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Drug Policy News

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USA: Maryland medical marijuana sales surpassing forecast
(Published on Dec 3, 2018)

Mexico: Detectan por primera vez fentanilo en calles de Ensenada (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 3, 2018)

USA: New Jersey lawmakers unveil legislation proposing legalization of marijuana
(Published on Dec 3, 2018)

Chile: Director del Senda: “Nosotros no vamos a legalizar la marihuana” (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 3, 2018)

USA: Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl, Heroin Conspiracy
(Published on Dec 3, 2018)

USA: Brother of Honduran president detained in Miami, accused of 'conspiring to import cocaine'
(Published on Dec 3, 2018)

México aprueba 38 productos elaborados a base de derivados de marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 3, 2018)

EU y Canadá, principales proveedores para marihuana medicinal en México (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 3, 2018)

Mexico: Regulación de la marihuana, proyecto de la cuarta transformación (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 2, 2018)

USA: NYS releases second two-year report on medical marijuana
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

Uruguay asesora a México en su plan de regulación de la marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

USA: Recreational marijuana sales to begin in Massachusetts Tuesday and the first two customers have already been selected
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

USA: Judge strikes down state’s marijuana program ‘racial quota’
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

USA: New bills filed for marijuana decriminalization in Texas
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

USA: Legal marijuana in Kansas? Incoming governor supports medical use
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

Jamaica: Ministry supports conditional use of ganja for research, medicinal purposes
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Amidst ganja reform, concerns about growers
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

USA: Chemist gets federal prison time for acting as middlemen for Chinese fentanyl shipments
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

USA: Florida sues CVS, Walgreens over sale of opioids: 'Thousands of Floridians have suffered'
(Published on Nov 27, 2018)

USA: Michigan becomes 10th state to allow recreational marijuana
(Published on Nov 16, 2018)

Party of Mexico's president elect wants legalized marijuana
(Published on Nov 16, 2018)

USA: Emergency License Suspensions Issued for Port Angeles’ North Coast Concentrates
(Published on Nov 16, 2018)

USA: Utah becomes latest state to legalize medical marijuana
(Published on Nov 16, 2018)

Puerto Rico: Policía incauta primer cargamento de fentanilo en la isla (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Nov 16, 2018)

Canada’s Message to Teenagers: Marijuana Is Legal Now. Please Don’t Smoke It.
(Published on Nov 16, 2018)

USA: Annapolis exploring drug test kits to allow users to check for fentanyl
(Published on Nov 16, 2018)

USA: Three Maryland men indicted on charges of trafficking fentanyl provided by Mexican cartel
(Published on Nov 16, 2018)

USA: Washington DC apuesta por la venta de marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Nov 16, 2018)

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What is cannabis?

Cannabis, or marijuana as it is more commonly known in the Western Hemisphere, is a plant-based substance which contains hundreds of known cannabinoids, the principal psychoactive component of which is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The cannabis plant , Cannabis sativa, historically has been used as a fiber and grows in temperate and tropical areas and can be cultivated in controlled indoor environments.

It is one of the most widely consumed drugs throughout the world, and has been used in religious rites, for medicinal and therapeutic purposes, and recreationally.

Herbal cannabis (marijuana) consists of the dried flowering tops. Cannabis resin (hashish) is a compressed solid made from the resinous parts of the plant, and cannabis (hash) oil is a solvent extract of cannabis. Cannabis is almost always smoked, but it can also be consumed in edibles or developed into other extracts and tinctures for therapeutic use.

Cannabis, its derivatives, and THC are under international control. Almost all consumption of cannabis is done illicitly. Some therapeutic benefit as an analgesic has been claimed for cannabis, and dronabinol is a licensed medicine in some countries for some ailments.

On this page you can find links to information and other resources available on the topic of cannabis.


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updated on 3/28/2018 4:28:54 PM