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UK: Members of Parliament Suggest Pot Use Is a Human Right

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

It is a basic human right for cannabis enthusiasts to consume the herb without any interference from the law, says a new report from the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform. 

In an official publication of Parliament entitled “Guidance on Drug Policy: Interpreting the UN Drug Conventions,” the group argues that the drug war has been a complete failure and that there needs to be some significant changes made, including the legalization of a test cannabis market, in order to develop drug policies rooted in human rights as opposed the current “blanket prohibition” model.

Citing the success of Portugal’s decriminalization efforts, the report goes on to explain that individuals who use marijuana — even hard drugs — should not be criminalized as long as their lifestyle choice does not bring harm to others in the community. This is an argument, the group suggests, that is supported by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

According to the parliamentarians, “For European countries the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular Article 8, could be invoked in support of the argument that possession or purchase or cultivation of drugs for personal use, particularly in small quantities, do not injure other people's rights either directly or indirectly and therefore should not be criminalised.” 

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Category: Tokers | Posted on Wed, August, 19th 2015 by THCFinder


The next 11 states to legalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, August, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

Marijuana prohibition is entering its 78th year. Colorado's marijuana law went into effect at the beginning of last year in the wake of changing attitudes. Compared to 1969, when only 12% supported legalizing pot, today a majority of Americans support legalizing recreational use of the drug.

It is legal to purchase marijuana in four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — as well as in the District of Columbia. Prior to the legalization, all of these states had already reduced the penalties for possession and use of small amounts of the drug or introduced policies permitting medical marijuana use. To identify the states most likely to legalize marijuana next, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 11 states where by law residents in possession of small amounts of the drug are not punishable by jail time, and medical marijuana use is permitted.

A large share of U.S. states, including all 11 on this list, have decriminalized marijuana at some point. The widely-referenced, but confusing term actually means a different thing depending on where it is being used. Not to be confused with legalization, states that have decriminalized marijuana have in some way reduced the penalties for for those caught with the substance. In most cases, this means the state will no longer prosecute or jail those caught with small amounts of the drug for personal use. In some cases, getting caught with a few grams of marijuana is as serious as a traffic infraction.

Other states that have decriminalized, however, still have relatively harsh penalties for possession. In Nevada, for example, the state no longer can assign jail time for those caught with a small amount of the drug, but violators can still be arrested, fined heavily, and charged with a misdemeanor.

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Colombia Supreme Court: Cultivating Up To 20 Marijuana Plants Is Not A Crime

Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

growing marijuanaThe decriminalization of marijuana possession in Colombia occurred awhile ago. Colombia is among a growing number of countries that have decriminalized personal marijuana possession and use. However, cultivation has been a different story. There are a lot of parts of the world that allow consumption and personal possession, but still consider cultivation a crime. Recently the Supreme Court in Colombia ruled that cultivation of up to 20 plants is not a crime. Per Colombia Reports:

Colombia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that growing up to 20 plants of marijuana is not a crime. The possession of small amounts of the drug had already been decriminalized.

The court ruled on the private cultivation of marijuana in an appeal filed by a man who had been sentenced to more than five years in prison after he had been caught by police with a recently cut plant weighing 124 grams.

The maximum amount of marijuana that can legally be carried is 20 grams in Colombia.

However, because the plant was meant for personal consumption, the court confirmed that there is no crime unless a person cultivates more than 20 plants.

The court ruling further decriminalizes the cultivation and possession of the drug for personal use. 

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