Ignorance is not bliss for Harborside Health Center of Oakland, CA, who, in their pursuit of knowledge, have circumvented the Federal ban (under the Controlled Substances Act) on scientific research into the medical benefits of Cannabis that have stymied the reasoned refutation of the many arguments put forward in support of the continued illegality of the plants cultivation and use. Seeing that the frequency of scientific studies proving the medical benefits of Cannabis have been on the increase of late Harborside Health have initiated a study to help move the conversation away from the well-worn groove of hysterical demonisation and instead are seeking to leverage the direct experience of hundreds of thousands of patients to form a comprehensive set of data regarding their experience of using Cannabis for treating specific medical conditions and symptoms.
Less than two weeks before legislation goes live in the Netherlands to stop tourists from buying marijuana in the country, Dutch coffee shop owners have gone to court to attempt to block it.
The injunction filed today would stop marijuana clubs from becoming "members only" businesses only open to Dutch residents. The law is slated to hit the south of the country May 1, then the rest of the Netherlands January 1, 2013.
The Supreme Court in British Columbia ruled today that marijuana is just as legal in baked goods as it is dried and smoked.
Or rather, what's good for the bong is good for the brownie.
Though Health Canada's Marijuana Medical Access Regulations specifically call for "dried marihuana", Justice Robert Johnston deemed Friday that the distinction is unconstitutional.
Editor's Note: As a Redditor pointed out, this story is indeed four years old. But with the other stories around - in particular, the ACLU's cell phone tracking story - we think this is still terrifyingly relevant.
In recent years, Dubai has been the destination for many tourists seeking luxurious beaches, sky-scraping hotels and an up-and-coming club scene. A group called Fair Trials International, however, has pointed out a culture of harsh prison terms stemming from small quantities of drugs and over-the-counter-medicines.
Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has severe drug laws. British tourist Keith Brown learned that recently when he was given four years in Dubai prison for the possession of 0.003g of marijuana.