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Latest update : 2018-08-09

Legal highs: the pros and cons of legalising cannabis

Call it pot, marijuana, grass or skunk; the way we smoke cannabis is changing. Once confined to hazy student dorm rooms, its use is increasingly out in the open. From complete legalisation in Uruguay to the steady increase of medical and recreational marijuana available in the US, cannabis has become widely available in many places. John Walsh, director for drug policy and the Andes at the advocacy group WOLA, joins us this week to take a look the progress, and the problems, of the legal high.

We'll begin in Uruguay, where it's been a year since the country completely legalised marijuana, from production to sale. What impact have the changes had on ordinary cannibis users? And is the once-flourishing black market dying out?

Marijuana use is also becoming more common among the elderly in the United States as the march toward to legalisation continues there. We bring you the the story of senior citizens getting their legal highs in California.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Camille FEVRIER , Nadia MASSIH

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2018-09-20 INSIDE THE AMERICAS

US Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation in turmoil

The woman who's accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault calls for an FBI inquiry into the Supreme Court nominee before she'll testify at the Senate. University professor...

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2018-09-13 INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Lehman Brothers collapse: What went wrong ten years ago?

Ten years ago this week, US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, unleashing a global financial crisis. In this special edition of the show, we focus on that crash, its...

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2018-09-06 INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Rio museum fire: Thousands of years of history up in flames

This week, a devastating fire broke out at Brazil's National Museum. Only an estimated 10 percent of its 20 million artefacts have been saved. The blaze has sparked outrage, with...

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2018-08-30 INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Bolivia: Pollution plagues Lake Titicaca

Straddling the border between Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is the size of the French island of Corsica. It's one of the largest and highest bodies of water in the Americas....

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2018-08-23 INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Venezuela hit by massive currency devaluation

As Venezuela devalues its currency by 96 percent, President Nicolas Maduro is accused of mismanaging the country's economy. The capital, Caracas, used to be a stronghold for late...

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