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CBD Legality in Europe
CBD legality in Europe
We are familiar with the legal minefield that is the CBD market in the UK. Companies may sell CBD products less than 0.2% THC with 1mg THC per pack is the guidance, but CBD products on the market may not follow these guidelines.   But how is CBD treated in other European countries?  CBD is now…
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The Importance of allowing personal cultivation for cannabis patients

It is integral to any successful medical cannabis policy that patients are able to source the correct medicine for their illness or symptoms.

Otherwise, who is the policy there to benefit?

There are a huge range of cannabinoids produced within the cannabis plant. These differ greatly between the types and species of the cannabis genus. Even within the same subspecies or "strain", there is a variance genetically.
Italy cracks down on legal CBD cannabis

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini sends a public message to the nation, condemning the proliferation of legal cannabis products.

Italy has always had a complicated relationship with cannabis, owing largely to a political bi-polarity that goes back decades.

Although Italy is one of the greatest consumers of cannabis per capita, it is also the home of the Catholic church and its politics have been mired by a bitter contest between conservative and left-wing groups. This has led to a confused identity for the nation when it comes to cannabis. Earlier this year, there was a general election in Italy, which resulted in an impossible coalition between two populist parties: M5S, an anti-establishment party of mixed values led by Luigi Di Maio and Lega, an isolationist far party led by Matteo Salvini. Salvini, in particular, is a controversial character, having already drawn strong criticism regarding his party’s attitude towards migration and their lack of support for vaccination legislation. Further making his mark, he now turns his outrage towards shops selling legal non-psychoactive cannabis flowers.
A Cash Crop For The Few?

In a year that has seen the first major national legalisation of cannabis in Canada, strongholds of legalisation in the States raise billions in tax via dispensaries, the ailing minority Tory government in the UK clings onto whatever it can of the dying model of prohibition. In many ways, the UK government has adopted a worse structure of prohibition by using it to create their own monopoly thanks to their corrupt and hypercritical licensing to their own corporate base via GW pharmaceutical’s 45 acre Skunk farm.

As the Tories own policy board chairmen recently cried in horror “You want to legalize Skunk!” to the UKCSC’s Greg de Hoedt on the Victoria Derbyshire program during weeks of the government playing chicken by denying prescribed cannabis medicine to the parents of children with pharma drug-resistant epilepsy, George Freeman exposed his lack of knowledge on cannabis when Greg was able to truth bomb on TV that his own government is benefitting from Skunk with their monopoly via GW Pharmaceuticals.
The Future of Law Enforcement & Cannabis in the UK

Having been on the front line of a cancer battle for the past 2 and a half years, I have been on a constant quest to keep myself learning so that I can outsmart the disease that turned my life upside down at the end of 2015.

Outsmarting the disease has felt like being on the run from a psychopathic killer that will take a mile if you give it an inch. So far I have been very successful going into remission early and staying there for longer than my prognosis.

Unfortunately, luck played a big part too and I say unfortunately because as a humanist, it’s frustrating that I cannot replicate my luck in others in this regard. I was lucky in two major ways. The first was that my cancer happened to have the right mutations to over-express CB1 receptors making it highly responsive to the entourage effect of simply vaping “Cheese” in a herbal vaporizer every night, crucially while I was halfway through a course of brain radiotherapy. The second was meeting a survivor who was further along than me who told me about the trial he was on to find how successful the ketogenic diet is against brain cancer. Not only did he give me some crucial lifesaving advice on starving cancer cells of the glucose it prefers to gain fuel on but he told me he started cannabis as soon as he was diagnosed. He happened to be a former police Sergeant so he stood as the first example to me of how indiscriminate serious chronic or “terminal” diseases can be.
Alfie Dingley Sir Patrick Stewart
Alfie Dingley must now wait another 4 months for a decision from the Home Office

Back in March, we reported on Alfie Dingley, a 6-year-old boy with a rare form of epilepsy who is in urgent need of medical cannabis.

Alfie Dingley Granted 3-Month Cannabis Trial in the UK
Recap: Hannah Deacon, Alfie's mother made headlines earlier this year when her campaigning and the national coverage of her story helped result in a statement from the Home Office saying it would grant Alfie a 3-month trial for his cannabis-based medicine. The medication Alfie currently uses is made by Bedrocan - it’s a whole plant CBD oil (10%) called Bedrolite. Alfie has a supply of this. As it has no THC in it it is legal. Alfie's parents are fighting for access to Bedica oil which is the 2% THC oil he was on in while Holland which he doesn't have access to in the UK due to its illegality.
Cannabis & Political Activism

Politics can be a cutthroat game when you look at it from a distance. You can almost simplify it down to good vs evil and when you are dealing with evil, you know your opponent has little regard for fairness/rules. This is why sociopaths do so well in business and politics. They have the charisma to persuade people to follow their lead and the absence of guilt to cheat their way through challenges.

This doesn’t mean you should just lay down and accept their ways though, far from it. When corruption is left unchallenged beyond a certain point it can lead to some of the worst events in history such as resource wars which unlike territorial or genuine wars against tyranny are perpetual in nature given that resources are so finite on 1 planet with exponential population growth. Since the end of World War 2 where around a total of 70 million civilian and military people died as a direct result of the conflict, a controversial term has been used called “The long peace” coined first by history John Lewis Gaddis in 1989 which is in reference to the fact that no rich major nuclear powers have had direct conflict with each other since World War 2.