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The Fresno City Council has deemed it illegal to grow marijuana both indoors or outdoors. This despite emotional appeals from medical marijuana users at city hall.
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It will be interesting to see what Colorado's experiment in drug policy brings. But let's keep the experiment there, not in our homes.
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Study finds crime network made billions of euros from drug trafficking, illegal rubbish disposal and other activities. The study by the Demoskopika research institute detailed the international crime syndicate's sources of revenue, including drug trafficking – which brought in an estimated €24.2bn – and illegal garbage disposal, which earned it €19.6bn.
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The release of Rafael Caro-Quintero from a Mexican prison in August 2013 was a blow to U.S.-Mexico relations, the reputation of the Mexican justice system, and the drug war. Caro-Quintero had been imprisoned since 1989 for drug trafficking, murder, and perhaps most importantly the abduction, torture and killing of Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, an agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). When Caro-Quintero was freed in August 2013—a federal court overturned his sentence because he had been tried in a state court rather than a federal one—the U.S. State Department offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest, while the Mexican Attorney General's Office also issued a new warrant for his apprehension.
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If we care about our children's futures the pro drug lobby's campaign to dismantle the international drug control system must be resisted. The fact is that drug use (legal or illegal) is a risk factor for a wide range of negative outcomes including mental and other illnesses, school dropout and academic failure, road accidents, unemployment, low life-satisfaction and relationship difficulties. Drug use is intertwined with many social and health issues. It exacerbates all other problems.
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When The Baltimore Sun ran an editorial about the Maryland mall shooter, who killed two people and then himself, the newspaper said that mental health problems need to be identified sooner. But it failed to breathe a word about killer Darion Aguilar's admitted marijuana use. Dr. Christine Miller, a semi-retired molecular neuroscientist living in Maryland, was not too surprised by the omission. She says the liberal media tend to ignore the relationship between marijuana and mental illness.
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The state agency overseeing Colorado's historic experiment in marijuana legalization is adding enforcement agents, data analysis and undercover operatives — steps officials say will help them better hold businesses accountable.
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The House stood strongly against legalizing marijuana this afternoon, 192-140. The 52 vote margin represents a major change since the House narrowly passed the bill in January and sent it to the Ways and Means Committee.
Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, had promised to veto any bill legalizing marijuana.
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Nearly one million Finns are facing risks of poverty or marginalization, showed a survey carried out by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE on Tuesday. The reasons behind increasing poverty and marginalization were particularly attributed by the respondents to unemployment, followed by mental problems and substance abuse.
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An approach based on network theory reveals the pattern of links between Mafia-controlled firms involved in organized crime and the rest of the economy.
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