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Mexico’s Government Should Sell Marijuana, Key Lawmaker Proposes
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Argentina: Operativo Salar de Atacama (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Mexico: El partido de López Obrador propone que el Estado se encargue de la compra y venta de marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Operativo conjunto entre Paraguay y Argentina eliminó 493 toneladas de marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

United States: Pennsylvania governor calls for legalization of recreational marijuana
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Colombia – Debate en el Congreso acerca del consumo de marihuana recreativa (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

United States: Submarine carrying $165 million in cocaine captured by Coast Guard
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Colombia: incautaron un semisumergible con ocho toneladas de cocaína en el Pacífico (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Mexico: Aseguran cargamento de clorhidrato de cocaína en Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

United States: Fatal drug mix: Authorities issue alerts after multiple overdoses linked to cocaine laced with fentanyl
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

United States: ‘Operation Devil’s Highway’ in Lawrence nets 38 drug arrests, 14 kilos of fentanyl
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Estados Unidos: Detienen 35 dominicanos por tráfico de fentanilo y heroína en “Operación Autopista del Diablo” en Massachusetts (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Mexico: Decomisan cargamento procedente de China para elaborar fentanilo en el AICM (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

White House: Drug czar convinced China to crack down on fentanyl, cooperate with U.S.
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Ecuador, país no productor que más decomisa droga (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Oct 15, 2019)

Ecuador: Senado aprueba despenalizar autocultivo de cannabis para uso medicinal (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Chile: Senda: 22% de narcotest han dado positivo por cocaína o marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Estados Unidos: Proliferan los vapeadores de marihuana falsos (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Latinoamérica necesita homogeneizar sus normas sobre el cannabis medicinal (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Jamaica: CLA issues 44 ganja licences, 288 conditional approvals
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Colombia Is turning into a major medical marijuana producer
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Colombia exportaría US$17 mil millones en Cannabis medicinal para el 2030 (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Mexico: Presentan iniciativas para regular consumo de marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Propuesta de marihuana recreativa en Florida recauda $1 millón (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Guatemala joins ranks of cocaine producers as plantations and labs emerge
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

El gobierno de Guatemala admitió que el país se ha convertido en productor de cocaína (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Mexico: Incautan 275 kilos del precursor de la droga fentanilo (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

DEA proposes to control three precursor chemicals used to illicitly manufacture deadly fentanyl
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Bolivia: Policía en alerta por venta de LSD en unidades educativas de Cochabamba (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Mexico: Las nuevas sustancias psicoactivas: un peligro para la salud (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Canada: Motion to prevent sale of magic mushrooms defeated by Vancouver council
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Antigua and Barbuda: Data reveals worrying trend in substance abuse for A&B
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

United States: In states with medical marijuana laws, marijuana use is highest in bisexual women
(Published on Sep 25, 2019)

Jamaica to begin cannabis evaluation next month
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Jamaica: Import/Export Regulations for Cannabis Soon
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Uruguay: Gobierno otorgará tres licencias para producir cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Consumidores de cannabis esperan a la hierba legal en México (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Mexican cannabis users eagerly await legal marijuana
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

United States: Surgeon General Sounds Alarm On Risk Of Marijuana Addiction And Harm
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Marijuana officially decriminalized in New York
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Trinidad and Tobago: Drug treatment court
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Nueva York eliminará miles de condenas por posesión de marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

U.S. government to expand list of marijuana growers for research
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Aprueban consumo de 1,2 toneladas de cannabis medicinal para Colombia (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

United States: Authorities Announce Largest Federal Heroin, Fentanyl-Laced Pill Seizure In Delaware History
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

United States: Law enforcement seize enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Los federales incautan el suficiente fentanilo para matar a 14 millones de personas (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

United States: Most-comprehensive analysis of fentanyl crisis urges innovative action
STUDY: Future of Fentanyl

(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

DEA Alerts: Over one million deadly fentanyl pills seized by DEA Phoenix and Arizona law enforcement this year
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

U.S. imposes sanctions on three Chinese accused of fentanyl trafficking
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

United States: Hurricane Dorian washes bricks of cocaine onto Florida beaches
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

EEUU Guardia Costera incauta cocaína valorada en $38.5 millones en el Pacífico oriental (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Colombia: En el último año, 11 mil menores fueron atendidos por consumo de drogas en Bogotá (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Ya se puede detectar en Colombia el tipo de droga sintética que ha consumido un paciente (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Barbados: Medical Ganja Bill ready for House
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Mexico: Corte da amparo por 'cannabis' medicinal (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Argentina: Drogas sintéticas y el fuerte crecimiento en nuestro país (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Mexican court says cocaine use is legal -- for two people
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Argentina: Se aprobó la fiscalización de estupefacientes por grupos químicos (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

México: juez permite uso recreativo de cocaína (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Incautan en Francia más de una tonelada de cocaína en cargamento proveniente de Ecuador (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Colombia incautó dos toneladas de cocaína cerca de la frontera con Venezuela (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

United States: Dark Web Vendor Sentenced to 70 months for Internet Distribution of Deadly Carfentanil, Fentanyl, and Other Drugs
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

Mexico: Cae pareja de “cocineros” de fentanilo en Culiacán; trabajaban para el Cártel de Sinaloa (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

United States: Oregonian activists are laying the legal groundwork for therapeutic magic mushrooms
(Published on Sep 13, 2019)

México: Incautan 142 kilos de fentanilo en la aduana de Nogales (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Trump accuses China's Xi of failing to halt fentanyl exports to U.S.
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

U.S.A.: Urban overdose deaths overtake rural deaths for first time in years
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Incautan inédita droga sintética en Chile y Latinoamérica: Venía desde China en una encomienda (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Alerta por nuevas drogas sintéticas que estarían llegando a Colombia (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Senado mexicano convoca a foros para evaluar la regulación del cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Canadá dará amnistía a detenidos por posesión de cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Colombia exporta por primera vez un producto derivado de cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Trinidad and Tobago: Expunging ganja convictions being considered
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

U.S.A.: Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

USA: Colorado becomes third state to allow doctors to recommend marijuana instead of opioids
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Jamaica: CLA stages compliance workshops
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Uruguay: Precio de la marihuana regulada aumentará más de 10% en agosto (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Incautan récord de cocaína en Alemania en contenedor procedente de Uruguay (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Costa Rica: Ministro de Seguridad: “Estamos viviendo la más alta sobreproducción de cocaína en la región” (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Decomisan cerca de cuatro toneladas de cocaína en el Caribe panameño (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Guyana: Sharp spike in ganja eradication last year
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Canada: Aphria to open first pot shop in Jamaica
(Published on Aug 13, 2019)

Jamaica: De La Haye says no to legalisation of ganja for recreational purposes
(Published on Aug 13, 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 5:28:54 PM