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The countries that think it’s OK to use cannabis

Image copyright Getty Images Around the world attitudes towards the use of cannabis are shifting. Mexico’s new government plans to legalise recreational cannabis use, as does the incoming government of Luxembourg. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s leaders are considering a referendum on what their approach should be. As public opinion – and that of governments – changes, it seems increasingly likely that other countries will follow, raising questions about how they work together to manage the use and supply of cannabis. What has led one country after another to move towards a…

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Lawrence murder suspect pleads guilty to cannabis charge

Image copyright Julia Quenzler A suspect in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 has pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply “huge quantities” of cannabis resin. Jamie Acourt, 42, had previously denied the change but changed his plea on the second day of his trial at Kingston Crown Court. Acourt, originally from Eltham, south-east London, was extradited from Spain where he was living until his arrest in May. He is due to be sentenced on Friday. Mr Acourt was never convicted of the attack on Stephen Lawrence in 1993…

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Medical cannabis products available on prescription

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Charlotte Caldwell previously said the law change would mean her son, Billy, would be able to live a “normal life” Medicinal cannabis products can now be legally prescribed to some patients across the UK for the first time. The treatments can be prescribed only by specialist doctors in a limited number of circumstances where other medicines have failed. The decision to relax the rules on the treatments followed an outcry over two boys with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil. But one charity…

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News Daily: Organised crime threat ‘greater than terror’, and cannabis on prescription

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here Scale of organised crime revealed Image copyright PA The threat posed by serious and organised crime is far greater than terrorism, according to a new government assessment. It says more people are affected, harmed or killed by criminal gangs than by all the other national security risks combined. The crimes committed by about 4,600 groups include child abuse, trafficking, drug dealing and cyber crime, and it’s estimated to cost the UK £37bn a year, the National Crime Agency…

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Alfie Dingley ‘amazingly well’ after cannabis treatment

Image copyright PA Image caption Alfie’s mother, Hannah Deacon, said she believes he will need to use cannabis oil for the rest of his life A seven-year-old boy who was at the heart of a public outcry over medicinal cannabis legalisation is doing “amazingly well”, his mother has said. Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth, was granted a special licence in June to use medicinal cannabis oil. He has a rare form of epilepsy that causes up to 150 seizures a month but his mother, Hannah Deacon, said he has not had…

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Cannabis in coffee: ‘Just like having a shot of syrup’

A coffee shop with a twist has opened on a busy Swansea street. Bogarts CBD Coffee House is one of a growing number of businesses selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabis plant extract which many believe can help with a variety of conditions from anxiety and depression to arthritis and fibromyalgia. But officially there is no proven medical benefit. Source link

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Cannabis in Canada: How it went down on Legalisation Day

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The queue outside a cannabis store in Canada Across the country, Canadians queued for the chance to buy recreational cannabis legally for the first time. The end of prohibition on Wednesday was marked by parties, park hangouts and non-stop media coverage. But some worried that legalisation would increase use, especially amongst youth, and create new safety problems. The shift in policy was a watershed moment for the country, which is now one of only two nations in the world where marijuana is legal. The…

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News Daily: Canada legalises cannabis, and low hopes as Brexit summit starts

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright Gareth Fuller/PA Wire Canada legalises cannabis use Canada has legalised the possession and use of recreational cannabis, but there are doubts about whether it’s prepared. It becomes only the second country – after Uruguay – to make the move. A nationwide market selling the drug has opened, with 15 million households being sent an explanation of the changes. Until legal stores are more widely available, some unlicensed cannabis retailers, which have increased in recent years, may stay…

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

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf flies alongside Parliament Hill in Canada Canada 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…

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Canada cannabis legalisation: ‘We know the world is watching’

Image copyright NurPhoto For many Canadians, the idea of legal cannabis once seemed a pipe dream. But from 17 October, Canada will become the first G7 country to give recreational cannabis the green light. It’s following a trail first blazed by Uruguay in 2013. “It’s becoming a serious industry,” says one entrepreneur. Supporters say legalisation will bring new medical advances and help stamp out drug-related crime. But some critics argue that long-term use can harm people’s health. Others worry about how it will be policed. So who are some of…

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