Legal World

Hemp Farming Back in the USA

Plant rooting itself in American industry one again By Diane Walsh Solid political support behind optimistic Congressional bills in the U.S. House and Senate and the “Farm Bill,” along the successful initiatives in two states (Washington and Colorado) legalizing marijuana, spells game change. California has taken the lead in looking to register industrial hemp farmers. […]


Ganja in Jamaica

Setting the present history of Cannabis Sativa in Jamaica aright: A Rastafari Perspective By Robert Gordon (Ras Kahleb) It is scholarly opinion that it was the indentured laborers from eastern Asia, the East Indians in particular, who arrived on the island of Jamaica with seeds of Cannabis Sativa, and who had introduced the Cannabis culture […]

Feature World

Jammin’ in Jamaica

Skunk Magazine Helps Bring Canadian Activists to Negril  By Ted Smith Jamaica has a natural romanticism that is undeniable. Long before the songs of Bob Marley drifted through the countryside and around the world, the beauty of this paradise attracted others to its shores. Unfortunately, politics and greed have crippled what should be a vibrant […]

Legal World

Updates From the States

  By Phillip Smith Oregon Bills Easing Marijuana Penalties Become Law Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) Monday signed into law two measures that will reduce the punishments for certain marijuana-related offenses. The changes go into effect immediately. The first, Senate Bill 40, lowers the penalties for possession of more than an ounce of pot. Under […]


No Hemp Yet?

DEA still fighting hemp production By Diane Walsh The US Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to rely on the Controlled Substance Act, (defining marijuana as a Schedule 1 heroin-level category drug, and for which no clear distinction between hemp and marijuana exits) is what allows the DEA to obstruct the proliferation of hemp farming across the […]

Science World

Why Not Hemp Paper?

Barriers to hemp production crumpling   Half of the world’s forests have been cut to make paper from wood. Sad, don’t you think? Here’s something you can do about deforestation. Seek out an alternative—fibre sources derived from hemp, that are fresh tree-free. Though not widely publicized, the hemp paper market does exist. It is small, […]