Vanuatu Police seize over 2,000 marijuana plants

Police also destroyed over 200 young plants during the raid last week.

The marijuana plants were seized from Salili Area.

Several suspects were arrested and detained following the seizure.

They are expected to appear in court soon.

Marijuana is a prohibited drug in Vanuatu.


Vanuatu contemplates legalising marijuana

While smoking marijuana will still be illegal in Vanuatu, the new crops would be exported for medical use overseas.

The Council of Ministers has released a Policy Direction on Cannabis to help establish an ethical cannabis industry in the country.

According to the policy, five licences to grow the crop will be issued over the first five years.

The proposal is set to be reviewed by the new Minister for Agriculture Hosea Nevu before being introduced into parliament for debate in the 2019 parliamentary year.


Marijuana to treat drug addiction?

A friendlier, less disciplined sister of abstinence, this philosophy aims to reduce the overall level of drug use among people who are unable or simply unwilling to stop. What should naturally follow is a decrease in the many negative consequences of drug use.

In other words: progress, not perfection, as advocates of Alcoholics Anonymous often say.

Marijuana leftovers sicken dog in Colorado

Patty Moore called the veterinarian after her Golden Retriever, Chance, started acting strange, she told CNN affiliate KCNC.

Moore said the 10-year-old dog couldn't stand to eat. "It was like her legs didn't work at all," she said.

Chance's vet diagnosed the dog as having ingested marijuana. The telltale signs: the animal appeared depressed, drunk or stupefied for no apparent reason.

Canada eyes plan to legalize marijuana by 2018: 5 things to know

On Thursday, the Canadian government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled its plans to legalize recreational marijuana.

If the Cannabis Act passes Parliament, Canada would become the second nation in the world, after Uruguay, to regulate a legal marijuana market.

The government's new policy had been expected for some time as Trudeau had endorsed legalizing marijuana on the campaign trail.

'Fake pot' causing zombielike effects is 85 times more potent than marijuana

An analysis published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine confirmed suspicions and revealed that the "fake pot," which prompted bystanders to describe the scene in Bedford-Stuyvesant as "zombielike," was 85 times more potent than marijuana.


Fifth Harmony singer 'arrested for possession of marijuana' in Washington DC

According to US entertainment website TMZ, the 20-year-old was stopped at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC on Tuesday night.

After going through a checkpoint, she was forced by officials to submit to a secondary search.

That's apparently when a small amount of "what appeared to be marijuana" was found in her hand luggage.

Police: 17-year-old makes toddler smoke weed

That's why a video that police say Lamel Yancey of Arkansas uploaded to Facebook is causing furor online. It shows Yancey urging a diapered, 3-year-old to smoke a joint.

The boy is Yancey's nephew, police said.

In the video, Yancey hands off the joint to the boy in the back seat of a car.

"You want to hit the blunt, man?" Yancey asks the toddler.

The boy inhales and coughs.

"Weed," he responds, while his 17-year-old uncle records him.

Water supply of US town tainted with active ingredient in marijuana

A sample of tap water in the town of Hugo was taken and results indicated the presence of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects.

One of the town's water wells had been tampered with, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, which added there was evidence of forced entry.

The positive results were detected by a field testing kit but more qualitative and quantitative testing will soon show a specific result, said Captain Michael Yowell of the Sheriff's Office.

Marijuana compounds show promise in protecting brain cells from Alzheimer's

Researchers discovered that the main psychoactive compound in marijuana—tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—and a few other active compounds remove amyloid beta proteins from lab-grown neurons. Amyloid is the toxic protein known to accumulate in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The compounds also significantly reduced cellular inflammation, an underlying factor in the disease’s progression.