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NO BRIBE ZONE: Indonesia Wants To Have Crocodiles Guard Death Row Inmates Because “They Can’t Be Bribed”

So file this one to the strange but true category.

The Indonesian government has been struggling to combat the rampant illegal drug trade and as a result is turning to some jungle style justice.

The government wants to put its worst drug trafficking offenders (who are on death row) on a special island that is surrounded by a swarm of crocodiles.

According to AFP, the proposed project is the brainchild of the government’s anti-drug point person Budi Waseso.

“We will place as many crocodiles as we can there. I will search for the most ferocious type of crocodile,” Waseso told a local news website called Tempo.

While it may sound like a crazy idea that has no place in modern society, it is getting surprising support from the nation’s progressive leader Joko Widodo.

Quartz points out that 14 people have already been executed for drug offenses in the country this year.

The country is well known for its strict anti drug policy.

From AFP:

“Indonesia already has some of the toughest anti-narcotics laws in the world, including death by firing squad for traffickers, and sparked international uproar in April when it put to death seven foreign drug convicts.

But President Joko Widodo has insisted that drug dealers must face death as the country is fighting a “national emergency” due to rising narcotics use.

Despite the harsh laws, Indonesia’s corrupt prison system is awash with drugs, and inmates and jail officials are regularly arrested for narcotics offences.”

So if you like drugs, you probably shouldn’t get anywhere near Indonesia or crocodiles. But hopefully you already prevent run ins with the latter.


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LIVE Results: Ohio Voters Refuse To Legalize Marijuana After Contentious Campaign

Should Have Ohio Voters Passed Issue 3 Tonight?

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Update: Multiple national media outlets, including the Associated Press has projected that Issue 3 will be defeated tonight.

Voters across Ohio went to the polls today to vote on a series of ballot measures that could have big implications in their daily life. Two of the three ballot measures have to do with the potential legalization of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use.

If passed, Issue 3 would allow Ohioans to use marijuana and would allow for a small select group of growers- 10 in total. Some, including a large amount of state lawmakers oppose limiting the grower pool to just 10 sites and want to see a more free market approach to how the marijuana market is set up in the state.

If passed, Issue 2 would mean that Issue 3 could not be enforced. Issue 2 would “prohibit monopolies, oligopolies and cartels that deliver economic gain to individuals from being inserted into Ohio’s constitution,” according to WLWT.

Live Results: As Of 1:55 AM EST

Percent of State Vote Counted: 97.61%

Issue 3- Marijuana Legalization:
Yes: 35.86%
No: 64.14%

Issue 2- Anti- Marijuana Monopoly:
Yes: 51.68%
No: 48.32%

Stay with Rise News as we follow the results

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Ireland Will Decriminalize Small Amounts of Crack, Heroin And Marijuana For Personal Use

Ireland is set to make a radical change in its drug policies in the next year as the government plans to decriminalize small amounts of crack, heroin and marijuana for personal use and hopes to open “injection rooms”, where people can safely use these drugs across the country.

“I am firmly of the view that there needs to be a cultural shift in how we regard substance misuse if we are to break this cycle and make a serious attempt to tackle drug and alcohol addiction,” Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy told the Irish Times.

Ó Ríordáin also told a group at the London School of Economics on Monday that the government would be opening a series of state run “injection rooms” in Dublin next year.

From The Independent:

“The minister said attitudes to drugs needed to move away from shaming addicts to helping them and emphasised there was a difference between legalisation and decriminalisation.

It would remain a crime to profit – from either the sale or distribution of illegal drugs – but drug takers would no longer be criminalised for their addictions.”

The action in Ireland comes on the heels of a failed UN Office on Drugs and Crime effort to pressure nations into decriminalizing the possession of all drugs.

“Small drug related offenses, such as drug dealing to maintain personal drug use or to survive in a very marginalized environment, could be interpreted as drug related offenses of a ‘minor nature’, as mentioned in the international drug control conventions,” the unpublished UN report says according to the BBC. “These cases should receive rehabilitation opportunities, social support and care, and not punishment.”

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