Marijuana and Cannabis World News

Uruguay Begins Licensing of Marijuana Home Growers
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Toke-Uruguay.flag.jpg
Uruguayans 18 and up can now grow up to six female plants at a time with a total annual harvest of 480 grams, or just over a pound so long as they tell the government they are doing so first.

According to reports, there weren't too many people signing up on the first day. Likely because, you know, telling the government you're growing something they formerly considered a crime isn't exactly an easy thing to do. Or maybe it's in protest, because you shouldn't have to register to grow your own herb.

China Says They've Found the Largest Pot Field in History, Just Don't Expect to See It
Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

ChinaFlag.jpg

The Chinese government is saying that they have located the largest cannabis field in the country's history using satellite imagery. How big? You don't need to know that, apparently. China isn't saying. Just take their word for it, apparently. It's huge.

"In Jilin and Inner Mongolia, a marijuana field that is the largest on record since the establishment of the country [in 1949] was discovered," according to the China News Service. The satellite also showed several previously-unknown border crossing paths and poppy fields.

Some contend that the release on the domestic use of satellite and high-level graphical software - not typical of China - is to hint at China's military satellite technology abilities.


Jackie Chan toes government line, says son's pot bust is shameful
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

drunkenmaster-jackiechan.jpg

As we reported earlier this week, Asian movie star Jaycee Chan, son of legendary Kung Fu film icon Jackie Chan, was arrested in his home in Beijing last week with about 3.5 ounces of herb.

While you might expect the star of the legendary Drunken Master to offer his sympathies in public for his son Jaycee, Jackie Chan - who is now the official Chinese Police Narcotics Control Ambassador - says he is saddened and ashamed.


Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan, arrested for pot in Beijing
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

drunkenmaster-jackiechan.jpg
Jackie Chan in Drunken Master.

The son of world-famous actor Jackie Chan has been arrested in Beijing for cannabis consumption and possession. Tolerance for cannabis use in parts of China is clearly not high, as Jaycee Chan faces anywhere from three years in jail or execution.

Yes, death for weed.


Colombian President Endorses Federal Medical Marijuana Proposal
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:20 am

colombia-map-antique.jpg

A measure to legalize cannabis for medical reasons in Colombia got a big endorsement yesterday when President Juan Manuel Santos told a drug policy committee that he would like to see the law passed.

Of the law, he says it is "a practical, compassionate measure to reduce the pain, anxiety of patients with terminal illnesses, but also a way of beginning to strip from the hands of criminals the role of intermediary between the patient and the substance that allows them to relieve their suffering."


Horrible British parents rat out their pot-using son to police
Friday, July 18, 2014 at 10:20 am

handcuffs-KlausWithAK.jpg
Klaus with a K/Commons.

They said it was a hard decision, but somehow we don't believe the parents of 18-year-old Joshua Billen. According to them, they struggled with whether or not to turn their small-time pot-using and -dealing son in to police.

Because we would like to think if anyone would have weighed out the pros and cons themselves, they would have realized that branding their own flesh and blood a criminal for the rest of their life over a bag of weed is a cruel, needless thing to do.


South Florida women detained in Cuba for smuggling synthetic weed
Monday, July 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

cuba-syntheticweedwoman.jpg
A 20-year-old South Florida woman named Melissa Acosta and one other woman (unidentified for now) were detained in Cuba this week for allegedly trying to smuggle in synthetic weed.

Pope Francis isn't down with weed legalization
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9:20 am

popefrank.jpg
ThierryEhrmann/Flickr

So, the new Pope isn't down with pot. What a shocker.

After riding an almost unprecedented wave of mainstream popularity, Pope Francis somehow surprised a whole lot of stoners last week by officially condemning cannabis use, as well as the rising tide of legalization, in a speech given to the International Drug Enforcement Conference.


Mad Men: Mexican cartels hijack billboards to intimidate Texas cops, DEA
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

cartel-billboard-khouscreenshot.jpg
A screen capture of a billboard from KHOU.

It appears as though a Mexican drug cartel has incorporated outdoor advertising in its arsenal of intimidation tactics in an attempt to further infiltrate the black market drug trade in the United States. Earlier last week, as motorists in El Paso, Texas began their morning commute, many got to see a series of billboards which had gone up up overnight displaying threatening messages accented with a couple of well-dressed mannequins swinging from a noose.

Lebanese army ignoring Lebanon hash producers
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

hash-toke-2014.jpg

Not to belittle our battle here in the United States, where cops think they are in the army when dealing with marijuana growers, hash producers in Lebanon actually battle with their army disrupting production on an annual basis.

Or, they used to. These days, with the war in Syria just 30 miles from the hash production center of the Bekaa Valley, the army has much bigger fish to fry.