Finnish teens using more cannabis, less alcohol and cigarettes

Use of intoxicants by youngsters in Finland is changing. While the number of people in their mid-teens who have never consumed alcohol has risen to 31 percent, more youth are trying marijuana.

One in 10 Finnish youth aged 15-16 has used cannabis while attitudes toward illicit drugs have become more positive. That is according to a study conducted last spring and published on Tuesday by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

The poll suggests that cannabis experimentation and usage have risen particularly among boys. This is in contrast to neighbouring Sweden and Norway, where cannabis usage has not risen among minors, and may even be lower than in Finland.


Finland's parliament to consider cannabis decriminalisation

A citizens' initiative calling for the decriminalisation of cannabis use is headed to parliament for consideration by MPs.

The initiative received the required 50,000 signatures on Thursday evening, which means the document can now be handed to Finnish MPs for consideration.

The initiative calls for the decriminalisation of possession, use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis.

Most of the support came in the final days of the initiative, which was started at the beginning of May. At the beginning of October the initiative had less than half of the needed signatures, but support surged over the past week in the run-up to the initiative's deadline, 1 November.


Finland relaxes rules on DUIs involving cannabis

A ruling by Finland’s Supreme Court means that motorists will likely not be charged for driving under the influence days after using cannabis.

The influence of cannabis on users dissipates after some hours, however its "fingerprints" remain in the body for even longer. The court ruling aims to recognise that compounds related to metabolising cannabis may remain in the body for days after using the drug, although the user's ability to drive may not be impaired.

In Finland using cannabis is still illegal and drivers are still likely to be charged for the offence if they get behind the wheel hours after indulging in its use.


Grass roots: cannabis decriminalization campaign in Finland pushing towards public agenda

Finland, the happiest country in the world, and the new EU president, had national elections. Did cannabis have a place in the political debate?

Medical cannabis has been available in its modern form in Finland since 2006 through a judicial decision made during a patient case which went all the way to the Supreme Administrative Court (Mikkonen 2016). Finland was the first Nordic/Baltic country to legally allow some forms of cannabinoid therapeutics, but instead of seizing the opportunity, the country has fallen short in harvesting the full medicinal potential of the plant. 


Why Will Europe Be Slow in Legalising Medical Cannabis

Drug policy usually moves like an iceberg: slowly. And while and it can be hard to turn, sometimes it changes course in an unexpected direction. In the case of cannabis or marijuana, it may be picking up speed, but there are rough waters ahead.


The Situation With Medicinal Cannabis In Europe – A Complete Overview

Medicinal Cannabis Sativex and Bedrocan are now available in many European countries, and several have infrastructure in place to supply patients with medicinal cannabis. So which countries are moving with the times, and which are dragging their heels? Where are medicinal and recreational users most (and least) free to utilize their drug of choice? Let’s take a look at the facts.


Finland: Home cultivation of cannabis "explodes"

The number of aggravated drug crimes uncovered by Finnish authorities declined slightly last year. Meanwhile seizures of marijuana, LSD and doping substances rose compared to 2014.

The number of drug offences detected by Finnish police and Customs officials rose last year by 7.5 percent, according to a report published by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday. Last year authorities recorded 23,478 controlled substance crimes.


High times for dagga as medicine: fears go up in smoke!

Any way you look at it, dagga is medicine. Even if you smoke it just to get “high”, the South African weed won’t just alter your consciousness.

It has a host of other powerful pharmacologic effects on body and mind, which make it medicine by definition.

Depending on which side of the legalisation or criminalisation fence you sit on, you’ll see those effects in a good or bad light.

“The dagga couple”, as the media have dubbed activists Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clark, sit on the side of the fence bathed in the glow of a good light. They are part of an influential legalisation campaign in South Africa that has spread faster than the weed grows, and now includes medical doctors, psychologists, lawyers, and other interested parties.


Study: One in five people in Finland has tried illegal drugs

Finnish residents are becoming increasingly tolerant of recreational drugs such as cannabis. Use of the substance has become commonplace among young adults, but has also become more widespread among the over-35 crowd. By contrast, the cannabis trend appears to be tapering off in other parts of Europe.

Since its previous study on drug use in 2010, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) found that the use of cannabis has increased among persons over the age of 35.

"We’re talking about a small group. This age group includes those who’ve continued to use marijuana after their youth. Use of cannabis typically declines with age," said research chief Pekka Hakkarainen of the THL.


5 Countries Where Marijuana is Cheapest and Most Expensive

If you are in the international market for marijuana, your legal options are limited. Though the cultivation of pot is widespread across the world, its legal status has only just begun to shift, with some countries choosing to decriminalize the substance and others loosening up enforcement regulations for users and growers.

The plant can grow just about anywhere, making it generally accessible to the global population, and, subsequently, one of the most commonly used illicit substances everywhere from the Americas to Europe. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, there are more than 177 million cannabis users globally.


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