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Seizures of synthetic drugs in Chile increases

Seizures of synthetic drugs in Chile increased from 2,304 doses in 2010 to over 1.5 million in 2019. The drugs are primarily transported by post from Europe, in packages from Columbia, or hidden in vehicles being driven from Argentina. Use of synthetic drugs has increased across South America; however, Chile has seen a greater increase in synthetic drug use than many other countries in the region.

Source: https://www.insightcrime.org/news/brief/chile-influx-synthetic-drugs/

Turkey bans vaping and heated tobacco product imports

On 25 February 2020, Turkey banned imports of vaping products. The ban will extend to all vaping products including accessories, liquids and spare parts and will apply to both nicotine and non-nicotine products. The move follows a ban on vaping product sales that was introduced in recent months.

Source: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-bans-import-of-e-cigarette-products-152409

Turkey and Venezuela to cooperate on preventing drug trafficking

Turkey and Venezuela have signed an agreement to cooperate on several security issues including trade in illicit drugs and precursor chemicals. The arrangement also covers terrorism, organised crime and human trafficking, and means that police from Turkey will be able to conduct operations in Venezuela. Turkey has previously agreed similar protocols with Qatar and Serbia.

Source: https://www.nordicmonitor.com/2020/03/turkey-venezuela-agree-on-security-cooperation-that-covers-joint-operations/

Medical cannabis shortage in Peru

Three months after sales of medical cannabis began in Peru, the country has exhausted supplies of its only available product. The Peruvian Directorate of Medicines, Supplies and Drugs (DIGEMID) had purchased ten litres of a CBD oil which it has been selling in 10ml bottles. No non-governmental agencies have yet been licensed to sell medical cannabis products.

Source: https://mjbizdaily.com/peru-sells-out-of-medical-cannabis/

Armenia approves tobacco control law

The Armenian parliament has passed a comprehensive tobacco control law that will ban smoking in public, tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotions, and that will introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. The indoor smoking ban is due to be implemented by March 2022 and people breaking the ban will face fines of between 50,000 and 200,000 drams.

Source: https://www.theunion.org/news-centre/news/armenian-parliament-approves-new-tobacco-control-law

Increases in young people seeking cannabis treatment in Ireland

The numbers of young people seeking treatment for cannabis addiction in Ireland increased from 348 cases in 2008 to 621 in 2018. Cannabis use accounts for 85% of drug treatment offered to people aged between 14 and 17 in Ireland. Benzodiazepines and cocaine account for 5% of cases each with ecstasy accounting for 2% of cases. There were no recorded cases of treatment for heroin use among young people in Ireland in 2018.

Source: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/child-cannabis-addiction-has-nearly-doubled-in-last-decade-39002922.html

Philippines bans vaping in public

On 28 February, the Philippines banned vaping in public spaces. A new Executive Order (EO) prohibits vaping in public and enclosed areas including schools. The EO also outlines regulations for trade and bans the sale, manufacture, distribution and import of unregistered vaping products as well as the sale of vaping products to people under 21 years old. The EO will apply to heated tobacco as well as vaping products. 

Source: https://www.macaubusiness.com/nationwide-ban-imposed-in-philippines-on-public-vaping-unregistered-e-cigarettes-sales/

Cartel battles over fentanyl trade in Mexico

Homicides in the Mexican state of Zacatecas have increased from 280 to 666 in the past 10 years. The increase has been largely attributed to growing competition for control of the fentanyl trade. Measures to stop the violence from intensifying have been hampered by a lack of police officers, with five municipalities reportedly having no police presence.

Source: https://www.insightcrime.org/news/brief/fentanyl-trade-central-mexico/

Smoking banned in Macau parks and gardens

From 1 March 2020, smoking is banned in all of Macau’s public parks and gardens. A statement from the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) ruled out an earlier suggestion of creating designated smoking areas within those parks following feedback from a public consultation.

Source: https://www.macaubusiness.com/smoking-to-be-prohibited-in-all-public-gardens-and-parks-starting-from-march-1/

Cannabis contribution to GDP in Canada

Statistics Canada (StatCan) reported that the contribution of Canada’s cannabis industry to GDP increased to $7.24bn in August 2019. Since October 2018, when cannabis was legalised, legal cannabis contributions to GDP have increased by 138% to $3.0bn whilst the contribution of the illicit trade has fallen by 20% to $4.18bn

Source: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/cannabis-canada-pot-industry-added-nearly-7-24b-to-gdp-in-august-statscan-says-1.1397728