‘Free the weed’: Cannabis supporters protest globally for relaxation of marijuana laws

The Global Marijuana March has taken place this weekend as cannabis supporters from around the world gathered in 829 cities in 72 countries to put pressure on their governments to legalize the drug.

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Demonstrators were out in force in the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, including wheelchair-bound children suffering from refractory epilepsy. They want the drug legalized for medical use and for it to be regulated for cultivation and consumption. 


Argentina's budding marijuana industry poised to flower

Buenos Aires has a unique cannabis business, where the business consists of everything except the cannabis itself.

Ignacio Goyret, the owner of the Basta de Lobby Shop, explains that he sells almost everything concerning cannabis, 99 percent.

"I don't touch seeds, and that's the remaining one percent," he said. 

Sales of seeds and products with THC, the active chemical in cannabis, is illegal.

Courts have tolerated possession for personal use and, in specific cases, have recently allowed medicines containing THC.

There are no restrictions on the sale of flower pots, fertilizer and other equipment to grow marijuana.

Nevertheless, if police find the plants, there will be problems with the law.


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Marijuana Grow Shops Take Root in Buenos Aires

Cultural change is often imperceptible, until the market adjusts to the new social environment. In Buenos Aires, and the surrounding area, the emergence of dozens of “grow shops” over the past two years is evidence of this sort of shift. These stores specialize in the sale of soil, fertilizer, substrates, and pesticides that are used to grow a single plant species: marijuana.

Ignacio Goyret is the founder of Basta de Lobby, a grow shop located in Palermo — a neighborhood with a high concentration of these sorts of businesses. Goyret is a staunch proponent of the economic potential of the cannabis industry, and points to Chile as an example, where the law allows for the sale of marijuana seeds.


Higher Ground: You can’t put the smoke back in the bong

There is little doubt in my mind that marijuana — cannabis, weed, pot, ganja, skunk, bud, herb, sticky icky, mota (in Mexico), le shit (in France), whatever you want to call it — is on the road to legalization. There are a lot of reasons for that. One of them is the changes taking place around the world.


Six countries where Marijuana consumption is legal

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom. The measure was approved in 4-1 vote on the five-justice panel, backing the argument that smoking marijuana is covered under the right of “free development of personality.”

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Here’s a quick look at five countries where Marijuana is legal and what the law states:

Czech Republic


'Largest' ganja seizure ever in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Twelve tons of marijuana being smuggled from Paraguay into Argentina aboard a tanker truck were seized Friday in an affluent suburb of Buenos Aires, officials said.

The driver, a Paraguayan national, was held for questioning.

Daniel Scioli, the governor of Buenos Aires province, called it the "largest seizure in the history" of his country.

Scioli will face a conservative rival, Mauricio Macri, in a run-off for the Argentine presidency on November 22.

The police operation Friday took place in San Isidro, a northern suburb of the Argentine capital and one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the region.


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No matter who wins Argentina's upcoming election, it seems the country is set to diverge from its flirtation with drugs decriminalization and embark on a highly questionable and extremely dangerous strategy of militarizing its drug policy.


Argentina’s Presidential Hopefuls Aim to Further Militarize Drug War

Experts Warn "Failed Policy" Will Lead to More Violence, Corruption

Narco-trafficking has become a key issue in this year’s presidential race in Argentina, and the top three candidates — Sergio Massa, Mauricio Macri, and Daniel Scioli — all agree on one thing: an increased role for state security forces to fight the war on drugs.+

Various experts and intellectuals, however, say the current discourse is riddled with “assumptions, intuition, and improvisation” and are calling for the candidates to have a “serious debate” on drug policy.+


Law and Border

How many wars can we fight?

Our presidential candidates demand "stronger action" against both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. But those goals conflict. The War on Drugs makes border enforcement much harder!

America's 44-year-long Drug War hasn't made a dent in American drug use or the supply of illegal drugs. If it had some positive effect, prices of drugs would have increased, but they haven't. American authorities say drugs are more available than ever.

Drug prohibition, like alcohol prohibition, creates fat profits that invite law-breaking.


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