LEGALIZATION

  • Political Party in Costa Rica Vows to Legalize Marijuana
    by Jon Hiltz on October 12, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    Federal elections in Costa Rica take place in February and a new political party in the Central American nation has vowed to legalize adult-use marijuana. The VAMOS Party, which in English translates to “Let’s Go,” has made the campaign promise to usher in a countrywide legal cannabis sector for Costa Ricans and tourists alike, should [... […]

  • 20,000 Public Comments on Cannabis Regulations for British Columbia
    by Jon Hiltz on October 10, 2017 at 6:26 PM

    The most marijuana-friendly Canadian province is also the most vocal when it comes to cannabis regulation. In late September, the provincial government of British Columbia (BC) started a five-week consultation period, asking residents for their input on a number of issues related to the regulation of cannabis. These points of interest include what the minimum age [... […]

  • Alberta Announces its Marijuana Framework
    by Jon Hiltz on October 5, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    In the second official announcement of a complete framework for legal marijuana, the Province of Alberta has set their minimum age to use and purchase pot at 18 years. Although New Brunswick has partially laid out its plans, and information from Québec’s upcoming system has been leaked, Ontario is the only province up until this [... […]

  • Quebec Will Sell Cannabis Through the Liquor Control Board
    by Jon Hiltz on October 2, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    The legal minimum age to purchase marijuana in Quebec will be 18 years and the sale of pot will be controlled by the province’s liquor control board, according to CBC News. Canada’s French province of Quebec will be selling legal marijuana through government-controlled outlets next summer. The number of retail locations has not been determined, [... […]

  • Where is the Landmark Lawsuit for Cannabis?
    by Betsy Pisik on October 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Retired NFL star Marvin Washington wants to start up a program to help injured athletes use cannabis, but he is barred from seeking federal money. Dean Bortell wants desperately to help his epileptic daughter, Alexis, live a normal life. Army veteran Jose Belen only wants to get some sleep. Each one, and thousands like them, [... […]

  • The Bill to Legalize Recreational Cannabis in Iceland
    by Jon Hiltz on September 21, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Iceland is about to introduce a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis for the entire nation. “We have been working on this bill since December. I have had the youth movement of Reform (my party) involved along the way,” said MP Pawel Bartoszek, the author of the bill, in an interview with Marijuana.com. “We felt it [... […]

  • Police in Canada Aren’t Prepared for July Legalization
    by Jon Hiltz on September 13, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    Tuesday, Sep. 12 marked the second day of hearings for the House of Commons Health Committee on Bill C-45, the legislation which will eventually legalize adult-use cannabis in Canada. During the proceedings, testimony from Canada’s police voiced significant concerns from the law enforcement community. Senior police officials testified that the cops will not be ready [... […]

  • 57% of Germans Support Cannabis Legalization
    by Michael Knodt on September 8, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    When it comes to cannabis acceptance in Europe, attitudes are changing in some countries more rapidly than others. Recent poll results show increased acceptance for adult cannabis use in Germany and Switzerland, whereas Austria is lagging behind her German-speaking companions. A Rapid Change of Mood in Germany A recent poll conducted by the Mafo market [... […]

  • The Trial of the Plant: South Africa’s Attempt to Legalize Cannabis
    by Jon Hiltz on August 11, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    While much of the marijuana world looks toward societies already in the process of cannabis reform, a major battle for the legalization of pot is happening in South Africa’s justice system. Lanseria residents Jules Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, also known as “the Dagga (marijuana) Couple,” have brought a constitutional challenge to the Pretoria High Court stating [... […]

  • Cannabis Social Clubs in the Canary Islands Want Real Regulation
    by Michael Knodt on August 9, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Cannabis Social Clubs are tolerated in most regions of Spain. In Catalonia and in the Basque Country, the clubs work hand-in-hand with local politicians and governments that have established a set of rules for such establishments. The federal courts, on the other hand, have not yet made a clear statement, and therefore, the local authorities [... […]