Sun-Sentinel, 16 Oct 2014 - Although Legal, Cannabis Is Still Taboo In A Country Where The Catholic Church's Sway Is Powerful ROVIGO, Italy - Italy legalized marijuana for medical use last year, but the high cost of buying legal pot in a pharmacy meant few people signed up. Now, the government has found a solution: get the army to grow it.
Daily Mail, 14 Oct 2014 - FURTHER to the new cannabis study by Professor Wayne hall of King's College London (Mail), none of us calling for an end to the so-called War On Drugs is suggesting that cannabis (or any other drug) should be made available to adolescents. I'm equally concerned about the potential harm caused by drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. But the appropriate responses are evidence-based public health interventions and sensible regulation.
Scotsman, 13 Oct 2014 - ITALY legalised marijuana for medical use last year, but the high cost of buying pot in a pharmacy meant that few people signed up. Now, the government has found a solution get the army to grow it.
Daily Mail, 07 Oct 2014 - THE day after a Lib Dem vote to soften the law on cannabis comes a devastating analysis of 20 years' research into the drug's dangers, especially to the young. Collated by Professor Wayne Hall, senior adviser to the World Health Organisation, the study finds that smoking cannabis is highly addictive, while doubling the risk of psychotic disorders, impairing brain function and affecting exam results. The Lib Dems claimed their relaxed approach to the drug was based on the 'latest evidence'. But that was Sunday.
The Guardian, 08 Oct 2014 - A drug derived from cannabis, which many with multiple sclerosis say helps ease their symptoms, has been ruled too expensive to be used by the NHS in England even though it is approved for Wales. In new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of people with the disabling disease, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) says the price set by the manufacturer of Sativex (nabiximols) is too high for the benefit it gives patients. But the decision opens up the sort of "postcode lottery" that Nice was set up to end, with MS patients in Wales able to use the drug on the NHS while those in England either have to buy it themselves or go without. Some will use the illegal drug instead.
Daily Mail, 07 Oct 2014 - CANNABIS: THE TERRIBLE TRUTH A definitive 20-year study into the effects of long-term cannabis use has demolished the argument that the drug is safe. Cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs, the study found.
The Courier, 06 Oct 2014 - THE WAR on drugs internationally cannot be won, crime prevention minister Norman Baker warned yesterday as he called for a "more logical and compassionate" approach to tackling the domestic problem. Instead, he said he was interested in minimising the harm from drugs rather than continuing with a policy based on the "prejudices of yesterday".
Yorkshire Post, 06 Oct 2014 - THE WAR on drugs is based on "the prejudices of yesterday" and cannot be won, Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker warned. The Lib Dem said he was interested in minimising the harm from drugs rather than continuing to prosecute addicts.
The Irish Times, 15 Sep 2014 - The harmful effects of cannabis and its role as a gateway illicit drug have been confirmed in a large study published last week. It looked at the frequency of cannabis use before the age of 17, and seven developmental outcomes up to age 30. The Antipodean researchers found that those who are daily cannabis users are over 60 per cent less likely to complete secondary school or to complete a degree compared to those who have never used the drug. Published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, the authors also found that daily users of cannabis during adolescence are seven times more likely to attempt suicide, and are eight times as likely to use other illicit drugs in later life.
Irish Independent, 14 Sep 2014 - New Research That Links Cannabis With Depression and Suicide in Teens Is Nothing Short of Alarming One of the more idiotic statements made by Bill Clinton throughout his career was that as a student he smoked cannabis, but didn't inhale. That statement sprang to mind during the week when the results of a study on cannabis use in the student generation, were published in the medical journal The Lancet.
Columbus Dispatch, 11 Sep 2014 - Those who used marijuana daily before age 17 were less likely to finish school and more likely to abuse other drugs. LONDON - Teenagers who use marijuana daily run a higher risk of becoming drug-dependent, committing suicide or trying other drugs, and they are less likely to succeed at their studies than those who avoid it, researchers said yesterday.
Washington Post, 10 Sep 2014 - Daily Smokers Found to Be Less Likely to Finish High School Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are more than 60 percent less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They're also 60 percent less likely to graduate from college and seven times as likely to attempt suicide, says a new study of adolescent cannabis use Tuesday in the Lancet Psychiatry, a British journal of health research.
The Mail on Sunday, 07 Sep 2014 - ANTI-DRUGS campaigners last night condemned an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew where speakers will discuss the uses of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. The Intoxication Season is open to visitors of any age and displays plants including cannabis, the hallucinogen peyote, and poppies, which are used to make opium.