Anyone searching for the word “cannabis” on YouTube will be swamped by millions of hits. Not only are there millions of video clips on the subject, over the last few years more and more channels have sprung up that focus on the forbidden plant. Many are in fact mainly about personal consumption, but others attempt to report, more or less objectively, on current developments.
Hopes of a liberal cannabis policy have declined with the CDU/SPD coalition. Nevertheless, cannabis is still appearing increasingly on the political agenda. The German Parliament is currently debating three separate bills. At the same time, the number of cannabis patients continues to grow.
In Austria, cannabis has been voted medicinal plant of the year, prompting a fresh look at research developments. Since the widespread legalisation of medicinal cannabis, there has been an increase in data on the once prohibited plant. Many studies confirm what patients already knew, some dispel old myths, and some surprise even self-proclaimed hemp experts.
The US state of California, the fifth largest economy in the world, legalised cannabis on 1 January 2018. Although other US states had already created a regulated cannabis market before California, the Golden State intends to grow its sales market for cannabis, which already was the largest in the world, even faster. Currently, the annual sales of medicinal cannabis, which was legalised in California in 1996, is set to reach $7 billion this year.
The rumours about hidden forces of darkness lurking behind the worldwide ban on cannabis just refuse to die. There is no proof at all of any worldwide cannabis conspiracy. The driving force behind the ban is latent European and North American racism, not economic interests as maintained, for example, by the cannabis activist Jack Herer.
The production, sale and export of medicinal marijuana are strictly regulated. Despite this, patients know less about the contents and origins of their medication than recreational users. Why is this and what could be improved?
Since medicinal cannabis was legalised in Germany, there has been constant confrontation between cannabis patients and the police and authorities. Patients need to take medicinal cannabis when they’re on the move or away from home. But where is consumption allowed?
Six months after legislation was passed for its medicinal use, there is a massive shortage of cannabis in Germany’s pharmacies. The five Tweed strains sold out weeks ago, and the earliest delivery date is a week away.
Although cannabis legislation is being liberalised around the world, many countries do not have evidence-based THC limits for drivers. This means that there are many different national provisions in place that sanction driving in public with THC or its metabolites in the blood. Here, we explore different approaches to THC limits and THC tests for drivers.
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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.