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Kenya Draws Patrol Lessons At U.S.-Mexico Border

New York, United States — US Border Patrol officials deal with thousands of people making illegal crossings from Mexico every month.

Apart from children and families making the crossings, the US has to deal with the shipment of illicit drugs and this week, Kenya's Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery witnessed first-hand the arrest of three individuals trying to smuggle marijuana into the US.

Nkaissery had been on a three-day learning mission at El Paso on the US-Mexico border together with PS Monica Juma to better understand how officials deal with border patrol and control.

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27
Sep

Argentina’s Presidential Hopefuls Aim to Further Militarize Drug War

Experts Warn "Failed Policy" Will Lead to More Violence, Corruption

Narco-trafficking has become a key issue in this year’s presidential race in Argentina, and the top three candidates — Sergio Massa, Mauricio Macri, and Daniel Scioli — all agree on one thing: an increased role for state security forces to fight the war on drugs.+

Various experts and intellectuals, however, say the current discourse is riddled with “assumptions, intuition, and improvisation” and are calling for the candidates to have a “serious debate” on drug policy.+

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27
Sep

The Black Activists Who Helped Launch the Drug War

Over the last few years, as mainstream concern with the war on drugs and mass incarceration has grown, a relatively straightforward narrative has taken hold: White people, engaged in a backlash against the advances of the civil-rights era, imposed the carceral state on black people. That’s the story told by Michelle Alexander in her seminal book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, as well as by any number of other academics and public intellectuals.

Sun
27
Sep

New Zealand: Our weed ban is simply dopey

Don't hesitate to medicate," call the spruikers in their white coats on Hollywood Boulevard and Venice Beach, California, where doctors licensed to prescribe medical marijuana do a brisk trade. Walk-ins merely have to turn up and describe some vague pain or high level of stress to bag their weed.

The rest of the world seems to be trying to ignore it, but slowly and surely the United States of America, until recently leading the charge in the war on drugs, is legalising marijuana possession. Twenty states, from Alaska to Vermont, have already decriminalised adult cultivation and use of cannabis.

Sun
27
Sep

Three months in, cannabis users complain of high costs, difficult access

The writer said that David Cameron's friends have likely refrained from speaking to Lord Ashcroft because they want peerages

A source featured in the controversial unofficial autobiography of David Cameron has defended his actions by claiming that his critics likely have their sights set on peerages.

James Delingpole, a journalist and prominent voice of the right, told MichaelAshcroft’s co-author Isabel Oakeshott that he smoked cannabis with Mr Cameron as they listened to rock band Supertramp while they were undergraduates at Oxford University.

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.”

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27
Sep

24-Pound Bundle Of Marijuana Crashes Through Arizona Family's Roof, Destroys Doghouse

The morning of September 8 started with a bang — literally — for an Arizona family living in Nogales, a border town along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the Nogales International. In the wee hours of the morning, Bill and Maya Donnelly were startled awake by a loud crashing sound. Thinking it was a storm, the family went back to sleep. But when they investigated later in the morning, what they found shocked them: a 24-pound bundle of marijuana — likely dropped from a passing plane — had crashed through the roof of the family’s garage and destroyed the family dog’s, Hulk’s, doghouse.

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27
Sep

Fiji Marijuana fight

ABOUT 2300 marijuana plants worth millions of dollars have been uprooted in Kadavu this year.

Crime Prevention and Community Policing co-ordinator Inspector Anare Masitabua highlighted this during the Kadavu Provincial Council meeting held at Studio 6 Apartments in Suva.

And council chairman Ratu Seci Nawalowalo said most young people were involved in marijuana cultivation mainly because of the fact "that it is easy money".

Ratu Seci believes while marijuana cannot be completely eradicated, he is happy that they have seen a decrease in its cultivation on the island.

"All we can do is offer them advice not to do this, not to do that but the onus is on them.

Sun
27
Sep

How Cannabis Laws Are Still Devastating Families

Nearly 50 years ago, in the summer of 1966, Santa Barbara Municipal Court Judge Frank P. Kearney offered 21-year-old Nancy Hernandez of West Virginia an Orwellian choice.

Arrested on a misdemeanour charge, Hernandez had two options: either a six-month jail term, or probation and permanent reproductive sterilization.

Sun
27
Sep

Baroness Molly Meacher on legalising medicinal cannabis in the UK

Baroness Molly Meacher thinks it’s time for the UK to legalise medicinal cannabis. Do you agree? Support her opinion on PressReader: http://www.pressreader.com/opinion/le...

Baroness Meacher, who chairs the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform, talks candidly about cannabis — its associated risks and the benefits that could be derived by regulating it. Will cannabis become available at licensed establishments near you?

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