Mexico captures Knights Templar drug cartel leader Gomez

Feb 28, 2015

Mexico captures Knights Templar drug cartel leader Gomez

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police as he tried to sneak out of a house wearing a baseball cap and ...

Feb 25, 2015

Alaska quietly becomes third U.S. state to legalize pot

Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana. But the historic day passed with little public acknowledgement in a state with a savvy marijuana culture that has seen varying degrees of legal acceptance of the drug for 40 years. Supporters said ...

Feb 21, 2015

630 kg of illegal drugs seized in 2014; stimulants top list

Japanese customs authorities last year seized 630 kilograms of illegal drugs such as stimulants, cannabis and cocaine, the Finance Ministry said Friday. The figure was down 37 percent from the previous year, but an official at the ministry’s Customs and Tariff Bureau said the ...

Feb 20, 2015

Indonesia says executions of Australians delayed

The execution of two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia has been delayed by up to one month, the vice president’s office told AFP on Friday. Husain Abdullah, the spokesman for Vice President Jusuf Kalla, said the execution of Andrew Chan and ...

Negligent drug use killed our son: parents

Feb 20, 2015

Negligent drug use killed our son: parents

The parents of a 2-year-old boy who died a year ago after being sedated with the drug propofol are accusing the hospital staff of malpractice. The boy, who underwent surgery at Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku Ward to remove a lymphangioma, died ...

Feb 19, 2015

Scientists smoke out 'munchies' mystery

People who empty the refrigerator after smoking cannabis can blame their cravings on brain cells that normally suppress appetite, said a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers using genetically modified mice pinpointed circuitry in the hypothalamus that is affected by the active ...

Feb 18, 2015

France summons Indonesia ambassador over death row citizen

France summoned the Indonesian ambassador on Tuesday to voice its “extreme concern” over a French citizen sentenced to death on drug charges in Indonesia. “The minister expressed France’s firm opposition to the death penalty in all locations and all circumstances,” the office of Foreign ...

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Feb 17, 2015

Executions delayed as Australian ex-leaders plead for lives of Bali pair

Indonesia has postponed the transfer of five convicts, including two Australians, to another prison for execution, prompted by medical concerns and families’ requests to spend more time with the prisoners, the attorney general’s office said Tuesday. Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two ...

Feb 17, 2015

Pot smokers face fivefold psychosis risk

A British study released Monday suggested that the risk of psychosis is five times higher for regular users of cannabis than for those who have never tried it, adding to a growing body of evidence linking drug use to mental health disorders. The six-year ...