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.


Study finds risk of committing a homicide associated with opiate and anti-inflammatory painkillers

Finnish-Swedish study analyzes link between psychotropic drugs and homicide risk.

A study analysing the Finnish homicide and prescription drug databases discovered that the use of certain drugs that affect the central nervous system are associated with an increased risk of committing a homicide. The greatest risk was associated with the use of painkillers and tranquillizing benzodiazepines, while anti-depressants were linked only to a slightly elevated risk. The study is the first one of its kind in the world.

Professor Jari Tiihonen's research group analysed the use of prescription drugs of 959 persons convicted of a homicide.


Study Finds Europeans Love to Get High — 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.


Numerous Human Clinical Trials of Cannabis for Cancer in 2015

The knowledge that cannabis extracts can directly treat cancer has grown tremendously in the past couple years. An explosion of scientific research and anecdotal evidence has shown beyond doubt that cannabis extracts can, in many cases, kill cancer in humans. However, some patients and cancers are resistant to cannabis treatment, and we still don’t know what doses and cannabinoid ratios are best for which types of cancers.


Hemp’s high hurdles

ORLANDO, FLA. — Hemp ingredients may add protein, magnesium, phytosterols and fiber to products, said Tom Vierhile, innovation insights director for Datamonitor Consumer. Hemp is non-allergenic, and the plants are sustainably grown, he added.

Yet many people may associate hemp with marijuana, and that perception could put a buzz-kill on hemp’s entry into food and beverage product launches.

“Hemp is misunderstood,” Mr. Vierhile said in an April 9 presentation at Ingredient Marketplace in Orlando. “That is really one of the key problems with hemp going forward.”


Marijuana cultivation in Finland on the up

Cannabis cultivation across Finland is increasing, according to police in eastern Uusimaa, who recently raided a marijuana-growing site.

Last week police in Porvoo, southeastern Finland, confiscated around 250 cannabis plants from an apartment in the town centre. They revealed that such raids were becoming more common as Finns were opting to grow the drug domestically rather than import it.

Porvoo police’s Janne Levalampi said he did not have the exact figures but that it appeared domestic cultivation had increased dramatically.



Finland: Greens calls for drug policy re-think

The Green League in its new manifesto demands that the focus of Finnish drug policy be shifted from punishments to reducing the adverse effects of substance abuse.

Adopted in Jämsä last weekend, the new manifesto sets forth the main political objectives of the Greens for the next five years, including addressing health inequity and improving the position of the disadvantaged.

Under these sections, the party states that “the focus of drug policy should be shifted from punishments to reducing adverse effects” and that “the criminal sanctions for the use of cannabis as well as the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use should be abolished”.


Finland: Supreme Administrative Court: the Cannabis Association is not against good morals

According to the Supreme Administrative Court the Finnish Cannabis Association should be allowed to register in the Register of Associations. The association is not legally contra bonos more, although it aims to change the current law, the court ruled.

The National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland has rejected the Cannabis Association’s notice of registration. In their opinion  the rules of the association are against good morals, as the purpose of the association is “against the opinions of justice and morality in our society”.

The purpose of the rules of the Cannabis Association is to influence intoxicant policies and legislation so that the use, possession and farming of cannabis would be legal for adults.


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