Mexico: Zapatistas denounce "drug war"

Posted on February 21st, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

Mexican president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa's militarization of the struggle against drug trafficking is "a war from above" largely for the benefit of US interests, according to a letter published on Feb. 14 and written by Subcommander Marcos, the spokesperson of the rebel Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), which is based in the southeastern state of Chiapas.

Kiwi cannabis protester prepared to starve

Posted on February 19th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

OceaniaA New Zealand cancer patient facing a jail term for growing cannabis he uses to alleviate pain pledges to go on a hunger strike if he is imprisoned. Peter Davy, 51, of Timaru, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis, but says he uses the herb only for medicinal purposes for himself and his partner, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

IRS audits Harborside Health Center

Posted on February 18th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaliforniaOakland's Harborside Health Center, the self-proclaimed world's largest cannabis dispensary—handling an annual $22 million in transactions—is being audited by the US Internal Revenue Service. Since late last year, the IRS has been auditing 2008 and 2009 federal tax returns for the Oakland location, one of two outlets Harborside operates for 70,000 medical cannabis users. The other facility is in San Jose.

NYC: 2010 cannabis arrests top 1978-96 total

Posted on February 17th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

New York City More people were arrested last year in New York City for cannabis possession than in the entire 19-year period from 1978 to 1996, according to an analysis released Feb. 11 by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), drawing on figures from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. In 2010—the sixth year in a row that possession arrests increased—50,383 were busted for low-level cannabis offenses.

Federal judge upholds Wal-Mart firing of medical user

Posted on February 17th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan on Feb. 11 ruled that Wal-Mart did not wrongly fire an employee who had been using medical marijuana to treat a brain tumor. In dismissing plaintiff Joseph Casias' lawsuit, Judge Robert Jonker determined that the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) is in place to protect licensed medical marijuana users, but employers are not prohibited from adopting policies that ban marijuana use regardless of cause. Casias was administered a drug test per Wal-Mart policy, tested positive, and was subsequently notified of the termination of his at-will employment. (Jurist, Feb. 12)

Medicinal cannabis for Luxembourg?

Posted on February 15th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

EuropeDr. Jean Colombera, Green party deputy in Luxembourg, has launched a campaign to legalize cannabis in the European statelet after discovering that it can be used to treat tumors. Colombera, a well-known supporter of medicinal cannabis, said that his research team can demonstrate that an extract from a non-psychoactive variety grown in Luxembourg helps to dissolve brain tumor cells.

Yemen: khat fueling or holding back revolution?

Posted on February 12th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , .

khatYemen's opposition has repeatedly drawn tens of thousands to the streets to protest against President Ali Abdullah Saleh's three decades of autocratic rule in recent weeks, but by noon the protesters quietly vanish. Many head straight to the souk, or market, to buy bags of khat, the stimulant leaf that over half of Yemen's 23 million people chew daily. Some activists maintain, however, that khat serves as a social lubricant that helps fuel the opposition movement.

US army high official invokes "insurgency" in Mexico

Posted on February 10th, 2011 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

Speaking at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics on Feb. 7, US Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal—the army's second highest ranking civilian official—invoked an "insurgency" mounting in Mexico. His talk focused on the Middle East and South Asia, but in response to a student's question about strategic blind spots in US foreign policy, Westphal said: "One of them in particular for me is Latin America and in particular Mexico. As all of you know, there is a form of insurgency in Mexico with the drug cartels that’s right on our border."

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