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Mother Courage in Peru

Posted on October 3rd, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , .


The woman behind the South American nation's new medical marijuana law may yet face prison time. Her crime? Providing the only medicine that worked for her ailing son.

In the working-class Lima district of Pueblo Libre, I make my way to an apartment complex and up to the flat of Ana Álvarez—the unlikely woman almost singly responsible for Peru’s groundbreaking new medical marijuana law.

In a bedroom, 18-year-old Anthony watches a noisy Spiderman movie, occasionally interrupting through the open door as I chat with his mom in the living room. Anthony suffers from tuberous sclerosis, a severe form of epilepsy, and was the voiceless central figure behind the events that led to a major reform of Peru’s drug laws in 2017.

DEA reschedules Epidiolex —but not CBD

Posted on September 27th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

EpidiolexWith the DEA's rescheduling of Epidiolex, shares in the British manufacturer of the drug are soaring. But CBD—the actual cannabinoid that the product is based on—is to remain in the restrictive Scheudle 1.

Activists bash Trump's 'Global Call' to renew drug war at UN

earthAs the UN General Assembly met in New York, President Trump issued a "Global Call" to renew the war on drugs—to the dismay of activists and dissenting nations. But the UN itself has a contradictory cannabis policy—with some agencies recognizing its efficacy as medicine and others backing the prohibitionist doctrine of the Single Convention treaty.

Cannabis legalized in Northern Mariana Islands

Posted on September 23rd, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

OceaniaThe Northern Mariana Islands, a self-governing commonwealth in association with the United States, just became first US territory to legalize adult-use cannabis. It is also the second US jurisdiction (after Vermont this January) to do so by legislation rather than popular ballot.

Vancouver 'harm reduction' raid foreboding sign in countdown to Canadian legalization

Posted on September 21st, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

CanadaA Vancouver police raid on a "harm reduction center" that was selling cannabis products raises uneasy questions about the availability of cannabis in British Columbia when Canadian legalization officially hits in next month. With only one retail outfit likely to be licensed province-wide and authorities pledging a crackdown on the old dispensaries, the ironic reality may be cannabis will initially be harder to get in BC once it is "legal."

Lesotho: legal cultivation comes to Africa's cannabis kingdom

Posted on September 20th, 2018 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

AfricaLesotho is a land-locked mountain kingdom in Africa that few in the outside world have heard of, but it punches above its weight where cannabis production is concerned. "Dagga" has long been a pillar of its economy. Now it is attracting international investment to grow cannabis for the global medical market. With cannabis just decriminalized in South Africa—which borders Lesotho on all sides, and is closely integrated with the kingdom—this is a promising sign for the entire region.

Manhattan DA Cy Vance speaks on cannabis legalization

Posted on September 19th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , .

New York CityWeeks after instating a new policy of not prosecuting for low-level marijuana violations, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr addressed a meeting of New York cannabis industry investors and entrepreneurs, where he discussed his vision for fairer policing in the city—and his study calling for legalization to be explored at the state level.

China's factory zones serve global cannabis industry —but don't try getting high there

Posted on September 18th, 2018 by Bill Weinberg and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , .

ChinaThe global cannabis industry is increasingly dependent on factories in China's industrial zones—and fears being impacted by Trump's trade war with Beijing. Chinese pharmaceutical firms meanwhile explore potential applications of cannabis. Yet possession of herbaceous cannabis can land you before a firing squad in China. Human rights groups express alarm about the furious pace of executions in the People's Republic—outstripping the rest of the world combined. And drug offenses—including pot possession—top the country's capital crimes.

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