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  • Russia warns Canada cannabis legalization will lead to increased trafficking

    According to Moscow, Canada is violating major drug control treaties
    The New Indian Express (India)
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Russia has denounced Canada's cannabis legalization, calling it "unacceptable" and contrary to international laws, and saying it will lead to increased trafficking abroad. "We are convinced that this legislation goes against international law on drug control," the Russian embassy in Ottawa said in a statement. According to Moscow, Canada is violating major drug control treaties. "By consciously torpedoing the international drug control regime, the Canadian government is creating the world's largest drug market, which, despite all the claims and measures being contemplated to prevent the export of cannabis across national borders, will certainly result in a considerable increase in its trafficking to other states." (Russian Foreign Ministry: Cannabis legalisation in Canada)

  • Mexico may be next to legalise marijuana, says incoming FM

    There are two options: the Canadian model or the Uruguay model
    AFP (France)
    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Mexico "absolutely" could follow Canada's lead in legalising marijuana as a way to reduce violence generated by a war on drugs that "doesn't work," its incoming foreign minister said Tuesday. Marcelo Ebrard, who will become foreign minister when Mexico's president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office December 1, said he discussed Ottawa's experience Monday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. Asked whether Mexico might follow Canada's example, Ebrard told reporters, "Sure, absolutely." "We think it is a very interesting option in the short term for Mexico," he said. "We think there are two options: the Canadian model or the Uruguay model."

  • Report says the UN's global 'war on drugs' has been a failure

    "This report is another nail in the coffin for the war on drugs," said Ann Fordham, the Executive Director of IDPC
    CNN (US)
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    eradicacion cannabis mexicoThe United Nations' drug strategy of the past 10 years has been a failure, according to a major report by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), which has called for a major rethinking of global drug policy. The report Taking stock: A decade of drug policy claims that UN efforts to eliminate the illegal drug market by 2019 through a "war on drugs" approach has had scant effect on global supply while having negative effects on health, human rights, security and development. Drug-related deaths have increased by 145% over the last decade, with more than 71,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2017 alone. (See also: UN's 10-year plan to tackle world's drug problem has been ‘spectacular failure’ as production and consumption soar, report says)

  • UK government must look into legalising cannabis, says former Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe

    'If I was home secretary, I would have an urgent commission of experts,' says veteran police officer
    The Independent (UK)
    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Former Metropolitan Police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for an urgent review of the evidence supporting cannabis legalisation. It marks a significant shift in the attitude of the ex-police commissioner, who backed tough laws against cannabis during his time leading Scotland Yard. Lord Hogan-Howe said the Home Office must now reconsider its position following the recent legalisation of cannabis in Canada and some US states. “If I was home secretary, I would have an urgent commission of experts to look at the evidence about what’s happening about cannabis in North America,” Mr Howe said.

  • Cannabis in Canada: Pardoning people for possession isn't enough

    More than half a million Canadians have a criminal record because of cannabis possession
    BBC News (UK)
    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Canadians will get pardons if they were convicted of possessing marijuana before it was legalised. That means their criminal record for cannabis possession is kept separate from other criminal records - but it doesn't erase the crime. It could still affect people in situations like job applications, travelling abroad and getting houses - and the person who wants a pardon has to apply and pay for it. Some politicians argue that pardoning doesn't go far enough and something called expungement - when all government records of the crime are erased - should happen instead. "We now need to go back and be able to remove the stain that is on the record," the New Democratic Party's Guy Caron said.

  • Advocates say black market will thrive until small pot growers and sellers are included

    Illegal pot shops remained open across Canada
    The Toronto Star (Canada)
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    “It’s not fair to expect the government to deliver everything perfectly Day 1 when this is a huge transition,” said Ian Dawkins, president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada. “But let’s be realistic, these (illegal) retailers were very sophisticated retail enterprises in line with what you would see in a place like Colorado and Washington. ... All of that sophistication is about to be blown out of the window by a tidal wave of Budweiser-grade cannabis.” It’s not only dispensaries that feel shut out of the legal market as small-scale growers are still waiting for the federal government to open an application portal for micro-cultivator licences. (See also: B.C. RCMP raid two cannabis dispensaries in first apparent crackdown after legalization)

  • Canada's legalization of marijuana could hurt farmers in poorer countries

    The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has set up a marijuana commission which recently published recommendations to decriminalize the drug
    CNN (US)
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Cannabis cultivation in MoroccoFor decades poor farmers in countries like Jamaica and Morocco have risked the wrath of governments to grow cannabis as a cash crop. But as Canada becomes the first country in the G7 leading industrial nations to legalize marijuana, those countries where the crop has traditionally been grown risk losing out on new legal markets worth billions of dollars. And with no international institution to represent them because of the illegality of marijuana in most of the world growers risk being left behind. "It's all about trying to bring some of these small farmers into the opening market," says Martin Jelsma of the Transnational Institute (TNI). "The big risk is there is a complete corporate capture going on."

  • Cannabis Amnesty welcomes Liberal government's promise of pardons, but says they require "four central features"

    Without expungement, individuals convicted of possession remain vulnerable to having their convictions reinstated
    The Georgia Straight (Canada)
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    The half-million Canadians with criminal records for cannabis possession received some encouraging news. Four Liberal cabinet ministers held a news conference to announce that the government is bringing in legislation to expedite pardons for those who were busted with amounts of 30 grams or less. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters that the intention is to remove the stigma of criminal records for simple possession, which will make it easier for people to find housing, employment, and volunteer in their community. (See also: Pardons for past cannabis crimes have major limitations, and there's no simple fix | NDP introduce a private member's bill calling for cannabis amnesty)

  • Cannabis Day 1: How Canada greeted legalization from coast to coast

    Canada is officially the world’s second country to legalize recreational marijuana
    The Globe and Mail (Canada)
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    From St. John’s to Vancouver, from Southern Ontario to the Far North, Canada’s nearly century-old prohibition on recreational cannabis lifted on Wednesday – and in Ottawa, the Trudeau government also promised new legislation to let people convicted of simple possession apply for pardons more easily. Not everyone who wanted to smoke up on the first day were able to: Relatively few bricks-and-mortar stores were open, and in Ontario, the most populous province, online retail is the only option until physical stores get the go-ahead next year. While demand was strong, supply was short on Day 1, and could be for the weeks to come. (See also: Canadians welcome legal pot sales, put up with supply issues on opening day)

  • Globe editorial: With legal pot, Canada sets an example for other countries

    Canada has positioned itself to be the leader in an industry that seems destined to grow internationally
    The Globe and Mail (Canada)
    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    And so, here we go. The recreational use of cannabis is now legal in Canada, making ours only the second country, after tiny Uruguay, to take a leap that is both epic and overblown. Overblown because, in one critical way, nothing will change. According to Statistics Canada, 4.9 million of us consumed $5.7-billion worth of cannabis in various forms, both medical and non-medical, in 2017. Canadians don’t need a change in the law to be encouraged to use pot. The essence of the moment is that a government has acknowledged the scope of cannabis use by its citizens, and the reality of its limited health risks, and pushed through a bold reform. That alone makes Oct. 17, 2018, a remarkable day. (See also: Canadians with past pot convictions won’t have to pay or wait to apply for a pardon)

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