Greece: 36 SYRIZA Deputies are Calling for the Legalization of Medical Cannabis

36 leftist SYRIZA MPs submitted a question to Greek Health Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis regarding the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The question, titled “National plan for medicinal cannabis,” follows a previous request for the legalization of medical marijuana production in February.


International attention in hemp and medical cannabis in the European Parliament

International attention was raised yesterday in the conference held inside the European Parliament in Brussels on hemp and medical cannabis hosted by SYRIZA MEP, Stelios Kouloglou. 

Prominent figures from the world of politics, international organizations and civil society and many participants from all over Europe to the US participated in a rich and constructive debate on the therapeutic value of cannabis and the multiple uses resulting from the cultivation of this plant helping thus to boost the employment and the economy.

The European magazine Politico announced the conference with a special report entitled “is growing hemp the way to save the Greek economy?”


Greece: Twenty SYRIZA MPs Propose Cannabis Legalization for Medical Purposes

Twenty SYRIZA lawmakers proposed in parliament on Monday the full legalization of cannabis for medical and pharmaceutical purposes.

The proposal was addressed to the Ministers of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights; Health; Economy; Development and Tourism; Agriculture and Food, Interior and Administrative Reconstruction.

MP Makis Balaouras was the first to sign the proposal arguing that the cultivation of industrial cannabis can be a positive factor in Greece’s efforts to redeploy the primary and secondary production and boost economy.


Archaeologists discover 2,400-year-old solid gold ‘bongs’ used by Aryan kings to smoke cannabis at ceremonies

Archaeologists have uncovered two 2,400-year-old pure gold ‘bongs’ that were used by Aryan tribal chiefs to smoke cannabis during ceremonies. The historic drug paraphernalia was found alongside 7lbs of other gold items when an area of land was dug up in Russia to make way for power lines. They items had been buried in a stone chamber before being concealed by a thick layer of clay. 

Criminologists have since carried out tests which indicate that the thick, black residue found inside the vessels comes from the cannabis and opium which the tribal royal smoked. Experts believe the items belonged to the Scythians, a nomadic warrior race who ruled large swathes of Europe and Asia between the 9th century BC and the 4th century AD.


Greece: Advocates of marijuana decriminalization rally at City Hall

Hoisting and waving handmade signs reading “Decrim 4 Athens,” “We want decrim,” “We are not criminals” and “Stop the war on a plant,” about two dozen advocates of local marijuana decriminalization stepped up their efforts Tuesday evening in front of City Hall in downtown Athens, holding a demonstration in advance of the regular monthly meeting of the Athens-Clarke County mayor and commission.


Greek couple busted with cannabis at airport

A Greek couple were caught with 23 kilos of cannabis in their luggage at Larnaca airport on Friday evening.

According to the police, the Greek 54-year-old man had arrived on a flight from Athens. When customs police search his luggage, they found 12 kilos of the drug in 10 separate packages.

The man had arrived in Cyprus with his 48-year-old wife, also from Greece. The woman had already passed through customs.

The woman, who had already cleared through customs, was located by men of the Anti-drug Squad (YKAN).

Her luggage, abandoned at the airport, was found to contain another seven packages with a total of 11 kilos of cannabis.

The couple were arrested, and following police interrogation admitted their guilt.


Greece Situation Worsens As Marijuana Stocks Continue to Go Higher

On Sunday, the crisis has worsened in Greece after voters reject a referendum of the terms of the country’s international aid bailout, increasing the risk of Greece dropping out of the euro zone. Banks in Greece will remain closed until at least Friday of this week. The country is trying to reopen bailout negotiations with official creditors to save its financial system from a dramatic collapse. Greece issued a ruling last week imposing capital control and demanded banks to close after the European Central Bank (ECB) froze a crucial financial lifeline following the failure of bailout talks between Athens and its international creditors. While Greece looks to fix its economic crisis U.S marijuana stocks in the cannabis sector have been booming.


Pharmaceutical Trade Association: Greek Medicine Supply May Be At Risk

Life-saving medications could be an import at risk if Greece defaults on its debt and exits the European Union.

Richard Bergstrom, the director general of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), sent a note to the European Union Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis on Monday notifying him that pharmaceutical companies would continue to send drugs to Greece but felt the supply could be in peril if Europe doesn’t take action soon. 

The EFPIA believes the “integrity of the medicines supply chain may be in jeopardy” if Greece reintroduces the drachma, a form of currency whose value will swiftly depreciate, according to Hirschler.


First Cannabis Festival in Greece

The first cannabis festival in Greece is taking place today at Syntagma Square in Athens with the participation of the organized SYRIZA youth and the human rights department of the party.

kannav2The advocates of legalization of cannabis who have organized the festival call it Athens Cannabis Protestival and they ask for legalization of cannabis and soft drugs and the decriminalization of users.


Contraband is big business in Greece

Organized crime in the European Union generates about 110 billion euros a year, corresponding to around 1 percent of the EU’s gross domestic product, a recent report commissioned by the European Commission found, with the bulk of that coming from the “traditional” market of illegal narcotics.

The report, titled “From Illegal Markets to Legitimate Businesses: The Portfolio of Organized Crime in Europe,” compiled by Project OCP – Organized Crime Portfolio, found that in Greece, organized crime generates just under 3.6 billion euros, corresponding to 1.6 percent of GDP (in 2010), significantly more than in Croatia (134 million euros; 0.3 pct/GDP) but also less than in Latvia, where 514 million euros of proceeds account for 2.8 percent of GDP.


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