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Rio de Janeiro: military operation against favelas

Brazilian Military Police backed by Marine troops occupied the massive Maré favela next to Rio de Janeiro's airport in a major clean-up operation ahead of the World Cup.

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Michigan moratorium on grow facilities

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

cannabisThe City Commission in Royal Oak, Mich., unanimously rejected a request Aug. 9 to suspend the city's moratorium on commercial facilities involving medical marijuana, blocking an effort by warehouse owner James Canner to turn his building into what could have become the state's largest cannabis growing facility.

DC medical regs to include discount for poor

Posted on August 8th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

cannabisThe District of Columbia published more than 300 regulations Aug. 6 implementing a medical marijuana law that passed earlier this year and took effect last month. Unlike the laws in the 14 states that have passed medical marijuana measures, the DC law includes a provision requiring cannabis to be provided at a discount to low-income residents.

Cannabis crusader Dennis Peron raided?

Posted on August 7th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

Reports are breaking that Dennis Peron, longtime San Francisco cannabis activist and co-author of California's 1996 medical marijuana initiative,  was raided at his home Aug. 4. Citing posts on Facebook, a report on Examiner.com says that Peron, who was recovering from a stroke, suffered a seizure as city police broke down his door.

Malaysia: death for 30 kilos

Posted on August 7th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

South East AsiaAn "unemployed" man, R. Satia­moorty, 26, found with 29.298 kilograms of cannabis in his rented car near Setapak, Malaysia, was sent to the gallows Aug. 7. Said High Court Justice Azman Abdullah: "There is only one punishment for drug trafficking, which is death... Drugs is public enemy number one." (The Star, Malaysia, Aug. 7)

Pakistan: five get life for hash

Posted on August 6th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

South AsiaThe Control of Narcotics Substance Court in the Pakistani port of Karachi sentenced five men to life imprisonment on Aug. 6. The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) arrested the five in a raid in Mauripur last July, seizing 5,195 kilograms of hashish. Special Judge Imdad Hussain Khoso sentenced all five to life terms and fines of 100,000 rupees.

Senate passes anti-brownie bill

Posted on August 6th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

The US Senate last week approved a bill ostensibly aimed at toughening penalties for those who peddle pot brownies to minors. But the proposed law is actually far more sweeping, and will apply to those who simply bake brownies at home, doubling the penalties for the amount of cannabis involved.

Obama signs bill on cocaine sentencing disparities

Posted on August 6th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

cocaineOn Aug. 3, President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 into law, reforming the notorious "100-to-1" ratio between crack and powder cocaine into a fairer 18-to-1 ratio and repealing a mandatory minimum sentence for simple possession of crack.

Mexico: "narco-grave" yields 51 bodies near Monterrey

Posted on August 5th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

MexicoAfter three days of searching, Nuevo León state police on July 25 uncovered a total of 51 bodies from a clandestine narcofosa ("narco-grave") in a garbage dump in Benito Juárez municipality, outside Monterrey. There have been numerous such grisly findings in Mexico in recent months, but authorities say this was the biggest.

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