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Why current drug laws are not protecting our children

It goes without saying we all wish to protect the young and vulnerable. Intuitively, current drug laws make sense. Pushing drugs to the fringes of decent society and maintaining a ban through criminalisation has plausibility. But what if we’re causing more harm than good?

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MP wants electorate to be cannabis capital of Queensland, Australia

A Queensland MP wants part of his far north electorate to become the state's cannabis capital.

Shane Knuth, MP of Dalrymple, thinks the fertile soil and annual rainfalls of the Atherton Tablelands, near Cairns, would be perfect for growing medicinal marijuana.

Knuth, from the Katter's Australia Party, says farmers in his electorate would be enthusiastic about the opportunity to grow the crops.

"I have been approached by farmers in my electorate who ... would embrace the opportunity to work with the government as growers of this new emerging medical crop," he said in a statement on Thursday.

Knuth has been Dalrymple MP since 2009.

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Man held with 169 pounds of ganja

A man accused of transporting over 100 pounds of ganja in a motorcar was

further remanded following his appearance in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's (RM) Court last Tuesday.

Charged with possession of, dealing in, taking steps to export, conspiracy to export and trafficking ganja is Horace Harris.

Allegations are that on the day of the incident, the accused man was stopped by the police when he was driving along a thoroughfare. It is said that upon approaching the vehicle, lawmen were alerted to the odour of marijuana which permeated the air.

It is said that the lawmen requested a search of the

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Why current drug policies are failing the children and young people we seek to protect

Today is Universal Children’s Day. It marks the day when the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child (1959) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) were adopted. The Convention was a landmark document that took ten years to draft and that has now been ratified by 196 states; every country on the planet except the US.

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Uruguay authorities discover 'gray market' for pot

Montevideo - Authorities in Uruguay say the country's legal pot-growing clubs may be selling marijuana and cannabis products without approval, creating a kind of "gray market".

The pot-growing clubs are allowed to have 45 members who can collectively cultivate up to 99 plants for personal use, but they cannot sell the marijuana.

Uruguay became the first nation to approve marijuana legalization and regulation in 2013.

The law also allows Uruguayan adults to buy up to 40g of marijuana from pharmacies once a month. But there have been delays in implementing the pioneering plan.

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Can UN Leadership Fix Broken Drug Policies? A Call for Ban Ki Moon in Advance of the 2016 UNGASS

Last month, close to 1000 advocates, service providers, community leaders, researchers and government representatives met in Kuala Lumpur for the 24th International Harm Reduction conference. This year, the conference took place in Asia to inspire the region to consider drug policies that offer alternatives to the failed goal of Drug Free Asia by 2015 set by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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Uruguay Evaluates Marijuana Varieties for Sale in Drugstores

MONTEVIDEO – The government is analyzing several different kinds of marijuana to select the ones to be sold in pharmacies under Uruguay’s pot-decriminalization program, the chairman of the National Drugs Board said.

“What the government is doing is to guarantee ... the quality of cannabis because the product that reaches people who decide to consume it must have a certain quality and amounts of components,” Juan Andres Roballo told reporters.

He said the Institute for Cannabis Regulation and Control and the National Seed Institute are the agencies measuring the percentage of THC – the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana – and overall quality of several types of seeds “to minimize harm.”

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Nigeria: Why Ekiti leads in cannabis cultivation

Hidden deep inside the forest, without any discernible route, somewhere in the sleepy town of Ogotun-Ekiti, Ekiti South-West Local Government Area, is a plantation of a dangerous plant, cannabis sativa, also known as indian hemp. Cannabis sativa is reputed with many aliases which are: igbo, dope, ganja, morocco, eja and weed among others.

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Sarah Palin: Legalizing Weed Is 'No Big Deal'

"I look on the national scene and think, wow, of all things to be fighting over and battling over."

Supporters of marijuana legalization may have an unlikely ally: Sarah Palin.

Breaking with many members of her party who oppose legalizing marijuana, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee on Thursday said it is "no big deal" and argued that it should not be a controversial issue.

"I look on the national scene and think, wow, of all things to be fighting over and battling over, especially when it comes to medical marijuana. I think, hmm, this is just not my baby," Palin told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

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Big Marijuana after legalization is scary. But not as scary as continuing prohibition.

What will come after marijuana legalization? Increasingly, drug policy experts and skeptics of legalization worry that it will be a giant industry — one rife with the greed and excesses that led companies to market deadly products like tobacco that cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. And while marijuana is not deadly, experts are concerned that overpromoting and overmarketing pot's use could lead to more dependence on the drug.

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