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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.

Scientists in the UK are finally warning of the dangers of mixing cannabis with tobacco

The dangers of mixing cannabis and tobacco

The UK needs to catch up with rest of the world on cannabis laws to make it safer for consumers.

• Researchers say that the UK needs to take steps to reduce harm from cannabis use
• Cannabis combined with tobacco, mainly used by Europeans, poses the most serious health risks

Following a new study, scientists are now calling for the UK Government to take a serious look at how they can make cannabis even safer than it already is.

We Attended The London Smoking Club February Session

Last weekend it was the monthly London Smoking Club member’s session held at a secret venue in the City.

Attracting cannabis aficionados from all over the country, this month’s event was a thoroughly enjoyable day of smoking, dabbing and talking about cannabis.

New study finds patients with legal access are choosing cannabis over opioids

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.

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!

GW Pharmaceuticals is Hoping to Develop a Treatment for Cancer

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.”

This is great news for the medical cannabis campaign, which has been advocating cannabis as a potential cancer treatment for many years.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/07/gw-pharmaceuticals-develop-oncology-portfolio-cannabis-medication/


From the editor:

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.

Since Curing His Cancer with Cannabis Rick Simpson Has Helped over 5000 others do the same.

It would be great in the future to be given a range of options for cancer treatments on the NHS.

We will keep you updated on any developments in this story.

For too long, cancer sufferers have been told “more research is needed”

More to follow…

First Conviction in Camden Bong Ban

Bongs in Camden
  • 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…

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

German Politicians Vote to Legalise Medicinal Cannabis for “Seriously Ill”

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On Thursday, 19th Jan, Germany began its journey towards legalising medicinal cannabis.

Germany’s lower house of parliament passed the bill legalising the production, sale and use of medicinal cannabis.

London Smoking Club January Session [Photos]

London Smoking Club January Session

We attended the London Smoking Club January Session last weekend. Here are some of our photos from the event:

London Smoking Club January Session

As usual, the cannabis flavours were out in full force and we saw (and sampled) some amazing varieties of herb including Stardawg, Gorilla Glue, Velvet pie and lots, lots more.