RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is now the world’s largest crack market, with over a million users, according to studies. It’s so bad, the health minister called it an “epidemic” and the federal government announced a $2 billion program to combat it last December. Yet Evangelical church groups are making some headway in cleaning up the city's "crakolandias."
If the goal of the World Wide Weed project was to spark a discussion about the state of marijuana around the world, then our mission has been in a success — but perhaps not in the way that we anticipated.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe speaks during a rally marking his 88th birthday in Mutare on February 25, 2012 with a trademark attack on gays and foreigners at a rally of his supporters. (Jekesai Njikizana /AFP/Getty Images)
Mugabe's comments received widespread media coverage in Jamaica, where they were criticized by Jamaican politicians and musicians.
A view of the Marina Bay Sands (L) and financial district highrises (R) in Singapore on June 14, 2012. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
Singapore's infamously harsh sentencing for drug couriers may be coming to an end, the Associated Press reported today. In a Monday announcement, deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean said the government will now give judges the ability to consider life sentencing for couriers who are mentally disabled, as well as those who cooperate when caught.
Drug mules?: South African police have arrested eight men accused of transporting marijuana by donkey from Lesotho, through the Drakensberg mountains and into South Africa. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)
South African police say they have uncovered a 'drug mule' syndicate operating high in the Drakensberg mountains, along the border with Lesotho.