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Australia: $9 Million To Trial Medical Marijuana
CHILDREN with severe epilepsy and terminally ill adults may be treated with medical marijuana under a NSW clinical trial.
Canada: Going To Pot
As Attitudes Toward Marijuana Mellow, Could Legalization Be Next? Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it - marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor's prescription and even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb to be legalized and sold as a taxable commodity like alcohol, in government-regulated outlets.
US OK: Marijuana Trade Could Snag In Oklahoma's Tribal
OKLAHOMA CITY - Despite getting the federal government's go-ahead to grow and sell marijuana, local tribes are showing little interest in expanding into the trade.
Australia: Canton Teacher Allegedly Allowed Her Children
A 40-year-old middle school teacher was arrested Tuesday for allegedly allowing minors to smoke marijuana at her home in Cherokee County and two of them may have been her children.

Opinions

Philippines: Editorial: Credible Probe
If President Aquino wants to get the whole, unvarnished truth about drug deals and luxurious privileges enjoyed by certain VIP inmates at the New Bilibid Prison, it would be best to let another agency outside the Department of Justice handle the probe. Or else he can give the Office of the Ombudsman a free hand in its ongoing probe, with orders for the DOJ and its agencies including the Bureau of Corrections and NBP to extend full cooperation.
US CA: Column: Remembering Marijuana POWs
The letters sent from prison inmates follow a script. In block letters, handwritten in pencil, as many words as possible are squeezed onto irregular scraps of paper. Sentences are vague and innocuous so as to not raise the hackles of the prison censor. They're also profoundly depressing, even when the prisoner claims to be in good spirits.
US CO: Column: States Sue Over Cannabis, Colorado Approves
Or change your laws As the beginning of the lawsuit filed last week puts it, "Come now the States of Nebraska and Oklahoma, by and through their Attorneys General" ... to stop legalized marijuana. The states are suing the state of Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to get the federal government to curtail Colorado's industry.
US VA: OPED: Time For Marijuana Reform In Virginia
The last time a marijuana decriminalization bill was introduced in the Virginia General Assembly the year was 2011 and the patron was Del. Harvey Morgan, R-Gloucester, a former assistant clinical professor of pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University's medical school. The bill never made it out of committee. The Virginia General Assembly will again consider a marijuana decriminalization bill in the 2015 session, this one sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria).

Letters

US AK: Why Delay Pot Regulation?
Gov. Walker wants to extend the timeline for marijuana regulation. Grace Jang is quoted as saying the "new industry will require regulatory infrastructure that Alaska has to create from scratch ..." (ADN Dec. 20).
US WY: Cannabis Could Be Big Business For Tribes
Editor: Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes could put to good use a large harvest basket of revenue.
US PA: Marijuana Lifesaver
Editor: Regarding your Dec. 15 editorial (Our Opinion, "Authorize Medicinal Pot"), medical marijuana has lifesaving benefits that extend beyond patient relief.
US MD: Methadone Is the Most Effective Therapy for
As a physician working on the front lines of addiction treatment and research in Baltimore, I read Lisa Lowe's recent op-ed with great interest but also with some perplexity ("Addiction services needed more than statistics," Dec. 18).
US CA: The Taxation Of New Pot Shops
Re "Mixed messages on pot shops," Editorial, Dec. 16 The Times correctly criticizes the city of Los Angeles for continuing to collect business taxes from new pot shops that are actually not allowed to be open under Measure D.
US CA: Complaint Driven Ordinance?
Before the last election when Measure S, the proposal to make some sensible changes to the county's current medical marijuana ordinance was on the ballot, our local sheriff repeatedly stated that the current "nuisance" ordinance was "complaint driven."
US MI: Do The Research On Marijuana
How long-term marijuana use effects the human brain is a pivotal question before any legalization can occur nationally. Although alcohol remains legal despite the massive evidence on the dangers associated with long-term use, the fight to make marijuana available, both for its medical properties (especially important in selectively killing cancer cells) and for non-medical/recreational use, is hinged on claims made about marijuana's effects on the individual user.