Aug 212014
 August 21, 2014
Jackie Chan's Son Could Face Execution For Marijuana Possession

No one should be fined for marijuana. No one should be arrested for marijuana, and under no circumstances should anyone ever, ever be executed for marijuana. Sentencing someone to death for marijuana is wrong on so many levels that I can’t fit them all into one article. However, that may happen in China, where Jackie Chan’s son is looking at marijuana possession charges, the penalty of which could be death. Per Kotaku: Chinese actor and singer Jaycee Chan was arrested for marijuana consumption and possession in Beijing Monday. The son [...]

Aug 172014
 August 17, 2014
Barcelona Closes One Third Of Its Cannabis Clubs

I have had many friends visit Barcelona, Spain, and they always comment on how marijuana friendly it is. The marijuana is top quality, affordable, and isn’t hard to find from what people tell me. I have never been there before, but I plan on making a trip there someday. Barcelona has had a growing reputation as a top marijuana tourism destination in Europe. It sounds like that reputation isn’t sitting well with government officials. Per Forbes: After conducting inspections of 145 of the fast-growing cannabis clubs, city officials announced “deficiencies” [...]

Aug 122014
 August 12, 2014
Sensi Seeds - Sign The 'Weed Like To Talk' Petition

The Sensi Seed company is iconic in the marijuana world. They fight hard for reform, embrace marijuana culture in a way that few companies do, and have some of the highest quality genetics that I have ever seen. If you don’t follow them on Twitter yet, I highly encourage you to give them a follow. They sent out a tweet recently about a petition that has been started in Europe, see below: Sensi Seeds would like to highlight a petition that could put the European cannabis legislation on the agenda [...]

Aug 012014
 August 1, 2014
Protect Children: End The Drug War

A diverse coalition of more than 80 civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations are joined by notable figures such as Michelle Alexander in calling for an end to the war on drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and here in the United States. The supporters of the letter – which include the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Center for Constitutional Rights, Institute of the Black World, Presente.org, Students for Liberty, United We Dream, William C. Velasquez Institute, and [...]

Jul 262014
 July 26, 2014
Most Canadians Want Marijuana Law Reform According To Poll

Canada’s Department of Justice conducted a poll to gauge how much support there is in Canada for marijuana reform. The poll was kept secret for months until the media outlet The Star was able to obtain a copy of the results. What did the poll find? Per The Star:  The poll, kept secret by the Conservatives for months, found 70 per cent of respondents believe pot laws should be loosened. Of the 3,000 respondents, 37.3 per cent said the government should legalize marijuana, while 33.4 per cent said the possession of [...]

Jul 252014
 July 25, 2014
Senators In Chile Want To Legalize Marijuana

This week the President of the Chilean Senate, Isabelle Allende Bussi, introduced a motion to change Chile’s marijuana laws to allow personal possession, cultivation, and use of marijuana. Other Chilean Senators that support the motion are Fulvio Rossi, Alfonso de Urresti, Carlos Montes, and Juan Palbo Letelier. The Senators in Chile are among a growing group of lawmakers worldwide that want to end failed marijuana prohibition policies and take a new approach to marijuana laws. Per Southern Pacific Review: Senator Allende said that it was fundamental to move forward on [...]

Jul 222014
 July 22, 2014
World Health Organization Calls For Drug Decriminalization

In a report published earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) made a clear call for broad drug policy reforms, including decriminalization of drug use, harm reduction practices such as syringe exchange and opioid substitution therapy, and a ban on compulsory treatment for people who use drugs. This report by the United Nations’ leading health agency focuses on best practices to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV among key populations. “It’s good to see the WHO come out so strongly for decriminalizing drugs and rejecting compulsory treatment for people who use drugs,’ [...]

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
Marijuana Prohibition Enforcement Continues In Czech Republic Despite Reform

Five years ago the Czech Republic reformed its marijuana laws. Possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana and cultivation of up to five plants is no longer a prosecutable offense. Instead, if those limits are not exceeded the penalty is a fine. There was speculation that these reforms would make Prague the ‘new Amsterdam’ of Europe. While Prague is definitely a cannabis friendly destination, it is still not the free-for-all that some expected. Law enforcement in the Czech Republic seems willing to turn a blind eye to small possession [...]

Jul 202014
 July 20, 2014
U.S. Drug Policy And The Border Child Immigration Crisis

By Phillip Smith The mass migration of tens of thousands of children and adolescents from Central America festered for months before exploding into a full-blown border refugee/immigration crisis in the last few weeks, as images of hundreds of children warehoused in temporary holding facilities competed with equally compelling images of crowds of angry Americans loudly protesting their presence. The finger-pointing is in full swing. Much of it centers on the need to “secure the border” and the Obama administration’s alleged failure to do so. Other Republican critics blame the administration’s [...]

Jul 122014
 July 12, 2014
New Zealand Poll Shows Majority Support For Marijuana Reform

A poll was recently conducted by Herald-DigiPoll which asked residents of New Zealand if they supported cannabis reform, or wanted to keep cannabis illegal. Currently cannabis possession in New Zealand is a crime and carries a fine of $500 or three months in jail or both. A majority of poll participants stated that they wanted cannabis laws to be reformed to either legalize cannabis, or decriminalize it. About one third of poll participants stated that they want cannabis to be decriminalized. About one fifth stated that they wanted cannabis to [...]