Cannabis Legalisation

Cannabis Legalisation

Mexico has legalised medical cannabis!

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a decree this week, legalising medical cannabis across the country.

Cannabis has been illegal in Mexico since 1920, but decriminalised since 2009.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

The case of Mexico is an excellent one for the worldwide anti-prohibition movement, as the Mexican President was once extremely opposed to drug legalisation.

However, his opinions clearly changed, and he told the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”

Peña Nieto tried to pass a cannabis bill last year but was defeated in Congress.

Although this Medical Cannabis bill passed back in November, the decree was finally issued this week, bringing the law into effect.

The new law eliminates the criminalisation of the medicinal use of cannabis, THC, CBD, and all cannabis derivatives, as well as legalising the production and distribution of cannabis for medicinal and therapeutic uses.

However, like any progress, it is fraught with challenges – currently only up to 1% THC is considered permitted and Mexico’s Ministry of Health will be required to study the medicinal and therapeutic effects of cannabis before creating the framework for a medical infrastructure.

We’ll be keeping an eye on Mexico for further developments!

Barcelona, Amsterdam, Durham?

UK Cannabis Prices

When thinking of 420 friendly cities and hotspots for Cannabis activism around the world where comes to mind?

Denver, Seattle, Barcelona, Amsterdam… Durham? Could the land of Prince Bishops really become the UK’s Amsterdam?

This week on ISMOKE we take a closer look at how this northern county is leading the UK with its progressive drugs policies and focus on harm reduction and maximisation of the potential benefits that drugs can have on the consumer and the wider society.

Warrior Women: The mothers fighting to legalise cannabis to save their children

Few things in this world could ever match up to a mother’s love, and I am in no doubt that prohibition isn’t one of them.

This week on ISMOKE we meet the warrior women – the mothers of mercy desperately fighting to treat their children using cannabis and cannabis-derived medicinal products.

Too often these women who are not only having to fight against the odds, but their doctors, the law and even the very services that have been established to help heal and treat their offspring’s ailments and to protect their health.

History Made: Canada to legalise cannabis in 2018

  • Canada is set to fully legalise cannabis, including for recreational use.
  • Cannabis will become a federally controlled, legal, substance on ‘Canada Day,’ July 1 2018
  • Minimum age for purchase will be 18, as with alcohol
  • Canadians will be allowed to grow four plants per household.

There is some glorious news coming out of Canada this week! The North American state is set to take a historic step and legalise cannabis for recreational use, on a federal level, next year.

From the 1st July 2018, which is also Canada Day, cannabis will be available for legal purchase for everyone, over the age of 18, in Canada. This includes tourists, which could make Canada the new mecca of cannabis!

Clark French and Norman Baker talk Cannabis [Video]

In this video, Clark French speaks to Norman Baker about medical cannabis, the law and much more.

Were it not for Norman Baker, the truth on the UK’s failing drug policy would never have been published. Conservatives tried to sweep it under the carpet, but thanks to Norman, the truth is out there.

Israel makes move to “decriminalise cannabis”

Israel officially decriminalises cannabis
  • Israel’s cabinet passed a bill on Sunday decriminalising cannabis use in the country.
  • Cannabis still can’t be used in public, but incarceration will only be used if a person is caught reoffending 4 times.
  • However, country’s Green party say this is not enough – not true decriminalisation
  • In some ways laws have become more strict for first-time offenders.

Israel’s cabinet approved a proposal calling for the decriminalisation of the use of cannabis on Sunday 5 March.

The proposal, drafted by Public Security and Justice ministers, prevents first, second, or even third-time offenders caught with cannabis in public. Under new laws, they will instead face a fine, rather than jail time.

Washington House Votes Unanimously to Fully Legalise Hemp

Washington votes to legalise hemp

In the US, the Washington State House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would explicitly legalise hemp, voting to pass the bill 98-0.

House Bill 2064 would exclude “industrial hemp from the definitions of “controlled substance” and “marijuana” for purposes of the uniform controlled substances act.”

If passed by the senate, this would make hemp legal in the same was as any other agricultural commodity e.g. corn or tomatoes, meaning that anybody would be free to grow hemp crops without registering with Washington State.

Marijuana and industrial hemp are seen differently by the US Government, and industrial hemp has already been given a small window of legal status in the US under the 2014 Farm Bill (Sec. 7606) which states:

“…an institution of higher education…or a state department of agriculture may grow or cultivate industrial hemp if…the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research…”

The farm bill also established a statutory definition of “industrial hemp” as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.

Under this new bill, prospective hemp growers in Washington would no longer need to register for a license to do so.

Before this bill is enacted it must first be passed to the Senate before going to the Washington state Governor Jay Inslee.

We will keep you updated with any developments.

Click here to read House Bill 2064.

Is the Trump administration about to jeopardise the 7-billion-dollar recreational cannabis industry?

  • Spokesman for White House Sean Spicer talks about a new crackdown on recreational cannabis
  • Trump pledged to respect states’ rights on marijuana during his campaign. This may signal a reversal on that promise.
  • Seven US States have legalised cannabis for recreational use
  • Cannabis is still illegal under Federal Law

Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s Press Secretary, finally revealed the new President’s intention for recreational cannabis, and it’s not good.

Spicer seems to have hinted that the Trump administration will be aiming to crack down on the 8 States whose citizens democratically voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use.

Billy Caldwell’s mum: “fight for legal medicinal cannabis oil in Northern Ireland has been won”

Belfast Live is reporting that Medical Cannabis patient Billy Caldwell’s mum is now able to treat him in Northern Ireland with full-spectrum cannabis oil produced locally.

Billy suffers with intractable epilepsy, a seizure disorder in which a patient’s seizures fail to come under control with traditional treatment.

DEA: Cannabis is NOT a gateway drug

cannabis is not a gateway drug
  • The US DEA has finally removed inaccurate information about the apparent “dangers” of cannabis from its website this Monday
  • The change comes after cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access successfully filed a legal petition calling for the DEA to remove incorrect claims

In one of the most unlikely U-turns of the year, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed false information about the supposed dangers of cannabis from its official government website.

Ireland set to legalise cannabis for specific medical conditions

ireland medical cannabis

By Miles Casey

  • A “milestone” report has recommend that medicinal cannabis should be made available to treat some patients
  • Patients with multiple sclerosis, severe epilepsy, or undergoing chemotherapy could be given cannabis despite some voicing safety fears

Simon Harris, Ireland’s Health Minister, has published the report announcing the programme for cannabis-based treatments. Ireland is now set to legalise the use of cannabis for treating specific medical conditions, following a report commissioned by the government said the drug could be given to some patients with certain illnesses. This is great news!

Recreational Cannabis Use is Now Legal in Maine

  • You can now use and possess up to two-and-a-half ounces of cannabis, provided that you’re 21
  • Adults can legally grow up to 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants
  • However, retail sale of cannabis is still restricted; with legal sale being brought in when the moratorium (a temporary prohibition of an activity) ends in February 2018

Voters narrowly passed the ballot question in November last year, winning the vote by just 2,600 ballots (Yes: 378,288; No: 375,688). The waiting period between the vote and legalisation has expired, meaning cannabis smokers in Maine are now free to smoke up without fear of prosecution.

Hawaii finally gives green light to medical cannabis dispensaries to grow

  • Hawaii’s eight dispensaries can finally begin growing cannabis if they’re in compliance with all the rules
  • There were 15,334 medical marijuana patients registered in Hawaii at the end of 2016, with more than 40% residing on the Big Island

The long wait for thousands of Hawaiians waiting for access to legal medicinal cannabis is over.  The American state Hawaii has announced it will finally allow its medical marijuana dispensaries to begin growing their own cannabis as early as Feb. 1, following several months of delays.

Hawaii’s lack of a federally required software system, which tracks the product from seed to sale, has been the main problem preventing the state