Marijuana and Cannabis World News
Although it has been a U.S. territory since we swiped it from the Spaniards in 1898, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is rarely taken into consideration when discussing American politics.
But with the issue of various levels of cannabis reform quickly becoming a dominant topic of debate here on the mainland, there is a rising wave of support for a 3-way blast of more progressive pot legislation for Puerto Ricans.
Yeah, mon. It looks like things might get a likkle bit mo' irie in Jamaica in the coming year as Jamaican Science, Technology, Energy and Mining minister Philip Paulwell says decriminalization is coming soon.
"Ganja will be decriminalized in Jamaica this year and emphasized that Jamaica cannot be allowed to be left behind on the issue," Paulwell told Jamaica's Cannabis Commercial and Medical Research Taskforce leader Dealana Seiveright.
Children in Israel suffering from severe seizure disorders will now be able to use medical cannabis, the Israeli health ministry ruled yesterday.
The move came after 15 families appealed denials for their children and threatened to leave the country for Colorado if the ministry denied them. (Editor's note: that seems to be the popular move lately).
If, for some reason, you did not believe that there really is a War on Drugs underway in America, two top-ranking U.S. military generals admitted as much earlier this week in testimony before the Congressional House Armed Services Committee in Washington D.C.
Army General Charles Jacoby and Marine General John Kelly sat Tuesday before the pasty white panel of entitled U.S. Congressmen, begging the government's purse-holders for a few more bucks, and warning that more budget cuts will translate directly into violent drug sales here at home.
The neighborhood cop shop in Roubaix, France, has apparently been busy busting enough local weed dealers to cause quite a stink. They estimate that they have seized at least 40 kilograms of cannabis and 'resin', and their successes on the streets and the resulting stockpile of pot has them feeling pretty high...literally.
In an interview with local news outlet 20 Minutes (so many jokes...), one officer who either didn't want to be identified, or couldn't remember his name, was quoted saying, "Already on the ground floor it smells a bit. But on the first floor, the odor is really strong. When you go there, you clearly smell the weed. And after a day, you are stoned."
Wikimedia Commons Mairie de Roubaix, the city hall of Roubaix, France
Whether it is blue jeans, or Blue Dream, what happens in America, rarely stays in America. When states across the nation began shifting towards medical marijuana legislation, the rest of the world barely blinked.
But once Colorado and Washington took the plunge into full recreational pot legalization, the South American country of Uruguay followed suit, and now the dominoes of worldwide marijuana reform have begun to tumble.
Lawmakers in Mexico City fed up with the social and financial cost of marijuana criminalization in their city are floating the idea of decriminalizing up to 35 grams of cannabis.
Currently the possession of up to five grams of marijuana is legal in Mexico under 2009 minor drug possession reforms aimed at curbing police corruption and crime. It's done nothing to end cartel violence, but so far hasn't been a major issue.
With marijuana still sitting unjustly on Schedule I of the controlled substances list here in the U.S., official in-depth studies on the specific effects that differing strains of weed can elicit have been limited, both in number and in scope.
Fortunately, the South American nation of Uruguay has recently legalized marijuana use on a national level, opening the door for a very willing and eager community of scientists and researchers to set up shop and begin to give ganja a long overdue honest lab-grade analysis.
Normally we couldn't give even a single fuck about this, but the Canadian also admitted to cops that he had been smoking herb, which is illegal in Florida and - more importantly - illegal federally. If those statements end up being upheld in court, it could prevent the pop icon from entering the U.S. in the future.
You have probably heard by now that the state of Colorado harvested over five million dollars in the first five days of legal recreational marijuana sales. The 25% tax imposed on those sky-high sales figures will surely be welcomed by all as the funds begin to flow back into their communities.
The implementation of this much needed cannabis reform seems to have opened a lot of eyes, and gained a lot of support from everyone, it seems, except for out-of-touch politicians and "fat and lazy" pundits. Oh, and Mexican narcoterrorist drug cartels.