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    Police force gives cannabis users green light to grow drugs

    21 July 2015
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    Durham Police has given users the green light to grow cannabis at home after declaring that officers will no longer proactively target small scale producers. In a move, which will be seen as a step towards decriminalisation, Durham's Police Commissioner Ron Hogg said it will only go after people if there is a complaint or if they are being "blatant", while the force will continue to tackle large scale cannabis farms. (See also: Cannabis users won't be a priority for County Durham Police | Durham police stop targeting pot smokers and small-scale growers)

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    Italy takes step toward legalizing pot

    15 July 2015
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    Italy took a first step toward legalization of pot, leading Europe in what would be a groundbreaking change. The Intergrupo Parlamentare Cannabis Legale, a cross-party committee, agreed on a provisional text to legalize the consumption, growing, production and sale of cannabis under certain conditions. The text was signed by 218 members of parliament, and not just by the usual suspects. The proposal would allow growing cannabis at home or as members of "cannabis clubs" where a maximum of 50 people could cultivate and then share the product, with a strict prohibition on selling to the general public. (See also: Bill would legalize marijuana)

  3. Uruguay cannabis market still struggles for legitimacy a year after historic ruling

    12 July 2015
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    In May 2014, then-president Mujica signed far-reaching regulations for Uruguay’s marijuana market, making the nation the first country in the world to legalize sales of cannabis.

  4. High Court ruling deals blow to cannabis clubs

    09 July 2015
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    Spain's highest court has declared a cannabis club in Bilbao in violation of public health - the court’s first ruling on such clubs - which could set precedent for smoking collectives in the future.

  5. Amsterdam Mayor: experiment to regulate cannabis cultivation currently legally impossible

    28 May 2015
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    End 2014 Van der Laan told the council to examine possibilities for regulated cannabis cultivation.

  6. Belgium: Allotments for cannabis smokers

    24 March 2015
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    Cannabis is by far the most frequently consumed illegal drug in Europe, although producing it privately is illegal in the EU.

  7. February 23: A big day for Uruguay’s marijuana experiment

    23 February 2015
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    Uruguay’s experiment with legal domestic cannabis cultivation is about to enter a new phase, marking a key opportunity for the country to demonstrate what an effective enforcement model for the law will look like in the future.

  8. The Legal Landscape for Cannabis Social Clubs in Spain

    • Amber Marks
    14 February 2015

    This briefing is a preliminary sketch of the legal landscape for cannabis social clubs in Spain. Its author is presently conducting legal analysis and empirical research in Spain and her findings will be published in due course. The aim of this briefing is to provide an interim sketch of the relevant law for English speakers working in drug policy.

  9. Why is Europe refusing to change course on drugs?

    03 February 2015
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    Is Europe being left behind? Sometimes it feels that way. In the US, Colorado and Washington have regulated recreational cannabis use, with Oregon and Alaska following suit.

  10. Legislation passed to formally regulate Catalonia's cannabis clubs for first time

    03 February 2015
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    The Catalonian government in Spain has passed a new set of guidelines to formally regulate cannabis social clubs (CSCs) for the first time in the autonomous region.

  11. Geneva committee backs legalizing marijuana

    07 January 2015
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    Authorities are considering a radical liberalization of drug laws in the Swiss canton in a bid to undermine the black market in cannabis.

  12. Uruguay’s year in weed: 3 big successes, 3 burning questions

    05 January 2015
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    It’s been just over a year since Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica signed a law creating the world’s first nationalized market for the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana.

  13. One year after law's approval, Uruguay waits for commercial cannabis sales

    02 January 2015
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    A year after Uruguay's historic marijuana law was signed, officials have green-lighted homegrown cannabis, cannabis clubs, and hemp cultivation, but the specifics of its signature provision – a regulated commercial cannabis market – remain unclear.