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British Columbia high court deals blow to mandatory minimums

Posted on December 29th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

CanadaThe Appeal Court of British Columbia, the province's highest, on Dec. 28 upheld a lower court ruling that the minimum two-year prison term for marijuana possession "for purpose of trafficking" under Canada's Controlled Drugs & Substances Act is unconstitutional. Justice Sunni Stromberg-Stein dismissed the Crown's appeal of a 10-month sentence imposed when Phillip Francis McGee pleaded guilty after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided his home in Surrey.

Afghanistan: NATO claims crackdown on Taliban hashish

Posted on December 27th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

AfghanistanWith Afghanistan's opium output now breaking all previous records, it seems that hashish continues to remain an important sideline for the country's warring factions—and to hear the US tell it, it's the ultra-puritanical Taliban that are responsible for it. A Dec. 18 press release from NATO Special Operations Command boasts of the& seizure of 34 tons of "raw hashish" (presumably meaning herbaceous cannabis) and 300 kilograms of "processed hashish" in a raid carried out jointly with the National Interdiction Unit of the Afghan police force.

California on crash-course with feds over legalization

Posted on December 27th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

CaliforniaAs California legalizes cannabis on Jan. 1, it will be opening the door to multiple conflicts with the federal government. How state and federal authorities manage to negotiate the overlapping jurisdictions with now completely contradictory policies will be interesting to watch. In one obvious example, the Associated Press notes that state legalization won't stop federal agents from seizing even in small quantities at checkpoints they maintain on the Golden State's busy freeways.

Copenhagen caper exposes Danish cannabis crackdown —even as legal cultivation advances

Posted on December 27th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , .

cannabisMedia accounts mostly played it for laughs when a confused pot dealer cluelessly got into a police car outside Copenhagen's famous squatter community of Christiania on Dec. 21, apparently thinking it was a taxi-cab. The cops searched him and found 1,000 pre-rolled joints.

Narco-violence makes 2017 deadliest year in Mexico's modern history

Posted on December 26th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

MexicoOfficial figures reveal that narco-violence has made 2017 the deadliest year in Mexico's modern history. The grim total has now surpassed that of 2011, when the militarized drug war of then-President Felipe Calderón led to 22,409 homicides. A total of 23,101 homicide investigations were opened in the first 11 months of 2017, according to figures published Dec. 22 by the Governance Ministry, which has been tracking the yearly kill count back to 1997.

Veteran cannabis activist Dana Beal busted —yet again

Posted on December 19th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , , , .

Dana BealDana Beal, a longtime fixture in New York City's cannabis activist scene, is once again back in the slammer. In this new misadventure Dec. 16, Beal was popped by sheriff's deputies in Northern California's Trinity County. He was reportedly pulled over near the town of Hayfork, and is currently being held in the jail at county seat Weaverville.

Public death sentences kick off China anti-drug campaign

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

ChinaIn a lugubrious public spectacle, a Chinese court sentenced 10 people to death before a crowd of thousands at a stadium in the southern city of Lufeng Dec. 15. Of course, most were convicted of drug-related crimes, According to a harrowing report in South China Morning Post, they were summarily tried on the spot, and immediately taken away for execution. The grim ceremony kicked off a new anti-drug campaign in the People's Republic of China.

Chicago federal hearing probes racial bias in ATF drug raids

Posted on December 16th, 2017 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

ChicagoUnprecedented hearings before a panel of nine federal judges at the Dirksen US Courthouse in Chicago opened Dec. 14, charged with determining whether there was a pattern of racial bias in sting operations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) dating back to the 1990s. The hearings were called to resolve a dozen separate cases involving more than 40 defendants. An overflow courtroom was set up to handle the crowd, Chicago Tribune reports.

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