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Sat
26
Sep

The GOP Presidential Debate Weighs in on Marijuana, Leading to This Blunt Conclusion

The American public may have an increasingly positive view on marijuana, but the GOP presidential debates suggest that any chance of federal reform is still a long way off.

Even though presidential elections only happen every four years, it seems like the campaigns begin earlier each time. Presidential candidates are metaphorically putting out the Christmas lights in August in the hope of gaining an advantage over their opponents.

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26
Sep

Human rights in Latin America being decimated by drug war, warns new report

The Center for Legal Social Studies (CELS) recently released a publication, entitled¬†The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights, which has shed light upon some of the deep erosions of civil liberties and human rights that have been justified by the War on Drugs. The report ‚Äď which primarily focuses upon the consequences of the drug war in Latin America ‚Äď criticises how prohibition‚Äôs human rights implications have only recently become matters of discussion, despite the cyclical violence of prohibition having ravaged the region for decade.

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26
Sep

Paraguay: Indigenous People Used as 'Drug Slaves'

According to Paraguay’s attorney general the country’s Indigenous population is being coerced into illegal drug trafficking.
‚ÄčIllegal narcotics organizations operating in East Paraguay are using¬†the¬†local Indigenous population as ‚Äúdrug slaves‚ÄĚ, Paraguayan Attorney General Christian Roig said on Thursday.

‚ÄúThe Indigenous peoples are used as drug slaves. With very little money they are forced to cultivate marijuana because they lack institutional support from the state. The local criminal organizations take advantage of this,‚ÄĚ Attorney General Roig told EFE on Thursday.

Paraguay is the primary producer of marijuana in South America and one of the largest suppliers in the world after Mexico.
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26
Sep

Cannabis Sativa is a threat to food security says TOCU

Detective Superintendent Ishmael Samura of Trans Organized Crime Unit (TOCU), in his statement marking the official launching of the first ever National Drug Policy Network of Sierra Leone (NDPN-SL), said it is now an open secret that Cannabis Sativa is now widely cultivated in all the four corners of Sierra Leone so much so that it has now become a serious threat to national food security drive. (Photo: Members of the High Table at the launching ceremony)

Detective Superintendent Ishmael Samura made this disclosure at the CHASL Hall, 4b Kingharman Road in Freetown on Tuesday 22nd September this year.

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,¬†C√°√Īamo.

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.

Sat
26
Sep

Greek couple busted with cannabis at airport

A Greek couple were caught with 23 kilos of cannabis in their luggage at Larnaca airport on Friday evening.

According to the police, the Greek 54-year-old man had arrived on a flight from Athens. When customs police search his luggage, they found 12 kilos of the drug in 10 separate packages.

The man had arrived in Cyprus with his 48-year-old wife, also from Greece. The woman had already passed through customs.

The woman, who had already cleared through customs, was located by men of the Anti-drug Squad (YKAN).

Her luggage, abandoned at the airport, was found to contain another seven packages with a total of 11 kilos of cannabis.

The couple were arrested, and following police interrogation admitted their guilt.

Fri
25
Sep

$60 per plant: DEA waging costly war to destroy marijuana in Oregon despite drug's legaliity

Recreational marijuana use is legal in Oregon, but that hasn’t stopped the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from engaging in an eradication program costing American taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

In 2014 alone, the agency spent $960,000 to remove 16,067 pot plants in the state of Oregon, where the drug was made legal in 2012. If you do the division, the price tag comes to almost exactly $60 dollars per plant destroyed. The number appears even more startling when considering the average nationwide per-plant-destruction cost is $4.20, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

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25
Sep

Pope Francis U.N. Speech: Drug War ‚ÄėThreatens The Credibility Of Our Institutions‚Äô

Pope Francis criticized the global War on Drugs in his address to the United Nations on Friday. While the Catholic Church’s Vicar of Christ did not prescribe specific solutions, he spoke plainly the shortcomings of efforts to combat drug trafficking and the effects on everyday citizens.

Fri
25
Sep

Native Americans Now Have Full Legalization of Marijuana On Reservation Lands

The United States Justice Department just announced that it will instruct all U.S. attorneys to no longer prevent any Native American tribes from growing, or selling marijuana on reservation land.

This includes reservations within states that prohibit marijuana use, as the reservations are sovereign entities, apart from the states that surround them.

That means, in the words of¬†High Times, ‚Äúthe law of the land will be left up to each individual tribe.‚ÄĚ

Fri
25
Sep

Jury convicts Miami man who says he grew pot for cancer-stricken wife

MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami jury convicted a man who faces up to 35 years in prison for growing marijuana in a bedroom of his house in what he says was an act of love to help his wife who is recovering from breast cancer, local media reported.

Ricardo Varona, 43, was arrested in July 2014 and charged with marijuana trafficking after police said they seized 15 live marijuana plants that could have produced more than 30 pounds of usable weed.

In closing arguments on Friday, Varona's lawyer, Jose Aguirre, told jurors in Miami state court that detectives did not find any money ledgers, drug scales or packaging equipment at Varona's house that would show he was selling pot for money.

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