New Australian Company Wants a Piece of the U.S. Medical Cannabis Industry

An Australian company called RxMM Health, based in Perth, is making a play for the fast-growing, American marijuana industry. The company has applied for a license to grow and sell medical marijuana in southern California. RxMM, who specializes in climate-controlled, hydroponic cultivation, is specifically seeking patents for cannabinoid-based medicines. The company plans to grow and […]

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Vancouver, B.C. Police Apologize for Mistaken Warnings Over ‘Shatter’

Vancouver police found themselves backpedaling after they published a series of tweets regarding the horrors of “shatter,” a concentrated form of marijuana. The B.C. force appears not to have been aware that shatter, also known as “wax” or “dabs,” wasn’t a drug other than cannabis. One tweet read: “Parents!!!! Please educate your children on the […]

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Canadian Prime Minister Issues Mandate to Begin Cannabis Legalization Process

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a mandate ordering the revision of the country’s criminal justice system. Trudeau aims to create a system that will focus more on rehabilitation, as well as to launch a plan to regulate and legalize marijuana. Trudeau sent mandate letters to all of the cabinet ministers on Friday. The […]

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Colombia Set to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Colombian government officials have confirmed that the country plans to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medical and research purposes. President Juan Manuel Santos is set to sign an executive order that will regulate all aspects of marijuana cultivation and distribution, from grower licensing to the regulation of exports. The move marks a […]

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Supreme Court of Mexico Rules Personal Cannabis Consumption Should Be Legal

The Mexican Supreme Court delivered an argument Wednesday stating that individuals should be allowed to grow, distribute, and use marijuana personally. The ruling does not change any laws, but it creates a legal base on which lawmakers might be able to do so. The argument made by the court highlights a growing frustration with the […]

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Uruguay Set to Produce 6-10 Tons of Cannabis Per Month

Uruguay set new goals for national cannabis production and distribution last week. The first country to completely legalize marijuana will try to produce between 6 and 10 tons of cannabis a month, according to National Drug Board chief Milton Romani. Romani stated that the marijuana would be sold at pharmacies to registered users only. The program […]

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UK Parliament Forced to Discuss Cannabis Prohibition; Just 2% Of Parliament Attends

After a quarter million signatures were put forward to the British parliament’s e-petition system, the government was forced to convene a session regarding the production, sale, and consumption of marijuana. Unfortunately, only 14 of 650 members of parliament were in attendance at the debate, though the number of signatures the e-petition received made it the […]

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Canada’s Liberal Party Wins Election, Plans to Legalize Cannabis

Canada’s newly elected Liberal Party, headed by Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau, may be poised to legalize marijuana there. Cannabis legalization was a main feature of the party’s electoral campaign. From its website: “We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young […]

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Vancouver Researchers Urge Canadian Doctors to Prescribe Medical Cannabis Over Opioids

Vancouver HIV/AIDS researchers have published an editorial urging Canadian doctors to prescribe medical marijuana instead of opioids, which tend to be abused, for neuropathic pain and other conditions. The editorial appears in the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner and Stephanie Lake, researchers at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, argue […]

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Croatia Latest Country to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Croatia has passed legislation allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to patients suffering from illnesses such as AIDs, multiple sclerosis and cancer, reports the Associated Press. Cannabis will only be allowed when prescribed by a doctor, and it remains illegal to grow the plant at home. It also remains illegal to consume the drug without a […]

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Ecuador Increases Penalties for Small-Scale Drug Trafficking

Ecuador has moved to increase penalties for small-time drug sellers, going back on reforms instituted last year that differentiated penalties for possession of small amounts of drugs and possession of larger amounts with intent to sell. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, speaking to the National Assembly before the vote, said that small-scale drug dealers, or “microtraffickers,” […]

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UK Parliament Will Debate Marijuana Legalization in October

The UK parliament will debate legalizing marijuana next month after a petition received more than 200,000 signatures. The petition, started by James Richard Owen, argues that legalizing cannabis could bring the UK £900 million in taxes, save £400 million in police resources and create some 10,000 new jobs. The UK government issued a negative response […]

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New Ancillary Marijuana Industries Taking Root In Uruguay

With all the news surrounding the U.S. cannabis industry lately, it can be easy to overlook the changing policies and growing marijuana-related markets around the world. Consider Uruguay, for example: in 2013, former president José Mujica made history by passing legislation to completely legalize marijuana cultivation and consumption in the South American nation, making it the first country […]

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Russia Threatens to Ban Wikipedia Over Hashish Article

The Russian government is threatening to block the entirety of Wikipedia from the Russian net over a page that explains how to make Charas, a type of a hashish. Roskomnadzor, the internet division of the Kremlin, wrote to Wikipedia administrators claiming that it would take down Wikipedia in Russia if the Charas page wasn’t removed. […]

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Medical Marijuana Coming Soon to Israeli Pharmacies

Medical marijuana will soon be available in Israeli pharmacies for patients with a doctor’s prescription, according to an Israeli Health Ministry spokesperson. In accordance with the plan to provide medical marijuana, the government also intends to train and license physicians to prescribe cannabis treatments. The Health Ministry stated that marijuana will be “prescribed and monitored […]

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Australian Political Parties Pushing for Medical Cannabis Program

An Australian Senate committee comprising members from each of the country’s major political parties is working on a bill that would legalize medical marijuana there. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the coalition will “strongly recommend” that Parliament pass the bill, which would create a ‘medical marijuana regulator’ who would have the power to oversee […]

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Italy Moves Toward Marijuana Legalization

Italy took its first major step toward legalizing marijuana last week, putting it at the forefront of a European movement to address drug-policy failures across the continent. The Intergrupo Parlamentare Cannabis Legale, a committee comprising lawmakers from multiple political parties, have come to an agreement on a text that would legalize marijuana consumption, growth, production […]

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Vancouver Becomes First Canadian City to Regulate Cannabis Sales

Vancouver’s city council has passed a new set of rules to make it the first Canadian city to establish regulations and a licensing process for illegal marijuana businesses. Despite a recent ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada that medical cannabis is legal in all forms, there remain strict federal laws banning the sale of marijuana from retail storefronts. The Guardian reports: […]

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Canada High Court Rules All Forms of Cannabis Legal for Medical Use

Canada’s highest court made a laudable legal decision last week, ruling unanimously that all forms of cannabis are legal for medical purposes. The decision brings edibles, concentrates, topical lotions and other forms under the legal medical marijuana umbrella. The court ruled that patients should not be restricted to smoking marijuana for treatment, and wrote that […]

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Ecuador May Decriminalize All Illegal Drugs

A ruling party lawmaker in Ecuador introduced legislation to decriminalize the personal use of all drugs. If passed, Ecuador would become the second country in the world, and the first in the Western hemisphere, to take such a step. The legislation, proposed by Carlos Velasco, the head of Ecuador’s congressional Commission of the Right to […]

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Puerto Rico Governor Authorizes Use Of Medical Marijuana

The governor of Puerto Rico signed an executive order Sunday authorizing the use of medical marijuana there. The order, which went into immediate effect, legalizes the use of the cannabis plant and some or all of its derivatives for medical purposes. In a statement, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said, “We’re taking a significant step in […]

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Ireland to Consider Cannabis Decriminalization

Ireland’s new Minister of State with Responsibility for the Drug Strategy has stated that he is willing to examine the potential of relaxing marijuana laws. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, a Labour Party member from Ireland’s lower house of Parliament, was confirmed in this new position Thursday. He is tasked with examining Ireland’s National Drug Strategy, which […]

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Drug Cartels Funded Sex Parties for DEA Agents in Colombia, DOJ Reports

A new report from the Department of Justice has revealed that Drug Enforcement Agents posted in Colombia engaged in private sex parties with prostitutes provided by local drug cartels. Some of the involved individual’s corruption ran even deeper: three supervisory special agents were reportedly “provided money, expensive gifts and weapons from drug cartel members,” USA TODAY reports. The issue was never reviewed by the […]

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Italian Lawmakers Pass Motion to Legalize Cannabis

Lawmakers in Italy signed a motion last Monday to legalize marijuana throughout the country. The proposal’s main support came from the dominant center-left Democratic Party but was backed by some on the right as well. Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, who introduced the bill, is a former member of Italy’s Radical Party, which has campaigned for […]

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