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Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves marijuana legalization bill
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

First bill emerges this year to legalize marijuana in Illinois — would allow up to 24 plants at home
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

U.S.A: House bill to legalize recreational marijuana moves forward
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

Bills Would Improve Access to Medical Marijuana in North Dakota
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

Georgia bill would decriminalize marijuana possession
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

Nebraska state senators file ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

U.S.A: Sen. Wyden Seeks to Legalize Marijuana on a Federal Level With Introduction of S. 420 Bill
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

U.S.A: First-in-nation marijuana program to redress war on drugs hits delay
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

EE.UU: Denver inicia programa para borrar condenas de marihuana de bajo nivel (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

OMS recomendó retirar el cannabis de la lista de drogas peligrosas (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

Uruguay: Gobierno abrió llamado de tres nuevas licencias para producir y distribuir cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

U.S.A: ‘It gives a lot of people joy’: Kamala Harris and the evolution of marijuana and politics
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

U.S.A: Bureau of Cannabis Control Announces Enforcement Action on Illegal Cannabis Businesses
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

Florida busca establecer una industria de marihuana medicinal regulada por el gobierno (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

U.S.A: Schumer announces fentanyl sanctions bill before China talks
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

EE.UU: Detienen 4 dominicanos con miles de pastillas de fentanilo (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

U.S.A: Sen. Toomey, other lawmakers fight fentanyl imports
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

Mexico: Fentanilo tiene sus epicentros en BC y CDMX (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

Fentanilo, una nueva droga que enciende la alarma en México (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

An Invisible Fentanyl Crisis Is Emerging on Mexico's Northern Border
(Published on Feb 14, 2019)

Mexico: Fentanilo inunda a Baja California (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Bill seeks recreation, taxable marijuana for New Mexico
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Washington Legislature weighs measure to allow home-grown marijuana
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Mexico: Aseguran 3.4 kilogramos de fentanilo en AICM (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Ganja caution - WHO policy shift won’t give free rein to weed, economist says
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U,S,A: Booker calls for legalizing marijuana as he launches 2020 bid
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Plan to legalize recreational marijuana in New York moves slowly
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Marijuana supply far outweighs demand in Oregon's legal market, new study says
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Border protection agents make largest fentanyl bust in US history
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Dominican National Sentenced for Fentanyl Conspiracy
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Opioid scare in Barbados
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Canada: Fentanyl overdose deaths in Alberta last year surpass 2017 total
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

En los próximos 60 días Nueva York avanza hacia la legalización de la marihuana
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Cannabis Advocates wary of Dunleavy’s Marijuana Control Board appointments
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Timeline Goes Up In Smoke
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: N.H. commission opposes marijuana legalization
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

EE.UU: Propuesta busca regular venta de marihuana recreacional en Nuevo México
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

EE.UU: Legisladores de Florida impulsan reformas a la marihuana medicinal y recreativa (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Baltimore will no longer prosecute marijuana possession
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Mexico: PF halla pastillas de fentanilo en empresa de paquetería en CdMx (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Jamaica: Bunting says US use 'technicalities' to suppress Jamaica's ganja industry
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Legislators begin pushing marijuana legalization measures
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

EE.UU: Legislativo de Florida deberá aprobar ley que permita fumar marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

EE.UU: Abrirán más dispensarios de marihuana medicinal en Miami-Dade (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: R.I. governor proposes marijuana legalization as neighboring states launch programs
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Mexico: Policía municipal de Culiacán, la detenida con droga por PGR (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Trinidad and Tobago: PM: Can’t relax ganja law at this stage
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Trinidad and Tobago: AG to kick-start ganja consultations
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Medical marijuana could become legal in South Carolina, but you won’t be allowed to smoke it
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Rhode Island governor to call for legalization of recreational marijuana
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Marijuana in New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to reveal his plan to make it legal
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Barr: I wouldn't go after businesses relying on Obama-era marijuana policy
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

Las muertes por sobredosis en mujeres suben un 260% en Estados Unidos
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

U.S.A: Mass Fentanyl Overdose In Chico Kills 1 Person, Leaves 12 More Hospitalized
(Published on Feb 12, 2019)

EE.UU: Una sobredosis masiva de drogas mata a 1 persona y deja a 12 más hospitalizados en California (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 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 4:28:54 PM