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    Drug Policy in Macedonia: From Punitive Laws, Towards a Public Health Approach

    Even though Macedonia has decriminalised the possession of drugs for personal use, there remain many anomalies in the related regulations. Read our guest author's insights on what has to be done to make the country's laws serve the best interests of public health.


    Medical marijuana not on Trinidad Govt agenda

    The People’s Partnership Government should be careful not to pursue the same course as Jamaica which recently legalised the use of marijuana for medical purposes, says political analyst Dr Bishnu Ragoonath. 

    He believes such a move will not receive public support.

    In an interview on Tuesday, Ragoonath said the Government would be treading on shaky ground if it pursued a policy to decriminalise marijuana.

    “At this time, the Government has to be wary of societal needs and demands. The Government is preparing to go into a general election and should be careful as to what policies they will bring to the fore at this point in time,” he said.

    He said that drug use had been linked to crime.


    If Marijuana Causes Lots Of Crashes, Why Are They So Hard To Count?

    Last year, during a congressional hearing on the threat posed by stoned drivers, a representative of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was asked how many crash fatalities are caused by marijuana each year. “That’s difficult to say,” replied Jeff Michael, NHTSA’s associate administrator for research and program development. “We don’t have a precise estimate.” The most he was willing to affirm was that the number is “probably not” zero.


    Rastafarian lawyer in the dock over dagga

    A RASTAFARIAN lawyer convicted before on two counts of dagga possession appeared in the Simons Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

    Gareth Prince, 42, his wife Juanita Adams, 40, and daughter Samantha Adams, 19, were arrested at their Glen Cairn home on Wednesday.

    His pro bono lawyer, Naven Pillay, told the court Prince used the substance on a “strictly religious basis”.

    In 2002, the Cape Law Society refused to admit Prince as an attorney because he had two criminal convictions for possession of dagga.

    At the time, Prince said he would not stop smoking what is regarded by Rastafarians as a “holy herb”.

    He later lodged an application with the Constitutional Court for the substance to be legalised.

    But this was rejected.


    30 donkeys, 13 men and 66 bags of dagga

    SAPSPolice spotted a group of men carrying the bags and accompanying 30 donkeys near Sandlwana.

    Durban - In one of the biggest dagga busts in KwaZulu-Natal, police arrested 13 men using 30 donkeys to smuggle dagga worth millions of rand across the mountains from Lesotho into South Africa.

    In a joint raid, mounted units from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the police made the arrests in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.

    In total, 66 bags of dagga with a street value of R3.6 million were seized.

    The 13 men, aged between 25 and 33, were expected to appear in the Bergville Magistrate’s Court on Friday for being in possession of dagga and an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.


    Medical Marijuana Supporters Head to Tallahassee

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Support for cannabis in Florida seems to be burning brighter, and an eclectic group of advocates took to the Capitol today to make sure a possible new law in 2015 doesn't go up in smoke.

    They came from all parts of the state and headed to the 22nd floor of the Capitol, the highest place you can get in Tallahassee. There were the seniors, the veterans, the drug smugglers, and the guy who needs service dogs for his injuries. All in support of medical cannabis.

    Jeff Clemens first filed a marijuana bill four years ago.

    “The people are either supporting family members or their own ability to be able to treat their illnesses the way they see fit,” said Sen. Clemens (D-Lake Worth).


    Scientology-Backed Anti-Drug Program At Work in City Public Schools

    NEW YORK CITY — A Church of Scientology-backed anti-drug program is spreading its message to students in dozens of city public schools, DNAinfo New York has learned.

    The Foundation for a Drug Free World, which was founded in 2006 by the controversial church, visited 30 city public schools last year, providing free anti-drug programs to elementary, middle and high school students in all five boroughs, according to its Facebook page.

    The city's Department of Education denied any partnership with the group and said it did not recommend its services.

    The Foundation's materials claim cocaine use leads to murder and suicide and that heroin use causes spontaneous abortions in women — claims not endorsed or are widely rejected by doctors. 



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