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A woman in a Khreschatyk metro station in Ukraine
A woman in a Khreschatyk metro station in Ukraine
Julie Boulet

PARIS — If you're a woman living in a city, this has probably happened to you. You're by yourself on a bus or a subway. Maybe you're wearing heels and a dress, or just your boyfriend's dirty old sweater. Suddenly you notice a man is staring at you, and won't stop. Maybe he starts saying vulgar things to you. Or maybe he never says a word. Maybe you only realize there's a creep on this ride after his hands are on your body.

Sexual harassment on public transportation is a local problem — and a global plague. Fortunately, over the past few years, a growing awareness of the issue has finally led some governments and companies to act. In Tokyo, the city launched a campaign last month to combat what is known in Japanese as "chikan," the groping of girls and women in subways.

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Crypto And Cannabis, Best Buds At Last

As cannabis is legalized in more places, investors are taking note. One Luxembourg-based, Uruguayan-led fund has found an innovative way to bypass banking obstacles and raise capital.

Marijuana is the most commonly used addictive drug after tobacco and alcohol, according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Natalia Vera Ramírez

Soon it will be possible to buy shares in a fund that invests in the nascent cannabis industry, on Ethereum, a blockchain portal. The fund is Global Cannabis Capital (GCC), formed in Luxembourg and soon to offer shares as tokens (digital value units representing the value of a stock), instead of the traditional initial public offering (IPO).

GCC's founder is the Uruguayan Andrés Israel, also CEO and founder of Cannabis Company Builder (CCB), an incubator that helps Latin American startups devise a business strategy for the cannabis sector. He said tokens were "a much more efficient channel for attracting capital" than share issues, and legal frameworks already exist covering their use. The legalities, he said, were "one of our major challenges. We chose Luxembourg as we found legality both in the blockchain sphere and the cannabis industry. It was a double challenge for us."

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