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  1. 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.

  2. Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states

    02 January 2015
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    A year into the experiments with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.

  3. 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.

  4. Canadian lawyers scent profit as medical marijuana industry prepares to go legit

    06 January 2015
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    Since 2001, Canada has allowed patients to grow their own marijuana or designate a grower to do so on their behalf, but a policy change established the opportunity for licensed growers operating under strict quality controls to supply patients – essentially spawning a new legal marijuana industry overnight.

  5. 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.

  6. The war on drugs is burning out

    07 January 2015
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    The conservative wave of 2014 featured an unlikely, progressive undercurrent: In two states, plus the nation's capital, Americans voted convincingly to pull the plug on marijuana prohibition.

  7. Synthetic cannabis deaths show case for controlled sale of marijuana, expert says

    15 January 2015
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    The deaths of two men in central Queensland after they smoked synthetic cannabis highlight the need to regulate marijuana and allow its controlled sale, the president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation says.

  8. A dozen ways to legalize the marijuana supply chain, in Vermont or any state

    16 January 2015
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    After months of research, the RAND corporation released a report for the state of Vermont exploring marijuana legalization and regulation there.

  9. German Green Party leader Cem Özdemir stripped of immunity over cannabis plant

    16 January 2015
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    Like countless people around the world, German politician Cem Özdemir took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge last summer.

  10. The legalization of marijuana: a good example of flexible policymaking

    21 January 2015
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    Marijuana policy may not seem like the natural setting to model policies that pursue inclusive growth, but the innovative policy-making processes initiated in four US states are actually well worth considering.

  11. Jamaica poised to relax cannabis laws

    22 January 2015
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    The cabinet has approved a bill that would decriminalise possession of small amounts of cannabis and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry in Jamaica.

  12. CDU blockiert Cannabis-Versuch

    22 January 2015
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    Die CDU-Fraktion im Frankfurt lehnt ein Modellprojekt zur Entkriminalisierung von Cannabis ab und kritisiert den Alleingang der Gesundheitsdezernentin Rosemarie Heilig (Grüne).

  13. Grüne wollen Cannabis teilweise freigeben

    23 January 2015
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    Die Befürworter einer kontrollierten Cannabis-Freigabe in Hamburg melden sich immer lauter zu Wort.

  14. Report predicts 18 states will legalize pot by 2020

    25 January 2015
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    A new report predicts that 18 U.S. states will have legalized recreational marijuana in the next five years, a huge increase from the four states that currently have or are in the process of creating legal markets for pot.

  15. Illegal drugs laws: Clearing a 50-year-old obstacle to research

    • David Nutt
    26 January 2015

    The United Nations drug control conventions of 1960 and 1971 and later additions have inadvertently resulted in perhaps the greatest restrictions of medical and life sciences research. These conventions now need to be revised to allow neuroscience to progress unimpeded and to assist in the innovation of treatments for brain disorders. In the meantime, local changes, such as the United Kingdom moving cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, should be implemented to allow medical research to develop appropriately.

  16. Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch opposes marijuana legalisation

    27 January 2015
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    Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told senators during her confirmation hearing that she, like her predecessor Eric Holder, would not support marijuana legalization.

  17. Vermont lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana

    28 January 2015
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    Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana.

  18. Pro-ganja lobby endorses changes on eve of Senate debate

    28 January 2015
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    Professor Archibald McDonald called on the Jamaican Government to continue with the reforms and disregard apparent threats from US Government official William Brownfield cautioning the Government against breaching international drug treaties to which it is a signatory. "He is saying that Colorado, Washington DC and so on can go ahead and legalise ganja, but Jamaica signed those treaties and therefore cannot do the same. What a ridiculous argument," McDonald commented.

  19. US official cautions Jamaica on ganja legalisation

    29 January 2015
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    The U.S. Government has signalled discomfort with Jamaica's move to decriminalise marijuana for specific uses.

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