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Tue
09
Jun

Deputies: $240000 worth of marijuana seized from Tampa grow house

Nearly a quarter-million dollars worth of marijuana was seized during a grow house bust in Tampa, deputies said.According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, deputies searched a home in the 15900 block of Timberwood Drive on Monday evening and confirmed it had been used to grow marijuana.Deputies seized 237 pounds of marijuana, which is valued at $240,000, and a 2007 Suzuki SUV, the report said.Ramon Soto Machado, 60, was arrested on charges of owning, leasing or renting for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a listed chemical with intent, trafficking in marijuana, manufacture of marijuana, grand theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Machado was booked into the Orient Road Jail.

Tue
09
Jun

Legal highs 'prohibition' will create new criminal class

David Cameron will create a new criminal class with his crackdown on legal highs, a former health minister has warned.

Norman Lamb told IBTimes UK that the government's psychoactive substances bill, which will introduce a blanket ban on legal highs from April next year, is "ridiculous".

The legislation comes after 120 deaths were linked to the substances across England, Scotland and Wales in 2013, according to Home Office data.

Tue
09
Jun

Why the US Shares Responsibility for the 'Mexican Drug War' And Its Atrocities

Why the US Shares Responsibility for the 'Mexican Drug War' And Its Atrocities

The following is an excerpt from A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the "Mexican Drug War"  by Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace (OR Books, 2015):

The term “Mexican Drug War” is a misnomer, as the phenomenon to which it refers was a joint construction by Mexico and the United States, erected over the last hundred years. If that’s true, then it suggests that ending the “war” would likely require a joint effort from both sides of the border. Are there any signs of this happening?

Tue
09
Jun

Smoking Ganja Is Still Illegal In Jamaica

With the view that there is wide-scale misunderstanding on the rules governing the smoking of ganja in public, some stakeholders believe more needs to be done to clearly outline the new regulations that came into effect earlier this year.

"I am finding that there is a lot of confusion as it relates to the smoking of marijuana in public," stated David Wan, president of the Jamaica Employers' Federation.

"I am still going places, gas stations, for instance, and seeing persons smoking marijuana publicly. Too many persons are confused about whether the no-smoking rules apply to marijuana and we have to address this."

Tue
09
Jun

Current status of marijuana in Latin America

Recently, Latin America has surprised us with the giant steps taken towards the legalization of cannabis. Jose Mujica opened Pandora's Box and in a time when that regulation was in no man's land, Uruguayan citizens were quick to react and show support for their former president. Thus, and as if it were a domino effect, the voice spread like wildfire. As a result, today, the vast majority of countries in Latin America, are in favor of a real decriminalization of marijuana regulation. This article will discuss the recent news coming from Puerto Rico, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador.

Medicinal users rebel against the Government of Puerto Rico

Tue
09
Jun

Chile is mobilized in favor of the legalization of marijuana

About 15 thousand people were mobilized Sunday through downtown Santiago, Chile to request the legalization of cultivation and use of marijuana for therapeutic and recreational purposes.

Original article was published in Spanish.

Tue
09
Jun

Six Possible Pot-Related Ballot Measures In Arizona You Should Know About

A lot of high hopes are riding on the November 2016 general election in Arizona.

 

Paperwork for no less than six marijuana-related ballot measures has been filed with the state Secretary of State's Office in the last few months, each aiming to make fundamental changes to the state's drug laws.

Only two or three are actually viable, most likely. Each needs to gather about 150,000 signatures — a formidable and expensive task.

But if you come across petition-gatherers asking for your signature on any of them, here are the basics you need to know:

1) Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Tue
09
Jun

Retail marijuana businesses are sprouting across Vancouver. And they're not legal

As a franchise lawyer in Vancouver, you wouldn’t believe the number of calls I get from people who want to establish a chain of franchised retail marijuana outlets.

Mon
08
Jun

What Can Ireland Learn From Portugal’s Drug Policy?

This week a delegation from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality travelled to Portugal to learn about its drugs policy, and to assess the impact of the changes that were implemented over a decade ago.

The delegation also visited the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) which this week launched its 2015 report

The following politicians makeup the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality:

Mon
08
Jun

Customs officials nab teen with marijuana in bicycle's tires at Douglas border crossing

DOUGLAS, Ariz. –  Customs officials in the border town of Douglas arrested a 17-year-old boy after finding his bicycle's tires stuffed with more than three pounds of marijuana.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say officers at the Douglas Port of Entry arrested the boy Saturday.

They say the Douglas boy was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations agents.

Officials say agents also made several large drug seizures at border crossings over the weekend.

Agents in Nogales found three pounds of heroin in a man's luggage on Saturday, and the next day arrested a 14-year-old Mexican girl who had two pounds of methamphetamine under her clothes.

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