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  • Cannabis in Canada: Who wins and who loses under new law

    Provinces set the rules over where a person can consume cannabis, which has created a patchwork of regulations across the country
    BBC News (UK)
    Monday, October 15, 2018

    canada cannabis ottawaCanada is about to become the second nation to fully legalise recreational cannabis. When prohibition comes to an end on 17 October, Canadian adults will be able to purchase and consume the drug from federally licensed producers. The country has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world, particularly among young people. Canadians spent an estimated C$5.7bn ($4.6bn; £3.5bn) in 2017 alone on combined medical and recreational use - about $1,200 per user. The bulk of that spending was on black market marijuana. The bulk of that spending was on black market marijuana. Here's a look at some of the consequences of this sweeping transition in Canada - and the potential winners and losers. (See also: Canadian cannabis will be legal on Wednesday. Read this first)

  • Racial bias in police stop and search getting worse, report reveals

    Despite reforms, black people are nine times more likely than white people to be checked for drugs
    The Observer (UK)
    Saturday, October 13, 2018

    Black Britons are increasingly likely to be stopped and searched by police compared with white people, according to shocking new figures that challenge Theresa May’s attempt to reform the controversial power. The most authoritative analysis of the data since the Stephen Lawrence inquiry nearly 20 years ago found that black Britons are now nine times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs than white people, despite using illegal substances at a lower rate. In 2014, when home secretary, May announced measures to make stop and search less biased, describing it as “unfair, especially to young black men”. But instead, the study The Colour of Injustice: ‘Race’, drugs and law enforcement in England and Wales found that its use has become more discriminatory.

  • Un Marocain raconte comment sa famille contrôlait le trafic du haschich entre le royaume et la France

    Pour Vice France, un Marocain, aujourd’hui travailleur social, raconte comment sa famille contrôlait le trafic du shit entre le royaume et la France
    Tel Quel (Maroc)
    Samedi, 13 octobre 2018

    « C’est ma grand-mère maternelle qui a commencé à importer du shit en France  », raconte Salim*,  dont la famille, dit-il, contrôlait le trafic de shit entre le Maroc et la France. Ce rifain originaire de Ketama, aujourd’hui travailleur social, a vécu au quotidien le stress d’une famille toujours sur le « qui-vive », arrivée en France en 1966, à Sens dans l’Yonne, suite à quelques petits problèmes avec la concurrence. Pour Vice France, le quadragénaire revient sur la genèse du business familial dans l’Hexagone et explique pourquoi il a fait un autre choix de vie. Selon Salim, la corruption touchait tous les niveaux de la hiérarchie policière.

  • Amsterdam wants to participate in regulated cannabis experiment

    The Amsterdam mayor also criticized the limited diversity of cannabis and hashish included in the experiment
    NL Times (Netherlands)
    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Amsterdam has to participate in the . If the Dutch capital, with the largest coffeeshop market in the Netherlands, does not participate, the experiment will fail, mayor Femke Halsema said in a city council debate on the issue. Halsema previously wrote a letter to the government asking that the . The current conditions make it impossible for the capital to participate. The size of Amsterdam's cannabis market - with 166 coffeeshops - is a problem. The government determined that the experiment will cover all coffeeshops in participating municipalities. But with so many coffeeshops in Amsterdam, that is basically impossible.

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