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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.

Turkey: hashish busts soar

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

Middle EastTurkey's Anatolian Agency reports that 11,8 tons of hashish have been seized by special security services in the eastern province of Diyarbakir within seven months. A total of 137 police operations against hashish traffickers have been carried out, with 542 arrested and 90 remaining in custody. All confiscated drugs were reportedly destroyed. (Focus, Aug. 2)

Cannabis class enrolls students in Michigan

Posted on August 3rd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

cannabisA "Medical Marijuana University" is now open for students in central Michigan's Genesee township. The California-based trade school Oaksterdam University is holding weekend seminars hosted by the Genesee County Compassion Club, featuring a horticulture lab. Director of the Genesee County Compassion Club, Jeremy Rupinski, says students learn how to cultivate medical marijuana within the law. (ConnectMidMichigan, Aug. 1)

New VA policy bolsters legal challenge on medical marijuana

Posted on July 28th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

cannabisMedical marijuana patient advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) filed a legal brief July 28 in a Ninth Circuit case aiming to correct statements by the federal government that "marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States." The ASA legal filing points to a policy directive issued last week by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), recognizing medical marijuana and distinguishing it from other illegal controlled substances. In its brief, ASA contends that the VHA directive bolsters advocates' arguments that cannabis does indeed have medical value.

Coordinated protests against DEA medical raids

Posted on July 23rd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

United StatesCoordinated protests were held July 21 by medical marijuana patient advocates in both Saginaw, Mich., and San Diego, Calif., against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) over several raids it conducted earlier this month. The raids came despite a Justice Department policy issued last October discouraging such actions.

Oakland approves "industrial" marijuana farm measure

Posted on July 22nd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

CaliforniaOakland's City Council July 20 approved regulations permitting what the San Francisco Chronicle called "industrial-scale" cannabis farms—over the protests of small growers who fear they will be squeezed out of the industry they helped build. To address such concerns, the council pledged to create regulations for small and medium-size grow operations later this year.

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