Category: Law

Cannabis legalisation is favoured by 47% of people, according to a new opinion poll.

While 39% oppose legalising the sale of cannabis through licensed shops, 14% are “don’t knows” on the issue, according to the survey of 2,000 people by polling company ORB for The Independent.

The news comes after the Liberal Democrats‘ health spokesman Norman Lamb said he wants the drug to be legalised in order to stop money going into the pockets of criminals.

The latest poll found that men (53%) are more likely to back licensed sales of cannabis than women (41%), The Press Association reported.

According to the research, backing for the proposal is highest in Scotland (58%) and London (54%) and lowest in the North East (37%).

Danny Kushlick, head of external affairs at the Transform Drug Policy Foundation, told The Independent that “millions” wanted the Government to take control of the cannabis trade.

He said: “Yet neither Jeremy Corbyn nor David Cameron will genuinely discuss legal regulation.

“Unless and until they show leadership on the issue, the drugs trade will remain in the hands of organised criminals and unregulated dealers.”

Source: Legalising Cannabis For Sale In Shops Is Supported By Nearly Half Of People, Poll Finds

Brazilian football legend Pelé has sued Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS) for at least $30 million, claiming that the Korean company improperly used a look-alike in an advertisement that ran in the New York Times without permission.

According to the complaint filed this month in federal court in Chicago, Samsung placed the October ad for ultra high-definition televisions after breaking off negotiations in 2013 to use Pelé’s identity to promote its products.

Pelé, 75, is widely regarded as the greatest football player ever, and among the world’s most famous athletes in any sport.

Though the ad does not mention Pelé, it includes a portrait-sized image of a man who “very closely resembles” him, and a small photo of a football player making a “modified bicycle or scissors-kick, perfected and famously used by Pelé,” the complaint said.

Pelé relies on endorsements for much of his income, and the ad will hurt the value of his endorsement rights and confuse consumers into believing he endorses Samsung products, the complaint added.

Samsung spokeswoman Danielle Meister Cohen declined to comment.


Source: Football legend Pelé sues Samsung over image in newspaper ad | Reuters

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