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Global Report: Israel

In Feature Stories, Global by Chris Hogg

While marijuana is not officially legal in Israel, its Ministry of Health offers special licenses that allow 13,000 registered users to access medical cannabis. So far, the only pharmacy licensed to distribute medical marijuana is at Eilat’s Yoseftal Medical Center. But the Ministry of Health is hoping to allow distribution of medical marijuana through pharmacies across Israel sometime in 2013. Recently, …

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Global Report: United States

In Feature Stories, Global by Chris Hogg

In the United States, medical marijuana is not legal federally but several states (California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and 14 other states) legalized medical marijuana use and production. Although marijuana was long deemed a Schedule 1 controlled drug, respect for its medical benefits was cemented in March 1999. The U.S. National Institute of Medicine released a major 190-page medical marijuana report, …

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Global Report: The Netherlands

In Feature Stories, Global by Chris Hogg

The Netherlands has long been at the forefront of offering medical marijuana to its citizens. Medical marijuana was legalized in the Netherlands for use in pharmacies in 2003 and since 2007 several pharmacies have specialized in medical cannabis. They buy medical cannabis in bulk and can therefore deliver the products for a lower price. Three types of medical cannabis are …

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Global Report: Canada

In Feature Stories, Global by Chris Hogg

Long known for its budding British Columbian marijuana industry, Canada implemented its medicinal marijuana program in 2001, run by Health Canada. A year earlier, the Ontario Court of Appeal knocked down the marijuana possession section of federal anti-drug law, saying it violated Charter of Rights and Freedoms because no provision was made for medical users. The medicinal marijuana program in …

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Global Report: Czech Republic

In Feature Stories, Global by Chris Hogg

Long known for having a very liberal approach to recreational cannabis use, the Czech Republic officially legalized medical marijuana in April 2013. The plant is available for sale in pharmacies, and medical patients will not be able to grow their own marijuana under the legislation; they will need to get a doctor’s prescription and then get their treatment in a …