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The Surging Tidal Wave of Global Policy Changes – When Will It Reach Your Country?

January 24th, 2014 | By

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Places like Colorado & Uruguay have snagged the biggest headlines and the most attention both online & off for their legalization efforts, but the end of prohibition is quietly happening all over the world thanks to small, grassroots (pun fully intended) movements in towns, cities and communities just like yours.

Over the past few years, I’ve been researching this growing (pun intended once again) trend practically non-stop, but thought I’d share my findings with all you less-OCD stoners out there. It’s only a matter of time, my friend!

Only yesterday, we heard that the Italian city of Turin voted to legalize cannabis just weeks after cannabis became downgraded to an administrative matter throughout the whole of Italy.

This comes just after the changes in the US and Uruguay.  Pretty big news considering the fact that the people of Berlin have voted in favour of introducing cannabis cafes to the city, although the actual implementation sounds like it may problematic. Times they are changing though. People are beginning to realise that prohibition policies hurt people more than they help, and that for adults, cannabis is pretty much harmless.

South America is seeing sweeping change, spearheaded by the progressive Uruguayans. Argentina are now considering doing the same thing as the Uruguayans! Argentina’s anti-drug czar Juan Carlos Molina recently told a local radio station that:

‘Argentina deserves a good debate about this. We have the capacity to do it. We should not underestimate ourselves.’

Just weeks ago in Bermuda, a public consultation paper on the decriminalisation of cannabis has been promised by the Bermudan government and last year Colombia completely decriminalised cocaine and marijuana.

Brazil began its own Cannabis Cup as of April 28 2012, and Ecuador decriminalised small amounts of marijuana last year.

Paraguay have allowed possession of small quantities of marijuana, cocaine and heroin since 1988, and Chile decriminalised personal consumption back in 1995.

Mexico have suffered enormously from the ‘Drug War’ and now sound like they’re hurtling towards some kind of regulated market.

More recently, the president of Iceland declared “We should legalize cannabis”.

Changes in Europe are coming thick and fast with France allowing access to Sativex last year, a commercial cannabis tincture spray that is basically cannabis. The UK have allowed Sativex for some time, but most of the stories coming out of the country report that people who really need it can’t get hold of it.

In 2013, Croatia stopped prosecuting anyone caught with small amounts of marijuana and other drugs, with growing remaining illegal however.

Changes in Turin are expected to be the beginning of a movement to completely legalize cannabis in Italy. Italians are the heaviest cannabis users in Europe according to this United Nations Report.

More tokers per person than even Spain!

According to a recent poll in Ireland, four out of ten voters would like to see cannabis legalised. The idea was most popular with younger voters according to PaddyPower.

And Jamaica don’t want to be left out of the action:

“Encouraged by legalisation of ganja in Colorado and Washington in the United States, and Uruguay in South America, the Jamaicans foresee the development of a local, regional and international cannabis industry, led by a Cannabis Future Growers and Producers Association that will eventually generate billions of dollars for the Jamaican economy.

The growers’ and producers’ association will be launched on January 18, 2014 as one outcome of a major stakeholders forum titled ‘Going Forward — Legalise it’ that organisers hope will bring together the disparate entities planning a future in ganja at the University of the West Indies in Mona, St Andrew.”

The rhetoric seems to suggest that Jamaica can fix a lot of its problems by selling weed to the US and the rest of the world. And they could be right.  A conference took place only yesterday.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, Morocco are now discussing the possibility of legalising their massive cannabis growing industry, something that could only have been dreamed of in recent years.

“The Moroccan parliament has held a hearing into the industrial and medical benefits of marijuana use. The discussions, started by one of Morocco’s main political parties, are the first steps to introduce a draft law next year aimed at legalizing the plant.”

China have been quietly filing thousands of cannabis related patents in the US and look to be in a very strong position to take advantage of this new and exciting legal market.

“Because cannabis in Western medicine is becoming accepted, the predominance of Chinese patents suggests that pharmaceutical sciences are evolving quickly in China, outpacing Western capabilities”

Says Dr Luc Duchesne,

“Chinese traditional medicine is poised to take advantage of a growing trend. The writing is on the wall: Westernised Chinese traditional medicine is coming to a dispensary near you.”

Looking at the picture as a whole, there is a definite worldwide shift towards toleration and in some cases total regulation – with the science of cannabis just beginning to explode now that scientists are actually allowed to research it.

In the past, certainly in the US, research has only been authorised to investigate the negative aspects of the plant. This is no longer the case, so expect some more medical miracles down the line.

 

10 Reasons To Keep An Eye On Cannabis in 2014

January 4th, 2014 | By

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The Sanjay Gupta CNN Documentary

A great documentary which shines a light into the magic of medical cannabis – for a child.

Watch how a little girl comes backs from horrifying illness and almost certain death to live a normal life – with her parents then meeting their daughter’s true self properly for the first time. Incredible stuff. Youtube link.

 

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Human trials for cannabis as a treatment for brain cancer begin

Need we say more? Trials begin for the treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme using Sativex.

Remember, ‘Sativex’ is cannabis, so whatever they may say, they are treating brain cancers with their own version of concentrated cannabis which anybody can make.

Rick Simpson has been successfully treating people with cancer for years using cannabis oil.

 

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Boston study says marijuana not harmful

A Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine study finds no relationship whatsoever between marijuana use and healthcare utilisation.

So even daily marijuana users can chill out. The only way you are going to be harmed by this plant is by being hit over the head with it. Or by being arrested because of it.

 

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Uruguay legalizes and neighbours immediately consider following their lead

Uruguay completely legalised their cannabis market in 2013 – setting the price at 1$ a gram! Argentina’s drug tsar Juan Carlos Molino recently stated that:

 “Argentina deserves a good debate about this. We have the capacity to do it. We should not underestimate ourselves”.

Recent polls in Buenos Aires suggest that 81% of people are in favour of legalisation of cannabis. South America could soon be greener than the North!

 

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Switzerland have completely decriminalised cannabis

The Swiss (who are already extremely sensible about cannabis, though laws vary from internal state to state) very recently introduced new cannabis legislation.

The Swiss parliament totally decriminalised marijuana use on the 1st of October as long as you have less than 10 grammes in your posession.

 

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Cannabis cafes in Berlin are coming soon

The Berlin parliament have voted and agreed on the idea of cannabis cafes in the city. Which European capital will fall next? Manchester would like to lead the UK.

Keep an eye on Europe. Remember with Spain and Holland, we’re already half way to a legal market – in the face of full legalisation in the US, it seems ridiculous to consider that anything resembling prohibition will be continuing for any meaningful amount of time here, but I’m sure some idiotic fools will prove me wrong.

 

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Danny Danko the High Times editor appears on the Wall Street Journal

It’s almost too good to be true. I am still pinching myself. Who thought we would be seeing this in 2014? I repeat. Danny Danko, the High Times editor, appears on the Wall Street Journal! Just wow.

 

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Colorado and Washington legalize for recreation

Recreational sales begin in earnest in Colorado – and the lines are big! Whether stocks are going to last or not remains to be seen, but a certain scene in the film ‘Jaws’ where they realize they are going to need a bigger boat springs to mind.

 

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Moroccan legalisation plans

Morocco who produces over 40% of the world’s hashish supply are keen to legitimize the main cash crop of their country.

Even BusinessWeek think they might.  Just imagine a legal Moroccan hashish export market!  Only months ago such things would be dismissed as hogwash. Not today. A spokesman for the government said:

“We think this crop can become an important economic resource for Morocco and the citizens of this region”

 

 

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American Herbal Pharmacopoeia release cannabis monograph

The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia finalized its cannabis monograph to lay down standards for botanical identity, purity, analysis, and quality. This new monograph will also provide instruction on cannabis growing, storage and curing etc.

Required reading for any serious cannabis enthusiast and further proof that cannabis is coming back to the medicine cabinet to stay.