Uruguay, the world's first country to legalise the production and consumption of cannabis, has awarded production to two private companies and announced that pharmacies will begin selling within months. It seems we can now benefit from the legalisation of cannabis in Uruguay, as well as the first harvest of legal recreational cannabis. Read more here.
Denmark is a small Scandinavian country that borders Germany and is linked to Sweden by the Øresund Bridge, connecting the cities of Copenhagen and Malmo. The Danish capital Copenhagen is home to a community known as Freetown Christiania, which is infamous for its cannabis trade.
On the 7th of May 2016 the annual Global Marijuana March took place in over 800 cities worldwide. The mother of these marches is the NYC Cannabis Parade. Cannabis News Network was in New York to interview some key speakers, and to capture the atmosphere of the parade with an on-the-spot report.
Greece has a long history of cannabis production, and prior to the prohibition era, the southern European nation also produced high-quality hashish that was exported throughout Europe. Now, some pockets of cannabis cultivation still remain, although the laws are now very harsh by European standards.
Finland is a country situated in the cold northern reaches of Europe, and as such, the types of cannabis that can grow there are severely limited. Despite this, Finland has a long history of hemp use, although the approach to illicit drugs remains regressive, and cannabis laws are relatively harsh by European standards.
For the first time since the invention of the War on Drugs and the Ban on Cannabis, a US presidential candidate has publicly expressed his intention to end both. Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate to the White House in the primaries, has expressed his desire to achieve this goal and has already taken steps to this end, which could revolutionise the country's cannabis industry and by extension, the rest of the world's.
Between the 19th and 21st April 2016, UNGASS took place in New York. Worldwide drug policy was debated during this special sitting of the United Nations. The starting point was reviewing current global drug policy. But was it possible to get all the member states on the same line?
In 2001, Portugal famously overhauled its drugs policy to allow for a system based on treatment rather than punitive penalties – making possession of personal quantities of all drugs, including cannabis, a non-criminal offence. Since then, Portuguese society has experienced major benefits, including a drop in “hard” drug use.
On 6 April 2016, the Third Division of the Federal Administrative Court reached a landmark decision which is of crucial importance to cannabis patients: it issued a permit to a 52-year-old MS patient to grow cannabis at home. More on the legally binding decision and the background to the approval of cannabis cultivation here.
Hard to believe, but true: on April 20th 2016, also known as “420” to many recreational cannabis consumers, the Canadian government announced its project for total legalisation of the plant. Jane Philpott, the Health Minister of Canada, broke the news during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS).
In this Cannabis News Network report you will witness the South African police spraying poison on cannabis fields, and other crops, using helicopters. This inhumane act is a threat to public health, and has to be stopped! CNN also tests South African cannabis in a new CannaTest.
What is the current situation regarding cannabis in the Netherlands? What has happened in the last year, following the departure of Ivo Opstelten? Is the weed pass still relevant and are tourists in Amsterdam still allowed to smoke cannabis? Read an update here.
From the 19th till 21st of April 2016 the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) is taking place in New York. During this conference the Convention will be re-evaluated. More and more countries are questioning the global war on drugs. Is UNGASS the UN’s last chance for relevance?
Cannabis News Network presents a miniseries on medicinal cannabis and the struggle of patients to get access to it. In part four you will see how patients take matters into their own hands, using Cannabis Social Clubs to get medicines of good quality.
The Republic of Slovenia has a long history of hemp and cannabis use, and has long been a transit point for cannabis grown in Albania and transported to western Europe. Currently, industrial hemp is widely grown, and consumption of cannabis itself is not criminalized.
The international cannabis community is shocked by the news that the well-known drug activist Joep Oomen has died at his home in Antwerpen. Oomen was an unique man who will be sorely missed. Sensi Seeds is very saddened by this news, and we send out our condolences and love to his family and relatives.
Cannabis News Network is launching a series about medicinal cannabis. In episode three they show you how the first government-controlled system, including Bedrocan as cannabis supplier, is set up and why it is failing its patients.
In Episode 2 of this series, Cannabis News Network investigates the injustice of the medicinal cannabis system preferred by the United Nations, and the dissatisfaction of patients who depend upon this system.
Australia is set to legalise the cultivation of medicinal cannabis throughout the country. Last Wednesday (10 February), the government introduced a draft bill to Parliament to create a national legislative framework allowing the cultivation of medicinal cannabis, for approval at the end of March. Read more.