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  1. Morocco: Istiqlal party proposes first draft law to legalize cannabis

    28 December 2013
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    According to La Vie Eco, the Istiqlal Party has recently proposed a draft law to decriminalize and regulate the cultivation of cannabis for medical and pharmaceutical ends. The Istiqlal Party thus becomes the first party to take this issue to the parliament. The objective is to delimit the cultivation of cannabis to certain regions, namely Al Hoceima, Chaouen, Tétouan, Ouezzane and Taounate. Beyond these regions, the cultivation of this plant will be prohibited.

  2. What do Israelis want? Pot! When do they want it? Now!

    22 December 2013
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    An estimated 1,000 Israelis attended a rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to support the legalization of marijuana. As the crowd chanted phrases like "The people demand legal marijuana," the speakers at the rally sought to frame pot smoking as part of Israel’s national culture, as a unifying factor among the country’s disparate groups and even as a security issue. Medical marijuana, which is hard for patients to receive permission to access, was central to the rally. (See also: Cabinet approves Health Ministry rules on medical marijuana)

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    El 74% de los uruguayos está a favor de la venta de marihuana con fines medicinales

    05 December 2013
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    El 74% de los uruguayos está a favor de que sea legal la venta de marihuana si el fin es medicinal. La cifra es el resultado de una encuesta realizada por Equipos Mori encargada por la agrupación pro regulación de la venta de marihuana llamada Regulación Responsable. El resultado contrasta con la misma encuesta ante la consulta sobre el grado de acuerdo con el proyecto de regularización de la marihuana, que dio un 27% de personas "de acuerdo" y un 58% de personas en desacuerdo. (Véase también: Gobierno lanza campaña contra marihuana y alcohol)

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    Moroccan party holds hearing for legalizing marijuana crops

    04 December 2013
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    One of Morocco’s main political parties, the Party for Authenticity and Modernity (PAM), established by a close adviser to the king, started the process of legalizing marijuana cultivation with a hearing in parliament over its industrial and medical uses. The hearing is the first step in eventually introducing a draft law, aiming to help small farmers who survive on the crop but live at the mercy of drug lords and eradication by police. "We are not seeking to legalize the production of drugs, but to search for possible medical and industrial uses of this plant and create an alternative economy in the region," said Milouda Hazib. (See also: Morocco lawmakers stoke cannabis debate)

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    Israel seeks to tighten medical marijuana regulations

    03 December 2013
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    Israel's Health Ministry has expressed opposition to granting general practitioners the right to prescribe medical marijuana. Instead, the ministry will certify 10 doctors during the first half of 2014, allowing them to prescribe medicinal marijuana to the growing number of patients who currently use it. These 10, newly certified doctors will join the 20 doctors currently permitted by the Health Ministry to prescribe the drug.

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    Grupo parlamentario marroquí debate por primera vez legalización de cannabis

    03 December 2013
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    El Partido Autenticidad y Modernidad (PAM, opositor) organizó en la sede legislativa de Rabat un debate inédito en el que se propuso la legalización para usos terapéuticos e industriales de la planta del kif o cannabis, de la que se extrae el hachís y que cuenta en Marruecos con una de las mayores superficies del mundo. En una jornada de estudios, parlamentarios de distintos partidos, activistas de la sociedad civil y expertos del sector coincidieron en la necesidad de regularizar la plantación y uso del kif, que ocupa una superficie de 47.000 hectáreas, según los últimos datos oficiales.