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Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen – HERO!

Solidarity for abandoned cannabis patients.

Dr. med. Franjo Grotenhermen Employee of the nova Institute, Chairman of the Cannabis Association as Medicine (ACM)
Dr. med. Franjo Grotenhermen, photo: Archive

 

The well-known physician and chairman of the Cannabis Association as a medicine (ACM) Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen has made a moving decision. Although certain positive aspects could be felt in parts through the enacted cannabis-as-medicine law, there would be enough problems in the entire treatment area, which now led to a drastic measure. During the ACM Annual General Meeting in Frankfurt on May 12, 2017, the medical doctor, who has been advocating medical medicine for many years, declares his decision not to eat any food for the next one to two weeks as a result of solidarity with the many cannabis patients left alone.
Doctor Franjo Grotenhermen joins the hunger strike.

 


Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen at the ACM Annual General Meeting 2017 explains hunger strike.

 

The drug policy speakers of the parties were informed before Dr. Franjo Grotenhermen of the warnings – an honorary man.


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Legal Approaches to Decriminalize Cannabis in 16 Different Countries

Legal Approaches to Decriminalize Cannabis in 16 Different Countries

This report, prepared by the foreign law specialists and analysts of the Law Library of Congress, provides a review of laws adopted in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, and Uruguay with regard to decriminalization of narcotics, and touches specifically on cannabis and legalization.

Individual country surveys included in the study demonstrate varied approaches to the problem of prosecuting drug use, possession, manufacturing, purchase, and sale. The country surveys demonstrate some diversity and common threads among these jurisdictions as to defining narcotics, distinguishing between “hard” and “soft” drugs, establishing special regulations concerning cannabis, refusing to prosecute personal use and/or possession of small quantities of drugs for personal use, giving law enforcement authorities the discretion not to prosecute minors and first-time offenders, applying alternative forms of punishment, and providing treatment opportunities.

Netherlands

Planning a trip to Amsterdam? Did you know that coffee shops are actually prohibited from selling drugs to you under Dutch law, and that nonresidents are not even supposed to enter the coffee shops? But wait, before you freak out and cancel your plans, know that Amsterdam tolerates the sale of certain “soft drugs” to foreigners looking to try what Amsterdam is best-known for. Local mayors have the authority to close such shops for not adhering to local rules, but they typically do not step in to assign punishments.

Dutch coffee shops rely on income from tourists, which in turn contributes to local economies, so officials do not typically enforce the residency requirement.

Germany

If you get caught by police in Germany, don’t even try to argue soft drug versus hard drug. Law enforcement doesn’t recognize the difference. The distinction between hard and soft drugs can only be considered at sentencing.

Australia

You should know that there is no national decriminalization policy, and cannabis use is technically considered illegal across the county. However, three jurisdictions (Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, and Northern Territory) have decriminalized minor cannabis offenses, especially possession of the plant.

Costa Rica

The use of narcotics in Costa Rica, including personal use, is prohibited by law; but no penalty for such violation is found on the books. Police, prosecutors, and the courts have discretion to drop charges if it is a minor, first-time offense, or the accused is willing to enter a treatment program.

Mexico

Although possession of illegal drugs is generally a crime under Mexican law, possession of less than 5 grams is not criminally punishable. However, if you are caught, a rule enacted in 2009 requires that you must be referred to an addiction treatment program.

“The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes,” the Lower House said in a statement on its website.

Mexico’s Lower House of Congress passed a bill on Friday, April 28, to legalize the use of cannabis for medical and scientific needs. The measure passed in a general floor vote 371-7-11, and now classifies delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as “therapeutic.”

The bill is now on President Enrique Pena Nieto’s desk, who is expected to sign it.

Uruguay

For now, it appears that the only country where it is completely legal to produce and use cannabis is Uruguay, although consuming cannabis in a public place is prohibited.

Adopted in 2013, Uruguay’s Law to Legalize and Regulate Cannabis brought radical change to the country’s approach to cannabis production and use. The law allows legal access to cannabis in four ways: medical marijuana through the Ministry of Health, home-grown marijuana, membership clubs, and sales to adults in drugstores. Although registration of consumers and cannabis clubs has been completed, implementation of sales in pharmacies is still underway.

Read the full report for free

These and many other interesting facts can be found in a recently published Law Library of Congress report on decriminalization of narcotics. Some diversity and common threads are demonstrated among the 16 countries included in the free report, such as defining narcotics, distinguishing between hard and soft drugs, establishing special regulations concerning cannabis, and discussion of the parameters of law enforcement and forms of punishment for personal use and/or possession.

You can access the full report here.


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Legalize It, a Zurich-based group, has launched a campaign to legally regulate cannabis across Switzerland

Could Switzerland Become the First European Country to Legally Regulate Cannabis?

Nine years after a Swiss referendum failed to gain public approval for cannabis legalisation, a campaign group has reignited the movement for reform.

Legalize It, a Zurich-based group, has launched a campaign to legally regulate cannabis across Switzerland. The objectives of the initiative, Legalize It describes, are three-fold: to allow adults the “freedom and right to consume cannabis”, to prevent those who seek cannabis from having to purchase from the “black market”, and to ensure increased investment into drug use prevention, related research, and social security. The funds for such investment, the group says, will be acquired from the taxation of cannabis sales, and savings on law enforcement expenditure.

The campaign comes in the form of a federal popular initiative, a legislative instrument by which Swiss citizens can suggest changes in the law. If the proposal garners 100,000 valid signatures from Swiss citizens, it will be put forward for debate by the Federal Council, the country’s highest executive authority, and the Federal Assembly, the highest legislative authority.

The Federal Palace of Switzerland. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The cultivation, sale, and use of cannabis are outlawed in Switzerland in almost all cases, however punishment for minor possession is relatively light. Under the current law, an adult found to be in possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis will be fined 100 Swiss francs (£78), and will not be criminally prosecuted. In 2015, there were a total of 18,366 such fines across Switzerland.

Around three percent of adult Swiss residents use cannabis monthly, and almost 40 per cent of adults claim to have used it at least once in their life, according to Addiction Monitoring in Switzerland.

An attempt to legally regulate cannabis was resoundingly opposed by the public in a 2008 referendum, in which 63 per cent of voters opposed the measure. However, the public’s view on the subject has changed over the past decade, according to Nino Forrer, spokesperson for Legalise It.

“Many other countries have legalised or decriminalised cannabis in some form since 2008 and the results are good […] Based on this new data, the Swiss people will see more benefits than harms in legalising cannabis, I’m sure”, Forrer told TalkingDrugs.

“There has not been a massive rise in cannabis consumption among the youth [in places that have legalised cannabis], no surge in traffic accidents, no massive increased health costs. Instead, many jurisdictions have put the extra money from cannabis taxes into public healthcare, infrastructure, and schools in order to improve the standard of living for their people.”

A legal cannabis crow in Colorado. Source: Brett Levin

For example, in 2016, the US state of Colorado collected over $150 million in cannabis sale taxes, of which around $50 million was directed to school projects. Similarly, Legalize Itclaims that taxing the drug could raise 100 million Swiss francs (£78 million) each year, based on their estimates of consumption rates.

Forrer believes that the success of foreign initiatives, such as that in Colorado, may be enough for the Swiss authorities and public to support Legalize It’s new campaign – but only if the message can be effectively be delivered.

“We have had very good responses so far! Many people in Switzerland were waiting for this initiative, so they are very happy that we have started it”, Forrer told us.

“Now, we will try to inform the public as much as possible in order to gather a strong activist base all over the country. Mass media affects our perception of cannabis to a large extent, so good press is needed in order to win over the minds of Swiss people”.

If this initiative proves successful, Switzerland could become the first country in Europe to introduce a legally regulated cannabis market.

Avinash Tharoor is the Editor of TalkingDrugs. He tweets at @AvinashTharoor


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https://cenedella.de/ * Philip J. Cenedella IV * International Cannabis Consultant * Germany, Europe, USA and Canada markets * Medical Marijuana Patient Advocate since 1977 * Assist with Business Development, Licensing, Partnerships, and Strategic Direction.

Philip J. Cenedella IV

Bio

https://cenedella.de/
Philip J. Cenedella IV
International Cannabis Consultant
Medical Marijuana Patient Advocate since 1977.

First and foremost, Phil is a patient advocate for 4 decades having grown up in New York during the Rockefeller Drug Law years, then establishing himself in San Diego during the push for legalization there in the’ 90s.  Now he is situated in Germany during its historic transition into the leadership role of the European Cannabis industry.

Phil is uniquely qualified to help you establish your international business strategy having served as a Founding Board Member of the World Trade Center San Diego, a Lead Consultant for Deutsche Telekom, The California Trade and Investment Office, Deutsche Bank, IBM, San Diego Economic Development Board and many other entities.  He puts his years of business development, sales and distribution expertise to work for you in a highly professional, ethical and effective manner.

40 Years Experience:
Phil was born in Buffalo on the shores of the US/Canadian border, spent most of his life in San Diego overlooking the US/Mexico border, and now is living in Europe with its open borders and the opening of its legal Cannabis industry.

As a C-level business development executive in the technology and construction sectors, and a Founding Board of Director for the World Trade Center San Diego and San Diego Software Council, Phil has facilitated and closed sales and strategic partnerships worldwide.

Phil has also been Lead Consultant for the California Trade and Investment Office in Germany and catalyst for the CAL-IT Investment Forum in London.

He has served as a consultant for IBM, George Clinton, Deutsche Telekom, iSeeTV,  San Diego Convention Center, FINDLAW, Chaparral Computers and Networks, San Diego Economic Development Corporation, Deutsche Bank and many others in the Cannabis space (to remain confidential).

Phil is a USA citizen with an EU Work/Residence Permit.  He has exactly 40 years of firsthand knowledge of all aspects of our Industry and is a C-level International business development specialist who is highly professional yet very easy to work with.  He provides your firm with Strategic guidance and the ability to help you to increase your sales channels, distribution networks, and strategic partnerships.

Education:
1984, University of Dayton B.A. Psychology, Music minor-emphasis

Skill Level:
Sales 98%
Business Development 98%
International  trade 98%
Cannabis Industry 420%

Testimonials

 Who is Phil:
“Phil is an absolute professional. Flexible, hardworking and driven. His results were great and we highly recommend his services.” – BLF, NYC

“Phil has boundless enthusiasm and always applies 100% effort to all he does. Phil researched the US market for…. The USA became our best market by far, and I know that we would never have broken into that extremely tough market without Phil. His combination of broad based business knowledge, willingness to learn, team spirit and superb networking skills is very rare and extremely valuable. Always positive, he was a joy to work with. I thoroughly recommend him.” – GRB, UK

“Phil Cenedella has been my contact for several years and I have found him to be the consummate professional. He will always promptly return a call or provide me an answer to an inquiry. He is always “on-it” and truly treats a client as if they were part of his extended family. It’s very rare these days to find someone as dedicated to his business and his clients as Phil. Phil has all the characteristics of what I look for when I have occasion to be expanding my staff. He is honest to a fault, dedicated, sincere and is the paramount reason for my firm’s continuing…….” – DF ,USA

“Phil is the most personable, genuine, charismatic and effective business development manager I have had the pleasure to work with. He instills trust and confidence!”- JFL, EU

“Phil is family.” – George Clinton
Volunteer Positions:    Founder, Dayton and La Jolla Human Trafficking Accords, Founder, St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Caroling and Limo Party, Volunteer, Americans for Safe Access, Advisor, City of Hope – Dubai  Key accomplishments:  Assisted with the freeing from prison a child victim of human trafficking serving life without parole, initiated Goldman Sachs’ divestment of a human-trafficking related publication, assisted advocates on the frontlines in Dubai, Ohio, California and elsewhere.


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CANADA: ‘An awful lot of expertise’: Black market marijuana growers shouldn’t be shut out of legal market, says task force chair

‘An awful lot of expertise’: Black market marijuana growers shouldn’t be shut out of legal market, says task force chair

Adrian Wyld/ The Canadian Press”We didn’t want all those people excluded automatically from the possibility of participating in some way,” Anne McLellan, now a senior advisor at Bennett Jones LLP, said. Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email Typo? MoreBlack market marijuana growers should be included in the legal market as they can provide valuable expertise as it evolves, Anne McLellan, chair of the federal government’s task force on legalization, said Monday.McLellan said the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, whose recommendations were broadly adopted in the government’s proposed Cannabis Act, concluded that previous criminal convictions during marijuana’s century of prohibition “shouldn’t be an automatic bar to them coming into the legal system.”“We didn’t want all those people excluded automatically from the possibility of participating in some way,” McLellan, now a senior advisor at Bennett Jones LLP, said in an interview with the Financial Post on the sidelines of a conference on cannabis regulation organized by the Ryerson University in Toronto.The task force’s November report called on the federal government to set up a system that allows various-sized producers to participate, including independent and craft growers.“There are lots of people who are producing now illegally — we talk about artisinal and craft producers — we want a diversity of producers,” McLellan said.“There’s an awful lot of expertise that’s outside the legal system right now and you wouldn’t want to lose all that.”RelatedMarketing restrictions to help small marijuana brands compete against deep-pocketed players: panel‘Turning green into green’: Payment startup aims to capitalize on banking void for marijuana companiesSome Canadian pot activists, including Marc and Jodie Emery, have expressed their disappointment that the draft legislation sets up a system that favours “big marijuana” because the federal government will strictly regulate and license who can produce the plant for sale. Under the current medical marijuana regime, Ottawa has handed out some 40 licences to produce, a small fraction of the number of applicants. However, McLellan points out that producing, manufacturing or selling pot are not the only economic opportunities in the coming multi-billion dollar legal marijuana market.“There are other ways for people to be involved in this industry. People focus on production or manufacturing, retail, and that’s all important, but that’s only the most visible part,” she said.“A lot is going to happen here and there are so many access points for people to be involved.”There are also a plethora of weed-related businesses —from fertilizers to security services to payment processors — carving niches in the space ahead of legalization expected in July 2018.Jodie and Marc Emery, owners of Cannabis Culture, at their store on Church Street in Toronto. They are quickly expanding their empire of dispensaries across Canada and are determined to do so regardless of whether the coming recreational market legalizes dispensaries like theirs. ” data-medium-file=”http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=300″ data-large-file=”http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=620″ class=”size-large wp-image-734308″ alt=”Tyler Anderson/National Post” src=”http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=620&quality=60&strip=all&h=389″ width=”620″ height=”389″ srcset=”http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=620&quality=60&strip=all&h=389 620w, http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=1240&quality=60&strip=all&h=778 1240w, http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=140&quality=60&strip=all&h=88 140w, http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg?w=300&quality=60&strip=all&h=188 300w, http://wpmedia.business.financialpost.com/2017/02/fp0204-gs-emergy-web.jpg” style=”max-width:100%;” />


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Germany Medical Marijuana / Cannabis Application to Grow – German partner wanted – for Medizinische Ausrüstungen, Arzneimittel und Körperpflegeprodukte 2017/S 070-131987

If you a German organization interested in partnering with one of the world’s leading producers of pharmaceutical grade cannabis, please send a confidential email to phil@cenedella.de  for immediate consideration as a strategic and financial partner in the German BfArM application titled:

Medizinische Ausrüstungen, Arzneimittel und Körperpflegeprodukte

2017/S 070-131987

 


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BERLIN PEACE ACCORDS – “putting an end to the world war on Cannabis!”

April 20th NEWS ALERT:

The BERLIN PEACE ACCORDS, “putting an end to the world war on Cannabis” were ratified last week and are now available for your signature at http://www.berlinpeaceaccords.de

This is your chance to add your name to this historic document and tell the Presidents of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union as well as Chancellor Merkel of Germany that the world war on Cannabis needs to end in 2017.

Please sign petition at http://www.berlinpeaceaccords.com and share with others so inclined.
Thank you, Gracias und Dankeschoene!

BERLIN PEACE ACCORDS

We the people of the Year 2017 do…
Hereby declare that it is our inalienable basic human right to have the freedom to grow, medicate and enjoy the plant we call Cannabis, without any governmental limitations.
We demand our plant has no more regulations or limitations than a tomato plant.
It is our basic human right to have control of what we choose to put into our body.
It is our basic human right to have the ability to enjoy this plant without fear of incarceration or limitations on its commerce.
It is our basic human right to have multiple ways to enjoy, grow and medicate with our plant and we demand that no commercial organization be provided exclusive use or rights.
For 10,000 years humans on our planet have enjoyed the benefits provided by our plant. With my signature below I do hereby attest it is my wish that “we the people” have the right to consume our plant as we wish.
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Wir, die Menschheit des Jahres 2017…
Erklären hiermit unser unveräußerliches Menschenrecht auf Anbau, Medikation und Konsum der Pflanze mit dem Namen Cannabis ohne jegliche staatliche Einschränkung. Verlangen, dass unsere Pflanze keine anderen Auflagen und
Einschränkungen als eine Tomatenpflanze hat. Stellen unter unsere eigene Kontrolle, was wir unserem Körper zuführen. Bestehen auf unser Grundrecht, diese Pflanze zu benutzen ohne die Androhung von Freiheitsberaubung und ohne Nutzungsbeschränkungen.
Es ist unser Grundrecht, auf verschiedenste Arten Zugang zu Cannabis zu haben und keine kommerziellen Interessenverbände das Recht auf exklusive Nutzung oder Rechtsanspruch erhalten. Seit Urzeiten haben die Menschen die Segnungen unserer Pflanze genutzt.
Mit meiner Unterschrift lege ich hiermit Zeugnis ab über meinem Wunsch, dass „wir, die Menschen“ das Recht besitzen, unsere Pflanze nach unseren Wünschen zu benutzen.