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We learnt from several press reports that the Caribbean heads of states are now meeting in St Vincent and one of the vexed, contentious and divisive matters on their agenda to be discussed is the legalizing and decriminalizing of the use and sale of marijuana for medicinal and personal purposes in the Caribbean community.
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The number of drug seizures recorded by police has fallen over the past year. The total dropped by 3 per cent to 28,968 in 2012-13, the Scottish Government revealed in official statistics. Seizures and quantities of heroin, a class A drug, fell overall but the haul of cocaine almost trebled in size because of a single 190kg seizure.
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Two drug mules carrying more than €200,000 worth of cannabis and cocaine dumped their haul and spent a day-and-a-half running and walking from Co Kildare to Dublin to avoid pursuing gardai.
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Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) is an all-volunteer Political Action Committee dedicated to defeating any effort to legalize marijuana in California.
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Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 with the expectation that $40 million annually would be raised for public schools construction under the BEST program. Yesterday, we learned that only $195,318 was collected in excise taxes during the first month of recreational marijuana sales, for an annual collection of $2,343,816. Will Colorado voters get what they bargained for? So far, it looks like voters are on the losing end of this deal.
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A man sentenced to 10 years in jail for trying to smuggle more than one kilogram of cocaine inside his body lost his appeal on Wednesday morning. Nigerian DS, 34, was caught after his lethargic appearance, caused by having a large amount of the drug in his body, gave him away to inspectors.
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A member of the Kennedy political dynasty, Patrick Kennedy was a chief sponsor of the seminal 2008 US Mental Health Parity Act, which required most insurance plans to cover the treatment of mental illnesses on an equitable level to physical illnesses. He retired from politics in 2011 with a goal of using his time to help implement it – but saw instead the "elephant in the room": the $100million+ movement to legalise drugs. "The unmentionable elephant in the room is that our countries are living in denial of the addiction and mental illness around this issue, and the harm to children." He was "excited" to meet a like mind in Kevin Sabet and together they founded SAM, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, in January last year. They reveal their motivation.
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California legislators are looking to do away with dabs. The bill SB 1262, introduced by Senator Lou Correa and supported by the California Police Chiefs Association, would make butane hash oil illegal.
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Should we legalize domestic abuse, prostitution, or DUI, since some of our lawmakers and government officials have committed those crimes as well? We all make our mistakes. But, should we admit out faults, and work to improve our own personal behavior so that it conforms with societal standards? Or should we rewrite our laws in order to justify our own personal mistakes? By choosing the latter option, we are simply redefining and weakening the standards of our society so that marijuana users can justify their habit.
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Patrizia Cazzaniga had heard the horror stories about early treatments for hepatitis C – multiple daily pills and weekly shots for up to a year, side effects that could be debilitating, and a cure rate of only about 40 percent. But after a shorter and less intensive treatment with experimental drugs at UT Southwestern Medical Center that ended in October, Cazzaniga is now virus-free three months past treatment. She's thrilled.
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