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  • Colombia's clandestine cannabis growers keen to come out of the shadows

    Farmers in northern Cauca province, the centre of the country’s marijuana cultivation, have formed a co-op to capitalise on legalisation of the pot trade
    The Guardian (UK)
    Friday, September 16, 2016

    colombia-marihuana-cultivoHalf of Colombia’s cannabis production is concentrated in the northern part of Cauca province, and 50% of that is grown in Corinto alone. Police estimate 100 hectares of land in the municipality are dedicated to growing weed; local farmers reckon the real number could be twice that. So when Colombia recently legalised marijuana for medical and scientific purposes, farmers in Corinto figured they had a corner on the cultivation market. A group of farmers came togetherto create Caucannabis, a cooperative that aims to be a prime supplier to companies hoping to cash in on Colombia’s new legal marijuana business.

  • Overseas backers push ganja co-op for Jamaica

    InCuBis International says it provides professional consulting, business and legal advice to the emerging medical cannabis market in the United States
    The Gleaner (Jamaica)
    Friday, September 16, 2016

    A group of international investors is looking to partner with local interests, particularly small farmers to corner the local and export market for ganja. InCuBis International is working through the Ganja Growers & Producers Association (GGPASS) to have local farmers join a co-operative to control the marijuana industry 'from seed to sale', according to business consultant Tony Melcher. Declaring that "the best weed comes from Jamaica", Melcher carefully laid out InCuBis' objectives as the "first incubation partnership in the world" at a Kingston forum.

  • Mexico president following California marijuana vote - state lawmaker

    If California votes to create a legal cannabis market, it would place great pressure on Mexico
    Reuters (UK)
    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has proposed liberalizing his country's drug laws, privately asked California lawmakers visiting Mexico about a state measure to legalize recreational marijuana. A delegation of California Democratic lawmakers visiting Mexico talked for an hour with Pena Nieto. During the meeting, Pena Nieto brought up the November ballot measure without getting into details, California state Senator Ben Allen said in an interview. "But they're clearly paying close attention," he added. Pena Nieto has said the United States and Mexico should not pursue diverging policies on marijuana legislation.

  • The DEA wants to ban another plant

    Researchers say the plan is 'insane'
    The Washington Post (US)
    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    The Drug Enforcement Administration has received a torrent of backlash from patients with chronic pain and former opiate users after announcing plans to ban kratom, a plant gaining popularity across the United States for its opiate-like effects. A DEA spokesman said that the agency has received a surprising number of comments about the ban and could ease the restrictions after further research. Kratom has been used in the Southeast Asia for recreational and medical purposes for centuries, according to a 2011 report from the Transnational Institute.

  • Tilburg to allow medical marijuana users to grow drug at home

    Strict conditions will be set on the cannabis growing
    NL Times (Netherlands)
    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    medical-useTilburg Mayor Peter Noordanus decided to allow patients using medical marijuana to grow it themselves at their homes in the city, he wrote in a letter to the patients group for medicinal marijuana users PGMCG. Conditions include that patients are not allowed to cultivate more than five plants. They also need a prescription from their doctor, have to be a legal adult and make sure that their cultivation does not cause a fire hazard. They are also not allowed to sell the cannabis they grow. While growing marijuana is illegal, the court frequently decides to impose no penalty for it.

  • Alaska Legislature considers marijuana social clubs

    The regulations are making the law instead of the Legislature making the law
    Alaska Dispatch News (US)
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    alaska-cscThe Senate and House Judiciary Committees met to discuss the status of the fledgling commercial marijuana industry. One of the largest topics of discussion was the existence of marijuana social clubs, which have been operating in Alaska for the past year and a half. Social clubs opened in the wake of Alaska's initiative legalizing recreational marijuana. For a membership fee, the clubs provide a venue where people can consume cannabis. Sometimes free samples are provided by growers. While state Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth issued an opinion last month that the clubs violate public consumption law, Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, questioned the attorney's interpretation.

  • How three drug users took on the might of the Russian state

    Substitution therapy for addicts is banned in Russia
    The Guardian (UK)
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    The Russian government has a notoriously punitive attitude towards drugs. Substitution treatments are banned and the only option for recovering addicts is to go cold turkey. But three drug users who have struggled for years with their addiction and have become life-threateningly ill as a result, claim that this policy is an abuse of their human rights, and are taking the Russian state to court. (See also: Russia scorns methadone for heroin addiction)

  • Cannabis industry expected to be worth $50 billion by 2026

    Legal market will gain new consumers, former illicit users
    Bloomberg (US)
    Monday, September 12, 2016

    marlboro-marijuanaThe legal cannabis industry in the U.S. may grow to $50 billion in the next decade, expanding to more than eight times its current size, as lawful pot purveyors gain new customers and win over users from the illicit market, according to a new report. Legalizing recreational use in California, where the drug is already medically permitted, is on the ballot in November, and approval of that measure alone would triple the size of the nation’s current $6 billion legal industry, according to a report from 10 Cowen & Co. analysts. Legal weed would be a major opportunity for Big Tobacco, Cowen said.

  • In Israel, booming medical marijuana looks to conquer new highs

    Israeli scientists are plowing ahead with new clinical trials in order to approve cannabis use for a wider variety of diseases
    The Times of Israel (Israel)
    Monday, September 12, 2016

    raphael-mechoulam2Israel is a well-known as a pioneer in medical cannabis. This summer, the government approved a plan initiated by Health Minister Yaakov Litzman to relax some of the medical cannabis requirements. The plan will expand the number of doctors who can issue prescriptions, remove limits on the number of growers, make cannabis available at approved pharmacies, and possibly eliminate the requirement for a permit from the Health Ministry so that just a doctor’s prescription will be sufficient. There are approximately 23,000 patients who have medical marijuana prescriptions in Israel, up from 10,000 in 2012. (See also: Israel to begin exporting marijuana soon)

  • Cannabis trade moving into other Copenhagen neighbourhoods

    Just days after the demolition of Pusher Street, dealers are moving into Nørrebro and Christianshavn
    The Copenhagen Post (Denmark)
    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Since residents of the freetown Christiania took matters into their own hands and ripped down the cannabis stands on Pusher Street, it appears that dealers are plying their trade in other parts of Copenhagen, like nearby Christianshavn and Nørrebro. "The market has moved into the area around Christiania," Tommy Laursen from social action group SSP Copenhagen said. Nørrebro residents have also observed that marijuana sales in their neighbourhood have increased. (See also: Will Christiania become a mass surveillance zone? | Police cameras in Pusher Street promptly torn down)

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