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Drug Policy News

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USA: Maine warns against kids ingesting marijuana by accident
(Published on Oct 12, 2018)

USA: Gov. Abbott Open To Talking About Some Marijuana Reform
(Published on Oct 12, 2018)

USA: Feds seize enough fentanyl to kill half the state in massive Lawrence-area drug sweep
(Published on Oct 12, 2018)

USA: Both houses of Congress have advanced opioid legislation
(Published on Oct 12, 2018)

USA: Massachusetts National Day of Expungement to help clear marijuana convictions
(Published on Oct 12, 2018)

High flying: Canada to let airline passengers pack cannabis
(Published on Oct 12, 2018)

El próximo gobierno de México buscará que la marihuana se use con fines medicinales (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 12, 2018)

USA: Washington to ‘reevaluate’ marijuana edibles, crack down on products that might appeal to kids
(Published on Oct 12, 2018)

USA: Marijuana businesses in compliance with Colorado law could face federal charges under new enforcement strategy
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

USA: DEA reschedules Epidiolex, marijuana-derived drug, paving the way for it to hit the market
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

Jamaica makes First Shipment of Medical Marijuana Extract Oil to Canada
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

USA: Government of Ontario unveils plan on marijuana
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

El Servicio Postal, un “hueco” en el muro antidrogas de EUA (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

EEUU: Preocupa fentanilo a California (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

USA: More Than 25 Arrested For Selling Fentanyl In Chicago: Feds
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

USA: Feds indict 26, seize guns, heroin, fentanyl, crack
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

USA: DEA chief warns Mexican cartel opioids single biggest criminal threat to America
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

El papel de China en la epidemia que arrasa EEUU (y se extiende por el mundo) (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

Argentina: El Gobierno actualizó la lista de estupefacientes (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

Flood of Colombian cocaine headed to Chicago, other big U.S. cities, DEA says
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

USA: LAX airport to allow marijuana in carry-ons
(Published on Oct 9, 2018)

USA: Canadian marijuana imports OK'd by US for California study
(Published on Sep 28, 2018)

USA: DC changes course on custody for public marijuana use
(Published on Sep 28, 2018)

USA: Medical marijuana patients decry state crackdown on pot purchases
(Published on Sep 28, 2018)

USA: N.Y.C. holding 'listening sessions' on marijuana legalization
(Published on Sep 28, 2018)

USA: Seattle court agrees to vacate misdemeanor marijuana convictions prosecuted before legalization
(Published on Sep 28, 2018)

La crisis de los opiáceos deja 8.000 muertos en dos años en Canadá (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 28, 2018)

Senate votes to make it harder to ship fentanyl to U.S. by mail
(Published on Sep 28, 2018)

USA Senate Toomey bill penalizes fentanyl exporters, specifically calling out China
(Published on Sep 28, 2018)

USA: Senate passes sweeping opioids package
(Published on Sep 24, 2018)

USA: Five deaths being investigated for possible links to synthetic-marijuana use
(Published on Sep 24, 2018)

USA: Pot seizures on Colorado public land nearly doubled in 2017
(Published on Sep 24, 2018)

USA: Manhattan DA to dismiss more than 3,000 marijuana cases
(Published on Sep 24, 2018)

USA: Legislature mulls banking fix for medical marijuana
(Published on Sep 24, 2018)

USA: Massachusetts' First Recreational Pot Sales Could Be Days Away
(Published on Sep 24, 2018)

USA: Overdose deaths up in NYC; fentanyl most common substance identified, report says
(Published on Sep 24, 2018)

Uruguay vendió más de una tonelada de marihuana en farmacias en primer año de ley (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 23, 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 5:28:54 PM