Withered leaves: the jailing of Myanmar’s hemp pioneers

A scheme to pioneer hemp cultivation in Myanmar resulted in a police raid, three arrests and an ongoing trial, despite being green-lit by the Mandalay Region government. AS WE ENTERED the compound of the family home in Myotha West village, we encountered a middle-aged man reading out loud from the Paṭṭhāna, a Buddhist scripture. A […]

Myanmar extends detention of American accused of growing pot

A Myanmar court on Tuesday allowed police to detain an American entrepreneur accused of operating a marijuana plantation for two more weeks while he is investigated. John Frederic Todoroki and two Myanmar co-workers appeared in court in Mandalay region’s Myingyan district for the first time since their April 23 arrests. They could face charges carrying […]