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  1. Studying marijuana and its loftier purpose

    31 December 2012
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    Marijuana is illegal in Israel, but at a government-approved medical marijuana farm at a secret location near the city of Safed, is at the cutting edge of the debate on the legality, benefits and risks of medicinal cannabis. When Zach Klein, a former filmmaker, made a documentary on medical marijuana that was broadcast on Israeli television in 2009, about 400 Israelis were licensed to receive the substance. Today, the number has risen to about 11,000.

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    Parts of Colorado's pot legalization strategy exported to other states

    29 December 2012
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    The sequential strategy will look familiar to Coloradans: first, pass a medical-marijuana law; then put dispensaries in place; then go for recreational legalization. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is pushing medical-marijuana laws in New York, Illinois and New Hampshire, along with contemplating a ballot initiative in Idaho. The true test for marijuana activists will come in 2016, the next presidential election year. That is when MPP hopes to run legalization initiatives in California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Maine.

  3. Battle over nation's largest pot dispensary heads to U.S. court

    18 December 2012
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    A showdown over the fate of the country's largest medical marijuana dispensary heads to federal court, and the outcome could hint at what lies ahead as a growing number of states opt for legalization. This fall, Oakland became the first municipality to sue federal prosecutors in an attempt to block them from shuttering a medical cannabis facility.

  4. For medicinal use only?

    17 December 2012
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    The Czech Republic already has one of the world’s most liberal approach to recreational drug possession. And it will get more liberal still: beginning next year the government will allow marijuana to be distributed by pharmacies for patients with a prescription. Lawmakers in parliament’s lower house overwhelmingly passed a bill clearing the way for legal, but regulated medical marijuana on December 7.

  5. President's pot comments prompt call for policy

    14 December 2012
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    President Barack Obama says he won't go after pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that just legalized the drug for recreational use. But advocates argue the president said the same thing about medical marijuana - and yet U.S. attorneys continue to force the closure of dispensaries across the U.S. Welcome to the confusing and often conflicting policy on pot, where medical marijuana is legal in many states, but it is increasingly difficult to grow, distribute or sell it.

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    República Checa tendrá marihuana legal para uso medicinal

    08 December 2012
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    medical-useLa Cámara Baja del Parlamento de la República Checa aprobó una ley que permite el uso del cáñamo índico o marihuana con fines terapéuticos. De acuerdo con la legislación, las personas que posean hasta 15 gramos de marihuana o que cultivan hasta cinco plantas no serán objeto de multa.

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    Marihuana: producción estará a cargo de privados

    02 November 2012
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    marihuana-plantationUna empresa pública de derecho privado o una empresa privada serían las encargadas de plantar marihuana, dijo el diputado Nicolás Núñez (Partido Socialista). En el nuevo articulado que está terminando de redactar una comisión del Frente Amplio no se maneja la posibilidad de que el Estado se encargue de la producción de cannabis, pero sí se dispone un fuerte control estatal a la producción de la marihuana, la cual se hará por medio de la Junta Nacional de Drogas.

  8. Support growing for medical marijuana in Israel

    01 November 2012
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    More than 10,000 patients who have official government permission consume marijuana in Israel, a number that has swelled dramatically, up from serving just a few hundred patients in 2005. The medical cannabis industry is expanding as well, fuelled by Israel’s strong research sector in medicine and technology – and notably, by government encouragement. Unlike in the United States and much of Europe, the issue inspires almost no controversy among the government and the country’s leadership.

  9. Medical marijuana: disabled veteran's appeal could change US drugs policy

    22 October 2012
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    A disabled veteran has told an appeals court that the department of veteran affairs policy on medical marijuana has caused him pain and significant economic harm, in a development campaigners say is a positive step in the battle to push for the drug's reclassification. Michael Krawitz, one of five plaintiffs involved in a legal case before the court of appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit, told the Guardian that the VA denied him pain treatment after they discovered he had been prescribed medical marijuana while abroad.

  10. Medical Marijuana: Will Colorado's "green rush" last?

    20 October 2012
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    When people go to the polls two weeks from now they won't just be voting for candidates, in some states, they'll be passing judgment on social issues. In Oregon, Washington and the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado it's the legalization of marijuana. Part of this has to do with cash-starved governments looking for new things to tax for more revenue. But much of it has to do with the growing acceptance or at least tolerance for a drug that was once considered the devil's weed and a flashpoint for cultural and generational warfare.

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    Demanda contra la DEA por clasificación de la marihuana

    15 October 2012
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    asa-rescheduleGrupos que abogan por el uso legal de la marihuana medicinal en Estados Unidos presentaron una demanda contra el gobierno federal para que se examine la evidencia científica sobre las cualidades terapéuticas de la hierba y se despenalice su uso para propósitos curativos. El gobierno cataloga la marihuana como una droga peligrosa y sin ningún beneficio médico válido. Le otorga Clasificación I, lo mismo que la heroína.

  12. Medical marijuana advocates seek reclassification of drug

    15 October 2012
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    A medical marijuana advocate urged a federal appeals court to require the U.S. government to relax, or at least rethink, a more-than-40-year-old rule that treats marijuana as a highly dangerous drug with no medical value. Federal drug regulators "have failed to weigh the evidence" from a growing number of medical studies showing that marijuana is effective for relieving pain and nausea, said Joe Elford, counsel for Americans for Safe Access. (See also: Appeals Court hears case on medical value of marijuana)

  13. Oakland sues U.S. to halt closure of marijuana dispensary

    10 October 2012
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    The city of Oakland has sued to block U.S. authorities from closing down a medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world's largest, marking the latest clash with federal authorities over California's cannabis industry. The lawsuit, which was filed by Oakland's city attorney in U.S. District Court, seeks an injunction to halt efforts by federal prosecutors to shut down Harborside Health Center through civil forfeiture actions they filed in July against two properties where the clinic operates.

  14. Powerful Court quietly takes marijuana case that could shatter federal prohibition laws

    10 October 2012
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    On October 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the federal appeals court that usually handles cases involving government regulations, will hear oral arguments on Americans for Safe Access v. DEA. Specifically, Americans for Safe Access (ASA), a California-based patient-advocacy group, is trying to get the Drug Enforcement Administration to move marijuana out of Schedule I, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970s category for drugs with "a high potential for abuse," "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," and no "accepted level of safety for use under medical supervision."

  15. Marijuana only for the sick? A farce, some Angelenos say

    06 October 2012
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    One year after federal law enforcement officials began cracking down on California’s medical marijuana industry with a series of high-profile arrests around the state, they finally moved into Los Angeles last month, giving 71 dispensaries until Tuesday to shut down. At the same time, because of a well-organized push by a new coalition of medical marijuana supporters, the City Council last week repealed a ban on the dispensaries that it had passed only a couple of months earlier.

  16. Medical marijuana advocates hope lawsuit relaxes US drugs policy

    06 October 2012
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    Advocates for medical marijuana will go before the US court of appeal as part of a historic lawsuit that they hope will challenge the federal government's classification of marijuana. Under the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is classified alongside heroin as a dangerous drug, with no medical benefits. Advocates argue that marijuana has a medical benefit and so should be reclassified. A wide range of US organisations support either medical access to cannabis, its reclassification or both.

  17. Pot dispensaries clouding medical marijuana's image

    Maureen O'Hagan, Jonathan Martin
    05 October 2012
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    Seattle's first-ever Medical Cannabis Cup — part gourmet weed contest, part trade show, part smoke-in — showcased the entrepreneurial drive and explosive growth of the local medical-marijuana industry. From dispensaries offering dozens of marijuana varieties to new potency-testing labs to makers of cannabis-infused capsules and candy corn, storefronts displaying the trademark green cross dot nearly every Seattle neighborhood. The city estimates there are at least 150 marijuana-related businesses here, more ubiquitous than Starbucks.

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    «Mes amis doivent faire preuve d’un peu de courage»

    03 October 2012
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    Député de Paris et ancien ministre de l’Intérieur, Daniel Vaillant va déposer une contribution au congrès du PS pour la légalisation du cannabis thérapeutique. La France a la législation d’Europe la plus dure et c’est là où on consomme le plus. Beaucoup d’élus me disent : «Tu as raison, mais on ne peut pas le dire, on a peur d’être embêtés dans notre circonscription.» Je suggère à mes amis de faire preuve d’un peu de courage.

  19. Marijuana: A failure to regulate, but not by dispensaries

    Amanda Reiman, lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance.
    02 October 2012
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    The Times' Sept. 27 editorial, "In a haze on pot policy," says, "In the face of this chaos, the federal crackdown is, to some, good news -- finally, definitive action is being taken to stem the uncontrollable expansion of medical marijuana franchises.” The federal crackdown in L.A. is thought to be in reaction to a void of attempted regulation. But while the city itself may have run into barriers to the regulation of medical marijuana, the industry has been working to ensure community safety and patient access.

  20. L.A. repeals its ban on pot stores

    01 October 2012
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    After struggling for years to regulate storefront pot shops, the Los Angeles City Council retreated Tuesday, voting to repeal the carefully crafted ban on medical marijuana dispensaries it approved a few months ago. The move shows the political savvy of the increasingly organized and well-funded network of marijuana activists who sought to place a referendum overturning the ban on the March ballot, when the mayor and eight council seats will be up for grabs.

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