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Map of Italy and Flag. Image: George Hodan
Patrick Browne ~ thelocal.it ~
 
Proposals that would largely decriminalize marijuana in Italy currently have the support of 250 MPs – but does that mean Italy will be legalizing the drug any time soon?

Friends and family gather in Nelson, New Zealand to remember Alex Renton. Photo: Marion Van Dijk/Fairfax Media
Stacey Knott ~ Stuff.co.nz ~
 
Alex Renton sparked a national debate about medicinal cannabis while in a coma, his sister has told the teen's memorial service.

Australia and cannabis leaf

Rebecca Puddy ~ The Australian ~

Once believed to be the drug of choice for free-spirited youth, cannabis is more popular with older people than ever before.

A child wearing a marijuana leaf hat poses during a rally in support of cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Santiago in March. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
 
Chile took a step forward in decriminalizing the use of cannabis on Tuesday after the lower house of Congress approved by a wide margin a bill that seeks to change the law in the South American country.

Durham Police Commissioner Ron Hogg with Teeside cannabis activists in 2014 (Photo via The Independent)

James Cusick ~ The Independent ~

Ron Hogg will now only intervene if Durham growers are being 'blatant'.

Image of Katelyn Lambert before cannabinoid treatment for Dravet Syndrome
 
Watching his six-month-old daughter endlessly spasming in pain drove Michael Lambert beyond the bounds of Australian drug laws.

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