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Jamaica: Five charged after massive ganja bust
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Uruguay seizes record 6 tonnes of cocaine at port and ranch
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Mexico: Perfilan este mes discutir dictamen sobre cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Estados Unidos: Illinois, venta legal de cannabis genera casi $3.2 millones en un solo día (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Illinois: Governor JB Pritzker issues 11K pardons for marijuana convictions
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

United States: Utah awards medical cannabis ‘pharmacy’ licenses
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Estados Unidos: Utah elige empresas y lugares para farmacias de marihuana medicinal (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Gobierno creó el Centro Uruguayo de Estudios Avanzados en Cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

United States: The first week of legal marijuana sales in Illinois brought in nearly $11 million
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

United States: South Dakotans To Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

United States: A devastating trend: Fentanyl-laced cocaine overdoses raise major concerns across Ohio, new analysis shows
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Mexico: La UIF detectó una red de lavado de dinero que involucra a la mafia china con los cárteles mexicanos (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

It's in the bananas: Portugal finds another big cocaine haul
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Argentina: Alertan por un aumento en el uso de drogas inyectables (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Uruguay incauta 4,4 toneladas de cocaína en el puerto de Montevideo, una cifra récord (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Costa Rica detiene 3 ecuatorianos con 300 kilos de cocaína en semisumergible (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Colombia: Alerta por la aparición de nuevas sustancias psicoactivas (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Argentina: Drogas: cuando las bandas narco eligen a mujeres vulnerables como "mulas" (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

United States: Gender Differences Should Inform Opioid Treatment, Says Study
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Mexico: En un año asegura Sedena droga con valor de más de 125 mdp (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Barbados boards marijuana train
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

2020 será el año de la cannabis en México: Secretaría de Salud emitirá reglamento para uso medicinal de marihuana (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Jan 16, 2020)

Green Light to Light Up: Marijuana Law in Trinidad And Tobago to Take Effect Before Christmas
(Published on Jan 13, 2020)

Trinidad and Tobago proposes to decriminalize, establish Cannabis Economy
(Published on Jan 13, 2020)

Patients rally in Ecuador for legal use of medical cannabis
(Published on Jan 13, 2020)

Canada: CBD can harm you, according to the U.S. What does this mean for Canada’s cannabis sector?
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Chile: Mayor incautación de droga de la historia: 4 ton. de marihuana cripy, destinada al consumo interno (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Chile: Consumo de marihuana desciende en Chile por primera vez en esta década (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Costa Rica: Ocultan marihuana entre matas de yuca, revela informe del ICD. Desde 2010 hasta 2018 en Costa Rica se registró una tendencia creciente en el cultivo de marihuana en el territorio nacional (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Trinidad and Tobago: Draft legal ganja laws completed
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Panama: Una comisión del legislativo ha vuelto a acoger una iniciativa que busca legalizar el uso de la marijuana terapéutica (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Perú: Intervienen a presuntos traficantes con 120 kilos de droga en frontera de Tumbes, con destino a Chile (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Uruguay: El próximo Gobierno de Uruguay, que asume el 1 de marzo de 2020, no derogará la ley de cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Uruguay: La Cámara de Empresas de Cannabis Medicinal (CECAM) emitió un comunicado expresando su “profunda preocupación” por la comercialización de ciertos productos de cannabis en Argentina (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

United States: Feds May Pursue Criminal Charges Against Opioid-Makers
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Ecuador: Coca incautada (759 kilos) iba a Chile (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

United States: Over 130 pounds of various narcotics and a potent synthetic opioid seized in Queens investigation
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Chile: Narcos usan nuevos modos para traficar desde Ecuador (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Republica Dominicana: DNCD decomisó más de 5 mil kilogramos de droga en 8 meses (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Uruguay: En Alemania y Francia hablan de Uruguay como "el nuevo centro mundial del narcotráfico" (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Argentina: Megabanda narco traía la droga en colectivos de línea, las entregaban y volvían a salir (destino Chile) (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Costa Rica: Capo de drogas sintéticas cambiaba de casa cada día para despistar a la policía y controlar negocio (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Mexico: Ex-Security Chief Arrested by U.S. on Drugs-Linked Bribery Charge
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Mexico: El cristal en segundo lugar de las drogas ilegales más consumidas: CIJ Laguna. (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

United States: Trump says he will hold off designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups.
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Chile: Mujer extranjera detenida por incautación más grande en Magallanes de Éxtasis y de droga sintética conocida como TUSI (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 13, 2019)

Barbados: Medical cannabis could boost economy
(Published on Dec 12, 2019)

Uruguay: Autorizan a tres nuevas empresas a producir cannabis para uso recreativo (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Marihuana en México: Gobierno de AMLO discute eliminar prohibición y regular mercado del cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Mexico: Senado da pasos para legalizar marihuana; plantean aumento en gramaje para consumo personal (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Jamaica making progress on Cannabis
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Paraguay: Pequeños productores podrán cultivar hasta 2 hectáreas de cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Canadá legaliza consumo de productos comestibles de cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Mexico: Aseguran cargamento de fentanilo en Culiacán (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Mexico: Advierten que uso de fentanilo es letal (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

United States: Fentanyl seizures in O.C. set to double for third year in a row, sheriff says
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Mexico: Aumentan Sobredosis por Pastillas con Fentanilo en San Benito y Monterey (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

En medio de crisis por fentanilo en EEUU, el espray nasal naloxona salva vidas (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

La DEA capturó a siete venezolanos que traficaban 4.200 kilos de cocaína a Jamaica (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Jamaica: Gov't strengthening drug control measures
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Legisladores votarán sobre legalización de la marihuana en México a finales de octubre: reporte (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Women Taking On More Roles Within Colombia’s Drug Trade
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Arrestan a tres colombianos con 1.400 kilos de cocaína en aguas de Costa Rica (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

U.S. Coast Guard Captures Submarine Carrying $165M Worth of Cocaine
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Argentina: En apenas dos años se duplicaron los casos de muerte por sobredosis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Mexico: Golpe al narco: en menos de 48 horas aseguraron dos narcolaboratorios en Sinaloa (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Chicago Council Member Calls for Decriminalization of Magic Mushrooms
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Vuelve a debate legalización de cannabis medicinal en Panamá (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

De Uruguay al mundo: firma realiza primera exportación de cannabis medicinal de Latinoamérica (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Argentina: El cannabis terapéutico, un "tsunami imparable" que triunfa en Buenos Aires (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Estados Unidos: Maine podría comenzar venta legal de marihuana en 2020 (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Jamaica: Shaw Says Gov’t Will Continue To Lobby US On Correspondent Banking
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Uruguay: Para director del Ircca, el narcotráco se debe a una oferta estatal "insuciente" (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Argentina: Puerto Madryn: proponen crear un registro de consumidores de aceite de cannabis (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Expertos dicen que problemas por heroína en México son mayores a su consumo (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Guatemala descubre "complejo de producción de cocaína" durante estado de sitio (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 2019)

Perú alerta que la producción de cocaína es mayor con la misma cantidad de hoja de coca (available only in Spanish)
(Published on Dec 10, 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 4:28:54 PM