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Where is cannabis legal and which countries have the harshest penalties for using marijuana?


Where is cannabis legal and which countries have the harshest penalties for using marijuana? All you need to know

Prison time, hard labour and DEATH are among the most severe penalties

By: Sophie Roberts – The SUN UK – April 19, 2017

WHETHER or not cannabis should be legalised is a debate has raged on for decades.

With Weed Day fast approaching, there’s no doubt that protesters will continue to fight for the decriminalisation of the drug.

So are there any places that marijuana use is decriminalised and where can smoking a spliff lead to the death penalty?

Here’s everything you need to know about cannabis and the law…

Where is marijuana legal?

Even though the majority of nations have banned it, a significant number will not prosecute for the personal use of cannabis.

In Australia, Puerto Rico, Poland, Czech Republic, Canada, Croatia and Macedonia it is legal for medicinal purposes in some form, and in Turkey for the cultivation for the same purpose.

In Uruguay, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington in the US, Spain, Slovenia, Netherlands, Jamaica, Columbia and Chile it is legal or decriminalised in some form.

Where are the harshest marijuana laws in the world?

In Japan, the Cannabis Control Law can dish out a five year prison sentence for smoking a single joint… along with hard labour.

Similar sentences are dished out for possession in Malaysia and Indonesia.

While weed smokers in the Philippines aren’t immediately thrown in jail, if you’re caught with the drug you are sent to rehab for at least six months.

Repeat offenders can face a prison sentence for between six and twelve years.

If you thought these punishments were harsh, they’re nothing compared to the penalty given to those who deal the drug.

Those caught trafficking or selling marijuana (even in small quantities) can be sentenced to DEATH in the UAE, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

In 2012, an unnamed Brit, 21, faced capital punishment in Abu Dhabi for dealing 20g of the weed worth £262.

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Police find massive rain forest of cannabis in North London


Police find massive rain forest of cannabis in North London

By: Simon Robb – Metro.co.uk – April 10, 2017

Police have uncovered an ‘Amazon rain forest’ of cannabis plants on a busy high street in North

Beyond an entrance shielded by metal shutters, a room was found crammed with the sprouting plants that almost reached the ceiling.

Officers, who broke into the building, took pictures of the space that was kitted out with fans and overhead lighting.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the raid at an address in Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park on Friday.

Finsbury Park Police tweeted: ‘The more eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed we executed a drugs warrant yesterday, enlisting the help of our method of entry colleagues.

‘Inside the address we found #finsburypark’s own Amazon rainforest! It’s taken some time but now all of the drugs have been seized.’

A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Police in Islington executed a warrant at an address in Stroud Green Road, at 8:57am on Friday, 7 April.

‘A large quantity of suspected cannabis plants were found and seized.

‘A 39-year-old was arrested in connection with this incident. He has been released under investigation. Enquiries continue.’

Supply and production of the Class B drug is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

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Super-strong ‘Shatter’ cannabis hits the UK – and people are blowing themselves up


Super-strong ‘Shatter’ cannabis hits the UK – and people are blowing themselves up

BY: Rob Waugh – Metro.co.uk – April 3, 2017

As if skunk wasn’t already strong enough, people in Britain are now making super-powered ‘Shatter’ cannabis oil – and blowing themselves up.

Shatter’s also known as butane hash oil (BHO) – and users make it using large amounts of (highly flammable) butane gas.

At least two people have died and 27 people have been injured across the UK in explosions thought to be associated with the drug.

Shatter is made by using the solvent to strip THC – the active ingredient in cannabis – out of the plant, creating a glass-like or oily extract.

What is ‘Shatter’ – and how is it made?

Medical Marijuana.com says, ‘BHO is a waxy concentrated cannabis extract made by pushing liquid butane (which liquefies easily) through a tube packed with frosty buds.

‘A solution of cannabinoids, waxes, and oil dissolved in butane comes out the other end.

‘The butane/cannabis wax solution is evaporated, and the remaining BHO has a texture that varies from glass-like to oily.

‘BHO goes by many names. This is a result of the variety of textures that may occur from butane solvent extractions and the numerous post extraction treatments: honey, erl, hash oil, honeycomb, honey toast, wax, shatter, glass, whip, comb, ‘tane, the list goes on.

‘Most part-time tokers find BHO to be too strong to smoke recreationally or medicinally not me.’

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Cashing in on cannabis: how new freedoms began a green gold rush in the United States


Cashing in on cannabis: how new freedoms began a green gold rush in the United States

By: David Millword – Independent UK – April 1, 2017

Like many states, Illinois is in deep financial trouble. Looking at the latest audit,  its black hole has deepened to $9.6bn (£7.6bn) and, according to the state’s financial comptroller, the books are “abysmal”.

But there could be salvation at hand if it becomes the first state in the midwest to legalise and tax the recreational use of marijuana. Two Democrats in the state legislature have introduced a bill to change the law, arguing this could raise as much as $700m a year.

Should the bill go through, it would bring the number of states where recreational pot is legal up to nine. If you throw in Washington DC, then more than 80m Americans would be free to enjoy cannabis.

With Canada, which has a population of nearly 36m,  about to follow suit, the potential market for recreational pot users across north America is poised to crash through the 100m barrier.

Banking can be problematic, given that recreational pot is only legal in some states and the Securities and Exchange Commission has warned investors of “get rich quick” cannabis investment scams being touted around the country. Nevertheless, few would debate that cannabis is becoming one of North America’s fastest-growing industries and supporters argue that it will generate thousands of jobs across the country.

According to the website Marijuana Business Daily, cannabis-related companies are already employing more than 100,000 workers, including up to 27,000 involved in cultivation, 52,000 in dispensaries and 66,000 in ancillary industries.

Even some Britons have got involved in the green gold rush especially in the “Emerald Triangle”, the region north of San Francisco, where much of American cannabis is grown.

Known as “trimmigrants”, their expertise is in snipping the plant leaves to expose the highly valued buds rich in cannabis resin.

Even some Britons have got involved in the green gold rush especially in the “Emerald Triangle”, the region north of San Francisco, where much of American cannabis is grown. Known as “trimmigrants”, their expertise is in snipping the plant leaves to expose the highly valued buds rich in cannabis resin

The sales figures have been pretty staggering. Colorado, the first state to legalise recreational pot, is estimated to have generated more than $1bn in retail sales last year.

According to the latest projections, sales in California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts – states which legalised the adult use of marijuana in November – could top $6.5bn a year.

“Some analysts believe that by 2021 recreational and medical marijuana sales could hit $35bn in the US. That’s as big as the wine industry,” says Frank Lane, president of CFN Media, a company promoting and analysing the cannabis sector.

In Canada, estimates vary. David Brown, the editor of Lift News, which specialises in the industry, believes that recreational pot sales are on course to be worth as much as $6.5bn a year.

Other analysts are even more bullish. Russell Stanley of Echelon Wealth Partners has predicted annual sales of more than $8bn a year by the end of the decade.

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Cannabis infused candy floss edibles now exist and they need to come to the UK


Cannabis infused candy floss edibles now exist and they need to come to the UK

By: Miranda Larbi – Metro.co.uk – March 29, 2017

Proving that the West Coast has the best of everything, a San Diego-based company has just launched a load of cannabis-infused candy floss edibles.

B-Edibles have created cannabis-infused candy floss using 100mg vials of THC.

A far cry from the very chewy, badly baked hash brownies you spend most of your fresher year making, these bad boys are made with organic ingredients and come in a host of fancy flavours.

The flosses are made from ‘naturally gluten and allergen free, non-GMO organic sugar’ and are available in Rose, Watermelon, Lavender and Apple flavours.

While 100mg might be a bit on the strong side for novices, no doubt it’s going down a treat with the sweet-toothed weed-fiends of San Diego.

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Sir Patrick Stewart reveals he uses marijuana every day to help deal with debilitating arthritis symptoms


Sir Patrick Stewart reveals he uses marijuana every day to help deal with debilitating arthritis symptoms

By: Rebecca Lawrence – MailOnline – March 16, 2017

Patrick Stewart has revealed that he uses medical marijuana daily to help him deal with the symptoms of his arthritis.

The veteran actor, 76, made the admission as he threw his support behind a UK-first research initiative by Oxford University which aims to explore the benefits of cannabis-based medicines.

In a powerful statement, the X Men star explained that he uses an ointment, spray and edible marijuana medicine to help him with his condition.

He explained: ‘Two years ago, in Los Angeles, I was examined by a doctor and given a note which gave me legal permission to purchase, from a registered outlet, cannabis-based products, which I was advised might help the ortho-arthritis in both my hands.

‘This, it would seem, is a genetically-based condition. My mother had badly distorted and painful hands.

‘I purchased an ointment, spray and edibles. The ointment, while providing some relief from the discomfort, was too greasy to use during daytime and so I only use it at night.

‘It helps with sleep as the pain was reduced. The spray, however, is much more usable and I spray my fingers and particularly my thumb joints several times a day.’

Describing the process, Sir Patrick detailed: ‘The spray very quickly evaporates and leaves my hands quite dry, though with a slight burning or tingling sensation, which is not unpleasant.

‘I believe that the ointment and spray have significantly reduced the stiffness and pain in my hands.

‘I can make fists, which was not the case before I began this treatment.”

‘I have had no negative side effects from this treatment and the alternative would have been to continue taking NSAID’s, Advil, Aleve and Naproxen, which are known to be harsh on the liver and to cause acid reflux.

‘This is an important step forward for Britain in a field of research that has for too long been held back by prejudice, fear and ignorance. I believe this programme of research might result in benefits for people like myself as well as millions of others.’

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For the luck of the Irish: Medicinal cannabis programme may be in place by autumn


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A programme to allow patients with specific conditions access to medicinal cannabis could be in place by autumn, the Oireachtas health committee has been told.

The committee heard on Tuesday that the Department of Health was looking at setting up the access programme using statutory instruments rather than primary legislation. The department estimated that this would take six months.

Department of Health principal officer Eugene Lennon told the committee the current situation in relation to access to medicinal cannabis was “not ideal”.

He said setting up the proposed programme through legislation would take 18 months.

As the hearing took place, Cork mother Vera Twomey completed her walk to Dublin in support of access to cannabis-based medicine for her seven-year-old daughter Ava, who has a severe form of epilepsy.

Ms Twomey, who finished the 260km journey in a wheelchair after suffering a knee injury, was met by several hundred supporters outside the Dáil.

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has recommended access to medicinal cannabis under a monitored five-year programme for sufferers of severe epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.

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Irish Pain Society backs use of medical cannabis


By Joe Leogue  _ The Irish Examiner – March 1, 2017

A group representing medical specialists who treat patients with chronic pain disorders disagrees with the view of the Health Product Regulatory Authority, following its recommendation against the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain.

The Irish Pain Society’s stance comes in the wake of the publication of a HPRA report in which it recommended that if the Government approves access to cannabis-based treatments on compassionate grounds, this access should be limited to some patients with MS; some who may suffer nausea associated with chemotherapy; and others with specific forms of epilepsy.

“Overall, the Irish Pain Society considers the HPRA report to be a well-researched, well-written, and important contribution to the debate on medical cannabis and cannabinoids and the HPRA should be commended for preparing such a thorough report at relatively short notice,” said Prof David P Finn, president of the society.

“Controversially, however, the HPRA report recommended against the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain.

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Teenager arrested after cannabis and cash seized in Litherland


ByKate McMullin – Echo – Feb 27, 2017

The 17-year-old girl was questioned on suspicion of possessing cannabis and released pending further enquiries

The  teenage girl was arrested after cannabis and cash were seized at an address in Litherland.

Residents reported seeing police activity in Moss Lane on Saturday at around 7.15pm.

Several police vehicles including two mobile CCTV vans were at the scene throughout the evening

Officers could be seen going in and out of the side gate next to one property which had a broken front door reinforced with wooden boards.

 

Police said a 17-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis and has since been released pending further enquiries.

A police spokesman said: “The local Police Community Team have made a number of arrests in that area in recent weeks after listening to the concerns of local residents and will continue to take action on any information that is received.”

 

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Four of five Danes support legalising medical cannabis


By The Local – Feb 27, 2017
More than 80 percent of Danes are in favour of legalising the medical use of cannabis, a new survey has found, increasing the chance that a pilot scheme planned for next year will lead to an end to prohibition.
The survey by Analyse Denmark found that only five percent of people in Denmark opposed medical cannabis, with the remainder saying they did not have an opinion.
“It shows that the population understands that certain patient groups have specific problems that cannot be treated by ordinary medicine, but where medical cannabis can help,” Lasse Skovgaard, health policy manager at Denmark’s Multiple Sclerosis Society, told the Avisen newspaper.
“I’m not surprised that there is so much support,” added Mette Bryde Lind, chair of the Danish Arthritis Society. “We see many arthritis patients with chronic pain and a poor quality of life. They have tried several treatments but medical cannabis can help.”
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Pot heads break into police station and sneak off with cannabis plants


It is not clear how many marijuana plants were stolen but each fully grown one is worth up to £900.

Other items to have been pilfered from police premises include 13 pedal bikes worth £7,650, two iPhones, an iPad and a £150 pair of Nike trainers.

While one red-faced officer was forced to explain how their flat cap was stolen from their police car.

he embarrassing revelations came to light during a Freedom of Information request to Merseyside Police asking for all the recorded items stolen from their buildings, including stations, custody suites headquarters and command centres, and vehicles since January 2015.

A source said: “It’s usually cops who go round nicking people not being nicked from.

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Clever teenagers twice as likely to smoke cannabis, study finds


By Rachael Pells – The Independent  – Feb 23, 2017

Clever children are twice as likely to smoke cannabis during their teenage years due to their curious minds, a landmark study has revealed.

Students who are high academic achievers at the age of 11 are also more likely to drink alcohol as teenagers, but less likely to smoke tobacco cigarettes, a nine-year study by University College London found.

Analysing data for 6,059 young people from state-funded and fee-paying schools in England, experts deemed bright children less likely to smoke cigarettes as teenagers but more likely to smoke cannabis.

This is thought to be a result of middle-class parents being more likely to warn their children of the dangers of tobacco and smoking traditional cigarettes.

According to the study, published in the BMJ Open journal, clever children are more likely to smoke weed in their late teenage years – ages 18-20 – because they are more curious and have a stronger desire to be accepted by older peers.

Children are “initially cautious of illegal substances in early adolescence as they are more aware of the immediate and long-term repercussions that breaking the law may incur than those with lower academic ability”, researchers added.

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Six held as police find thousand of cannabis plants worth £1m in 80s nuclear bunker


Six people have been arrested after police discovered an “enormous” cannabis farm worth more than £1 million in an underground nuclear bunker.

Police carried out a midnight raid on RGHQ Chilmark, an underground bunker constructed in the 1980s in Wiltshire to house and protect government officials and dignitaries in the event of a nuclear attack.

The site is no longer owned by the Ministry of Defence but the bunker is still intact and the nuclear blast doors are in place.

Wiltshire Police attended the site after gathering intelligence.

A spokesman said officers knew the bunker was “almost completely impenetrable” so they waited outside for three people to leave.

The three men, aged 27, 30 and 45, from Somerset, were detained and officers used their keys to enter the bunker, where they found three more males, aged 15, 19 and 37, all of no fixed address, believed to be working as gardeners.

They discovered several thousand cannabis plants at various stages of growth.

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‘I COULDN’T WATCH HIM DIE’ Cannabis oil helps dad ‘fight off brain tumour’


A DAD-of-three has stunned doctors with his progress battling a brain tumour – and his family claim cannabis oil is what has helped him in his fight.

When she heard her dad’s brain tumour had returned, Amy Beaumont tried Googling a way to make him better.

Jason's family claim cannabis oil has helped him fight his brain tumour

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Jason’s family claim cannabis oil has helped him fight his brain tumour

Jason Kamara, from Linthorpe, North Yorkshire, was in need of a miracle having been told he had just weeks left to live.

It was then Amy started reading about cannabis oil.

Now, four weeks after his first dose, the 44-year-old has stunned doctors with his progress – and his family hopes the oil may have helped shrink his tumour.

University student, Amy, said: “The consultant told us there was no way he should have progressed as much as he has.

“We were told the cancer was never going to stop and to hear that is devastating.

“Considering what he was told, he should have passed away by now but he has now been booked in for another scan and best case scenario, we are hoping it may have shrank a bit.”

A scan in December revealed the dad-of-three’s tumour had returned five years after he initially beat it.

Amy, 24, said: “In January we were told it was terminal and that within three weeks he would die.

“But here he is, five weeks later, and he is still with us.”

His progress has also allowed him to share experiences with his family they feared he may have been too sick to try

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His progress has also allowed him to share experiences with his family they feared he may have been too sick to try

To hear he had cancer again was a crushing blow for fit Jason, who coaches football team Boro Rangers under-11s.

Amy added: “He was in hospital, bed bound and didn’t even recognize us.

“We were sitting there watching him fall apart, and I said I couldn’t watch my dad die so I started to Google anything that could help.

“I came across cannabis oil and I was just reading about it for hours and hours, all these stories about it curing people who had no other option.”

Amy, of Coverdale, Hemlington, said they bought the oil online legally, and claims that within weeks the improvements were visible.

She said: “Within a week his speech came back and he could walk again.

“At his worst, you could have chopped his hands off and he wouldn’t have felt a thing but now he is using them again.”

His progress has also allowed him to share experiences with his family they feared he may have been too sick to try.

On Saturday, beaming Jason attended Boro’s clash with Oxford at the Riverside.

And while he is currently in a hospice, the family are hoping he is on track to make a recovery.

Daughter Amy, pictured with mum Jane and sister Imogen, started Googling how to help her dad when his tumour came back

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Daughter Amy, pictured with mum Jane and sister Imogen, started Googling how to help her dad when his tumour came back

Cannabis is currently illegal in the UK, with possession punishable by prison.

The oil, which is available online for as little as £6 a bottle, was legalized in July 2015.

According to Amy, the oil works by “sparking the receptors” in the patient’s brain.

She claims: “The cancer cuts those off, but what the oil does is send an electrical spark to the receptors and they realise an alien – the cancer – is invading your body and your immune system hits back in and starts fighting the cancer.

“It makes the cancer cells die.”

The substance is often derived from low THC, which is the component in marijuana that can make you feel ‘stoned’, and instead utilises high CBD – which isn’t psychoactive – cannabis strains.

Basically, it means users don’t get ‘high’ like those who smoke the drug recreationally,

Amy added: “When you hear cannabis oil, cannabis has such a bad reputation people don’t think it could be medically acceptable.

“But you are not sitting there having a joint and getting high.

“My dad doesn’t get high – he literally does nothing.

“But the improvement has been brilliant.”

 

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Thousands of pounds worth of cannabis wash up on a British beach


By Keiligh Baker | February 17th, 2017

Look at all this seaweed!

  • Pictures show thousands of pounds worth of cannabis washed up on a beach
  • Haul was spotted by dog walker when carrier bags full of the plants came ashore
  • The Border Force crew said they did not think the cannabis had been imported

Thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants have been discovered washed up on a popular British beach. The haul was spotted by a dog walker who called police after several carrier bags full of the plants came ashore in the tide at Slapton Sands in Devon. Twelve members of the Coastguard Search and Rescue Team and four police officers attended the scene around 10.30am on Wednesday morning.

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The haul (pictured) was spotted by a dog walker who called police after several carrier bags full of the plants came ashore in the tide at Slapton Sands in Devon. Estimates say the cannabis discovered on Wednesday was worth ‘several thousand pounds.’

A Border Force craft was seen patrolling along the coastline as police and coastguard officers combed the beach looking for further plants. Buds were still attached and officers suspect that they were dumped in a hurry Around five full carrier bags were located around the centre of the beach.

One officer said he suspected that plants had been home grown and had been dumped on the outgoing tide, only to resurface when the tide came back in.

The Border Force crew said they did not think the cannabis had been imported.

The National Crime Agency said a number of holdalls were found at Hopton-on-Sea and a ‘small number of packages’ were discovered at Caister-on-Sea on Friday.  Both locations are near Great Yarmouth.

Matthew Rivers, from the NCA´s border investigation team, said: ‘We are now working with Border Force, the Coastguard Agency and Norfolk Police to try and establish how the bags ended up where they did; however, it is extremely unlikely that this was their intended destination.

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It comes a week after cocaine with a street value of £50m was discovered on a Norfolk beach

‘This is obviously a substantial seizure of class A drugs, and its loss will represent a major blow to the organized criminals involved.’

A member of the public had alerted Norfolk Police to the holdalls at Hopton-on-Sea, and the separate find at a location near Caister-on-Sea forms part of the NCA investigation.

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Geelong grow house raids net $1m in cannabis


By Erin Pearson –  Geelong Advertiser – Feb 4, 2017 

POLICE say they pulled $1 million worth of cannabis from grow houses in Geelong’s east on Friday.

More than a dozen homes have been raided in the past six months across Greater Geelong with investigators concerned the area is becoming a new grow house target.

Sergeant Shaun Drew said cannabis growers from Melbourne’s western suburbs were taking advantage of cheap rent in the Geelong areas to produce their crops.

On Friday, plain-clothed officers descended on Gemini Court in Whittington and Grafton St in St Albans Park where they allegedly found more than 500 cannabis plants.

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