With the new law on cannabis as a medicine, medicinal cannabis became marketable in Germany. Since then, it has been possible to bring it with you to other European countries. Read about what you need to consider here.
The case of Philando Castile that recently hit the headlines is only the latest in a long list of US civilians who were shot dead because of cannabis by US police officers within the context of a house search or routine check.
Following the media-friendly operations against Albania's cannabis farmers, the country developed into the continent’s largest cannabis producer. Read more about it here.
In Germany, many people lose their driving licence without ever driving while high. Read here how you can avoid that.
While women hold about 25% of top management positions overall in US companies, but head up less than 5% of companies, the cannabis industry, the new kid on the block, boasts 63% women in top management positions, of whom 36% are the owners or heads of companies, according to a 2016 questionnaire in Marijuana Business Daily.
Even if Canada legalises cannabis on 1 July 2018, as announced recently, a number of questions still need to be answered. How high will the taxes be, what will neighbouring countries say, how high will the minimum age be, and who will be doing the selling? The answers can be found here.
As a long-standing grow shop employee, I have had to look at disappointed faces from behind the counter time and time again, as ambitious home growers have only managed to produce a few sorry buds instead of the giant harvest they had been expecting. Usually, these failed harvests were caused by a combination of inexperience and avoidable mistakes.
While just a few years ago, it was still taboo to talk about legalising cannabis in Morocco and Tunisia, nowadays, everyone is talking about it.
After their triumphs in the US and Canada, cannabis extracts are also gaining popularity in Europe. While consumers really value the relaxing effect of so-called “infused edibles”, extracts that are easy to dose and simple to standardise are particularly useful for medicinal applications. Cannabinoid extraction is a science in its own right, and goes much further than what the average consumer is concerned about. The “710” culture (if you turn 710 upside down, it looks like OIL!) is finding more and more fans wherever growing cannabis is either tolerated or legal.
So far, Uruguay is the only country in world to legalise cannabis on a national level. Everywhere else that you can buy cannabis or hashish without much fuss, there is a catch. Sales are either simply tolerated, as in the Netherlands and Spain, or they are only permitted for medical reasons, as in some US states, Jamaica or Germany. Elsewhere, there are geographical limits to legality within the state, as in Colorado and the other eight US states plus Washington D.C., where the forbidden plant was once again legalised by popular vote for recreation, after almost 100 years of being banned.
In the - often illegal - grower circles, a rule of thumb has emerged, partly thanks to numerous grower reports in hemp magazines, of "one watt per gram" as the standard for efficient growing under artificial light. But one should not be too dogmatic about applying this formula. Why not? Find out in this article.
On 9 March 2017, the long-awaited legislation on the use of cannabis as a medicine entered into force in Germany. Now that this legislation has come into effect, doctors in Germany are able to use a simple narcotic prescription to prescribe cannabis buds and products. This article examines the matter in detail.
The political discussion around cannabis keeps returning to the results of studies. Now that the opponents of cannabis are faced with the positive experiences in many US states, Uruguay and Canada, their arguments are petering out, so instead, they have begun referring to what they claim is a lack of results from studies on cannabis. So far...
Opponents of cannabis like to call it a gateway drug. They say it is just one of many illegal substances, a launch pad toward a druggie lifestyle. Although this theory has long been disproved scientifically, this alternative fact is repeated endlessly like a mantra by opponents of legalisation. But what about withdrawal treatment? More on that.
President Rodrigo Duterte has made headlines around the world with his deadly drug policy. But despite the bloody drug war, which the "Asian Trump" kicked off in 2016, the Philippines might still approve medicinal cannabis shortly. More about this here.
On 20 February, the South African media reported that the country's government will soon be issuing the first licences permitting the production of medicinal cannabis in South Africa.
Three years after cannabis was legalised, Uruguay’s government announced just a few months ago that it would soon commence state-controlled sales. The first harvest has already arrived and the cannabis buds should already be in the process of being dispensed to adult consumers with the assistance of the 1100 pharmacies in the country. However... More about the background to this story can be found here:
In Europe, there is currently a political cross-party consensus: cannabis is okay, as long as it is being used for medicinal purposes. Anything else should continue to be banned and in that context, many people are busily trying to keep the two discussions well apart from each other. None of the large right-wing parties, addiction researchers, doctors and even patient associations adopt a prohibitionist stance when talking about the re-legalisation of cannabis. "This question," they always say, "Has nothing to do with the other question. The medicinal use we are talking about is to reduce the symptoms of disease; recreational use is just about getting high."
Since the use of cannabis as medication for and by patients was legalised in Germany by the taking of legal action, people in possession of a “Certificate of Exemption for Self-Treatment with Medicinal Hemp Buds whilst under Medical Supervision” shouldn't actually need to worry any more about having trouble with the law due to this otherwise prohibited plant. However...