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India: NCB Steps Up Drug Awareness

Asia (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
The Hindu, 26 Jun 2014 - In the wake of increasing incidents of drug abuse by youth in the city, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials are planning to step up awareness drives among college and school students. On Wednesday, the National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotics (NACEN), which provides training to officials in Customs and drug laws, roped in NCB and Customs officials to provide an awareness seminar on drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
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Philippines: Drug Testing Of Students

Asia (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Sun.Star Cebu, 26 Jun 2014 - It was reported in the news recently that the Cebu City Council wants to hold random drug testing among the students in the public high school. In relation to this, one might ask, "Is it valid and/or constitutional to subject students to drug testing?" It is legally valid as Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the "Dangerous Drugs Act," provides that "students of secondary and tertiary schools shall, pursuant to the related rules and regulations as contained in the school's student handbook and with notice to the parents, undergo a random drug testing: Provided, That all drug testing expenses whether in public or private schools under this Sec. will be borne by the government" (Section 36 c).
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Philippines: 5 Central Visayas Policemen Tied To Illegal Drugs

Asia (MAP) - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 07:00
Sun.Star Cebu, 26 Jun 2014 - AT LEAST five police operatives in Central Visayas are in hot water this week for possible connections to illegal drugs, including an officer who tested positive in a random drug test yesterday in Mandaue City. The Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) 7 of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 said that four policemen were recently investigated for their alleged involvement in narcotics.
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Philippines: 'National Disaster' If Marijuana Is Legalized

Asia (MAP) - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 07:00
Manila Times, 09 Jun 2014 - A LAWMAKER has opposed a proposal to legalize marijuana use in the country, warning that the move could spell national disaster. Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd was reacting to the bill filed at the House of Representatives seeking to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes, with the proponents citing supposed studies abroad that tout marijuana's beneficial effects.
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Philippines: Medical Marijuana Bill Filed In House

Asia (MAP) - Fri, 05/30/2014 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 30 May 2014 - Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III filed yesterday a bill that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. "Modern research has confirmed the beneficial uses of cannabis in treating and alleviating the pain, nausea and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, as found by the National Institute of Medicine of the US," Albano said in his explanatory note.
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Israel: Court Rejects Challenge Over Supply of Medical

Asia (MAP) - Mon, 05/26/2014 - 07:00
Jerusalem Post, 26 May 2014 - Jerusalem District Court Judge Nava Ben-Or last week rejected a challenge to aspects of the government's current policy permitting the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The decision, in favor of medical supplier Sarel Corporation as well as the Health Ministry, the Finance Ministry, and other related parties, was handed down Thursday, but was announced by the court on Sunday.
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Philippines: Lawmaker Drafts Medical Marijuana Bill

Asia (MAP) - Sat, 05/24/2014 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 24 May 2014 - A lawmaker presented to reporters Thursday his draft of a bill that will allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. "Modern research has confirmed the beneficial uses of cannabis (or marijuana) in treating and alleviating the pain, nausea and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, as found by the National Institute of Medicine of the US," Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III said in his explanatory note for the bill, which he will file before Congress goes on its annual adjournment middle of next month.
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Thailand: Editorial: Time to Declare Truce in 'War on Drugs'

Asia (MAP) - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 07:00
The Nation, 23 May 2014 - We Need a New Approach to Stem the Damage Being Done by the Narcotics Trade At roughly the same time the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime released its annual report on the narcotics trade, the London School of Economics (LSE), backed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists, issued another, calling for a change in mindset on the way the trade is handled.
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Lebanon: Surge In Lebanese Cannabis Crops As Army Looks Across

Asia (MAP) - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 07:00
Independent, 22 May 2014 - The Syrian civil war has led to a surge in cannabis production in Lebanon as the country's army is forced to focus on security rather than drug eradication. In the BekaaValley,Ali Nasri Shamas carries a revolver by his side and an automatic rifle in the back of his car, weapons he says he's ready to use if the army moves in to try to destroy his lucrative cannabis crop.
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