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Cannabis

General News

Audit: Retailers can fudge pot sales, inventory due to lack of OLCC safeguards
(Published on Feb 12, 2018)

LePage agrees to delay new, more restrictive medical marijuana rules
(Published on Feb 12, 2018)

En seis meses se cuadruplicó el registro de personas para comprar marihuana en farmacias (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 2018)

Fiscales de California eliminan o bajan penas por marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 12, 2018)

Lower House passes “ganja bill”
(Published on Feb 12, 2018)

Marijuana can only go on sale in Canada months after law passed: minister
(Published on Feb 12, 2018)

US prosecutor: Oregon has big pot overproduction problem
(Published on Feb 12, 2018)

Un Ministro Mexicano Aboga Por la Legalización de la Marihuana En Destinos Turísticos (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 7, 2018)

Gobiernos Difieren Sobre Legalizar la Marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 7, 2018)

Mexico: Debate Por Legalización de Marihuana Debe Ser Nacional, Dice Gobernador Aristóteles Sandoval (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 7, 2018)

With U.s. Competition Hurting Its Marijuana Business, Mexico Warms a Little To Legalization
(Published on Feb 7, 2018)

La Policía Uruguaya Investiga Si Existe Una Desviación de Marihuana del Mercado Legal al Negro (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 7, 2018)

A Partir del 1° de Febrero el Envase de 5 Gramos de Marihuana Costará 200 Pesos (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 7, 2018)

Virginia Senate Republicans Kill Bill To Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana
(Published on Feb 7, 2018)

San Francisco To Dismiss Thousands Of Marijuana Convictions
(Published on Feb 7, 2018)

New Hampshire House Votes for Marijuana Legalization
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Canadá estudia las "implicaciones legales" de la legalización de la marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Lawmakers propose new panel to integrate Maine’s medical, recreational marijuana programs
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Bill To Legalize Marijuana In NJ Introduced In New Session
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Mixed reactions to PM’s ganja call
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Marihuana legal le quita el 18% del mercado al narcotráfico (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Cartes promulga ley para reglamentar marco legal de la marihuana en Paraguay (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Vermont is the first state to legalize marijuana through legislature
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Parlamento panameño discutirá legalizar marihuana con fines médicos (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Marijuana an issue of social significance -Caricom Commission status report
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Pide Caricom investigar más para ajustar uso de la marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Phil Murphy moves to expand access to medical marijuana in New Jersey
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

La marihuana recreativa ya es legal en California, pero para su compra hay restricciones (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Otro estado de Estados Unidos avanza hacia la legalización de la marihuana recreativa (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Trump Administration Takes Step That Could Threaten Marijuana Legalization Movement
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Agreement Reached On Retail Marijuana In Maine, But It Could Be Again Delayed
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Vermont Senate passes bill to legalize recreational marijuana use
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

New year brings legalization of marijuana to California
(Published on Feb 2, 2018)

Vermont House Votes to Legalize Marijuana
(Published on Jan 28, 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.


Disclaimer

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) maintains this website as part of its goal to provide OAS Member States with a factual overview of the drug problem in the Americas and a solid evidence base to support the drug debate. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the information presented in this site, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided here and cannot accept responsibility or liability for any consequences arising from the use of the information. This webpage is intended purely as an information service. The Executive Secretariat of the CICAD does not endorse any of the information or conclusions on this informative webpage. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them.

updated on 10/12/2017 3:18:17 PM