With Rebels Gone, Colombia Jumps Into the Pot Industry – Cannabis News

It is an unorthodox experiment by Colombia, one that underscores the region’s changing attitudes toward drugs after decades of fighting them.

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Israel Officially Decriminalizes Marijuana Use – Cannabis News

First-time offenders will face $270 fine if caught using marijuana in a public place, but criminal charges will only be brought if person re-offends four times.

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Israel Moves to Decriminalize Marijuana Use – Cannabis News

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announces support for new policy for enforcing marijuana use, which favors fines and educational initiatives, with criminal prosecution only as a last resort.

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Marijuana Legalization In Europe: Is France Next? – Cannabis News

Marijuana, a divisive issue that normally resurfaces in Europe during election campaigns, has come home to France's hotly-contested presidential race.

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U.S. Path on Legal Marijuana Forces Rethink in Mexico – Cannabis News

More are questioning the effectiveness of the government’s protracted battle against drug cartels; small steps to allow medical marijuana.

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Mexican Senate passes medical marijuana bill – Cannabis News

Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow for the use of medical marijuana, in a further step toward outright legalization in a country long wracked by warring drug cartels.

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Jamaica, Long Opposed to Marijuana, Now Wants to Cash In on It – Cannabis News

Having watched states like Colorado and California generate billions of dollars from marijuana, Jamaica has decided to embrace its herbaceous brand.

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How this tiny country took a global lead on cannabis research – Cannabis News

With its government’s approval, Israel has been a pioneer in medical cannabis research and development for more than 50 years.

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New hemp mascot character Asamiko-chan appears in Japan – Cannabis News

With her own official Twitter account and a town in Tottori Prefecture behind her, Japan’s first ever cannabis character comes dressed as a pink-haired shrine maiden.

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Colombia’s New, Legal Drug Barons Focus on Medical Marijuana – Cannabis News

Businesses in Colombia like PharmaCielo believe they can establish a foothold in the drug industry, just as their illegal counterparts did in past years.

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Italy Considers Legalizing Cannabis, Could Become World Leader in Drug Law Reform – Cannabis News

On Monday, July 25, Italy’s Chamber of Deputies is scheduled to discuss the possibility of legalizing marijuana.

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Colombia Turns to Marijuana as Rural Jobs Tool – Cannabis News

BOGOTÁ — Colombia granted its first production and export license for cannabis derivatives to a Canadian-Colombian company, as the country known for cocaine trafficking looks to marijuana to generate rural employment.

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Marijuana Use Rises in Iran, With Little Interference - Cannabis News

Gol, or flower, as marijuana is called here, can be found everywhere in and around the capital.

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Legal marijuana is already a global industry and the U.S. is behind the curve – Marijuana News

When you think of the legal marijuana industry, you think of Colorado and California. But marijuana is not uniquely American, nor is the legalization movement.

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‘Free the weed’: Cannabis supporters protest globally for relaxation of marijuana laws – Marijuana News

The Global Marijuana March has taken place this weekend as cannabis supporters from around the world gathered in 829 cities in 72 countries to put pressure on their governments to legalize the drug.

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Icelanders are biggest users of cannabis in the world – Marijuana News

According to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Icelanders are one of the world's biggest users of cannabis, with over 8% of Icelanders using the drug.

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Germany to legalize medicinal marijuana by 2017 – Marijuana News

(CNN) Germany will legalize medical marijuana next year, the country's health minister said.

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In major shift, Mexico president proposes relaxing marijuana laws – Marijuana News

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday proposed legalizing marijuana-based medicines, raising the amount users can carry and freeing inmates on minor weed charges, in a major shift amid regional efforts to reboot drug policy.

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Canada aims for marijuana legalization in 2017 – Marijuana News

Canada's Liberal government will introduce a law in spring 2017 to legalize recreational marijuana, it said on Wednesday, fulfilling an election pledge and following several U.S. states in permitting easy access to the drug.

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Call for legalization reignites cannabis debate in France – Marijuana News

Over 17 million of France's 66 million-strong population have tried cannabis, according to France's National Observatory of Drugs and Drug Abuse.

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