After several years of uncertainty and timid changes, the ball is in Puerto Rico's court. True legalisation is gaining momentum and the process for applying for a Cultivation Licence for Medicinal Cannabis has finally been kick started. The licence's principles will be implemented as per Regulation no. 155.
All over the world, there are countless people and organisations that lend their support to the cause of cannabis, and which are concerned by the fact that it is still not available to everyone in a way that is equitable and fair. The Daya Foundation researches and promotes alternative therapies, including the consumption of medicinal cannabis to relieve human suffering.
For the majority of growers, harvest time is the happiest and most exciting period in the entire cannabis cultivation process. That long-awaited moment of glory when gardeners are finally able to see the fruits of their labour, breathe a sigh of relief and give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back.
Let's face it. All of us have got a silly part of us. Yes, silly. That part inside us that leads us down the garden path, making nonsensical statements or questions making plenty of people’s hair stand on end and eyes roll.
Barcelona’s Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum officially opened its doors on May 9, 2012. Located in the Palau Mornau, an emblematic and impressive building remodelled by modernist architect Manual Raspall, in the centre of Catalonia's capital, became the first museum ever dedicated solely and exclusively to the Cannabis plant.
It is strange that in a country where people are allowed to both sell and carry firearms, some are still amazed at the prospect of totally legalising cannabis. The United States has always been considered to be the world's spokesperson.
There is a magical place, for most of us a remote one, called Ellora. It is an archaeological site located in the state of Maharashtra, India, about 30 kilometres from the city of Aurangabad. Places such as the Ellora Caves are usually the playthings of power and for those with a firm hand, even the impossible becomes possible.
Naturally, we all have our favourite variety when it comes to outdoor growing. Each situation is certainly unique, with the circumstances of someone living in Russia being different from those of someone living in Spain. Even so, there are enough varieties to be enjoyed in every corner of the globe.
Once again, the celebrated city of Barcelona will accommodate visitors from all over the world. The city getting ready for the best cannabis event there is. Spannabis, the most important fair in the business, will exploit the lovely weather, the nice people, the great atmosphere and - most importantly - the best cannabis to organise a great reunion.
Interview with Julio Calzada, former Secretary General for the Uruguayan National Assembly on Drugs – Part 2
A few weeks ago, we brought you the first part of the interesting interview we conducted with Julio Calzada, Secretary-General of the National Drugs Board in Uruguay. But all good things must come to an end and below you will find the second part of this unforgettable meeting.
Barcelona held the 2nd Edition of the Social Clubs Cannabis Cup award ceremony on Friday 29th of May 2015. A perfect opportunity for visitors to meet experts and for aficionados to taste the most successful cannabis strains available in Spanish clubs. The awards ceremony, which took place in the unique location Poble Espanyol, was attended by representatives from all the social clubs taking part in the Cup, as well as many national celebrities from the cannabis industry.
Latin America has surprised us of late with the huge steps it has taken towards legalising cannabis. José Mujica opened Pandora's Box and, at a time when regulation was in no-man's land, the citizens of Uruguay wasted no time in responding and showing their support for their former president. Comparable with the domino effect, word spread like wild fire. Consequently, the vast majority of Latin American countries now back effective regulation and decriminalisation of cannabis. This article addresses the recent developments that have reached us from Puerto Rico, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador. In Puerto Rico, patients interested in consuming cannabis for medical purposes are ready to fight their corner. They accuse the country's government of having no intention whatsoever of authorising cannabis consumption for medical reasons. They claim the government's recent announcement declaring it would indeed be taking steps in this direction was nothing but hot air.
The mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, has decided without warning to launch a crackdown on the Catalan capital's cannabis associations. He has announced the closure of no more and no less than 80% of clubs in Barcelona. Just like that. There have been no cannabis-related casualties, which makes the mayor's move seem all the more heartless and cruel. On the eve of municipal elections, all evidence suggests that he is more interested in scoring electoral points (which he looks likely to earn), than actually regulating and facilitating the continuous hard work that, over the last year, has been carried out by numerous professionals and activists from within the cannabis sector. This is precisely what I and many people within the Fedcac have been saying in the past year, which is the same amount of time it has been since “Trias ordered a moratorium on operating licences for clubs and associations, while calling on the entire sector's cooperation in order to ensure a satisfying outcome for everyone in our city."
Interview with Julio Calzada, Secretary-General for the Uruguayan National Assembly on Drugs – Part 1
My meeting with Julio Calzada was something of a surprise. I must admit that I was expecting to sit face to face with a political personality whose speech is constrained by the straightjacket of the clichés he churns out. In that regard, Julio Calzada does not fit this stereotype and, I would go so far as to say that he does not fit any of the stereotypes with which we associate people who navigate the corridors of power.
The Biscay Provincial Court announced the acquittal of five members of Pannagh, a Basque cannabis users association yesterday, day 30th March 2015, following accusations of drug trafficking. Pannagh members have communicated their extreme happiness about the sentence, which proves them right and reaffirms the legality of their activities. The association however also points out that this sentence can still be appealed by the Supreme Court. Moreover, there is no mention of any compensation for their members following the Bilbao Municipal Police’s break into the Pannagh headquarters back in November 2011.
Spain is a decentralized country. The advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it) is that within certain limits, each autonomous region can set down its own cannabis legislation. It is true that the process for the legalisation of cannabis is generally known to be slow – things seem to move in slow motion.
On Thursday 26th February 2015 the law that legalizes cannabis in Washington finally came into force. This is a measure directly approved by voters, allowing smoking, growing and possession of small amounts of cannabis, however not the sale of it. The so-called 'Initiative 71', which provides for the legalization of cannabis in the US capital, Washington DC, has now become law. It was approved last November by a majority of 69.4% of the votes.
When we think of Jamaica, many things spring to mind. Some are directly reminiscent of paradise, with fine sandy beaches and Caribbean waters, surrounded by everything and nothing. Others still remind us of our dear, and long-departed, Bob Marley. But not all islands are paradise and not all paradises hold legends. Jamaica is lucky to be able to boast both, however, and now, when it seemed that there could be no better ending to this story, the recent legalisation of cannabis for religious and medicinal ends has put the cherry on the cake.
The vast majority of you are probably still hiding under the covers, in front of the fireplace or heater and wrapped in coats, hats and gloves. The cold weather insists on staying and the outdoor growing season seems further away than ever. Don’t give up! Hang in there! The good weather will return, and before you know it, you’ll be digging in your garden again, under a blazing sun, preparing for what surely will be an exquisite harvest.