Entheogens http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28721/all en Calls to modernise EU anti-drugs strategy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/calls-modernise-eu-anti-drugs-strategy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Governments need to update their approach to choking mainstream supply routes for the distribution of hard drugs, but not leap into any formal de-criminalisation of cannabis sale, EU and law enforcement agencies said Thursday with the release of an annual report on drug-market trends.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/calls-modernise-eu-anti-drugs-strategy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cannabis smoking Entheogens Euphoriants Technology AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:45:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5741875 at http://www.globalpost.com Users increasingly use Internet to buy drugs -EU report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/users-increasingly-use-internet-buy-drugs-eu-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Drug traffickers diversify and use flexible routes</p> <p>* Internet, mobile communications make tracking more difficult</p> <p>* Northwest Europe seen as a particular concern</p> <p>By Teddy Nykiel</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Virtually any kind of illegal drug can be bought on the Internet and delivered by post to users who no longer need to make direct contact with dealers, an EU study published on Thursday said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/users-increasingly-use-internet-buy-drugs-eu-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agencies of the European Union Entheogens Medicine Politics Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:46:15 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741987 at http://www.globalpost.com Algeria drug seizures skyrocket in 2012 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/algeria-drug-seizures-skyrocket-2012 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Seizures of hashish, cocaine and heroin skyrocketed in Algeria last year, the head of the national anti-drug office said on Tuesday, citing "colossal efforts" by police and customs officials.</p> <p>Mohamed Zougar, cited by the APS news agency, said seizures of cannabis resin nearly tripled from 53 tonnes in 2011 to 157 tonnes in 2012.</p> <p>The upturn was even sharper for cocaine, with the figure soaring from 11 kilogrammes in 2011 to 183 kilos.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/algeria-drug-seizures-skyrocket-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Algeria Cannabis smoking Entheogens Medicinal plants AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:01:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5773991 at http://www.globalpost.com Nepal police crack down on festival cannabis smokers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/nepal-police-crack-down-festival-cannabis-smokers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nepalese police said Sunday they have arrested more than 60 pilgrims for smoking cannabis and disturbing the peace at a major religious festival.</p> <p>Cannabis is illegal in Nepal, but under an ancient legal loophole authorities allow holy men -- known as sadhus -- to smoke it during an annual, often wild, celebration in honour of Hindu god Shiva,</p> <p>Thousands of pilgrims travel to the sprawling Pashupatinath temple complex in Kathmandu every year from all over Nepal and India to mark the occasion, which is known as Shivaratri.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/nepal-police-crack-down-festival-cannabis-smokers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entheogens Nepal Newar Religion AFP Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:31:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5778684 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia takes down drug ring with ties to Spain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130322/australia-takes-down-drug-ring-ties-spain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sydney, Mar 22 (EFE).- Australian police dismantled a drug trafficking ring with ties to Spain and other European countries, while seizing 117 kilos (258 pounds) of MDMA, which is used to make ecstasy, authorities said Friday.</p> <p>The confiscated drug could have produced up to 1.37 ecstasy pills with a street value of $54 million (42 million euros), according to a communique from the Australian Federal Police.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130322/australia-takes-down-drug-ring-ties-spain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Amphetamines Entheogens Euphoriants Agencia EFE Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:31:37 +0000 Agencia EFE 5791405 at http://www.globalpost.com Dutch city wants to cultivate own cannabis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/dutch-city-wants-cultivate-own-cannabis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The southern Dutch city of Eindhoven has come up with a proposal it believes will curb the illegal supply of cannabis to the city's so-called coffee shops: they suggest growing it themselves.</p> <p>"The Eindhoven municipality has come out in favour of a pilot project regarding the controlled cultivation of cannabis," Eindhoven's mayor Rob van Gijzel said in a letter, a copy of which was handed to AFP on Wednesday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/dutch-city-wants-cultivate-own-cannabis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cannabis Cannabis smoking Entheogens AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:31:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5800956 at http://www.globalpost.com Seven nabbed with liquor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/seven-nabbed-liquor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> In a special operation, the police arrested seven accused and recovered liquor and hashish from them here the other day. Sources told that police conducted a raid in Shamsia colony and arrested Adnan, son of Bashir with three litres of liquor.</p><P>In another raid, police nabbed Pervez alias Peiji near Press Club Chowk and recovered three bottles of liquor. Separately, an accused Akhtar Rasul was arrested with one bottle of liquor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/seven-nabbed-liquor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cannabis Cannabis smoking Entheogens Asianet Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:44:29 +0000 Asianet 5802198 at http://www.globalpost.com Italian police find ton of hashish in Dutch truck http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130406/italian-police-find-ton-hashish-dutch-truck <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Italian police on Saturday uncovered a ton of hashish worth 15 million euros ($19 million) in a frozen foods truck carrying potatoes and arrested its Dutch driver, the police said in a statement.</p> <p>The police said they became suspicious when they noticed the truck on the outskirts of Rome as part of an anti-drug investigation and found out that it was very far from its registered delivery point.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130406/italian-police-find-ton-hashish-dutch-truck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cannabis smoking Entheogens Medicinal plants AFP Sat, 06 Apr 2013 11:30:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5803624 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia takes Wikipedia cannabis article off blacklist http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/russia-takes-wikipedia-cannabis-article-blacklist <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Experts from Russia’s telecoms and drug control regulators have approved new wording of a Wikipedia article on cannabis smoking and will soon remove it from the blacklist of prohibited websites, a telecoms watchdog (Roskomnadzor) representative told RIA Novosti.</p><P>“We received the new wording of the article on cannabis and sent it to the experts, who have decided that it now meets our requirements,” said Roskomnadzor representative Vladimir Pikov.</p><P>Last Friday, representatives of Russian-language Wikipedia published the watchdog's notification that it was blacklisting an article o</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/russia-takes-wikipedia-cannabis-article-blacklist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cannabis smoking Entheogens Medicinal plants Russia Technology Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:32:21 +0000 Asianet 5810587 at http://www.globalpost.com Italy police seize 20 tonnes of cannabis from ship http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130418/italy-police-seize-20-tonnes-cannabis-ship <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ROME (Reuters) - Italy seized more than 20 tonnes of cannabis on Thursday from a ship sailing off the island of Sicily.</p> <p>Coastguard officers escorted the boat to the Sicilian port of Marsala and discovered the hashish resin in burlap sacks, police said in a statement. Six crew members of Syrian origin were taken into custody.</p> <p>"This is the most important operation in the Mediterranean Sea in the past 10 years," Cristino Alemanno, of the Guardia di Finanza, said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130418/italy-police-seize-20-tonnes-cannabis-ship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cannabis smoking Entheogens Guardia di Finanza Thomson Reuters Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:45:48 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5819273 at http://www.globalpost.com France cannabis campaigner convicted, fined http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/france-cannabis-campaigner-convicted-fined <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One of France's leading campaigners for the decriminalisation of cannabis was Thursday given a suspended prison term and fined for possession and use of the drug.</p> <p>Dominique Broc is the founder of the cannabis social clubs, a movement that encourages members to grow the herb for their own use and avoid illegal dealers.</p> <p>The 44-year-old gardener said he would appeal his conviction, which came after police who visited his home in western France found 126 plants and 26 grammes of cannabis.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/france-cannabis-campaigner-convicted-fined" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entheogens Medicinal plants Medicine AFP Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:32:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5819470 at http://www.globalpost.com In Spain's Canaries, cannabis club thrives discreetly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/spains-canaries-cannabis-club-thrives-discreetly <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>In the garden of the cannabis smoking club in the town of Mogan on Spain's Canary Islands, lush green marijuana leaves with serrated edges bask in the sun before being harvested, dried and processed to be consumed on site.</p> <p>Several members of the club located on the southwest coast of the island of Gran Canaria calmly roll a joint or smoke a water pipe while one man dissects fragrant dried marijuana flowers before storing them in a jar.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130418/spains-canaries-cannabis-club-thrives-discreetly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cannabis Cannabis smoking Entheogens War AFP Fri, 19 Apr 2013 03:15:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5819870 at http://www.globalpost.com Cannabis: Pill better than smoking for pain relief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130422/cannabis-pill-better-smoking-pain-relief <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Marijuana provides greater pain relief when taken in pill form than when it is smoked, according to a study published on Monday that touches on a controversial medical issue.</p> <p>Cancer and multiple-sclerosis doctors are looking more and more closely at cannabis for patients seeking relief from pain, and some jurisdictions allow the medical use of the drug for this purpose.</p> <p>But marijuana smoke also carries health risks, for it carries carcinogens and respiratory irritants and users tend to inhale deeply and hold their breath to gain maximum effect.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130422/cannabis-pill-better-smoking-pain-relief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cannabis Cannabis smoking Entheogens Technology AFP Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:15:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5822399 at http://www.globalpost.com Morocco burns 10 tonnes of hashish http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130510/morocco-burns-10-tonnes-hashish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Moroccan customs authorities on Thursday incinerated 9.5 tonnes of cannabis resin in a suburb of Casablanca, official media reported, days after record hashish hauls in neighbouring Spain.</p> <p>The drugs, which were seized in two separate operations last year by customs authorities at Casablanca port, were burned in the presence of government officials, police and members of the royal gendarmerie, the MAP news agency reported.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130510/morocco-burns-10-tonnes-hashish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cannabis Cannabis smoking Entheogens AFP Fri, 10 May 2013 16:16:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5834988 at http://www.globalpost.com Restrictive drug laws censor science, researchers say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130612/restrictive-drug-laws-censor-science-researchers-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kate Kelland</p> <p>LONDON (Reuters) - The outlawing of drugs such as cannabis, magic mushrooms and other psychoactive substances amounts to scientific censorship and is hampering research into potentially important medicinal uses, leading scientists argued on Wednesday.</p> <p>Laws and international conventions dating back to the 1960s have set back research in key areas such as consciousness by decades, they argued in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130612/restrictive-drug-laws-censor-science-researchers-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entheogens Euphoriants Medicine Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 12 Jun 2013 06:31:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5855979 at http://www.globalpost.com