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‘Swazi gold’: grandmothers in Eswatini growing cannabis to make ends meet

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In Nhlangano, in the south of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), the illegal farming of the mountainous kingdom’s famous “Swazi gold” is a risk many grandmothers are ready to take. In what is known locally as the “gardens...

No 10 says mayor of London’s cannabis review a ‘waste of time

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Downing Street has condemned a planned review by the mayor of London into the decriminalisation of cannabis as a waste of time, saying the issue is not in his remit, and that the government has no plans to change the ...

Sadiq Khan plans pilot to ‘decriminalise’ minor cannabis offences in London

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Downing Street has expressed concern over moves to end the prosecution of young people caught with cannabis in some London boroughs, under a pilot scheme being developed by Sadiq Khan. The mayor of London is understoo...

‘A farce of social equity’: California is failing its Black cannabis businesses

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Half a million dollars and nearly four years into his Los Angeles-based cannabis venture, Donnie Anderson had no shop, no prospects and a mountain of debt. With financial help from family and friends, Anderson rented ...

Move over, Giuliani: how loopholes sparked a golden age of cannabis in New York

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For the past few months, anyone visiting Katz’s Deli in the Lower East Side of Manhattan – as famous for its role in When Harry Met Sally as it is for pastrami – has queued near a green-painted food truck, strategical...

Lesotho firm first in Africa to be granted EU licence for medical cannabis

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A company in Lesotho has become the first in Africa to receive a licence to sell medical cannabis to the EU. The country’s top medical cannabis producer, MG Health, announced it had met the EU’s good manufacturing pra...

Luxembourg becomes first in Europe to legalise growing and using cannabis

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Adults in Luxembourg will be permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants in their homes or gardens under laws that will make it the first country in Europe to legalise production and consumption of the drug. The anno...

Is medical cannabis really a magic bullet?

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Nel 2017, Mikael Sodergren, a liver and pancreatic cancer surgeon at Imperial College healthcare NHS trust, was finding himself becoming increasingly interested in the potential role of medical cannabis in treating pai...

The cannabis industry is booming, but for many Black Americans the price of entry is steep

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While Bernard Noble sat in a Louisiana jail riding out a 13-year sentence for possession of 2.8 grams of marijuana, cannabis legalization and decriminalization swept through the United States. With no chance of parole...

Woman dies in east London after eating ‘cannabis sweet’

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A woman has died in east London after eating a suspected “cannabis sweet”. The 23-year-old from Ilford bought the “gummies” via a messaging app on her phone and they were delivered to her home in Ilford on 29 marzo, T...

Cannabis sprouts in New Zealand parliament garden in protesters’ parting pot-shot

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After a weeks-long illegal occupation that ended in a riot, New Zealand’s parliament has a new unwelcome visitor to contend with: cannabis seedlings popping up among its rose gardens. An eagle-eyed Wellingtonian spott...

Children who ate ‘cannabis sweets’ risked serious harm, say Surrey police

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Four children who were taken to hospital after eating sweets they thought contained cannabis are not believed to have suffered long-term effects, la polizia ha detto. The youngsters were found vomiting uncontrollably and...

Bradford council to trace fly-tipped cannabis farms with ‘smart water’

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Landlords who illegally dump the remains of cannabis farms will be traced using “smart water” spray in what is thought to be one of the first trials of its kind in the UK. Council officials in Bradford said they were ...

Sadiq Khan launches commission to examine cannabis legality

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Sadiq Khan has announced a commission to examine the effectiveness of the UK’s drug laws, with a particular focus on those governing cannabis. The London drugs commission, to be chaired by Lord Charlie Falconer QC, un ...

Thailand dreams of high-end cannabis tourism after marijuana is legalised

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From Bangkok Hilton to Bridget Jones, Thailand’s reputation as one of the strictest countries in the world for drug offences is well documented. Even cannabis, considered a “less dangerous drug” by the UN, carries the...

Thailand to ease cannabis rules but smokers warned over smell ‘nuisance’

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Thailand will soon ease its rules on cannabis and allow people to grow the plant at home – but smoking for recreational purposes is still forbidden, and officials have warned that anyone who creates a smell by doing s...

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