Africa

Mon
15
Feb

Reeferegulatory challenge

A growing number of countries are deciding to ditch prohibition. What comes next?

IN AN anonymous-looking building a few minutes’ drive from Denver International Airport, a bald chemotherapy patient and a pair of giggling tourists eye the stock on display. Reeking packets of mossy green buds—Girl Scout Cookies, KoolAid Kush, Power Cheese—sit alongside cabinets of chocolates and chilled drinks. In a warehouse behind the shop pointy-leaved plants bask in the artificial light of two-storey growing rooms. Sally Vander Veer, the president of Medicine Man, which runs this dispensary, reckons the inventory is worth about $4m.

Mon
15
Feb

Egyptian kiosks: an interconnected drug network of police, users, and kiosk operators

Kiosks, in greater Cairo and other Egyptian governorates, have become a social focal point for young men and teenagers

There is a tacit awareness that kiosks serve as the hub around which Cairo’s drug trade turns; police officers and the kiosk workers under their direction pulled into orbit with the drug users.

A senior student at the Police Academy, who has asked to remain anonymous, explained to Daily News Egypt that those who work at kiosks are forced to work as informants and to share the profit generated from Egypt’s drug trade to be able to operate their business safely.

Thu
11
Feb

Kenya: Two arrested in possesion of bhang worth Sh4.9 million

Two men were arrested on Thursday after the container truck they were in was found with bhang worth Sh4.9 million.

The lorry that was being driven to the country from Uganda was parked outside the KRA customs office.

It was impounded at the Kenya Uganda border at Malaba carrying bhang worth Sh4.9 million.

OCPD Malaba Police station Onesmus Kombe said the arrested the suspects after a tip off by the customs officers.

“Officers at the KRA office tipped us and we promptly opened the lorry only to find 10 sacks stuffed with bhang in the lorry,” he said.

Fri
05
Feb

Tunisia must reform 'draconian' drug laws

Drug law reformers have warned that 'Law 52' is 'destroying lives'

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed Tunisia’s “draconian” drug laws, which have resulted in drug offences accounting for 28 percent of the prison population.

The organisation’s new report condemns the controversial “Law 52,” passed under former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, which stipulates harsh penalties for drug use in the country.

Wed
03
Feb

Tunisia: Widespread Abuses Under Drug Law

A draft law to reduce penalties for drug use would stop short of fixing major human rights concerns in the current law, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Tunisian authorities should revise the law to eliminate all prison sentences for recreational drug use or possession.

Tue
02
Feb

Tunisia: Abuse widespread under the law against drugs

The new bill reduces sentences, but still contains some troubling flaws

(Tunis) - A new drugs bill would reduce penalties for drug use without answering all the concerns raised by human rights with the current law, declared the Human Rights Watch in a report released today. The Tunisian authorities should revise the law to eliminate all prison terms for use or possession of drugs for recreational purposes.

Fri
22
Jan

South Africa: Marijuana activism scores, Big Pharma equalises

In a policy brief published by the Medical Research Council on January 5, the medicinal value of cannabinoids was officially – and historically – recognised in South Africa. Three days later, the president signed into law the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Act of 2015, a piece of legislation that theoretically allows Big Pharma to feed our dagga to us in pill form – or, if we like, through a straw. KEVIN BLOOM reports.

1. For the winners

Wed
20
Jan

Controlled Substance Classifications Vary Widely Around the Globe

Las Vegas—A new paper provides the first compendium of controlled substance classification systems around the world, revealing a broad spectrum of regulations but little consensus as to what works best.

Wed
20
Jan

Cape Town cops raid Rastafarian dagga plantation

Cape Town – Police officers discovered a plot of towering dagga plants between shacks in a Rastafarian informal settlement in Cape Town on Thursday.

The Trio Crimes and Gangs Unit visited the Marcus Garvey community in Philippi on Thursday morning after a tip-off, Western Cape police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said on Friday.

Officers dug up and confiscated the plants - with a total estimated street value of R1.7m - between 05:30 and 10:00. 

Four men and a woman were arrested on charges of illegal cultivation of dagga. The group was due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court later on Friday.

Wed
13
Jan

The Cannabis Chronicles: Marijuana activism scores, Big Pharma equalises

In a policy brief published by the Medical Research Council on January 5, the medicinal value of cannabinoids was officially – and historically – recognised in South Africa. Three days later, the president signed into law the Medicines and Related Substances Amendment Act of 2015, a piece of legislation that theoretically allows Big Pharma to feed our dagga to us in pill form – or, if we like, through a straw. KEVIN BLOOM reports.

 

1. For the winners

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