India

Tue
02
Jun

Which State Has Cleared Over 80% of Its Prior Cannabis Convictions? The Leafly Legalization Roundup

With summer just around the corner, many legislative sessions are nearing an end, but that doesn't mean the end for cannabis progress! This week brings surprising and heartwarming news from down on the bayou in Louisiana, while California’s discussing legalization, New York is gearing up to select growers for their medical program, and India just held their first ever medical cannabis conference.

 

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CALIFORNIA

Mon
01
Jun

India: Medical marijuana battle: 'Legalise cannabis' call finding support among lawyers, doctors

Eight-year-old Vedd Raaj has severe epilepsy and autism. His most violent seizures come once a month, triggered by infections he catches due to low immunity. They can last hours.

His parents, Bengaluru-based business consultant Amit and homemaker Rakhi Raj, 34, have been doing the rounds of hospitals, trying to find a doctor that can help him procure cannabis oil. This controversial flowering plant is indigenous to India, but its cultivation is banned because an extract can also be used to produce the intoxicant marijuana.

Yet the Raj family believes it is their son's only hope. There are many within and outside the medical fraternity that would agree with him.

Wed
27
May

Religion and marijuana: Where does Hinduism stand on marijuana?

The second article in our series of religion and marijuana - Today we are looking at the relationship between Hinduism and marijuana usage. 

Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India and Nepal. It also exists among significant populations outside of the sub continent and has over 900 million adherents worldwide.

Unlike most other religions, Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings.

Like other religions, Hindus generally disapprove of the non-medicinal drug use.

Tue
26
May

Three Skills CEOs Need Most

As part of the exploratory dialogue for one of my recent executive coaching assignments, a C-level executive of a decades-old business frankly admitted, “I don’t think I have the skills to lead the business to the next level.”

In his late thirties, the CEO in question had successfully led his organization to profitability from the brink of disaster in less than five years (after an experiment with professional management did not yield the desired result). By all accounts, he was a dynamic, motivated and purpose-driven leader with aspirations to build a great institution. He was skilled at empowering people and willing to give them space to operate. And yet, he was mired by self-limiting beliefs.

I probed him with the following two questions:

Tue
12
May

Int'l cry to legalize marijuana reaches B'luru

BENGALURU: The movement for legalization of marijuana reached India on Sunday with speakers at the country's first Medical Cannabis Conference calling for open and honest study on its ability to cure cancer and other ailments. 

Addressing the conference at Alliance francaise, Rick Simpson, a Canadian who claims to have treated cancer patients with his hemp oil — a cannabis extract — in the past 12 years, said it is high time people suffering from ailments, particularly cancer, are allowed to take plant for its curative effect instead of going in for radiation or chemotherapy. 

While radiation and chemotherapy harm the patient, treatment using the medicinal plant does not have any side effects, said Simpson, who is in the forefront the 'Legalise Marijuana' campaign.

Mon
04
May

Legalize medical cannabis, India activists say

Viki Vaurora, a passionate campaign er for medical marijuana, says it is time to bust the myths around the much maligned weed. He is hosting India's first ever Medical Cannabis Conference series that starts in Bengaluru on May 10, to spread awareness about its uses, especially in palliative cancer care. 

"The only way marijuana can kill you is if you smoke 1,500kg in 15 minutes," says Vaurora, a 23-year-old musician and recording engineer."It has no side effects and it cannot kill you. It has no control on your respiratory or cardiac faculties." 

Fri
01
May

India: Legalisation debate gains traction

With news about a medical marijuana legalisation meet in city, social media is abuzz with reactions

The debate about the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis has been raging for over a century but it heated up a little bit more on social media after the Bangalore Mirror article titled "City to host country's first 'legalise marijuana'meet (April 29, 2015)". 
The arguments ranged from the usual benefits been listed out to people questioning the morality of legalisation. We decided to get an expert opinion on it.

Wed
29
Apr

Bangalore to host country’s first ‘legalise marijuana’ meet

30 years of marijuana being illegal, India now for Marijuana Legalisation Movement

With several countries in the world, including Uruguay and some states in the USA, legalising marijuana (cannabis), the movement has finally found a foothold in India. The first-ever conference in India for the legalisation of Marijuana will be held in Bengaluru on May 10, although the venue is yet to be finalised.

The Great Indian Legalisation Movement will organise Medical Cannabis Conferences across four cities - Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi on consecutive weekends in May. The seating has been limited to 200 people for the Bengaluru conference.

Tue
21
Apr

A look at booming marijuana startups

No, rumours are not true. Marijuana is not America's largest cash crop, but it's still probably a $4-billion annual business. As of 2014, it's also legal to grow, own, and use recreationally in some US states. It's approved for medical and other limited use in 18 more states. Entrepreneurs are racing to take advantage of the new laws and changing attitudes toward the drug. Here are the players and startups you need to watch for a high.

 

Privateer Holdings is a private equity firm that's making big investments in marijuana startups. Its CEO is 42-year-old Yale graduate Brendan Kennedy, and it counts Peter Thiel's Founders Fund among its investors

 

Tue
21
Apr

Baker’s Dozen: 13 Places to Celebrate 420

San Rafael High School’s claims to fame include adult actress Nikki Tyler and Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” video, but the California campus is best known as the alleged birthplace of 420. Back in 1971, five classmates sought a hidden cannabis crop in the Point Reyes Peninsula, and 420 served as the code word for the search and their 4:20 p.m. meeting time. The legend may or may not be historically accurate, but 420 is definitely the preeminent counterculture holiday with annual cannabis celebrations on April 20. On the fifty shades of green scale, 420 ranks up there with St. Patty’s and Earth Day, and travelers can celebrate with cities to visit, things to do and places to munch.

Punta del Este, Uruguay

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