Posted May 26, 2016


Colombia legalizes medical marijuana after decriminalizing recreational use

Leafshutterstock_113274211__Mykola_Mazuryk.jpgWritten by Adriaan Alsema

Colombia’s Congress on Wednesday voted to legalize marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes. The constitutional court had already decriminalized the recreational use of the drug.

The approval of the bill proposed last year was the latest step to change the country’s drug laws from repressive to more public health-oriented.

Some senators wanted to legalize the drug all together, but found no majority support.

In fact, Senator Juan Manuel Galan even had difficulty having his proposal passed through the latest voting round in the House of Representatives as too many representatives were absent during the voting round initially scheduled for Tuesday.

However, after urging lawmakers to show up at work, Galan did receive sufficient support and the bill was passed with 83 voted in favor and three against.

It took congress almost two years to pass all seven voting rounds.

More @ Columbia Reports

Posted May 15, 2016

Macedonia legalizes medical cannabis


SKOPJE, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Macedonian Health Minister Nikola Todorov said on Saturday that medicinal marijuana will be available in pharmacies across the country from the end of May this year.

Todorov told reporters that amendments to the Law on Control of Drugs and Psychotropic Substances have made the use of cannabis products for medicinal purposes possible for "people suffering from serious illnesses, such as malignant diseases, multiple sclerosis, HIV and childhood epilepsy."

The Macedonian Health Ministry and the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices will invite foreign experts to train domestic medical specialists and pharmacists on the safe and effective use of cannabis products, Todorov said.


Posted May 4, 2016

Jamaica expects regulations for medical marijuana today


Industry and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda says the regulations to govern the production of medicinal marijuana in Jamaica should be ready today.

This means the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) set up by the previous administration is one step closer to having formal rules for the issuing of ganja licences.

However, the regulations will have to go to Parliament for approval.

Samuda says after the regulations are approved, it will start processing applications for ganja licences.

More @ Jamaica Gleaner

Posted May 2, 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Government examining decriminalizing marijuana

Juctice.jpgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago Government is examining the possibility of decriminalising marijuana and is reviewing existing legislation as well as planning wide consultation before adopting any position, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi has said.

He told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper Monday that there has been “a full exercise of analysing the types of crime in our prisons and the pre-trials detention or remand statistics for a range of offences, including possession of narcotics, and particularly possession of cannabis.

“From that perspective there’s certainly a drive to gather statistical information, as the issue of decriminalising of marijuana isn’t a simple one on the public side.”

More @ Jamaica Observer

Posted April 22, 2016


Mexico President Pena Nieto proposes relaxing marijuana laws


Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has proposed legalising marijuana for medical purposes and easing limits for personal use of the drug.

He said he would be sending a bill to the Congress to increase the amount users can legally carry from the current five grams to 28 (0.18-1oz).

He had previously opposed efforts to liberalise Mexico's tough drug laws.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico in recent years.

"We, Mexicans, know all too well the range and the defects of prohibitionist and punitive policies, and of the so-called war on drugs that has prevailed for 40 years,'' President Pena Nieto said on Thursday.

"Our country has suffered, as few have, the ill effects of organised crime tied to drug trafficking.

"Fortunately, a new consensus is gradually emerging worldwide in favour of reforming drug policies. A growing number of countries are strenuously combating criminals, but instead of criminalising consumers, they offer them alternatives and opportunities."

More @ BBC News


Posted March 25, 2016

Uruguay's legal marijuana policy en route to next phase of regulation


By Uki Goni on March 24, 2016

The first country in the world to legalize marijuana sales was Uruguay, a tiny South American nation with a population of only 3.3 million wedged between Brazil and Argentina.

Uruguay fully legalized the production and sale of marijuana in December 2013 after a decade-long grassroots movement headed by mostly middle-class consumers managed to convince the government it was safer to legally sell weed rather than to allow drug dealers to run the market.

The system now in place grants licenses to private producers for large-scale cannabis farming and regulates its distribution at a controlled price of about one dollar a gram through pharmacies to registered consumers.

Private individuals are also allowed up to six plants at home. Larger amounts can be grown at “cannabis clubs” where individuals band together to produce marijuana in greater quantities as long as it is not for sale.

Legal sales through pharmacies are expected to begin in the second half of this year. Earlier this month the government opened the registry for pharmacists wishing to sell legal weed. These must install fingerprint recognition software to identify consumers as well as wall-mounted safety boxes to protect the maximum two kilos of marijuana each pharmacy will be allowed to maintain in stock.

More @ The Guardian

Posted February 25, 2016

Medical marijuana legalized in Australia

BudInBottle.jpgBy Christina Zdanowicz, on February 25, 2016

The Australian Parliament passed a measure Wednesday legalizing medical marijuana.

The amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act will allow cannabis to be legally grown for medical and scientific purposes for the first time in Australia.

"This is an historic day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products so genuine patients are no longer treated as criminals," Minister for Health Sussan Ley said in a statement.

More @ CNN

Posted February 1, 2016


Puerto Rico adopts regulation for use of medical marijuana


By Staff: The Associated Press on Jan. 28, 2016

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico's Health Department has adopted a regulation that will allow for the cultivation, manufacturing and distribution of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory.

Officials say the substance can be used in forms including pills, creams, patches and oral drops. Authorities stress that smoking marijuana and cultivating it for personal use remains illegal.


Posted January 20, 2016


Chile Opens Latin America's Largest Medical Marijuana Farm


By Reuters on Jan. 20, 2016

Chile welcomed Latin America's largest medicinal marijuana farm Tuesday, marking another step in the region's growing acceptance oftherapeuticuses for the formerly illegal plant.

The plantation in the small town of Colbun, about 170 miles south of Santiago, will help treat some 4,000 patients from across Chile, according to organizers.

This comes as Chile's Congress debates the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and cultivation.

More @ Reuters


Posted Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Colombia fully legalizes medical marijuana


Colombia's president has signed a decree fully legalising medical marijuana in a shift away from preventing drug crop production.

Juan Manuel Santos said the move put Colombia "in the group of countries that are at the the use of natural resources to fight disease".

More @ BBC News

Posted Friday, December 18, 2015


Seventeen Years After Setting the Wrong Goal, the UN Aims to Get Drug Policy Right

By Daniel Wolfe & Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch on December 17, 2015

What do drug experts in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the United States have in common? They all recognize that the war on drugs has failed, and that it’s time for a change.

It’s been 17 years since world leaders assembled at the 1998 special session of the United Nations to discuss the global drug problem. The slogan of that meeting was, “A Drug-Free World: We Can Do It.” But they couldn’t do it. The effort to eliminate all drug production and impose a zero-tolerance approach to drug use didn’t work. In fact, these efforts have done more harm than good the world over.

More @ Open Society Foundations

Posted Wednesday, December 16, 2015


US Medical Marijuana Advocacy Organization Launches International Research Center


By Geoffrey Marshall on December 15, 2015

Prague, Czech Republic – Today members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), KOPAC and Dioscorides Global Holdings (DGH) were joined by the Minister of Health for the Czech Republic, Svatopluk Němeček to announce the establishment of a new research center, the International Cannabis and Cannabinoid Institute (ICCI) – intended to foster evidence-based exploration with a modern scientific approach to refine the therapeutic applicability of cannabis-based medicines in the Czech Republic. ICCI will identify, coordinate and support global research priorities for the advancement of cannabis and cannabinoid treatments through a multidisciplinary evidence based approach that incorporates innovative tools and approaches.

“As a medical cannabis patient who has been benefiting from it use for 14 years, I have felt a responsibility to ensure that other patients in the US, and now globally, have the choice to utilize cannabis treatments,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access. “The creation of the ICCI is an integral step in fulfilling that commitment. The work of the ICCI will remove barriers to access for patients globally by bringing together the current knowledge base for cannabis research as it relates to biomedicine, life sciences and policy sciences to create a platform for sharing, exploration and education.”

More @ Americans For Safe Access

Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Scotland police plan to stop arresting adults caught with small amounts of cannabis


By David Leask on December 10, 2015

PEOPLE caught with small quantities of cannabis will face on-the-spot warnings from police rather than prosecution.

The change in enforcing drug laws is part of a major overhaul of how officers handle petty offending to free up police and prosecutors’ time.

The Crown Office told The Herald,

"This police the discretion to issue a warning for offences which they consider to be very minor in nature. They will not be used for any offence of violence. This system provides a mechanism that is timely and proportionate, avoids the need for the preparation and submission of a standard police report, and enables the Procurator Fiscal and court to focus on more serious crimes while giving police the range of powers they need to respond quickly and appropriately to very minor offences."

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Posted Monday, December 14, 2015

 Mexico issues first permits for personal marijuana use under Supreme Court ruling


By The Associated Press on December 11, 2015

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government on Friday granted the first permits allowing the cultivation and possession of marijuana for personal use.

The federal medical protection agency said the permits apply only to the four plaintiffs who won a favourable ruling from the Supreme Court last month. The court said growing and consuming marijuana is covered under the right of "free development of personality.

The permits issued Friday won't allow smoking marijuana in the presence of children or anyone who hasn't given consent. The permits also don't allow the sale or distribution of the drug.

More @ Metro News

Posted Friday, December 11, 2015

India: Legalize cannabis consumption or face rising alcoholism: BJD minister Satpathy


By Speed News Desk on December 11, 2015

According to Tathagata Satpathy, a senior Bjiu Janta Dal (BJD) minister and a Lok Sabha member, rising alcoholism is directly related to the ban on cannabis consumption. So it's not surprising that on 9 December, the four time MP called for legalising marijuana.

The MP has pitched this idea earlier as well and this time he spoke extensively about rising alcohol consumption and the arbitrary ban on the sale of liqour in different parts of the country.

More @ Catch News

Posted Monday, December 7, 2015

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Uruguay to Sell 3 types of Marijuana in Drug Stores


Published on December 6, 2015

Marijuana sales in licensed pharmacies across Uruguay will begin in June 2016, with the price expected to be around US$1.20 per gram.

Registered Uruguayan consumers will be able to access three types of marijuana in drug stores with high, medium and low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol and correspondent levels of cannabidiol, said Milton Romani, president of the country's national drug office, on Saturday.

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Posted Monday, December 7, 2015

President of Chile says marijuana is no longer on hard drug list

FieldOfPot.jpgBy Owen Weldon on December 6, 2015

Marijuana is no longer on Chile's list of hard drugs because Michelle Bachelet, the country's president, signed a decree to have it removed.

The decree also allows cannabis-derived medicines to be sold at pharmacies. The decree has yet to be published officially, but the Associated Press did obtain a copy of it on Friday.

Read Whole Article @ Digital Journal

Posted Friday, December 4, 2015

Jamaican cannabis by-products on the horizon


By Barbara Ellington on December 4, 2015

With Jamaica in advanced stages of preparation for the possible legalisation of ganja, some forward thinking entrepreneurs are getting ready for the financial opportunities that will arise. Maurice Ellis and Richard Ramdial, owners of Sun Spice Seasonings Company Limited/IgadI Jamaica Limited - an all natural Jamaican line of seasonings, are on the brink of some exciting by-products made from cannabis.

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Posted Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mexico to debate marijuana legalization in January


MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) – Mexico will open in January a national debate on overhauling its marijuana laws, the interior minister said Wednesday, weeks after the Supreme Court opened the door to legalizing pot.

The top court's landmark ruling in November forced President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration to consider whether to decriminalize marijuana in a country that has a endured years of brutal drug cartel violence.

Read Whole Article @ Jamaica Observer

Posted Monday, November 30, 2015

Dutch local authorities call for regulated marijuana growing to keep out criminal gangs


The Dutch local authorities’ organisation VNG is calling on the government to sanction regulated marijuana production by introducing licences for growers.

The move is necessary to take marijuana out of the hands of organised crime and smugglers, the VNG says in a new report, previewed in the Volkskrant. All 393 local authorities in the Netherlands are members of the VNG.

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Posted Friday, November 27, 2015

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Washington D.C


By Jenna Valleriani on November 26, 2015

Over 1,400 researchers, activists, students, patients, harm reductionists, drug users, organizations, policy makers and politicians gathered last weekend in Washington D.C for the International Drug Policy Reform Conference hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).

From November 18 – 21st, people from all over the world discussed, debated and engaged in topics from psychedelic research, to the prescription pill panic, to cannabis regulation, reflecting a diverse movement with various interests. Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the DPA, framed wider drug policy reform as a movement about freedom and liberty – and positioned cannabis regulation as central to that movement.

Read Whole Article @ Lift Cannabis

Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Europe: Country of Macedonia Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana


Macedonian's health ministry says it is seriously listening to expert opinion about the possible legalization of marijuana for medical purposes after a poll indicated widespread public support.

The health ministry in Skopje told BIRN that it is carrying out wide-ranging consultations about making marijuana treatments available to people suffering from serious illnesses

"We are consulting experts, specialist doctors from various fields, pharmacologists, representatives of civil society... We believe that they will help us in finding the most optimal solution," the ministry told BIRN.

Read Whole Article @ Balkan Insight

Posted Monday, November 23, 2015

Alaska the 1st state to approve marijuana use at certain pot shops


By Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press on November 23, 2015

The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska's recreational marijuana industry voted Friday to allow for people to use pot atcertain stores that will sell it, a first among the four states that have legalized the drug.

The 3-2 vote by the Marijuana Control Board also changed the definition of the term "in public" to allow for consumption at some pot shops, none of which are open yet. Colorado, Washington and Oregon have legalized recreational marijuana but ban its public use, including in pot stores.

Read Whole Article at CBC.Ca

Posted Friday, November 20, 2015

Alaska Marijuana Control Board votes to allow
marijuana bars in retail outlets


By Laurel Andrews on November 20, 2015

The Marijuana Control Board voted to allow for consumption of marijuana at retail stores across the state, which, if approved by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, would make Alaska the first state to allow a regulated area for marijuana consumption outside of a person’s home or other private spaces.

The change allows for people to buy marijuana at a retail store and consume it in a designated area on the premises.

Read Whole Article at Alaska Dispatch News

Posted Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Columbia to legalize marijuana in order to
increase exports of legal weed


By Kedar Grandhi on November 17, 2015

One of the world's top drug producing countries, Columbia, is planning to legalise medical marijuana. The country's president Juan Manuel Santos said recently that he would sign a decree sometime this week, which would control the use, production, and export of medicinal marijuana.

Colombian officials are betting that this move could become big business as it would increase the exports of legal marijuana. Santos, who opined that there was a big demand, told the BBC, "There are already firms in Canada and the US that are using marijuana for a variety of therapeutic, medicinal treatments."

Read Whole Article @ International Business Times

Posted Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mexico top court decision could pave way for
legal recreational marijuana use


The Associated Press

Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom.

The measure was approved in 4-1 vote on the five-justice panel, backing the argument that smoking marijuana is covered under the right of "free development of personality."

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Posted Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ireland to 'decriminalize' small amounts of drugs,
including heroin,cocaine and cannabis, for personal use


By Rose Troup Buchanan

Ireland will move towards decriminalizing substances including heroin, cocaine and cannabis as part of a “radical cultural shift”, the country's drugs minister has said.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy, told a lecture at the London School of Economics on Monday that drug users will be able to inject in specially designated rooms in Dublin from next year.

Read Whole Article @Independent

Posted Friday, October 23, 2015

Will Mexico say sí to weed legalization by the end of October?


By Rafa Fernandez De Castro

Mexico’s Supreme Court next Wednesday will vote on a case that many think could set a precedent for widespread marijuana legalization in the country. But strangely enough, the forces behind Mexico’s weed-legalization efforts have little do with the greater criticism of a drug war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the past decade.

Instead, Mexican weed enthusiasts argue they have a basic human right to get high.

Read Whole Article @Fusion

Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Canada's newly elected Liberals may legalize marijuana.
That could impact US drug policy


With the Liberal Party's electoral victory in Canada, the US's northern neighbors could soon undertake an enormous change in drug policy:marijuana legalization.

The policy was abig partof theLiberals' campaign: "We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. Canada's current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug."

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Posted Friday, October 16, 2015

Australia: Federal Government to legalize
growing of medicinal cannabis;Labor calls for nationwide scheme


By Louise Yaxley

The Federal Government has announced it will legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Key points:

  • Federal Government to legalise growing of medicinal cannabis
  • States to be allowed to make own decision on whether to allow growing of drug
  • Labor calls for nationally consistent scheme
  • Federal Health Minister says medicinal cannabis industry could flourish in Australia

Health Minister Sussan Ley said the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to the most effective medical treatments.

She said she had been moved by stories of people who got some relief from medicinal cannabis, sometimes legally imported but not always.

"I have heard stories of patients who have resorted to illegal methods of obtaining cannabis and I have felt for them, because with a terminal condition, the most important thing is quality of life and relief of pain," she told AM.

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Posted Thursday, October 15, 2015

Croatia legalizes marijuana for medical use


By Lajla Veselica

Zagreb (AFP) - Croatia allowed the sale and use of marijuana-derived products from Thursday, following a campaign sparked by the detention of a multiple sclerosis patient who grew the plant to ease his pain.

Medicines containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant's main psychoactive ingredient, can now be prescribed by doctors to ease health problems associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and AIDS.

Read Whole Article @Yahoo News

Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Government Study Reveals That Marijuana Legalization
in UK Would Raise Hundreds of Millions


By Nigel Morris

Legalising cannabis would raise taxes worth hundreds of millions of pounds and produce large savings for the criminal justice system, a private analysis for the Treasury has concluded.

It judged that regulating cannabis, which was used by more than two million people in the UK last year, could generate “notable tax revenue” and “lead to overall savings to public services”.

Read Whole Article @Independent

Posted Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Secret History of Cannabis in Japan


By Jon Mitchell

Today Japan has some of the strictest anti-cannabis laws in the world.

Punishment for possession is a maximum 5 years behind bars and illicit growers face 7-year sentences. Annually around 2000 people fall foul of these laws – their names splashed on the nightly news and their careers ruined forever. The same prohibition which dishes out these punishments also bans research into medical marijuana, forcing Japanese scientists overseas to conduct their studies.

For decades, these laws have stood unchallenged. But now increasing numbers of Japanese people are speaking out against prohibition – and at the heart of their campaign is an attempt to teach the public about Japan’s long-forgotten history of cannabis. [1]

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Posted Monday, October 5, 2015

Marijuana Legalization In Germany:
Berlin Strikes Down Recreational Pot, Coffee Shops


A German pharmaceutical authority struck down proposed plans Monday that would have allowed for the creation of "coffee shops" in Berlin similar to those in Amsterdam where customers can recreationally buy different kinds of marijuana alongside a cup of coffee. Despite the setback, proponents of the law are still hopeful for the future of marijuana legalization in Germany.
Read Whole Article @International Business Times

Posted Friday, October 1, 2015

Marijuana coming next year to your local pharmacy - in Uruguay


By Malena Castaldi

Marijuana pioneer Uruguay said on Thursday it had granted licenses to two companies to grow the plant for commercial distribution, adding that the pot should go on sale in pharmacies next year.

The South American country was the world's first to legalize the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, aiming to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs while regulating and even taxing its consumption.
Read Whole Article @Reuters

Posted Tuesday, September 1, 2015

An Australian medical marijuana company
has released its first cannabis pills


Australian medical marijuana companyMMJ PhytoTechhas generated its first revenues from sales of its cannabis pill.

The CBD (Cannabidiol) capsules, registered as a dietary supplement in Germany, started retailing in Europe in August for about 3 euros each ($4.70).

The company intends to produce a total 1 million of the Swiss-made capsules in 2015. The pills, only available in Europe,are sold online.
Read Whole Article @Business Insider Australia

Posted Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Is Africa The Next Big Global Marijuana Market?


According to the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) in its2009 report,Cannabis in Africa, the “highest levels of cannabis production in the world take place on the African continent.”
Read Whole Story @Marijuana Politics

Posted Monday, August 24, 2015

Chile Is About to Decriminalize Marijuana


With its proposed changes to Ley 20.000 (Law 20,000), Chile joins a growing list of Latin American countries decriminalizing marijuana. The initiative, which would grant Chileans the right to possess up to 10 grams of cannabis and grow up to six marijuana plants at a time, was passed in Chile’s Chamber of Deputies on July 7 with 68 voting in favor and 39 against. The bill must first be adjusted by a health commission and then passed by the Senate before it officially becomes law, but strong support for cannabis legalization in the country illustrates that legalizing marijuana use appears to be the new norm in the Western Hemisphere and, once again, that the War on Drugs has been a failed campaign.
Read Whole Story @Alternet

Posted Monday, August 24, 2015

Legalizing Cannabis in India:
Is it time the Parliament starts talking about it?

Why is the country still facing a tough time to start a debate on legalizing the drug?


Marijuana, Cannabis, Hemp, Ganja, Charas, Weed, Pot, Mary Jane - for a drug with many names on the streets of India, the discussion on the subject among lawmakers is almost negligible. It has been thirty years since the Indian government passed the Narcotic Drugs and Psychtotropic Substances Act that banned all forms of Marijuana except “Bhang.”

Marijuana has been prevalent in several Indian texts dating earlier than 1000 BC as part of religious and spiritual rituals, even finding mention in The Vedas.

There have been a lot of arguments for decriminalizing marijuana consumption from multiplereports in the Times of India to online petitions and Facebook pages. However, very few arguments have cropped up against the cause.

Why then, is the country still facing a tough time legalizing medicinal marijuana, to begin with, and then start a debate on using the drug for recreational purposes?
Read Whole Article @The News Minute

Published August 12, 2015

Colombia decriminalizes marijuana cultivation up to 20 plants


By Adriaan Alsema
Colombia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that growing up to 20 plants of marijuana is not a crime. The possession of small amounts of the drug had already been decriminalized.

The court ruled on the private cultivation of marijuana in an appeal filed by a man who had been sentenced to more than five years in prison after he had been caught by police with a recently cut plant weighing 124 grams.

The maximum amount of marijuana that can legally be carried is 20 grams in Colombia.

However, because the plant was meant for personal consumption, the court confirmed that there is no crime unless a person cultivates more than 20 plants.

The court ruling further decriminalizes the cultivation and possession of the drug for personal use.
Read Whole Article @ Columbia Reports

Published May 22, 2015

10 Countries Leading the Push for International Marijuana Legalization


In the same way that manylegislators across Americaare keeping their eyes on Washington and Colorado, so are lawmakers and policymakers across the globe. The experiments in legalization that are playing out in certain U.S. states are not only going to be of paramount importance for thelegalization movement in the rest of America, but likely in many other countries as well.
They are:
Czech Republic
The Netherlands

Read Whole Story @The Cheat Sheet

Published May 4, 2015

Argentina Demands Marijuana Legalization, with Little Optimism

By Adam Dubove
Thousands marched across Argentina on Saturday to demand an end to marijuana prohibition. (Ian Bulgach)

A passion for marijuana gripped the heart of the Argentinean capital on Saturday, May 2, as over 100,000 people marched through the streets of Buenos Aires to demand legalization and the right to personal cultivation of the drug.

The demonstration marshaled around 150,000 people, the same number as in 2014, and was part of the Global Marijuana March (GMM) simultaneously celebrated in over 849 cities and 76 countries since 1999.

“We’re asking for the legalization and regularization of all cannabis, for all its uses: medical, industrial, and recreational,” Nicolás Breg, representative of the Association of Argentinean Cannabis Agriculturalists (AACA), told the PanAm Post.
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Published February 25, 2015

Jamaica decriminalizes marijuana use


Jamaica has decriminalised the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

The country's parliament passed a much-debated law allowing the possession of up to 2oz (57g) of marijuana.

It will also allow for a licensing authority to oversee the medical and scientific uses of the plant.

Marijuana is widely grown in Jamaica and has cultural roots there - but the decriminalization drive ran into fears of possible sanction from the US.
Read Whole Story @BBC News

Uruguay's Road to Marijuana Legalization


17 stories that chronicle Uruguay's journey to become the first country in the world to legalize marijuana (from 2012-2014).
Read the stories @Huffington Post

Published July 16, 2015

10 Countries That Could Be the Next to Fully Legalize Cannabis


By Lisa Rough

On December 10, 2013, Uruguay became the first country in history tofully legalize recreational cannabis countrywide. Since then, the country has been working out the details of their impending retail market, and although they've recently announceddelaying legal cannabis sales to 2015, they're still doing an admirable job of paving the road for other countries to follow. Which leads us to the logical question: Which countries will be the next to follow in Uruguay's footsteps?

Czech Republic
Costa Rica
The United States

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