal drugs is Europe is on the rise, according to a new report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). In its annual analysis of European drug trends, the EMCDDA also found that heroin use was in decline, that London's sewers had the highest concentration of cocaine among all European capitals, and that two new psychoactive substances hit the market every week.

Fri
05
Jun

Smoking weed has halved in the UK

Despite sweeping legalisation and decriminalisation of the drug in the US and a nascent sense of 'why aren't we recognising that it's fairly harmless' circulating amongst rational human beings following a string of enlightening studies, use of marijuana is falling in the UK.

Fri
05
Jun

EU drug agency sees no U.S.-like cannabis legalization moves

European Union countries are unlikely to legalize marijuana any time soon as some parts of the United States have done recently, EU drug monitoring agency chief Wolfgang Gotz said on Thursday.

He did not spell out why he expected no corresponding EU moves. But in a statement, his agency said a key finding in its latest annual report was a "marked rise in the potency and purity of Europe's most commonly used illicit drugs, fuelling concerns for the health of users who, wittingly or unwittingly, may be consuming stronger products".

It also pointed out an increase in the numbers of cannabis-related health emergencies in Europe between 2008 and 2012.

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