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Supreme Court refuses to hear Florida appeal over worker drug testing

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an executive order issued by Florida Governor Rick Scott that had required all state employees take random drug tests. The high court's decision not to hear the case means a May 2013 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that found the governor's order to be too broad remains intact.

Supreme Court refuses to hear Florida appeal over worker drug testing

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an executive order issued by Florida Governor Rick Scott that had required all state employees take random drug tests. The high court's decision not to hear the case means a May 2013 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that found the governor's order to be too broad remains intact.

An overview of drug approaches in Europe

Countries in Europe, even neighbours, have vastly different approaches to combating drug abuse. Here is an overview. CRIMINALISATION OF DRUG USE/CONSUMPTION: - Drug use is a criminal offence in: Norway, Finland, Sweden, France, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, and Luxembourg (all drugs except for cannabis). - Drug use is a non-criminal offence (a minor offence, misdemeanour or contravention comparable to a parking offence) in: Portugal, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Luxembourg for cannabis.

Guatemalan president eyes drug legalization proposal in late 2014

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala could present a plan to legalize production of marijuana and opium poppies towards the end of 2014 as it seeks ways to curb the power of organized crime, President Otto Perez said on Wednesday. Perez, a conservative retired general who broke ranks with the United States by proposing drug legalization shortly after he took office at the start of 2012, has yet to put forward a concrete plan on how it could be done.

Majority of Americans want to treat, not jail, drug users: survey

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About two-thirds of Americans say drug abusers need access to treatment to address their addiction rather than criminal prosecution that could lead to jail time, according to a poll released on Wednesday that highlights the public's shifting attitude toward illegal drugs in the United States.

NDP MLA admits she and family took trips cited in scathing government audits

VANCOUVER - A New Democrat who represents a Vancouver riding has admitted she and her family took two trips cited in scathing government audits that revealed lavish spending by a non-profit group funded to look after some of Canada's poorest people. Jenny Kwan said Thursday that she was concerned when she heard previous directors of the Portland Hotel Society claimed for trips. In a statement, issued hours after the audits were released, Kwan said she and her two children joined her husband on two vacations in 2012.

Board of Vancouver's safe injection site resigns in battle over funding

VANCOUVER - The board and senior managers of Vancouver's groundbreaking safe injection site have resigned amid concerns over spending by the group behind the initiative. Mark Townsend, executive director for the non-profit Portland Hotel Society, said the provincial government presented an ultimatum demanding senior officials step aside or risk the loss of funding and contracts. Townsend said Wednesday that rather than jeopardize programs, he and the others will leave their posts by the end of the month. "The commitment is that no programs are shutting," he said.

Uruguay not seen setting drug liberalisation trend: U.N. official

By Fredrik Dahl and Derek Brooks VIENNA (Reuters) - The United Nations anti-drugs chief said on Friday he did not see - for now at least - Uruguay setting a trend for countries to legalise the cultivation, sale and smoking of marijuana. In a move being closely watched by other nations discussing drug liberalization, Uruguay's parliament in December approved a bill to legalise and regulate the production and sale of marijuana - the first country to do so.

US considers rules to require alcohol and drug testing of foreign aircraft-repair workers

U.S. aviation regulators say they're considering rules that would require alcohol and drug testing for people who work on U.S. airline planes in foreign maintenance and repair shops. The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that it is seeking public comments. The agency wants to know which countries allow random drug testing and which ban it, and which drugs are most abused in other countries. Transportation workers in the U.S. are subject to drug and alcohol testing, and Congress voted in 2012 to extend the rules to foreign aircraft repair shops.

U.N. sees 'serious setbacks' in anti-drugs fight

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - The global fight against narcotics has suffered serious setbacks, including record opium cultivation in Afghanistan and a surge of trafficking-linked violence in Central America, the U.N. anti-drugs chief said on Thursday. At the opening of an international meeting on the issue, Yury Fedotov also noted some successes, such as a shrinking cocaine market.
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