Georgia to Become the Netherlands of Eastern Europe

Georgia becomes First Eastern European Country to Legalize Cannabis

The Constitutional Court of Georgia, having satisfied the claim of the Girchi party, declared anti-constitutional any sanctions for consuming marijuana.

Georgia is a new democratic Eastern European country, and legalization of marijuana in the country is one of the most discussed topics. Georgian liberals welcomed the verdict of the country’s highest court, although it causes many problems in practical terms since the harvesting, storage, and distribution of marijuana remain a criminal offense.

However, there is also a fear of an increase in “soft-drug” consumption, as in Georgia the law and regulations are still not perfect and this legalization can lead to illegal use and production of marijuana.

The Constitutional Court (CC) of Georgia, in the capital of Adjara, Batumi, after many months of proceedings, satisfied the claim of the leaders of the libertarian party “Girchi” Zurab Dzhaparidze and Vakhtang Megrelishvili about full decriminalization of marijuana consumption.

This issue causes various discussions since Georgia has laws against marijuana, the highest court instance abolished the current norms of the administrative code, according to which a person could be fined 500 GEL (approximately $200) for smoking marijuana. At the same time, the court ruling states that any punishment (including administrative) for consuming marijuana is unfair and does not meet the interests of society. According to Georgian authorities, “harms only the consumer and does not harm the society.”

The constitutional court reset the criminal punishment for consuming marijuana, including a large fine and even imprisonment under the article for “malicious smoking”, having considered the suit of “Girchi”. The Constitutional Court ruled that imprisonment for smoking marijuana “is contrary to the individual’s right to relaxation and free development.”

Court announced last year, smoking of marijuana in Georgia was completely legalized.

Liberal authorities were very excited by these new rules, as they think it’s a big step for liberalization and democratization of Georgia. Zurab Dzhaparidze congratulated compatriots on the victory and declared that henceforth Georgia is a “more liberal country”. And, other authorities, mostly from liberal parties agreed. Some restrictions on smoking “weed” still remain in force though.

For example, you can’t smoke marijuana in public places, transport, educational institutions or in some other cases. But in these places, the current law prohibits smoking not only a narcotic substance but even ordinary tobacco.

The decisions of the constitutional court of November 30, 2018, and July 30 create a paradoxical situation: it turns out that you can smoke marijuana, but you cannot buy, purchase, store or transport it. This is definitely a big step forward for Georgia that shows pro-democratic future of the country.

Georgia is one of the Eastern European countries that thinking about the legalization of hemp. Poland is already enabled its citizens to buy medical marijuana in its drug stores. Ukrainian authorities, especially new ones already sign their pro-marijuana position, and we even can witness marches for the legalization of marijuana.

8 Facts That Proves Medicinal Marijuana Can Treat Various Diseases

8 Diseases Cannabis Treats

You see various researches that claim medical marijuana can treat many diseases. Cannabis is a pain reliever, helps in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and value for our health. Here are some facts about a positive impact of marijuana, and how it helps to prevent different diseases.

1. Medical marijuana stops and slows down the development of cancer cells

The main positive impact that medical marijuana ever had is that it slows down the growth of cancer cells. This is the reason why today we talk a lot about the legalization of marijuana. In a study published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Cannabidiol was found to stop cancer by excluding the Id-1 gene.

Back in 2007, researchers from the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported that Cannabidiol could prevent the spread of cancer. The American Cancer Research Association found that cannabis works to slow tumor growth in the brain, chest, and lungs.

2. Helps in preventing Alzheimer’s disease

The active ingredient present in marijuana THC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. A 2006 study led by Kim Jandy of the Scripps Research Institute found that THC slows down the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that creates them, as plaques kill brain cells and potentially lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Medical cannabis brings a positive impact on Glaucoma treatment

According to the National Eye Institute, marijuana reduces the pressure inside the eye: “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana reduces intraocular pressure (IOP) in people who have had glaucoma.”

4. Marijuana controls an epileptic seizure

This 2003 study found that THC controls seizures, calming the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation. Published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

5. Medicinal cannabis helps with Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and more. Cannabis consumption significantly reduced the symptoms of Crohn’s disease in 10 out of 11 patients and caused full rehabilitation in five of these patients, according to a recent study in Israel. So roll at a joint and start treating your Crohn’s disease.

6. Pain Relief

Various researchers proved that marijuana is a natural pain relieving medical treatment. Medical marijuana has the best natural chronic pain relief. It is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional pain-relieving medications, including opioids.

7. Parkinson’s disease

Recent studies in Israel show that smoking marijuana noticeably reduces pain and tremor and improves sleep for patients with Parkinson’s disease. What was impressive was the fact that the THC contributed to the improvement of the patients motor skills.

8. Medicinal marijuana can heal many diseases

From tens of thousands of different kinds of cannabis, there are compromises for the works to extract from each type the essences that can adapt and find all the diseases that exist in the world because of all the drugs and antibiotics that are developed in laboratories of all chemicals and marketed to humans.

Mexico legalizes marijuana to fight drug trafficking

Mexico Legalizes Marijuana to Fight Drug Trafficking

The elected president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is considering the possibility of legalizing drugs in order to fight violence in the country. This was stated by Olga Sánchez Cordero, who will occupy the post of Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, reports the electronic version of the newspaper Milenio.

“When we had a meeting about the restructuring of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, he [the elected president] was well aware of all my press conferences and, above all, about my published articles on the decriminalization of drugs.

He told me literally: “Carte blanche, everything that may be necessary, everything that may be necessary to achieve peace in the country, we will start a debate,” said Cordero in an interview.

Sanchez Cordero added that Lopez Obrador admitted that Mexico is immersed in violence, to which the state is currently powerless.

These new regulations consider the following:

  • Give the right to grow and sell marijuana to licensed companies, which in this case will be prohibited from hiring minors
  • To give individuals the right to grow marijuana, for personal use but with some limitations
  • Allow marijuana use in the same public places as tobacco smoking
  • Outlaw the sale of marijuana to a minor

Although this substance is permitted for recreational use in ten states of the United States and the District of Columbia, Mexico still remains the main supplier of illegal marijuana to the North American market. Drug cartels are constantly struggling to control the shipping routes and markets for this and other drugs.

Legalization of marijuana is considered by the new government as a way to mitigate the criminal situation in a country torn by wars between drug trafficking groups.

This issue is related to the legalization of medical marijuana, but also for tourists. Enrique de La Madrid, the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico says that cannabis should be partially legalized at tourist resorts. It has caused another round of discussions about the need to legalize cannabis in the country.

In June 2017, Mexico approved the use of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes for local residents but retained a ban on the use and cultivation of cannabis for personal use. The implementation of pure marijuana will continue to remain outside the law. For now, according to TicToc Bloomberg, Mexico is considering legalizing marijuana in an effort to bring in $100 million in sales and curb violence.

In many other countries, people can use marijuana for medical use and grow plants at home. In particular, marijuana is partially legal in 30 countries of the world, and in 14 countries marijuana is used in medicine. Partial legalization means that the inhabitants of these countries can grow and store a small quantity of hemp.

There are two countries where marijuana is fully legalized, Canada and Uruguay. Partly legalized in the USA, and various Latin American countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and so on. However, the UK, Europe, Asia, and even Russia are also thinking about its legalization for medical purposes.

Thailand is the first in SE Asia to legalize medical marijuana

Thailand Legalizes Medical Marijuana

On December 25, at a special session, the Thai Parliament passed a law authorizing the production, use, and storage of marijuana for medical purposes.

Thai law, if signed by the king, will make the kingdom the first country in Southeast Asia, where the use of cannabis for pain relief and for other medical purposes will be completely legal.

Medical marijuana has been used in the country since the 1930s. But at the same time, tough anti-drug legislation was in effect in the country at the end of the 70s. Recreational use and sale of marijuana in Thailand, as in all countries of Southeast Asia, is prohibited and punished by long prison terms, as well as the importation of drugs into the country. This rule will continue to operate further: relief will affect only drugs prescribed by the doctor. The head of the parliamentary committee on legislation, Somchay Savangkarn, explained in an interview with national television that the adopted law is “a New Year’s gift from parliament to the government and the entire Thai people.”

Thai activists insist that legalization be continued and recreational use of marijuana also be unpunished. But the parliament has not yet considered such a law.

Medical marijuana is legal in many countries around the world. The sale of cannabis for recreational purposes at the federal level is still allowed only in Uruguay and Canada. However, more countries conduct marches for the legalization of marijuana, and 4-20 date became a Global Marijuana March.

Marches for the Legalization of Marijuana in Different Countries: When Do They Start?

March for the Legalization of Marijuana

If in the past we could witness demonstrations against marijuana, or at least we didn’t support the movement for legalization of marijuana. Today marches for marijuana became something common. Even trendy, some supporters wear clothing or accessories with cannabis, and one of them is Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who wear socks with cannabis.

Back to demonstrations for the legalization of marijuana. When has it all started?

Marijuana ‘For’ movement has started with a “hipster” era, but the main reason is different medical researches that claim marijuana has a positive effect on health in the right amounts and replaces various medical treatments like pain relief pills or so. The main advantage of marijuana – it is a natural plant.

Marches for the legalization of marijuana spread in 2011. During this year, crowded demonstrations were held in various parts of the world as part of the annual global Global Marijuana March. These demonstrations have been taking place all over the world for many years at the beginning of May. However, in some countries like Russia, the marches were not approved by the government.

In Western Europe, marijuana comes mainly from Morocco and the countries of South-West Asia. However, the Europeans themselves are engaged in its cultivation. In Germany, in 2008 was discovered over 500 sites of illicit cultivation of cannabis, including in small greenhouses. In Eastern Europe, according to experts of the International Narcotics Control Board Commission (https://www.incb.org/), cannabis is not as popular.

In Germany, the demonstrations for the legalization of marijuana took place in 21, back 2011 year. Following different demonstrations with the same slogans in Austria and Switzerland. The Europeans supported the traditional campaign for marijuana “Global March for Marijuana”. During these marches, the participants have carried the banners “Health instead of criminal prosecution” and “Legalization is in the air”. It is evident that these marches are becoming mainstream, and represent the opinion of the modern generation in relation to marijuana use.

Even despite Canada was first in the western world which legalized marijuana, its supporters still not satisfied. According to Globalnews.ca, 4-20, has marked as the international day to protest against marijuana prohibition. However, Jennawae Mclean, of local headshop 420 Kingston, says these changes are not what they wanted.

“The Liberals have lied to us. This is not legalization, this is de-criminalization to a point and criminalization after that,” Mclean said. “This will not be the last 4-20, there will always be 4-20 protests as long as the legalization is not correct,” she added.

Seems like everything becomes serious, and Global Marijuana March is not going to disappear in the nearest future. It is evident that not only medical researches but people and consumers are demanding legalization of cannabis. Global Marijuana March is more a march for freedom. Does it mean that marijuana is a new symbol of liberalization? I think the answer is closer to ‘Yes’.

Legalization of medical marijuana reduces opioid use

Medical marijuana reduces the number of prescribed doses of opioid drugs, according to an article published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The research was made by American scientists who conducted a correlation between the change in the legal status of marijuana in the US states from 2010 to 2015 and the number of doses of hydrocodone and morphine prescribed.

In the past years, American doctors have prescribed more drugs containing opioids to relieve the pain, and this led to high analgesic and other side effects. Opioids are also lead to a strong dependence, an increase in mortality from overdose and other causes. The main benefit of cannabis is its natural consistency. It is a natural plant, so why we still buy pills made by pharmaceutics and drug stores while researches show that cannabis can effectively replace it?

However, one of the best ways to control the official turnover of opioid drugs is the use of medical marijuana. In accordance with US federal law, trafficking in marijuana is prohibited but is regulated at the state level. Today, the use of marijuana for medical purposes is permitted in 25 states (in several of them also recreational).

Scientists have found that the legal status of marijuana significantly reduced the number of Morpheus and opioids use. In states where marijuana can only be obtained by prescription in special institutions, the number of doses of opioid drugs decreased by 3.7 million, and in those states where citizens are allowed to grow cannabis only at home at 1.8 million.

The research at the University of Georgia, led by Grace Adams, analyzed data on the number of opioid drugs prescribed by doctors from 2010 to 2015. This research was conducted in order to test how cannabis’s legal status affects opioid use by patients.

Cannabis consists of Vicodin (pain killer) Xanax (sedative), and unlike opioids, cannabis is a natural plant. Numerous studies have found that marijuana is an effective painkiller. Especially when it comes to chronic pain. At the same time, it does not have such side effects as traditional medicine. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 44 Americans die every day from painkillers overdose. Not everyone treats anxiety and concern with medication, but still, such people are full. Many of them could refuse traditional drugs with a sedative effect of cannabis.

Also, cannabis can treat opioid dependence. In the states where the use of cannabis for medical purposes is allowed, doctors annually prescribe an average of 1,826 daily doses of painkillers less than in other regions of the United States. Marijuana replaces prescription pain relievers, in particular from a number of opioids. The risk of overdosing with drugs containing opioids is significantly reduced. As for the sedative effects of marijuana, the impact of the effects is somewhat lower – cannabis use reduces the use of medicines doses each year.

Luxembourg Will Allow Recreational Cannabis

In the nearest future, three political forces will form the ruling coalition in Luxembourg. They are the Liberal Democratic Party, the Luxembourg Social Workers Party, and the Greens Party. The representatives of these parties agreed on steps to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes. And this includes making legal the production, acquisition, storage, and use of marijuana by adults to relieve stress.

Marijuana smokers claim that it helps relieve pain and suppress nausea – the two main side effects of chemotherapy in cancer cases. In small doses, it can even serve as a sedative. However, too large doses may, on the contrary, cause anxiety and paranoia. Stress is the growth of anxiety and fear, and marijuana helps to relax and soothe. Surely, it is very important to use it following doctors’ permissions. In some cases, marijuana replaces traditional medical pain relief medicaments, but marijuana is a natural pain and stress relief medicament.

Remarkably, the profits from the sale of a drug must be invested in the fight against drug addiction. Such is the demand of the government. It is expected that the new initiative will be worked out in detail and fully framed until the next election, which will be held in 2023.

Earlier, Canada became the first country of the “Big Seven”, where marijuana was legalized nationwide. According to experts, in the near future, a market of several billion dollars will appear in the country.