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Couple Prisoner of Their Marijuana Cultivation Business Inside Their Home

A couple was arrested Friday by the Judicial Police (OIJ) and the Prosecutor's Office (Fiscalía) of La Unión, in Cartago, suspected of growing hydroponic marijuana inside a house. The arrest was made in a house in Barrio Concepción after the authorities raided the property and...

37 Patients Treat Their Chronic Diseases With Medicinal Cannabis Made in Costa Rica

37 patients in Costa Rica with diseases such as cancer, lupus, fibromyalgia, hernias or chronic pain consume between 8 and 15 drops of medicinal cannabis oil (marijuana) each day. This mitigates the symptoms of treatments such as chemotherapy and alleviates other side effects that...

OIJ raids 40 houses to dsimantle drug distribution network in Heredia (Photos)

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) raided a total of 40 homes in the province of Heredia in an attempt to dismantle a gang dedicated to the distribution of illegal drugs. In total 5 groups were targeted...

Significant Growth In Marijuana Consumption In Costa Rica Has Replaced Tobacco.

Tobacco consumption dropped considerably in the Costa Rica in recent years. According to the authorities, the preference for this drug fell and maintains a "tendency to disappear". This was explained by Guillermo Araya, director of the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas (ICD) - Costa Rican Institute...

High expectations for Colombia’s medical cannabis reveal experts

Marijuana. Dope. Pot. Weed. Ganja. These are just some of the slang names of the psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant stereotyped as the preferred drug of hippies, stoners and irresponsible members of society. This image of cannabis, however, is the corrupt twin brother of...

Duron Harmon Apologizes On Incident in Costa Rica

Duron Harmon took to Instagram Saturday night to issue an apology following the incident in Costa Rica.  The New England Patriots defensive back was denied entry into Costa Rica Friday after authorities at the airport caught him with 58 grams of marijuana. Harmon wrote on...

Patriots’ Duron Harmon Denied Entry Into Costa Rica, Caught With Marijuana

New England Patriots' Duron Harmon was denied entry into Costa Rica for trying to bring marijuana into the country, some 58 grams of cannabis inside a can of ice tea, cannabis oil, a THC candy and four glass containers of compressed marijuana. Authorities at the...

Canadian Capital Fuels Colombian Cannabis Boom

(Ozy.com) Decades have passed since the bulk of marijuana cultivation in the Americas shifted from Colombia up to Mexico. But the tides are turning again. This time, suited businesspeople, not drug cartels, are betting on a lucrative Colombian weed crop, bound for markets around...

The Future of Ganja in Costa Rica

2017 was a fantastic year for international cannabis reform with countries in South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and elsewhere ending the prohibition of marijuana in a variety of ways. But one of the regions that has been slow to adopt the global awakening of ganja...

Medical Marijuana In Costa Rica: Government To Charge Up to US$2.5 Million For Concession

The bill that would legalize the production of cannabis for medicinal, industrial and food purposes would allow the Government to for a concession to plant, research and develop marijuana products. The legislative proposal, that began its process in Congress in August 2014, made considerable progress...

In Costa Rica, Crime Does Pay. Until …

A criminal gang operating in Perez Zeledon and Buenos Aires de Puntarenas, in the southern zone, dealing in illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and crack, had sales of more than ¢20 million colones a week. Until. Until ... Wednesday ... when the Organismo de...

Italian Tourist Arrested At San Jose Airport For Carrying Hashish-impregnated In Paintings

UPDATE: On Tuesday (July 4) the Alajuela court ordered the Italian tourist to 3 months preventive detention. Q COSTA RICA - An Italian tourist, arriving in Costa Rica from Mexico this Monday morning may be spending more time in the country that he had possibly...

Rise In Homicides Linked To Drug Trafficking

The street sale of crack and marijuana has become such a lucrative business in Costa Rica, that controlling the streets is the cause of many of the country's murders. This is the determination of the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) analysis of the fundamental reason...

Uruguay: Legal Marijuana Offers Better Prices than Black Market

(Q24N) The marijuana that the Uruguayan state will sell in pharmacies from next July, will be competitive in terms of costs and quality compared to black market marijuana. According to the representative of the Movement for the Liberation of Cannabis, Bruno Calleros, the price of...

American Arrested In Orotina With Liquid Marijuana

Q COSTA RICA - Officials of the Programa Regional Antidrogas (PRAD) - Regional Antidrug Program of the Fuerza Publica (police), arrested Tuesday afternoon, an American with several bottles containing liquid marijuana (marihuana in Spanish). The drug was labeled containers, "The Medical Cannabis". The drug was found...

“There Is No Beach in Costa Rica That Drug Traffickers Have Not Penetrated”, Security Minister

Q COSTA RICA - Costa Rica's Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (minister of Security), Gustavo Mata, has denounced an increase in drug trafficking in the country, and asked legislators to accelerate the approval of the bill on "Annulment of Ownership" in order to strengthen the...

Delays in Uruguay Marijuana Law Leave Door Ajar for Drug Trafficking

(Q24N, Insightcrime.org) Three years after Uruguay became the first South American country to create a legal market for marijuana, seven out of every ten cannabis consumers still acquire the product on the black market. The delays in the implementation of the legalization law have left...

Marijuana in Colombia: From ‘the weed that kills’ to ‘the weed that cures’

Marijuana used to be “the weed that kills” in Colombia anti-drug ads on TV, but not anymore. Following the legalization of medical marijuana, the country seeks to legally export derivatives of one of the world’s most popular drug. The first license to export cannabis derivatives...

Legalizing Pot Gains Speed In The Americas

(Q24N) MEXICO CITY - With a swipe of his pen this week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto proposed that Mexican citizens could legally possess up to an ounce of pot. The day before, Canada's health minister stood at a United Nations podium and announced that...

Nervousness Got The Better Of Drug Mule At San Jose Airport

QCOSTARICA - Nerves got the better of an Italian tourist in Costa Rica, found carrying some 370.55 grams of cocaine on his person, at the San Jose airport, ingested to avoid detection. According to the Minsiterio de Seguridad Publica (MSP), the detection was made when...

Government Rejects Support For Smoking Marijuana

(QCOSTARICA) That marijuana be used for medical purposes and then only for extreme cases...but never for smoking is the word from Casa Presidencial (government house) in a bulletin issued Friday afternoon, ahead of the first Central American Conference on medicinal cannabis and hemp in...

Group To March In Favor Of Legal Use of Marijuana in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - A group called Movimiento Cannábico Costarricense (Cannabis Costa Rican Movement) is organizing a march for  May 9 in San Jose to demonstrate in favor of the legal use of marijuana (marihuana in Spanish). "Smoking weed does not make us sick or criminals, the...

CCSS Endorses Medicinal Use of Marijuana

QCOSTARICA - The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and research has received the endorsement of Costa Rica's Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) -  Costa Rican Social Security Fund, with eight votes in favor and one against, said on Friday, Mario Devandas, director...

Drug Traffickers Used Church As Front For Marijuana Growing

QCOSTARICA - A group of yet to be unidentified drug traffickers used the facade of an evangelical church, in the centre of Escazú, as a hydroponic laboratory to grow marijuana. According to the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP), the property had been used as a...

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