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From poppy to heroin: Taliban move into Afghan drug production

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | The Taliban — which banned poppy cultivation when it ruled Afghanistan — now appears to wield significant control over the war-torn country’s heroin production line, providing insurgents with billions of dollars, officials have told AFP. In 2016 Afghanistan, which produces 80 percent of the world’s …

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Australia cautiously enters medical marijuana market

Melbourne, Australia | AFP | At a secret location in Australia’s southeast, Peter Crook delicately tends to a two-month-old cannabis cutting. Barely knee high, it is one of about 50 government-sanctioned “mother plants” to be cloned for future generations of crops for the country’s fledgling medicinal marijuana industry. “I think we’ll …

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Uganda increases tax on selected imported drugs

  Kampala, Uganda| APA |  Uganda government has increased tax levied on import of selected drugs including paracetamol, by pharmaceutical companies, from 2 percent to 12 percent. According to Uganda’s ministry of health the move which became effective August 1 , seeks to protect the locally made medicine from being out competed …

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Uruguay to sell marijuana in pharmacies from July

Montevideo, Uruguay | AFP | Uruguay will become the first country in the world to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies, starting in July, the president’s office said Thursday. The South American country adopted a revolutionary law in 2013 that fully legalized the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. …

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Kenya extradites four drug smuggling suspects to the US

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenya has handed over to the United States four men suspected of trying to smuggle large quantities of heroin more than two years after their arrest, police said Tuesday. Kenyan brothers Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha were arrested in November 2014, along with Indian national Vijaygiri …

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