China

Mon
14
Mar

Myths, Moralism, and Hypocrisy Drive the International Drug Control System

In April 2016, the international community will convene for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS). This event, held two years early due to the urgency of the drug situation and intensity of drug-related violence, presents an opportunity to question the fundamentals of international drug policy. Despite overwhelming evidence that a century-long quest to control human behaviour and drug markets through international treaties and national legislation has failed, there is little expectation of change. The vested interests in retaining the status quo are significant, with sclerosis legitimised through the recurrent exhortation to improve international co-operation.

Mon
29
Feb

20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Marijuana

Pot. Cannabis. Mary Jane. The plant with psychotropic properties has a long pop culture presence — and an even longer record of use.

1. Pot. Weed. Mary Jane. Sticky-icky. Nicknames aside, much of the world calls the psychotropic plant by its scientific name, cannabis, and — until the early 20th century — so did Americans.

2. About a hundred years ago, however, the term marijuana became common in the United States, the result of anti-cannabis, anti-immigrant advocates trying to link recreational use of the plant to migrant workers from Mexico.

Tue
23
Feb

2016 Trend Alert: Cannabis Testing & Increased Purchasing Plans

It's nearly that time of year. The annual occasion that brings together 16,000 laboratory scientists from industry, academia and government to discuss the latest trends in laboratory science. We're talking about Pittcon of course, the world’s largest annual premier conference and exposition on laboratory science. Pittcon never fails to deliver quality information and education that is used by the industry year-round. Let's see what some of the 2016 trends are:

Fri
22
Jan

A Brief History Of Medical Cannabis: From Ancient Anesthesia To The Modern Dispensary

For many decades in the U.S., marijuana has been painted as the psychedelic drug of hippies and stoners who lay around smoking dope to the detriment of their cognitive function. This image of marijuana use can certainly be attributed to one aspect of its culture, but Cannabis — a category of plants that include three species and seven sub-species — have been used in medicine for thousands of years.

Tue
08
Dec

A Hong Kong student high: No jail time for selling cannabis cupcakes and brownies

A secondary school student was spared jail for selling drug-laced delicacies to her classmates at her school's athletics meet in Tsing Yi last year.

Dora Radic, 18, was slapped with a HK$10,000 fine in Tsuen Wan Court yesterday after she previously pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking a dangerous drug involving 0.38 grams of cannabis in the form of five "hash brownies" and 22 "weed cupcakes" at Tsing Yi Sports Ground on November 3 last year.

Her co-defendant, Natasha Richards, 17, admitted the same charge earlier and will be sentenced on January 11.

Radic is a Form Four student at the YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College, while Richards is an ex-student who is now studying in Macau.

Tue
08
Dec

A 'Budding' Industry: Asian Americans for Cannabis Education

When Tiffany Wu first entered the cannabis industry in March, she noticed that Asian Americans involved in the industry were few and far between — a trend the 28-year-old says was made even more apparent after she attended the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo, one of the nation's largest cannabis trade shows attracting thousands of advocates and industry professionals, in Las Vegas in November. 

"ANYTHING IN FAVOR OF GIVING MORE ACCESS TO PATIENTS IS SOMETHING WE ARE GETTING BEHIND. THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO NEED THIS."

"I personally saw maybe less than 15 Asian Americans during my three days there," Wu, a San Francisco Bay Area business attorney specializing in the cannabis industry, told NBC News. 

Thu
26
Nov

Gardening Start-Up in China Chances Upon U.S. Marijuana Market

In China, concerns about food safety are so serious that residents at times take to the green spaces between tenements to plant gardens. Others farm on windowsills and balconies, or use specialized e-commerce services to track down safe vegetables and meats.

These habits led Lennon Tsai to start a company that supplies all the hydroponics equipment necessary for a would-be urban farmer to get started on an indoor garden. While trying to sell equipment to a new Chinese middle class concerned about the rampant contamination of China’s soil and water, Mr. Tsai by chance came upon a secondary market in America.

Wed
18
Nov

5 Places You Don't Want To Get Caught With Cannabis

Cannabis use is going mainstream in North America, but that's not the case everywhere. If you're travelling to any of these destinations, you'll want to consider a temporary hiatus from herb.

Fri
16
Oct

China passes US in total number of billionaires

There are now 596 USA dollar billionaires in mainland China, Hurun said in a report released on Thursday, That number jumps to 715 if Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau are included and compares to 537 American billionaires, based on Hurun's calculations.

"The world used to look to American entrepreneurs... for inspiration".

According to Hurun, 16 of the 1,877 people on its rich list are in different degrees of trouble with the Chinese authorities, including seven under investigation, four awaiting sentencing and three who have disappeared altogether.

Fri
09
Oct

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Market Value to Reach $20 Billion by 2024, says GlobalData

The value of the multiple sclerosis therapeutics market will rise slowly from $17.2 billion in 2014 to approximately $20 billion by 2024, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 1.5 percent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
 
The company’s latest report* states that this growth, which will occur across the ten major markets of the US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Japan, Canada, China and India, will primarily be driven by the continued uptake of premium products and an increase in treatment rates as a result of the availability of novel alternatives.
 

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