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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.

  • Drug addiction: A different approach

    A recent study draws attention to the need to decriminalise addiction and shows how a high rate of conviction under the Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has not led to any long-term solution
    Frontline (India)
    Friday, October 26, 2018

    The debate on the pitfalls of incarcerating drug addicts is an old one, and a study "From Addict to Convict: The Working of the NDPS Act (1985) in Punjab", done by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, has made a strong pitch for the decriminalisation of drug use. The findings of the study prove that despite the pre-election rhetoric and campaign promise of every political party in the State the problem is far from being solved. In 2013, Punjab had the highest crime rate for drug offences across India: 42.3 per cent, or 14,564 out of a total of 34,668 cases. Captain Amarinder Singh’s promise to eradicate the problem within a month of his becoming Chief Minister is nowhere near fulfilled. (See also: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh seeks continued support and assistance of UNODC)

  • Kanton Zürich stellt sich hinter Cannabis-Versuche

    In Pilotversuchen soll getestet werden, welche Folgen eine Cannabis-Legalisierung hätte
    Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Schweiz)
    Donnerstag, 11. Oktober 2018

    cannabis rollingWhat would happen if cannabis could be legally purchased in Switzerland? To find out, Zurich, Berne, Geneva and Basel have been planning pilot trials for some time in which cannabis is to be given to a large group of test persons for consumption purposes. However, a concrete project in Bern was stopped by the Federal Office of Public Health last November. Experimental pilot projects could not be approved with the current legal basis. After various attempts by the Federal Assembly, the Confederation decided to create the possibility for experiments. A new article in the Narcotics Law is intended to enable pilot trials for a maximum of five years and only for scientific purposes.

  • Britain’s war on dirty money lacks oomph

    It is strong on transparency but weak on enforcement
    The Economist (UK)
    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    No one knows how much dirty money is rinsed through London, but Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) reckons British banks and their subsidiaries (including those in overseas territories) launder “many hundreds of billions of pounds” each year. British companies and partnerships were prominent among the getaway vehicles used in some of the biggest money-laundering schemes of recent years. In one regard, Britain is a financial-crime-fighting trailblazer. In a bid to crack down on shell-company abuse, in 2016 it became the first G20 country to introduce a public register for company owners. However, submitted information is not systematically checked. (See also: London remains a safe haven for the world’s dirty cash)

  • UK doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis medicine next month

    Sajid Javid says rules to allow cannabis-derived products come into force on 1 November
    The Guardian (UK)
    Thursday, October 11, 2018

    Doctors in England, Wales and Scotland will be able to prescribe cannabis-derived medicine in less than a month, the home secretary has announced. Sajid Javid previously announced cannabis-derived medicinal products were to be placed in schedule 2 of the 2001 Misuse of Drugs Regulations, allowing clinicians to prescribe them. The home secretary confirmed the regulations would come into force on 1 November. The changes come after a series of high-profile cases involving children being denied access to cannabis oil to control epileptic seizures. The cases include those of Billy Caldwell, 12, and Alfie Dingley, six, who have forms of intractable epilepsy, also known as refractory epilepsy, that appear to be eased by the use of cannabis oil.

  • Pot companies failing at financial reporting, regulator says

    There are now more than 135 publicly traded cannabis companies in Canada, with a combined market value of more than $46 billion
    The Toronto Star (Canada)
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Cannabis companies are failing to adequately disclose even basic financial information to shareholders — from cost of production to fair value assessments, according to Canadian regulators. Of 70 companies reviewed, every single one fell short on disclosure requirements, often not providing enough information in their statements and management discussion for an investor to understand their financial performance, the Canadian Securities Administrators said. The CSA warning comes years after pot companies began listing on the country’s exchanges and just days before Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use on Oct. 17. Valuations of many pot companies have soared, though the stocks are often volatile. (See also: Why the weed stock boom is about to bust)

  • About six-in-ten Americans support marijuana legalization

    This November, voters across seven states will vote on a variety of statewide and local marijuana reform measures
    Pew Research Center (US)
    Monday, October 8, 2018

    About six-in-ten Americans (62%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year ago – when 61% favored it – but it is double what it was in 2000 (31%). As in the past, there are wide generational and partisan differences in views of marijuana legalization. Nearly seven-in-ten Democrats (69%) say marijuana use should be legal, as do 75% of independents who lean toward the Democratic Party. Republicans are divided, with 45% in favor of legalizing marijuana and 51% opposed.

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