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Jamaica: CLA to develop licensing system for small ganja farmers - Shaw
(Published on Aug 13, 2018)

Mexico: Suprema Corte de Justicia va por el uso medicinal de la marihuana en CDMX (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2018)

Canada: Federal government set to approve first device for testing drivers' saliva for cannabis
(Published on Aug 13, 2018)

USA: Minnesota Pharmacy Board makes fentanyl analogs illegal
(Published on Aug 13, 2018)

Costa Rica Seizes Two Tons of Cocaine From 'Low-Profile' Boat
(Published on Aug 13, 2018)

USA: Ohio Gov. Kasich signs bill increasing penalties for fentanyl
(Published on Aug 13, 2018)

USA: F.D.A. Did Not Intervene to Curb Risky Fentanyl Prescriptions
(Published on Aug 13, 2018)

A un año de la venta en farmacias, el 55% de la marihuana que se consume en Uruguay es legal (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

Alerta en EEUU por marihuana sintética contaminada con matarratas (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

USA: Feds prosecuting fentanyl overdose deaths as homicides in crackdown on opioid dealers
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

Vermont: Burlington third U.S. city to offer free fentanyl test strips
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

USA: Fentanyl-cocaine combo helps fuel uptick in Md. overdose deaths
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

Canada: Is Ontario planning a mix of public, private retail cannabis stores?
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

USA: Low-Level Marijuana Prosecutions in Brooklyn Plunged by over 91% This Year as District Attorney’s Office Expanded Declination Policy
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

U.S. Senate adopts amendment to investigate illicit fentanyl
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

Trinidad and Tobago: PM accepts ganja legalisation petition: Hope floats
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

USA: New Jersey Attorney General Pauses Prosecutions in Marijuana Cases
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

USA: Marijuana gifting is still illegal, says Vermont officials
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

Mexico: Apoya Imjuve legalización de marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 3, 2018)

USA: Bill Would Protect Jobs of Federal Employees Using Marijuana
(Published on Aug 1, 2018)

Jamaica: Cannabis Store And Cafe Opens In Kingston
(Published on Aug 1, 2018)

Colombia Seizes Mega Cocaine Processing Lab
(Published on Jul 29, 2018)

USA: Cuomo Moves Closer to Marijuana Legalization in New York
(Published on Jul 24, 2018)

Decriminalising marijuana not a priority for T&T gov't
(Published on Jul 24, 2018)

Jamaica: CLA defends tight grip on cannabis - Authority rejects claim that it is slowing the development of the industry
(Published on Jul 24, 2018)

Jamaica: Golding pitches ganja credit union
(Published on Jul 24, 2018)

USA: Cannabis delivery, edibles and ads could change under new, permanent California regulations
(Published on Jul 24, 2018)

USA: Oregon admits lack of oversight of medical marijuana program
(Published on Jul 24, 2018)

Canadian ganja firm plans expansion in Jamaica, South America
(Published on Jul 24, 2018)

Sessions targets 10 areas in U.S. for crackdown on the sale of fentanyl
(Published on Jul 24, 2018)

USA: Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs, Including Carfentanil, and Increased Usage and Mixing with Non-opioids
(Published on Jul 24, 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