Canada’s First Publicly Traded Recreational Marijuana Firm Targets U.S. Markets

A Toronto-based company has become Canada’s first publicly-traded recreational marijuana firm. Nutritional High International, Inc., which produces oils and extracts as well as a variety of edibles, began trading Monday on the Canadian Securities Exchange. The firm raised $1.6 earlier this month before closing its initial public offering, and on Monday it ended the day […]

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Uruguay’s Legal Marijuana Program Suffers Further Delays

New Uruguay President Tabaré Vásquez, who assumed office on Sunday, has chosen to delay the country’s legal marijuana program only days into his presidency. Vázquez’s predecessor, President José Mujica, made international headlines in 2013 when he legalized the production and sale of marijuana, making Uruguay the first nation to do so. Since then, Vázquez has agreed to honor […]

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Jamaica’s MMJ, Hemp, and Decriminalization Law is Approved

Jamaican lawmakers on Tuesday passed the country’s first decriminalization and medical marijuana law, the result of a 38-year Parliamentary push for marijuana policy reform. The law dramatically alters criminal penalties for “ganja,” as it’s locally described, with possession of up to two ounces warranting only a small fine and no longer resulting in a criminal record. Beyond decriminalization, the law also […]

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Breaking Down Israel’s Role in Medical Marijuana Research

For more than 50 years, medical researchers in Israel have been forging new ground in the field of cannabis research, particularly in regards to medical use. The Father of Marijuana Research In the early 1960s Raphael Mechoulam, sometimes called the “Father of Marijuana Research,” and his team established the structure of cannabidiol (CBD) and a year […]

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Canadian Government Recalls MMJ Product for Being too Potent

Peace Naturals Project Inc., a Canadian MMJ company, must recall two batches of medicinal-grade cannabis because the labeled potency does not match the product’s actual potency. Peace Naturals had labeled these products at 9.07% THC when they hit store shelves, but further testing revealed that some such flowers yielded results as high 13.7%, according to a government […]

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Jamaica Senate Passes Law to Decriminalize Cannabis, Allow MMJ

On February 6, the Jamaica Senate passed landmark legislation to address progressive marijuana policy reform — ironically, this momentous legislative development also fell on what would have been the 70th birthday of Jamaican superstar and popular marijuana icon Bob Marley. The legislation came in the form of five amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act. Ultimately, the changes […]

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U.S. Marijuana Legalization Working Against Mexican Drug Cartels

Curtailing cartel profits has been one of the most popular reasons for legalizing marijuana, and recent developments suggest that such policy reform has been a great success. As NPR reports, Mexican drug cartels are beginning to feel the hurt as more and more U.S. states legalize cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. NPR interviewed 24-year-old Nabor, a marijuana grower in the northwestern Mexican […]

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Brief: Uruguay’s Legal Marijuana Program Is Safe Under New President

Uruguay’s nation-wide recreational marijuana program has garnered much international attention since its unveiling earlier this year. Recently, the program faced a possible threat of shutdown depending on the outcome of the country’s presidential elections. Thankfully, that danger has passed. Former President Tabare Vazquez, who served his initial term as president from 2005-2010, beat his election opponent 53 percent to 40 […]

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Brief: Chile Plants First Crop of Medical Marijuana

Chile’s first crop of medical marijuana, a heavily-guarded and monitored 850-square-meter plot of land dedicated to growing medical-grade cannabis, has been planted. “We’re living at a time, in Chile and the rest of the world, where it’s not reasonable to close yourself to new evidence. Marijuana can provide some dignity to those who suffer. It […]

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Brief: Upcoming Presidential Election in Uruguay Poses Risk to Marijuana Experiment

Last December, Uruguay made headlines as the first country in the world to legalize cannabis. Left-wing President Jose Mujica began rolling out a system for the legal regulation and taxation of the drug. The program has seen delays, however, and with Mujica’s final term coming to an end soon, the program is now threatened by the prospect of […]

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U.S. DEA Flexes Muscles at Americans Investing in Canadian MMJ Market

Marijuana law reform has been an increasingly popular issue in the U.S. for years: activists are fighting left and right for basic human rights, while entrepreneurs are constantly on the look out for business opportunities to advance, strengthen, and further legitimize the market. With the U.S. markets currently wallowing in political turmoil, however, the Canadian medical […]

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Brief: Tweed, Canadian MMJ Company, Now Hiring Experienced Trimmers

Tweed, the first company to enter Canada’s federally-regulated medical marijuana market, is now looking to hire experienced trimmers for their massive grow op in Ontario, according to this recent tweet. The growing facility itself, located in Smiths Falls, earned media attention several months ago for reportedly being the largest structure ever dedicated to growing legal marijuana. Now […]

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Brief: Former CEO of Tweed is Now a Multimillionaire

Chuck Rifici — former CEO of Canada’s Tweed, Inc. — stepped down from his position last week on August 27, though Rifici has stated he will remain on the company’s board and will help find a replacement CEO. For Rifici, stock investments in the company have paid off handsomely, leaving him with a stockpile of company […]

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Brief: The Global Commission on Drug Policy Calls for Change

The Global Commission on Drug Policy is expected to release a progressive report entitled Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Policies that Work on Tuesday, September 9. The report will be released at a press conference in New York City, where Commissioners speaking include Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former Colombian President César Gaviria, former […]

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Brief: Bedrocan, Canadian Cannabis-Growing Company, Going Public on Monday

A Canadian cannabis-growing company, Bedrocan Cannabis Corp, is set to go public on Monday, according to two sources close to the business. Bedrocan will serve as Canada’s first alternative to Tweed Marijuana Inc, which began offering its public shares in February this year. Bedrocan will be listing under “BED” on the Toronto Venture Exchange. According to Chief Executive Marc […]

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Jamaica Considering Marijuana Legalization

Believe it or not, cannabis is still technically illegal in Jamaica. In fact, the country’s first medical marijuana company, Medicanja, launched a mere six months ago. However, inspired by successful legalization experiments in Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay, Jamaican farmers and some politicians have decided it’s time to legally capitalize on the culturally-entrenched industry: largely through the advent […]

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Canadian Company to Sponsor World’s First Clinical Trial of MMJ for Arthritis

The list of diseases that can reportedly be treated with marijuana has grown quite lengthy. However, scientific trials to determine the plant’s medical effectiveness in some such treatments have been extremely difficult and, due to legal restraints, all but impossible to carry out — until now. A Canadian company called CanniMed has recently been approved by Health Canada, […]

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Cannabis Social Clubs: Is Barcelona Europe’s New Amsterdam?

Since Colorado’s foray into the legal cannabis industry, there has been speculation on whether or not Amsterdam would be surrendering its “Weed Capital of the World” title to the city of Denver.  Now however, it seems that Amsterdam may not even be considered the weed capital of Europe for much longer, if Spain’s progressive climate continues […]

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