Drug offences and death penalty…

26 07 2010

Drug dealer on his way to his execution in China Source: deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com

An interesting study was released in April this year about the legitimacy of the death penalty being pronounced for drug offenders:

From Amicus Journal (2010) Issue 21, p 21-28.

This article provides an in-depth analysis of the international law ramifications of applying the death penalty for drug offences.  It reviews the the ‘most serious crimes’ threshold for the lawful application of capital punishment as established in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  It then explores the question of whether drug offences meet this threshold by examining the issue through the lenses of international human rights law, the domestic legislation in retentionist states, international narcotics control law, international refugee law and international criminal law.  The article  concludes that drug offences do not constitute ‘most serious crimes’, and that executions of people for drug offences violates international human rights law.

Read the whole article on: A Most Serious Crime – R Lines 2010





Barack Obama on the US Cannabis policy

9 12 2008

The video might be a bit old, but the issue is still very relevant. Barack Obama is one of the few people in the world who can actually change the stance of most governments on Cannabis. His ideas on this topic are not only important for the US of A, but also for the rest of the world. The people from the Marijuana Policy Project have made a short Video during the presidential elections earlier this year.





Top 5 quality cannabis seeds under 25 Euro

7 11 2008

For the growers among you with a limited budget we have composed a top 5 of cheap marijuana seeds under 25 Euro per 10 seeds. When we say cheap we are obviously talking about the price and not the quality of the seeds. ;)

If you are planning to order some marijuana seeds online and want a good balance between price and quality have a look at the following strains:

  • White Skunk (16 Euro) Good Strain for a first time grower.
  • Double Gum (19 Euro) Strong plants with a very distinct smell.
  • The Pure (20 Euro) High yielding Indica/Sativa mix.

Note: Look out for any dodgy websites selling cheap seeds. To be sure you get what you ordered and good quality it is always best to buy directly from one of the big brands.





Cannabis as an as antibacterial agent?

9 09 2008

Researchers in Italy and Britain have found that the main active ingredient in marijuana — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — and related compounds show promise as antibacterial agents, particularly against microbial strains that are already resistant to several classes of drugs.

It has been known for decades that Cannabis sativa has antibacterial properties. Experiments in the 1950s tested various marijuana preparations against skin and other infections, but researchers at the time had little understanding of marijuana’s chemical makeup.

The current research, by Giovanni Appendino of the University of the Eastern Piedmont and colleagues and published in The Journal of Natural Products, looked at the antibacterial activity of the five most common cannabinoids. All were effective against several common multiresistant bacterial strains, although, perhaps understandably, the researchers suggested that the nonpsychotropic cannabinoids might prove more promising for eventual use.

The researchers say they do not know how the cannabinoids work or whether they would be effective, as systemic antibiotics would require much more research and trials. But the compounds may prove useful sooner as a topical agent against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, to prevent the microbes from colonizing on the skin.

Source: nytimes.com





Costa vs Polak

25 06 2008

This particular video features ENCOD´s Frederick Polak, trying in vain to get a very relevant question answered by UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa.

Apparently Costa is only open to a debate if you don’t ask him any difficult questions..








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