5 Countries Rethinking Their Policies on Pot Prohibition
The United States isn’t the only country rethinking its policies on pot prohibition.
1 – Costa Rica
A bill to legalize both medical marijuana and industrial hemp in this Central American republic has been gaining momentum over the last two years, and it appears to have legs: The bill now has the support of key officials in Costa Rica’s public-health system. If the law is enacted, the Department of Health would oversee a regulatory body charged with issuing licenses to cultivators and distributors of both cannabis and all-purpose hemp.
2 – Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a campaign promise to decriminalize recreational cannabis in Canada, though last 4/20 his administration tabled the issue until later this year. In December, Trudeau’s government announced that it would study a federal task force’s recommendation for legalizing possession of up to an ounce of pot by adults 18 and older and allowing cannabis sales through licensed dispensaries. Canada set up a regulated medical marijuana system back in 2001.
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Britain has some of the strictest prohibitions on cannabis of any English-speaking country. Somehow, America’s special friend has figured out a way to be more draconian on pot than the United States.
Medical marijuana is a distant dream—research is overseen and approved by the Home Office, the law-and-order arm of the British government, not by public-health officials—and legal cannabinoid-derived pharmaceuticals can be prescribed only at the doctor’s own risk. If you want to access legal marijuana in the United Kingdom, you must be a mouse.
As in America and everywhere else, there’s a deep and bitter political divide in Britain between left and right. Yet, both the Conservatives in power and their opposition in Labour agree on cannabis.
The official party line is that marijuana is bad and should remain illegal. The only difference is in degrees—and Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister since her predecessor quit in ignominy following the Brexit fiasco, is doing what she can to ramp up drug-war hysteria to Nixon levels.
Nearly $7 Million of Smuggled Pot Found Mixed with Bell Peppers
A recent shipment from Mexico was loaded with boxes of ripe stuffed peppers. But not like the ones grandma used to make on Sunday with mashed potatoes.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, with the help of their drug-sniffing pooch, discovered nearly $7 millions worth of weed stashed in a load of bell peppers, according to Tucson.com.
The thoroughly green load was found in a tractor-trailer on Saturday at the Mariposa Commercial Facility at the port of Nogales, authorities said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 46-year-old Mexican national, was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Of course, the peppers and weed were seized
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Pot Prohibition’s Last New England Holdout Is Decriminalizing
Along with the West Coast, the most liberal and tolerant place for marijuana in America has been New England.
Massachusetts and Maine both voted to legalize recreational cannabis for adults on Election Day—the same day as left-coast California and libertarian-friendly Nevada—and for several years, marijuana possession has no longer been a crime in Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Only in New Hampshire, where the license plates all say “Live Free or Die,” is the possession of small amounts of marijuana a misdemeanor offense, with violators risking arrest, a court appearance and possible jail time—but those days, too, are ending.
Last week, after numerous failed attempts in earlier legislative sessions, state legislators finally approved a marijuana decriminalization bill—and overwhelmingly.
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