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.
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.
A new study conducted in Canada has found that patients prefer cannabis over opioid medication to treat chronic pain and mental health issues. Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria conducted the study.
A “milestone” report has recommend that medicinalcannabis 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!
The Telegraph is reporting that GW Pharmaceuticals is hoping to develop a treatment for cancer:
“The trial tested how safe and effective two of GW’s cannabis-derived molecules were in 21 patients suffering from glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive type of brain tumour.
The results showed that patients treated with GW’s drug, in combination with temozolomide, which is the current medication used to treat GBM, had an 83pc one-year survival rate, compared with 53pc for patients in the placebo cohort.
The combination therapy increased median survival to more than 550 days, compared with 369 days for those on the placebo.”
For too long, traditional medicine has stated that “more research is needed” without an actual cannabis-based cancer treatment being officially developed, researched or tested by Governments.
Now with GW Pharmaceuticals hoping to develop a cancer treatment it could help legitimise this area of study further. Let’s be clear, more and more people are already using cannabis oil to treat themselves with varying results and currently out of their own pockets. What this could do is provide valuable research and a funded treatment that could potentially be adopted by the NHS.
Police say that conviction ‘sets precedent’ for more police raids
Conviction comes after officers warned shops they are now ready to raid their businesses and take them to court if they do not clear their shelves of items with known links to drug use
Police said court ruling gives them “confidence” to push on with operation
Police in Camden Town have vowed to push on with an operation to make the area a bong-free zone after a shopkeeper was convicted on 1st February of selling thousands of items of drug paraphernalia. This Camden Bong Ban precedent could spell trouble for head shops in the area and beyond…
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’s eight dispensaries can finally begin growingcannabisif they’re in compliance with all the rules
There were 15,334 medicalmarijuana 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