Thailand Speeds Up Passage Of Laws Permitting Personal Cannabis Cultivation

Thailand is ready to accelerate its fledgling medical marijuana program.

Anutin Charnvirakul, the country’s health minister, said Wednesday that the government will now permit household cultivation of six cannabis plants in an effort to bolster supplies for medicinal products, and provide another potential cash crop for people there. Continue reading “Thailand Speeds Up Passage Of Laws Permitting Personal Cannabis Cultivation”

Homegrown Marijuana Takes Hit In Swedish High Court

The trial of a paralyzed man who was prosecuted by Swedish authorities for self-medicating with cannabis recently sparked debate over the right to cultivate medicinal herb in the Scandinavian nation. Now Sweden’s Supreme Court has just ruled against the defendant, dealing a blow to the right to self-medicate. Continue reading “Homegrown Marijuana Takes Hit In Swedish High Court”

Marijuana Legalization Bill To Be Heard At India’s Parliament Winter Session

A Private Member’s Bill by MP Dharamvir Gandhi to regulate cannabis and opium, and legalize medical marijuana, will be heard in the winter session of Parliament this December, according to a report by Indiatimes. Gandhi is a cardiologist, a former member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and presently a Member of Parliament from Patiala. Gandhi has been advocating the legalization of medical marijuana for many years, and received the support of late MP Vinod Khanna, among others. Continue reading “Marijuana Legalization Bill To Be Heard At India’s Parliament Winter Session”

Uruguay Will Produce Medical Marijuana For Export This December

International Cannabis Corporation will produce Uruguay’s first batch of medical cannabis oil for export in December, the company’s chief executive said Sunday.

The Montevideo-headquartered company plans to ship the oil to Canada and Mexico, but is also open to selling it on the domestic market, Alejandro Antalich added. Continue reading “Uruguay Will Produce Medical Marijuana For Export This December”

Africa Could Look to Cash in With Green Rush

Several African governments are considering tapping a lucrative natural resource.

More than 10,000 tons of cannabis are produced on the continent each year, according to a UN survey, which advocates believe could be worth billions of dollars in a rapidly expanding global market for legal weed.

African governments have not yet followed the trend of legalization seen in Europe and the Americas. But Lesotho’s recent announcement of the continent’s first legal license to grow marijuana is part of a wider shift toward more liberal policies. Continue reading “Africa Could Look to Cash in With Green Rush”

Quebec Officials Confirm Legal Age to Buy Pot Will Be 18

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The Quebec legal age to buy pot will be 18 years old. This decision comes at a critical time. Because the country of Canada plans to completely legalize cannabis by next year, legislation and regulations need to be solidified. And it needs to happen now. Continue reading “Quebec Officials Confirm Legal Age to Buy Pot Will Be 18”

Mexican State Government Provides MMJ to Patients

For the first time, a Mexican state government has purchased a medical marijuana product to use as therapy for its citizens. On August 17, Eruvial Ávila, governor of the State of Mexico, personally distributed the first shipment of CBD hemp oil to patients at the opening of a new health clinic in the city of Ecatepec. The State of Mexico is the country’s most populous and surrounds the capitol of Mexico City on three sides.

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Hong Kong Cannabis Interceptions Are Soaring

Cannabis seizures are rapidly escalating in Hong Kong—whether due to greater quantities on the market or stepped-up enforcement, or both.

On Monday, the city’s South China Morning Post reported on a haul of 35 kilos in 136 baggies ready for sale, uncovered in a vehicle during a police raid on a car park. Three were arrested. Police estimated the street value of the load at HK$10 million (about US$1.3 million).

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Does North Korea Have a More Tolerant Pot Policy than South Korea?

Well, absolutely not, but you could be forgiven for thinking so, based on a cursory review of recent headlines.

Although it hasn’t made much of splash stateside, the big news in South Korea this week is the “marijuana scandal” surrounding a singer from the suggestively named K-pop boy-band Big Bang, who goes by the stage-name T.O.P.

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France to Drop Prison Terms for Pot Use

France will introduce a law by year’s end to end prison terms for cannabis use, a spokesman for the new President Emmanuel Macron said last Friday.

Macron made his pledge to reform laws on cannabis use a key campaign plank during the hard-fought race. Under current law, offenders can face a year in prison plus a fine of up to 3,750 euros ($4,200).

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