World

Jamaica Gets Liberal with Weed

by Bert Wilkinson Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News As Caribbean governments prepare to review region-wide legislation allowing for medical marijuana use and a relaxation of laws for possession of infinitesimal amounts, the Obama administration wants the island to know that Read More

Health

This Is Your Brain on Drugs

  (New York Times) – The gray matter of the nucleus accumbens, the walnut-shaped pleasure center of the brain, was glowing like a flame, showing a notable increase in density. “It could mean that there’s some sort of drug learning taking place,” speculated Jodi Gilman, Read More

Politics

NFL Players, Obama Agree on Pot

  (Politico) – Three in four players in the National Football League agree with President Barack Obama’s remarks earlier this year that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol, according to a new poll. A survey conducted by ESPN.com’s NFL Nation and reported by the network on Wednesday shows Read More

World

Jamaica to Decriminalize Weed

  (Time) – Smoking ganja could be a minor infraction in the ganja-growing nation by the end of the summer. Possession of marijuana is soon to be decriminalized in Jamaica, where the plant has remained banned despite being grown widely across the island. “Cabinet approved certain changes to the Read More

World

Official: Liberian President’s Convoy Smuggled Pot

JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested the head of the presidential motorcade for allegedly using an official vehicle to smuggle 297 kilograms (654 pounds) of marijuana into Liberia from neighboring Sierra Leone, officials said Monday. The motorcade Read More

World

Jamaica Urged to Legalize Marijuana

Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News Executive Director of the US-based Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann believes anecdotal evidence suggests it could be the next big crop for the island. The Portia Simpson Miller led administration is being urged to legalise Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Time to Repeal the War on Drugs

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Why do Black Americans allow the war on drugs’ unfair toll on people of color to continue? Instead of putting a stop to the racial disparities and arrests, prosecutions, imprisonments, and lack of rehabilitation programs, Blacks have unknowingly allowed the status Read More