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‘CBS’ reports legalized cocaine, no visas in Marshalls

By Erin Thompson HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, march. 23, 2011) - The Republic of the Marshall Islands hasn't legalized cocaine, or created a no-visa entry program allowing unrestricted access to the Pacific nation.

"We do not, have not, and don't intend to legalize any substance. It's not even an issue here," said Soye Brown, Acting Attorney General for the Marshall Islands.

The rumor, which was reported in local media yesterday, came from the website CBSbreakingnews.com. The website posted an article on Dec.12 that said the Marshall Islands president had legalized the use of cocaine by executive order and would be implementing a no-visa, unrestricted entry for foreigners.

[PIR editor’s note: CBSbreakingnews.com. was down when PIR attempted to access the website today. ]

Brown called the report "totally unfounded, absolutely fabricated and factually baseless."

The site, which has no apparent affiliation to CBS news, promises to give readers "sensational, exciting news, such as plane crashes which kill hundreds, on demand instantly and when you want it," according to a description on the website.

While the site doesn't present itself immediately as a satire site on its front pages, the "About" section compares the site to The Onion, a well-known satirical news organization.

"You no longer need to hunt around for quirky or bizarre stories that are funny enough to share with your friends, the site reports. We churn out these stories at a good clip, and hope to have an archive of thousands of BS stories within a year."

Other articles on the site include stories about Japan ending whale hunts, Israel recognizing the Palestinian state and dismantling settlements, and the U.S. government destroying its nuclear weapons stockpile.

Brown said he had just been made aware of the reports yesterday, and said the cabinet was planning to meet in response to the reports. He also said the country may consider legal action against the website.

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