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U.S.A: Bill Would Permit Testing Illegal Drugs For Deadly Fentanyl
(Published on May 21, 2018)

U.S.A: Lawmakers Considering Ban on Synthetic Marijuana
(Published on May 21, 2018)

U.S.A: California Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget says pot revenue is 'slower than anticipated'
(Published on May 21, 2018)

U.S.A: Ohio Attorney General Approves Marijuana Legalization Petition
(Published on May 21, 2018)

U.S.A: Despite Legalization, Marijuana Black Market Hides In Plain Sight
(Published on May 21, 2018)

U.S.A: Lawmakers Advance Bill Pushing VA to Research Marijuana
(Published on May 21, 2018)

U.S.A: Schumer urges Trump administration to push China to crack down on fentanyl during sitdown
(Published on May 21, 2018)

U.S.A: McCaskill Releases Report Showing Dramatic Increase in Illicit Fentanyl Seized At Ports of Entry into United States
(Published on May 21, 2018)

Canadá legalizará la marihuana en el verano (available only in Spanish)
(Published on May 21, 2018)

U.S.A: Mayor and Some Prosecutors Move to Curb Marijuana Arrests
(Published on May 21, 2018)

U.S.A: State Democrats plan to endorse marijuana legalization
(Published on May 21, 2018)

Mexico: Atienden 459 solicitudes para cultivar marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on May 10, 2018)

Mexico: Empresas interesadas en invertir en marihuana medicinal no se desalentarán, dice Cofepris (available only in Spanish)
(Published on May 10, 2018)

Mexico: Uso lúdico de la marihuana tiene efectos perjudiciales para la salud: Conadic (available only in Spanish)
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: House lawmakers push for medical marijuana research reform
(Published on May 10, 2018)

Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua PM steers clear of advising Saint Lucia on ganja
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: State gives marijuana businesses more time for compliance
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Illinois Senate views marijuana as opioid alternative
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Feinstein drops opposition to legal pot, giving legal marijuana a new ally
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Missouri House votes to legalize medical marijuana
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Michigan voters will decide on marijuana legalization
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids contributed to more overdose deaths in 2016 than prescription painkillers
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Health Department Program Gives Fentanyl Testing Kits to Heroin Users
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Bipartisan legislation to assist law enforcement identify fentanyl, illegal substances
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Ten people, including four Chinese nationals, charged in international fentanyl case
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: 65+ lbs of fentanyl seized in Massachusetts-New Hampshire trafficking investigation
(Published on May 10, 2018)

EE.UU: Hermanos dominicanos lideraban poderosa banda de narcos en Massachusetts y New Hampshire
(Published on May 10, 2018)

Uruguay: más de la mitad de los consumidores usan marihuana legal (available only in Spanish)
(Published on May 10, 2018)

Argentina: Miles marcharon por la despenalización del cultivo de marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on May 10, 2018)

Mexico: Se requieren más que amparos para legalizar marihuana: ministro Medina Mora (available only in Spanish)
(Published on May 10, 2018)

Jamaica: UWI Mona psychiatrist: No increase in cannabis cases
(Published on May 10, 2018)

Canada: Trudeau vows cannabis will be legal by summer as senators urge delay (available only in Spanish)
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Colorado’s first-in-the-nation marijuana “tasting rooms” bill heads to Hickenlooper’s desk
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Sonoma County sees spate of marijuana-related home invasions
(Published on May 10, 2018)

USA: Hassan calls for more resources at US-Mexico border
(Published on May 10, 2018)

Mexico: Zavala rechaza legalizar la marihuana en centros turísticos (available only in Spanish)
(Published on May 6, 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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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 3/28/2018 5:28:54 PM