.Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
The medicinal cannabis market may be worth $64 billion by 2024. (Representational Image: Pixabay)

  • Colombian President Ivan Duque signed a decree on Friday
  • Colombia can now export dried cannabis flowers for medical use
  • Colombia "is coming in as a major player in the international market," according President

.New York, NY, USA
The companies have accepted their role in the opioid crisis. (Picture Credits: Representational Image/ Unsplash)

  • The settlement was done by McKesson, Cardinal Health and Amerisource Bergen
  • The settlement, in the works since October 2019, could be as high as $26 billion
  • The deal allows the three distributors to withdraw from an ongoing jury trial

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Several experts do not foresee a significant decrease in opioid overdose deaths this year. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • US government said that overdose deaths have reached a new high of 93,000 in 2020
  • Experts have said that lockdowns confined persons with drug addictions
  • Fentanyl, a strong opioid, has been reported as the primary candidate causing overdose

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The draft named the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act was introduced on Wednesday in the US Senate. (Picture credits: Representational image/Unsplash)

  • Usage of marijuana for adult recreational purposes is legal in 18 out of 50 US states
  • For medical use, it is now legal in 37 states
  • 70% of Americans fully support marijuana legalisation, said Senator Chuck Schumer 

.New York, NY, USA
In April 2021, Sha'Carri Richardson became the sixth-fastest woman in the history(Photo credit: Twitter/@usatf)

  • Sha'Carri Richardson tested positive for marijuana at the US Olympic athletics trials
  • She was one of the top gold medal contenders for the Tokyo Olympics
  • She made her international debut in 2017

.Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nick is a 19-year-old Second year BCom student. (Photo credit: Representational image/Unsplash)

  • Nick says he started doing drugs when he was in the 9th standard
  • He was admitted to the rehabilitation when he was 15
  • Nick’s relationship with his parents has ‘completely changed’ after he overcame addiction

.London, UK
Corticosteroids may be an effective treatment for children who develop a rare but serious condition after COVID-19 infection. (Photo credit: Representative image/Unsplash)

  • Corticosteroids is a class of drugs  that lowers inflammation
  • The drug is effective for children who develop a rare but serious condition after COVID-19 infection
  • Multi-system inflammatory syndrome is thought to affect 1 in 50,000 children infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Indian laws have criminalised the use of fruit and flower of cannabis allows its leaves since they are used for making bhang. (Photo credits- Representational/Unsplash)

  • India in 1985 banned its cultivation under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act
  • However, many have been exploited loopholes in the laws
  • Some Indian states have made serious advancements in legalising it

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
ANOM devices were found around the world mainly by drug traffickers and money launderers. (Photo credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • ANOM was produced and distributed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • It would also copy all messages from a user to an FBI-controlled server located in a third country as they were transmitted
  • FBI said more than 300 distinct transnational criminal organizations were using ANOM

.Birmingham, UK
The raid by West Midlands Police uncovered the illicit operation of a cryptocurrency mine at an industrial estate in northwest of Birmingham. (Photo credit: Representational Image/ Unsplash)

  • Drugs police in central England spotted extensive wiring, ventilation ducts in an industrial estate
  • But on closer inspection, they exposed another operation: a cryptocurrency mine
  • The mine was stealing electricity from the national grid