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Panama to legalise medicinal cannabis, a first in Central America

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Panama patients suffering from chronic pain can now rest a little easier with medicinal cannabis soon to be legalised in the country.

Panama passes bill to legalise medical cannabis

Panama is the first nation in Central America to approve the use of Medical cannabis.

Once bill 153 becomes law, authorised patients can join a register to receive the drug.

Additionally, the bill will permit further research to occur in the region under a new national program which will focus on medicinal use of cannabis and its derivatives. 

The bill passed congress with flying colours with all 44 votes supporting the bill unanimous.

An “innovative” idea

Assembly President Crispiano Adames called the bill “innovative,” grateful that it can be used to provide pain relief for chronic and mild ailments. 

“Today many people require medicinal cannabis. At the moment they do it illicitly, through smuggling. Citizenship deserves a regulation,” Adames told Cannabis Magazine.

Medicinal cannabis is used to treat several medical conditions such as chronic, neuropathic and cancer pains.

Panama joins several other countries legalising the drug, including Australia, Canada and Columbia among others. 

The bill requires final approval by President Laurentino Cortizo before it can be legalised.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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