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  • Brazil Supreme Court judge calls for drugs legalisation to beat gangs

    Rising fears about the violence plaguing Brazil's overcrowded prisons and city slums
    Reuters (UK)
    Saturday, February 11, 2017

    roberto barrosoA Brazilian Supreme Court justice called for the legalization of marijuana and even cocaine to undo the growing power of drug gangs behind a wave of violence that has shaken Latin America's largest country. Justice Roberto Barroso, a Yale graduate and constitutional law professor, said 50 years of war against drugs had failed miserably, clogging jails with small-time dealers and fuelling a violent gang battle for control of the lucrative trade. "Unlike the United States and Europe where the problem lies in the impact drugs have on consumers, in Brazil the problem lies in the power drug traffickers have over poor communities," Barroso said.

  • A rare survivor of a Philippine drug raid takes the police to court

    The case comes as the antidrug program has been temporarily suspended
    The New York Times (US)
    Friday, February 10, 2017

    philippines duterte delarosaAs the only known survivor of a so-called buy-bust operation, Mr. Morillo has provided a chilling first-person account that challenges the government’s assertion that the thousands of suspects killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s antidrug campaign were killed by the police in self-defense. And his testimony lies at the heart of the first court case to challenge that campaign. According to his sworn affidavit, none of the five suspects were drug users and none were armed. (See also: Rodrigo Duterte says drug war will go on as police plan purge | Duterte targets Philippine children in bid to widen drug war)

  • In Duterte’s footsteps, Hun Sen launches a drug war

    Cambodia's new war on drugs aims to blunt a spike in addiction and trafficking, but critics see a publicity stunt ahead of crucial provincial elections
    Asia Times
    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    Cambodia’s newly launched war on drugs is in full swing, with nearly 3,000 people arrested in the campaign’s first month of crime-busting. Authorities claim they have confiscated over 9kg of illegal drugs in busts on dealers and users, with more than half the haul being crystal methamphetamine, one of the country’s most prevalent and abused narcotics. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government announced the campaign in December shortly after a state visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has made global waves through his violent execution of an anti-drugs drive that has seen more than 7,000 deaths. (See also: Indonesians fear Duterte-style assassinations, drug war)

  • Marijuana, made in Italy

    Italian military dope has less THC but more CBD, compared to its street-bought equivalent
    The Local (Italy)
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    The first batches of made-in-Italy pot have just arrived in pharmacies. Its production is just one of the activities of the military's 164-year-old chemical and pharmaceutical institute (ICFM). The body prides itself on the fact that its cannabis was registered as a pharmaceutical product by Italy's medicines agency in September 2015. The quality has to be reliable because the output from the military's Cannabis Project Team is destined for patients, not potheads.

  • Marijuana health trends mostly positive but still bear watching

    Overall marijuana-related hospitalizations have increased since 2008
    Colorado Springs Gazette (US)
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    colorado marijuanaMarijuana-related emergency room visits dropped, accidental poisonings are down and recreational marijuana failed to bring a much-feared spike in adolescent pot use. The results were detailed in the latest report by the Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee - a group of epidemiologists, toxicologists, psychiatrists, physicians and public health officials studying health-related marijuana trends in Colorado. The state's chief toxicologist, Mike Van Dyke, called the trends "encouraging," because it signaled that education campaigns by either the state or the marijuana industry appear to be resonating with users."

  • Marijuana legalization must include justice reform

    People who were previously convicted of marijuana offenses and have since been released from prison or jail should also have their records expunged
    The Hill (US)
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    Across the US, we routinely take a pledge that ends in “with liberty and justice for all.” Yet that fundamental promise has been broken in six of the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana use, as tens of thousands of people remain in state prison for nonviolent marijuana crimes. Now, it’s the responsibility of these eight state governments, concerned citizens and the leaders of the marijuana industry to also demand justice reform for those who have been the past victims of the war on marijuana, those that will not enjoy the privileges and freedoms that come with this new legislation.

  • Boulder DA Stan Garnett named to group that will advise Trump administration on pot

    The group has toyed with the idea of issuing a majority and a minority opinion on different issues
    Daily Camera (US)
    Monday, January 30, 2017

    The National District Attorney's Association created a policy group featuring 14 district attorneys from across the country who will issue advisements on possible law or policy changes regarding marijuana as more and more states legalize it, and help advise the Trump administration on policies regarding marijuana. District Attorney Stan Garnett is the only active prosecutor from Colorado in the group, but there are also DAs from California and Oregon — other states with recreational marijuana. While a wide variety of states in different stages of marijuana legalization are represented in the group, for the most part NDAA still is conservative.

  • ‘Building the airplane while it’s being flown’

    How California looks to build $7B legal pot economy
    The Denver Post / AP (US)
    Monday, January 30, 2017

    In the outskirts of Sacramento, a handful of government workers face a daunting task: By next year, craft regulations and rules that will govern California’s emerging legal pot market, from where and how plants can be grown to setting guidelines to track the buds from fields to stores. Getting it wrong could mean the robust cannabis black market stays that way — outside the law — undercutting the attempt to create the nation’s largest legal marijuana economy. The new industry has a projected value of $7 billion, and state and local governments could eventually collect $1 billion a year in taxes.

  • In Indonesia, getting this drug is just a text message away

    To buy super tobacco in Indonesia all you need is a mobile phone, an Instagram account and a bank account
    Rappler (Philippines)
    Monday, January 30, 2017

    Gorilla TobaccoSo-called “super tobacco”, particularly a variant known as “Gorilla brand tobacco,” is the street name of a drug that has recently been in the spotlight in Indonesia. It consists of what is mostly normal tobacco that is mixed with a powdered form of the compound AB-CHMINACA, a synthetic cannabinoid - a drug that, though chemically different from cannabis, seeks to simulate the effects of marijuana. Doctors consider AB-CHMINACA to be one of the more dangerous synthetic cannabinoids as, unlike marijuana, which only partially binds to cannabis receptors in the brain, AB-CHMINACA fully binds to receptors, making the effect of the drug all the more powerful. (See also: Cannabis in Indonesia)

  • Maryland lawmakers to push for recreational marijuana

    The proposal is modeled after a similar system in Colorado
    The Washington Post (US)
    Monday, January 30, 2017

    A group of Democratic lawmakers in Maryland want the state to join a growing number of others that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, taxing and regulating sales of the drug similar to the way the state deals with alcohol. Legislators said that adults ages 21 and older in Maryland would be able to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana if the two bills sponsored by Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery), Del. Curtis S. Anderson (D-Baltimore) and Del. Mary L. Washington (D-Baltimore) are approved. (Maine: Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em, as legalized marijuana takes hold)

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