Marijuana and Cannabis World News

Albania Has Destroyed Billions Worth of Cannabis This Year
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

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The Albanian flag (with additions).

So far this year, the country of Albania has destroyed about $8.2 billion worth of seized marijuana, according to Interior Ministry officials. The figure represents about 60 percent of Albania's total annual GDP. Also a part of those figures: 102 tons of pot were destroyed, 530,000 cannabis plants were uprooted and about 1,900 people have been arrested. In short: Albania doesn't mess around when it comes to weed enforcement.

Officials say they are working to change the perception of Albania as a drug-producing country. According to ABC News, the country has long been a stopping point for drugs imported from South America and Asia.

By comparison, Albania's haul isn't actually that huge. American drug warriors destroyed 4,395,240 marijuana plants, arrested more than 6,500 people and seized more than $29 million in 2013 according to the U.S. Justice Department.


Australia Prime Minister Backs Medical Cannabis, Says New South Wales Should Expand Access
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

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A proposal to legalize medical cannabis in New South Wales, Australia's largest and most populous state, gained huge support this week as Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbot gave his approval on a weekly radio program.

In fact, Abbot said that the proposed clinical trials don't go far enough. Abbot says that there shouldn't need to be clinical trials for a plant that is already legal for doctor's recommendation in other Australian states.


Italy Has the Right Idea: Grow Weed and Free Prisoners
Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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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the country announced earlier last week that it will release nearly 10,000 inmates that have been incarcerated due to outdated pot laws -- making Italy the latest nation to impose sensible drug reform.

Aussies Caught With Pot Face Death Penalty In China
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:20 am

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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.


Government Study on 4,000 Teens in Australia and New Zealand Claims Link Between Marijuana Use and Suicide (Sort of)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:20 am

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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.


Uruguay Begins Licensing of Marijuana Home Growers
Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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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.

China Says They've Found the Largest Pot Field in History, Just Don't Expect to See It
Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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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.


Jackie Chan toes government line, says son's pot bust is shameful
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

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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.


Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan, arrested for pot in Beijing
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

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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.


Colombian President Endorses Federal Medical Marijuana Proposal
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:20 am

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A measure to legalize cannabis for medical reasons in Colombia got a big endorsement yesterday when President Juan Manuel Santos told a drug policy committee that he would like to see the law passed.

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."