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# Marijuana

Last year
# US
Joe Biden pardons thousands for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana
The US President also urged governors to extend the clemency to the far bigger number of people
All time
Cannabis should be regulated, taxed and taken out of the hands of dangerous drug cartels
Dr Garrett McGovern says that regulating the drug would allow it to be researched with more accuracy and protect young people from its harms.
# Your Say
Poll: Should cannabis be decriminalised for recreational use in Ireland?
Mexico’s Supreme Court decriminalised recreational marijuana use for adults earlier this week.
# Cannabis
Mexico top court decriminalises recreational marijuana use
Pro-legalisation campaigners said the Supreme Court ruling left cannabis users facing many uncertainties.
# Euthanasia
New Zealand votes to legalise euthanasia but not marijuana in referendums
The two referendums represented significant potential changes to New Zealand’s social fabric.
# Cannabis
The Explainer: Can Ireland grow its own medicinal cannabis?
This will make it significantly less of a grey area in Irish law – and it could also herald the start of the Irish cannabis industry.
# High demand
First-time cannabis users on the rise in Canada since legalisation
Those most likely to give it a go for the first time were men aged 45 to 64.
# Seizures
Medical cannabis products can now be prescribed in Northern Ireland
The move has been welcomed by some, while others say the new rules are still too restrictive.
# need for weed
Cannabis is legal across Canada from today and 109 stores are opening immediately
Medical marijuana dispensaries are already common in parts of the country.
# Marijuana
Man arrested after 46 people overdose at park in Connecticut
No deaths were reported, but officials said two people suffered life-threatening symptoms.
# Chicago
Three dead in the US after spread of synthetic cannabis laced with rat poison
A number of other people have also been hospitalised by the contaminated drug, with symptoms such as coughing up blood and internal bleeding.
# drug laws
Recreational marijuana is legal in California from today
But finding a shop to buy non-medical pot in California won’t be easy, at least initially.
# Road Trip
Elderly couple said $330,000-worth of marijuana was for Christmas presents
Patrick and Barbara Jiron brought 27kg of marijuana on a cross-country road trip in the US.
# French President
Macron jokes about marijuana during tense State visit to French Guiana
Macron has made controversial comments in the past about French colonies.
# illicit encounters
Want to have more sex? Smoke more marijuana *
* Sort of. A new American study has found that those smoking the drug daily are having about 20% more sex than non-users.
# legalisation
Areas with legal marijuana shops have no more crime than areas with bars
The crime tends to be less violent.
# medical issues
Switzerland is selling legal cannabis that contains potential health benefits but without the high
“With this stuff, I feel the same relaxation as before, but since there is no high, I can still get things done and play with my kids.”
# Garden of Remembrance
'Free the weed': Worldwide demos call for legalisation of cannabis
Originating in the US, 4/20 is a date when cannabis advocates unite to light one up together.
# lighting up
Cannabis set to be legal in Canada by July 2018
This would make the country only the second to do so, after Uruguay.
# Uruguay
For the first time, a country will sell recreational marijuana in its pharmacies
Uruguay will become the first nation to make the step later this year.
# Research
Marijuana 'eases chronic pain, but may increase risk of schizophrenia'
A US study has found that cannabis almost certainly reduces chronic pain and eases nausea from chemotherapy.
# cbd
Cannabis ingredient to be classed as medicine in UK
Companies wishing to sell CBD can apply for a licence from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
# hollyweed
A prankster made some slight changes to the Hollywood sign overnight
It now reads Hollyweed, after the state passed a vote with legalised the recreational use of marijuana.
# Colorado
Here’s what it’s like in the first US city to allow marijuana to be smoked socially
Denver now allows bars and restaurants to give patrons the option to use marijuana alongside a cocktail or meal.
# special crime task force
Gardaí seize €300,000 worth of cannabis in organised crime crackdown
The seizure is part of an ongoing operation into targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the Dublin and Kildare regions.
# big issues
Marijuana, assisted suicide, gun control - there was a lot on the table for US voters in this election
There was more than just the presidency at stake in yesterday’s vote.
# pot tarts
Police in US warn people against accidentally eating cannabis-infused sweets
‘Which gummy bears are infused with marijuana?’
# Dravet syndrome
Cork family fighting for cannabis-based medicine for daughter with rare form of epilepsy
TDs will debate medicinal cannabis use in the near future.
# Cannabis
More US adults are using marijuana as they don't think it's harmful
There have been a number of calls for cannabis to be legalised in Ireland for medical reasons.
# talk about sex
Is sex after alcohol different to sex after cannabis? According to a study, yes
Researchers from NYU studied how alcohol and marijuana affected sexual experiences.
# Marijuana
'Ireland is behind the times': Should cannabis be legalised for medical use?
This week, Bríd Smith tabled a Bill calling for the use of cannabis to be permitted for sufferers of illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis and cancer.
# Weed
Weed makes you less likely to feel rewards
It suggests the drug “hijacks” the rewards system.
# Research
Study shows marijuana users twice as likely to give birth prematurely
For women who continue to smoke throughout their pregnancy – they are five times more likely to have a preterm birth.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think it's a good idea to legalise marijuana?
Canada is expected to become the first G7 nation to do so.
# tunnel of drugs
Underground drug tunnel into the US from Mexico discovered beneath bin
The tunnel was equipped with a rail system and an elevator hidden in a closet in a Mexican house.
# Drug use
Where do Ireland's political parties stand on decriminalising cannabis?
Could Ireland go down the Portuguese route?
# stoner sloth
Ad makers defend anti-marijuana campaign after ridicule
A host of parody videos have been doing the rounds.
# so dope
An Irish company spent six months designing the perfect grinder for weed
For medical marijuana users, of course.
# freeing the weed?
'I found that nothing worked, except cannabis': Who are Ireland's marijuana users?
Users tell about their experiences.
# Stung rapid
New York's police chief fulfilled every weed-smoker's worst nightmare this week
Bill Bratton grabbed a joint off a schoolgirl on the street, and threw it in a sewer. Could you imagine?