Washington Post, 02 Feb 2015 - Israel Is at Forefront of Research, but Export of Plant Doesn't Appear to Be on the Horizon Safed, Israel - In a greenhouse in the mountains of the Galilee, a technician in a lab coat is coddling a marijuana seedling that is coveted for life-saving medical benefits for epileptic children, doctors say - without the high.
Jamaica Observer, 01 Feb 2015 - THE report 'Ganja worry' (Jamaica Observer, January 29, 2015), presents the thinking of William R Brownfield, assistant secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, on the recent developments of the new ganja regime in Jamaica. He was quick to point out that this change will see increased export of the crop to the United States, and warned of Jamaica's legal obligation to the international treaties. He speaks as if Jamaica is the only country moving towards change. He is obviously oblivious about changes all over the world, including its major ally Israel. The international treaties Jamaica has signed are not written in stone. They were prepared for a world very much different from the present. Their foundations were built on myths and anecdotal evidence. Since 1922, there have been many commissions and research projects providing scientific studies, dispelling those myth and anecdotal evidence. The time has come to reform those treaties. Who will lead the process in Jamaica?
Chicago Sun-Times, 01 Feb 2015 - Although the state's medical marijuana program remains in limbo, with patients and entrepreneurs waiting for the state to get it rolling, it's not coming cheap. So far, the startup cost has been more than $1.8 million, most of it for computer software, records show.
The Citizens' Voice, 01 Feb 2015 - The medical record on marijuana is far from complete, but it is known to be helpful in stimulating appetite in some cancer patients, easing the effects of some seizure disorders in children and relieving some types of pain. And if developments in Harrisburg continue, it might even prove to promote bipartisanship. State Sens. Daylin Leach, a Montgomery County Democrat, and Mike Folmer, a Lebanon County Republican, plan to introduce an expanded version of the medicinal marijuana bill that passed the Senate last year before dying in the House due to opposition by former Gov. Tom Corbett. Eight other senators, including Majority Leader Jake Corman, Centre County Republican, and Minority Leader Jay Costa, an Allegheny County Democrat, attended the press conference to announce the re-introduction.