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Holy cow, what a week for weed! We’ve got whiffs of legalisation emanating from...
December 12, 2022
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Holy cow, what a week for weed! We’ve got whiffs of legalisation emanating from seemingly every corner of the world, and big political pissing contests loosely built around the criminalisation of cannabis.
Did you catch all the stories last week? If you didn’t, don’t worry, we got you. Here’s the cannabis news roundup that you can digest quicker than an (infused) wafer-thin mint.
Ler’s get up to speed with the goings on and general newsworthy shenanigans from the sector.
“Kush rolled, glass full. I prefer the better things!”
The big news this past week is, of course, the release of WNBA player, Brittney Griner, who was arrested back in February, at Moscow’s Sheremetyavo airport, for possession of less than a gram of hash oil.
Griner, who was sentenced to nine years, was released as part of a prisoner exchange between Russia and the US; which saw one Viktor Bout – an arms dealer imprisoned in 2008 for conspiring to sell weapons to a terrorist group – returned to his home nation.
Political gesticulating aside (not to mention the disparity between the two crimes), while Griner’s freedom is deemed a coup for the international cannabis cause, will it embolden the push for US domestic prisoners to be freed as well?
If we want a world where cannabis is embraced in full, we need to include people. More importantly, we need to find ways to include people in a way they can enjoy it. This guide takes you through some tips for parents trying weed. Use at your own risk, of course(!).
The Colombians really are on a roll right now. The Colombian Senate has now approved the marijuana legalisation bill, winning by a staggering 56-3, and now continues its strong march toward constitutional change.
The Swiss tell it like it is, and their Federal Commission on Issues Related to Addiction and the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (CFANT) (very catchy name) expressed its support for the legalisation of cannabis in a press release from the Swiss Federal Council saying that “The current cannabis policy is unsuitable”. Good on ‘em.
German medical cannabis patients will now be able to secure their medicine through a new online marketplace set up by Breezy Brands GmbH. It’s the first of its kind in Germany and will improve patient access to cannabis – cracking work.
The economic arguments for making a legal cannabis market are abundant. A great example from this past week was in Australia where it is estimated that decriminalising cannabis could save taxpayers $850 million. Decent.
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