Jan 20, 2017

Germany legalizes cannabis for medicinal purposes

Germany’s lower house of parliament on Thursday passed a law that legalizes the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes for people who are chronically ill. Those suffering from serious illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and chronic pain or a lack of appetite or nausea ...

Jan 20, 2017

Hemp used for world's first 'bio-based' bridge

While plenty of cannabis goes up in smoke in coffee shops around the Netherlands, Dutch researchers have found a new use for it — as an environmentally friendly building material to rival cement or steel. They have used hemp — a variety of cannabis ...

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks, study says

Jan 13, 2017

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks, study says

Marijuana and cannabis can help to safely alleviate pain for some patients but many uncertainties remain about their health and safety risks, according to a major scientific review published Thursday. A committee of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked at ...

Prankster briefly turns Hollywood sign into 'HOLLYWeeD'

Jan 2, 2017

Prankster briefly turns Hollywood sign into 'HOLLYWeeD'

No, Los Angeles residents, it wasn’t your hangovers playing tricks on you. The Hollywood sign really did read “HOLLYWeeD” for a few hours on New Year’s Day. Police were investigating Sunday after a prankster used giant tarps to turn two of the iconic sign’s ...

Japanese former actress indicted for marijuana possession

Nov 15, 2016

Japanese former actress indicted for marijuana possession

Prosecutors have indicted former actress Saya Takagi, who advocated legalization of medical marijuana while running in July’s Upper House election, on charges of violating the Cannabis Control Law. Takagi, 53, was indicted Tuesday along with two housemates — Shigenari Moriyama, 58, and Yuki Omi, ...

Japan's war against medical marijuana

| Nov 5, 2016

Japan's war against medical marijuana

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Former actress Saya Takagi was arrested in Okinawa on Oct. 25 for possession of marijuana, three months after she unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Upper House election on a platform to legalize pot for medical purposes. She insists the contraband was not ...