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  • Largest US seizure of meth

    Australian police have arrested six people after what authorities say was the largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kilograms (3,800 pounds) of the drug were...
  • Largest fentanyl bust ever

    PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the deadly synthetic opioid from a load of Mexican produce heading into...
  • USA - Tennessee bill would charge pregnant women who use illegal drugs

    Lawmakers in Tennessee introduced a bill that would charge women with assault if found to have used illegal drugs while pregnant and if the baby was born addicted or harmed by the drug use. The bill, known as HB1168 and SB658, was filed by state...
  1. USA - Tennessee bill would charge pregnant women who use illegal drugs

    Lawmakers in Tennessee introduced a bill that would charge women with assault if found to have used illegal drugs while pregnant and if the baby was born addicted or harmed by the drug use. The bill, known as HB1168 and SB658, was filed by state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Tenn.) and state Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tenn.), a local CBS station reported Tuesday. Under the legislation, a woman could be prosecuted for assault if she is found guilty of using an illegal narcotic drug during her...
  2. Largest US seizure of meth

    Australian police have arrested six people after what authorities say was the largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kilograms (3,800 pounds) of the drug were seized in mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin. The drugs were hidden in metal boxes and falsely labelled as loudspeakers. It was also the largest haul of meth, or ice, intercepted...
  3. Largest fentanyl bust ever

    PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the deadly synthetic opioid from a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona. PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the deadly synthetic opioid from a load of Mexican produce heading into...
  4. China sentences Canadian man to death for drug smuggling

    A court in China has sentenced a Canadian to death for drug smuggling in a ruling which will worsen a diplomatic row between the two countries. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg told the court in Dalian: "I am not a drug smuggler". Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was originally given a 15-year jail term in 2018 but after an appeal the court said the sentence was too lenient. Monday's ruling comes weeks after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, a top official at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, on a request from...
  5. Scotland - New law will bring "zero tolerance" approach to drug driving

    New laws to introduce a "zero tolerance" approach to drug driving are being proposed by the Scottish government. Ministers want to make it easier for the police to target people driving with illegal drugs, such as cannabis and cocaine, in their bloodstream. The plan would do away with the existing need to prove someone was driving in an impaired manner as a result of taking drugs. The crackdown will begin in October. Currently in Scotland it is illegal to drive if impaired by drugs -...
  6. Operation Ark: Inside New Zealand’s $50m designer drug ring

    The New Zealand Police Operation Ark was the first major case against the importation of Class C analogues and led to the conviction of several people including Christopher Chase. / Mike Scott It was the year of the brutal murder of a Saudi journalist, the eruption of Kilauea in Hawaii and the election of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in the US. This summer we look back at the big stories of the year around the world and closer to home. This story was first published in May. More...
  7. Lawmakers Just Introduced The CARERS Act to Protect Medical Marijuana

    Does the CARERS Act have a fighting chance? A.J. Herrington January 4, 2019 Lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday that would protect medical marijuana users in states with legal pot. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, and Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young are the sponsors of the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act. If passed, the CARERS Act would amend federal law to allow states to set their own...
  8. Thailand approves Medicinal Cannabis, also valid for Kratom

    Thailand's parliament has voted to approve cannabis for medical use, with a key lawmaker calling it a "New Year's gift" to the Thai people. Recreational use will remain illegal. Marijuana was used in Thailand as a traditional medicine, until it was banned in the 1930s. South East Asia has some of the world's toughest penalties for drug usage or possession, and Thailand is the first in the region to allow medicinal marijuana. Thailand's junta-appointed parliament voted to amend the...
  9. Luxembourg releases recreational marijuana proposal for ‘residents only’

    Luxembourg’s plan to legalize recreational marijuana may be a milestone for the European Union, but business opportunities will be limited by a provision that would allow sales only to the country’s “adult residents.” The new government “isn’t considering transforming Luxembourg into a cannabis tourism destination,” a source in the Luxembourg Socialist Workers Party – one of the coalition members – told Marijuana Business Daily on condition of anonymity. Luxembourg is home to only 600,000...
  10. South Africa's highest court legalises cannabis use

    The ruling is a victory for pro-marijuana activists South Africa's highest court has legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted "Weed are free now" when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalised the growing of marijuana for private consumption. South Africa's government had opposed its legalisation, arguing the drug was "harmful" to people's health. It...
  11. Luxembourg releases recreational marijuana proposal for ‘residents only’

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  12. Thailand legalizes medical Kratom and Cannabis

    The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Friday unanimously accepted for scrutiny an amendment bill to legalize production, import and export of cannabis and kratom for medical purposes. The NLA met to consider the bill to amend the Narcotics Act, proposed by a group of 44 NLA members led by Somchai Swangkarn, in the first reading. The bill outlines the uses of Category 5 drugs, which include cannabis and kratom, for use in treatment, in a similar way to the Category 2 drug opium, Mr...
  13. Jail Ordered to Give Inmate Methadone for Opioid Addiction in Far-Reaching Ruling

    An inmate took his methadone treatment at the New Haven Correctional Center in Connecticut last year. Most jails and prisons around the country do not give inmates access to methadone BOSTON — In a ruling that could have tremendous consequences for the country’s correctional system, a federal judge said this week that a Massachusetts man facing a jail sentence could not be denied access to treatment for his opioid addiction. Judge Denise J. Casper of the United States District Court in...
  14. Could Oregon Legalize Magic Mushrooms, Too?

    Fun fact: Although I write nearly exclusively about cannabis, I enjoy otherthings which sprout from the ground and can bring joy to those who partake (or abject terror—the mind is a tricky thing sometimes). Things such as kale, or, I don't know, psilocybin, AKA magic mushrooms. The biggest issue with psilocybin is that it's illegal, and there's currently no licensed, regulated, taxed recreational adult-use magic mushroom program in Oregon, and although some fascinating studies show their...
  15. A Georgia nightmare: This woman was jailed for 4 months for possessing cotton candy

    A Georgia woman has filed a federal lawsuit after she spent nearly four months in jail because a roadside drug test administered by untrained police officers falsely identified a bag of cotton candy as methamphetamine. Monroe County resident Dasha Fincher filed the lawsuit last week against Monroe County, the two deputies who arrested her, and the company that makes the drug test. The lawsuit argues that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was reckless and negligent and violated her civil...
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