Cannabis smokers in Switzerland will soon be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants each at home to stop them buying drugs on the black market. In a bizarre twist to the new law, four people sharing a house can grow up to 16 plants - but only if each person tends to their own crop.
December 12th 2011
The deregulation of Switzerland’s already lax cannabis laws has been agreed by four neighbouring regions in the French-speaking part of the Alpine country. A spokesman for the Neuchatel region said: ’We have agreed these new rules to prevent drugs tourism between regions where the rules are different, and to stop them buying it on the streets. But one person can not start growing more than four plants just by claiming they live with other people. In this case, these other people have to actually be cultivating the plants themselves.’
Strange strategy: Four people sharing a house will be able to grow 16 plants between them, providing each can prove they are cultivating their own crop -’This means attending to the plant in such a way as to make it grow.’ Swiss daily Le Matin quipped: ’This basically means that you can grow four more plants for every housemate you have - just as long as they know how to hold a watering can.’ The rules will apply in the cantons of Vaud, Neuchatel, Geneva and Fribourg from January 1 next year.
USA: NY Marijuana Smoker Dies in Confrontation with Cop
A College of Staten Island employee died November 29 in a confrontation with an NYPD officer after he was caught smoking marijuana in a campus bathroom. Cory Holmes, 39, becomes the 46th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. Police sources told the New York Daily News that the police officer confronted Holmes after smelling pot smoke coming from a bathroom stall occupied by the off-duty member of the college's auxiliary service.
Holmes attempted to flee, but was wrestled to the ground in a school parking lot. Police said Holmes attempted to grab the officer's gun during the struggle, but no shots were fired. Two civilians who witnessed the confrontation came to the officer's aid and helped as he handcuffed Holmes, who then went into cardiac arrest. Holmes was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The unnamed officer was treated for minor injuries and released.
Poland: “Treatment Not Jail" Drug Law Now in Effect
An amendment to Poland's drug law that allows prosecutors to divert drug users to treatment instead of prison went into effect Friday, PolskieRadio reported. The amendment lets prosecutors bypass the courts in a "treat, not punish" approach to drug use when confronted with people arrested in possession of small amounts of drugs.
A person arrested with personal use quantities of drugs can now be immediately referred to a therapist, and prosecutors are compelled to gather information on the extent of the person's drug problem.National Bureau for Drug Prevention spokeswoman Barbara Wilamowska told PolskieRadio she believes the new approach will result in fewer prosecutions.
USA: Marijuana Legalization Fares Well in CO, MA Polls
Two polls released late last week show strong support for marijuana legalization in Colorado and Massachusetts. Both states have already decriminalized the possession of small amounts of pot, and activists in both states are working toward legalization. In Colorado, an effort to put a legalization initiative on the ballot next year is well underway, while in Massachusetts, this year's emphasis is on legalizing medical marijuana.
In Massachusetts, a DAPA Research poll conducted for the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition/NORML found that 58% support legalizing marijuana and regulating it like other agricultural commodities with sales prohibited to underage persons. The figure was 69% for Democrats, 44% for Republicans, and 54% for "other." Support for legalization rose to 62% when respondents were asked if a proposed law would tax and regulate the cultivation and distribution of marijuana to adults like the state currently regulates alcohol.
The figure was 70% for Democrats, 56% for Republicans, and 60% for "other." The poll also found that 54% opposed the federal government disregarding state laws in states that legalize marijuana, while only 35% supported the federal government disregarding state
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