Category Archives: National Marijuana Reform

Iran Cannabis culture

Admin; An informative and in depth look at the cannabis culture changes in Iran, a brief history and its blossom into the light. Marijuana in Iran is more of a “middle class drug”, and used recreationally. Since there are more dangerous drugs for cheap, there tends to be more abuse and addiction issues correlated with these other hard drugs. Marijuana is illegal, yet not as policed, due to the bigger issues revolving around abuse, and spreading of serious illnesses with the types of drug use that is prevalent in Iran.


Cannabis in Iran

The following is a piece for adopted from work by citizen journalists in Iran working under the pseudonyms Arezoo Moradi and Ziba Farkhondeh. See the original piece here.

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Cannabis has a picnic in the UK

Admin; Having a picnic is a great way to get in tough with other people and help spread the word.
Many people, even in the states do not understand the health benefits, and medicinal properties of Marijuana.

12 September 2014 Last updated at 08:15 ET

Cannabis picnic in Southsea criticised

The picnic on Saturday has been organised by Hampshire Cannabis Community.

The group, which believes the class B drug should be legalised, said many people were unaware it can be used for medicinal purposes.

Dr Janet Maxwell, director of public health for Portsmouth City Council, encouraged people not to go.

Police have warned they will not tolerate the use of illegal drugs at the event in Castle Field, Southsea.

But Simon Dignam, from Hampshire Cannabis Community said: “I can’t say people will or won’t smoke. If they do it’s not up to me to say no.”

The picnic will feature information stalls and speakers including MS-sufferer Clark French. He founded United Patients Alliance, which aims to advance legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use.

Cannabis Police have warned they will not tolerate the use of illegal drugs at the picnic in Castle Field

Dr Maxwell said: “We have to keep bringing home to people that the long term effects of this drug are really damaging.

“Anything that encourages [drug use] and plays to particularly vulnerable youngsters could be harmful.

“If people want to have a good time then there’s plenty of other ways to have a good time and have a party and enjoy themselves.

“We have some fantastic festivals in Portsmouth – music festivals, food festivals – and those are the sorts of things we would encourage rather than things that are promoting drug use.

“Steer well clear… we’ve got a wonderful city, with wonderful opportunities. It’s a fantastic place to live, a fantastic place to work and study, and I wouldn’t see this [event] as a place to go.”

In response, Mr Dignam said: “It’s part of their job. They’re going to say that. But I can’t see any harm in people turning up.

“I’ve heard there’s people with their kids coming and families. It’s going to be a peaceful and friendly event.”


New Zealand Regulates Marijuana

Regulatory Regime for Cannabis Announced

Thursday, 11 September 2014, 3:36 pm
Press Release: Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

Regulatory Regime for Cannabis Announced

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party announced its regulatory policy today, calling for a new Ministry of Cannabis.

The new regulatory authority would be established at a cost of $10 million according to ALCP’s shadow budget.

ALCP regulatory spokesman Dr Richard Goode said the Cannabis Ministry would issue licenses for the commercial cannabis trade and help with training programmes for those interested in the industry.

“Licensing the commercial production and sale of cannabis will allow conditions to be put in place such as an R18 age-limit and a tax regime,” he said.

“Home-grown cannabis and social dealing among friends will not require a license and will be tax-free. The medical marijuana industry will be offered tax-breaks so they only pay 50% of regular taxes. The hemp industry will pay regular taxes, while the commercial-recreational industry will pay excise duty on top of regular taxes.”

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National Marijuana Reform Continues To Gain Momentum

Admin; National Marijuana reform sets it pace alongside statewide success. Political figures from around the world unite for Marijuana Reform, and Decriminalization

Coalition Urges Nations to Decriminalize Drugs and Drug Use


A coalition of political figures from around the world, including Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, and several former European and Latin American presidents, is urging governments to decriminalize a variety of illegal drugs and set up regulated drug markets within their own countries. The proposal by the group, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, goes beyond its previous call to abandon the nearly half-century-old American-led war on drugs. As part of a report scheduled to be released on Tuesday, the group goes much further than its 2011 recommendation to legalize cannabis.

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all walks of life come together to end marijuana prohibition.

Groups Come Together to End Marijuana Prohibition, Increase Cannabis Research & Promote a Compassionate Health Care Response to Drug Use & Addiction

11 Sep 2014

Written by Press Release

COLORADO—(ENEWSPF)—September 10, 2014. Moms United to End the War on Drugs is bringing together a coalition of family members, health care professionals and criminal justice professionals to end cannabis prohibition that has been so destructive to our families and communities.

Moms, Cops, Nurses & Docs will be holding a panel discussion at the Sherman St. Event Center in Denver, Colorado (1770 Sherman St.) on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Exhibit Hall Stage at 12:30pm.  Speakers include: Mary Lynn Mathre from American Cannabis Nurses Association; Dr. Jeff Hergenrather from the Society of Cannabis Clinicians; Theresa Daniello, from Moms United to End the War on Drugs; and Leonard Frieling from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

In 1937 laws were put into place prohibiting the use of cannabis in the United States. In the past decade, over 6 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges. For several decades people who use drugs and people with addictive illness have been banished to the criminal justice system.

Nearly half of all prisoners in state prisons are locked up for a non-violent offense. Every year 750,000 people are arrested for marijuana, wasting law enforcement resources and throwing non-violent offenders into the criminal justice system. This is not just about lives interrupted, but lives destroyed. Incarceration can leave children without a parent in the home, and often leads to life-long exclusion from housing, employment and educational opportunities.

“For too many years people who use cannabis have been banished to the criminal justice system due to ignorance, fear, and stigma. More reforms are needed so that we can indeed live in a compassionate society where all human life is valued and basic human rights are protected.” – Gretchen Burns Bergman, Executive Director & Co-Founder of A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) & Lead Organizer of PATH’s national Moms United to End the War on Drugs campaign.

Marijuana prohibition has prevented valuable research in the United States to discover the most effective uses for medicinal marijuana. Many seriously ill people can’t access the medicine that works best to relieve pain and alleviate symptoms of serious medical conditions.

For a doctor, the first principle of the Hippocratic Oath is to “do no harm,” yet we’ve seen so much harm done to individuals and families due to misguided drug policies. The key role of a nurse is to act as a patient advocate, but current policies prevent a full range of therapeutic options.

Because the duty of law enforcement should be to “protect and serve,” many law enforcement professionals believe that adult drug use or abuse is a health issue and not a law-enforcement matter, provided it doesn’t harm other people.

The major role of mothers is to protect and nurture their offspring, yet we’ve stood by as our basic rights as mothers have been eroded because of overzealous policing policies that abandon core health issues.

Moms, Cops, Nurses & Docs stand together in demanding science-based, health-oriented strategies that reduce the harm of drug use and addiction, rather than fanning the flames of stigma and discrimination with a failed war on drugs. They are speaking out in a unified voice to replace punitive drug policies with compassion, science, education and tolerance.

“The addition of nurses, social workers and other health care professionals to this coalition demonstrates the rapidly growing support for drug policy reform, and how those on the front lines understand that prohibition doesn’t prevent drug use, it just makes its consequences so much worse.”  –  Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of police, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs.

Mothers from the Moms United to End the War on Drugs national campaign are taking a leading position to end the violence, mass arrests and incarceration that are the results of the war on drugs. They are building a movement to stop the stigmatization and criminalization of people who use drugs or who are addicted to drugs, because they have witnessed too many lives lost and liberties removed because of devastating and discriminatory drug policies.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is an international organization of criminal justice professionals who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies. Their mission is to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs, and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime and addiction by ending drug prohibition.

The health care community is also becoming more vocal in challenging systems that are so damaging to families. The mission of the American Cannabis Nurses Association is to advance excellence in cannabis nursing practice through advocacy, collaboration, education, research and policy development. The ACNA is proud to join moms, cops and docs in recognizing drug abuse/addiction as a health problem and cannabis may be a therapeutic option.

The Society of Cannabis Clinicians / American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine is an educational and scientific society of qualified physicians and allied health professionals dedicated to physician education, supporting good practice standards for doctors recommending cannabis, carrying out high quality medical cannabis research, and promoting lab tested whole plant medicine. SCC/AACM is standing with Moms United, LEAP & ACNA in calling for an end to cannabis prohibition, which directly prevents medical professionals from researching and providing cannabis medicine to sick patients who would benefit, many of whom are young children and elders.

The tide is turning. We are seeing many marijuana reform efforts across the country.  Twenty three states and the District of Columbia have laws that legalize the use of medical marijuana, and in 2012 Colorado and Washington State voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. President Obama has stated that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, and his administration appears to be allowing Colorado and Washington State to regulate marijuana responsibly.

More reforms are needed so that we can indeed live in a compassionate society, where all human life is valued and basic human rights are protected.  “Moms, Cops, Nurses & Docs” are united in demanding an end to prohibition of marijuana and the war on drugs.

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