The Netherlands: Cannabis pharmacy
There is now a second pharmacy in the Netherlands which is selling cannabis from the company Bedrocan at a lower prize than usual pharmacies in the Netherlands since they buy large amounts of the drug and than package it into smaller packaging units themselves.
It is the "Apotheek Maasbracht" in Maasbracht (www.apotheekmaasbracht.nl/) not far away from Maastricht. The first Dutch cannabis pharmacy was Hanzeplein in Groningen (www.hanzeplein.nl).
June 2nd 2010
A former Supreme Court justice has called for illicit drugs to be legalised. Retired ACT judge Kenneth Crispin says the banning of party drugs has been an even bigger failure than the US prohibition on alcohol during the 1920s and early '30s. The three-decade war on drugs had produced gangsters like Al Capone on a much greater scale, he argued.
"Drug usage has exploded during the period of the war on drugs," he told ABC Television. "All around the world, the most vigorously enforced drug laws tend to have the highest rates of usage." Street prices of drugs had also fallen during the crackdown on drugs, with cocaine costing a sixth of what it did compared with the start of the drug war. Mr Crispin said he came to his conclusion on the need to decriminalise drugs "incredibly reluctantly".
USA/California: Huge, Legal Cannabis Farm Study Surprises Industry, Officials
California grows an estimated 8.6 million pounds of cannabis a year. None of it is taxed. The groundbreaking study showing how the City of Oakland could make $2 million per year licensing a medical cannabis growing warehouse caught many locals by surprise this week.
Even though city officials and the cannabis industry are looking toward licensing large-scale grows allowed under state law SB 420, the hard numbers appear to be the first of their kind. Economist Joanne Brion of Brion and Associates, who did the six-month, $16,000 report said she was surprised at how potent an economic force cannabis is.
“My gut instinct said that this would be a great revenue and job generator for the city,” she said. "But after running the numbers, “I went, ‘Wow, that’s really a job generator.'" Brion’s report found that licensing a seven-acre cannabis growing facility near I-880 at the Embarcadero would create up to 371 union jobs, paying an average salary of $53,700 a year.
The site could produce an average of 58 pounds of cannabis per day, and generate gross revenues of around $59 million per year. The site would grow an estimated quarter of one percent of the estimated 8.6 million pounds of cannabis cultivated annually in California.
Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, USA, investigated the question whether cannabis use disorders (CUD) are associated with an earlier age at onset of psychosis, comparing 49 first-episode schizophrenia subjects with CUD and 51 first-episode schizophrenia subjects with no substance use disorders.
They found out that "although cannabis use precedes the onset of illness in most patients, there was no significant association between onset of illness and CUD that was not accounted for by demographic and clinical variables. Previous studies implicating CUD in the onset of schizophrenia may need to more comprehensively assess the relationship between CUD and schizophrenia, and take into account additional variables that we found associated with CUD."
Science: Passive smoking
Scientists at the University of Mainz, Germany, investigated urine and blood samples of 8 healthy subjects after passive exposure to cannabis smoke for three hours in a Dutch coffee shop.
"THC could be detected in trace amounts close to the detection limit of the used method in the first two blood samples after initial exposure (1.5 and 3.5 h). In the 6 h blood samples, THC was not detectable anymore."
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