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Citizens aged over 18 will be allowed to carry up to seven grams of cannabis and grow up to four cannabis plants at home.
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Luxembourg’s government has announced changes to the law on cannabis, with plans to legalise growing and using the drug at home.
Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos legally recognised as people
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Portugal seizes cocaine worth €200m from yacht in Atlantic Ocean
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Party in Finland's ruling coalition backs legalising cannabis
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Getting high: Afghan opium prices soar after Taliban takeover
The Taliban largely funded their insurgency on the production and trade in opium but have since signalled they would ban it.
The surprising reason you shouldn’t do drugs at Glastonbury Festival
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Police bust Balkan cartel’s European ‘cocaine pipeline’
61 people were arrested as police from eight European countries pounced on a Balkan crime organisation allegedly "flooding Europe with cocaine."
Matteo Salvini's social media manager quits over drugs investigation
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Actor Michael K. Williams, Omar on 'The Wire,' dead at 54
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Police find record haul of cocaine in bananas shipment
Around 900 kilograms of the drug was found divided into 1,205 packages, law enforcement said in a statement on Friday.
Sweden gives three drug dealers back their Bitcoin worth €1.3 million
Authorities will hand back the seized crypto after a prosecutor demanded the then-cash value of the tokens. It's now worth ten times as much.
Teenager shot dead and two others injured on Marseille housing estate
The local prosecutor said that "it was a motorbike with two people armed with at least one assault rifle — Kalashnikov type — who fired (...) in the street."
Gibraltar seizes €15m worth of cannabis resin after sea pursuit
Authorities in Gibraltar seized 2.6 metric tons of cannabis resin with a street value of €15 million after a high-speed chase at sea.
Chinese court upholds death sentence for Canadian drug convict
A Chinese court on Tuesday rejected a Canadian drug convict's appeal of a death sentence, in what appeared to be an effort to step up pressure on Canada to release a detained executive of tech giant Huawei.
Drug-related deaths in England and Wales at highest level since 1993
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Olympic athletes are using CBD. Here's why it's controversial
US footballer Megan Rapinoe promotes CBD products as part of her training regime. At the same time, Sha’Carri Richardson was barred from Tokyo 2020 after testing positive for marijuana.
Cannabis, nicotine and psychedelics could be key to healthcare
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US rapper Lil Baby released and fined for carrying drugs in Paris
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Hundreds arrested in Germany after encrypted chat data bust
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Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $230 million (€192.6 million) to New York state to settle claims that the pharmaceutical giant helped fuel the opioid crisis.
ICC prosecutor seeks to probe Philippines' crackdown on drug crime
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