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'Holy plant': Legalizing marijuana delights South African users

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:13 PM

For generations, cannabis, known in the country as dagga, has been used as a medicinal herb by traditional healers

Gogo Phephisile Maseko, 44, traditional healer and national coordinator of the Traditional Healers Organisation (THO) of South Africa attends to patients on October 1, 2018 using a blend of cannabis and other herbs in a consultation room at their offices in Johannesburg. South Africa's top court decriminalised in September 2018 the private and personal use of cannabis in a landmark case that pitted law enforcement agencies against cannabis advocates. GULSHAN KHAN / AFP

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Oct 18, 2018 - 2:58 PM

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Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Oct 17, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The Cannabis Act makes Canada the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate the sale and recreational use of marijuana

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Cannabis Act, which fulfills a promise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in the 2015 election campaign, makes Canada only the second nation after Uruguay to legalize the drug

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Coca-Cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Coca-Cola says it is is 'closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world'

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Sep 11, 2018 - 8:42 PM

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High times as U.S. seniors join cannabis craze

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Studies indicate that seniors are the fastest growing population in America to adopt cannabis and if the trend continues, they could overtake the younger generation in terms of weed consumption.

MEDICAL USE. MaryLou Molinaro, co-chair of Cannabis Discussion Club, holds up a medicinal marijuana product at Trilogy at the Vineyards in Brentwood, some 55 miles east of San Francisco, California, on June, 21, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Uruguay marks a year allowing pharmacies to sell marijuana

Jul 19, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The system is simple: to buy cannabis in a pharmacy you must be at least 18, live in Uruguay and sign up as a 'buyer' at the post office

CANNBIS. Uruguayan marijuana grower Federico Corbo works with his plants in Barros Blancos, Canelones department, Uruguay on July 9, 2018. Photo by Miguel Rojo/AFP

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Jun 21, 2018 - 8:09 PM

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Canada to legalize cannabis October 17 – Trudeau

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Under the new legislation, adults – either 18 or 19, depending on the province or territory – can legally buy, grow and consume cannabis in limited amounts

CANNABIS. New Amsterdam Cafe owner Todd Bolli checks his inventory as he stands behind the counter of his retail shop June 20, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced recreational pot will be legal as of October 17 in Canada. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/AFP

Legalized pot spots around the world

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Many countries have decriminalized the use and possession of cannabis, abandoning prison sentences for consumers, but only a handful have gone as far as legalizing its cultivation and use

POT NATION. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2016 a woman wavE a flag with a marijuana leaf on it next to a group gathered to celebrate National Marijuana Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Chris Roussakis / AFP

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Jan 15, 2018 - 10:39 AM

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Duque ready to face Commission on Appointments

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gears up to face the Commission on Appointments, which might bring up his stand on medical marijuana

ON THE HOT SEAT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is yet to face the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

Duque supports medical marijuana use for research purposes

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Comprehensive Drugs Act allows medical labs to cultivate marijuana for 'medical experiences and research purposes'

THE CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque holds a press conference on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What's in the House bill that would legalize medical marijuana?

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The bill on medical cannabis has a long way to go before becoming law

Canada set to unveil legislation legalizing cannabis

Apr 13, 2017 - 2:19 PM

Its legalization and regulation would follow in 2018 in time for Canada s national day on July 1

LEGALIZATION? Reports say Canada plans to legalize recreational marijuana by 2018. File photo

Alanis Morissette's manager admits he stole $5 million

Jan 19, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Jonathan Todd Schwartz falsely claims he used the money to illegally grow marijuana

ALANIS MORISSETTE. The singer's former manager admits to stealing $5 million from her. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks – US report

Jan 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Risks of cannabis use include the possibility of triggering a heart attack but more research is needed to understand whether and how cannabis use is associated with heart attack stroke and diabetes

What bills have been refiled in the 17th Congress?

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past including measures pushing for freedom of information ending political dynasties and increasing the pension for SSS members

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listens to President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Germany to legalize medicinal cannabis – minister

May 04, 2016 - 12:31 AM

The draft bill comes as many parts of the world are relaxing laws on cannabis use and medicinal marijuana is gaining popularity to ease suffering from cancer glaucoma HIV or AIDS Hepatitis C Parkinson s disease and other conditions

MEDICAL CANNABIS. 'Legalize it' is written on the side of a giant joint during a demonstration to demand the legalization of cannabis, in Berlin, Germany, August 8, 2015. File photo by Rainer Jensen/EPA

Israel sees heady future for medical marijuana

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:30 AM

In 2015 Israeli doctors prescribed the herb to about 25 000 patients suffering from cancer epilepsy post traumatic stress and degenerative diseases

Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws

Jan 27, 2016 - 2:31 PM

President Enrique Peña Nieto who personally opposes legalization decided to hold 5 public forums after the Supreme Court opened the door to recreational use of marijuana in a country beset by drug cartel violence for a decade

WHO BENEFITS? Mexican National Commissioner Against Addictions, Manuel Mondragon (R) observes a woman (L), next to her son, who needs a derivative of marijuana to treat her child's illness, during a public hearing for the legalization of marijuana in the country, at the Deputy Chamber in Mexico City, Mexico, January 25, 2016. Mario Guzman/EPA

Australia set to legalize growing of medicinal marijuana

Oct 17, 2015 - 10:29 AM

Allowing the cultivation of legal medicinal cannabis crops in Australia under strict controls strikes the right balance between patient access community protection and our international obligations says Australian Health Minister Sussan Ley

File photo by EPA/Abir Sultan

Snoop Dogg launches cannabis lifestyle website

Sep 22, 2015 - 11:43 AM

The website merryjane com is an online venue for information insights news and business guidance about the marijuana world

Medical marijuana advocates: Hold tests to end 'doomsday' fears

Aug 19, 2015 - 3:42 PM

Advocates of House Bill 4477 say the issue is no longer about the medical benefits of marijuana but a question of implementation and regulation in the Philippines

FOR MEDICAL USES. Eight-year-old Sachi Ballesteros suffers seizures. His father, Romeo, calls for the passage of HB 4477. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

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Aug 18, 2015 - 5:00 AM

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House forms technical working group on medical marijuana bill

Aug 11, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Advocates say the creation of the technical working group is an important step toward the passage of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill but the Dangerous Drugs Board thinks the bill is unnecessary

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Legalizing medical marijuana: 'Listen to patients'

Jun 10, 2015 - 4:56 PM

Can doctors support the legalization of medical marijuana in good faith?

'LISTEN TO PATIENTS.' Junice Melgar (L), Manuel Teehankee (C), and Malou Tiquia (R) are the adjudicators of the inter-university debate on legalizing medical marijuana held Tuesday, June 9 at the House of Representative. Photo by Kristine Pauline Ongtengco

Law students debate on legalizing medical marijuana in PH

Jun 10, 2015 - 9:38 AM

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill is still pending with the House committee on health more than a year after it was filed in 2014

Inter-university debate on legalization of medical marijuana

May 30, 2015 - 4:14 PM

PRESS RELEASE: This interactive exhibition debate serves to generate discourse and create awareness on House Bill No 4477 or The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act

Cannabis on a high in 2014

Dec 18, 2014 - 8:57 AM

It s been something of a breakthrough year for marijuana

A marijuana plant. File photo by EPA/Abir Sultan

PH doctors say no to medical marijuana bill

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:22 PM

Medical groups oppose House Bill 4477 which they say is contrary to the policy of the state to safeguard the well being of its citizenry

DOCTORS SAY NO. Medical doctors led by Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dra. Minerva Calimag show the signed joint statement of the medical community opposing the proposed House Bill 4477 or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill, which allows the use of medicinal marijuana in the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH doctors want task force on medical marijuana

Oct 02, 2014 - 9:02 AM

Various medical groups say that regulation of medical marijuana should be left to the Food and Drug Administration

Uruguay begins registering marijuana growers

Aug 28, 2014 - 8:55 AM

Under a controversial law passed last December marijuana users who sign up for a national register are allowed to grow cannabis buy it at a pharmacy or join a distribution club

FIRST DIBS. The spokesman for the Association of Cannabis Studies in Uruguay, Juan Vaz (R), is the first domestic grower to register as a 'home grower', in the Marijuana growers registry at the central headquarters of Uruguay's Postal Service, in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 27 August 2014. Iván Franco/EPA

Jackie Chan apologizes after son's cannabis bust

Aug 20, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Jackie Chan: As a public figure I am ashamed As a father I feel terrible

JACKIE CHAN. Jackie Chan poses for photographs at the premiere of 'Police Story 2013' at the IFC Mall in Seoul, South Korea, January 17, 2014. Shin Hyo-Teuk/EPA

Jackie Chan's son faces drug-related charges – Xinhua

Aug 19, 2014 - 4:40 PM

Beijing police last week detained Jaycee Chan who like his father works as an actor on suspicion of accommodating suspected drug users China s official Xinhua news agency reported

Jaycee Chan, son of international martial arts hero Jackie Chan, in Hong Kong, 28 September 2007. Mike Clarke/AFP

Uruguay opens bidding for marijuana plots

Aug 02, 2014 - 2:25 PM

Growers will be allowed to produce and distribute a total of one to two tons of cannabis per year to be sold at pharmacies for about 1 a gram

LEGAL IN URUGUAY. A picture made available on 10 December 2013 shows a plant of marijuana at a house in Montevideo, Uruguay, 05 December 2013. File photo by Pablo Nogueira/EPA

Cannabis smokers' clubs make Barcelona new Amsterdam

Jul 27, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Barcelona s city hall has imposed a moratorium on associations opening premises for smoking the drug and regional authorities also want new rules on cannabis

Legal marijuana sales in Uruguay delayed until 2015 – president

Jul 10, 2014 - 9:18 AM

Uruguay s marijuana experiment is being closely followed by countries eager to find an alternative to the expensive and violent war on drugs

URUGUAY LEADER. Uruguayan President Jose Mujica listens to questions during an interview with Agence France-Presse at his house, on the outskirts of Montevideo on July 9, 2014. Daniel Caselli/AFP

Solon: Let's start talking about medical marijuana

Jun 19, 2014 - 2:06 PM

A bill recently filed by Isabela Representative Rodolfo Albano III seeks to regulate but not decriminalize marijuana

Bill on medical use of marijuana filed in Congress

May 28, 2014 - 12:54 PM

The bill seeks to establish under the health department a Medical Cannabis Regulatory Authority that will regulate the medical use of cannabis in the country

New Zealand bans synthetic drugs

May 08, 2014 - 9:34 AM

The ban is imposed after the government introduced legislation in response to the protest of families of synthetic drug users

When medicines fail, marijuana is moms' last hope

Feb 02, 2014 - 1:19 PM

A group of Filipino mothers is seeking access to medical marijuana in the country

Nigerian farmers abandon food crops for cannabis: agency

Dec 08, 2013 - 9:40 AM

Over 1 000 hectares of land could have been utilized for agriculture authorities say

Miley Cyrus lights up a joint at MTV European Awards

Nov 12, 2013 - 5:38 PM

Cyrus took her publicity seeking further by smoking a cannabis joint at the MTV European Music Awards

WRECKING BALL. Miley Cyrus wins best video in the MTV European Music Awards

Marijuana users less motivated, study says

Jul 02, 2013 - 1:45 PM

A study suggests that the use of cannabis can reduce your levels of dopamine a brain chemical linked to motivation

File photo by EPA/Abir Sultan

New designer drugs multiplying, testing authorities - UN

Jun 26, 2013 - 4:32 PM

New psychoactive substances often sold under harmless names like spice bath salts or herbal incense posed a serious health risk although they were legal

'BATH SALTS' Baggies of typical "bath salts" are seen on January 24, 2011 in Washington,DC. Photo by AFP/Paul J. Richards