Uruguay President Calls Colorado’s Legal Pot System ‘Complete Fiction’

The state will sell five different strains, containing a maximum level of 15 percent THC, the substance that gets consumers high. Each bag will be bar-coded, radio-frequency tagged, and registered in a genetic database that will enable authorities to trace its origin and determine its legality

URUGUAY:  Uruguay is hailed by marijuana advocates as a leader in pot policy, but a close look at details shows President Jose Mujica’s plan is more restrictive than Colorado’s approach to legal marijuana, AP reports. Associated Press reporter Leonardo Haberkorn takes a look at the rules for marijuana sales in Uruguay. The rules go into effect Tuesday. Read the full article…

Rob Ford 'Not A Good Poster Child' For Marijuana Legalization: Tommy Chong

“I think if you want to end up legalizing marijuana in Canada you gotta get rid of your mayor, man,” said Chong in an interview with the Star. “He’s just not a good poster child for the legalization cause, if you know what I mean.”

CANADA:  Toronto mayor Rob Ford has spoken favorably of marijuana decriminalization. He has even said he has smoked “a lot” of pot and was once arrested in the U.S. for possession. So you would think über pot advocate and legendary comedian and activist Tommy Chong would be rooting for the city’s embattled mayor. “I think if you Read the full article…

Rob Ford 'Not A Good Poster Child' For Marijuana Legalization: Tommy Chong

“I think if you want to end up legalizing marijuana in Canada you gotta get rid of your mayor, man,” said Chong in an interview with the Star. “He’s just not a good poster child for the legalization cause, if you know what I mean.”

CANADA:  Toronto mayor Rob Ford has spoken favorably of marijuana decriminalization. He has even said he has smoked “a lot” of pot and was once arrested in the U.S. for possession. So you would think über pot advocate and legendary comedian and activist Tommy Chong would be rooting for the city’s embattled mayor. “I think if you Read the full article…

In 'Brave Break With Failed Model,' Uruguay Passes Historic Marijuana Legalization

"We've given this market as a gift to the drug traffickers," said Mujica, "and that is more destructive socially than the drug itself, because it rots the whole of society."

URUGUAY: Uruguay has chosen to “bravely break with the failed prohibitionist model” in becoming the first country to legalize and regulate the production, distribution, sale and use of marijuana in a landmark bill passed by the country’s parliament Tuesday. The bill, which will be signed by leftist President José Mujica, was designed as an “experiment aimed at finding Read the full article…

Uruguay Set To Legalize Marijuana

Activists outside the Parliament building while lawmakers debate the bill legalizing marijuana, in Montevideo.

URUGUAY:  Juan Andres Palese says he’s a frustrated entrepreneur. His business, the sale of products for growing and processing marijuana, has always been in a legal limbo in Uruguay, his country. Legally speaking, it’s a complicated and risky situation. Selling accessories for the cultivation of cannabis is legal, but the production, sale and distribution of Read the full article…

Czechs In Quandary Over Legal Medical Marijuana

The Czech Republic's parliament legalized medical marijuana this year by an overwhelming majority, with the law becoming effective April 1. But some 20,000 patients

CZECHOSLOVAKIA:  Just three years ago, the only thing that Zdenek Majzlik knew about cannabis was that it’s good stuff for making rope. Today, the 67-year-old retired nuclear power plant employee is an experienced grower who cultivates pot for his daughter who has multiple sclerosis. Majzlik faces a thorny dilemma: The Czech Republic legalized medical marijuana use Read the full article…

Ireland ‘Ready For Legalization Of Cannabis’

“If cannabis is legalized, we can make a shopping list out of the amount of money which legalizing cannabis will save this country,” said the TD.

IRELAND: “Ireland is ready for the legalization of cannabis,” according to Roscommon TD Luke Ming Flanagan, who today published his Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013. Mr Flanagan estimated that the legalization of cannabis could generate up to €300 million through tax revenues and the freeing up of resources. However, he stressed this was an estimate and it was Read the full article…

'Cannabis Is Not A Drug': Spain's Anti-Drug Czar

Manjón declared that she “came out of the closet of drug prohibition to advocate regulation,” because of the failure of prohibition to reduce cannabis use, according to Spanish daily El Mundo.

SPAIN: Araceli Manjón, currently General Secretary of Madrid’s prestigious Computense University, made the comments while speaking at Expocannabis Hemp Festival 2013, an event for growers and users of cannabis and hemp.

Can The United Nations Block U.S. Marijuana Legalization?

Supporters of marijuana legalization don't really need to worry about the UN drug control treaties.

NEW YORK: The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board’s latest annual report expressed dismay at the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado and urged “the Government of the United States to take necessary measures to ensure full compliance with the international drug control treaties in its entire territory”.

In Switzerland, Marijuana Use Helps Keep Prisons Calm and Safe

Swiss prison staff told researchers they found marijuana to be a relatively safe drug and that cracking down on consumption would have more negative effects than positive ones

SWITZERLAND: A recent study published in the  International Journal of Drug Policy estimates that 50 to 80 percent of inmates in Swiss prisons use marijuana. Prison staff told researchers they found marijuana to be a relatively safe drug and that cracking down on consumption would have more negative effects than positive ones.