As marijuana law reform sweeps the United States, we cannot forget about the U.S. territories that suffer under cannabis prohibition as well. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the Governor of the U.S. Territory Puerto Rico, recently called for marijuana legalization in P.R.
Padilla says legalization will bring lower crime to P.R.; the territory’s recently approved medical marijuana and decriminalization bill await action by the legislature, but recreational legalization is a natural extension of these policies.
A couple of weeks ago we told you about plans to legalize medical marijuana growing in Australia for scientific research and clinical trial purposes. At the time we remarked on the ease with which the plan should pass according to those familiar with the situation, and those people have been proven quite right.
Last week a federal judge in Canada struck down the country’s latest round (2013) of medical marijuana regulations, eliminating the ban on patients growing their medicine at home.
Judge Michael Phelan ruled that the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) “have no force and effect.” He also placed a 6-month suspension on his ruling designed to give the new Liberal Government time to come up with new rules for medical cannabis.
A bill introduced in the Australian Parliament last week would legalize medical marijuana growing across the country. If passed, the bill would allow for a system of licenses and permits for growers to supply medical cannabis to doctors for clinical trials in preparation for future use by medical patients.
As of now, some Australian states have their own medical marijuana programs; however, supply for processors, researchers and scientists has been hard to come by up to this point since the entire supply has to come from overseas.