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Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

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Oct 18, 2018 - 2:58 PM

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Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Oct 17, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Cannabis Act, which fulfills a promise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in the 2015 election campaign, makes Canada only the second nation after Uruguay to legalize the drug

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

PDEA nets P7.2M worth of high grade marijuana inside Ayala Alabang

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Live-in partners are caught with 6 kilos of kush or high-grade marijuana, already repacked and ready for distribution to alleged high-end and celebrity clients

PDEA operatives arrest two suspects for selling and repacking high grade Marijuana amounting to P7.2 million inside a posh subdivision in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City on October 1, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Coca-Cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Coca-Cola says it is is 'closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world'

Tesla shares drop amid exec resignations, Musk smoking marijuana video

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:22 PM

'I mean, it's legal, right?' Musk says, before taking a puff at a show shot in California where recreational marijuana use is legal

ELON MUSK. This file photo taken on April 30, 2015 shows Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiling large utility scale home batteries at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. Photo by David McNew/AFP

HOAX: 'Marijuana Boys tortured then killed'

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:42 PM

The group of boys who went viral for cursing at President Duterte are alive and under the custody of Malabon police. The video in the hoax blog post refers to a Zambales kidnap-murder case in 2016.

Screenshot of an undated August post claiming the teenagers, who recently went viral because of their 'pot session' video, were tortured then killed.

Screenshot of an undated August post claiming the teenagers, who recently went viral because of their 'pot session' video, were tortured then killed.

Uruguay marks a year allowing pharmacies to sell marijuana

Jul 19, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The system is simple: to buy cannabis in a pharmacy you must be at least 18, live in Uruguay and sign up as a 'buyer' at the post office

CANNBIS. Uruguayan marijuana grower Federico Corbo works with his plants in Barros Blancos, Canelones department, Uruguay on July 9, 2018. Photo by Miguel Rojo/AFP

Customs seizes P133 million worth of shabu, marijuana

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The drugs are found in various packages sent from the United States to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Port of Clark

Photo from the Bureau of Customs

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Joint session: Pot found growing at Japan MPs' building

Jun 22, 2018 - 5:41 PM

An official in charge of maintenance says the budding crop of 4 plants was found by a visitor on Thursday growing on the premises of an office building for members of the upper house

Legalized pot spots around the world

Jun 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Many countries have decriminalized the use and possession of cannabis, abandoning prison sentences for consumers, but only a handful have gone as far as legalizing its cultivation and use

POT NATION. In this file photo taken on April 20, 2016 a woman wavE a flag with a marijuana leaf on it next to a group gathered to celebrate National Marijuana Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Chris Roussakis / AFP

Dela Rosa on Mandaluyong cops, Tropical Depression Agaton, marijuana in California | Evening wRap

Jan 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

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Legal marijuana off to blazing start in California

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:32 AM

January 1 marks the first day that marijuana can be bought and sold legally in California

LEGAL MARIJUANA. January 1 marks the first day marijuana can be legally bought and sold in California.

Mark Anthony Fernandez released from jail

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The actor was arrested for transportation of illegal drugs in October 2016

MARK ANTHONY FERNANDEZ. The actor is released from jail after over a year of imprisonment. Screengrab from

15 students caught with marijuana bricks in Mountain Province

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:29 PM

The students – including 4 minors, wo Filipino-Americans, and a Nigerian national – are caught at a checkpoint on their way back to Baguio City

CONTRABAND. Sabangan police are tipped off that the students – residents of La Union and Manila – are transporting marijuana on their way back to Baguio City. Photo courtesy of PDEA

Duque ready to face Commission on Appointments

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gears up to face the Commission on Appointments, which might bring up his stand on medical marijuana

ON THE HOT SEAT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is yet to face the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

Duque supports medical marijuana use for research purposes

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Comprehensive Drugs Act allows medical labs to cultivate marijuana for 'medical experiences and research purposes'

THE CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque holds a press conference on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

What's in the House bill that would legalize medical marijuana?

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The bill on medical cannabis has a long way to go before becoming law

Uruguay pharmacies start selling pot

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:11 AM

It is the final phase of a 4 year old law that made the small South American country the first in the world to legalize pot from production to sale

SOON FOR SALE. View of cannabis plants during the first ExpoCannabis in Montevideo on December 15, 2014. Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

'High demand' as Nevada becomes latest U.S. state to legalize marijuana

Jul 02, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Legal marijuana sales are sure to be a boon to the economy of Nevada s largest city Las Vegas bolstering its reputation as an anything goes party town

MARIJUANA. The trimmings and buds of marijuana plants are seen during a harvest at Alternative Solutions, April 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Polish lawmakers legalize medicinal marijuana

Jun 22, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Poland follows in the steps of the Czech Republic Finland the Netherlands Portugal Spain as well as 23 US states and Uruguay which in 2013 became the first country to make cannabis entirely legal

NFL Commissioner Goodell says league won't soon approve marijuana use

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Goodell s comments Friday met with criticism from former NFL players who have argued in favor of relaxing marijuana rules

Mexican lawmakers OK marijuana for medicinal purposes

Apr 29, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The legislation also allows use of marijuana for scientific research The bill will now go to President Enrique Peña Nieto for his signature

A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3 , 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Canada set to unveil legislation legalizing cannabis

Apr 13, 2017 - 2:19 PM

Its legalization and regulation would follow in 2018 in time for Canada s national day on July 1

LEGALIZATION? Reports say Canada plans to legalize recreational marijuana by 2018. File photo

Uruguay to sell marijuana in pharmacies from July

Apr 07, 2017 - 8:07 AM

The marijuana sold in pharmacies is being grown in state supervised fields

FIRST. Uruguay will become the first country in the world to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies starting July. File photo

Canada to legalize recreational marijuana by mid-2018 – report

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:08 PM

UPDATED Under the proposed rules Canadians will be allowed to grow up to 4 plants at home for personal use Personal possession will be limited to 30 grams one ounce

News Briefs: February 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 16

In Indonesia, getting this drug is just a text message away

Jan 30, 2017 - 12:29 PM

While other online drug transactions might require understanding obscure technology to buy super tobacco in Indonesia all you need is a mobile phone an Instagram account and a bank account

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks – US report

Jan 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Risks of cannabis use include the possibility of triggering a heart attack but more research is needed to understand whether and how cannabis use is associated with heart attack stroke and diabetes

Pranksters change iconic Hollywood sign to 'Hollyweed'

Jan 02, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Police say unidentified thrill seekers used tarps to change the spelling of the landmark

The famous Hollywood sign reads "Hollyweed" after it was vandalized, January 1, 2017.  Police said unidentified thrill-seekers had climbed up and arranged tarps over the two letter "O's" to make them look like "E's," CBS affiliate KCAL reported. Each letter is 45 feet (13.7 meters) high, so the feat would have required not just bravado but considerable athleticism.   / AFP PHOTO / Gene Blevins

DASH of SAS: Whether it’s sex or drugs, telling kids 'Just don’t do it!' doesn’t work

Dec 15, 2016 - 1:31 PM

Parents are advised to have conversations with their children about sex and drugs based on science based information rather than scare tactics

Mexican Senate approves medical marijuana bill

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:49 AM

Senators vote 98 7 for the legislation moving Mexico closer to joining several US states and other nations in Latin America in allowing cannabis for medical uses

A man rolls a joint during a demonstration demanding the approval of the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in front of the Mexican Senate building in Mexico City on September 28, 2016. Pedro Pardo/AFP

LOOK: Gov't burns thousands of ecstasy tablets, marijuana

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:23 PM

190 000 ecstasy tablets and 420 kilograms 926 pounds of marijuana were among those incinerated in a furnace in Indonesia s war on drugs

BURNED. Indonesian President Joko Widowo puts drugs into an incinerator in Jakarta as they destroy seized drugs. BNN destroyed drugs they've collected from the last two months operations. AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO

Warriors coach Kerr says marijuana could ease pain for pro athletes

Dec 04, 2016 - 11:54 AM

Steve Kerr tells CSN Bay Area that he experimented with marijuana a few times to help him cope with pain

POT HELPS. Warriors coach Steve Kerr says after trying it himself that marijuana could be helpful for pro athletes. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Several arrested after major Vietnam heroin, marijuana busts

Nov 28, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Police confiscate 112 kilograms 250 pounds of heroin in the northern Phu Tho province arresting 4 people after discovering the drugs in large plastic water jugs

High approval for cannabis, other measures in US vote

Nov 09, 2016 - 2:43 PM

US voters also weighed in on a slew of ballot measures including several related to marijuana gun control and the death penalty

Voters cast their ballots at voting machines at Shadow Ridge High School on Election Day on November 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Americans across the nation are picking their choice for the next president of the United States. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte open to legalization of medical marijuana

Oct 16, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The President has no problem with legalizing cannabis for medical purposes if the Food and Drug Administration gives the greenlight

THOUGHTS ON MARIJUANA. President Duterte says he is open to legalizing medical marijuana if the FDA gives its approval. Photo by ROBINSON NIN‘AL/Presidential Photo

Dela Rosa reminds cops: No selfies with arrested celebrities

Oct 05, 2016 - 6:10 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa reacts to a viral photo of two police officers grabbing a photo opportunity with arrested celebrity Mark Anthony Fernandez

Mark Anthony Fernandez denies owning kilo of marijuana found in car

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:06 AM

Hindi po akin yung marijuana na yun May naglagay lang po sa loob ng kotse ko says actor Mark Anthony Fernandez

MARK ANTHONY FERNANDEZ. The actor is held at police station 6 after about 1 kilo of marijuana is found in his car. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Actor Mark Anthony Fernandez arrested in Pampanga

Oct 03, 2016 - 11:25 PM

The actor is arrested for possession of an estimated one kilo of marijuana

Screengrab from YouTube/GMA Network

What bills have been refiled in the 17th Congress?

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past including measures pushing for freedom of information ending political dynasties and increasing the pension for SSS members

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listens to President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Germany to legalize medicinal cannabis – minister

May 04, 2016 - 12:31 AM

The draft bill comes as many parts of the world are relaxing laws on cannabis use and medicinal marijuana is gaining popularity to ease suffering from cancer glaucoma HIV or AIDS Hepatitis C Parkinson s disease and other conditions

MEDICAL CANNABIS. 'Legalize it' is written on the side of a giant joint during a demonstration to demand the legalization of cannabis, in Berlin, Germany, August 8, 2015. File photo by Rainer Jensen/EPA

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

May 02, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The United States marijuana market is estimated to reach 22 billion in 2020 – nearly 5 times its value in 2014

The canopy of a marijuana crop is seen at Alternative Solutions, a DC area medical marijuana producer, April 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Security cameras and barbed wire suggested this was the right place, an old warehouse on a dead-end street not far from the White House housing one of the few legal marijuana farms in the US capital. Alternative Solutions is one of seven facilities in Washington authorized to grow medical marijuana for nearly 3,700 local patients.  / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Elodie MAZEIN, "'Grown in Washington': the marijuana farms near US power hub"

Legalize medical marijuana? 'No, but let's talk' – Santiago

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Santiago who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2014 says she has never thought of using medical marijuana

Screengrab from ABS-CBN

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Apr 22, 2016 - 6:05 PM

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Mexico proposes legal medical marijuana in major shift

Apr 22, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto s decision to send landmark legislation to Congress is the result of a national debate on cannabis laws

MEDICAL MARIJUANAN. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto holds up a bill during an event in which he announced a proposal to legalize medical marijuana and further ease restrictions on personal consumption, in Mexico City, Mexico, April 21, 2016. Photo by Alex Cruz/EPA

Whoopi Goldberg gets into pot business

Apr 01, 2016 - 10:25 AM

Whoopi Goldberg is branching out into the cannabis business with a line of medical marijuana products for women

WHOOPI GOLDBERG. Whoopi Goldberg has partnered with Maya Elisabeth, the founder of Om Edibles, to make products designed to provide relief for menstrual cramps under the Whoopi & Maya brand. File photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Israel sees heady future for medical marijuana

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:30 AM

In 2015 Israeli doctors prescribed the herb to about 25 000 patients suffering from cancer epilepsy post traumatic stress and degenerative diseases