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on December 11, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe

Brit jailed in Dubai after cannabis traces found in blood says he smoked drug in UK

Connor Clements, 24, moved earlier this year and was arrested after work medical tests. A British man who has been sentenced to two years in a Dubai prison after cannabis was found in his bloodstream claims he smoked the drug in the UK before travelling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Connor Clements, 24, left his home in Liverpool to start work as a waiter in the Gulf state earlier this year. He was arrested after medical tests at his new job revealed traces of cannabis in his bloodstream. During a court hearing which Clements claims lasted “less than...

Connor Clements, 24, moved earlier this year and was arrested after work medical tests. A British man who has been sentenced to two years in a Dubai prison after cannabis was found in his bloodstream claims he smoked the...

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on December 11, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe

Royal College of GPs Gives Huge Boost To Campaign For Medicinal Cannabis.

  Royal College of GPs Gives Huge Boost To Campaign For Medicinal Cannabis. The Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has approved a proposal from CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform to publish guidance on the use of cannabis for specified medical conditions. This flies in the face of continued government intransigence on the subject but recognises that there is a huge wave of reform rolling out across the world and that up to one million people in the UK are already using cannabis for medical purposes. The initiative has been led by Professor Mike Barnes who is...

  Royal College of GPs Gives Huge Boost To Campaign For Medicinal Cannabis. The Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has approved a proposal from CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform to publish guidance on the use of...

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on December 11, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe

A Swiss Startup Is Pumping Out Legal Hashish

It looks, tastes and feels like the illegal stuff. KannaSwiss is pumping out bricks of legal hash and pot products that are potent but legal in a growing number of countries. Switzerland is the birthplace of the modern pharmaceutical sector, which was spawned from the country’s dye and chemical makers. Drug-making giants Roche and Novartis call the Alpine nation home. Now a Swiss startup is blazing a fresh path by bringing a different kind of drug to market: legal hash and marijuana products.  KannaSwiss, a company founded in 2014, is already producing marijuana that meets Switzerland’s legal standard containing...

It looks, tastes and feels like the illegal stuff. KannaSwiss is pumping out bricks of legal hash and pot products that are potent but legal in a growing number of countries. Switzerland is the birthplace of the modern pharmaceutical...

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on December 7, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe

Greece thinks legal medical marijuana is going to save its economy

After years of turmoil, Greece may finally be on the way to finding itself on a financially promising path. In the early-to-mid ‘00s, before the debt crisis, Greece had one of the European Union’s fastest-growing economies. But the Great Recession tipped a precarious tower of circumstances that had been piling up for years. To rejuvenate itself after the collapse of the mid-20th-century junta regime, Greece implemented decades of policies developing social services and the military. Not only did this put the country second highest in defense spending relative to GDP across NATO countries, but it also meant that more money...

After years of turmoil, Greece may finally be on the way to finding itself on a financially promising path. In the early-to-mid ‘00s, before the debt crisis, Greece had one of the European Union’s fastest-growing economies. But the Great...

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on December 3, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

Homegrown Marijuana Takes Hit In Swedish High Court

Homegrown marijuana takes hit in Swedish high court, but not all hope is lost for Sweden’s medical marijuana users. Will the country revise its laws? By Bill Weinberg  The trial of a paralyzed man who was prosecuted by Swedish authorities for self-medicating with cannabis recently sparked debate over the right to cultivate medicinal herb in the Scandinavian nation. Now Sweden’s Supreme Court has just ruled against the defendant, dealing a blow to the right to self-medicate.  Andreas Thörn, 39, who broke his neck in a motorcycle accident in 1994, used cannabis for relief from neuropathic pain, as well as for anxiety and depression....

Homegrown marijuana takes hit in Swedish high court, but not all hope is lost for Sweden’s medical marijuana users. Will the country revise its laws? By Bill Weinberg  The trial of a paralyzed man who was prosecuted by Swedish authorities...

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on December 3, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

In Italy, the army provides medical marijuana. And some say that’s a problem.

MILAN — In Italy, as in most of western Europe, medical cannabis is legal. What sets the country apart is that cultivation of the plant is a de facto army monopoly. The only place cannabis can be legally grown here is at a heavily guarded military facility in Florence where, this year, two greenhouses produced a yield of about 220 pounds. “We do everything in-house,” said the facility’s director, Col. Antonio Medica. “We grow the plants, harvest them, dry and grind the leaves, sanitize the final product with gamma rays, then ship it to pharmacies and hospitals.” Now the army’s involvement in...

MILAN — In Italy, as in most of western Europe, medical cannabis is legal. What sets the country apart is that cultivation of the plant is a de facto army monopoly. The only place cannabis can be legally grown here...

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on December 1, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

Dr David Potter. The Biology And Benefits Of Cannabis

Dr David Potter is Director of Botanical Research and Cultivation at GW Pharmaceuticals. Yesterday, 1st May 2014, he delivered a lecture at the Society of Biology in central London. Dr Potter was GW Pharma’s first ever employee. He is almost certainly the most experienced legitimate cannabis grower in the world. The overriding impression I took away from his talk was of his enthusiasm for the cannabis plant and its medicinal properties. It goes further than that though. It’s a reverence, almost a belief, certainly a passion and identical to the same messianic fervour that I have seen in so...

Dr David Potter is Director of Botanical Research and Cultivation at GW Pharmaceuticals. Yesterday, 1st May 2014, he delivered a lecture at the Society of Biology in central London. Dr Potter was GW Pharma’s first ever employee. He is...

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on December 1, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

Cannabis Activists Force Debate, Crash Bundestag Server

By Michael Knodt For the first time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Hemp Association (DHV) has reached the required quorum of 50,000 signatures for an official petition for cannabis legalization, forcing the German Bundestag to debate the matter. Last week, a delegation of the DHV submitted 46,507 signatures on paper lists to the Chairwoman of the Petitions Committee of the German Bundestag, Kersten Steinke, to add to the 31,816 online-signatures submitted prior to Nov. 21, for a total of 78,323 signatures. It is still unclear whether the number of signatures breached the 80,000...

By Michael Knodt For the first time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Hemp Association (DHV) has reached the required quorum of 50,000 signatures for an official petition for cannabis legalization, forcing the German...

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on November 27, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe

UK Politician Calls on the Country to Legalize Marijuana and Admits to Making Cannabis Tea

By Joseph Misulonas We tend to think that Europeans are much more enlightened about issues such as marijuana. But most countries continue to keep marijuana illegal. But now one member of the United Kingdom‘s parliament is calling for that to change. Paul Flynn is an 82-year-old member of the House of Commons. In October, he introduced a bill to legalize marijuana in the United Kingdom. He also gave a fiery speech accusing the government of “culpable cowardice” and saying that because of the country’s drug laws “countless people have died or suffered.” Flynn also admitted to making cannabis tea on...

By Joseph Misulonas We tend to think that Europeans are much more enlightened about issues such as marijuana. But most countries continue to keep marijuana illegal. But now one member of the United Kingdom‘s parliament is calling for that...

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on November 26, 2017 in Cannabis News Europe Featured

Medical cannabis cultivation: could Germany be the next Canada or Netherlands?

After the legalization of medical marijuana in Germany in March, patients have been met with high prices, supply shortages and persistent taboos. Could domestic growing possibilities help? After years of chronic back pain stemming from a severe motorcycle crash, Günter Weiglein received special permission from the German government to buy medical marijuana in 2009. The cannabis, inhaled through a vaporizer, eliminated his need for additional, chemically harsher painkillers. But finding pharmacy costs as a private patient too expensive, he further lobbied his case, and in 2014 was allowed to harvest his own supply in a one-metre tent outside his...

After the legalization of medical marijuana in Germany in March, patients have been met with high prices, supply shortages and persistent taboos. Could domestic growing possibilities help? After years of chronic back pain stemming from a severe motorcycle crash,...

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