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1 UK: Column: Look Out! They're Sneaking Up on You With aSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Mail on Sunday, The (UK) Author:Hitchens, Peter Area:United Kingdom Lines:79 Added:08/28/2016

THE most sinister thing I have heard all year was this week's revelation that British government doctors secretly sought to drug troublesome teenagers in the 1960s and we have only just found out. One of the pills they wanted to use was called Haloperidol. Its side effects include incurable lifelong twitching, delirium and rigid muscles.

This plan was stopped, but another worrying substance, Beclamide, was given to boys at a Yorkshire 'Approved School' (a state-inspected home for troubled teens). Neither the boys nor their parents were told of this experiment.

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2 Philippines: Pinoys Seen Backing Duterte Despite Rising DrugSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines)          Area:Philippines Lines:73 Added:08/28/2016

(AP) - On the day he was sworn into office, President Rodrigo Duterte went to a Manila slum and exhorted residents who knew any drug addicts to "go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful."

Two months later, nearly 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users lay dead as morgues continue to fill up. Faced with criticism of his actions by rights activists, international bodies and outspoken Filipinos, including the top judge, Duterte has stuck to his guns and threatened to declare martial law if the Supreme Court meddles in his work.

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3 Philippines: Column: How Serious Is Our Drug Problem?Sun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Star (Philippines) Author:Romualdez, Babe Area:Philippines Lines:120 Added:08/28/2016

The US State Department's 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report says that addiction to shabu ( street name for methamphetamine or meth) is the most significant drug problem of the Philippines, with the narcotic continually growing as the most widely trafficked in the country.

A UN World Drug Report also tagged the Philippines as the country having the highest rate of shabu use in the whole of East Asia with even the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) releasing a pastoral letter last year expressing concern about the proliferation of the drug problem in the country and the alleged involvement of government officials.

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4 Philippines: 'Junkies Are Not Humans'Sun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines) Author:Ramos, Marlon Area:Philippines Lines:142 Added:08/28/2016

Define Human Being, Duterte Tells Rights Groups

DAVAO CITY - Junkies are not humans.

That is how President Duterte sees drug users whose bodies are piling up as he presses his brutal war on drugs.

International human rights groups and the United Nations have raised concern about the killings, but Mr. Duterte, addressing soldiers at a military camp in his hometown Davao City on Friday night, said those groups should review their concept of human rights.

"These human rights (advocates) did not count those who were killed before I became President. The children who were raped and mutilated [by drug users]," he said.

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5US CA: How Upland Shut Down 24 Medical Marijuana DispensariesSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA) Author:Marquez, Liset Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/28/2016

UPLAND - At least once a week, commercial real estate agent Tom Mitchell said he is approached by operators of medical marijuana dispensaries looking to open up shop in town.

The problem is, such enterprises are illegal in Upland and have been for several years.

To skirt around the problem, the operators often offer to pay three times the asking rent and six months' security deposit. Some are willing to pay any legal fees they may incur, said Mitchell, who manages three commercial properties in Upland with about 100 tenants.

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6 US CA: Column: Do We Really Want to Become the Mecca forSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Gullixson, Paul Area:California Lines:164 Added:08/28/2016

"Santa Rosa wants this industry here. I think this is probably going to be the New Age Amsterdam."

- - Larry Schaeffer, owner of Cherry Kola Farms near Penngrove, a medical cannabis collective

Really? Says who?

I don't mean to be rude. But who in the world made the decision that Santa Rosa wanted to become the new Amsterdam?

Even Amsterdam doesn't even want to be Amsterdam - or at least the Amsterdam perceived by hordes of party-minded tourists. Contrary to popular belief, the Dutch never legalized marijuana. They've just basically tolerated it for years and only for possession of small amounts (5 grams or less) sold in official "cannabis cafes." But the government in recent years has been tightening the rules for these cafes, forcing many to shut down. And forget about growing it. It's illegal. You won't go to prison but try to grow as few as five plants and you could end up facing heavy fines and eviction.

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7US CA: Is Marijuana Safe for Pregnant Women? Does It CauseSun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) Author:Staggs, Brooke Edwards Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/28/2016

As Californians get ready to vote Nov. 8 on whether to legalize recreational marijuana, there are broader public health questions to consider.

A pregnant woman has morning sickness so severe she can't keep food down, so she stirs some cannabis-infused oil into her morning tea to regain her appetite.

An elderly man has chronic pain that keeps him up at night, so he smokes marijuana most nights before he and his wife go to bed.

There's a growing body of research that suggests marijuana can help with conditions such as nausea and pain while posing only modest health risks for adults. But as Californians get ready to vote Nov. 8 on whether to legalize recreational marijuana, there are broader public health questions to consider, from whether it affects developing fetuses to the impacts of secondhand smoke.

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