Category Archives: Drug Laws & Facts

Philippines drugs war: ICC announces initial inquiry into killings

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is to open a preliminary inquiry into alleged crimes committed during the Philippines government’s war on drugs, its chief prosecutor says. Fatou Bensouda said it would look at reports of extrajudicial killings. Advertisements

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California considers creating special bank for marijuana businesses

California’s emerging pot industry is expected to bring in billions of dollars to the Golden State, but as of now there’s no place to actually put the money. California State Treasurer John Chiang announced Tuesday that state officials are moving forward with plans to examine creating a taxpayer-backed bank to handle the cash coming in, …

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Smugglers: Trump’s Border Wall Won’t Stop Drugs, Immigrants

President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall will not stem the flow of illegal drugs and immigrants into the United States, smugglers tell the Texas Tribune.

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US slaps highest-level ‘do not travel’ warning on five Mexican states

Wednesday the State Department unveiled a revamped travel warning system giving five Mexican states the sternest “do not travel” advisory alongside war-torn nations like Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

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Attorney General Sessions to reverse Obama-era policy on pot legalization

Thursday, Fox News confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to roll back an Obama-era policy that had allowed legal marijuana to thrive without federal intervention.  This will be interesting to see play out.

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Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on US veterans

Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran’s Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis.

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Is it safe to get vaccines when you’re pregnant?

Certain vaccines are actually recommended during pregnancy: the Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), which helps protect against whooping cough, as well as the flu shot.

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Duterte softens stance on drug war after backlash following teen deaths

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte appears to be walking back from his controversial crackdown on drugs in the country, claiming extrajudicial killings have been perpetrated by saboteurs rather than police who actually “follow the law.”

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Philippines’ Duterte to cops: It’s OK to kill ‘idiots’ who resist arrest

Monday Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte  ordered police in his country that it is OK to kill “idiots” who violently resist arrest, just two days after hundreds turned a funeral of a slain teenager into a protest against his deadly war on drugs.

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Maine legislative panel mulls raising 10 percent tax on marijuana

As the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in Maine nears, a legislative panel has spent months pondering the best way to tax pot to bring in state revenue, fund regulatory enforcement and discourage the illicit market.

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