Were Not Criminals

This blog will prove to the American public that were not criminals….

Its The Same Old Storie…(NickBrownly)These are just some of The cannibis laws across the world..

Australia.

Penalties for cannibus offences vary from state to state.Since the 70’s several states have lessened penalties for possession,cultivation and use of small amounts of cannibus.In 1987 South Australia followed in 1992 by the Australian Capitol Territories,introduced expiation notice schemes,which required on the spot finesfor minor cannibus offenses;if the fine is paid promtly,no court appreance or criminal record is necsseary, but, if not a court apperance will follow.Recently,the Northern Territory,Victoia and Western Australia have followed suit and introduced cautioning.The trend of reducing penalties for possseion has been matched by harder penalties for supply.

Austria.

Use is a crimanal offence,resulting in a fine or custodial sentence.

Belgium.

On April 21st 1998 Belgium offically Decriminalized cannibus,wich means,in practice,that those cought in possion for personal consumption will not be prosecuted but indutrial production and dealing will not be tollerated.In 2001,it announced that,under radical plans approved by the cabbinet,it will soon be legal to grow,import and consume potentially unlimited amounts of pot for personal use in Belgium.Any possession of canibis for personal consumption will no longer provoke a reaction from the justice system unless it use is considered to be,problematic or creates a social nuisance;the health Minister,Magda Aelvoet,said Legislation is due to be passed by the end of 2002

Canada.

In 2001,Canada became the frist to legalize cannabis for medical use.This effectively undid its 1961 Fedaral Narcotic Control Act,which made it illegal to possess,trafic,possess for traficing,cultivate,import and export cannibis.

Cuba.

In Feburay 1999,the cuban parliament approved a law that introduced the death penalty for the possession,production,and trafficking of drugs.

Czhec Republic.

In January 1999,depite the efforts of former President and 1960’s hippie Vaclev Havel,the Czech goverment made more than a small amount of marijuana illegal.Befor this law was drafted,marijuana was technically legal for personal consumption.

Denmark.

Cannibis is allowed to be grown,sold and consumed in an area that is part of the Copenhagen.Unfortunately,the people who live there are mostly poor and the area is quite run down,which gives cannibis a bad image in the press.

Egypt

In 1868,possession was made a capitol offence.in 1874,importaion was allowed but not possession.Then in 1879importiaon was again made illegal  and in 1884 growing also became a crimanal offence.These laws were reissued in 1891 and 1894.It is still illegal today,although many locals smoke.Crops in Sinia are being destroyed and westerners are being givin long sentences by the courts.

Finland.

Use remains to be a criminal offence

France.

Accroding to  Article 630 of the French public health regulations,French citiens are banned from portraying in favorable light and promoting or inciting the consumption of any product classed as a banned subtance.In theory,the possession and selling of cannibis is banned and anyone caught importing just a few grams can be jailed for up to 30 years.Yet figures indicate that some 7 million of the countrys 60 million population have tried nthe drug at least once,while 2 million are regular users.

Germany.

Germanys narcotic laws prohiibit the importing,exporting and processing of cannibis,although cultivation of cannibis as a beet-breeding agentis allowed provided the plants do not flower.Smoking a joint is illegal,but a landmark ruling from Germany’s constitutional court in 1994 means possession of small amounts for personal use is not usually prosecuted.

Greece.

The Greek authorites have stopped prosecuting those in possession of small amounts of cannibis.In 1999 stiff prison sentences for possessing recreational use drugs such as marijuana were revoked,although smokers cought red-handed are still required to have long periods of counsiling.The state has also funded the opening of 36 thearaputic and drug prevention centers in less than a year.

Greenland.

In remote Greenland the government authorities are fighting a losing battleagainst what is a thriving trade in the weed.The drug is illegal,but it is impossible to fight the massive cannibis trade in Greenland as it involves the whole society’said Hans Haahr,cheif of Greenlands Drug Squad.The Drug Squad estimates that the trade in cannibis is worth $75 million,which is equivalent to nearly 10% of the gross national product,including the economic assistance fromDenmark.This makes the cannibis trade Greenlands thrid largest industry messuered in annuale turnover.

India.

Confusion and curruption sourring the drugs laws abound in India-but the safest policy is not to be cought smoking cannibis.The indian government has clamped down ,making little distictions between soft and hard drugs.Anyone charged with illegal possession risks a mandatory ten-year jail sentence and,under Indian law,you are guilty untill proven innocent.In 1997,the Footprint Guidbook to Goa warned that in the 18 months following November 1995,21 foreigners were imprison for drug offences.The local police deny that bribery is rife,but many more foreigners who have been cought smoking joints adimt they have bought their way out of truble.

Ireland.

Use is a criminal offence,but frist and second -time offenders are only fined thearafter custodial sentences can be awared.

Italy.

Since April 1998 possession of drugs for personal consumption and small-scale cultivation of cannibis are no longer criminal offences.This moved followed a 1992 referendum in which 52% were in favor of decriminalizing possession of cannibis.Possession is now subject to administravtive sanctions rather than proscution,but cultivation,sale and delivery still remain illegal.Loopholes in the present law allow personal use but not personal cultivation.

Japan.

Cannabis was made illegal in Japan by the post-World War II occupying US administration in 1948-even though it growns abundantly in the wild.  Every year in Japan over a million wild cannabis plants are destroyed by narcotics agents.  Possession of cannabis can bring prison sentences of up to five years and cultivating or trading in cannabis up to seven years.

Luxembourg.

In May 2001, a groundbreaking bill decriminalized cannabis, making its personal use and pGreen Dreamossession a civil, as opposed to criminal, offense and therefore subject only to fines.

Malaysia.

Definitely not the place to be caught withj an eighth in your back pocket.  Malaysia’s drug laws prescribe the mandatory death penalty for poeple trafficking in more than 15g (1/2oz) of heroin or 200g (7oz) of cannabis.  More than 100 people, around a third of them foreigners, have been hanged in Malaysia for drug offences since the mandatory death sentence for trafficking was introduced two decades ago.

Morocco.

African and Asian countries may give the appearance that cannabis is already legal but it remains illegal and many foreigners have to buy their way out of trouble.  However, many of the locals smoke it themselves-especially kif, a mixture of leaf cannabis and black (illegal) tobacco.  In the Katama area in the north, in the mountains, huge crops of cannabis are grown, providing valuable income through sales to the rest of the world.  Natures Best MedsPossession is not prosecuted in Katama.  Elsewhere in Morocco it is usually possible to bribe your way out of a court appearance, which is why police often arrest foreigners.

New Zealand.

In March 1999, the New Zealand government ruled out the legalization of cannabis.  Indeed it went so far as to propose a ban on paraphernalia such as pipes or bongs, with a maximum three-month jail sentence and $1500 fine for anyone caught in possession.  However east of Auckland, on the rugged Coromandal peninsular, a quiet rebellion is under was.  It was here in recent elections that the rest of New Zealand was shocked when seven Green Party MPs were returned to Parliament.  By far the most controversial was Nandor Tanczos, a young dreadlocksproting, dope-smoking Rastafarian,. Tanczos and his Green colleagues are dead set on reforming the cannabis buddrug laws and, more specifically, on legalizing cannabis-and they have the support of many young people. According to recent research, more than half of New Zealand’s population between the ages of 15 and 45 admit to having used pot, which is the highest per-capita rate in the world.

Norway.

Use is a criminal offence but authorities are often lenient and only impose a fine for small quantities.  In extreme cases, offenders can be locked up for six months.

Poland.

In Poland it is legal to possess small amounts of cannabis for personal use.masterkush

Portugal.

Despite a reputation for being one of the most socially and religiously conservative countries in Europe, in July 2001 Porugal took everyone by surprise-not least its drug users-by decriminializing the use of all narcotics, from cannabis to crack.  The reasoning behind the amazing move was summed up by Portugal’s drug tsar Vitalino Canas: ‘Why not change the law to recognize that consuming drugs can be an illness or a route to illness? America has spent billions on enforcement but it has got nowhere. We view drug users as people who need help and care.’marijuana

Russia.

Up until the 1970s, marijuana was only used in the remote Asian territories of the former Soviet Union.  Most of the population preffered vodka.  But the hippie revolution in the USA sent ripples as far as Moscow, and in certain bohemian circles it became de riguer to smoke dope.  Today, while alcohol is still the drug of choice among most Russians, almost all young people will admit to having smoked Personalcannabis.  They have also developed their own cannabis culture.  For a start, instead of rolling the traditional spliff, they prefer to smoke ‘papiroses’-short, stubby cigaretted without filters that are infiltrated with weed called ‘kosyak’.  In the southern regions there is even a popular drink consisting of marijuana boiled with milk fat and butter.

Conviction for buying or selling cannabis can result in imprisonment for between three and seven years.  However, the low-paid Russian police are quite happy to accept bribes.

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This woman was killed for somthing that is legal in many places . I know the image is graphic and my be unsetteling to some but this is an example of how extrem some Countries are. in a civilized world that makes no sense!

Singapore.

Adults caught trafficking more than 510g (8oz) of cannabis face the death penalty

Singapore seems to practice strict sex equality with the death penalty and hanged 9 women in the 90’s. Six were executed for drug trafficking under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1973/75 which made drug trafficking a capital offence and 3 were hanged for murder. All Singaporean executions are carried out before dawn on Friday’s in Changi prison and no details are released. Prisoners are usually executed in groups (of up to 7 at a time) with men and women being hanged together using the long drop method. Bodies are returned to the relatives for burial. Executions are now rarely reported unless the criminal is not Singaporean. It is highly probable that more Singaporean women have been hanged for drug trafficking since 2000 and at least one has suffered for murder. Hanged for drug trafficking were: Hong Kong born, Cheuk Mei-mei, aged 29, who was executed on the 3rd of March 1994 followed by Hong Kongese born, Tsang Kai Mong Elke on the 16th of December 1994. Twenty five year old Angel Mou Pui- Peng, who was from the Portuguese province of Macau, went to the gallows on the 6th of January 1995 having been allowed a one week stay of execution to celebrate Christmas as she was a Christian. Tong Ching-man (24) and Poon Yuen-chung (22) who were both from Hong Kong and were only 18 at the time of their crime, were hanged on the 21st of April 1995. Thai national, Navarat Maykha (32), was executed on the 28th of September 1996. Chinese national, Yen May Woen (37), became the first person to be executed in Singapore for drug trafficking in 2004. She was hanged on the 19th of March 2004.

Spain.

The Spanish authorities prohibit the personal use ot cannabis but seldom prosecute for possession of small amounts-whether or not to arrest is left to the discretion of the police.  Personal possession is now legally defined as up to 50g (1.75oz), but anything over that is considered to be a public health hazzard.

Sweden.

Of all of the European countries, Sweden has the harshest anti-cannabis legislation.  Indeed its attitude verges on the paranoid.  In 1988 drug use was criminalized and in 1993 the penalty for drug consumption was increased to six months imprisonment.  Police have the power to apprehend anyone they even think looks as if they are under the influence of a drug and can take them to a police station and force them to undergo blood and urine tests.

Switzerland.

Concern is growing in Switzerland because a legal loophole allows cannabis to be cultivated openly on farms and sold over the counter or Small Amountsvia the Internet as ‘hemp’. Unlike most European countries, Switzerland allows cannabis to be grown legally while prohibiting its use as a drug.  In the Alps, cannabis has enjoyed a reveival among growers in recent years and is cultivated to produce textiles and cosmetics, to flavor food products and even to brew hemp beer.  Dozens of hemp farms have sprung up in Switzerland in the past five years along with 150 hemp shops, where hemp products are sold together with marijuana.  To cover themselves legally, the shops pack the dried weed in cellophane and then barcode, price and label it a “hemp tea”, “dried flowers”, Simone“organic buds” and “scent sachets”.  As a result, Switzerland has become Europe’s biggest hemp producer, with 200 tonnes/tons produced every year and a turnover of $290 billion.

Turkey.

Punitive sentences are issued for anyone caught trafficking drugs.

ok so just take a look around the world and you ask yourself if were criminals or not?ok maybee in fuckin singapore or cuba but we live in the great old usa whos cannibus laws are in the stone age!please feel free to comment on this  blog as it will be a open topic for discussion,i mean if you look at some of these laws comperred to ours,its very evident that we are far behind.As a country we need to unite and speak up.STOP the decriminalization.I really dont want my son to think i a bad guy because i treat my deprresion with cannibis.i would love to here what you think and please voice your opion on the topic no matter how you feel!Our voices are strong together!!!!!

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5 Responses to “Were Not Criminals”

  1. lets get the ball rollin and speak up!!!!

  2. So Michigan is down with Medical Marijuana, eh! Its such a bum wrap, If you’ve ever seen Reefer Madness, fucking ridiculous! And that propaganda is perpetuated with asshole politicians, and their stuborness to realize the benefits that Medical Marijuana has on symptoms of Chemo, Cataracts, and any appetite suppressing Cancer, even MS. The ignorance is so prevalent, most people have been duped into believing that hemp, which is a cousin, could possibly get you high. And still even Hemp is illegal, when it has so many great uses, like cheaper and less dangerous to grow, without harmful chemical fertilizers. The fact is, way back in the 50’s, retarded white house wives made it such a false issue, worrying about peasant migrant Mexican workers, (thinking or wanting to get raped) that the feds stepped in and tied Marijuana into anti- immigration laws. Pathetic! There are some really great documentaries on the subject, but will anything change.? Not if 2 generations of propaganda have anything to say about it! Peace ou, homies…im off my soapbox….for now!
    Sparrow Out!

  3. Great post, thanks for the info… last part makes the most sense though

  4. very interesting, i’ve learnt a lot, thanks for the info!

  5. learn to spell m8, but yes if everyone smoked marijuana consistently the world as we no it would be serene

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