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on December 11, 2017 in Cannabis News South America

Uruguay Sells Recreational Marijuana to More than 16,000 People Five Months After Legalizing Drug

By Rachael Revesz, Independent News Government has upped THC levels of the drug from 2% to 9%. Five months after legalising recreational marijuana, there are more than 16,000 Uruguayans registered to buy the drug from pharmacies, up from 5,000 users in July. People in Uruguay can also grow plants at home, or become a member of a local Cannabis Club to withdraw up to 40g of marijuana per month. There are 70 membership clubs, according to data from the Institute for Regulation and Control of Cannabis website. With many countries around the world campaigning to legalise the sale and...

By Rachael Revesz, Independent News Government has upped THC levels of the drug from 2% to 9%. Five months after legalising recreational marijuana, there are more than 16,000 Uruguayans registered to buy the drug from pharmacies, up from 5,000...

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on November 26, 2017 in Cannabis News South America

Peru: Medical Marijuana Bill Signed Into Law

Will a recreational legalization bill be next? By Bill Weinberg Last week, Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a bill to legalize the use of cannabis products and derivatives to treat medical conditions such as cancer and epilepsy. PPK, as the president is popularly known, hailed the law as opening a new chapter in his country’s approach to the herb. “Here we are breaking with a myth,” he said, referring to marijuana’s reputation as a dangerous drug. “Peru is turning several pages, moving toward modernity.” He especially congratulated the congress members who pushed for the law, naming Alberto De Belaunde, Tania Pariona and Gloria Montenegro, who all attended...

Will a recreational legalization bill be next? By Bill Weinberg Last week, Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a bill to legalize the use of cannabis products and derivatives to treat medical conditions such as cancer and epilepsy. PPK, as the president is...

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on November 20, 2017 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Where is marijuana legal? Check out Peru

Submitted by Marijuana News The president of Peru signed a bill on Thursday legalizing medical marijuana across the country, a historic move that came a few weeks after the Peruvian Congress voted to approve it. The legalization allows possession, sale, and transport of cannabis for medical purposes, but it’s still illegal to cultivate the plant. The government will develop a list of official importers or growers who are authorized to supply the nation’s new medical marijuana patients, who will be given prescriptions for conditions like Parkinson’s, cancer, epilepsy or other chronic or terminal illnesses. Peru is the latest Latin...

Submitted by Marijuana News The president of Peru signed a bill on Thursday legalizing medical marijuana across the country, a historic move that came a few weeks after the Peruvian Congress voted to approve it. The legalization allows possession,...

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on November 6, 2017 in Cannabis News South America

Guyana: Regional commission on marijuana holds national consultations

Submitted by Marijuana News Guyana will host consultations surrounding the use of marijuana on Nov. 6 as part of the Caribbean community’s call for “careful in-depth research” to inform decision-making on the issue. The Regional Commission on Marijuana, established by CARICOM heads of government, will hold a number of focus groups with youth, faith-based organizations and special interests groups. A town hall meeting opened to the public is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the St. Stanislaus College, Brickdam, Georgetown. The region-wide consultations are intended to obtain information on the social, economic, health and legal issues related to marijuana use in the Caribbean. Such...

Submitted by Marijuana News Guyana will host consultations surrounding the use of marijuana on Nov. 6 as part of the Caribbean community’s call for “careful in-depth research” to inform decision-making on the issue. The Regional Commission on Marijuana, established by CARICOM...

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on November 3, 2017 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Belize Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

By Jon Hiltz A bill in the Central American nation of Belize that allows for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana without criminal penalty was signed into law yesterday by the Governor General. The legislation was originally introduced in August by the Belizean government and allows for monetary fines instead of prosecution and criminal records. The Belize Misuse of Drugs Act originally called for anyone in possession of marijuana to be criminally charged, but the new amendment allows for no criminal charges for under 10 grams. The bill came forward with significant debate from senators over...

By Jon Hiltz A bill in the Central American nation of Belize that allows for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana without criminal penalty was signed into law yesterday by the Governor General. The legislation was...

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on October 23, 2017 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Belize Parliament gives nod to amendment to legislation regarding marijuana use

Submitted by Marijuana News The Belize Parliament has given the green light to the amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act with bipartisan support. The Dean Barrow government had in August piloted the amendment to the legislation that also provides for monetary and non-recordable penalties for possession on school premises and in specified circumstances make smoking on private premises no longer an offence. The Bill had been referred to the Health and Human Development Committee of the House and Prime Minister Barrow said then it was just the beginning. “I am excited; clearly it is only a first step...

Submitted by Marijuana News The Belize Parliament has given the green light to the amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act with bipartisan support. The Dean Barrow government had in August piloted the amendment to the legislation that also...

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on October 20, 2017 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Peru approves medicinal use of marijuana

Submitted by Marijuana News The Peruvian Congress has approved a bill that authorises the medicinal and therapeutic use of cannabis and its derivatives in the country. The proposal received 67 votes against five as three abstained in a full legislative on Thursday, allowing the bill to be enacted by the executive without going through the second voting session as required by law. The bill will legalise the medicinal use of marijuana and its derivatives, such as cannabis oil, to alleviate the symptoms of diseases such as cancer, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, Efe news reported. Congressman Alberto de Belaunde, who...

Submitted by Marijuana News The Peruvian Congress has approved a bill that authorises the medicinal and therapeutic use of cannabis and its derivatives in the country. The proposal received 67 votes against five as three abstained in a full...

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on October 16, 2017 in Cannabis News South America

Uruguay to produce medical marijuana for export

By Reuters MONTEVIDEO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – International Cannabis Corporation ICC.V will produce Uruguay’s first batch of medical cannabis oil for export in December, the company’s chief executive said Sunday.The Montevideo-headquartered company plans to ship the oil to Canada and Mexico, but is also open to selling it on the domestic market, Alejandro Antalich added.”The goal is to export it. But if the Public Health Minister thinks it can be commercialized in the local market the idea would be to do that,” Antalich told Reuters by phone. Exporting cannabis oil would mark a new first for Uruguay, a small...

By Reuters MONTEVIDEO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – International Cannabis Corporation ICC.V will produce Uruguay’s first batch of medical cannabis oil for export in December, the company’s chief executive said Sunday.The Montevideo-headquartered company plans to ship the oil to Canada...

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on October 13, 2017 in Cannabis News South America

Political Party in Costa Rica Vows to Legalize Marijuana

By Jon Hiltz The VAMOS Party, which in English translates to “Let’s Go,” has made the campaign promise to usher in a countrywide legal cannabis sector for Costa Ricans and tourists alike, should they be elected into Congress. “Currently, personal consumption of cannabis is not penalized, however, [cultivation] and distribution are,” said party leader Margarita Salas in an interview with Marijuana.com. Salas is a Harvard-educated politician who has been following the rapid cannabis reform happening in various parts of the world. “There is already a [bill] in Congress for medicinal use only, but we want to reform that so it also...

By Jon Hiltz The VAMOS Party, which in English translates to “Let’s Go,” has made the campaign promise to usher in a countrywide legal cannabis sector for Costa Ricans and tourists alike, should they be elected into Congress. “Currently,...

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on October 5, 2017 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Long Lines, $1.30 Grams Mark Uruguay’s Legal Cannabis Debut

The Associated Press Marijuana aficionados lined up at pharmacies across Uruguay on Wednesday to be among the first in the South American nation to legally buy pot as a law regulating its sale took full effect. Customers sniffed pungent green buds and grinned as they showed off blue-and-white envelopes containing the plant, which is now available as part a 2013 measure that made Uruguay the first nation to legalize a cannabis market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. Patients were greeted with low prices (about $1.30 per gram, compared to $5-15 grams in legal American states) but...

The Associated Press Marijuana aficionados lined up at pharmacies across Uruguay on Wednesday to be among the first in the South American nation to legally buy pot as a law regulating its sale took full effect. Customers sniffed pungent...

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