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Guyana: Sharp spike in ganja eradication last year
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Canada: Aphria to open first pot shop in Jamaica
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Senado mexicano convoca a foros para evaluar la regulación del cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Canadá dará amnistía a detenidos por posesión de cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Colombia exporta por primera vez un producto derivado de cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Trinidad and Tobago: Expunging ganja convictions being considered
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

U.S.A.: Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

USA: Colorado becomes third state to allow doctors to recommend marijuana instead of opioids
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Jamaica: CLA stages compliance workshops
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Uruguay: Precio de la marihuana regulada aumentará más de 10% en agosto (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Incautan récord de cocaína en Alemania en contenedor procedente de Uruguay (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Costa Rica: Ministro de Seguridad: “Estamos viviendo la más alta sobreproducción de cocaína en la región” (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Decomisan cerca de cuatro toneladas de cocaína en el Caribe panameño (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

México: Incautan 142 kilos de fentanilo en la aduana de Nogales (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Trump accuses China's Xi of failing to halt fentanyl exports to U.S.
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

U.S.A.: Urban overdose deaths overtake rural deaths for first time in years
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Incautan inédita droga sintética en Chile y Latinoamérica: Venía desde China en una encomienda (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Alerta por nuevas drogas sintéticas que estarían llegando a Colombia (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Jamaica: De La Haye says no to legalisation of ganja for recreational purposes
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

U.S.A. Nadler, Harris to introduce bill decriminalizing pot, expunge marijuana convictions
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

Chile: Carabineros decomisó cerca de una tonelada de marihuana en Macul (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

U.S.A.: Families Celebrate Bill Reclassifying Fentanyl as a Narcotic
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

México aumentó un 44 % la incautación de heroína en 2017, dice la ONU (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

Uruguay: Advertencia del Consejo de Adicciones de Colón: “La comercialización de sustancias es un negocio instalado en la ciudad (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

Canada: Vancouver councillor wants city to stop open sales of magic mushrooms
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

Jamaica: 35 ganja licences now issued by CLA
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

Argentina: Cannabis medicinal directamente en las farmacias (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

St Vincent approves more than 30 ganja licences as industry opens
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

Mexico: PF asegura precursor químico de fentanilo en el AICM (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 6, 2019)

Trinidad and Tobago: CDB not investing in ganja
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Jamaica to Lobby US Gov’t on Medical Cannabis
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Major Bronx Drug Bust Breaks Up Smuggling Ring Bringing Fentanyl From Mexico
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Mexico: Aseguran narcolaboratorio de fentanilo (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Health Canada finalizes regulations for the production and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Canadians can expect tight supply when cannabis edibles become legal mid-December, officials say
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Paraguay: Gobierno se plantea otorgar licencias para la producción e industrialización del cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Jamaica: Top Cop Opening Youth’s Eyes To Ganja Dangers
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

U.S.A : Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana. Here's what that means for Indiana
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

U.S.A.: Marijuana legalization bill clears first legislative hurdle in Delaware
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

EE.UU: Gobernador firma medida para areas ed uso social de cannabis en Colorado. (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

EE.UU: Nueva Jersey busca solicitudes para nuevas empresas de marihuana medicinal (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

U.S.A: Large-scale counterfeit fentanyl pill dealer found guilty
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Record cocaine seized in Europe, digitalization boosts drug trade: EU report
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Argentina: Adam Namm: "Las drogas se expanden como una mancha" (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Argentina: Expertos usan big data para detectar nuevos patrones de consumo de drogas (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

U.S.A: Hawaii becomes 26th state to decriminalize marijuana
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Jamaica: System Coming To Formalise Ganja Growing For Medicinal Purposes By Small Farmers
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Guyana: Cabinet-approved ganja reform, restorative justice bills for parliament -Harmon
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

St.Lucia: Castries Mayor Says No To Legalising Ganja
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Jamaica should Benefit From Reforms Relating to Cannabis – CLA Director
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Pakistán decomisa gran cargamento de heroína tenía como destino la República Dominicana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

DOJ issues plea to Congress in battle against fentanyl copycats
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

U.S.A.: Legislation Approved by Senate Would Penalise Fentanyl Shipments from Mainland China
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

México: Cae más de 70% decomiso de heroína y metanfetaminas (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Cultivadores de amapola en México denuncian pérdidas por la comercialización de drogas sintéticas (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Decomisan 10 kilos de heroína en el aeropuerto de Guatemala (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

México:Triplica Chihuahua el consumo de heroína (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

U.S.A.: Overdose Deaths Among Women Soaring Across All Drug Types
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

Argentina: Finalizó capacitación judicial en políticas sobre drogas y problemáticas de consumo (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jul 29, 2019)

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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 5:28:54 PM