Canadian medical marijuana patients will be allowed to grow “limited amounts” of cannabis according to the Health Canada’s new program, called the Accessing Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (AMMPR). On August 11, the Canadian government held a teleconference to introduce the new regulations, which were drafted in response to a court decision ordering the Canadian […]

So far, there are few countries who have taken the initiative to end marijuana prohibition – but this is a year of big changes for many as Canada has already started taking action towards having marijuana legal by next Spring and now Italy’s parliament has sat down to discuss a bill which would make marijuana […]

Thirty-five years ago an Israeli researcher documented the case for medicinal cannabis to treat epilepsy. It was one of these studies by a Prof. Raphael Mechoulam that Denver-based physician Dr. Alan Shackelford read when he was debating one of the hardest questions of his career: Should he, could he? give a 5-year-old pot? That girl, […]

Thousands are rallying to support an Australian man arrested for giving his dying daughter cannabis oil to relieve her harsh symptoms. Adam Koessler, whose daughter, Rumer Rose, is suffering from late-stage cancer, is barred from seeing the 2-year-old because of bail conditions, the Mirror reported. He has said the oil led to a “miraculous” improvement […]

The United Kingdom’s Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children followed 2,612 students born in the Bristol area in the early nineties and found that moderate cannabis use among teenagers may not lead to a lower IQ score. Lead researcher Claire Mokrysz, of University College London, said the findings suggested cannabis “may not have a detrimental […]

New Colombia Resources, Inc.,  a U.S. company with coal and other resource assets in Colombia, is pleased to announce they have formed a joint venture to produce cannabis and hemp based medicinal products in Colombia in association with an indigenous community in Colombia.   Cannabis and hemp based products have been produced and sold by […]

Last week the The Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT’s) participation in a national cannabis trial seemed unlikely, but there is a growing community support for medical cannabis and the ACT government joined the national clinical cannabis trial. Joining a large population trial would represent a significant win for Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, who has previously lobbied the Abbott Government for […]

The Health Ministry in Israel announced plans to expand who can prescribe medical marijuana and will temporarily allow family doctors to provide their patients with prescriptions for medical marijuana. The ministry is trying to deal with the heavy load on pain clinics, the medical units that are allowed today to grant the prescriptions. The new regulations will […]

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has thrown his support behind the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes. In a letter to talkback radio host Alan Jones, Mr Abbott wrote “I have no problem with the medical use of cannabis, just as I have no problem with the medical use of opiates…If a drug is needed for a […]

The Uniting Church in Western Australia (WA) voted in favor of changes to state law so doctors could prescribe medicinal cannabis, which would be administered under supervision. Uniting Church WA acting general secretary, Rosemary Hudson Miller, said some attendees to the meeting shared personal experiences, describing how loved ones with chronic or terminal illnesses had […]

Canadian Cannabis Clinics (CCC), a new medical clinic focusing on medical marijuana as a treatment option, will open in St. Catharines on September 16, 2014 and will be the first of its kind to operate with zero patient fees. St. Catharines was selected as the site for CCC’s first location because it is a hub for the Niagara region. CCC […]

The Chilean authorities have approved the first marijuana farm for medical and research purposes in the capital city of Santiago. The initiative, presented May 23 before Chile’s Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG), was to produce cannabis oil for use in the treatment of cancer patients. In Chile, marijuana use is not against the law, but […]

The La Stampa newspaper reported that the Italian Ministries of Health and Defense have reached an agreement to put the Italian military in charge of cannabis cultivation operations to meet the country’s need to produce medicine for the treatment of pain and other medical conditions. A military pharmaceutical plant in Florence that currently produces drugs for […]

Organigram Inc. joined Bedrocan (BED) on  Monday as another licensed Canadian medical cannabis cultivation company to become a publicly traded licensed producer under Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), offering investors an alternative to Tweed (TWD) in the budding market.  After completing its reverse merger and a mandatory trading halt, investors can now purchase the stock under the ticker symbol “OGI”. Canada’s […]

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) confirmed that citizens who hold a medical marijuana licesnse from the Minestry of Health are allowed to consume their medicine during service and during their stay on the military base. Use of marijuana without a medical license is still strictly forbidden. License holders will be allowed to use their medicine as […]

The country’s self-styled “Prince of Pot” is due to return to Canada today after finishing a U.S. sentence for selling cannabis seeds to customers south of the border. Marc Emery is set to cross into Ontario from Detroit after serving a five-year sentence, and his wife, Jodie Emery, says she will be there awaiting his […]

Quality Assurance for Medical Marijuana (MMPR)  Certificate Program at the Academy of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences (APPS) As the medical community continues to acknowledge the medical properties and health benefits of marijuana, APPS is becoming one of the leaders in providing the required, Quality Control and Quality Assurance accreditation. With Health Canada’s introduction of the QA […]

In what could become an Australian-first, if successful, a law legalizing cannabis for medical use by the terminally ill or those suffering chronic pain is being proposed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Highlights: The ACT will consider a proposal decriminalizing medicinal cannabis use  It would allow cannabis use among terminally ill and chronic pain […]

Last week we showed you a commercial for My420Mate that Comcast won’t air. But things are different in Canada, where medical marijuana purchased with a prescription has been legal since 2001. Marijuana seeds are legal and available, and Crop King Seeds has produced the country’s first marijuana commercial. The Vancouver-based marijuana breeder has not yet aired […]

At the semi-annual summit of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM),leaders agreed to establish a commission to review marijuana policy in the region and assess the need for marijuana reform. The announcement came at the conclusion of the meeting: “Heads of Government agreed to establish a Regional Commission on Marijuana to conduct a […]

A United Nations report on drug use said that New Zealanders and Australians are the biggest users of cannabis in the world. It is estimated that between 9 percent and 14 percent of the population in New Zealand and Australia use cannabis. The estimated annual use worldwide of cannabis is between about 3 percent and […]

The “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery will be released from a United States prison this Wednesday after serving a five-year sentence for selling marijuana seeds to customers south of the border. His wife Jodie – who is gearing up to run for the Liberal party in a federal election in the Vancouver-East riding – says […]

One of Australia’s largest nursing unions has taken the significant and potentially controversial step of supporting the use and possession of medical cannabis. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), which has 59,000 members, said the drug could benefit patients suffering from chronic pain. Its 23-member executive committee has adopted a resolution backing recommendations from a […]

Jamaica’s government has approved legislation to ease a ban on the possession of small amounts of weed. Hailed as a more “enlightened approach,” the bill will also decriminalize the use of the drug for religious, medical and scientific ends. “Cabinet has approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja. These relate to the possession […]

The Canadian website Lift, an online hub that provides patient-sourced information about the medical marijuana program, is offering a year’s supply of medical marijuana as part of an awareness campaign. Although having a prescription for medical marijuana is not a prerequisite for entering  The ‘Get Happy Canada’ contest, the winner will need to obtain a prescription from a doctor and […]

Dr. Michael Hart set up his practice a year ago and has been prescribing medical marijuana for several months. He believes that he is the first family physician in the London, Ontario area to write authorizations for marijuana use, allowing patients to buy it online from federally licensed marijuana producers. Hart said it’s a matter […]

Spain is experiencing a resurgence of hemp, one of the species of cannabis with the lowest THC content, which has been used to produce textile, medicinal and food products. “Hemp production could be a green revolution that would help reduce unemployment in rural areas in these times of economic crisis,” said the president of the […]

The Jamaica government is being urged to enact legislation that would decriminalize marijuana as well as establish a medical marijuana industry. The Cannabis Commercial (CC) and Medicinal Research Task Force (MR Task Force) said Jamaica would significantly benefit from a regulates medical marijuana industry. The CC & MR Task Force, which organized a three-day meeting […]

Canada’s first medical marijuana clinical trial has been registered with Health Canada, a milestone that could be the first step toward legitimacy in the eyes of the medical community. The trial will measure the effects of marijuana on patients with osteoarthritis of the knee versus other patients who receive a placebo. For years, the Canadian […]

In response to Canada’s new medical marijuana rules that eliminates home growing by patients and requires that medical cannabis be purchased by licensed providers,  CanvasRx has launched what it is calling “the first comprehensive database for medical marijuana today”.  With no cost to patients or doctors, the new database matches marijuana strains to symptoms, and connects […]

Bermuda’s independent Cannabis Reform Collaborative (CRC) issued “An Analysis of Cannabis Reform in Bermuda”,  recommending that the island nation should “decriminalize personal possession and personal cultivation immediately,” and “develop a phased approach to cannabis reform”. Previous independent review panels have recommended cannabis legalization, but the CRC appears to be the first to propose a specific […]

In France, cannabis has been illegal since 1970 and carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of 3,750 euros; however, that didn’t stop hundreds of protesters all over France from rallying  in favor of legalizing cannabis. In Paris, protesters gathered on Bastille Square on Saturday, after Cannabis Without Frontiers, an […]

A 12 year old legal battle between the Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Christian Church of Marijuana has finally ended as the Supreme Court of Canada came to the conclusion that the church and its followers were legally practicing their religious beliefs. The battle has been ongoing since a police raid seized about 200 […]