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The most advanced countries for marijuana research are using science to defeat the stigma while getting people the medicine they need.

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Antigua and Barbuda will allow the use of medical cannabis, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced, in addition to decriminalising the possession of small amounts of the drug.

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Saskatchewan is proposing to set the legal age to consume cannabis at 19 but minors caught with a small amount won't end up with a criminal record.

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Canadian cannabis companies are increasingly setting their sights on South America, where several countries are liberalizing their cannabis laws.

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Australian pharmaceutical company MGC Pharma has announced plans to construct a 4,000 metre-squared state-of-the-art medical cannabis production and cultivation facility in Malta.

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Dutch ministers have outlined plans to regulate cannabis cultivation in certain parts of the Netherlands for a trial period.

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While it still has yet to become legal, Canada’s marijuana industry is officially larger than its beer or tobacco industries in terms of production.

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The approval of medical cannabis export was included in an overall cannabis reform approved by the Israeli government in 2016 but was later halted due to a ministerial dispute.

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Jamaica, the birthplace of landrace strains like Lamb’s Bread and icons like Bob Marley, has long been a capital of cannabis culture, but only in recent years did the country loosen its laws on the plant. 

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Marijuana should be legalized in two of Mexico’s main tourist hot spots, Cancun and Los Cabos, in order to reduce criminal violence, Mexico’s minister for tourism said on Thursday.

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In Switzerland’s cities, the stuff has quickly become ubiquitous—standard fare in pharmacies, convenience stores, and a new crop of dispensaries.

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'The law is far from perfect, but it's a foot in the door on the way to full legalisation'.

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France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among Europe's biggest dope smokers.

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Researchers here in the U.S. are eager to run trials with high quality Israeli cannabis strains they cannot get anywhere else.

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Legislators in Greece have approved a bill to regulate medical cannabis cultivation and distribution.

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Thailand is on the fast track to legalizing medical marijuana, the country's Narcotics Control Board director, Sirinya Sitdhichai, announced this week. 

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The Swiss legislature is considering a bill that would allow Cannabis research as well as a trial program for Amsterdam-style cannabis cafés in the European country, writes Calvin Hughes.

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An Israeli company on Sunday announced a $110 million deal to grow and produce medical cannabis for a European buyer in what it said was the biggest agreement of its kind to be signed in Israel to date.

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Greece's parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister said Sunday, adding that the change would attract investment to the country.

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Dutch officials have announced a three-phase “experiment” to legally supply the Netherlands’ cannabis coffee shops with products.

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After a century of prohibition, ganja is now growing legally in the island nation.

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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.

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Thinking of visiting Australia? This country might be the next to pass major marijuana law reforms.

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“It’s just like when prohibition was ended. This is an utterly unique opportunity in the market. These don’t come along very often.”

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

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The CannaTech Conference was just held March 18-21, 2018, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The conference was about as comprehensive as a medical cannabis conference

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New laws spawn a growth in the industry as 12 permits are issues, with three more impending.

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The WHO’s support for legal CBD oil puts the global community at odds with some elements in the U.S. government that continue to fight against the legalization of hemp and cannabis.

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Cannabis could soon be legal in Switzerland. The Swiss Council of States, Switzerland’s smaller chamber of parliament, unanimously approved a bill allowing studies and pilot programs in the landlocked Alpine nation. The Council called for an experimental article in the Swiss Federation’s Narcotics Act that would allow for scientific research projects including trials of a “coffee shop” system of cannabis distribution similar to that of Amsterdam. Five Swiss cities have already called for such coffeeshop pilot programs.

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Could the United Kingdom see marijuana legalization? The UK Parliament debates this week. 

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Canadian marijuana company Aurora Cannabis Inc on Thursday decided to partner with Danish tomato and pepper producer Alfred Pedersen & Son to produce and sell cannabis in Europe.

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The federal government says that Canadians generally support its planned approach to the legalization of marijuana, including detailed proposals surrounding plain packaging and warning labels.

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The Guinness Book of World Records can tell you which city has the fastest internet connection, and which has the oldest restaurant, but  it doesn't say which city smokes the most weed, writes James McClure.

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