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Austin’s Cannabis Decriminalization, Vancouver’s Magic Mushroom Shops, & One Woman’s MMJ Story

Veriheal

Austin decriminalized cannabis possession, Vancouver is now home to some not-so-legal magic mushroom shops, and a British woman shared her life-changing medical marijuana journey. Austin Voters Pass Cannabis Decriminalization Bill. I probably hadn’t had a proper night’s sleep since 2012. Let’s dive into this week’s cannanews.

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Former French President Hollande Says He Supports Medical Cannabis…””Decriminalization without legalization doesn’t make much sense””

Cannabis Law Report

If he is “not favorable” to the consumption of cannabis, the former head of state has nevertheless “arrived at the conclusion that this trade must be legalized to better control it, to ensure health. He notes that “in Germany the government coalition will propose the legalization of cannabis.

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ACLU Report: Racial Disparities Persist in Marijuana Possession Arrests

NORML

Colorado and Alaska, which legalized adult-use marijuana sales in 2012 and 2014 respectively, had the lowest disparities in unlawful marijuana possession arrest rates. By contrast, marijuana possession arrests fell significantly in jurisdictions that decriminalized cannabis offenses, and fell even more so in states that had legalized it.

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Mayor of London Plans to Divert Young Cannabis Consumers Away from Prosecution

Veriheal

Recent reports suggesting that London Mayor Sadiq Khan would decriminalize cannabis in London may have been blown out of proportion. Khan has since issued some clarification in response to media speculation regarding his plans to decriminalize the Class B drug. What Would Kahn’s Decriminalization Trial Entail?

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Is weed legal in Colombia?

The Cannigma

Recreational: No, but decriminalized Medical: Yes. Recreational cannabis is not legal in Colombia, but personal consumption and possession of the plant is decriminalized. Adult-use cannabis is not legal, but in 2012, the Colombian government decriminalized personal use of cannabis and possession of up to 20 grams.

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Wisconsin Democrats Aim to Decriminalize Marijuana

The Joint Blog

Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin introduced legislation recently that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana for those 21 and older. the bill would decriminalize possessing, distributing and manufacturing up to 28 grams of pot or more than two marijuana plants. ” said Rep. reports the AP.

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NORML Remembers Dr. Mark Kleiman

NORML

His first book, “Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control,” published at the height of the drug war in 1989, made the case that the war on marijuana had backfired, and that decriminalization and regulated, legal consumption ought to be considered.

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