Marijuana and Cannabis World News
A medical marijuana using Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer has kicked off a media storm in Canada this week after publicly admitted his cannabis use while on the job, notably while in the iconic red uniforms Mounties are known for wearing.
This caused outrage from the RCMP, but not so much about Cpl. Ronald Francis using ganja itself. He can do that and even while on the job, they say. But the Yukon will thaw before he's allowed to light up while wearing his Red Serge.
While he hasn't come around completely on recreational cannabis use, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Jamaican Minister of Health, says medical cannabis should be legalized in his country.
"Jamaica can't lock off itself from the rest of the world or the research findings that are available, that is pointing to a significant number of elicits that medical marijuana is responding to, so I want that to be very, very clear, that when it comes to medical marijuana, I am fully on board," he tells the Jamaica Observer.
A Thai woman caught with nearly 40 pounds of pot in a bus station in Sungai Petani last February will be hung for her "crime" according to Malaysian English-language news site, The Star.
Thitapah Charoenchuea, a 26-year-old single mother of a ten-year-old daughter, has maintained that she is was framed and that this was someone else's drug deal gone wrong. She says that a man she only knew as "Ali" approached her before she boarded a bus after a brief stop on a bus from Changlun to Kuala Lumpur and asked Thitapah to take care of his bags and he would meet her in Kuala Lumpur.
The mayor of Amsterdam is pushing for laws that would close cannabis-friendly coffee shops within 250 meters of schools, but only for part of the day. After about 6 p.m. as well as all weekend long and on holidays, the shops can open back up to tokers and space-cake eaters alike.
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In the states, heads would roll over shops being within 250 feet of a school or even 1,000 feet of a school. Actually, that's not true. The feds simply send out $.49 letters to everyone within 1,000 feet of schools and shut them down without really lifting a finger.
Jamaica has long been recognized as the globe's marijuana mecca -- a place where a large percentage of the population not only enjoys the plant's benefits but regards it as a sacrament.
So it's more than a little surprising to discover an editorial in Jamaica's largest newspaper calling for the nation's leaders to emulate officials somewhere else when it comes to pot. The place? Colorado. Denver Westword has the full story.
A proposal for marijuana decriminalization of up to 14 grams of cannabis in Puerto Rico lost any chance of moving forward in 2013 after the lower house adjourned for the session.
While certainly a setback, the bill's sponsor Senator Miguel Periera says he will reintroduce the legislation next year.The bill, which would have also lowered the penalties for possession of between 14 grams and an ounce to a fine of up to $500 and a maximum of six months in jail, heads to a yet-to-be-determined legislative committee in January.
Note to would-be cannabis growers: Taking over the apartment of a known heroin junkie for your grow op is not a good way to start. Forcing him into captivity for three days in said junkie pad grow op? Even worse idea.
He's a heroin junkie--he's going to get out and get his fix.
The story of embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his binge drinking, blow-snorting, crack-smoking (not so distant) past took yet another strange turn today when his brother berated city council and compared smoking crack to smoking cannabis. Toronto City councilor Doug Ford says his brother Rob is being unfairly persecuted by hypocrites.
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If you're going to put your former grow house up for sale in a place where cannabis is illegal, clean out your pots, vents and lights before allowing the real estate agent takes photos for an online listing.
It may be a fixer-uper.
Police in Avon and Summerset, England say they raided a $230,000 two-bedroom home back in July after receiving a tip that a grow operation was blatantly listed online through Rightmove.com. Cops haven't made any arrests, but removed all of the grow equipment according to the Telepgraph.
A measure that would have legalized cannabis use, possession and cultivation in Ireland was defeated handily yesterday, shot down with a 111 to 8 vote in the Dáil, Ireland's lower house of representatives.
According to RTÉ News, the cannabis bill was allowed some debate but it seems most of the rhetoric was from stuffy politicians with no real idea what cannabis is or does. Even the health minister pulled out the often-debunked "cannabis causes schizophrenia" myth.