News Roundup: Alaska's First Legal Cannabis Harvest Just Began. It's Already Stalled.

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Alaska’s first commercial cannabis harvests are underway. The first official legal crop comes from Greatland Ganja, a small cultivator on the Kenai Peninsula. Greatland has harvested about 75 pounds of cannabis so far, of an expected total of about 100 pounds consisting of 10 different strains. Unfortunately, however, the first harvest may not have anywhere to go. Distribution and sales are stalled until state-licensed testing laboratories are up and running. At the moment two labs are nearing completion in Anchorage: CannTest hopes to open by mid-October and AK Green Labs aims to be online by early November.



Argentina Province of Chubut Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is about to become a part of the public health care system in the southern Argentinean province of Chubut – making it the first jurisdiction in South America to allow cannabis into the healthcare system.

A report from the Buenos Aires Herald indicates that Governor Mario Das Neves recently designed a piece of legislation that will allow a non-intoxicating strain of cannabis oil to be distributed in public hospitals for patients requiring treatment for epilepsy. The bill has already received approval from the legislature and has become law.


Argentina: Legal Minds Demand New 'Drugs Policy Respectful of Human Rights'

30th anniversary of landmark ruling marked by push for human-rights based approach on the matter.

Launching a new push to coincide with the 30-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark “Bazterrica” ruling, more than 500 respected legal voices will today call on the government to redraw its policy on narcotics and end the so-called “War on Drugs.”

In total, more than 550 Argentine magistrates, judges and lawyers will call for wholesale reforms based on human rights.

They are seeking a fresh approach, which includes decriminalization, the end of forced anti-drug treatment to users and the creation of policies focused on risk reduction.


Like Seriously! Marijuana Is Legal in These 7 Countries

New Delhi: One must have seen naga babas consuming marijuana. Consumption of Cannabis is legal in various states across the United States of America and some other European countries, but that of course comes with T&C applied.

Here, we bring you some countries where consumption of marijuana is legal:

Czech Republic:

Marijuana is legal in this European country that permits its possession up to 15 grams. It has been legalised for medical use on prescription since 2013.


Argentina approved medical marijuana for 85 treatments

The National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT), the Argentine entity responsible for controlling drugs and medical treatments in the country,  on Tuesday approved the use of 85 treatments for "compassionate" use of cannabinoid-based facts.

So far this year, the ANMAT has authorized 85 patients to import medicinal products derived from marijuana for compassionate use. Mostly cannabidiol oil, the main component of the cannabis sativa plant, popularly known as marijuana.

The head of the ANMAT, Carlos Chiale, confirmed to the Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies that Argentine entity has already authorized the entry of 85 bottles of products with cannabidiol in the last 6 months.


‘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.


9 Things We've Learned From a 50-Year War on Drugs

Across the Americas, the model of prohibition has fuelled inequality, bloodshed, and the mass violation of human rights. We need to understand why it has failed. 


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.


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