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Published: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:30:52 -0700

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Cyprus: OPED: Marijuana Legalization In Uruguay

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 08:00:00 GMT

The Cyprus Mail, 07 Jan 2013 - On December 23, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica signed a new law that fully legalizes marijuana in his country. Uruguay had already legalized possession, but the new law legalizes production and sale. This is an important victory in the fight against drug prohibition: it marks the first full legalization of an illicit drug since worldwide drug prohibition began in 1919. However, the broader and longer-term effects of the new law are far from certain. Prohibition has proven to have little benefit, and comes with a long list of negative side effects: it generates violent, corrupt black markets that increase the use of dirty needles and the spread of HIV and other diseases; it results in civil-liberties infringements in the form of warrantless searches, racial profiling, and the unnecessary incarceration of thousands; and governments waste resources on police and prisons, and leave potential tax revenue as profit for illegal traffickers.

Cyprus: Banned Legal Highs In Prison

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:00:00 GMT

The Cyprus Mail, 17 Jan 2012 - SYNTHETIC narcotic substances banned last year appear to have been found in the Central Prison, the prison's deputy director said yesterday. According to George Tryfonides, the drugs have been taken for lab tests, but are believed to be part of a number of substances that were considered "legal highs", under the name of Dream.

Cyprus: Number Of Drug Addicts Seeking Help Is On The Rise

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 07:00:00 GMT

The Cyprus Mail, 26 Jun 2010 - AROUND ten people a year are dying as a direct result of a drug overdose, while the number of people seeking treatment for substance abuse is rising. "We place a great deal of importance on this issue. It is a priority for everyone, not just the Health Ministry, to combat the drug phenomenon in Cyprus," said Health Minister Christos Patsalides speaking at a press conference yesterday ahead of World Drug Day today.

Cyprus: Half Of Inmates Drug Users And Pushers

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 07:00:00 GMT

The Cyprus Mail, 04 Sep 2009 - MORE THAN half of convicts at the Nicosia Central Prisons are drug users or pushers, the Justice Minister admitted yesterday during a meeting of the House Legal Affairs Committee. The Committee met to discuss the possibility of creating a subcommittee to deal solely with reforming the prison system following the latest fiasco involving an inmate putting out contracts on people's lives from his cell.

Cyprus: Police Set Their Sights On 'Legal Highs'

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 07:00:00 GMT

The Cyprus Mail, 02 Sep 2009 - AUTHORITIES are taking a closer look at the sale of herbal drug alternatives through Cyprus-based Internet websites, police said yesterday. At least one of two websites makes these herbal incense mixtures available in Cyprus with names such as Skunk - a clear reference to the illegal potent strain of cannabis.

Cyprus: Inmates Used Drugs Testing Kit To Outwit Prison Authorities

Sat, 29 Aug 2009 07:00:00 GMT

The Cyprus Mail, 29 Aug 2009 - THE CENTRAL Prison authorities launched an investigation this week after three drugs tests were found in an inmate's prison cell. Apparently the tests had been used by unknown convicts to carry out experiments on their own urine samples. Prison officials suspect the idea behind these experiments was to give convicts a better understanding of how the tests worked so that they could dupe prison authorities regarding their drug use.

Cyprus: '20 People A Year Die Of Overdoses'

Sat, 27 Jun 2009 07:00:00 GMT

The Cyprus Mail, 27 Jun 2009 - CYPRUS HAS lost 83 people as a result of drug use between 2004 and 2008, it was announced yesterday at a special event to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The Drugs Squad and Cyprus Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction held a joint press conference to highlight the problems facing the island regarding the battle against drug use and trafficking.

Cyprus: Column: Shoot-Out In Guinea-Bissau

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 08:00:00 GMT

The Cyprus Mail, 08 Mar 2009 - One sould not speak ill of the dead, but it's hard to resist the suspicion that the murder of the army chief of staff on March 1 and of the president on March 2 in the small West African country of Guinea-Bissau were linked to the drug trade in Africa's first "narco-state." Last Sunday, a powerful bomb blew up the military headquarters in Bissau, the capital, killing Gen. Batista Tagme Na Waie, chief of Guinea-Bissau's military, and severely wounding five other senior officers. Less than twenty-four hours later, gunfire and rocket explosions were heard near the presidential palace, and shortly afterwards it was reported that President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira had also been killed.

Cyprus: Switching Sides: Former Crook Advises Police

Sun, 07 Dec 2008 08:00:00 GMT

The Cyprus Mail, 07 Dec 2008 - 'SEND a maniac to catch a maniac' was the premise of the film Demolition Man. Send a money launderer to catch a money launderer describes the career of Kenneth Rijock who was in Cyprus last week to advice bankers, lawyers and police on the tricks he employed during his former career.