Title: Mike Baird urges governments to move quickly to make medical cannabis accessible to terminally ill

Author: The Telegraph

Date: 20 November 2017


Extract:  Mr Baird said before meeting Dan and Lucy he would “never in a million years” imagine himself becoming an official patron for a medical cannabis charity.

“Having met Dan, heard the story and the impact, I became a big believer,” he said.

“The thing that gets me the most is that for those who are terminally ill, there is undoubted evidence that medical cannabis in some form can have an impact taking away pain when any other form of medication doesn’t work and restore hunger when again any other medication doesn’t work.”

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Title: India Bill To Legalize Marijuana & Opium To Be Tabled In Parliament Winter Session (December)

Author: Indus Dictum

Date: 22 November 2017


Extract: A Private Member’s Bill by MP Dharamvir Gandhi to regulate cannabis and opium, and legalize medical marijuana, will be heard in the winter session of Parliament this December, according to a report by Indiatimes. Gandhi is a cardiologist, a former member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and presently a Member of Parliament from Patiala. Gandhi has been advocating the legalization of medical marijuana for many years, and received the support of late MP Vinod Khanna, among others.

Indus Dictum has reported on the campaign for marijuana legalization in past articles. We have spoken to various medical, legal and political experts who support the principles of the bill privately as well as publicly. One of our guest authors, advocate Aditya Barthakur, had filed a petition to legalize marijuana in the Bombay High Court in 2013.

Mr. Barthakur had challenged the inclusion of cannabis in the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) of 1985, along with all its extracts (ganja/bhaang/charas etc). The petition was dismissed by Bombay High Court, and the appeal was subsequently dismissed by Supreme Court.

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Another article by the ID Chief Editor reported that marijuana related offences in India can be punished with up to a 20-year prison sentence along with fines and penalties, depending on the severity of the crime. The article also mentioned that 29 of the 50 United States have legalized medical marijuana, and 8 among them have permitted the sale to adults for recreational purposes.

In August this year, the Govt of India issued a “first-ever license” to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to cultivate and research the medicinal properties of cannabis. The aim is to “study and develop medical properties of cannabis for the treatment of epilepsy and chemotherapy induced side-effects.”

Even assuming that everything goes as planed and that the conclusions of the research are positive, there are still the hurdles of many years of testing and several approvals from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) before any cannabinoid-based drug enters the Indian market.



Title: Growing Cannabis To Self Medicate Is Not Allowed, Says Swedish Court

Author: The Local Sweden

Date: 21 November 2017