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Peru: Sendero establishes new command for Upper Huallaga

Posted on May 11th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

Peru's Sendero Luminoso guerillas, thought to be confined to a small pocket of high jungle known as the Apurimac-Ene River Valley (VRAE), on April 27 launched an attack on a government coca-eradication team in the Upper Huallaga Valley, a region to the north of the VRAE that had been the rebels' principal stronghold in the 1990s. One National Police officer and two eradication workers with Special Control and Reduction Project (CORAH) were killed in the ambush at Alto Corvina, Huánuco region.

Mexico: army exonerates itself in Tamaulipas atrocity

Posted on May 11th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , .

Mexico's prosecutor general of Military Justice, José Luis Chávez, announced May 1 that following a joint investigation with civilian prosecutors, it was determined that drug cartel gunmen, not soldiers, were responsible for the deaths of two children during a confrontation in the northern state of Tamaulipas.

Judge won't stop San Jose's letters to cannabis club landlords

Posted on May 8th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , , .

A judge on May 7 ruled that officials in San Jose, Calif., may continue to threaten landlords of medical marijuana cooperatives with fines of up to $2,500 a day—a practice that has resulted in the eviction of at least one cannabis club. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy ruled against the medical marijuana collectives, citing a lack of evidence to issue a ban on city officials from sending the letters. However, he did not throw out the case entirely. Murphy will listen to arguments from both sides at a hearing June 25.

Mandatory minimum bill reintroduced in Canada

Posted on May 6th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

C-15, the draconian anti-cannabis legislation that has been languishing in Canada's parliament, was reintroduced May 5 by MP Rob Nicholson (Tory-Ontario) as Bill S-10. The bill is slightly more lenient, with a nine-year mandatory minimum sentence kicking in at six plants, not one. It also imposes mandatory minimum sentences for making any hashish or baked goods, and a host of other offenses.

Los Angeles orders hundreds of dispensaries closed

Posted on May 5th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

CaliforniaLos Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed an ordinance May 3 that will shut 439 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city and impose stricter regulations on the 186 remaining outlets. Under the order, the dispensaries must shut down by June 7, when the city's ordinance to regulate medical marijuana takes effect. Letters, sent to both dispensary operators and property owners, warn that violation of the city laws is a misdemeanor that could lead to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Collectives that stay open after the deadline could also face civil penalties of $2,500 a day.

Coca-Colla: This one really is the Real Thing

Posted on April 22nd, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

The Bolivian state-supported company, Social Organization for the Industrailization of Coca (Ospicoca), began marketing this week a new carbonated energy drink called "Coca Colla"--which, unlike Coca-Cola, really does contain extract of coca leaf. "Colla" is a reference to the traditional name for the Aymara indigenous people of Bolivia, who have used coca leaf ritually for centuries. The initiative has the support of Evo Morales, the country's first Aymara president.

LA judge bars sales at Venice dispensary

Posted on April 15th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , .

cannabisVenice medical marijuana dispensary Organica Inc was barred by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant April 13 from selling or distributing cannabis, in a ruling that City Attorney Carmen Trutanich hopes will lead to the shutdown of hundreds of clinics across the city. Assistant City Attorney Asha Greenberg said there is no evidence Organica, which had $5.2 million in sales over a 13-month period, was operating as a nonprofit collective.

California: Dunsmuir mayor proposes downtown garden

Posted on April 14th, 2010 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .

Mayor Peter Arth of Dunsmuir, Calif., has propsoed planintg a large medical marijuana garden in the small city's historic business district. Arth, himself a medicinal user, this week asked the city council for a permit that would allow him to lease three commercial lots he owns to a cannabis collective to build greenhouses. Arth says the prime location would help "bring medical cannabis out of the darkness of an underground market and into the legal light."

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