Marijuana Lessons For Canada: USA vs Portugal vs Netherlands

CANADA: Canada’s new government has promised to legalize marijuana in 2016, but until that happens, you can still get charged for possession, growing or selling marijuana. All these activities are currently illegal and possible penalties, if you get convicted, range from a small fine to getting a criminal record. The case’s outcome depends on whether you Read the full article…

Ruling In Mexico Sets Into Motion Legal Marijuana

MEXICO: The Mexican Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing marijuana on Wednesday, delivering a pointed challenge to the nation’s strict substance abuse laws and adding its weight to the growing debate in Latin America over the costs and consequences of the war against drugs. The vote by the court’s criminal chamber declared that individuals should have Read the full article…

Jamaica Government Announces Major Changes To Drug Laws

JAMAICA:  The Justice Minister Mark Golding said the cabinet was supporting a proposal to allow possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) of marijuana, known locally as “ganja.”. Mr Golding also said marijuana would be decriminalised for religious, medicinal and scientific purposes. It is expected parliament will approve the changes by September. “I wish Read the full article…

Jamaica Mulls Legal Marijuana (No, It’s Not Already Legal)

JAMAICA:  This tourist mecca may soon be known as the Colorado of the Caribbean. Given the ready availability of “ganja” as the locals call it, many outsiders assume marijuana is already legal in Jamaica, but it’s not … yet. Encouraged by legalized marijuana in Colorado, Washington state and Uruguay — the first country to legalize Read the full article…

South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Dagga

SOUTH AFRICA: The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was introduced in parliament today. The bill was submitted by Member of Parliament, Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini from the Inkatha Freedom Party. The Medical Innovation Bill aims to make provision for innovations in medical treatments by legalizing Read the full article…

Uruguay Unveils Marijuana Regulation Details

URUGUAY: The Uruguayan government has unveiled long-awaited regulations for its recreational marijuana market — a move that steers the tiny nation of 3.3 million people away from the prohibitionist war on drugs, with its disastrous consequences in Latin America, and toward a drug policy based on improving public health and security. Although Uruguay’s Congress approved the measure in December — Read the full article…

Medical Cannabis Activist Wants To Import ‘Ganja Oil’ Into Bermuda

BERMUDA:  Medical ganja activist Alan Gordon, in an open letter to Jamaica’s Health Minister copied to The Jamaica Gleaner, asked for a permit to export enough medical ganja oil extract for over 300 Bermuda cancer patients to have 18,000 large doses over a 2-3 month period. Gordon says that Bermuda’s Cabinet has previously approved import permits Read the full article…

Legislators Ask Why Mexicans Should Die Over A Drug The U.S. Is Legalizing

MEXICO:  Two Mexican legislators say they’re sick of cramming their jails full of pot smokers. Few countries have suffered the consequences of the U.S.-led war on drugs more than Mexico. As the principal supplier of marijuana to the United States, as well as a major transit country for cocaine and other hard drugs, Mexico has Read the full article…

Should Philippines Legalize Marijuana As A Cure?

PHILIPPINES:  The recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado has revived debates on whether to allow the use of the substance for medicinal purposes. While those pushing for its legalization claim that marijuana can provide relief to patients who have tried in vain to seek cure from conventional treatments, some are worried about its impact Read the full article…

Caribbean Leaders to Debate Marijuana Legalization

ST VINCENT: Researchers with a Caribbean trade bloc have found that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost the region’s sluggish economy. Caricom leaders are expected to talk about the preliminary report in a two-day summit that begins Monday in St. Vincent. The report was released Friday to The Associated Read the full article…