Drugs

Reefer gladness as UN reclassifies cannabis as less dangerous drug

The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs has voted to remove cannabis from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs. The move follows the recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO) that research into its medical use is made easier. The commission, the governing body of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, voted by 27 to 25 on Wednesday to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, a global text governing drug controls. There was one abstention. The vote in Vienna followed a 2019 WHO recommendation that “cannabis and cannabis […]

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Vancouver City Council Has Voted To Decriminalize All Drugs

In an unprecedented move in Canadian history, on Wednesday the Vancouver city council voted to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of all illicit drugs. Once it is approved by the federal government, the motion will be the first of its kind in Canada, following in the recent footsteps of Oregon, the first US state to decriminalize small amounts of all drugs. The vote to decriminalize comes as a bid to ease B.C’s escalating overdose problem, made worse by the pandemic. In 2016, Vancouver declared the drug crisis a public health emergency and has lost over 6,000 people to overdoses […]

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Vancouver’s Decriminalization Plan From A Legal Perspective

Vancouver has made a big step forward in the possible decriminalization of drugs. Last week, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced the cities intention to seek leave from the federal government to approve a plan to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs within city limits.  Stewart described these types of offenses as a health issue, rather than a criminal justice issue.  He also talked about the stigma associated with substance misuse and the need to change our views on this behavior as an essential step in the fight against opioid overdoses.    If the plan receives federal approval, it will be the first jurisdiction […]

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CBD is not a narcotic, says EU court as it rules French ban is illegal

The cannabis-derived compound CBD is not a narcotic drug because “it does not appear to have any psychotropic effect or any harmful effect on human health”, the EU’s highest court has ruled. The decision by the court of justice of the European Union deals a severe blow to efforts by some EU countries to limit the sale of CBD, while simultaneously giving the CBD industry a boost. Many products are currently sold in the EU in a legal grey area. The ruling was made in relation to the prosecution in France of KanaVape, a company that exports CBD oil made […]

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Cannabis resin now 25% more potent, global study reveals

Cannabis resin – or “hash” – has increased in strength by nearly 25% over the past half century, a major international study has revealed. Researchers with the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath analysed data from more than 80,000 cannabis street samples tested in the past 50 years in the US, UK, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy and New Zealand. Their findings, published in the journal Addiction, reveal concentrations of THC – the intoxicating component of cannabis responsible for giving users a “high” – have changed over time. In herbal cannabis, THC concentrations increased by 14% between […]

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