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Turning tobacco plants into cannabinoid bio-factories

With the medical marijuana market heating up, the company 22nd Century has announced a new initiative to produce medically important cannabinoids in plants other than cannabis, like tobacco plants.

'Grown in Washington': The marijuana farms near U.S. power hub

Washington - Security cameras and barbed wire suggested this was the right place -- the old warehouse on a dead-end street not far from the White House that hosts one of the handful of legal marijuana farms in the US capital.

Breathalyzer invented to detect marijuana use

Toronto - It had to happen at some stage. The world’s first breathalyzer that can detect if someone is under the influence of marijuana has been invented. The device is likely to be adopted by many law enforcement agencies.

Malaysian caught with half a ton of cannabis in Thailand

Bangkok - Police authorities in Thailand announced Tuesday the arrest of a Malaysian who attempted to smuggle half a ton of cannabis into his country.

Medical pot activists fear new Epilepsy drug will undercut them

The manufacturer of a new drug made from marijuana, and used to treat a rare form of epilepsy, is going to seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But medical marijuana activists are fearful FDA approval will hurt them politically.

Marijuana legalisation debate fires up in France

Paris - French politicians across the board on Tuesday slammed a Socialist minister's call to legalise marijuana, re-igniting the debate in a country where cannabis use is common.

Op-Ed: Why we must wake up to the health benefits of plants

Recently there seems to have been a shift in the acceptance of just how much plants can benefit our health. From marijuana to houseplants, here's why we need to wake up to the health benefits of plants before it's too late.

Israel sees heady future for medical marijuana

Telavi - With its moat, wall, barbed wire, armed guards and security cameras, the facility could be mistaken for a military base if it weren't for the pungent odour of marijuana in the air.

U.S. legalized pot industry poised for major expansion

Washington - Legal marijuana is becoming more and more entrenched in the United States each year, and 2016 looks to be no exception. In fact, some observers say it could be a "tipping point" for an ever-growing industry already worth billions of dollars.

Medical marijuana is officially legal in Australia

Earlier this week, the Australian government passed new national laws that now allow medical cannabis to be used by people with painful and chronic illnesses.

Op-Ed: Grass as green as the bucks as marijuana sales soar

New York - J Edgar Hoover was the main tool in banning it. Puritans preached against it. Moral crusaders crusaded against it. So what? The famous weed turned over $5.4 billion in legal sales last year, and nobody minds a bit.

Study: Middle age marijuana users risk cognitive impairment

It turns out cumulative lifetime use of marijuana as well as current use of weed does a number on one’s cognitive performance in middle-age years. What a bummer.

Poland's rapper MP unveils bill on medical marijuana

Varsovia - A Polish rapper-turned-politician on Monday presented a draft bill on legalising medical marijuana in an EU nation where two-thirds of people back the idea.

Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws

- Mexico opened on Tuesday a national debate on prohibitionist marijuana laws, as the government appeared open to legalizing medical cannabis use.

Marijuana reduces seizures in new study

A study involving medical marijuana has identified a compound found within the drug that can assist with the reduction of seizures in epilepsy patients. The patients had previously not responded well to other types of therapy.

Weekly LOL: 'Stoner Sloth' is unintentionally hilarious

"You're worse on weed." That's the message the Australian government is trying to impart with its "Stoner Sloth" campaign. Unfortunately people are finding it more funny than poignant.

Going to pot? Canada leads way in legalizing marijuana

Ottawa - Justin Trudeau raised eyebrows when he admitted to having dabbled in marijuana while a member of parliament, but his pledge as prime minister to legalize pot has been broadly cheered.

President of Chile says marijuana is no longer on hard drug list

Marijuana is no longer on Chile's list of hard drugs because Michelle Bachelet, the country's president, signed a decree to have it removed.

Canada to become first G7 nation to legalize marijuana: Government

Ottawa - Canada will next year become the first country in the G7 bloc of leading economies to legalize marijuana, the government said Friday in a speech by the governor general.

Black Friday crowds smaller, calmer in stores across the country

New York - Smaller crowds and fewer unruly bargain-hunters made the start of the holiday shopping season seem almost civilized, reports from around the country appear to indicate.

The budding business of bud in Colorado

Denver - While states battle governing bodies to allow the marijuana craze to pass, Colorado is enjoying immeasurable financial success while realizing a much easier to stomach crime rate.

Mexico opposes marijuana reform, for now

Mexico - The legalization of marijuana in Mexico seems less likely after the country’s president Enrique Pena Nieto publicly stated his opposition to any reforms to current drug policy.

Illegal marijuana plants threaten native wildlife

San Fransisco - The growth in illegal marijuana plots is posing a risk to the wildlife in California, particularly the rare fishers, according to a new study.

Marijuana abuse leads to irritability and promotes addiction

A study suggests regular marijuana use is associated with reduced dopamine responses in brain, leading to anxiety and restlessness, a lower feeling of reward; and, over time, addiction.

Triple homicide in California - Update

Rail Road Flat - A marijuana growing operation turned deadly in California with news of a triple homicide, and residents in the area are alarmed.

Generex Biotechnology issue cannabis white paper

As a sign that medical marijuana is increasingly becoming a lucrative area for corporations, Generex Biotechnology, a pharmaceutical company, has issued a white paper on the use of cannabis.

Uruguay plan to sell pot at pharmacies slammed

Montevideo - Uruguayan chemists on Thursday criticized the government's plan to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use in the country's pharmacies.

Ohio teen commits suicide after school officials' verbal rant

Geneva - He was a high school honors student and a promising football player, but after school administrators allegedly claimed he smelled like marijuana and told him he had "ruined his life," Hayden Long committed suicide, says the family of one of his friends.

One person arrested each minute for marijuana possession

Each minute, at a surprisingly high rate, someone gets arrested for marijuana possession in the U.S., according to new FBI figures.

Legal pot? California voters could face two initiatives in 2016

Oakland - Marijuana users and supporters in California could get the opportunity to legalize using their drug of choice in November if a planned voter initiative to accomplish that makes it to the ballot.
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HOMEGROWN: Oregon decriminalization advocate Paul Stanford stands in the marijuana garden maintained...
HOMEGROWN: Oregon decriminalization advocate Paul Stanford stands in the marijuana garden maintained by his organization, The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, in Portland in 2013.
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Spanish police nabbed two criminals  selling  anti-crisis  drug packages to minors.
Spanish police nabbed two criminals, selling "anti-crisis" drug packages to minors.
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Hundreds of Toronto activists gathered at Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College Street in order ...
Hundreds of Toronto activists gathered at Toronto Police Headquarters at 40 College Street in order to show their support for legalizing marijuana
Ornamental glass paraphernalia is presented along Portland  Oregon waterfront.
Ornamental glass paraphernalia is presented along Portland, Oregon waterfront.
Dixie Elixirs of Colorado has introduced a brand new line of medical marijuana soda to meet the need...
Dixie Elixirs of Colorado has introduced a brand new line of medical marijuana soda to meet the need for users of the prescription drug who prefer not to be subjected to the effects of smoking weed.
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Screenshot from Wikileaf.com.
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Marijuana edibles at Green Essentials, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Cannabis setup inside a residential premises that was discovered by UK police officers
Cannabis setup inside a residential premises that was discovered by UK police officers
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Tens of thousands of Torontonians gathered at Queen s Park in downtown Toronto where many lounged ar...
Tens of thousands of Torontonians gathered at Queen's Park in downtown Toronto where many lounged around, smoked pot and listened to the music. Merchants also supplied many marijuana supplies such as bongs.
Joe Rey  a grower at 3D Cannabis Center  waters marijuana plants at the company facility in Denver  ...
Joe Rey, a grower at 3D Cannabis Center, waters marijuana plants at the company facility in Denver, ahead of a New Year's Day grand opening that marks a new chapter in America's drug culture
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Heiress allegedly smuggled over 500 pounds of pot shown here from California to Ohio where she was a...
Heiress allegedly smuggled over 500 pounds of pot shown here from California to Ohio where she was arrested.
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A grouping of marijuana buds  pictured above on April 13  2014.
A grouping of marijuana buds, pictured above on April 13, 2014.
A view of a neon sign of a cannabis coffee shop in Amsterdam  The Netherlands
A view of a neon sign of a cannabis coffee shop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Joints are on the menu at an Amsterdam coffee shop.
Joints are on the menu at an Amsterdam coffee shop.
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Pro-marijuana activists rallied at Toronto s Yonge-Dundas Square called the G420 Summit  which was i...
Pro-marijuana activists rallied at Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square called the G420 Summit, which was immediately halted for a little while.
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Toronto Hemp store
Cannabix Technologies new breathalyzer. The Cannabix device would be used to help establish recent u...
Cannabix Technologies new breathalyzer. The Cannabix device would be used to help establish recent use/impairment at roadside.
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Tens of thousands of Torontonians gathered at Queen s Park in downtown Toronto where many lounged ar...
Tens of thousands of Torontonians gathered at Queen's Park in downtown Toronto where many lounged around, smoked pot and listened to the music. Merchants also supplied many marijuana supplies such as bongs.

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