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.
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.
Belgium has an unusual history in terms of drug policy. For decades after prohibition, all drugs were treated similarly harshly. At the turn of the 21st century, cannabis laws were relaxed and personal quantities tolerated. However, a change of government late last year may spell an abrupt end to this tolerant approach.
Over the last decade or so, the epicentre of the cannabis movement in the developed world has decisively shifted from Northern Europe to the Western USA, particularly the states of California and Colorado. So what are the factors involved in this fundamental shift, and what does the future hold for the cannabis industry in each region?
In episode 8, CannaZapp takes a closer look on some contradictions the global cannabis community has experienced and still faces today. For example, whereas cannabis is legal in one US state, it is still prosecuted in another.
Get ready for the latest CannaTest in which Cannabis News network tests weed bought on the streets of three big European cities. And the results are alarming!
We have just received this clip from the makers of “The Culture High” on the importance and incredible benefits of industrial hemp. This is discussed by none other than Sensi Seeds & HempFlax founder Ben Dronkers and Cannabis Culture Award winner Todd McCormick..
You probably know a lot about cannabis. In fact, these days if you don't have a basic knowledge of cannabis you probably don't pay much attention to current affairs, given how much focus the media has paid to it in recent years. Still, there's always more to know, so we've compiled a list of our favourite little-known facts!
Increasingly large swathes of the public now view cannabis in a favourable light. Cannabis-focused businesses are developing strategies to further strengthen its positive image, potentially bringing total acceptance ever closer. Mainstream companies too are realizing its value and are seeking ways to capitalize on it.
The Dutch drugs policy is undoubtedly failing! Former Dutch Justice Minister Opstelten has come up with several laws in order to stamp out cannabis, and to reduce the nuisance of drug tourism in the south of the country. Check out the legacy of his harsh policy!
All over the world the awareness towards cannabis is rising. Many countries and international organizations are currently debating on how to deal with these changes of opinion. Cannabis News Network shows the global change of view; independently, factual and critical. With reporters all over Europe, global alliances and in collaboration with Sensi Seeds they are telling the world a different story!
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.
In January 2014 Sensi Seeds published 10 must-see cannabis documentaries. Because Sensi Seeds is celebrating 20 years of the Jack Herer strain, and because there are far more great documentaries available then those 10, we hereby present another 10 must-see cannabis documentaries. Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.
"Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.
How can a high positively influence the performance of a jazz musician? The effect cited most often as an answer is the altered sense of time during a high. Dr. James Munch, pharmacologist and associate of drug czar and infamous marijuana prohibitionist Harry J. Anslinger during the 30s and 40s, produced many ridiculous claims about the alleged horrible effects of marijuana.
Without doubt the history of early jazz and the use of marijuana are intimately intertwined. At the beginning of the 20th century, black jazz musicians perform in the bordellos of Storyville, the red light district of New Orleans. They smoke 'gage', 'tea', 'muggles', 'muta', 'Mary Jane' and will soon call themselves 'vipers'.
Tommy Chong was in the Netherlands to visit the Cannabis Cup, and to meet up with Futurola for whom he is featuring in a set of commercials. Together with RollingStoned, Futurola organized a ‘weed & greet’, including a couple of interview slots. Sensi Seeds was invited and had a chat with the legend.
The Federal Republic of Germany is the most populous EU member state, with over eighty million inhabitants. Just as with other central European countries, Germany has a long history of cannabis use; today, cannabis is widely used and readily available in most cities, although its cultivation, sale and use remain illegal.
Halloween is right around the corner, and if you are not busy haunting a nearby cannabis dispensary, it is always a good excuse to organise a horror movie night. Pick your favourite cannabis strains, bite into a candy apple, and don’t sit too comfortably watching these five movies, selected for your horror.