Marijuana and Cannabis World News

UK Newspaper The Daily Mail Misses the Mark on Marijuana
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 9:20 am

Across the pond this weekend, The Daily Mail (aka Britain's version of Fox News) dropped their version of a bombshell story, claiming that they had found the source of the scourge of high grade weed that they claim is infesting their countryside.

A news rag known for its hardline conservative slant, The Daily Mail is hardly a trusted source for reliable cannabis news, or really any news for that matter, but their alleged insight into the growing pot market is so completely ass-backwards, it is really no wonder that the UK trails so far behind the US when it comes to cannabis reform.

Big Pharma is Working on Medical Marijuana Gum
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

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A New York and Netherlands-based biotechnology company focusing on medical cannabis research says they plan to start making pot-infused bubblegum in the Netherlands that they plan to sell internationally.

Axim Biotechnologies, which already makes a product called CanChew that contains CBD, say they will manufacture CanChew and a new product, MedChew, which will contain THC. Officials with the company tell they are already conducting clinical trials on patients with Multiple Sclerosis as well as inflammatory bowel problems and Crohn's disease in Amsterdam.

Man Posing as Islamic Imam Busted With Four Pounds of Hash in Spain
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

Spanish customs officials busted a 64-year-old man pretending to be an imam, or Islamic preacher, this week who was carrying four pounds of hash under the flowing robe of his costume.

Customs officials say they stopped Azad Bishir Levi after he stepped off a boat from Morocco with a funny walk - apparently, the kind of limp you have when you've not done a good job of strapping hash to your body.

Nationwide Ayotzinapa Vigils Drawing Attention to U.S. Role in Mexico
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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The story of 43 missing Mexican students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero refuses to disappear, as their whereabouts still remain a mystery more than two months after local police clashed with them on September 26. Anger continues to fuel protests in Mexico against the government over corruption, violence and ties to narcos. And on this side of the border, activists are holding their own rallies and bringing attention to the cause.

White Heroin Killing People in Amsterdam
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

First, it seizes up the brain like an old Chevy being driven at full speed through the desert with no fluids; sending a violent message to the spinal cord that cripples the user in his tracks. Then comes the inability to breath properly, followed by 10-20 seconds of remaining consciousness before the brainstem resembles a rubber chicken bone, sending the person deep inside the hole to the otherside without any chance for survival. This my friends is the fierce course of the wrecking ball known as a heroin overdose, a brown drug so powerful it was once used to by the ancient Egyptians to paralyze camels in an effort to prevent them from biting during intercourse.

Uruguay Elects Former President, Pot Program Lives On (For Now)
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Despite fears that a young, conservative faction could have taken ahold of the government and ended the program prematurely, Uruguay has elected a liberal president and secured the safety of the program - for now.

Former Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez was re-elected on Sunday with a 52.8 percent vote to serve a five-year term.

Canada Tells Medical Growers to Curb Advertising Benefits of Cannabis
Friday, November 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

The Canandian health department has issued a warning to the country's medical cannabis growers and sellers, saying that advertising the benefits of medical cannabis online and in print has gone too far.

Health Canada sent letters to 20 licensed pot growers that outline how and when they can advertise their products - including banning photos of actual buds or linking to any third-party websites that the government deems to be "promoting" weed. Producers can't even talk about which strains help certain conditions.

Dutch Trying to Shut Down High Times Cannabis Cup
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Thanksgiving week in Amsterdam for the last 26 years or so has been a haven for cannabis users and those wanting to celebrate marijuana culture thanks to the High Times Cannabis Cup.

But it seems that after more than a quarter-century of generally being hassle-free, the Dutch are cracking down on events and have shut down the main expo for the event and are strictly enforcing five-gram possession laws and a total ban on solvent-based concentrates.

Chilean Parents Growing Pot for Sick Children Despite Illegality
Monday, November 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Despite laws against growing cannabis, a group of about 100 parents in Chile have banded together to begin growing cannabis to help their children, many of whom suffer from severe epileptic conditions.

The group, Mama Cultiva, or "Mama Grows", has formed to help parents learn more about how to grow cannabis, extract the beneficial cannabinoids and how to dose their children appropriately.

Mexican Government Has Been "Hijacked" by Drug Cartels, Says Author Francisco Goldman
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

Last night, President Barack Obama announced he will take executive action to shield five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The prime-time speech was big news in the U.S., kicking up a political skirmish ahead of the 2016 elections. But it was far from the continent's top story. Instead, that title goes to the disappearance and presumed assassination of 43 students in Mexico.

The American media has largely ignored the unrest down south. Bizarrely, the Book Fair has brought the news to Miami anyway. Earlier this week, prize-winning Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska compared the massacre to the horrors of the "concentration camps." And in an interview to promote his own appearance this weekend, fellow writer Francisco Goldman tells New Times that this is a "terrifying and exhilarating" moment for Mexico.