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Cannabis Day Organizers Respond To Aggressive Police Crackdown at Vancouver Art Gallery

Cannabis Day at the Vancouver Art Gallery – for the past 19 years – has been a peaceful protest against marijuana prohibition and a real-life demonstration of a positive alternative to our destructive pot laws.

That peace was fractured yesterday when Vancouver police and city officials arrived in large numbers, acted aggressively to the small crowd and eventually waged a brutal takedown and arrest of several non-violent marijuana activists.

In the past, pot activists, police, and City of Vancouver officials worked together, meeting several times a year to discuss strategy and make the popular rally and cannabis farmers market a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

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05
Jul

How America's War On Drugs Unintentionally Aids Mexican Drug Cartels

As the United States government and vigilante groups continue to fight Mexican drug cartels with little direction, experts say there are unintentional consequences from the current war on drugs.

Sanho Tree, the director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, explained to HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill on Tuesday that the U.S. government's drug war has been "an exercise in futility." The prohibition of these drugs, Tree said, has only increased their value.

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05
Jul

'Sophisticated' marijuana grow-op uncovered by Sask. RCMP

LEADER, Sask. – Hundreds of marijuana plants were uncovered by RCMP at a grow-op on the weekend in southwest Saskatchewan. On Friday evening, officers initially conducted a traffic stop in the town of Richmound, Sask.

RCMP arrested a man and woman and seized a significant amount of marijuana from the vehicle.

As a result of the traffic stop, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Richmound early Saturday morning. A “large and sophisticated” marijuana grow operation was located inside.

Approximately 433 plants were seized. RCMP say the street value of the marijuana exceeds $430,000.

As a result of the investigation, three people were charged with offences including production and possession for the purpose of trafficking in cannabis marijuana.

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05
Jul

RCMP seize $430K worth of marijuana near Maple Creek

REGINA — The RCMP has uncovered a large marijuana grow-op in a small community in southeast Saskatchewan.

A total of 433 pot plants were found over the weekend inside a residence in the village of Richmound, located about 450 kilometres west of Regina. According to an RCMP news release, the plants had a street value of more than $430,000 — a sizable cash crop for an agricultural area, about 80 kilometres north of Maple Creek near the Alberta border.

RCMP said the investigation was prompted by a traffic stop in Richmound on Friday by members of the Leader detachment. What was described in the release as “a significant amount” of marijuana was seized from the vehicle. An adult male and female were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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05
Jul

Kenya: Shock As MP Seeks To Have Marijuana Legalized

A member of parliament has stunned Kenyans after he proposed that Marijuana, famously known among many Kenyans as bhang or weed, be legalized in the country.

Kibra MP Ken Okoth says that it is time Kenyans were allowed to abandon the growth of sugarcane and start growing Marijuana.

He added that Marijuana is a very valuable commodity and has a ready market in the USA and believes it will give Kenyans a lot of money than what they grow today do.

“Let us emancipate ourselves from mental slavery & start planting marijuana, legalize it, & tax it. We should replace sugarcane with medical marijuana which has a ready market in the USA”, Okoth said.

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05
Jul

Drug interdictions result in a loss of about $8 billion in revenue for drug traffickers

On June 12, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Vigilant offloaded 3,100 pounds of marijuana seized from a go-fast boat intercepted in the Caribbean Sea.

The story on how Coast Guard personnel seized the marijuana in late May in waters between Panama and the Colombian island of San Andrés emerged last week in Miami federal court records.

According to a criminal complaint filed by a special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the action unfolded May 27 when a go-fast vessel was spotted traveling in international waters about 100 miles south of San Andrés Island, a Colombian possession east of Nicaragua and north of Panama.

Sat
04
Jul

London is now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade

The City of London is the money-laundering centre of the world’s drug trade, according to an internationally acclaimed crime expert.

UK banks and financial services have ignored so-called “know your customer” rules designed to curb criminals’ abilities to launder the proceeds of crime, Roberto Saviano warned. Mr Saviano, author of the international bestseller Gomorrah, which exposed the workings of the Neapolitan crime organisation Camorra, said: “The British treat it as not their problem because there aren’t corpses on the street.”

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04
Jul

400 kg Marijuana Seized in Delhi

New Delhi:  A huge quantity of marijuana worth about Rs 2.5 crore was seized from Palam village early morning on saturday and one person was arrested in this connection, police said.

Two constables of Palam Village police station were patrolling the area near the house of one Balkesh, when they found an autorickshaw. On inspection they found it laden with marijuana that was later found to be 400 kg in quantity, said, DCP (South West) R A Sanjeev said.

While the constables were checking the vehicle, two persons started running away. One of them escaped on a bike and headed towards Bagdola picket. He slipped and fell near the picket and was caught by one of the constables.

Fri
03
Jul

Marijuana activists go looking for Gregor Robertson at Vancouver City Hall

Marijuana activists are upset about the treatment they got from Vancouver police at Cannabis Day on July 1.

There was a scuffle, pepper spraying, and four arrests.

"Many marijuana activists and members of our community were horrified by the actions of the police and want to know why the city would choose to act so combative toward non-violent protesters," Cannabis Day organizer Jeremiah Vandermeer blogged.

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03
Jul

HEALTH: ‘Legalise cannabis,’ says Labour peer GP

Lord Rea: 'There are real reasons why it [cannabis] should be made legal for researchers to concentrate on doing proper, controlled clinical trials to work out what cannabis can do'

 

CANNABIS should be legalised to improve research into its medicinal qualities, a prominent Camden doctor has told the House of Lords.

Lord Nicolas Rea of Eskdale, who worked as a GP at the Kentish Town Health Centre for 25 years, said the country was “crying out” for a change in the law.

The hereditary peer, from Tufnell Park, is an expert in the drug and served on a select committee in the 1990s that looked into its potential to ease muscle spasms and pain.

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