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1 Scotland: Battling Scotland's Drug Crisis From The Back Of A VanTue, 22 Dec 2020
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:McCann, Allison Area:Scotland Lines:194 Added:12/22/2020

GLASGOW - Every Friday for the past two months, Peter Krykant has parked his white van on Parnie Street in central Glasgow, around the corner from a games shop and several art galleries, and waited for people to come by and inject illegal drugs.

Inside the van are two seats and two tables, each with a stainless steel tray and hypodermic needles, as well as several biohazard trash cans. The van is also equipped with naloxone, the medication used to reverse an opioid overdose, and a defibrillator. (There are Covid-19 safety precautions, too: hand sanitizer and a box of masks.)

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2 North Macedonia: A Cannabis Superpower Awaits The Green LightSun, 29 Mar 2020
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Segal, David Area:Macedonia Lines:209 Added:03/29/2020

SKOPJE, North Macedonia - In a desolate industrial zone of this capital city, a cannabis grow house is under construction that, when finished, will span 178,000 square feet, about the size of a Walmart superstore. At full capacity, 17 tons of marijuana a year, worth about $50 million, will be harvested. Among the planned offerings is an American strain known as Herijuana, a portmanteau of "heroin" and "marijuana," which has received some rhapsodic online reviews.

"I feel blown to the dome omg," wrote a fan on Leafly, a cannabis review site. "It also gave me the ability to rap."

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3 North Macedonia: A Cannabis Superpower Awaits The Green LightSun, 29 Mar 2020
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Segal, David Area:Macedonia Lines:210 Added:03/29/2020

SKOPJE, North Macedonia - In a desolate industrial zone of this capital city, a cannabis grow house is under construction that, when finished, will span 178,000 square feet, about the size of a Walmart superstore. At full capacity, 17 tons of marijuana a year, worth about $50 million, will be harvested. Among the planned offerings is an American strain known as Herijuana, a portmanteau of "heroin" and "marijuana," which has received some rhapsodic online reviews.

"I feel blown to the dome omg," wrote a fan on Leafly, a cannabis review site. "It also gave me the ability to rap."

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4 Italy: Growing A Little Marijuana At Home Is Not Against The LawSat, 28 Dec 2019
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Momigliano, Anna Area:Italy Lines:100 Added:12/28/2019

ROME - Growing small amounts of marijuana at home for private use is not a crime, Italy's top court has ruled, putting an end to a years-long legal dispute and adding Italy to the short list of countries to allow cultivation of recreational cannabis.

A 1990s law prohibits the cultivation and sale of marijuana in Italy, but conflicting court decisions, and a 2016 amendment that opened a loophole in the law, created confusion over how it should be interpreted.

The country's highest court appears to have settled at least part of the question, writing in a one-page statement of its findings that "at home, small-scale cultivation activities are to be considered excluded from the application of the penal code."

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5 France: Crack Cocaine Makes A Paris Neighborhood Hell For Users AndSun, 18 Aug 2019
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Peltier, Elian Area:France Lines:160 Added:08/22/2019

The bare, dusty ground is littered with rusty blades and crack pipes. The area reeks of urine and garbage.

At least three times a day, Charly Roue is drawn to this neighborhood, one of the most sordid in Paris, always following the same ritual.

After panhandling tens of euros at cafes not far from some of the most popular tourist spots, he heads to the northern edge of the city, where he can buy crack cocaine at La Colline, or the Hill, France's largest open-air market for crack.

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6 France: France To Soften Cannabis Laws -- But Not LegalizeThu, 25 Jan 2018
Source:Daily Tribune, The (Philippines)          Area:France Lines:108 Added:01/30/2018

Paris, France -- France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among Europe's biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under President Emmanuel Macron have more success?

The new centrist government is preparing to soften legislation, making users caught with cannabis liable for an instant fine of 150-200 euros ($180-250) instead of prosecution and the threat of a one-year jail term.

The change was an election campaign pledge from Macron last year, justified on the grounds that it would reduce the time spent by the police and judiciary on criminal cases involving recreational smokers.

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7 Switzerland: Commission Makes Recommendations For Tackling OpioidMon, 02 Oct 2017
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:Switzerland Lines:110 Added:10/06/2017

The Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued recommendations on tackling North America's opioid crisis, calling for the immediate expansion of harm reduction services, the decriminalization and regulation of currently illicit drugs and an initiative to allow interested cities to de facto decriminalize as federal debates over drug policy continue.

The position paper, to be released on Monday, comes in advance of the final report of the White House opioid commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, due out in November.

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