Marijuana and Cannabis World News
While the United States military continues to frown on its soldiers' use of marijuana, the Italian army is planning to puts its troops to work in the cannabis fields to cultivate medicine for patients throughout the nation. In addition, the country announced earlier last week that it will release nearly 10,000 inmates that have been incarcerated due to outdated pot laws -- making Italy the latest nation to impose sensible drug reform.
With a constant flow of cannabis-related headlines pouring out of Canada, the United States, and Mexico on a daily basis, it is easy to overlook the fact that public support for legal cannabis use is on the rise on continents all around the globe.
In Australia, marijuana is by far the most popular and widely used drug, with over 1/3rd of all Aussie's over the age of 22 admitting to having taken a toke or two in their time. But as it becomes increasingly more popular in their home country, those same Aussies have begun to take their stash with them when traveling abroad, and simple pot possession has several of them facing possible death penalties as they sit in Chinese prisons awaiting their fates.
A study out of Australia and New Zealand this week claims that daily pot use by teens leads to more than half dropping out of school, and greatly increases the likelihood that they'll drop out of college, try to kill themselves and if they'll end up on welfare.
But they aren't really saying that. They actually say they found no "causal" relationship between pot and depression, only increased odds of a link. They also say didn't find enough evidence to support their claim that adolescent teen users were seven times more likely to kill themselves. But that doesn't stop them from spreading the fear around just the same.
Uruguayans 18 and up can now grow up to six female plants at a time with a total annual harvest of 480 grams, or just over a pound so long as they tell the government they are doing so first.
According to reports, there weren't too many people signing up on the first day. Likely because, you know, telling the government you're growing something they formerly considered a crime isn't exactly an easy thing to do. Or maybe it's in protest, because you shouldn't have to register to grow your own herb.
The Chinese government is saying that they have located the largest cannabis field in the country's history using satellite imagery. How big? You don't need to know that, apparently. China isn't saying. Just take their word for it, apparently. It's huge.
"In Jilin and Inner Mongolia, a marijuana field that is the largest on record since the establishment of the country [in 1949] was discovered," according to the China News Service. The satellite also showed several previously-unknown border crossing paths and poppy fields.
Some contend that the release on the domestic use of satellite and high-level graphical software - not typical of China - is to hint at China's military satellite technology abilities.
As we reported earlier this week, Asian movie star Jaycee Chan, son of legendary Kung Fu film icon Jackie Chan, was arrested in his home in Beijing last week with about 3.5 ounces of herb.
While you might expect the star of the legendary Drunken Master to offer his sympathies in public for his son Jaycee, Jackie Chan - who is now the official Chinese Police Narcotics Control Ambassador - says he is saddened and ashamed.
Jackie Chan in Drunken Master.
The son of world-famous actor Jackie Chan has been arrested in Beijing for cannabis consumption and possession. Tolerance for cannabis use in parts of China is clearly not high, as Jaycee Chan faces anywhere from three years in jail or execution.
Yes, death for weed.
Of the law, he says it is "a practical, compassionate measure to reduce the pain, anxiety of patients with terminal illnesses, but also a way of beginning to strip from the hands of criminals the role of intermediary between the patient and the substance that allows them to relieve their suffering."
Klaus with a K/Commons.
They said it was a hard decision, but somehow we don't believe the parents of 18-year-old Joshua Billen. According to them, they struggled with whether or not to turn their small-time pot-using and -dealing son in to police.
Because we would like to think if anyone would have weighed out the pros and cons themselves, they would have realized that branding their own flesh and blood a criminal for the rest of their life over a bag of weed is a cruel, needless thing to do.
A 20-year-old South Florida woman named Melissa Acosta and one other woman (unidentified for now) were detained in Cuba this week for allegedly trying to smuggle in synthetic weed.