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INTERNATIONAL: Today's Paper - The New York Times

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INTERNATIONAL: Today's Paper - The New York Times

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Legal marijuana off to blazing start in California - Capital FM Kenya

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 22:58

Capital FM Kenya

Legal marijuana off to blazing start in California
Capital FM Kenya
Californians can get up to 28.5 grams (one ounce) of cannabis without a prescription and grow up to six plants per residence. The waiting room is filled with men and women of all ages, many regulars who live in this desert region, some two hours east ...

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California's cannabis freedom comes with rules - KTVU San Francisco

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 18:32

KTVU San Francisco

California's cannabis freedom comes with rules
KTVU San Francisco
Taking cannabis anywhere where it might be subject to Federal screening, such as at an airport or border checkpoint, could result in substantial legal liability. Only those over age 21, can legally grow no more than six marijuana plants at home. "Not ...
Crowds gather at 6 am to celebrate first sales of recreational cannabis in BerkeleyBerkeleyside
$4B Brave New World: Updates on the launch of California's recreational marijuana marketMarijuana Business Daily

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Houston men arrested in Illinois for allegedly trafficking 1000 pounds of marijuana - Chron.com

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 15:30

Chron.com

Houston men arrested in Illinois for allegedly trafficking 1000 pounds of marijuana
Chron.com
Muhammad Usama, 21, and Syed Ahmad, 43, were in an RV near a Loves Travel Stop in South Jacksonville around 10 a.m. when a drug dog detected something, according to a news release from the sheriff's office in Morgan County, Illinois. The driver gave ...
Drug bust nets marijuana worth millionsWAND
Authorities find half a ton of marijuana, worth almost $5 million, in RVJacksonville Journal Courier

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Californians line up to legally buy recreational pot - CNN

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 14:00

CNN

Californians line up to legally buy recreational pot
CNN
(CNN) California began selling recreational marijuana Monday in what's seen as a milestone in the mainstreaming of the weed, and hundreds lined up to buy it. Lines formed outside stores licensed to sell the drug long before opening hours, and store ...
Customers queue as California allows sales of recreational marijuanaTelegraph.co.uk
California rings in new year with broad legalization of marijuanaThe Guardian
California legalises recreational cannabiseuronews
CBC.ca -The Independent -The Globe and Mail
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From Bloody Drug War to Legal Pot: 10 Global Drug Policy Highlights (and Lowlights) of 2017

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Click here for reuse options! Drug reform advances unevenly on the world stage, and sometimes, it regresses.

1. In the Philippines, Duterte's Bloody Drug War Rages On

Undeterred by international criticism, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte continued his murderous war on small-time drug users and sellers throughout 2017, with Human Rights Watch estimating that some 12,000 people, almost all of them poor, have been killed since June 2016. Poor neighborhoods have also been subjected to warrantless searches and door-to-door drug testing, and thousands more people have been imprisoned in insalubrious conditions.

2. Indonesia Starts Going Down Duterte's Path

Indonesian President Joko Widodo must have liked what he was seeing one archipelago over, because in July, he started sounding like his Filipino counterpart. To fight the country's "narcotic emergency," he said, police should "gun down" foreigners suspected of drug trafficking if they "resist arrest." At year's end, the National Narcotics agency proudly reported it had killed 79 people in drug raids during 2017, and arrested more than half a million, of whom 1,523 were declared rehabilitated after drug treatment. In 2016, Widodo had ordered that 100,000 people receive drug treatment, but there don't seem to be any resources for that.

3. Norway Moves to Decriminalize All Drug Use

In December, the Norwegian parliament sent a strong signal that it wants to decriminalize drug use and possession, voting to direct the government to begin making changes in the laws. Legislation that would actually enact the changes has yet to be drafted, but Norway is on the way.

4. Uruguay Legal Marijuana Sales Begin

It took more than three years after the country legalized marijuana before it happened, but it happened this year: Pharmacies began selling marijuana direct to customers in July, making Uruguay the first country in the world to permit the legal production and sale of marijuana.

5. Nevada Becomes Fifth U.S. State to Allow Legal Marijuana Sales, More Coming Online Soon

Uruguay may be the first country to legalize marijuana, but now, eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia have done it, and the first four—Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—all allow recreational marijuana sales. Four states legalized it in November 2016, but only Nevada got legal sales up and running in 2017. But watch out, a tidal wave is coming: Legal sales begin in California, with its population of nearly 40 million, on January 1. Oh, and Maine and Massachusetts will begin legal sales sometime in 2018.

6. Mexico Drug War Mayhem at Record Levels

Eleven years after President Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug cartels and sent in the military, things are worse than ever. According to government crime statistics, 2017 was the bloodiest year yet with more than 27,000 murders as splintering drug trafficking organizations fight a multi-sided war among themselves and against the police and military (when the police and military aren't acting on behalf of cartel factions). The year brought other grim milestones as well: More than 200,000 dead, an estimated 30,000 missing, more than 850 clandestine graves uncovered. All to keep Americans well supplied with the drugs we love to hate—or hate to love.

7. Iran Moves to Drastically Reduce Drug Executions

The Islamic Republic has long been one of the world's leading executioners of drug offenders, but that could be about to change. In August, the Iranian parliament approved an amendment that significantly raises the bar for mandatory executions for certain drug offenses. The amendment dramatically increases the quantities of drugs needed to trigger a sentence of death or life in prison and should result in hundreds of people being spared execution each year. But it's not a done deal yet: It still must be approved by the Guardian Council, a body of 12 Islamic jurists, to ensure it complies with the Iranian constitution and their interpretation of sharia law.

8. U.S. Heightens Afghan Drug War, First Round of Bombing Campaign Kills Dozens

In August, President Trump authorized new rules of engagement for American forces in Afghanistan, allowing them to target the Taliban directly with air strikes. Previously, air strikes had been allowed only in support of Afghan troop operations or to protect U.S. or NATO troops under attack. In November, US military commanders made the first use of that authority by bombing ten Taliban-controlled opium production facilities in Helmand province, leaving a toll of at least 44 dead. The aim is to disrupt Taliban funding, but it looks like there's plenty more work to do: The Pentagon says the Taliban have another 400 to 500 heroin labs. And with bumper opium crops in 2017, they have plenty of work to do, too.

9. Colombia's Bumper Coca Harvests Prompt U.S. Pressure to Resume Aerial Eradication

Colombia just came off a bumper year for coca and cocaine production, but that's largely an artifact of the peace settlement between FARC and the government, which offered assistance to coca growers wishing to transition to other crops, thus encouraging farmers to grow coca so they could qualify for the program. But such nuances matter little to the Trump administration, which is pressuring the Colombian government to reinstate the aerial fumigation of coca crops with potentially carcinogenic herbicides.

10. In Sanctions-Busting Move, North Korea Ups Meth Production

The regime in Pyongyang has long been accused of resorting to drug trafficking to help finance its oft-sanctioned military activities, and it looks like it's up to its old tricks. In August came reports that state-affiliated companies and universities were "ramping up" the production of methamphetamine as a means of obtaining desperately needed foreign currency. With more sanctions, expect more North Korean meth.

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Drug dealers posting huge consignments of cannabis around the UK to evade checks, police warn - The Independent

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 11:08

The Independent

Drug dealers posting huge consignments of cannabis around the UK to evade checks, police warn
The Independent
Drug dealers are increasingly using the post to send large consignments of cannabis around the UK in efforts to evade checks at ports, police have warned. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Border Force officials have recently ...
Brazen drug dealers sending cannabis by post, detective warnsIndependent.ie

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Humbolt County gets the green light: How business is changing as ... - CNBC

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 08:25

CNBC

Humbolt County gets the green light: How business is changing as ...
CNBC
The historic epicenter of the marijuana industry and of America's pot culture in general is remote Humboldt County, California.

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High time: introducing the Guardian's new cannabis column for grownups - The Guardian

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 03:00

The Guardian

High time: introducing the Guardian's new cannabis column for grownups
The Guardian
Among other things, cannabis can be fun, and in some patients it relieves certain kinds of suffering. In the US, legalization is an important victory for criminal justice reform, and racist “war on drugs” tactics which continue to ruin many lives. For ...

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Mike Tyson Starting Marijuana Empire, Breaks Ground On 'Tyson ... - The Blast

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 02:12

The Blast

Mike Tyson Starting Marijuana Empire, Breaks Ground On 'Tyson ...
The Blast
Mike Tyson is starting 2018 on a high note by leading the charge on a cannabis resort that aims at not only producing high quality strains of bud, but also implementing cutting-edge technology to advance the research on marijuana health benefits.
Mike Tyson ranch: Boxing legend's marijuana revolutionNEWS.com.au
Former US heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to cash in on California marijuana legislation with cannabis farmWide World of Sports
Mike Tyson Starts Marijuana Empire With 'Tyson Ranch'PopCulture.com

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California Turns Over a New Leaf as Legalization of Marijuana Takes Effect - TIME

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:53

TIME

California Turns Over a New Leaf as Legalization of Marijuana Takes Effect
TIME
Jamie Garzot, founder of the 530 Cannabis shop in Northern California's Shasta Lake, said she's concerned that when the current crop dries up, there will be a shortage of marijuana that meets state regulations. Her outlet happens to be close to some of ...

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Should US marijuana laws address past drug convictions? - Aljazeera.com

Google - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:51

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Should US marijuana laws address past drug convictions?
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Smith, now 28, said he was with a friend on the property in the town of Chico, about 145km north of Sacramento, when two vehicles pulled up. Federal law enforcement agents approached the pair and told them to get on the ground. Smith was arrested and ...

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OR: Pot of gold? Marijuana now legal in California

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:23
wnd.com Pot of gold? WEED THE PEOPLE Pot of gold? The day has been long anticipated by cannabis advocates who pushed for voters to pass Proposition 64 in November 2016, largely decriminalizing marijuana and allowing b starting Monday b for the commercial sale of products to adu... (Mon Jan 01 22:23:57 2018 PST)
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OR: Warm Springs Tribe Hopes Its Cannabis Company Brings Jobs, Not a Federal Crackdown - Willamette Week

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:23
wweek.com (US) Not a Federal Crackdown The very tribe Devontre Thomas is a member of is poised to enter the marijuana business. marijuana-possession case The very tribe he is a member of is poised to become one of the first in the nation to successfully dive into the legal cannabis business. (Mon Jan 01 22:23:07 2018 PST)
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OR: Deal With It - Willamette Week

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:23
wweek.com (US) Will sell the pot to high-school and college students across Portland. Austin was 8 years old the first time he smoked weed. Austin is the worst nightmare of Oregon's new overseers of legal weed. Their top priorities were eliminating the black market and ensuring that teenagers don't use drugs. (Mon Jan 01 22:23:07 2018 PST)
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OR: Devontre Thomas is 19. He Could Face a Year in Prison. For a Gram of Marijuana. - Willamette Week

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:23
wweek.com (US) It's the first time in at least three years that the feds are prosecuting a weed crime in Oregon. "There's absolutely racial disparity in how these cases are charged. (Mon Jan 01 22:23:07 2018 PST)
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OR: There Are Now 12 Confirmed Cases of Chipotle E. Coli - Willamette Week

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:23
wweek.com (US) Things to Know Before You Buy Recreational Cannabis Oil for Vaping Meeting Over Southeast Portland Homeless Shelter Turns Ugly: b We Have a Meth and Theft Problemb . (Mon Jan 01 22:23:07 2018 PST)
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OR: Willamette Week -- Portland News, Movies, Music, Restaurants, Arts - Willamette Week

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:23
wweek.com (US) The Potlander 2017 "legal-weed" New Copper Penny Owners Seek to Open a Marijuana Dispensary in Lents But the family that ran the East Portland nightclub for four decades is planning to sell another libation in Lents: cannabis. (Mon Jan 01 22:23:07 2018 PST)
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OR: 3 Things to Know Before You Buy Recreational Cannabis Oil for Vaping - Willamette Week

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:23
wweek.com (US) There are some factors to consider. Smoking only extracted THC is not ideal. (Mon Jan 01 22:23:07 2018 PST)
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