Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century

Posted on April 11th, 2010 by looselucy and tagged , .

Next week, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) will bring a host of psychedelic scientists and visionary artists together in San Jose, California for the largest conference of its kind in the U.S. in 17 years.

Indonesia: prisoner serves three years for typographical error

Posted on April 10th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

South East AsiaA Thai man was released from an Indonesian prison this week after spending an extra three years behind bars due to a typographical error in his paperwork. Kamjai Khong Thavorn, 53, was to be released in 2007 after completing a 20-year term for heroin possession, but the typo wrongly recorded his sentence as starting in 1997 rather than 1987.

Decrim in Mexico; recrim in Colombia

Posted on April 4th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

2009 saw both a significant advance and retreat for a humane drug policy in Washington's two closest Drug War allies in Latin America. First in August—in a move that made few stateside headlines, and registered not a peep of protest from the Obama administration—Mexico's conservative President Felipe Calderón signed into law a bill decriminalizing "personal quantities" of all drugs.

Mexico: army kills two students in "drug war"

Posted on April 1st, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , .

MexicoAs of March 26 sources in the Mexican military had admitted that it was probably soldiers who killed two graduate students the early morning of March 20 in front of the prestigious Institute of Technology and Higher Education's Monterrey campus (ITESM) in the northern state of Nuevo León.

Progress and backlash as states embrace medicinal cannabis

Posted on March 26th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , , .

cannabisA wave of marijuana law reform is sweeping the US, with initiatives to legalize medicinal use in the forefront, and the traditionally staid East Coast starting to catch up with western states. A medical marijuana bill is gaining ground in New York's state legislature, with lawmakers touting the additional revenues it could bring from licensing fees for growers and dispensers. (WXXI, Rochester, March 23)

Wachovia to pay $160 million in money laundering case

Posted on March 26th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

Planet WatchWachovia Corp. on March 18 agreed to pay $160 million to settle federal charges that it failed to establish an adequate anti-money laundering program. The case stems from investigations into transactions with Mexican exchange houses—or casas de cambio (CDCs)—between 2004 and 2007.

Senate Judiciary Committee approves bill on cocaine sentencing disparities

Posted on March 26th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

cocaineThe US Senate Judiciary Committee on March 11 unanimously approved a bill to reduce sentencing disparities for powder and crack cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act, introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), is intended to bridge the gap between crack and powder cocaine sentencing by amending the Controlled Substances Act and the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act.

Mass cannabis trial in Morocco

Posted on March 26th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

North AfricaNearly 90 people, including many members of the security forces, were sentenced in Morocco to prison terms for cannabis trafficking on March 5. The court in Casablanca handed down sentences of between three months and 10 years to most of the 87 defendants, who included 55 members of the navy, police, army and auxiliary forces. Four of the defendants were acquitted. The network, which was dismantled in a series of busts in January 2009, operated in the northern Nador region and exported more than 30 tons of hashish to Europe over several years. (Middle East  Online, March 5)

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