Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Chile Opens Latin America's Largest Medical Marijuana Farm
Chile welcomed Latin America's largest medicinal marijuana farm Tuesday, marking another step in the region's growing acceptance of therapeutic uses for the formerly illegal plant.
The plantation in the small town of Colbun, about 170 miles south of Santiago, will help treat some 4,000 patients from across Chile, according to organizers.
This comes as Chile's Congress debates the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and cultivation.
Posted Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Mexico to debate marijuana legalization in January
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) – Mexico will open in January a national debate on overhauling its marijuana laws, the interior minister said Wednesday, weeks after the Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing pot.
The top court's landmark ruling in November forced President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration to consider whether to decriminalize marijuana in a country that has a endured years of brutal drug cartel violence.
Posted Friday, November 27, 2015
The International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Washington D.C
By Jenna Valleriani on November 26, 2015
Over 1,400 researchers, activists, students, patients, harm reductionists, drug users, organizations, policy makers and politicians gathered last weekend in Washington D.C for the International Drug Policy Reform Conference hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).
From November 18 – 21st, people from all over the world discussed, debated and engaged in topics from psychedelic research, to the prescription pill panic, to cannabis regulation, reflecting a diverse movement with various interests. Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the DPA, framed wider drug policy reform as a movement about freedom and liberty – and positioned cannabis regulation as central to that movement.
Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Europe: Country of Macedonia Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana
Macedonian's health ministry says it is seriously listening to expert opinion about the possible legalization of marijuana for medical purposes after a poll indicated widespread public support.
The health ministry in Skopje told BIRN that it is carrying out wide-ranging consultations about making marijuana treatments available to people suffering from serious illnesses
"We are consulting experts, specialist doctors from various fields, pharmacologists, representatives of civil society... We believe that they will help us in finding the most optimal solution," the ministry told BIRN.
Mexico top court decision could pave way for legal recreational marijuana use
The Associated Press
Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom.
The measure was approved in 4-1 vote on the five-justice panel, backing the argument that smoking marijuana is covered under the right of "free development of personality."
Read Whole Story @ CBC.ca
Ireland to 'decriminalize' small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use
By Rose Troup Buchanan
Ireland will move towards decriminalizing substances including heroin, cocaine and cannabis as part of a “radical cultural shift”, the country's drugs minister has said.
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy, told a lecture at the London School of Economics on Monday that drug users will be able to inject in specially designated rooms in Dublin from next year.
Read Whole Article @ Independent
Will Mexico say sí to weed legalization by the end of October?
By Rafa Fernandez De Castro
Mexico’s Supreme Court next Wednesday will vote on a case that many think could set a precedent for widespread marijuana legalization in the country. But strangely enough, the forces behind Mexico’s weed-legalization efforts have little do with the greater criticism of a drug war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the past decade.
Instead, Mexican weed enthusiasts argue they have a basic human right to get high.
Read Whole Article @ Fusion
Canada's newly elected Liberals may legalize marijuana. That could impact US drug policy.
With the Liberal Party's electoral victory in Canada, the US's northern neighbors could soon undertake an enormous change in drug policy: marijuana legalization.
The policy was a big part of the Liberals' campaign: "We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. Canada's current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug."
Read Whole Article @ Vox.com
Australia: Federal Government to legalize growing of medicinal cannabis; Labor calls for nationwide scheme
By Louise Yaxley
The Federal Government has announced it will legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Health Minister Sussan Ley said the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to the most effective medical treatments.
She said she had been moved by stories of people who got some relief from medicinal cannabis, sometimes legally imported but not always.
"I have heard stories of patients who have resorted to illegal methods of obtaining cannabis and I have felt for them, because with a terminal condition, the most important thing is quality of life and relief of pain," she told AM.
Read Whole Article @ abc.net.au
Croatia legalizes marijuana for medical use
By Lajla Veselica
Zagreb (AFP) - Croatia allowed the sale and use of marijuana-derived products from Thursday, following a campaign sparked by the detention of a multiple sclerosis patient who grew the plant to ease his pain.
Medicines containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant's main psychoactive ingredient, can now be prescribed by doctors to ease health problems associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and AIDS.
Read Whole Article @ Yahoo News
A Government Study Reveals That Marijuana Legalization in UK Would Raise Hundreds of Millions
By Nigel Morris
Legalising cannabis would raise taxes worth hundreds of millions of pounds and produce large savings for the criminal justice system, a private analysis for the Treasury has concluded.
It judged that regulating cannabis, which was used by more than two million people in the UK last year, could generate “notable tax revenue” and “lead to overall savings to public services”.
Read Whole Article @ Independent
The Secret History of Cannabis in Japan
By Jon Mitchell
Today Japan has some of the strictest anti-cannabis laws in the world.
Punishment for possession is a maximum 5 years behind bars and illicit growers face 7-year sentences. Annually around 2000 people fall foul of these laws – their names splashed on the nightly news and their careers ruined forever. The same prohibition which dishes out these punishments also bans research into medical marijuana, forcing Japanese scientists overseas to conduct their studies.
For decades, these laws have stood unchallenged. But now increasing numbers of Japanese people are speaking out against prohibition – and at the heart of their campaign is an attempt to teach the public about Japan’s long-forgotten history of cannabis. 
Read Whole Article @ GlobalResearch.ca
Marijuana Legalization In Germany: Berlin Strikes Down Recreational Pot, Coffee Shops
A German pharmaceutical authority struck down proposed plans Monday that would have allowed for the creation of "coffee shops" in Berlin similar to those in Amsterdam where customers can recreationally buy different kinds of marijuana alongside a cup of coffee. Despite the setback, proponents of the law are still hopeful for the future of marijuana legalization in Germany.
Read Whole Article @ International Business Times
Marijuana coming next year to your local pharmacy - in Uruguay
By Malena Castaldi
Marijuana pioneer Uruguay said on Thursday it had granted licenses to two companies to grow the plant for commercial distribution, adding that the pot should go on sale in pharmacies next year.
The South American country was the world's first to legalize the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, aiming to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs while regulating and even taxing its consumption.
Read Whole Article @ Reuters
An Australian medical marijuana company has released its first cannabis pills
Australian medical marijuana company MMJ PhytoTech has generated its first revenues from sales of its cannabis pill.
The CBD (Cannabidiol) capsules, registered as a dietary supplement in Germany, started retailing in Europe in August for about 3 euros each ($4.70).
Is Africa The Next Big Global Marijuana Market?
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) in its 2009 report, Cannabis in Africa, the “highest levels of cannabis production in the world take place on the African continent.”
Read Whole Story @ Marijuana Politics
Chile Is About to Decriminalize Marijuana
With its proposed changes to Ley 20.000 (Law 20,000), Chile joins a growing list of Latin American countries decriminalizing marijuana. The initiative, which would grant Chileans the right to possess up to 10 grams of cannabis and grow up to six marijuana plants at a time, was passed in Chile’s Chamber of Deputies on July 7 with 68 voting in favor and 39 against. The bill must first be adjusted by a health commission and then passed by the Senate before it officially becomes law, but strong support for cannabis legalization in the country illustrates that legalizing marijuana use appears to be the new norm in the Western Hemisphere and, once again, that the War on Drugs has been a failed campaign.
Read Whole Story @ Alternet
Legalizing Cannabis in India: Is it time the Parliament starts talking about it?
Why is the country still facing a tough time to start a debate on legalizing the drug?
Marijuana, Cannabis, Hemp, Ganja, Charas, Weed, Pot, Mary Jane - for a drug with many names on the streets of India, the discussion on the subject among lawmakers is almost negligible. It has been thirty years since the Indian government passed the Narcotic Drugs and Psychtotropic Substances Act that banned all forms of Marijuana except “Bhang.”
Colombia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that growing up to 20 plants of marijuana is not a crime. The possession of small amounts of the drug had already been decriminalized.
The court ruled on the private cultivation of marijuana in an appeal filed by a man who had been sentenced to more than five years in prison after he had been caught by police with a recently cut plant weighing 124 grams.
The maximum amount of marijuana that can legally be carried is 20 grams in Colombia.
However, because the plant was meant for personal consumption, the court confirmed that there is no crime unless a person cultivates more than 20 plants.
The court ruling further decriminalizes the cultivation and possession of the drug for personal use.
Read Whole Article @ Columbia Reports
In the same way that many legislators across America are keeping their eyes on Washington and Colorado, so are lawmakers and policymakers across the globe. The experiments in legalization that are playing out in certain U.S. states are not only going to be of paramount importance for the legalization movement in the rest of America, but likely in many other countries as well.
Read Whole Story @ The Cheat Sheet
Published May 4, 2015
Argentina Demands Marijuana Legalization, with Little Optimism
By Adam Dubove
Thousands marched across Argentina on Saturday to demand an end to marijuana prohibition. (Ian Bulgach)
A passion for marijuana gripped the heart of the Argentinean capital on Saturday, May 2, as over 100,000 people marched through the streets of Buenos Aires to demand legalization and the right to personal cultivation of the drug.
The demonstration marshaled around 150,000 people, the same number as in 2014, and was part of the Global Marijuana March (GMM) simultaneously celebrated in over 849 cities and 76 countries since 1999.
“We’re asking for the legalization and regularization of all cannabis, for all its uses: medical, industrial, and recreational,” Nicolás Breg, representative of the Association of Argentinean Cannabis Agriculturalists (AACA), told the PanAm Post.
Read Whole Article @ PanamaPost.com
Jamaica has decriminalised the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.
The country's parliament passed a much-debated law allowing the possession of up to 2oz (57g) of marijuana.
It will also allow for a licensing authority to oversee the medical and scientific uses of the plant.
Marijuana is widely grown in Jamaica and has cultural roots there - but the decriminalization drive ran into fears of possible sanction from the US.
Read Whole Story @ BBC News
Uruguay's Road to Marijuana Legalization
17 stories that chronicle Uruguay's journey to become the first country in the world to legalize marijuana (from 2012-2014).
Read the stories @ Huffington Post
Published July 16, 2015
10 Countries That Could Be the Next to Fully Legalize Cannabis
By Lisa Rough
On December 10, 2013, Uruguay became the first country in history to fully legalize recreational cannabis countrywide. Since then, the country has been working out the details of their impending retail market, and although they've recently announced delaying legal cannabis sales to 2015, they're still doing an admirable job of paving the road for other countries to follow. Which leads us to the logical question: Which countries will be the next to follow in Uruguay's footsteps?
The United States
Read Whole Story @ Leafly.com
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