Gallipolis bans sale of synthetic cannabis
The sale of the synthetic cannabis known as K2 or Spice was banned in the City of Gallipolis after the passage of an emergency ordinance on Tuesday night. During a city commission meeting the commissioners received a report from a City Solicitor Adam Salisbury about the substance popularly known as K2 or Spice. During the meeting, Salisbury brought an ordinance before the commission in regards to the sale of the substance. European countries and as many as 16 U.S. states have banned the substance K2 or “Spice that is reportedly supposed to be five times more potent than marijuana.
The City of Gallipolis is one of a handful of municipalities in Ohio that have passed legislation that illegalizes the use, possession and sale of the substance known as K2 or Spice. Ohio legislatures are expected to take action in regards to the use and sale of the substances in 2011. This is just one more city to go against the long lasting struggle to legalize marijuana in many countries as well as many other cities.
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License Cannabis Sales Expert Says
Policymakers should consider allowing the licensed sale of cannabis for recreational use, says one of the UK's leading researchers of the drug. Professor Roger Pertwee is going to speak his mind at a speech at the British Science Association in Birmingham. He is expected to say amazing solutions have to be considered because he believes the current policy of criminalizing cannabis is ineffective. But the government continues to insist that decriminalization the drug would not work and only make things more difficult.
The dismissal last year of Professor David Nutt as the previous government's leading drugs adviser showed it was in no mood to consider relaxing the status of cannabis as an illegal class B drug. It is a view which is also shared by the United kingdom’s current government. But Prof Pertwee, an expert on cannabis-like chemicals, is to tell scientists that he, like Professor Nutt, believes it is a policy that is doing more harm than good Professor Pertwee discusses legalizing certain forms of cannabis. "I'm talking about harm minimization," Professor Pertwee said. Professor Pertwee continued to say "At the moment there is an awful lot of harm caused by what we have at the moment, with children going to a drug dealer or they try and grow it themselves and then they get into troublewith the law."
Cannabis Laws To Be Strengthened In The UK
“Cannabis is to be reclassified as a class B drug”, Jacqui Smith commented. The home secretary said that she wanted to reverse Tony Blair's 2004 downgrading of the drug because of "uncertainty" over its impact on mental health. The move from class C means the maximum prison sentence for possessing cannabis rises from two years to five years. Her statement to MPs came despite the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs' review commissioned by Gordon Brown saying it should stay class C.
Since cannabis was downgraded there has been widespread concern about the increased prevalence of stronger "skunk" varieties. Ms Smith said this now accounted for 80% of the cannabis seized on the streets and the drug was nearly three times stronger than in 1995. She also added that the government's change of heart which is subject to parliamentary approval was part of a "relentless drive" to try and get the many pot smokers to alternatively quit or risk getting longer and much harsher sentences.
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