Colombians Rally for Cannabis Reform

People smoke weed throughout the streets for legalization.

Thousands of Colombians flocked the streets of Bogota and Medellin smoking marijuana through fruit crafted smoke devices such as apple, watermelon and pineapple bongs to call for legalization of marijuana worldwide. Dubbed the ‚ÄúGlobal Marijuana March‚ÄĚ protesters in Colombia believe that use of marijuana should be allowed both medically and for recreational use.

In Colombia the cannabis laws are very lenient and a person can be in possession of up to 22 grams for personal use without facing persecution but selling and transporting cannabis is only legal for scientific and medical purposes.


Why Does The United Nations Find It So Hard To Talk About Drugs?

I have just watched the closing plenary session of the 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem here in New York. Presidents and Prime Ministers will now move on to the climate change summit that opens tomorrow, and the thousands of government and NGO delegates who have filled the UN building in Manhattan over the last 3 days will catch their flights back to all corners of the globe. So was it worth it ‚Äď three years of preparation, tens of millions of dollars of travel and meeting costs, and countless hours of debate and negotiation. Is the international community any better placed to reduce the health, social and economic problems associated with illicit drug markets?


Colombia's Big Plans for Medical Marijuana Will Negatively Impact Mom & Pop Growers

The store front of Ganja Farm in downtown Bogot√° is small and nondescript, but the pungent smell on approach is unmistakable. A quick glance through the barred front door reveals a network of metallic ductwork. It does not reveal the marijuana plants the company grows, or the lab where they turn them into health products.

Inside a cozy little office, an elderly man in his work clothes that are splattered with dry paint, sits talking to Camilo Andrés Cruz, one of the founders of Ganja Farm. Cruz puts a small canister of green cannabis-infused ointment for his client's arthritis in a cloth bag and sees him on his way.

"We don't want to sell the company to other people," Cruz says later. "We love this."


Colombia Joins Countries From Mexico to Chile for Legalization on Marijuana

While a 1986 law allowed for the manufacture, export, sale and medical and scientific use of marijuana, the practice was, until Tuesday, never formally regulated.Current law already allows possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana or cultivation of up to 20 marijuana plants for personal use.

Colombia joins countries from Mexico to Chile for legalization on marijuana

With the new rules, Colombia joins countries from Mexico to Chile that have experimented with legalization or decriminalization as part of a wave of changing attitudes toward drug use and policies to combat it in Latin America.The proponents of medical marijuana claim that up to 400,000 Colombian citizens can use cannabis products to treat symptoms of epilepsy and other illnesses.


Five former presidents demand an end to the war on drugs

AS THE drug war has rumbled on, with little to show for all the money and violence, its critics have become a more diverse bunch than the hippies and libertarians who first backed drug reform. The latest broadside against prohibition was fired on March 24th by a group of former heads of state and businesspeople, who put forward a sober case for rethinking the international approach to drug control.


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.


Here are the Countries Where Marijuana Is Legal in Some Form

The global tide concerning marijuana¬†legalization is slowly turning. Amsterdam, with its famous¬†coffeeshops¬†where smoking cannabis is OK, was once the international city most associated with legally smoking marijuana. But more countries are passing legislation either decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana¬†in some form. In fact, almost half the states in the United States have¬†legalized marijuana¬†somehow¬†‚ÄĒ with¬†more likely to follow¬†suit.¬†


Canadian Owned PharmaCielo Asks Colombian Government For Medical Marijuana License

Privately held PharmaCielo Ltd. today announced that its Rionegro, Colombia based subsidiary, PharmaCielo Colombia Holdings S.A.S. has submitted its formal application to Minsalud, Colombia’s Ministry of Health, and the Consejo Nacional de Estupefacientes (National Drugs Council) to become a licensed marijuana grower and processor of medicinal-grade cannabis oil extracts, with plans to file an additional license application for export in the near future.


PharmaCielo Files Application for Licenses to Cultivate and Process Medicinal-grade Cannabis

TORONTO, Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - PharmaCielo Ltd. today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Rionegro, Colombia based PharmaCielo Colombia Holdings S.A.S. has submitted its formal application to the Ministry of Health and the National Drugs Council to become a licensed grower and processor of medicinal-grade cannabis oil extracts, with plans to file an additional license application for export in the near future.

This announcement comes after President Juan Manuel Santos signed regulatory Decree 2467, on December the 22nd, 2015, establishing a licensing framework for the cultivation, processing, research and development and exportation of cannabis derivatives for scientific and medical purposes. 


5 Major Developments That Change How We Should Think About Marijuana

Here's the latest research on pot and drinking, pot and opiate dependency, pot and IQ, pot and migraines, and pot and obesity.

Scientific discoveries are published almost daily rebuking  the federal government’s contention that cannabis is a highly dangerous substance lacking therapeutic efficacy. But most of these findings are relegated to obscure, peer-reviewed journals and, therefore, often go unnoticed by the major media and the general public. Here are five new cannabis-centric studies that warrant mainstream attention.


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