Teenage Cannabis Use Rises in Europe - EU Espad Survey

Cigarette and alcohol use among 15- and 16-year-olds is declining across Europe but the numbers using cannabis are growing, an EU survey shows.

The Espad report for 2015 includes most EU countries, but not Germany or the UK, and data for Spain is incomplete. 

In 2015 "current smokers" accounted for 21% of those surveyed, and the highest total was in Italy (37%). 

In 1995-2015 those using alcohol in the past 30 days fell from 56% to 47%. Top in cannabis use were the Czechs (37%).

That figure for Czech teenagers reporting a lifetime experience of cannabis was higher than the level in the US - 31% in comparable surveys. 


Legal Status of Cannabis in Poland – an Overview

Poland Poland is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea, with a population of almost forty million, a strong economy, and (in recent years) a generally progressive approach to drug legislation. However, despite legislative successes over the last decade, the drug laws remain relatively strict by modern European standards.


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.


A Busy Week in Canadian Cannabis News

Toronto begins to look at dispensary regulations, US FDA learns about the MMPR, Canadian researchers in Poland, a possible task force announcement and more.

It’s a big week for those focussed on cannabis and cannabis policy in Canada. Several meetings and expected announcements, as well as one possible discussion are lined up for this last week in June.


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?”


Poland's rapper MP unveils bill on medical marijuana

Polish MP Piotr Liroy-Marzec's bill supports the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal use, such as this cannabis-made product for therapeutic use

Warsaw (AFP) - A Polish rapper-turned-politician on Monday presented a draft bill on legalising medical marijuana in an EU nation where two-thirds of people back the idea. 


"This draft crowns everything I've said over the years, especially during the election campaign," said MP Piotr Liroy-Marzec, better known by his stage name Liroy, who pioneered Poland's rap scene in the 1990s.


The social campaign for the legalization of medical marijuana in Poland

The social campaign for the legalization of medical marijuana in Poland.

Take a look at the spot and support activities by which we can change reality. Everyone can find on the site of our heroes spot - whether for saving lives should threaten long prison?


Marijuana therapy available in Poland

It is possible to access medical therapy with the use of drugs based on cannabis, the Polish Health Ministry has said.


Leader of the “Free Hemp” association is about to become a politician, to fight for freedom of his parents

Janusz Palikot, Polish politician wants to waive his parliamentary mandate in favor of Andrzej Dołecki, leader of the “Free Hemp” association, so that he could fight for the freedom of his parents imprisoned for transporting RSO oil into Poland.


Andrzej Dołecki

Andrzej Dołecki, leader of the “Free Hemp (Wolne Konopie )” has a chance to become a politician for 2 months till the end of the parliamentary cadence. Janusz Palikot said that by this action he wanted to support case of Andrzej Dołecki parent’s that are accused of irrational allegation of transporting one liter of RSO oil into Poland.


Poland: Parliament to consider medical marijuana amendment

Speaker of Poland's lower house of parliament Małgorzata Kidawa-Błonska has said the issue of widening availability of medical marijuana could be taken up at the house's forthcoming sitting next week.

Kidawa Błonska, a member of senior coalition partner Civic Platform, noted that Health Minister Marian Zembała “agrees with me that this problem has to be dealt with.”

She likewise referred to studies that “appear to confirm that medical marijuana can help in the treatment of many diseases.”


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