Seattle Times, 24 Oct 2013 - Smokers, Quoting Dealers, Said Some of the Weed Comes into the Country Via the Northern Port in Haiphong, a City That Has a Reputation for the Import and Export of Illegal Goods. HANOI, Vietnam - For the young Vietnamese dope smokers rolling up outside a smart Hanoi cafe, local cannabis is just not good enough. As with their Adidas caps, iPhones and Sanskrit tattoos, so with their choice of bud: Only foreign will do.
Jerusalem Post, 18 Oct 2013 - The Israel Medical Association voiced strong opposition to a private members' bill that would allow every physician, including general practitioners, to give patients prescriptions for medical cannabis. IMA chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman sent a letter on Thursday to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni about the bill, due to be discussed in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday. The bill was introduced by Likud MKs Haim Katz and Moshe Feiglin.
Jerusalem Post, 03 Oct 2013 - Legalization of marijuana could be a gold mine for the state coffers, bringing in as much as NIS 1.6 billion in annual tax revenues and savings for law enforcement. It would save police and the courts some NIS 690m. in annual costs, and bring the state NIS 950m. in tax revenue, according to a study released on Wednesday by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies.
The Guardian, 11 Sep 2013 - The amount of farmland in Afghanistan planted with cannabis fell by nearly a fifth last year after one province carried out a strictly enforced drug eradication campaign. However, a bumper crop showed production had risen compared with 2011, said the UN. Officials in Uruzgan province, which borders Kandahar and Helmand, largely stamped out cultivation of the drug, acting out of concern that it was financing the Taliban. In 2011 there were more than 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of the crop there, but last year less than 100 ha. But planting in most other areas remained largely steady, with just over half of commercial production concentrated in the south of the country.