This Week In Weed – 21 September 2018

South Africa legalises private use of cannabis South Africa’s Constitutional Court has approved the private use and cultivation of cannabis and told its Parliament to change the law within 24 months. In a unanimous ruling, judges declared as unconstitutional three sections of the Constitution that prohibited cannabis consumption, possession and cultivation. Selling and smoking cannabis – popularly known as “dagga” in South Africa – in public places remains illegal. South Africa joins a growing list of African countries embracing the legal use of marijuana. Last year, Lesotho became the first…

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Medical cannabis panel slammed for failing children

In a column for The Guardian, Tannine Clarry, whose four-year-old daughter Indie has Dravet syndrome, has hit out at the medical cannabis panel set up by the Home Office for failing children. After trying eight different prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that did not work, the family, from Suffolk, travelled to Holland to try medicinal cannabis and found that Indies seizures were “reduced significantly”. But budget constraints meant they had to return to the UK. They have now applied to the panel and are awaiting its verdict. But, as Tannine writes, “local…

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Student Slams Police Crime Commissioner Over ‘Anti-Social’ Cannabis Smell Claim

A cancer survivor has slammed the claims of a police crime commissioner that cannabis cannot be legalised because of its “anti-social smell”. Appearing on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, Jack Morgan, a 21-year-old student at Bristol University, said: “I don’t understand how a smell can be anti-social compared to the anti-social behaviour caused by alcohol. People drinking alcohol become aggressive, get into fights; people who have smoked cannabis are the opposite, they’re very relaxed, they don’t cause harm to anyone.” Devon & Cornwall Police Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez – an…

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UKCSC: A regulated cannabis market in the UK will keep children safer

UK Cannabis Social Club spokesperson Edouard Desforges appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show to make the case that the regulated framework proposed by UKCSC will help keep children safer by moving cannabis sales off of the street where sales can only be made if you have age ID. The debate was in response to six Police Crime Commissioners coming out in support of making cannabis social clubs legal, along with the release of new figures showing that there has been a rise in the number of prosecutions brought against…

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This Week In Weed – 16 September 2018

A Senate committee has rejected a proposed reform to legalise cannabis in Australia, despite the argument it would ease the burden on police and bring in $300 million extra in state revenue a year. Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm has proposed federal laws to legalise cannabis for recreational, medicinal, industrial and other purposes. Figures from the National Drug Strategy show one in 10 Australians over the age of 14 used it in 2016 and 35 per cent of Australians had indulged in their lifetime. However, the he committee said that…

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