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U.S. examines possible Wirecard link to bank fraud case – report

Jul 09, 2020 - 12:55 PM

American officials are reportedly examining Wirecard's possible connection to two principals behind the Online Marijuana Marketplace Company who were indicted for laundering

Drug courier leaps into a ravine in Kalinga to elude arrest

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:18 PM

When cops discover loaves of marijuana in his bag, the suspect panics and jump off a nearby ravine

Rapper Loonie released on P2 million bail

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The rapper walks out of jail months after being arrested with 4 others in a buy-bust operation in September 2019

RELEASED. Loonie is released from jail after posting P2 million bail. Photo from the Makati Police

P6.5-M worth of shabu seized at Clark port

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The illegal drugs were hidden in a shipment of 'external aquarium filter' from the Czech Republic, says the Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark

SEIZED. Packs of shabu concealed in a shipment of aquarium filters were seized at the Port of Clark in Pampanga on November 27, 2019. Photo from Bureau of Customs

[OPINION] The morality tale of cannabis sativa

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:53 PM

Now is a good time for Filipinos to finally arrive at a sound collective understanding of marijuana as a gift from the plant world

High wire: Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte held for 'growing cannabis'

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:35 PM

He is detained on charges of growing cannabis on his private island in the South Pacific

GUY LALIBERTE. The Cirque du Soleil founder speaks onstage at an event in Hollywood, California in 2011. The entrepreneur has recently been detained for 'growing cannabis.' Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil/AFP

Cops discover marijuana laboratory in San Juan apartment

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The secret lab, which had potted marijuana plants, is at the 4th floor of a 5-story apartment building in Barangay Batis in San Juan City

SECRET LAB. Police found a secret lab with marijuana plants in an apartment building in San Juan City on September 19, 2019. Photo from Eastern Police District

Teenagers caught as marijuana couriers in Cordillera

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Cordillera police reports show 12 teenagers have been arrested for transporting cannabis since July

ILLEGAL. File photo of a marijuana.

FlipTop rapper Loonie nabbed by Makati cops in buy-bust

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Loonie and 4 others are arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Makati

Lesotho now Africa's medical cannabis pioneer

Sep 07, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Cannabis – referred here as 'green gold' – is grown legally by the Lesotho-based company Medigrow and is regulated by the government

Green gold

U.S. teen arrested in Russia for medical marijuana

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Audrey Elise Lorber 'kept the narcotic substance for her personal use' but the US use permit 'is not valid on Russian territory,' says Saint Petersburg's courts press service

PDEA-led team seizes P4.4M worth of marijuana plants in Toledo City

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Naval Forces Central Central Command and the Cebu Provincial Police Office aid PDEA during the operations in Barangay Tungkay, a mountainous village

JOINT OPERATION. A team led by PDEA Central Visayas burn marijuana plants in Toledo City, Cebu, on June 26, 2019. Photo from PDEA Central Visayas FB

Cannabis edibles expected on the market in Canada by year's end

Jun 15, 2019 - 10:05 AM

New products are not expected to hit stores before mid-December as this relatively new industry takes off slowly and adjusts to consumer tastes

CANNABIS. Authorized marijuana distributor John Berfelo stands outside Marc Emery's Cannabis Cafe as he holds two accredited child resistant packaging containers for recreational cannabis for legalization. AFP file photo

Shanti Dope's management slams PDEA over move to ban 'Amatz': 'Brazen use of power'

May 23, 2019 - 9:35 PM

'This is a brazen use of power, and an affront to our right to think, write, create, and talk freely about the state of the nation'

Surigao del Sur mayor nabbed for firearms, marijuana possession

May 09, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Reelectionist Lingig Mayor Roberto Luna Jr is also found in possession of P2 million worth of cash in P100 bills – money which the police believe is meant for buying votes

ARRESTED. Lingig, Surigao del Sur Mayor Roberto Luna Jr is arrested days before election day. PNP photo

Banaue car crash 'victims' arrested for possession of marijuana

Mar 25, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Ifugao police confiscate 7 packs of dried marijuana leaves from the occupants who tried to leave their car after figuring in a road accident at Sitio Baag in Tam-an, Banaue

ROAD ACCIDENT. Ifugao police respond to a road accident in Banaue, Ifugao on Sunday morning, March 24, only to arrest the occupants for possession of marijuana. Photo from Hingyon Municipality

Thailand to begin testing medical marijuana on patients

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Thailand is the first in Southeast Asia to embrace medical marijuana though recreational use remains illegal

MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Cannabis plants in bloom. File photo by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Duterte says he'll never legalize medical marijuana

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Back in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed openness to legalizing medical marijuana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 Project in Caloocan City on February 28, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Jan 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

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House passes bill legalizing medical marijuana

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The bill's approval on final reading is not surprising – Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo uses marijuana patches to ease pain when she's in countries where it is legal

'HIGH TIME.' Lawmakers approve a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the Philippines. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Marijuana patch eases pain for Arroyo

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo suffers from multiple cervical spondylosis which causes pain on her spine

PRO-MARIJUANA. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is an advocate for medical marijuana. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Dec 03, 2018 - 9:24 PM

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Duterte: I take marijuana to stay awake

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:51 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte, at the helm of a bloody crackdown on drugs, mentions marijuana as he complains about his supposedly gruelling schedule when attending international conferences

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and East Asian countries during the 13th East Asia Summit at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. Malacañang Photo

4 Senate bets back legalization of medical marijuana

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Senate bets Chel Diokno, JV Ejercito, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Sergio Osmeña III, in CNN Philippines' senatorial forum, back the legalization of medical marijuana

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

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Oct 18, 2018 - 2:58 PM

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Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Cannabis Act, which fulfills a promise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in the 2015 election campaign, makes Canada only the second nation after Uruguay to legalize the drug

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

PDEA nets P7.2M worth of high grade marijuana inside Ayala Alabang

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Live-in partners are caught with 6 kilos of kush or high-grade marijuana, already repacked and ready for distribution to alleged high-end and celebrity clients

PDEA operatives arrest two suspects for selling and repacking high grade Marijuana amounting to P7.2 million inside a posh subdivision in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City on October 1, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Coca-Cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Coca-Cola says it is is 'closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world'

Tesla shares drop amid exec resignations, Musk smoking marijuana video

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:22 PM

'I mean, it's legal, right?' Musk says, before taking a puff at a show shot in California where recreational marijuana use is legal

ELON MUSK. This file photo taken on April 30, 2015 shows Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiling large utility scale home batteries at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. Photo by David McNew/AFP

HOAX: 'Marijuana Boys tortured then killed'

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The group of boys who went viral for cursing at President Duterte are alive and under the custody of Malabon police. The video in the hoax blog post refers to a Zambales kidnap-murder case in 2016.

Screenshot of an undated August post claiming the teenagers, who recently went viral because of their 'pot session' video, were tortured then killed.

Screenshot of an undated August post claiming the teenagers, who recently went viral because of their 'pot session' video, were tortured then killed.

Uruguay marks a year allowing pharmacies to sell marijuana

Jul 19, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The system is simple: to buy cannabis in a pharmacy you must be at least 18, live in Uruguay and sign up as a 'buyer' at the post office

CANNBIS. Uruguayan marijuana grower Federico Corbo works with his plants in Barros Blancos, Canelones department, Uruguay on July 9, 2018. Photo by Miguel Rojo/AFP

Customs seizes P133 million worth of shabu, marijuana

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The drugs are found in various packages sent from the United States to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Port of Clark

Photo from the Bureau of Customs

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Joint session: Pot found growing at Japan MPs' building

Jun 22, 2018 - 5:41 PM

An official in charge of maintenance says the budding crop of 4 plants was found by a visitor on Thursday growing on the premises of an office building for members of the upper house

Legalized pot spots around the world

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Many countries have decriminalized the use and possession of cannabis, abandoning prison sentences for consumers, but only a handful have gone as far as legalizing its cultivation and use

POT NATION. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2016 a woman wavE a flag with a marijuana leaf on it next to a group gathered to celebrate National Marijuana Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Chris Roussakis / AFP

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Jan 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

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Legal marijuana off to blazing start in California

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:32 AM

January 1 marks the first day that marijuana can be bought and sold legally in California

LEGAL MARIJUANA. January 1 marks the first day marijuana can be legally bought and sold in California.

Mark Anthony Fernandez released from jail

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The actor was arrested for transportation of illegal drugs in October 2016

MARK ANTHONY FERNANDEZ. The actor is released from jail after over a year of imprisonment. Screengrab from

15 students caught with marijuana bricks in Mountain Province

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:29 PM

The students – including 4 minors, wo Filipino-Americans, and a Nigerian national – are caught at a checkpoint on their way back to Baguio City

CONTRABAND. Sabangan police are tipped off that the students – residents of La Union and Manila – are transporting marijuana on their way back to Baguio City. Photo courtesy of PDEA

Duque ready to face Commission on Appointments

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gears up to face the Commission on Appointments, which might bring up his stand on medical marijuana

ON THE HOT SEAT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is yet to face the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

Duque supports medical marijuana use for research purposes

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Comprehensive Drugs Act allows medical labs to cultivate marijuana for 'medical experiences and research purposes'

THE CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque holds a press conference on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What's in the House bill that would legalize medical marijuana?

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The bill on medical cannabis has a long way to go before becoming law

Uruguay pharmacies start selling pot

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:11 AM

It is the final phase of a 4 year old law that made the small South American country the first in the world to legalize pot from production to sale

SOON FOR SALE. View of cannabis plants during the first ExpoCannabis in Montevideo on December 15, 2014. Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

'High demand' as Nevada becomes latest U.S. state to legalize marijuana

Jul 02, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Legal marijuana sales are sure to be a boon to the economy of Nevada s largest city Las Vegas bolstering its reputation as an anything goes party town

MARIJUANA. The trimmings and buds of marijuana plants are seen during a harvest at Alternative Solutions, April 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Polish lawmakers legalize medicinal marijuana

Jun 22, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Poland follows in the steps of the Czech Republic Finland the Netherlands Portugal Spain as well as 23 US states and Uruguay which in 2013 became the first country to make cannabis entirely legal

NFL Commissioner Goodell says league won't soon approve marijuana use

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Goodell s comments Friday met with criticism from former NFL players who have argued in favor of relaxing marijuana rules

Mexican lawmakers OK marijuana for medicinal purposes

Apr 29, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The legislation also allows use of marijuana for scientific research The bill will now go to President Enrique Peña Nieto for his signature

A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3 , 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Canada set to unveil legislation legalizing cannabis

Apr 13, 2017 - 2:19 PM

Its legalization and regulation would follow in 2018 in time for Canada s national day on July 1

LEGALIZATION? Reports say Canada plans to legalize recreational marijuana by 2018. File photo