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Knesset Finally Passes A Bill To Legalize Cannabis

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People from the age of 21 in Israel can now use Cannabis as a result of a bill approved by Knesset. However, the ones working in the security places still won’t be granted permission for its use.

Source: Jerusalem Post

The Ministerial Committee on Law-making is all set to pass a bill on Sunday. The main purpose of the submission of this bill was to decriminalize the use of Cannabis for Israeli customers by Likud MK Sharren Haskel. 

As a result, Israel is all set to join non-restrictive and flexible countries like Canada and Holland.

Approval Of The Bill By Legislative Committee

Early in the morning of Sunday, Haskel stated that legislative committee will pass her bill to legalize the use of Cannabis.

A million of locals, along with tens of thousands of patients, were waiting for the day when the State of Israel will stop treating them as criminals. Hence, this is a massive news in this fight.

The total number of bills presented before the committee were two. One was of Haskel in regard to legalize Cannabis whereas Blue and White MK Ram Shefa lodged the other one. These bills were postponed last week, somewhat due to opposition from Community Development Minister Orly Levy-Abecassis (Gesher).

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According to the bill, getting around 50 grams or up to 2 Cannabis plants in a private place for personal use (grown under natural light) would not be considered a crime. However, possessing more than this amount would result in the imposition of huge fines.

However, Levy-Abecassis allowed to permit the bills to advance in the committee. But, she agreed on the terms and conditions that they will be coordinated with her ministry further on in this judicial operation.

She further wants more steps to be taken in order to prevent young generation from having acesss to the Cannabis. Moreover, she wants to make sure that the amound raised from taxing Cannabis would be set aside for socioeconomic programs.

Restrictions Over Its Legalization

N12 published the summary of the bill. According to this, the use of Cannabis will be allowed upon following the below mentioned restrictions.

  • Cannabis is a dangerous drug and if people need it then they must provide their prescription,
  • Israelis can use it from the age of 21,
  • The people exempted from this policy are the one working in securtiy departments,
  • No person can drive while using Cannabis or still being under its influence,
  • The advertising restricions related to Tobacco will also be applicable to Cannabis products,
  • Educational programmes will teach the population about the dangers and addictive properties of Cannabis,
  • The use of Cannabis in public is still illegal.

If the bill approves, it will enhance a way towards the establishment of Cannabis retail stores in Israel.

Also Read: Raids on Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries in Montreal – 12 Arrested

However, three readings must also be passed in the Knesett assemply. But, along with the exchange of views in the linked committee in order to be written into law.

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Cannabis Activist Julian Stobbs Stabbed To Death

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The Cannabis activist Julian Stobbs, who struggled for several years in order to legalize personal marijuana use in South Africa, has been killed in a robbery at his Lanseria farm near Johannesburg. This incident took place in the early hours of Friday morning.

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According to reports, Stobbs and his wife, Myrtle Clark better known as the Dagga couple fought a battle through courts in order to legalize cannabis. The police put them behind bars in 2010 for growing and smoking cannabis. As a result, after their release, they filed the case in the court.

 The Incident Of Robbery

The couple was asleep in their home located just outside Johannesburg when the burglars entered their home. They further entered into the couple’s bedroom and shot and stabbed him to death.

Myrtle didn’t get any physical injuries.  The burglars took everything in the house along with them. This includes two cellphones and two laptops.

According to a statement on the Dagga couple Facebook page, the South African cannabis community is grieving over the death of such a courageous warrior.

The family is appealing that the people must respect their privacy at the moment. Moreover, the public must allow Myrtle and the family some space during these tough times. Further, they are quite grateful for the love they have received from the public up till now.

Als0 Read: Cannabis May Be A Cure For Various Cancers

A Courageous Warrior

The killing of Stobbs might prove to be a huge calamity for the cannabis society in South Africa. A long-time South African cannabis activist and businessman Tony Budden told that Stobbs and Clarke were quite determined to aware people about the plant and its benefits. The citizens called him a courageous warrior. He was the one who never got scared to stand up for what he truly believed in.

Arrest In 2010

A few years back in August, 2010, police swooped the couples home. As a result, they were accused of possessing marijuana with the intention of selling it in the market. Clarke later told about the raid that all that the officers found was a middle aged couple in their pajamas and some quantity of cannabis.

The police arrested them after a five-hour trial in their kitchen. Stobbs further told that the police put a revolver on his cheek when he was sitting in the lounge. Clarke stated that: “The more we thought about it, the more we realized this was a gross invasion of our privacy. This is about sovereignty, it’s about cognitive liberty, it’s about the very freedom of our minds.”

Tour To Various Other Countries

The couple travelled the whole South Africa in order to give statements to rural and farming communities. They introduced their manifesto through which they decided to develop a way for freedom of cannabis in South Africa.

They further travelled to United Nations in New York to spread their message at an international level. Moreover, they even appeared at hearings on the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to further pass on their message.

Also Read: No More Imprisonment For Possessing Marijuana In Austin

Both of them also studied the current cannabis laws all around the world. They made an attempt to convince international experts to attest on their behalf about the health impacts of cannabis. Stobbs also admitted that he started smoking cannabis several years ago. According to him, the ones who use drugs have rights as well, they are not animals and must not be imprisoned.

Consequently, the police stopped arresting adults for growing cannabis for their own use.

 

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Cannabis May Be A Cure For Various Cancers

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Various innovative and developing countries have acknowledged the healing benefits of cannabis. It has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. Studies have also shown that they can actively help in the treatment of various cancers.

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The Study

A number of studies have been conducted to study medicinal uses of cannabis. These also include people going through a cancer treatment. The studies suggest that marijuana can help in controlling the following:

Pain: Like opioids, marijuana works as one of the strongest pain relievers while treating patients living with cancer related pain. In addition to this, it may have anti-inflammatory effects that may help in curing pain.

Neuropathy: It is a medical term for nerve damage and is a frequent problem of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. It’s characteristics includes a feeling of weakness, numbness, itching and a flaming sensation in the hands and feet. Hence, marijuana provides comfort and liberation of pain resulting from neuropathy.

Nausea and Vomiting: Nausea and vomiting are one of the side effects of chemotherapy. Many cancer patients encounter these side effects. Dronabinol is a synthetic cannabinoid which is approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for such kind of side effects. Various other examinations clearly indicates that medical marijuana plays a valuable role in curing nausea and vomiting.

Also Read: Medicinal Cannabis Legalized In Australia But People Opt For Illegal Sources

Anorexia or Cachexia: It is the medical term for the loss of appetite. Cachexia is the phenomenon of unintended loss of weight specially the loss of lean muscle and fat often followed by tiredness and a reduction in functional abilities.

FDA has also approved the synthetic cannabinoid Dronabinol for anorexia associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). However, there are not enough researches that indicates the effectiveness of medicinal marijuana in controlling of these symptoms. But, marijuana may increase the intake of food in HIV patients.

Anti-neoplastic: Lab and animal testing shows that marijuana might be productive in slowing down or preventing the development of certain tumors.

Conclusion Of The Study

However, this study shows that marijuana can be safe and secure in treating cancer but it does not indicates that marijuana will help in curing the disease. Hence, people must not only depend on marijuana for treatment while keeping themselves away from conventional medical care for cancer.

Side Effects Of Marijuana

Although THC may assist in reducing nausea and other symptoms, it also has a few side effects such as inability to think clearly or focus. The long-term side effects include psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, depression or a person may become a bipolar patient. Additionally, respiratory disorders such as chronic bronchitis may also develop.

There is no as such evidence available that supports the use of medicinal marijuana. Moreover, since marijuana is considered as an illegal drug so the research and investigation on its medical use has been greatly reduced. However, interest in this field has greatly increased over the past few years. Furthermore, it requires a lot of studies in order to comprehend the benefits posed by marijuana to improve symptoms and standard of life for cancer patients.

Also Read: Family Hospitalized After Mistaking Marijuana Leaves For Fenugreek 

When To See Your Doctor?

It is necessary to maintain an honest discussion with your doctor about any sorts of symptoms you are experiencing. As a result, this will allow your doctor to decide whether there is a need to prescribe medicinal marijuana for treatment or not.

There are numerous ways of consuming marijuana such as vaporization, edibles, pills or oils. If your doctor prescribes medical marijuana as a treatment for you then you must also discuss the most suitable form for you based on the availability of the products in your region. Moreover, it’s essential to remember that the side effects vary from person to person based on the product you have used.

Hence, you must also discuss the side effects you’re experiencing with your doctor in order to prevent further complications.

 

 

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No More Imprisonment For Possessing Marijuana In Austin

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Austin Police Department recently made an announcement on Thursday. According to this, the department will no longer issue court orders or take anyone into custody for possessing marijuana.

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According to a memo from Police Chief Brian Manley, the officers will no longer arrest people with enough identification for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offences. However, they will only arrest people for misdemeanor marijuana possession if it poses risk to a person’s safety.

Moreover, arrests will be made if it is part of a drug offence case or in an inquiry of a vicious offence. The officers shall seize the substance, note down a report and dismiss the person with no pending charges.

Austin City Council’s Resolution

At the beginning of this year in January the Austin City Council passed a resolution. The council successfully directed the Austin Police Department to stop arresting the individuals until and unless it poses the threat of personal safety.

Hence, the announcement made on Thursday clearly suggests that APD has made a few amendments in its policies. Particularly in order to act in accordance with the council’s resolution.

Also Read: Marijuana Decriminalization Policy Officially Commences In Virginia 

Manley’s memo explains that the council passed the policy of no longer arresting Austinites for low-level marijuana possession due to other statewide resolutions as well. He further points to a June 10 Texas House bill that permitted the production, manufacturing and trade of cannabis crops and products.

Manley told that after the city’s ruling, Texas Department of Public Safety made a demonstration. They would no longer receive and accept misdemeanor marijuana cases for lab analysis. He further explained that there was a gradual decrease in the citations from 2017 to 2019. The citations in 2017 and 2019 were 1,557 and 332 respectively. In addition to this, the number of arrests reduced from 319 in 2017 to 54 in 2019.

An Incident

In 2010, the officers arrested Austin Zamhariri for marijuana possession. Last year in April, he told that this arrest has made his life quite disturbed ever since. Due to the arrest on his record, he was not able to find jobs and accommodations. Neither was he able to obtain financial aid for college.

Zamhariri stated that: “It makes you feel like a criminal and there’s nothing different about me than any other Texan. There are thousands and thousands of Texans across the state who do not deserve to go to jail for a little amount of marijuana.”

Racial Discrimination

Member of the Austin City Council, Greg Casar responded in a statement, recommending the move towards racial justice in law enforcement.

According to him, recently in 2017, Black Austinites were seven times more prone to be arrested than White Austinites for possession of marijuana. This happened even when both races use cannabis at the same rate. Hence, thousands of the citizens of Austin were unnecessarily arrested for marijuana possession in the previous years.

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A report from ACLU in April clearly revealed that all in all, Black Americans are 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than White Americans.

No doubt, in every single state and more than 95 percent of the counties contains over 30,000 people in it. Among them, at least 1 percent of the inhabitants are Black. The arrests are more common among Black people rather than among White people.

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