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Dear readers of cread. After a longer break we are back with a new section – NEWS! We at cbuy.ch strive to keep our finger on the pulse of (hemp-)time and to keep you up to date. Therefore, starting today, every Monday we will give you an insight into the worldwide reporting around the topic of cannabis. For this purpose, we will link 3 news articles dealing with cannabis and its various facets in each episode. In addition, we will summarize each of the articles in 2-3 short sentences for you. We hope to give you a deeper insight into the daily happenings around the oldest cultivated plant in the world.
Today we start with news around the topic “Worldwide ongoing legalization effort”:
Just over a month ago, the Italian parliament decided to vote on legalizing the private possession of cannabis plants with a THC content of over 1%. The move has caused an outcry, especially among right-wing conservative parties, while left-wing parties are pleased that Italy could soon become the first country in Europe to decriminalize cannabis cultivation for private use.
The latest population survey by the research institute Sotomo shows that two thirds of Swiss people are in favor of the controlled distribution of cannabis with a THC content of more than 1%. For many survey participants, however, it is equally clear that this must be strictly regulated. Among other things, they call for strict protection of minors, high taxation and a general ban on advertising.
Most U.S. professional sports leagues have now greatly relaxed their approach to cannabis. The MLB, the league of professional baseball players, has already removed cannabis from the doping list, and the NHL (ice hockey) and the NFL (American football) have revised the THC limit sharply upwards or are in the process of doing so. Only the NBA, the league of famous basketball players like LeBron James, still has very strict limits reminiscent of the War on Drugs. However, the COVID-19 pandemic could ensure that now even in the league of the best basketball players in the world, there will be movement and cannabis will not only become more tolerated, but even more accepted and allowed.