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  1. Legal marijuana cuts violence says US study, as medical-use laws see crime fall

    The introduction of medical marijuana laws has led to a sharp reduction in violent crime in US states that border Mexico, according to new research. According to the study, Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime, when a state on the Mexican border legalized medical use of the drug, violent crime fell by 13% on average. Most of the marijuana consumed in the US originates in Mexico, where seven major cartels control the...
  2. Iran's new drug law may spare thousands from execution

    Playing with his friends in a dusty alley of a remote village somewhere in the central province of Isfahan, Iran, 6-year-old Reza finally had a sparkle in his eyes after years of anguish. This morning, Reza was told that his mother, Mansoureh, who has been in prison on drug crimes for six years and was sentenced to death, might will not be executed after all thanks to a change in a drug law that has softened the punishment for some offenders. Mansoureh and Reza's father, Majid, were...
  3. In Vermont, Lawmakers Lead The Way On Legalizing Recreational Pot

    A total of eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. That left-leaning Vermont is poised to join them is hardly a surprise. But unlike the other states, which all legalized pot through ballot measures, Vermont lawmakers are taking the lead. On Wednesday, the state Legislature became the first in the United States to approve a bill legalizing recreational marijuana. Republican Gov. Phil Scott has indicated he will soon sign the measure into law. The move by lawmakers...
  4. Jeff Sessions Threatens New War On Weed And Both Sides of The Aisle Fire Back

    With his announcement that he is freeing federal prosecutors to go after marijuana operations in states where it is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has excited strong bipartisan opposition, splitting the Republicans, providing a potential opening for Democrats in the 2018 elections, and energizing supporters of just ending marijuana prohibition once and for all. On Thursday, after a year of dilly-dallying, the fervently anti-marijuana Sessions declared that he was rescinding Obama-era...
  5. Jeff Sessions To Crack Down On Legalized Marijuana, Ending Obama-Era Policy

    The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is rescinding an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California. Instead of the previous policy of lenient federal enforcement begun under former attorney general Eric Holder in 2013, Sessions’ new stance will instead let federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal decide...
  6. 79 drug suspects killed by Indonesian officers this year

    Law enforcement officials shot and killed 79 suspected drug dealers this year, said Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency (BNN), as the country cracks down on its drug problem. "We shot 79 even though we arrested 58,000. We have enough ammunition for 58,000, it's just that they still have some good luck," BNN chief Budi Waseso told reporters on Wednesday. "We actually hoped that they would resist, so we could shoot them," he added jokingly. "But most of them immediately surrendered when we...
  7. USA - Pharmaceutical Founder Arrested In Alleged Nationwide Opioid Scheme

    On the same day President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, the co-founder of a prominent opioid medication manufacturer has been arrested on fraud and racketeering charges. John Kapoor, former CEO of Insys Therapeutics, has been charged with conspiring to push the company's signature drug for unacceptable uses through a series of bribes and kickbacks. Subsys, as the drug is known, transmits the extremely powerful narcotic fentanyl in spray form, allowing it to...
  8. 2017: The Year Pot Policy Stood Still as Opioids Ravaged the Nation

    As popular support for legalized marijuana grows, progress on federal drug policy has stagnated. Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Getty Images The first year of Donald Trump's presidency has felt like a hurricane, as the administration worked frantically to unwind rules and regulations on everything from environmental policy to Obamacare. But the nation's burgeoning marijuana industry was able to survive attempts by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to enforce the federal prohibition on...
  9. Australia's biggest ever methamphetamine haul 1200 Kg (2650 pounds)

    Eight men have been charged after a record 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine was seized on a boat intercepted off the West Australian coast near Geraldton. Police estimate the drugs seized in the operation have a street value of $1.04 billion. It is the largest meth bust in Australian history, topping a 903-kilogram seizure in Melbourne earlier this year. The Australian Federal Police and its WA Joint Organised Crime Task Force were monitoring the boat, Valkoista, when it arrived at the port of...
  10. This Country Could Soon Legalize Cannabis And Opium

    Cannabis legalization has ramped up in recent years, and it’s not only in the U.S. Uruguay recently became the first country to fully legalize marijuana, and Canada is set to do the same this July. However, there could be another prominent country with something big in the works when it comes to pot legalization. Yes, India is set to discuss the potential legalization and regulation of both cannabis and opium. A Progressive Outlook Member of Parliament, Dharamvir Gandhi, has proposed a...
  11. UK - Police shouldn't stop and search people just because they can smell cannabis, says report

    'The smell of cannabis on its own, with no other contributory factors, will not normally justify a search,' official report states Police officers have been urged by officials not to search people for drugs just because they can smell cannabis. A report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMICFRS) found the practice did not increase the likelihood of a conviction, and should not be grounds to stop a suspect in and of itself. Although there has been no law change, the report makes clear...
  12. After Marijuana, Are Magic Mushrooms Next To Be Decriminalised In California?

    As California prepares for the legalisation of recreational marijuana in 2018, one man is pushing for the state to become the first to decriminalise magic mushrooms. Kevin Saunders, a mayoral candidate for the city of Marina, just south of the San Francisco Bay, has filed a proposal that would exempt adults over the age of 21 from any penalties over possessing, growing, selling or transporting psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms. If he can get 365,880 voter signatures by the end of April...
  13. A Tennessee Judge's Outrageous Abuse of the Drug Court System

    A Tennessee judge has taken the questionable logic of drug courts to a ridiculous and punitive extreme by jailing drug court participants for having smoked cigarettes. That's right, Hamilton County Drug Court Judge Tom Greenholtz has taken it upon himself to punish people under his supervision for using a legal substance because he thinks doing so will give them a "better chance at life." Earlier this month, he jailed a handful of drug court participants who came up positive for nicotine...
  14. In These States, Past Marijuana Crimes Can Go Away

    When Californians voted to legalize marijuana last year, they also voted to let people petition courts to reduce or hide convictions for past marijuana crimes. State residents can now petition courts to change some felonies to misdemeanors, change some misdemeanors to infractions, and wipe away convictions for possessing or growing small amounts of the drug. “We call it reparative justice: repairing the harms caused by the war on drugs,” says Eunisses Hernandez of the Drug Policy Alliance,...
  15. New Orleans man locked up nearly 8 years awaiting trial, then drug case gets tossed

    When Kevin Smith was jailed on a drug charge in New Orleans in 2010, Blockbuster was still renting DVDs and President Barack Obama was still trying to pass his signature health care bill. Smith’s case never went to a jury. On Monday, 2,832 days after he was locked up, Criminal District Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier ordered Smith’s release, bowing to an appeals court ruling that prosecutors had violated his right to a speedy trial. Her decision represents an extreme example of how...
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