A large plume of marijuana smoke has blanketed a small village in Albania, started from fires set by locals to burn their plantations as police moved in to close them down.
According to NBC News, ten tonnes of cannabis was destroyed in the process, with drug barons and riot police battling over the land throughout the night.
Jamaica is rethinking its marijuana laws, with the government announcing that it will decriminalise the possession of small amounts of the drug, known there as "ganja".
Minister of Justice Mark Golding said that Jamaica's Dangerous Drugs Act would be formally amended this summer.
"Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja," he said. "These relate to possession of small quantities of ganja for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places and the use of ganja for medical-medicinal purposes."
"Approval has been given also to a proposal for the decriminalization of the use of ganja for religious purposes," he added.
Possession of small quantities of the drug would become a non-arrestable, ticketable infraction in Jamaica resulting in a fine, said Golding, adding that "too many" youngsters in the country have landed criminal convictions after "being caught with a 'spliff.'"
Colorado made roughly $2 million (£1.2 million) in taxes on marijuana in January, state revenue officials reported in the world's first accounting of the recreational pot business.
Colorado legalised pot in 2012, but commercial sale did not begin until January. Washington state sales begin in coming months.
The tax total reported by the state Department of Revenue indicates $14.02 million (£8.4 million) of recreational pot was sold from 59 businesses. The state collected roughly $2.01 million in taxes.
Barack Obama has said that although he believes smoking marijuana is a "bad idea" he is concerned that "poor kids" get locked up for "smoking pot".
When asked about his views on marijuana, President Barack Obama said that he did not believe it was more dangerous than alcohol.
In an interview with The New Yorker Magazine he said:
"As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
New York will soon allow the limited use of medical marijuana for seriously ill patients under a plan the governor will announce in the next few days, the New York Times reported.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has steadily resisted pressure to legalize marijuana, was expected to announce the plan at Wednesday's State of the State address, according to the New York Times article.
A spokesman for Mr Cuomo was not immediately available to comment on the report.
Ezekiel Edwards, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Criminal Law Reform Project, hailed the legalisation of cannabis in Colorado, saying it was the "beginning of the end" for prohibition at a national level. He said:
Legal sales of recreational marijuana are expected to earn businesses operating inside Colorado an estimated $578 million in annual revenues, which will generate $67 million in sales taxes for the state, authorities said.
Today a number of licensed premises will begin to sell the drug legally across the state.
Along with Washington, Colorado legalized possession and use of small amounts of cannabis by adults for non- medical purposes under a ballot in November 2012.
The US state of Colorado will make history today by becoming the first state to allow special shops to sell marijuana for recreational purposes to anyone aged 21 or over.
30 shops throughout the state of Colorado will start selling recreational weed, but it is unclear how many will be open today.
In total 136 shops have received licenses to sell the drug, but many have not yet obtained approval from their local government to open today, CNN reports.