Every day, there is progress in respect of the legalisation and regulation of cannabis. This applies particularly to the American continent and Europe. However, there is a third continent that is heading in the same direction: Oceania, and in this article, we focus on New Zealand, where medicinal cannabis may become legal as soon as 2016.
One month ago, Mexico's Supreme Court issued a historic ruling when it approved the personal cultivation, possession and use of cannabis. The judges issued their ruling on constitutional grounds and while it only relates to four individuals, it has created a global precedent and opened the door to legalised recreational cannabis use in Mexico.
Uruguay, the first country in the world to fully legalise cannabis, now also permits the growth of commercial cannabis. Last week, the government permitted two private companies to grow cannabis. It was also announced that cannabis will be for sale in pharmacies in about eight months' time. Read more here.
Worldwide, there is progress every day on the legalisation and normalisation of cannabis, mainly in the Americas and in Europe. Nevertheless, a third continent is heading in the same direction: Oceania, and in particular Australia, one of the 14 independent countries which comprise this region.
In this article, we are going to try to delve a little bit into the current cannabis situation in Australia, the world’s sixth largest country and one of the 14 independent countries which comprise Oceania. We will also briefly summarise the history of this plant on this large island, surrounded by different oceans.
In this article, we are going to try to clarify a significant change in the final law regarding the cultivation of cannabis in Spain, which is the reason why a new sentence was appended to article 36, paragraph 18. This has been widely discussed recently.
Industrial hemp farming has made a comeback in Spain where there has been a revival in its cultivation. Hemp already grew in the wild and had been farmed in many places all over the world long before laws were passed to regulate its cultivation.
For years, the typical cannabis smoker, colloquially known as a dope or pot head, has been depicted by popular culture as a rather lazy and idle guy, who likes to indulge in his habit with his mates. Women smokers, meanwhile, have been marginalised, ridiculed, and even forgotten. Moreover, much of the cannabis industry has chosen an equally sexist focus in order to try to attract mostly male consumers.
Industrial hemp farming has made a comeback in Spain where there has been a revival in its cultivation. Hemp already grew in the wild and had been farmed in many areas all over the world long before laws were passed to regulate its cultivation.
Analysing all the characters and superheroes that have appeared throughout the history of comics is a monumental task that, due to time and space constraints, we won’t be able to take on. However, we can continue to focus on some of the most popular ones to ascertain the relationship they have with both legal and illegal drugs and how they appear, whether openly or covertly, in a large number of stories, reflecting our own historical, social and cultural zeitgeist at the time of their publication.
Since they were first published, comics became a means of expression and a vehicle for ideologies in the United States. As a consequence, the genre became fodder for many detractors among the dominant classes, which considered them a source of destabilisation, disturbance and even anti-patriotism, and it wasn’t long before comics became an object of persecution and a form of socio-political resistance. By analysing some of the most well-known characters from the history of comics and of the drugs that appear in their stories, we see a chronicle of the cultural, social and political zeitgeist of our most recent past, which reflects the progressive prohibitions introduced, basically, by the USA, to restrict or eradicate the supply, demand and consumption of substances known as drugs.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of more than the 60 components or active ingredients that belong to a class of molecules called phytocannabinoids that are found in cannabis, the plant that has been used as medicine for centuries. It was isolated for the first time in the 1930s and 1940s, but it was Professor Raphael Mechoulam and his team of researchers who fully described its structure and configuration in Israel in the 1960s.
Globally, there is a growing trend for the decriminalisation of cannabis. However, the Spanish government have decided to crawl back like crabs, and introduce legislative reforms which jeopardise the progress that has been achieved over the last two decades.
The International Week of Endometriosis is held in March each year, and this year was no exception. This article addresses this largely unknown disease only suffered by women, and analyses the main potential benefits of the therapeutic use of cannabis for its treatment.
Since their conception at the end of the 19th century, comics have gone through a continuous evolution. Over the years, the universe of comics has adopted multiple forms: graphic comic strips, children’s stories, social critique, and later on many others such as animation, and the underground comics of the 60s. From Popeye to the superheroes.
This war, instigated by the United States government, in turn supported by many other countries at international level, has surpassed its so-called objective now it has failed to restrict the drugs trade, control the supply, and push back the demand for and use of narcotic substances. But what if the war had a different objective? It is clear that narcotic substances risk being connected with the criminal world through association with so-called undesirable social classes, and that criminalisation of certain substances is a technique that facilitates social control. By controlling only certain social groups, the war that is now raging is in reality not a war on all drugs, but a war on 'certain' drugs.
"Truth is the first casualty of war," Aeschylus, Greek tragedian, 525-546 BC. Naturally, the ancient Greeks already knew what history through the centuries would prove: in every war, in addition all the tribulations that accompany war, the truth gradually loses its meaning, or even disappears completely. The reason is the untruths that are generated to serve other agendas and which are perpetuated via the gullibility that stems from fear, which is in turn used as a form of control.