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US CO: Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record Levels in Rural Colorado
Drug overdose deaths are reaching record levels in a surprising corner of Colorado: the windswept southern counties where ranchers graze cattle and farmers raise corn.
US: Senator: Sentencing Reform Bill Isn't Stalled
Despite Recent Setbacks, Utah Republican Says Legislation Has Traction The co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation to reduce some mandatory minimum drug and gun sentences said Wednesday that he is hopeful Congress can still pass the bill despite recent setbacks.
US CA: Sen. Mike McGuire Floats Bill to Increase Sales Tax on
State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, introduced legislation Wednesday that would establish a 15 percent statewide sales tax on medical marijuana, a move he said was needed to help cover local government costs to control the booming cannabis industry.
Australia: Medicinal Cannabis Growers Scheme
The Turnbull government will on Wednesday introduce a national scheme into Parliament to licence medicinal cannabis growers.

Opinions

US CA: Column: Let It Burn
So many hash labs are blowing up around these parts that Humboldt Bay Fire, which services the greater Eureka area, recently declared it won't go into the burning aftermath of the explosions.
US MI: Drug Task Forces That Lose Money Will Lose Teeth
The administration has opined that our country incarcerates too many people for nonviolent drug offenses. It recently decided to address that problem. However, the only people who are going to be happy about the solution are drug dealers.
US CA: Column: Tommy Chong's Last Laugh
It was in a low-rent town in flyover country, playing a gig in front of a crowd of squares and straights in the Ronald Reagan '80s - the dark days of Just Say No, compulsory D.A.R.E. classes for children, and the crack-cocaine epidemic, all the things that led to our country's current drug-fueled incarceration crisis - when Tommy Chong really blew his audience's minds.
US AZ: Column: Social Media Hates On Weed
Last week, dispensary owners in Arizona, and other states, woke up to news their Facebook pages were deleted

Letters

US VT: Strict Controls On Marijuana
I have read about much of the conversation regarding the legalization of marijuana. We should err on the side of caution when accepting and legalizing any bill that does not adhere to certain conditions. First, I personally would like to see the creation of a state-run marijuana exchange. Any persons or industry that chooses to grow marijuana for sale would be required to sell their crop at this exchange. Growers would be given fair market value for their produce. The state marijuana market would be supplied solely through this process. At the exchange produce will be broken down for distribution. Each crop will have a batch number. Every package will have a tracking number. Every ounce will be accounted for. Residency requirements should be in place for growers. Individuals who grow whether for personal use or sale would be required a permit. Individual restrictions will apply. Industrial growers will require a pre-existing Vermont farmers license.
US CA: Syringe Solutions
Thank you for your article in The Chronicle regarding "Coordinated effort to remove syringes" (Feb. 9). I hope you'll consider exploring this subject further, looking at the root causes of the incredible increase in improperly discarded needles. Where are all these thousands of needles coming from?
CN MB: Heavenly Pot
Re: "Rolling in dough," Jan. 29. It's true, since Colorado completely re-legalized cannabis (marijuana), treating it like the relatively safe God-given plant that it is, the state has reaped huge taxes. But Canada shouldn't cleanse itself from cannabis prohibition to profit, but rather to end one of North America's worst policy failures because it's the right thing to do. The Luciferous practice of caging humans for using what God indicates He created and says is good on literally the very first page of the Bible is vulgar for developed nations. The sooner the devil law ends, the sooner the sky will stop falling in.
CN BC: Navy's Efforts Make No Difference to Drug Crime
Re: "Navy making a difference in drug war," column, Feb. 6. If the navy stopped chasing around the world for various drug shipments, would we notice any difference here at home? Were things a lot worse with respect to drug-induced crime before this program started back in 2006? Were the gangs more numerous then than they are today? Are we winning the war on drugs now?
CN ON: Grieving Grandfather Should Lobby For Drug Law
To the editor: Re: Don't open the gateway of marijuana to harder drugs: bereaved grandfather How sad that a grieving grandfather wants no changes to the law that was in place when his grandson died.
CN SN: Column Inaccurate
Re: Why is marijuana legal in Vancouver and not Saskatoon (Feb. 4). CanniMed has 290 prescribing physicians in Saskatchewan with 136 physicians in Saskatoon alone, who have authorized patients to access medical marijuana through the legal Health Canada sanctioned Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations system.
US FL: Give Consideration To Legalized Pot
I remain so disappointed in the lawmakers unwilling to see the benefits of legalizing marijuana completely. It helps with more things that ail a person than what will be medically prescribed eventually. I realize this is a backwards state, just one, among several others. The laws imposed upon us, by people who can drink their way into oblivion, if they choose, is kind of hypocritical ... don't you think? They are stuck in a time warp and can't see past their rigid beliefs. Legalize it. Put laws on it. No difference than the rules for drinking. It is not a gateway drug.