Mexico

Tue
27
Oct

Will Mexico say sí to weed legalization by the end of October?

Mexico’s Supreme Court next Wednesday will vote on a case that many think could set a precedent for widespread marijuana legalization in the country. But strangely enough, the forces behind Mexico’s weed-legalization efforts have little do with the greater criticism of a drug war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives over the past decade.

Instead, Mexican weed enthusiasts argue they have a basic human right to get high.

In 2013, Mexico’s first marijuana club, The Mexican Association for Responsible Self-Consumption and Tolerance (or SMART in Spanish), filed a legal petition demanding the right to cultivate, possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes. The initial motion was denied, but SMART managed to appeal it all the way to the Supreme Court.

Fri
23
Oct

Police seize 12 tons of marijuana after raiding 730-metre-long tunnel between US and Mexico

SAN DIEGO — Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after discovering one of the longest cross-border tunnels between the U.S. and Mexico, officials said Thursday.

The passage connecting warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, was about 2,400 feet (730 metres) long and 30 feet (nine metres) deep. It was lit, ventilated and equipped with a rail system — hallmarks of the most sophisticated tunnels found along the border.

Near-simultaneous police stings on Wednesday resulted in six arrests in San Diego and 16 in Mexico. Authorities recovered two tons of marijuana in the U.S. and 10 tons in Mexico.

U.S. authorities said smugglers tried to move the first load of drugs through the tunnel on Wednesday but that nothing got through undetected.

Thu
22
Oct

10 tons of pot found in elaborate tunnel on Mexico-U.S. border

 

SAN DIEGO — Mexican authorities said Thursday they seized about 10 tons of marijuana in an elaborate tunnel with a rail car system that extended well into San Diego and was designed to smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Tijuana.

The discovery on Wednesday marks one of the longest and more sophisticated clandestine tunnels found on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The passage was 9 feet deep and about 2,600 feet long — about three-quarters of that distance in Tijuana and the rest in San Diego. It was lit, ventilated and built with metal beams to prevent collapse.

It was unclear whether any drugs got through the tunnel or if it had an exit yet in the U.S.

Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, declined to comment.

Mon
19
Oct

Mexico close to legalising marijuana as supreme court discusses allowing it for recreational use

Cannabis is legal for recreational use in several countries around the world (Source: Getty)

High hopes for the legalisation movement: Mexico could be close to legalising marijuana, as the country’s supreme court gears up to discuss the issue later this month.

The supreme court will be discussing a proposal that would legalise consumption and production of marijuana for recreational use.

Mexico has already approved medical use of the drug, as a lower court in the country granted a couple the right to import marijuana-based medicine to treat their daughter’s epilepsy in August.

Since recreational use of the drug has been made legal in several US states, political pressure has been mounting on Mexico to follow suit.

Tue
13
Oct

Police destroy massive marijuana operation in northern Mexico

Federal police seized and destroyed 300 tons of marijuana in Balleza, a Mexican city in the northern state of Chihuahua, according to an EFE report.

“The plantations were spread out over a surface of approximately 94,629 sq. meters (23 acres), with a density of seven plants per square meter. The approximate weight of the 662,000 plants reached 300,000 kilos,” the Mexican National Security Commission said.

The marijuana “plantations” were discovered during police surveillance flights around Balleza and the plants were “pulled up by the roots so they could later be incinerated,” according to the National Security Commission.

Thu
08
Oct

32 arrested in 6 recent illegal marijuana grow raids in Colorado

DENVER -- 20,000 marijuana plants, 700 pounds of dried weed and more than 30 guns, all found right out in the open.

“You see a group of people who are actually actively engaged, farming the marijuana. So that means there are tents, cookhouses. There are irrigation systems in place. There’s a lot of pesticides,” said United States Attorney for the District of Colorado John Walsh.

The busts started Aug. 19 and spanned the state of Colorado as listed below. Six of them took place through Thursday.

Pike National Forest, Aug. 19 in the Green Mountain Area in Jefferson County. Investigation is ongoing.

Mon
28
Sep

Marijuana bundle drops from sky and slams into Arizona family's carport

  • Maya Donnelly heard a crash at night but thought it was thunder
  • When she investigated the next morning she found the black bundle, which has a street value of around $10,000  
  • Police think it was accidentally dropped by a drug smuggler's aircraft or a pilotless drone
  • Mrs Donnelly lives with her husband and their three teenage daughters in Nogales, close to the US-Mexico border
  • She said she was grateful no one was injured or killed during the bizarre incident - including their pet German shepherd
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Sun
27
Sep

Marijuana bundle drops from sky, slams into family's carport

(AP)– Maya Donnelly awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early morning hours, but dismissed it as a typical monsoon storm and went back to sleep.

Later that morning, she looked in the carport at her home in Nogales, near the U.S.-Mexico border, and saw pieces of wood on the ground. She found a bulky bundle wrapped in black plastic.

Inside was roughly 26 pounds of marijuana — a package that authorities say was worth $10,000 and likely was dropped there accidentally by a drug smuggler’s aircraft.

“It’s all right on top of our dog’s house,” Donnelly said of the Sept. 8 incident, which was first reported by the Nogales International newspaper. “It just made a perfectly round hole through our carport.”

Sat
26
Sep

Previously Deported Illegal Immigrant Marijuana Grower Back in US

MCALLEN, Texas – A previously deported illegal alien from Mexico who had been convicted in the U.S. in connection with a large marijuana plantation is back in the U.S. and in handcuffs.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 42-year-old Victorino Betancourt Meraz earlier this week in the border city of Encino, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed.

During questioning, Betancourt Meraz told agents that he had illegally crossed into the U.S over the weekend. Authorities did a records check on the illegal alien and discovered that he had been deported on May 7 through El Paso, Texas.

Sat
26
Sep

Possible censorship of Cannabis Magazine by Mexican authorities

As some already know last May was the first edition of the Mexican Hemp magazine, Cáñamo.

Well, the Ministry of the Interior of Mexico states that it has found several indications of crime in the publication, such as advocacy of marijuana, defending their therapeutic properties, incitement to self-cultivation and others.

As a result of this weight publication is the threat of censorship.

The magazine also has been referred to the prosecution for the crimes committed to assess any criminal acts.

A group of lawyers, senators and defenders of human rights is taking charge of our defense in the silence of the mainstream media.

If you disapprove of the practices to which we are subjected, spread the news and announcements they want to silence.

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