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Tue
08
Mar

Comrades in arms: South Africa, Russia, and the new global war on drugs

As the West throttles down on its 45-year-old war on drugs, acknowledging that the trillion-dollar price tag has only fuelled civil conflict in Latin America, crowded the prisons at home, and harmed more addicts than it has healed, another bloc of nations is gearing up to implement the self-same failed policies. So guess who’s with China, Indonesia, Russia and the Middle East on this? Yup, South Africa, under the inspired guidance of the Hawks. KEVIN BLOOM reports.

I. The Hawks and the Kremlin Drug Czars

Tue
08
Mar

Crossing the Ditch for Cannabis?

A law change in Australia means New Zealanders can now legally be prescribed a month's medicinal cannabis there and bring it back to this country, a legal commentator says.

A Golden Bay woman has escaped a lengthy jail term for importing cannabis products after a judge discharged her without conviction, because it was prescribed overseas.

Rebecca Reider - who has complex chronic pain syndrome - was facing charges for possession and importing of cannabis oil and other products after she was discovered posting chocolate bars with edible cannabis to herself.

Her lawyer, Sue Grey argued because Ms Reider was lawfully prescribed drugs while visiting overseas and the quantity was no more than one month's supply to treat a medical condition, it should have been legal.

Tue
08
Mar

International Women's Day 2016 Takes on Gender Parity

March 8 is International Women's Day, celebrated in today's Google Doodle with a video asking women all over the world to finish the sentence, "One day I will..."

The answers run the gamut from personal dreams like "play in the Major Leagues" to more global aspirations like Malala Yousafzai's wish to "see every girl in school." And like International Women's Day itself, the video is both a celebration of women's lives and achievements, and a call to action to make their lives better.

What is International Women's Day?

These days, it's a corporate-sponsored global campaign to raise awareness of women's issues worldwide.

Tue
08
Mar

International Women's Day 2016: 10 Things You Can Do to Make a Difference

People are sharing a list of simple things that can be done to make a difference on International Women's Day.

The Everyday Sexism project posted a list of 10 ways people can help achieve gender equality.

The suggestions range from donating to Rape Crisis or Women's Aid to stepping in and saying something when witnessing sexual harassment.

Tue
08
Mar

Marijuana, Fantasy Sports Among Topics on Tap in Montpelier

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont lawmakers returning for the last quarter of their two-year legislative term face decisions on whether to legalize marijuana and online fantasy sports, as well as a push to give local residents more say in siting renewable energy projects.

Friday is the annual “crossover” deadline, when bills other than taxing and spending measures are expected to have cleared the committee process and be ready for debate on the floor of the House or Senate. That’s usually a sign that the end of the legislative session is less than eight weeks away.

Tue
08
Mar

Big Wigs in Massachusetts Play on Unfounded Fears to Oppose Marijuana

Voters in Massachusetts are set to decide on the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes this fall, prompting the state’s governor, attorney general, and the mayor of Boston to come out against the idea in a recent op-ed for The Boston Globe.

While it’s unlikely these officials actually wrote the op-ed – the real author is probably a staff member for one of them – they did allow their names to be assigned to it, giving the ideas expressed therein the weight of their combined offices.

Tue
08
Mar

Simon Poll: Illinois Voters Overwhelmingly Support Medical Marijuana

CARBONDALE — Illinois voters overwhelmingly support the use of marijuana for medical purposes, according to a new poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Of 1,000 registered voters sampled, 82 percent said they favor legalized medical marijuana, while 16 percent oppose it. Three percent were undecided.

Asked if they approve of legalization for recreational use, voters were more polarized, with 45 percent in favor and 51 percent against.

“We see clear support for medicinal marijuana, but its recreational use is a mixed bag,” David Yepsen, the institute’s director, said. “Medical use, recreational use and decriminalization are all related but are still distinct public policy issues in the minds of many voters.”

Tue
08
Mar

No Decision From U.S. Supreme Court on Colorado Marijuana Case

Justices had been scheduled to discuss the case brought by Nebraska and Oklahoma at a private meeting on Friday

The U.S. Supreme Court did not make a decision Monday on whether to hear a lawsuit brought against Colorado over marijuana legalization.

The nation's highest court had been scheduled on Friday  to privately discuss the lawsuit, brought by the neighboring states of Nebraska and Oklahoma. But a list of Supreme Court orders released on Monday made no mention of the case.

Tue
08
Mar

Prime Minister Trudeau Should Decriminalize Marijuana ASAP

With Prime Minister Trudeau elected, many had thought that marijuana would be decriminalized on a faster basis. The though comes from the fact that Trudeau thinks marijuana should be legal and the fact that he even smoked it at one time. His recent remarks concerning marijuana laws in Canada being still implementable implies that decriminalization is not yet an option even when marijuana legalization can take years.

Tue
08
Mar

Group Hopes to Halt Dismantling of Detroit's Marijuana Dispensary Industry

DETROIT, MI -- Detroit has been one of the most lax cities in Michigan regarding the enforcement of medical marijuana dispensaries, which are still illegal under state and federal laws.

With names like The Green Mile, House of Dank, Action Medz and Detroit Grass Station. at latest count there were an estimated 211 dispensaries operating throughout the city, nearly 1.5 per square mile.

The businesses make no effort to hide their intent, and police have left them to operate freely for the most part, despite a state Supreme Court ruling in 2013 that made medical marijuana dispensaries illegal.

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