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Published: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:52:05 -0700

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Colombia: Colombian Coca Farmers, Facing A Threat To Their

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov 2017 - The anti-narcotics police arrived here in the heart of Colombia's cocaine industry last month to destroy the coca crop. The community was determined to save it. Roughly 1,000 farmers, some armed with clubs, surrounded the hilltop camp that police had set up in a jungle clearing and began closing in on the officers.

Uruguay: Getting High In Uruguay Now Means Just A Stop At The

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 19 Jul 2017 - MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - The rules are a bit of a buzzkill. Drug users must officially register with the government. Machines will scan buyers' fingerprints at every purchase, and there are strict quotas to prevent overindulgence. But when Uruguay's marijuana legalization law takes full effect on Wednesday, getting high will take a simple visit to the pharmacy.

Colombia: Peace Is New Test For Colombian Coca Farmers

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 18 Jul 2017 - LOS RIOS, Colombia - Every three months or so, Javier Tupaz, a father of six, heads downhill from his clapboard home to work in his cocaine laboratory. Under a black tent in the jungle, he shovels coca leaves into a giant vat with gasoline, then adds cement powder - the first steps in his cocaine recipe.

Uruguay: Uruguay Is First To Oversee Sales Of Pot

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal, 20 Jul 2017 - MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay-Tiny Uruguay embarked on an ambitious social experiment Wednesday by becoming the first country to regulate and oversee the sale of marijuana, a policy that has enthralled pro-pot activists and smokers abroad but has lukewarm support at home. Under tight restrictions, the only establishments licensed to offer marijuana are pharmacies, 16 of which began to sell here in the capital. Pot connoisseurs lined up and then gushed about both buying marijuana legally and the product's quality.

Colombia: After Long Drug War, Colombia Joins Pot Trade

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 10 Mar 2017 - CORINTO, Colombia - For years, Blanca Riveros has had the same routine: After fixing breakfast and taking her son to school, she heads home to a large plastic trash bag filled with marijuana. She trims the plants and gets them ready for Colombian drug traffickers. After school, her son helps cut more.

Brazil: Drug War Rages In Rio, Beyond Olympics' Glow

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 12 Aug 2016 - RIO DE JANEIRO - Fans were lining up to watch an American beach volleyball duo square off against Mexico on the alluring sands of Copacabana Beach. But across town, far from the Olympic excitement, the crackling of gun battles echoed through the colossal favelas that envelop Rio de Janeiro's hillsides.

Colombia: Colombians See A Future In Pot

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 05 Aug 2016 - RIONEGRO, Colombia - Like many drug barons in Colombia, Federico Cock-Correa wants to sell his product globally. Just 15 miles outside Medellin, Mr. Cock-Correa is looking to replace vast acres of flowers with marijuana plants, with plans to export the harvest. But unlike the brutal heroin and cocaine trade that once flourished nearby, his operation has the government's stamp of approval.

Uruguay: Pot Gets A Contest

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

West Australian, 21 Jul 2016 - Montevideo (AP) - Uruguay is home to the world's first government-regulated national marketplace for pot, so it's not surprising that growers have a competition for best marijuana. At the Cannabis Cup in Montevideo over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavour, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops.

Colombia: Coca's Comeback Forces Colombia to Rethink Drug War

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT

West Hawaii Today, 19 Jul 2016 - Government No Longer Conducting Aerial Eradication Efforts With Glyphosate ESPINAL, Colombia (AP) - Explosives experts wearing heavy body armor light a fuse and take cover behind a concrete-reinforced trench. "Fire in the area!" a commando shouts before a deafening blast ricochets across the Andean foothills and sends a plume of brown smoke 100 feet high.