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CN ON: Student Newspaper Draws Fire For Sex, Drugs, Drinking
Editor-In-Chief Stands Firm Amid Call For His Resignation Sex, drugs and drinking games? Those topics, subjects of a Western University student newspaper guide for first-year students, have several organizations calling for an apology and retraction. One local activist is calling for the resignation of The Gazette's editor-in-chief after 3,000 copies of the paper's annual frosh issue hit the streets last week. The issue includes an article headlined So you want to date a teaching assistant. "When I read it, I was completely disgusted," said Kevin Godbout, president of the Society of Graduate Students, which represents teaching assistants.
CN AB: Remand Guard Says He Smuggled Drugs After Inmate Threats
An Edmonton Remand Centre guard who smuggled drugs for inmates is claiming he did it because he was threatened by a big-time drug dealer tied to the Hells Angels.
CN ON: Club Drug Used To Treat Depression
Toronto Sufferer Not Alone in Seeing Results From Ketamine Patrick Cameron noticed a change in his brain on the third day of his treatment. The morning sun streamed through the trees above the Manhattan sidewalk, and for the first time in a long time, there was space in his thoughts to appreciate it.
CN ON: Ketamine: Party Drug, Anaesthetic - Depression Aid?
Emerging Treatment. 'Special K' Superior in Many Ways to Prozac and Zoloft, Say Experts Patrick Cameron noticed a change in his brain on the third day of his treatment. The morning sun streamed through the trees, and for the first time in a long time, there was space in his thoughts to appreciate it.

Opinions

CN MB: Column: Law Goes To Pot
Timothy Lee Felger owned and operated a retail outlet, DaKine Store, in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
US DC: Column: No Mistakes Allowed
To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal.
CN ON: Column: Potas Poster Boy Is - Sigh - Back
You have to give Marc Emery credit: After more than four years in a U.S. prison, he can still draw a crowd. Better yet (from his point of view), he can still wrangle the news media.
CN NS: Doctors Face Dilemma Over Medical Marijuana
You can't blame doctors in Canada for feeling uncomfortable as Ottawa puts the responsibility squarely in their laps for authorizing the use of medical marijuana - a drug with relatively thin supporting evidence, scientifically.

Letters

CN BC: Pot Growers Falling Behind On Their Harvests
To the Editor: Re: City becoming a pot hot spot, Editorial, Aug. 21. It is easy to read optimistic projections from the new licenced producers and gain the impression that production of medical cannabis may far exceed what would be required, but the reality is that, in most cases, the producers are not providing anywhere near the volume projected.
CN ON: Children More Important Than The Message
Re: "Clear the smoke and regulate pot like booze," column, Aug. 22 Lost in the debate over marijuana is the ugly truth behind marijuana prohibition.
CN BC: Kids Buy Pot More Easily Than Liquor
Re: Pot challenge: Legalize while keeping kids safe, Aug. 22 The Conservative assumption that marijuana legalization would increase use by teens is flawed. Prohibition has not discouraged Canadian youth from using marijuana. Marijuana is easier to buy than cigarettes or alcohol for B. C. teenagers.
US FL: Support Legalizing Pot
Florida's voters are embarking on the most crucial election of their lives - voting for or against the use of medically-authorized marijuana. That marijuana can be fully taxed and regulated, as with alcohol and tobacco, is a good choice for our state's lawmakers to make.
US MA: Brouhaha Over Dispensary Distracts From Need
RE "STATE urged to halt marijuana license" (Metro, Aug. 21): Notwithstanding the letter that more than 100 Brookline residents sent to state lawmakers and officials, I support the license that has been granted to New England Treatment Access to open in a good location in our town, as do many others.
CN AB: Legalize It Already
Just a quick heads up to Stephen Harper and the federal Conservative party. Marijuana has been directly in the hands of Canadian youth for the last 40 years now, and lo and behold our civilization hasn't gone to pot. In fact many of the hi-tech gadgets and other advances we can't seem to do without these days were the brainchilds of people who occasionally smoke a bit of grass. Isn't it time to focus on truly destructive substances such as crack cocaine, heroin and handguns?
US PA: Pennsylvania Needs To Legalize Pot
When I read the the Associated Press article, "More schools mixing beer, football" in the Saturday newspaper, I thought of the Prohibition era. Happily, Americans realized the government cannot legislate the drinking habits of its citizens. Prohibition lasted only 13 years. I wonder how long it will take the Pennsylvania Legislature to lose its Carrie Nation-like attitude and follow the enlightened laws of some states and allow the recreational use of marijuana.