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  1. Catalonia set to legalize medical marijuana

    27 August 2014
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    Catalonia is drawing up rules to allow the use of marijuana for the treatment of patients suffering from conditions with symptoms such as pain and loss of appetite, the region's health minister Boi Ruiz has said. The move would open the way for the drug to be prescribed to cancer and AIDS patients, among others. The plan was partly designed to stop Barcelona's increasingly popular cannabis clubs from controlling the supply of medical marijuana, Ruiz said.

  2. Leading anti-marijuana academics are paid by painkiller drug companies

    26 August 2014
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    As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policymakers should avoid relaxing restrictions around marijuana. It's too dangerous, risky, and untested, they say. Just as drug company-funded research has become incredibly controversial in recent years, forcing major medical schools and journals to institute strict disclosure requirements, could there be a conflict of interest issue in the pot debate? (See also: The real reason pot is still illegal)

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    La Generalitat regulará el uso terapéutico del cannabis para evitar que los pacientes tengan que ir a clubs

    26 August 2014
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    La Conselleria de Salut de la Generalitat de Catalunya ha iniciado los trámites para regular el uso del cannabis con fines terapéuticos para evitar que los pacientes con patologías que producen dolor y falta de apetito, como el cáncer y el sida, se vean obligados a acudir a un club cannábico para obtener y consumir la sustancia. El titular del ramo, Boi Ruiz, ha subrayado la necesidad de diferenciar la regulación del cannabis terapéutico de la ordenación de las asociaciones de autoconsumo: "Son dos cosas distintas y no quiero que se mezclen".

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    Costa Rica debatirá la regulación de la marihuana medicinal

    15 August 2014
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    cannabis-budCosta Rica, donde es legal el consumo de la marihuana en el ámbito privado, se alista para debatir un proyecto de ley que legaliza el uso y, por tanto, la producción controlada del cannabis con fines medicinales. La propuesta la ha presentado un diputado oficialista y tiene la venia del Gobierno del presidente Luis Guillermo Solís, el gremio de los médicos y hasta de la influyente Iglesia Católica local. A pesar de esto, algunos temen que este sea un primer paso hacia la legalización completa del consumo y la venta de la planta con objetivos recreativos.

  5. Medicinal cannabis and the caregiving community giving it away for free

    14 August 2014
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    Even though, in 1998, the Home Office granted GW Pharmaceuticals a license to grow cannabis in order to develop cannabinoid-based medicines, Britain is not following suit. Norman Baker, Lib Dem minister of state for crime prevention, called for more liberalised drug laws, and specifically the legalisation of cannabis grown for medicinal use. A coalition spokesman rejected his suggestion outright. And so those seeking cannabis for medicinal purposes must continue to chase it in the same way as recreational users, through the black market.

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    Presidente ve "con buenos ojos" utilización medicinal de la marihuana

    13 August 2014
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    santos-thumb-upEl presidente Juan Manuel Santos dio su apoyo público a la iniciativa para permitir el uso medicinal del cannabis, propuesta por el Partido Liberal. "La entendemos como una medida compasiva para entender el dolor de pacientes con enfermedades terminales pero también como una forma de sacar de las manos de los criminales el ser intermediarios entre el paciente y una sustancia que les va a permitir aliviar su sufrimiento". (Véase también: “La marihuana medicinal no es un salto al vacío”: Minsalud y Conservadores anuncian apoyo a legalización de marihuana con fines medicinales)

  7. Colombian President Santos backs medical marijuana use

    13 August 2014
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    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said he supports the legalisation of marijuana for medical use. He said the measure - which is due to be voted on by Colombian lawmakers - would be a "compassionate response" to pain experienced by people with terminal illnesses. "We look favourably on the initiative on the medical and therapeutic use of marijuana," Santos told a drugs forum in the Colombian capital, Bogota. "It's a way to stop criminals from acting as intermediaries between the patient and a substance that is going to ease their suffering."

  8. Drugs minister calls for legalising cannabis for medicinal use

    12 August 2014
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    Liberalised drug laws should be introduced to legalise the widespread use of cannabis to relieve symptoms of certain medical conditions, including the side effects of chemotherapy, the drugs minister Norman Baker will say. Amid concerns that "credible people" are having to break the law to secure the only substance that can help to relieve their condition, Baker is writing to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to call for a review of the medicinal properties of cannabis.

  9. What science says about marijuana

    29 July 2014
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    Federal scientists say that the damage caused by alcohol and tobacco is higher because they are legally available; if marijuana were legally and easily obtainable, they say, the number of people suffering harm would rise. However, a 1995 study for the World Health Organization concluded that even if usage of marijuana increased to the levels of alcohol and tobacco, it would be unlikely to produce public health effects approaching those of alcohol and tobacco in Western societies.

  10. Auge y caída de la prohibición del cannabis

    • David Bewley-Taylor, Martin Jelsma, Tom Blickman
    24 July 2014
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    La planta del cannabis se ha utilizado con fines espirituales, medicinales y recreativos desde los albores de la civilización. Este informe repasan minuciosamente la historia del control internacional y cómo el cannabis terminó incluido en el actual sistema de fiscalización de estupefacientes de la ONU.

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    Despenalización de la marihuana: parlamentarios de Amplitud y de la DC presentan iniciativas

    23 July 2014
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    autocultivo-chileDos iniciativas que apuntan a despenalizar el uso de la marihuana se ingresaron en la Cámara de Diputados de Chile. La primera corresponde a un proyecto del movimiento de centro derecha Amplitud, que busca modificar la Ley 20.000 para despenalizar el autocultivo de cannabis para uso terapéutico y recreacional. La otra proviene desde la DC, que ingresó un proyecto de acuerdo que pide a la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet gestionar la modificación de decretos de los Ministerios de Salud e Interior para poder utilizar fármacos derivados de la cannabis sativa y permitir el autocultivo para fines medicinales.

  12. Majority of Australians support medical marijuana

    22 July 2014
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    Almost two-thirds of Australians support the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes, according to a new poll which coincides with a renewed push to relax the laws. It comes as NSW Premier Mike Baird indicated that he supported the use of medical marijuana, despite having concerns about its supply and regulation. Earlier this month Cassie Batten was questioned by police after admitting to using cannabis oil to treat her disabled three-year-old, who has epilepsy and suffers from profound seizures. 

  13. Liberal party looks to legalize medical marijuana in Colombia

    22 July 2014
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    Colombia’s Liberal Party will support a new bill to legalize medical marijuana in the country. The move was announced by Senator Juan Manuel Galan, who explained that the bill would open the door for the use of currently illicit marijuana for medicinal uses. The Liberal Party’s support comes a few months after an official statement from the General Secretary of the Mayor of Bogota that asked Colombia’s national government to initiate a debate surrounding the regulation and recreational use of marijuana.

  14. Court allows patients to grow their own cannabis

    22 July 2014
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    When no alternative treatment to cannabis exists and buying the drug in a pharmacy is too expensive, home cultivation can take place, the Cologne Administrative Court decided. The hearing, which was first brought two weeks ago, centred on five middle-aged men who were prescribed the drug by doctors when all other treatments failed. The court rejected two of the five cases, but said the other three should be allowed to grow their own cannabis. It said applications to grow the drug should be reviewed on a "case-by-case" basis. (See also: Schmerztherapie: Gericht erlaubt Schwerkranken Cannabis-Anbau)

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    Liberales proponen legalizar la marihuana con usos terapéuticos en Colombia

    21 July 2014
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    El Partido Liberal sorprendió al anunciar que promoverá un proyecto de ley para legalizar la marihuana con usos terapéuticos en Colombia. Así lo dio a conocer el senador Juan Manuel Galán quien señaló que la idea es impulsar la iniciativa para garantizar el uso del alucinógeno con fines medicinal. Recordó que la Constitución de 1991 contempla la posibilidad de usar ciertas sustancias con usos terapéuticos. (Véase también: Los pasos que le faltan al cannabis medicinal)

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    El fármaco de marihuana que abre el debate sobre su cultivo en Chile

    20 July 2014
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    autocultivo-chileLa reciente aprobación del Instituto de Salud Pública de Chile para el ingreso al país de Sativex, un remedio fabricado a partir de un extracto vegetal de cannabis de uso terapéutico, podría allanar el camino a la legalización del cultivo de marihuana para uso personal. En una decisión sin precedentes, el remedio sólo se aprobó para el uso de una persona. Claudio Venegas, director de la revista "Cáñamo" y activista por la legalización de la marihuana, cree que esta decisión abre una opción para cambiar la ley de drogas y permitir el auto cultivo.

  17. Brazil discusses medical cannabis at international symposium

    Vera da Ros (Rede Brasileira de Redução de Danos e Direitos Humanos - REDUC)
    17 July 2014
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    The IV Symposium on Medicinal Cannabis in Brazil focused on patients who need treatment via medicinal cannabis and its components. Today, these patients struggle with access to such treatment, mainly due to bureaucracy. The event undoubtedly generated attitudes in favor of medical marijuana in the country. However, and unfortunately, less than 10 days after the event ended, National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) postponed a vote for the reclassification of cannabis.

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    Highs and lows in cannabis policy reform

    13 July 2014
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    Cannabis is the most widely produced and consumed illicit substance globally. A significant number of states have long engaged in soft defection from the UN drug control regime in relation to tolerant policies on the personal possession, cultivation and use of cannabis. Recently, there has been growing debate within political circles on the benefits of regulated cannabis markets. This has been driven by a number of factors, including the continuing illegality of supply, the associated and often violent involvement of criminal elements and the use of finite criminal justice resources. In this section you will find an overview of our most recent blogs on the issue.

    Latest: Mexico legislators consider regulating marijuana to protect human right, Zara Snapp, July 14, 2014

     

  19. The great pot experiment

    11 July 2014
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    On July 8th Washington became the second state after Colorado to offer recreational pot-smokers a chance to buy weed legally at a local store. Marijuana is still illegal in most of America. But there are substantial activities towards more liberal policies. In 23 states the medicinal use of marijuana is allowed and more states are considering legalisation. Oregon and Alaska will vote on legalisation in November; Floridians will decide on permitting medical use. President Barack Obama has chosen to take a hand’s-off approach to the issue of legalisation in Washington and Colorado. Yet if a drug hawk were to succeed President Obama in 2016, a clampdown on pot could well be revived.

  20. Caricom creates commission to study legalization of medical marijuana

    02 July 2014
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    The Caribbean trade bloc Caricom has created a commission to study whether the region's roughly 15 million people should be allowed to use medical marijuana and how courts should handle possession of small amounts of the drug. Leaders said that the commission is expected to submit reports by Caricom's next summit, scheduled for February 2016. A recent preliminary report from Caricom found that decriminalizing medical marijuana could help boost the region's economy. (See also: Opposition says Jamaica does not need Caricom ganja comm)

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