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Wed
06
May

Pakistan seizes 3 tonnes of hashish bound for Middle East, Europe

KARACHI May 6 (Reuters) - Pakistani authorities have seized more than 3 tonnes of hashish bound for the Middle East and Europe on an oil tanker, one of the country's largest hauls of the drug ever, police and coastguard officials said on Wednesday.

The drugs were found late on Tuesday after a tip-off. The tanker had set sail from Karachi and three Pakistani men from the southwestern province of Baluchistan had been arrested for drug trafficking, police said.

"The hashish was kept in secret compartments especially meant for drug smuggling," said police officer Chakar Khan.

Tue
05
May

Moving for Medical Marijuana

Sherise Nipper and her family are going to Colorado.

“My body is tired and there are some days I just feel like I can't get up anymore,” she explains.

The 35-year-old will take part in a 30 day cannabis trial.

“The only reason I can't be healed in Texas is because of politics and to me that's not very fair.”

Seizures have been a part of her life for ten years now after being diagnosed with epilepsy. Despite a cocktail of medications, she still suffers

“In the past 24 hours I've had more than 50 seizures.”

She's taken CBD Oil before which her husband says helped

“ Just in the little bit she's tried it's severely decreased her seizures,” he told FOX 7 reporter Ann Wyatt Little.

Tue
05
May

D.A.R.E. Removes Satire Article After Being Exposed, Board Members Deny Membership

In what continues to be a humorous story that is unfolding before our very eyes, D.A.R.E. removed a satirical article from their website earlier today after TruthVoice exposed the article as satire and pointed out how D.A.R.E. shared it as a factual piece to their readers in an attempt to scare them, or perhaps lie to them about the dangers associated with the use of Marijuana.

Tue
05
May

RCMP concerned plan to cultivate opium poppies will attract criminals

OTTAWA -- The RCMP has voiced concerns to Health Canada about an Alberta company's plans to cultivate opium poppies over fears the medicinal project could attract drug-peddling criminals.

Lethbridge-based API Labs Inc. says it understands the national police force's worries, but insists the risk of criminal involvement can be managed with the proper precautions.

The national police force expressed its reservations about API Labs' activities during a conference call with several other federal agencies -- including Public Safety, the Privy Council Office and Health Canada -- in April last year, an internal RCMP briefing note reveals.

Mon
04
May

Italy: Legalize cannabis you can, says the National Anti-Mafia Directorate

In Italy cannabis it is now as widespread as wine, spirits and cigarettes so we might as well accept it and change strategy. As is fashionable now. Perhaps to allow the State to save a part of human and technological resources that involve increasing costs. And on the other hand (why not?) To check the legality of a product that is distributed by the State and removed from the Mafia, it is estimated that could give an increase in taxes of 7-10 billion euro a year. A maneuver of adjustment that today would solve all the problems with Europe, which looks to our accounts to the last euro.

Mon
04
May

Some Denver City Council candidates open to relaxed marijuana rules

Sixteen months after Colorado launched legal recreational marijuana sales, the center of the burgeoning industry in Denver is asking to extend shops' evening closing hours and revisit the outright ban on public consumption.

And many City Council candidates in Tuesday's election are receptive — including several with a good shot of winning or proceeding to a runoff.

Industry concerns center on competing with pot shops in neighboring cities that have closing hours later than Denver's 7 p.m. cutoff for both recreational and medical stores. Some in the industry also want to provide tourists with safe, legal places to smoke or consume their purchases, since hotels typically don't allow it in rooms.

Mon
04
May

Puerto Rico Governor Decrees Medical Marijuana Legal

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed an executive order on Sunday, May 3, to put an end to the prosecution of medical use of marijuana on the island. A press release issued by the governor’s office explained the decision by citing the use of cannabis for health purposes in other US jurisdictions.

Mon
04
May

Germans mark a milestone in the fight to legalize marijuana

Meanwhile tough new policy orders policemen to detain all users and dealers caught in known drug-dealing park

Imagine this: a young man walks into a coffee shop, shows his ID and ask to buy five grams of cannabis. No one calls the police. Instead, the clerk answers with a smile: "No problem! But before you pay, why don't you follow me to the next room? Let's chat about the possible consequences of drug use." Simple, safe and educational - many see this as the future of drug deals in Germany.

Yet the road to legalization is still paved with obstacles, even in party-loving Berlin.

Mon
04
May

South Africa: Medicinal dagga could be legal in 3 months

Durban - Dagga could become legal for medicinal purposes as early as three months’ time.

IFP MP Narend Singh told The Independent on Saturday that the change in legislation “could be finalised by the end of July, or August”, cautiously adding: “But you never know.”

Last year his fellow party MP, the late Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, made an urgent call for its legalisation for medicinal use. He had been using it for his lung cancer.

His appeal found an ear in the country’s top office.

“I was touched to see the man I’ve known and worked with for more than 20 years in this condition. I’ve asked the minister of health to look into this matter,” President Jacob Zuma said in Parliament.

Mon
04
May

Debate Over Medical Marijuana In Schools Begins At State Capitol

DENVER (CBS4)– State lawmakers began a debate on Friday over whether to allow children to bring medical marijuana to school.

The bill passed out of committee with a unanimous vote. It went to the state House floor for debate on Friday evening. It was given initial approval and needs one more vote before heading to the state Senate.

The bill is designed to help the nearly 500 children who use medical marijuana for debilitating conditions like seizures and muscle spasms. Many of those children have moved to Colorado with their families specifically to have access to medical marijuana.

Those children take a special strain that is low in THC but high in cannabinoids, what is believed to help relieve their symptoms.

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