Switzerland eases punishment for possession of cannabisby Letizia Orlandi - 2013.10.02
From October 1, an adult caught smoking cannabis in Switzerland can escape formal legal proceedings by simply paying a fine. Like a simple traffic offence, anyone over 18 caught in possession of up to ten grams of cannabis will receive a CHF 100 (€ 80) fine and not have it put on their criminal record. The change brings Switzerland in line with other European countries that tolerate dope smoking in small amounts. Up to 500,000 people in Switzerland, which has a population of eight million, are believed to be occasional cannabis smokers, with officials noting a downward trend over the past decade.
Cannabis is the most popular drug in Italy
Cannabis still represents the number one illegal drug of choice among Italians. This is due to Italy’s role as significant importer from other countries that grow it, but also to its internal production. Of note is the fact that cannabinoids make up 90% of all drugs confiscated in Italy. Despite Read More.
The role of cannabis in treating MS symptoms
People with multiple sclerosis in the UK should be allowed to use cannabis legally in order to relieve their “relentless and exhausting” symptoms. According to the MS Society 1 in 10 sufferers of the condition whose pain and spasticity cannot be treated by medication available on the NHS should be Read More.
Historic sentence on domestic cultivation of cannabis
In Italy, cultivation of marijuana at home is not a crime, as long as it done according to “domestic” methods. And, not, on the other hand “according to methods of formal agricultural cultivation”. Such is the language in a recent sentence pronounced by the Court of Cassation, who decided to absolve Read More.
In Uruguay cannabis is being sold in pharmacies
Uruguay’s government has given the green light for the sale in pharmacies of cannabis for recreational use. For now, 16 pharmacies have signed up for being able to sell it. But, the number is expected to rise to at least 30 in the next months. Since 2013, this South American Read More.
A yes for Cannabis, Chamber of Deputies gives the go ahead
The Italian Chamber of Deputies has given the go-ahead for the signatures collected for the popular law for the legalization of cannabis in Italy. The President Laura Boldrini has informed the Luca Coscioni Association and the Italian Radicals that the certificates delivered in the election on 11 November last year Read More.
In Nevada marijuana is victim of its own success
Boom in marijuana sales in Nevada only one week from the law being in force, after legalization was voted in November. In fact, only since July 1st has marijuana been sold for recreational use. A regulation that created a literal invasion of dispensaries, that generated revenues totaling about $3 million. With Read More.