Israel Could Grow Into A Global Cannabis Startup Superpower

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Known for its dynamic tech startups, agricultural innovations, and security solutions, Israel could soon add cannabis powerhouse to the list, thanks to domestic efforts to decriminalize the drug… and a push to use it as a medical export.
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First legal medical marijuana pills go on sale in Europe

Can you guess which country smokes the most cannabis?

Canadian university to offer course on growing and selling cannabis

A 14-week online course offered by a B.C. university will teach students how to produce and distribute marijuana legally under new Canadian rules. Image via CBC.

With only 25 licensed distributors in Canada, teacher Tegan Adams says education a must for industry.

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Cannabis parade draws in thousands for 'joint' effort in Berlin

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Thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin to advocate the legalization of cannabis. The 19th annual "Hanfparade" (hemp parade) has also found support among some politicians.
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Indian oncologists: Lift ban on cannabis for medical research

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BENGALURU: Marijuana or ganja may be frowned upon as a banned recreational drug, but could offer an effective cure for cancer, say top oncologists of Bengaluru.
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Why Doris puts cannabis in her sandwiches

Is Italy about to legalize cannabis?

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Proposals that would largely decriminalize marijuana in Italy currently have the support of 250 MPs – but does that mean Italy will be legalizing the drug any time soon?
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Australian research finds cannabis more popular with older people than ever before

High on the menu: cannabis spaghetti features at Italian foodfest

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Any Italian will tell you: pasta is healthy and makes you feel good. But what about spaghetti made from cannabis?
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More young Danes prefer cannabis to alcohol

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New figures from the Danish National Institute of Public Health show that cannabis use is up among high school students while drinking is down.
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Cannabis growers should not face prosecution, says UK police chief who has stopped targeting 'small-scale' producers

Durham Police Commissioner Ron Hogg with Teeside cannabis activists in 2014 (Photo via The Independent)

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Ron Hogg will now only intervene if Durham growers are being 'blatant'.

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Cannabis treatment teen Alex Renton sparked national debate in New Zealand

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Alex Renton sparked a national debate about medicinal cannabis while in a coma, his sister has told the teen's memorial service.
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Chile moves toward cannabis decriminalization

A child wearing a marijuana leaf hat poses during a rally in support of cultivation of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Santiago in March. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
Chile took a step forward in decriminalizing the use of cannabis on Tuesday after the lower house of Congress approved by a wide margin a bill that seeks to change the law in the South American country.
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New Zealand teen treated with cannabis oil 'breathing on his own' in hospital

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The family of a New Zealand teenager, who has been in a coma for weeks, believes cannabis oil could save their son – but they need a law change.
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The little girl behind $37m donation for medicinal cannabis research

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Watching his six-month-old daughter endlessly spasming in pain drove Michael Lambert beyond the bounds of Australian drug laws.
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Supreme Court of Canada okays pot cookies, other cannabis products

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Canadian medical marijuana patients have a right to tasty pot cookies and other cannabis products, the Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday.
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EU drug agency sees no U.S.-like cannabis legalization moves

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European Union countries are unlikely to legalize marijuana any time soon as some parts of the United States have done recently, EU drug monitoring agency chief Wolfgang Gotz said on Thursday.
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Canadian Cannabis Clinics opening London location in June

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London doctors considering medical marijuana prescriptions will have a new resource to refer their patients to this summer.
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Police seize weed growing at Berlin station

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Police seized 700 cannabis plants which were growing in public view in green space at Kottbusser Tor, one of Berlin's busiest train stations and road junctions.
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