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'Grown in Washington': the marijuana farms near US power hub

Washington - Security cameras and barbed wire suggested this was the right place -- the old warehouse on a dead-end street not far from the White House that hosts one of the handful of legal marijuana farms in the US capital.

Colombia deports top Peruvian crime lord

Estanzuela - Colombia deported top Peruvian crime lord Gerson Galvez on Sunday, a day after arresting the man described as the new version of Mexico's Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Dance ban pulls rug from under Buenos Aires partygoers

Buenos Aires - A party-pooper Argentine judge on Friday banned all "commercial dancing with live or recorded music" in Buenos Aires, possibly making even wedding receptions illegal.

Attack on police sows panic in Acapulco tourist hub

Acapulco - Gunmen launched two nearly simultaneous attacks against federal police installations in Acapulco's tourist district, sowing panic as people ducked inside restaurants and stores in Mexico's crime-plagued resort, authorities said Monday.

Can a dementia drug help with Parkinson’s?

A new study using an existing drug for dementia has indicated that the therapy may also be effective against Parkinson’s disease.

Mexico proposes legal medical marijuana in major shift

- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed Thursday legalizing medical marijuana and easing restrictions on recreational use, a major policy shift for a government embroiled in an ultra-violent drug war.

'Longest' drug tunnel found on California-Mexico border

Los Angeles - US authorities have uncovered what they believe to be the longest ever cross-border drug trafficking tunnel connecting Mexico and California, a statement said.

World's nations urged to shift focus on drug problem

New York - World governments at a UN meeting on the global drug problem were urged Tuesday to move away from repression, abolish the death penalty for drug offenses and step up treatment.

Colombia leader says peace offers 'golden opportunity' on drug trade

Estanzuela - President Juan Manuel Santos says Colombia has a "golden opportunity" to uproot the drug trade in this world hub of cocaine production, once a 50-year conflict with leftist insurgents is put to rest.

Man facing 20 years for candy theft rejects offer to serve four

New Orleans - A repeat offender in New Orleans facing a minimum of 20 years in prison for allegedly stealing candy has turned down an offer from prosecutors that would have allowed him to serve just four years behind bars.

Malaysian caught with half a ton of cannabis in Thailand

Bangkok - Police authorities in Thailand announced Tuesday the arrest of a Malaysian who attempted to smuggle half a ton of cannabis into his country.

Five dead at Argentina music festival took 'toxic' drugs

Buenos Aires - "Toxic" drugs killed five young partygoers at a dance music festival in Argentina, authorities and experts said Sunday.

Five dead 'from drugs' at Argentina dance music event

Buenos Aires - Five young people died and five others were in critical condition after apparently taking drugs at an international electronic music festival in the Argentine capital, emergency responders said Saturday.

Possible cholesterol busting treatment derived from sugar

With the obesity crisis continuing at an unabated pace, the research for fat busting drugs continues. Such drugs are seen as an easier option, rightly or wrongly, to dietary changes and exercise. A type of sugar is a new candidate.

New leukemia and Zika drugs in the pipeline

Two very different drugs are making progress in news announced this week. The FDA has approved a new leukemia medication, and work is progressing on a Zika virus treatment.

Revealed: What LSD does to the brain

Brain imaging has provided researchers with the first ever look about how LSD causes its profound effects on human consciousness.

'Mr Nice' Howard Marks dies aged 70

London - Howard Marks, a major British drug smuggler turned cannabis legalisation campaigner and bestselling author, has died of bowel cancer aged 70, British media reported on Monday.

New front opens in war on superbugs: Experts

Amsterdam - A newly-discovered antibiotic-resistant gene is threatening to open a new front in the war against superbugs by rendering a last-resort drug impotent, experts warn.

California battles killer drug epidemic

Los Angeles - Ten people have died in northern California and scores more have overdosed as an epidemic of street drugs laced with a powerful painkiller sweeps the region.

Europeans spend 24 bn euros on illegal drugs annually: Report

Brussels - EU citizens spend more than 24 billion euros ($27.3 billion) every year on illegal drugs such as cannabis and heroin, a European watchdog said Tuesday, warning of links between the trade and terrorism.

Dutch police target drug gangs in massive operation

Den Haag - Hundreds of police raided about 100 premises Monday in a swoop on drug gangs in the southern Netherlands, prosecutors said.

Nine tons of drugs go up in smoke in Panama

Panama - Panama's police destroyed nearly nine tons of drugs, mostly cocaine, seized from smugglers so far this year, officials said.The 6.3 tons of cocaine, 2.5 tons of marijuana and 3.

Honduras detains Argentine linked to Sinaloa cartel

Tegucigalpa - Honduran police backed by US agents on Friday arrested an Argentine man linked to the Sinaloa cartel, which was headed by jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a police spokesman said.

Weekly pharmaceutical news roundup

This week has seen progress updates issued for new drug products for rheumatoid arthritis, skin dermatitis, and for hepatitis. Each of the products is at the clinical trial stage, and three of the drugs on offer are the result of partnerships.

GSK sets out to help low income countries

London - In a bid seemingly to help poorer nations, drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline has said it will not file patents for drugs in the world's poorest countries to improve access to its products in the developing world.

Indian jailed for 14 years for Bali drug-smuggling

Denpasar - An Indian man was jailed for 14 years on Monday for trying to bring crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Sayed Mohammed Said was arrested with 1.

'El Chapo' chief financial operator captured in Mexico

- Authorities have captured a man identified as the chief financial operator behind drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's empire, who they say laundered some $4 billion in the past decade, federal police reported Sunday.

French court bails 'Air Cocaine' pilots

Aix-en-provence - A French appeals court on Thursday bailed two pilots pending a probe into allegations they tried to fly a cocaine-laden jet out of the Dominican Republic.

Bayer announces new Xarelto safety studies in diabetic patients

Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer AG announced 13 data presentations at the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The studies will include real-world data about Xarelto safety in patients with diabetes and atrial fibrillation.

Mexican actress still angry at Sean Penn over 'El Chapo' ordeal

Los Angeles - Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, who met with drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman alongside Sean Penn in October, said she is angry with the US star for using the opportunity for his own glory.
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File image of drugs and money.
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Several boxes of Xanax
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A promo shot for Drugs Live on Channel Four
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A line of crystal meth
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Mexican authorities seizure of guns and cash in the Drug Wars
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A rolling paper with a filter and marijuana.
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