South America

Mon
29
Jan

South America grants licenses to grow medical marijuana

2017 will go down on history as one of the most progressive years for the global cannabis community. While there is still a long way to go, the legalisation wave, particularly in the medical field, has reached a large number of parliaments around the world.

And of course this also applies to South America, where many countries have pushed the legalisation debate onto their parliaments’ agenda, with Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Mexico having decriminalised the use of medical cannabis and Uruguay emerging as the only country to have legalised both medical and recreational uses.

Mon
15
Jan

Crime rate drops but Uruguay struggles with illicit sale of Cannabis to tourists

“We passed the idea of avant-garde country, and the foreigner arrives here and cannot buy?” one Cannabis expert said.

As the summer months roll in and the tourists begin to arrive, Uruguay may see more than a few disgruntled backpackers as its 2017 legalization of marijuana still only applies to the nation’s residents.

Fri
12
Jan

Colombia aims to become global export leader in medicinal marijuana in 2018

Colombia could supply 44% of the global demand for medicinal marijuana in 2018 after the board of directors of the country’s Drug Control Fund authorized the harvest of 40,5 tons of this plant for export-only proposes.

Thu
11
Jan

Government supplied cannabis: Uruguay's controlled high

Uruguay has become the first country in the world where the cannabis market, its production and marketing are in the hands of the state.

It’s now legal to buy, sell and consume this drug in the country.

The small South American state is the first and only country in the world to have embraces legalisation so fully. So what are the results of this after 6 months?

To get aspirin or painkillers for his back pain, Federico has always gone to his local pharmacy. But since July 19, 2017, he has also come to buy his cannabis.

Thu
21
Dec

Where Marijuana is and isn't legal

Take a look some countries that have either legalized, decriminalized or simply chosen to tolerate recreational marijuana.

United Kingdom

Having been reclassified in 2009 from a Class C to a Class B drug, cannabis is now the most used illegal drug within the United Kingdom. The UK is also, however, the only country where Sativex – a prescribed drug that helps to combat muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis and contains some ingredients that are also found in cannabis - is licensed as a treatment.

Tue
12
Dec

Uruguay regulates legal marijuana program with Integrated Biometrics fingerprint scanners

A controversial legal marijuana distribution program is underway in Uruguay, with Integrated Biometrics‘ fingerprint scanners enabling a range of government-imposed limitations, as well as allowing for user anonymity.

Planning for the program began in the South American nation of 3.4 million people in 2014, when former President José Mujica singed a bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana, in limited amounts, by Uruguayan citizens. The bill, which gives the government control of every aspect of the marijuana trade from production through distribution, was aimed at reducing crime associated with the drug trade, and other social benefits, but has been contentious both domestically and internationally.

Mon
11
Dec

Uruguay sells recreational marijuana to more than 16000 people five months after legalizing

Five months after legalising recreational marijuana, there are more than 16,000 Uruguayans registered to buy the drug from pharmacies, up from 5,000 users in July.

People in Uruguay can also grow plants at home, or become a member of a local Cannabis Club to withdraw up to 40g of marijuana per month. There are 70 membership clubs, according to data from the Institute for Regulation and Control of Cannabis website.

With many countries around the world campaigning to legalise the sale and purchase of marijuana, the world’s eyes are on countries like Uruguay to see how the government coped with the new system and what obstacles they encountered.

Wed
06
Dec

Paraguay Congress legalizes planting of medical marijuana

Paraguay’s Congress passed a bill on Tuesday creating a state-sponsored system to import marijuana seeds and grow the plant for medical uses, a decision that followed other countries in Latin America.

The landlocked South American nation had authorized the importing of cannabis oil in May, under control of the health ministry, and Tuesday’s decision was celebrated by patients their and loved ones for making it more readily available.

“We are very happy because this will also allow for the import of seeds for oil production,” said Roberto Cabanas, vice president Paraguay’s medicinal cannabis organization. His daughter has Dravet syndrome and the family was paying $300 a month for imported cannabis oil.

Mon
20
Nov

Where is marijuana legal? Peru the latest country to legalize

The president of Peru signed a bill on Thursday legalizing medical marijuana across the country, a historic move that came a few weeks after the Peruvian Congress voted to approve it.

The legalization allows possession, sale, and transport of cannabis for medical purposes, but it’s still illegal to cultivate the plant. The government will develop a list of official importers or growers who are authorized to supply the nation’s new medical marijuana patients, who will be given prescriptions for conditions like Parkinson’s, cancer, epilepsy or other chronic or terminal illnesses.

Peru is the latest Latin American nation to legalize marijuana in some form, but where else is cannabis legal?

Mon
13
Nov

Medical marijuana companies in Jamaica form alliance

Amidst increasing calls for policymakers to accelerate efforts to establish Jamaica’s medicinal cannabis and hemp industry, the first three companies that were issued licences to operate have taken a bold step forward.

Timeless Herbal Care, Epican, and Everything Oily Labs have forged an alliance which they hope will help move the industry forward and set an example for corporate Jamaica.

President of Timeless Herbal, Courtney Betty announced on Friday at a forum held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel with various industry players, that the three entities have come together to form a new organisation – the Jamaica Association of Medical Marijuana Companies (JAMC).

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