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Jun

Uruguay again planted marijuana in the face of the United Nations

The government will defend the United Nations (UN) policy to combat drug trafficking. The National Drug Board shall report to the High Commissioner for Human Rights UN in which he defends, among other things, market regulation of marijuana despite repeated criticism from the international organization

"Uruguay has embarked on a different path. And we have not only proposed concrete measures but have also made them effective in a different sense," said the deputy secretary of the Presidency and President of the National Drug Board (JND), Juan Andrés Roballo. "In Uruguay we are watching very closely internationally. And locally we have a special commitment," he added.

Fri
26
Jun

Jamaica: Weeding out illegal ganja smokers

By Gavin Goffe

RECENTLY, our Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, was reported as encouraging employers to review their policies on the issue of the personal use of ganja and "modernise their practices" in the light of the changes to the law, so that they don't treat this as a basis for excluding somebody from a job. His primary concern, it would appear, was that an employee could now legally smoke ganja in the privacy of his home and yet be dismissed if the substance was detected in the employer's drug test. He added that it was a matter for the employer to decide how to treat with the issue -- a view shared by the President of the Jamaica Employer's Federation, David Wan.

Fri
26
Jun

Shona Banda Drug Arrest: A Prime Case for Jury Nullification

A mother who treated debilitating Crohn's disease with cannabis oil finds herself facing three decades in prison for the "crime" of using unapproved medicine. Her child was taken away by the authorities and is now in the "care" of the state. What an example of the insanity of the drug war!

Fri
26
Jun

Portland police: Bringing marijuana from Washington into Oregon 'not an issue'

Portland police said Wednesday that Oregonians who travel to Washington to buy marijuana only to bring it back into the state are "not an issue" as long as they stick with what the law allows them to possess.

Starting July 1, anyone 21 and older may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana away from home and up to eight ounces at home. 

Oregonians shopping for cannabis in Washington are nothing new. May sales data released by the Washington Liquor Control Board showed that one Vancouver shop sold more marijuana than any other shop statewide -- thanks in part to Oregonians, who made up about 50 percent of sales.

Portland police said the issue isn't on their radar.

Fri
26
Jun

Korean Man Arrested for Massive Marijuana Grow Op

SEOUL, Jun. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean police have uncovered the largest indoor cultivation of cannabis in Korea.

Namdaemun District Police arrested a man in his thirties for growing 46 cannabis plants in his 109 ㎡ apartment space in Yongin, and confiscated the plants as well as 135 grams of end-products, worth a total of 2 billion won (US$ 1.8 million) on the black market.

It is reported that 46 plants can make end-products that can serve up to 92,000 individuals.

The police said that the unveiling of the man’s indoor farm shows that transactions involving cannabis in Korea turned out to be quite large in scale, in stark contrast to Korea’s reputation as a relatively drug-free country.

Thu
25
Jun

South Africa: KZN a Step Ahead of Crime

Police on Wednesday claimed their four-month Operation Fiyela had smashed a hole in organised crime in the province.

Since operations began on March 1 police had made more than 60 000 arrests, recovered more than 1 000 firearms and seized almost seven tons of marijuana.

After widespread criticism in the national media, provincial government along with the police on Wednesday announced the successes of the operation.

In a media briefing held in Pietermaritzburg, KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu, MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu and provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni sat to discuss urgent security and policing matters in the province.

Thu
25
Jun

Ohio 2nd ballot issue may derail marijuana

Aims to prevent use the state constitution to sanction monopolies

COLUMBUS —The Ohio House voted 81-12 on Wednesday to put a question before voters that could undercut a marijuana-legalization measure that will appear on the same Nov. 3 ballot.

The lawmakers’ ballot proposal is aimed at derailing the marijuana-legalization proposal, along with other future attempts to use the state constitution to sanction monopolies.

“The people’s constitution should never, ever be a shopping center for market opportunities,” said Rep. Mike Curtin (D., Columbus), one of the resolution’s chief sponsors. “It is no exaggeration to call this a grave threat to our state constitution.”

Thu
25
Jun

Plymouth cannabis user says the drug helps him deal with pain

A Plymouth man who regularly uses cannabis has spoken out about why he believes the drug should be decriminalised. SAM BLACKLEDGE reports.

DARYL Sullivan works as an assistant manager of a mail order company, and in his spare time does some freelance writing and runs a website.

Daryl also smokes cannabis every day and is chairman of the Devon Cannabis Club – but he does not see his habit as a problem, and is ready to debunk some misconceptions.

“Contrary to popular belief I do not spend my life constantly stoned,” the 25-year-old says.

“I am a functioning member of society with a full-time job.

“I am not a criminal or a scourge on society as some would have you believe.

Thu
25
Jun

The case against Colorado's pot law

By Zachary Bolitho

As surely as presidential candidates promise to change Washington, nominees for attorney general pledge to uphold the law, not personal policy preferences. Loretta Lynch, now the 83rd attorney general of the United States, was no different when she made her case to Congress in January. Trying to distinguish herself from her lightning rod of a predecessor, Eric H. Holder Jr., she said the law would be her "lodestar."

In the Supreme Court case Nebraska and Oklahoma vs. Colorado, Lynch has an early opportunity to prove that her statement was more than a confirmation hearing cliche.

Thu
25
Jun

Australia: Ex-police officer Amanda Boughen jailed for hiding boyfriend’s $40M cannabis crops

A former South Australian police officer will spend at least nine months behind bars after she was found guilty of concealing her boyfriend's $40 million drug syndicate and allowing him to grow cannabis in her apartment.

Senior constable Amanda Boughen, 41, created a fake tenant for her investment property so her boyfriend could use the property in the hills north of Adelaide to grow cannabis.

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