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CN ON: Group Calls for 'Crush' Of Gangs in West End
Residents heightened their call for police to do more to curb violence in their west-side neighbourhoods after a police announcement Monday publicizing results of a six month gang and drug operation, one day ahead of an emergency meeting about gang shootings.
CN BC: Officer's Bosses Dropped From Complaint
Constable Who Wants Drugs Legalized Said Former Chief Discriminated Against Him Former Victoria police chief Jamie Graham and Insp. Jamie Pearce have been removed from a human rights complaint filed by an officer who says he was discriminated against based on his political views.
US CO: Colorado Funds Medical Marijuana Research, A First
DENVER (AP) - Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.
US CO: Colorado To Fund Research Into Medical Pot
DENVER (AP) - Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential - a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.

Opinions

US NJ: Column: Ibogaine Is the Cure for Addiction and Is
You can read this and say I'm just a dumb stoner and a drug addict, but to be clear I'm far from stupid and I'm not addicted to anything. I don't do drugs; I only smoke "cannabis," which isn't addictive. I've known of the cure for addiction (ibogaine) since July 4, 1998, when I first met Dana Beal of the "cures-not-wars" organization at a legalize marijuana protest in Washington D.C. I admit when I first heard Dana rail on and on about ibogaine I was skeptical. My thoughts were, if there really were a cure for addictions it would be used empathetically across America to save lives. Over the years I learned differently.
US CO: Column: Couple Says Bank Account Closed for Cannabis
Cruel and unusual Institutions like JPMorgan Chase Bank have made it clear they will not work with the marijuana industry until it's federally legal to do so. It's never been clear that it wouldn't accept accounts from people who buy from the industry. But that's the situation allegedly facing couple Joy Wood and Phil Rockwell.
US WA: Editorial: Give Vets Access To Cannabis
Government agencies and legislative bodies, which usually move at a slug-like pace, can act quickly, especially if no one is particularly seeking the change. The Department of Justice announced last week that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the Associated Press reported. Never mind that many tribes oppose legalization and only a few have expressed interest in the marijuana industry. But the choice is there, just in case. (Which is a good thing.)
US PA: Editorial: Wolf, GOP Should Move On Medical Pot
All the Pundits Have Been Busily Clucking About What a Rocky Road Lies Ahead for New Gov. Tom Wolf.

Letters

US MD: Treat Pot Like Beer
Writing as a retired detective, I know the damage and danger of marijuana use ("Time for a pot caucus? Dec. 8). It is no play toy. And I believe it should be given the same rules and respect as beer.
US NY: Imprisoning Drug Offenders Does More Harm Than
Regarding the Dec. 7 Viewpoints cover story, when it comes to preventing drug abuse, mass incarceration is a cure worse than the disease. The drug war is not the promoter of family values some would have us believe. Children of inmates are at risk of educational failure, joblessness, addiction and delinquency. Not only do the children lose out, but society as a whole does, too.
US MD: Heroin Addiction Can Be Treated
Thank you for your strong, compelling editorial on heroin and drug addiction and on Gov.-elect Larry Hogan's pledge to focus on solutions to this statewide epidemic ("Overdose emergency," Dec.11). I appreciate the recognition given to Maryland-based treatment facilities such as Father Martin's Ashley and the Pain Recovery Program at Ashley. For more than 32 years, from our campus in Havre de Grace, we've been providing treatment solutions that improve lives and restore hope.
US NM: Civil Asset for Feiture Evidence of Decline
Clearly, the far right wing of this country would love to return to a medieval, feudal state with them (the 0.1 percent) as our feudal lords. During those original good old times, the lords of the realm could confiscate any property accumulated by the lower classes arbitrarily at any time.
US NY: Legalizing Recreational Pot Could Benefit New
Yes, you can toke up legally in New York in 2015: That is if the new bill passes. State Senator Liz Krueger will reintroduse a bill known as the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in 2015. If passed, this will make it legal in New York State to possess up to two ounces of pot and you can buy it at the state liquor store. You will be able to grow six pot plants for personal use. Known as "recreational marijuana" as opposed to medical marijuana, which is already legal, the pot sales will be taxed with the money going into the New York State coffers.
US AZ: Cannabis Has Many Health Benefits
Cannabis helps prevent diseases like Alzheimer's disease and many types of cancer. Cannabis is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory substances on the planet. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many, if not most, of the diseases of the human body.
US TN: Medical Marijuana Beats Prescriptions
The last 90 years have been a historical aberration in the 5,000 years of medical cannabis use. It is tragic to have prohibited such use in the same world where pharmaceuticals account for more deaths annually than all illicit drugs combined. While pharmaceuticals have their place, the numbers show that cannabis can save lives when legalized as medicine.