Cannabis News South America


on June 11, 2018 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Uruguay’s experience with its marijuana law

Submitted by Marijuana News Uruguay has always faced some tall hurdles to become the first country in the world to fully legalize recreational cannabis. The landmark 2013 reform was aimed at taking revenue streams from the sale of the soft drug out of the hands of organized crime while also improving public health by bringing users out of the shadows. Yet even in the tiny South American nation of just 3.5 million people, polls showed that residents were skeptical of the measure. Meanwhile, the democratic socialist government of President José Mujica also faced harsh scrutiny – and even downright hostility – from...

Submitted by Marijuana News Uruguay has always faced some tall hurdles to become the first country in the world to fully legalize recreational cannabis. The landmark 2013 reform was aimed at taking revenue streams from the sale of the soft...

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on May 6, 2018 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Why cannabis investors are eyeing South America

Submitted by Marijuana News Almost every week, an American or Canadian cannabis company announces a large overseas investment. And it’s no longer just Germany, Israel and Australia that are piquing investors’ interest. Emerging markets like Jamaica are also turning heads, writes Javier Hasse. The largest investment opportunities might be found in other emerging markets — especially South America for cannabis and Southeast Asia for hemp. What makes these regions so interesting? What factors make countries like Uruguay and Colombia so attractive for cannabis-focused investors? A Growing Grow Market Legal cannabis sales in “key South American markets” are expected to surge from just $125...

Submitted by Marijuana News Almost every week, an American or Canadian cannabis company announces a large overseas investment. And it’s no longer just Germany, Israel and Australia that are piquing investors’ interest. Emerging markets like Jamaica are also turning heads, writes...

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on April 11, 2018 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Police Blame Rats For Missing 540 Kilos of Weed

Everyone believes them Oh yea – the rats ….if all else fails blame it on the rats. When authorities in Argentina discovered that a stash of confiscated marijuana had gone missing, they came up with an interesting story to explain what happened. Local police blame rats for missing 540 kilos of weed. But is it even possible for rats to eat that much cannabis? The Case of the Disappearing Marijuana Last April, Commissioner Emilio Portero took charge of police forces in Pilar, a town in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province. As part of the transition between commissioners, Portero received a full inventory...

Everyone believes them Oh yea – the rats ….if all else fails blame it on the rats. When authorities in Argentina discovered that a stash of confiscated marijuana had gone missing, they came up with an interesting story to explain what...

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on March 28, 2018 in Cannabis News South America

Here’s What Uruguay Has Learned When it Comes to Legalizing Weed

By Chris Arsenault, Vice News Uruguay became the world’s first country to legalize cannabis when pharmacies started selling the product last summer. Things have worked out well so far, the country’s top marijuana regulator said, although challenges remain as producers struggle to secure bank financing and the government grapples with supply shortages. “We moved the frontier of what is possible,” Martin Rodriguez, director of Uruguay’s cannabis regulatory authority, said in Washington, D.C. during the launch of a report on the country’s experience with legalization. “The model in Uruguay is different from other regions, but the objectives are similar,” Rodriguez...

By Chris Arsenault, Vice News Uruguay became the world’s first country to legalize cannabis when pharmacies started selling the product last summer. Things have worked out well so far, the country’s top marijuana regulator said, although challenges remain as...

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on February 5, 2018 in Cannabis News South America

Mexico slowly warms to legal cannabis

MEXICO CITY — For decades, marijuana flowed in one direction across the U.S.-Mexico border: north. These days, drug enforcement agents regularly seize specialty strains of retail-quality cannabis grown in the United States being smuggled south.  Widespread legalization in the U.S. is killing Mexico’s marijuana business, and cartel leaders know it. They are increasingly abandoning the crop that was once was their bread and butter and looking elsewhere for profits, producing and exporting drugs including heroin and fentanyl and banking on extortion schemes and fuel theft. So when Mexico’s tourism secretary this week boldly declared his hopes that Mexico will...

MEXICO CITY — For decades, marijuana flowed in one direction across the U.S.-Mexico border: north. These days, drug enforcement agents regularly seize specialty strains of retail-quality cannabis grown in the United States being smuggled south.  Widespread legalization in the...

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on January 29, 2018 in Cannabis News South America Featured

Is Colombia The Next Major Player In Medical Marijuana?

It seems like the country is headed in that direction. By Bill Weinberg Colombia, long notorious as a violence-torn drug war dystopia, is now set to become a global leader in the legal production of cannabis for the medical market. Vancouver-based International Cannabis Corp, also known as ICC Labs, is the latest foreign company to win a production license in the South American country. ICC Labs says it intends to cultivate “non-psychoactive” cannabis plants containing the cannabinoid CBD to produce various medicinal products for domestic and international distribution. Although it excludes THC, this new development begs the question: is Colombia the...

It seems like the country is headed in that direction. By Bill Weinberg Colombia, long notorious as a violence-torn drug war dystopia, is now set to become a global leader in the legal production of cannabis for the medical market....

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on January 26, 2018 in Cannabis News South America

Mexican minister suggests legalizing cannabis in tourist spots

Mexico is one of the hardest-hit countries when it comes to drug-related violence, with a record 25,339 murders in 2017, according to official figures. MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s tourism minister Thursday proposed legalizing recreational cannabis use in Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo, two of the country’s most popular states for tourists. Enrique de la Madrid told journalists in Mexico City it is “absurd” that Mexico, which approved the scientific and medical use of mcannabis arijuana last year, has not already taken such a step. “I would like to see it happen in Baja California Sur and Quintana Roo, two primary...

Mexico is one of the hardest-hit countries when it comes to drug-related violence, with a record 25,339 murders in 2017, according to official figures. MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s tourism minister Thursday proposed legalizing recreational cannabis use in Baja California...

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on January 10, 2018 in Cannabis News South America

Government of Paraguay Approves Medical Marijuana Treatment

The citizens of Paraguay will now have access to this life-changing medicine. By A.J. Herrington The government of Paraguay has approved a hemp oil CBD product for use as a medicine. In other words, the government of Paraguay approves medical marijuana treatment by way of a certain line of products that do not have psychoactive effects. The move by the South American country’s health department, Dirección Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria, is similar to FDA approval for medicines in the United States. The products, HempMeds Real Scientific Hemp Oil-X and Real Scientific Hemp Oil Blue Label, are manufactured in San Diego,...

The citizens of Paraguay will now have access to this life-changing medicine. By A.J. Herrington The government of Paraguay has approved a hemp oil CBD product for use as a medicine. In other words, the government of Paraguay approves medical...

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on December 21, 2017 in Cannabis News South America

Mexico and Portugal Fan the Flames of Cannabis Legalization

By Jon Hiltz International cannabis reform continues to spread like a brushfire, with two major countries on separate continents looking at legalization this week. In Mexico, the government is poised to legalize the sale of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, and various other forms of cannabis in the new year. On Wednesday, Mexico’s health regulation body, Cofepris, stated the agency plans to publish regulations for pot-infused products very early in 2018. Medical marijuana has been legal in Mexico since June but the prohibition against cultivation and recreational use has remained. Copefris expects cannabis products to be imported at first, with...

By Jon Hiltz International cannabis reform continues to spread like a brushfire, with two major countries on separate continents looking at legalization this week. In Mexico, the government is poised to legalize the sale of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks,...

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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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