South America

Thu
30
Aug

New study says CBD works best when combined with other cannabinoids

Many people know about the medical benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid found in marijuana. But it turns out taking CBD alone may not be the most effective way to get those benefits, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Mon
20
Aug

Canada just became the second nation to legalize marijuana. Here are all the top countries for progressive drug policy reform

Canada recently became the second country — and the first Group of Seven country — to legalize marijuana for adults. As cultural attitudes change, governments around the world are looking to update their policies on drugs more generally.

Uruguay, a small nation of around 3 million people in South America, set a global precedent when former president Jose Mujica signed a law to legalize marijuana in December of 2013.

Fri
03
Aug

Get ready for Hempire Jamaica

A Canadian company is entering the Caribbean marijuana market and is counting down to the launch of Hempire Jamaica.

CROP Infrastructure Corp., a publicly listed company on the Canadian and US stock exchange, this week announced it has acquired a 49 percent stake in a 217,000 sq. foot property ideally situated for future cannabis production and extraction in the Westmoreland Parish of Jamaica.

“CROP continues to build its global footprint by securing this strategic joint venture in Jamaica,” said CROP Director & CEO Michael Yorke. “Many countries are now introducing new licensing and legislative regimes for CBD and cannabis and are prime entry points for our growing organization.”

Mon
23
Jul

Jamaica’s medical marijuana industry

Jamaica is moving to establish a medical marijuana industry, according to Audley Shaw, minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

He said the government is moving to ensure that Jamaica is not left behind in the growing medical cannabis industry.

Shaw noted that while Jamaica has only decriminalized the use of up to two ounces of marijuana and issued a few licenses for production and processing, the product is now legal in Canada, and 31 states in the United States have been producing and using it for medicinal and recreational purposes.

Shaw said Jamaica needs to move quickly to take advantage of opportunities in the growing of cannabis and manufacture of its products.

Thu
19
Jul

Grenade-shaped grinder causes airport evacuation in Argentina

Who thought it would be a good idea to bring anything weapon-shaped to the airport?

An Argentine airport was evacuated Tuesday after a suspected explosive device was discovered at the facility. But when the bomb squad arrived to investigate the object, they determined that it was actually a cannabis grinder designed to resemble a hand grenade. The incident occurred at the Astor Piazzolla airport in Mar del Plata, a seaside city about 250 miles southeast of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Alehandro Itzcovich, the chief of national airport security in Argentina, told local media that he believed that the pot grinder had been left at the airport by a departing passenger.

Thu
19
Jul

Uruguay marks a year allowing pharmacies to sell marijuana

Enrique Curbelo is delighted. Selling cannabis has allowed the affable 76-year-old to keep his privately owned pharmacy in Montevideo open in a market dominated by big chains. "I had to sell what they didn't sell," he told AFP. "For me it's like selling aspirin."

It's been this way for a year now. Every Wednesday, Ismael Fernandez receives a WhatsApp message from his local pharmacist telling him a new stock of cannabis has arrived.

After leaving work, he heads there and buys the 10 grams that Uruguayan law permits, costing 400 pesos, around $13. Fernandez then heads home and rolls a joint "to relax" with his partner Stefania Fabricio.

Mon
16
Jul

Brazil is mulling over marijuana legalization

The largest country in South America is mulling over marijuana legalization. Earlier this week, Brazil's socialist Worker's Party has introduced a bill that would legalized medical as well as recreational cannabis in the South American country. And while support for legalization is high among voters, the opposition to marijuana reform remains strong in Brazil, writes Calvin Hughes.

Mon
02
Jul

Is Cannabis an exporting opportunity for Jamaica?

A couple of years ago, the previous government of Jamaica passed a law decriminalizing carrying up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use.

The current government wants to go well beyond that, not necessarily to encourage its people to get stoned, but to develop, in the words of one official, “a major industrial enterprise in Jamaica.”

Audley Shaw, Jamaica’s minister of commerce, industry, agriculture, and fisheries (Image: Peter Buxbaum)

Ganja has suffered from a stigma, especially among those who would discourage the use of psychoactive substances, but, said Jamaica’s minister of commerce, industry, agriculture, and fisheries Audley Shaw, “it has more good qualities than bad.”

Fri
29
Jun

Jamaican government official says marijuana is a 'birthright'

Many people know about the connection between Jamaica and marijuana, but now one government official is ardently making the case that cannabis is important for his people, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Wed
20
Jun

Five years after legalization, Uruguay faces cannabis supply problems

According to local reports, Uruguay faces cannabis supply problems five years after the government legalized the plant.

Five years after legalizing marijuana, Uruguay is facing cannabis supply problems. The South American country was the first nation to legalize marijuana in 2013. But legal sales of cannabis began just last year. The law allows registered consumers to purchase up to 40 grams (nearly 1.5 ounces) of cannabis at participating pharmacies each month. But so far, only 14 of approximately 1,200 pharmacies in the country have registered to sell cannabis.

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