Politics

United Nations Votes To Reclassify Cannabis In Historic Decision

2020 continues to get better for the cannabis industry. On Wednesday, a United Nations committee voted to reclassify cannabis in a historic decision. The committee was presented with scientific data courtesy of the World Health Organization (WHO), to invalidate decades of misinformation. Cannabis for medical purposes will be removed from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, meaning it will no longer be displayed alongside highly addictive opioids such as heroin. To put the change into perspective, the UN previously convened in 1961 and subsequently 1972 to address cannabis, amongst other substances. Recognizing that addiction to narcotic […]

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America’s Longest-Serving Cannabis Prisoner Richard DeLisi To Be Released

After 32 years behind bars, America’s longest-serving non-violent cannabis prisoner Richard DeLisi will be able to spend the holidays with his family once again, thanks to the Last Prisoner Project and its dedicated legal team. “We participated in decarcerating someone who couldn’t deserve it more.” – Chiara Juster, Lead Attorney on Delisi’s case. Incarcerated at the age of 40 in 1988, Richard DeLisi began his 90-year prison sentence for marijuana trafficking on December 5th, 1989 in Florida’s South Bay Correctional Facility. Now 71, his December 2020 release comes 18 months ahead of schedule, after years of legal battles fought by […]

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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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Mexico one step away from becoming world’s largest legal weed market

Last Thursday, Mexico’s Senate approved a landmark cannabis legalization bill, another big move towards the country’s legalization of marijuana. The vote was a landslide, with senators voting 82 votes to 18 and seven abstentions, but it still needs to pass through the lower house of Congress for final approval. If the initiative passes, it will mark the opening of the world’s largest legal weed market as well as a revolution in the country’s notoriously corrupt drug trade. The new bill aims to “contribute to the reduction of crime linked to drug trafficking” and “improve living conditions,” according to its text. Adults […]

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WATCH LIVE – Vancouver City Council votes on drug decriminalization today

At 9:30 a.m. today, Mayor Kennedy Stewart will be proposing a groundbreaking motion to the Vancouver City Council and a formal vote will ensue. Announced last Wednesday, Nov. 18th, the Mayor is hoping to make Vancouver the first Canadian city to decriminalize drug possession. This is said to be a response to the opiate crisis, not a magic solution; it’s about approaching from a harm reduction standpoint, reducing stigma, and treating addiction as a health issue. In August 2016, officials in BC declared the opiate epidemic to be a public health emergency but overdose rates continue to rise.  Mayor Steward […]

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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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Vancouver Mayor proposes motion to decriminalize all drugs

Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart made an announcement today, proposing the decriminalization of all drugs. The mayor announced his intention to propose this motion to the City Council at next Tuesday’s meeting. If the motion is passed, the city will seek a Section 56 Exemption from the federal controlled drugs and Substances Act; making Vancouver the first Canadian city to decriminalize illicit substances.  Why now?  “Personal possession and use of drugs is not a criminal justice issue,” Stewart said. “It’s a health issue.” In 2008, the opiate crisis took off as overdose rates began to rise. In 2016, the opiate crisis […]

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NJ Passes Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana, Ease Penalty For Mushrooms

On Thursday, the New Jersey state legislature amended a bill that will decriminalize possessing up to six ounces of marijuana, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. In a surprise addition, magic mushrooms were also included in this bill to decriminalize marijuana, downgrading the penalty from a third-degree felony to a disorderly conduct offence for possession of up to an ounce. It was the first time a marijuana decriminalization bill was passed by a ballot measure. The bill, S 2535, follows last week’s legalization of recreational marijuana in New Jersey and three other states. Voters approved ending prohibition of the drug in a constitutional […]

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