How a Tiny Pacific Nation is Using Cannabis to Treat Diabetes

Like many small, post-colonial states, the Republic of Vanuatu, a Pacific archipelago comprising dozens of small islands, sees some economic boosts from being a tourist destination, tax haven, and “flag of convenience,” but it experiences some drawbacks, too. The remote nation’s residents, known as Ni-Vanuatu, frequently face unemployment and poverty, relying heavily on personal fishing and farming for sustenance and often earning money for food and other supplies through homegrown exports like kava and copra.

As the region’s history indicates, Vanuatu also has a perfect climate for growing cannabis.

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Vanuatu is a Pacific nation consisting of about 80 islands located east of Australia. (Elysse Feigenblatt/Leafly)

Now that officials have sought to legalize the plant for medical use, Vanuatu will soon join a growing number of

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