Drugs http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19570/all en On a mission to legalize coca http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/110309/coca-leaf-peru <p> LIMA &mdash; Coca leaves are used to make a growing range of natural products, including pasta, cookies and energy drinks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/110309/coca-leaf-peru" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Americas Bolivia Food & Drink Global Economy Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:34:00 +0000 John Otis 5629593 at http://www.globalpost.com Maras and Zetas: an alliance from hell http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/110330/drug-gangs-maras-zetas <p> IXTEPEC &mdash; There&#39;s evidence of a strengthening alliance between Mexico&rsquo;s criminal army and a web of street gangs that stretches from Los Angeles through Central America.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/110330/drug-gangs-maras-zetas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Mexico Drug War Underworld Conflict Zones Mexico Mon, 04 Apr 2011 10:01:00 +0000 Ioan Grillo 5634279 at http://www.globalpost.com Ruling opens the door to legalize marijuana in Canada http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110418/pot-medical-marijuana-legal <p> TORONTO &mdash; At issue is a law that allows seriously ill Canadians to access marijuana for medicinal purposes. But a vast majority of doctors refuse to prescribe the drug.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110418/pot-medical-marijuana-legal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Canada Health Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:26:00 +0000 Sandro Contenta 5638581 at http://www.globalpost.com Indian reservation: a smuggler's playground http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110421/smuggling-cigarettes-st-lawrence-river <p> AKWESANE &mdash; Under darkness the smugglers head across the St. Lawrence River on snowmobiles. As the weather warms up, they&rsquo;ll be out in their speedboats, darting in and out of the river&rsquo;s islands in their bid to outwit border patrol agents.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110421/smuggling-cigarettes-st-lawrence-river" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Underworld Canada Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:13:49 +0000 Lorraine Mallinder 5639406 at http://www.globalpost.com Netherlands to close cannabis cafes to tourists, impose restrictions on Dutch http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/benelux/110528/netherlands-ban-cannabis-tourism <p> The Netherlands is known as having one of the most liberal &quot;soft drug&quot; policies, and the country&#39;s cannabis cafes, where the sale and use of cannabis is tolerated, have become popular tourist attractions, pulling in millions of tourists a year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/benelux/110528/netherlands-ban-cannabis-tourism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BeNeLux Drugs Netherlands the Netherlands Travel/Tourism Europe Culture & Lifestyle Sun, 29 May 2011 03:36:00 +0000 News Desk 5648018 at http://www.globalpost.com Global war on drugs has failed, international commission says http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/110601/global-war-drugs-has-failed-international-commission-says <p> The report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy contends that anti-drug policy has failed by fueling organized crime, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and causing thousands of deaths</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/110601/global-war-drugs-has-failed-international-commission-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs International Crime Mexico Drug War World Leaders Americas Conflict Zones Diplomacy War Politics Culture & Lifestyle Health Thu, 02 Jun 2011 04:00:31 +0000 News Desk 5648719 at http://www.globalpost.com Genetically modified pot a license to print money for Colombian farmers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/marijuana-pot-genetically-modified-drugs-colombia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Genetically modified pot seeds from Amsterdam grown on pot farms and in greenhouses in Colombia is fetching 10 times the price of regular marijuana. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Freya Petersen </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Genetically modified marijuana is reportedly a hit with Colombian farmers who say the &quot;enhanced&quot; plants are &quot;more powerful and profitable,&quot; according to Agence France-Presse.</p> <p> With varietal names like &quot;creepy,&quot; who can doubt them?</p> <p> Local authorities said the arrival of genetically modified seeds from Europe and the United States have allowed &quot;a bigger production and better quality at the same time.&quot;</p> <p> The head of one farm told AFP that a genetically modified variety known in Europe as &quot;<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110624/lf_afp/colombiacrimedrugbiotech;_ylt=As2ZsCGkH5ZwCSQJUIQ7245n.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTNqcWwzM252BGFzc2V0A2FmcC8yMDExMDYyNC9jb2xvbWJpYWNyaW1lZHJ1Z2Jpb3RlY2gEY2NvZGUDdG9wZ21wdG9wMjAwcG9vbARjcG9zAzYEcG9zAzYEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNnbW1hcmlqdWFuYXA-">La Cominera</a>,&quot; from a seed modified in The Netherlands, is sold for about 10 times the rate for &quot;normal&quot; marijuana.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/benelux/110623/amsterdam-coffee-shops-marijuana-cannabis">GlobalPost reports from Amsterdam: Amsterdam fights for your right to smoke pot</a></p> <p> Colombian authorities said the arrival of genetically modified seeds from Europe and the United States have allowed &quot;a bigger</p> <p> One owner of a greenhouse an hour&#39;s drive from the city of Cali, said she can sell the modified marijuana for 100,000 pesos ($54) a kilo (2.2 pounds), which is nearly 10 times more than the price she can get for ordinary marijuana.</p> <p> &quot;<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110624/lf_afp/colombiacrimedrugbiotech;_ylt=As2ZsCGkH5ZwCSQJUIQ7245n.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTNqcWwzM252BGFzc2V0A2FmcC8yMDExMDYyNC9jb2xvbWJpYWNyaW1lZHJ1Z2Jpb3RlY2gEY2NvZGUDdG9wZ21wdG9wMjAwcG9vbARjcG9zAzYEcG9zAzYEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNnbW1hcmlqdWFuYXA-">La Cominera</a>,&quot; is named for the Colombian village where it grows.</p> <p class="rteindent1"> <span style="background-color: rgb(211, 211, 211);">La Cominera&#39;s&quot; higher value is due to its increased concentration of THC, the plant&#39;s principal active ingredient, and the modified plant verges on an 18 percent concentration level, compared to a normal marijuana plant&#39;s 2 to 7 percent, said the researcher.</span></p> <p> Another farmer tells AFP: &quot;I don&#39;t like growing marijuana, but it ended up that way. I received a loan to grow coffee, but I was drowning and I had to sell my harvest very cheap. My sister told me it would be better to plant marijuana.&quot;</p> <p> Residents of Cali say they cannot sustain themselves on coffee and banana crops alone, because of price fluctuations and the difficulties in reaching markets in time, due to a poor road network.</p> <p> Police commander Rodriguez said the GM crop&#39;s growth poses a problem for local law enforcement, because profits are often used to finance other criminal activity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/marijuana-pot-genetically-modified-drugs-colombia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Mexico Drug War Colombia Weird Wide Web Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:17:00 +0000 Freya Petersen 5655053 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea: Does lightning cause steroids? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-korea-anabolic-steroids-womens-world-cup-FIFA <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It's one thing after another for the North Korean women's soccer team. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Remember last week when the North Korean women&#39;s soccer coach offered up the excuse of a lifetime?</p> <p> To account for his team&#39;s loss against the United States in the opening match of the Women&#39;s World Cup, coach Kim Kwang Min said that at least eight members of his team had been <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-korea-womens-soccer-world-cup">struck by lightning</a>.</p> <p> Ouch.</p> <p> Well, now the question seems to be: Can lightning cause steroids?</p> <p> According to FIFA, soccer&#39;s international governing body, two North Korean defenders &mdash; Song Jong-Sun and Jong Pok-Sim &mdash; both <a href="http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/sport/two-north-koreans-test-positive-for-steroids-at-womens-world-cup/story-e6frg7mf-1226090166450">tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid</a>, AFP reported.</p> <p> The two players were benched before a match with Colombia yesterday, which ended in a draw.</p> <p> Because there are two instances of alleged steroid use on one team, FIFA said it would test the entire team.</p> <p> Theo Zwanziger, president of the football federation in Germany, which is hosting is the Women&#39;s World Cup, said the incident reveals how far North Korea would go in the name of a win.</p> <p class="rteindent1"> This incident underlines the impression of the inhumane system in North Korea where attempts are made to give athletes success by any means possible.</p> <p> We are eager to hear Kim Kwang Min&#39;s excuse after this one.</p> <p> Oh wait, that&#39;s him on the phone ... something about a UFO and a dog eating his ...</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-korea-anabolic-steroids-womens-world-cup-FIFA" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs North Korea Soccer Sports Entertainment Offbeat South Korea The Rice Bowl Thu, 07 Jul 2011 16:40:33 +0000 Emily Lodish 5669737 at http://www.globalpost.com Thailand's "war on drugs" heats up http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110711/thai-war-drugs-heats-0 <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110711/thai-war-drugs-heats-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Asia-Pacific Thailand Mon, 11 Jul 2011 06:15:00 +0000 News Desk 5670096 at http://www.globalpost.com New recreation drug, "bath salts," causing legal headaches ... and much worse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/united-states/bath-salts-recreational-drugs-marijuana-mdpv "Bath salts" — in powder or crystal form, like your regular bath salts — are already banned in 29 states, mostly in the South and the Midwest, and the DEA is considering federal action as reports of overdose are up 400 percent compared with last year.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/united-states/bath-salts-recreational-drugs-marijuana-mdpv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Health United States Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:09:00 +0000 News Desk 5670759 at http://www.globalpost.com Canada jails American granny for 12 days in "heroin smuggling" mixup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/canada-us-border-granny-arrested-heroin-motor-oil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> American Janet Goodin, a 66-year-old grandma, was strip searched and jailed for 12 days after Canadian border officials accused her of smuggling heroin — later found to be used motor oil. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> An <a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1031016--grandma-jailed-for-12-days-in-heroin-mixup?bn=1">American granny</a> was strip-searched and then jailed for almost two weeks by Canadian border police who accused her of trying to <a href="http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/border-bust-humiliates-senior-126160118.html">smuggle heroin</a> into Canada after finding a liquid-filled jar in the back of her minivan.</p> <p> The Mason jar was later found to contain used <a href="http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/border-bust-humiliates-senior-126160118.html">motor oil</a> &mdash; but not before Janet Goodin, a 66-year-old grandmother, had been held in jail for 12 days and subjected to humiliating strip searches and interrogations.</p> <p> Goodin had been driving from the U.S. state of Minnesota to visit her daughters in the Canadian province of Manitoba for a weekend of bingo.</p> <p> When <a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1031016--grandma-jailed-for-12-days-in-heroin-mixup?bn=1">Canadian border</a> agents searched her van as she crossed the small-town border between the two countries, they found a glass jar full of a liquid which at roadside tested positive for heroin.</p> <p> Goodin ended up in a Winnipeg, Manitoba jail facing charges of heroin trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking in heroin and importation, which carry a minimum of two years in jail, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.</p> <p> She was subjected to repeated interrogations, and was stripped naked and searched. She later recalled having to remove the incontinence pad she was wearing so that customs officials could search it.</p> <p> &ldquo;I am a really private person. I was raised on a farm,&rdquo; Goodin told the Toronto Star. When I was young I didn&rsquo;t wear low-cut blouses. To stand there naked in front of other women, and have them inspecting you &mdash; it was indescribable how humiliated I was, and still am.&rdquo;</p> <p> Goodin remained in jail for 12 days until a Royal Canadian Mounted Police lab test revealed that the jar contained nothing more than used motor oil &ndash; reportedly put there by her son in law after he changed her van&rsquo;s oil two years ago.</p> <p> All charges against her were dropped.</p> <p> &ldquo;I went to bingo and ended up in jail,&rdquo; Goodin told the Star. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m probably the last person in the world who would be smuggling drugs.&rdquo;</p> <p> The Winnipeg Free Press described Goodin&rsquo;s ordeal as &ldquo;an <a href="http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/the-rise-of-junk-justice.html">Orwellian nightmare</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The appalling treatment of an American grandmother &hellip; exposes the problem of relying on fallible technology at the expense of common sense and human intelligence,&rdquo; an editorial in the newspaper said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/canada-us-border-granny-arrested-heroin-motor-oil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Travel/Tourism Americas Canada United States Weird Wide Web Thu, 28 Jul 2011 01:44:00 +0000 News Desk 5671657 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexican drug cartel leader "had 1,500 people murdered" http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/110731/mexico-mexican-drug-cartels-juarez-cartel-leader-1500-murders <p> Mexican police say that Acosta Hernandez is the leader of the La Linea gang, whose members work as hired killers for the notoriously violent Juarez cartel, which controls the main drug smuggling routes into the United States.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/110731/mexico-mexican-drug-cartels-juarez-cartel-leader-1500-murders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs International Crime Mexico Drug War Travel/Tourism Twitter Conflict Zones Mexico Mon, 01 Aug 2011 13:44:03 +0000 News Desk 5671930 at http://www.globalpost.com Canadian mom bakes office colleagues with pot brownies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/canada-vancouver-pot-brownies-work-office-marijuana <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Office workers in Victoria, British Columbia, went to the hospital after feeling dizzy and disoriented from snacking on pot brownies accidentally brought in by a coworker. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Three <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14770359">Canadian office workers</a> got &quot;more than a caffeine buzz&quot; after nibbling on some brownies brought in by a colleague, the Vancouver Sun reports.</p> <p> The employees of an office in Victoria, British Columbia, went to the hospital after feeling dizzy, disoriented and numb in the limbs after snacking on brownies brought in to share by their coworker.</p> <p> Victoria police said they were called in to investigate a possible mass poisoning at a downtown office building. &nbsp;</p> <p> An investigation led to the discovery of marijuana-laden brownies in the staff room refrigerator. All three ill workers had eaten the <a href="http://www.vancouversun.com/news/forgot+about+brownies+that+baked+workers/5344722/story.html">pot brownies</a>.</p> <p> The woman who brought them in said she had discovered the brownies in her freezer at home. Her son told police that he baked the brownies a year ago, and had forgotten about them in the freezer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/canada-vancouver-pot-brownies-work-office-marijuana" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Food & Drink Canada Weird Wide Web Sun, 04 Sep 2011 22:42:21 +0000 News Desk 5674629 at http://www.globalpost.com Cocaine components in the crosshairs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/110909/colombia-cocaine-drug-chemicals <p> BOGOTA &mdash; Officials can&#39;t stop cocaine, so they&#39;re trying to wipe out the chemicals used to make it. The problem: you can buy them at a local convenience store.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/110909/colombia-cocaine-drug-chemicals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Conflict Zones Culture & Lifestyle Offbeat Colombia Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:35:00 +0000 John Otis 5675010 at http://www.globalpost.com The world's worst drug-trafficking offenders http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/major-drug-producing-countries-obama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The US has expanded its drug-trafficking watch list. See which countries are falling short in the war on drugs. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stephanie Garlow </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The White House added El Salvador and Belize to its list of major drug producing and transit countries and singled out Bolivia, Burma and Venezuela for their failure to fight illegal drugs.</p> <p> The <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/presidential-memorandum-major-illicit-drug-transit">list</a>, released today, includes 22 total nations, all but five of which are in Latin America (see the full list below).</p> <p> The addition of El Salvador and Belize means that all seven Central American countries are on the list for the first time, reflecting how much the illegal drug trade has enveloped the region.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/major-drug-producing-countries-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Drugs Bolivia Colombia Haiti Mexico United States Venezuela Que pasa Fri, 16 Sep 2011 01:14:00 +0000 Stephanie Garlow 5675486 at http://www.globalpost.com