I read the following items, from the global frontlines of the DRUG war:
1) the leader of the NZ Labour party continues to send ‘mixed messages’ about the party’s likely position on cannabis law reform (potential) IF they move to power in 2017.. he said to a university radio audience that they are; supportive of medicinal law reform & POSSIBLY a referendum on personal (adults only) uses, leave it to the majority decision. BUT then; when questioned in the mainstream.. took a backward step & even asked to see the written records/transcript. A member of his party today, also said he was not supportive of the referendum option.
The leader did not rule it out, but has no commitment to pushing it, as a main priority.. ‘if/when we get to it !?’
2) On a more ADVANCED front; Canada is due to allow patients to grow their own medicinal/therapeutic herb.. potentially moving to further regulation reform in 2017.. inc. personal use ?
3) the USA DEA is still hesitant on rescheduling cannabis from #1 (high potential for abuse & no known med-use) to #2.. removing zero-tolerance to ‘some approved uses & research on Medicinal grounds’
the report states:
‘For decades, marijuana has been classified as a Schedule I drug with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”, on par with heroin (AAP)’
‘The US Drug Enforcement Administration has denied requests to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use, leaving users and businesses in limbo after many states have legalised it for medical or recreational purposes.’
‘The DEA did relax certain restrictions on growing marijuana for research purposes.’
‘For decades, cannabis has been listed as a ‘Schedule I’ drug, placing it on a par with heroin. The government has repeatedly rejected appeals for reclassification.’
BUT then this alternative view:
“Marijuana shouldn’t be listed as Schedule I,” US Representative (name removed), a Democrat from Oregon, said in a statement. He said the decision left “patients and marijuana businesses trapped between state and federal laws.”
‘Twenty-five states have sanctioned some forms of marijuana use for medical purposes. Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Colorado and the District of Columbia now allow recreational use for adults, while California and eight other states have recreational or medical marijuana proposals headed for their 2016 ballots.’
BUT a letter from DEA says:
‘In a letter to the petitioners, the DEA said it had asked the Department of Health and Human Services for a scientific and medical evaluation.’
“HHS concluded that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision,” the letter said.
‘That assessment comes amid statistics showing zero overdose deaths due to marijuana each year at a time of an alarming rise of heroin-related deaths in the United States as politicians debate remedies for exploding opioid abuse.’
‘Some experts have argued that medical marijuana could help cut opioid use.’
** once again showing that there is still a ‘global split’ on the way forward.. on this issue !