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US CA: Fresno County Supervisors Frustrated by Marijuana
Fresno County supervisors expressed frustration Monday with how they're handling medical marijuana cultivation appeals, but stopped short of one board member's suggestion that they suspend the hearings.
US CA: Authorities Battle Booming Marijuana Grows
AUTHORITIES BATTLE BOOMING MARIJUANA GROWS The Proliferation of Backyard Fields - and Fear Among Residents - Has Officials Raising the Alarm.
US CO: Edibles Ban Proposed Then Quickly Shelved
Hearing Shows Disagreement on How to Best Manage Marijuana in State Colorado's health department proposed an industry-spinning ban on the sales of nearly all forms of edible marijuana at recreational pot shops Monday but then quickly backed away from the plan amid an industry outcry and questions over legality.
US DE: Marijuana Legalization Finds Support In Del.
Advocates of legalizing marijuana should be pleased: Legalization has strong support in Delaware, a 2016 target for the movement.

Opinions

US AK: OPED: Marijuana Poses Too Great a Risk; Alaska Should
With collectively over 60 years of experience in the field of medicine in Alaska, we have grave concerns about and oppose the legalization and commercialization of marijuana in Alaska. When Alaskans face this critical decision in November, it is essential that we all consider the implications to our health, our social service programs, our public safety, our youth and our communities.
US AK: Alaska's Liberal Marijuana Laws Need the Clarity
When I look at the state of Alaska's current laws on cannabis, I'm very confused at best. As a licensed medical grower who supplies my own spouse with her medicine, I've had a difficult time navigating the medical cannabis system in this state.
CN NS: Column: One Pill Can Kill
This past summer, one of my columns was entitled, "Special training needed for drug dealers." The title came from a "tongue-in-cheek" comment made by Dr. Brian Ferguson. He was upset and angry because of the deaths of young people due to use of painkiller medications.
US FL: Editorial: Our View On The Proposed Constitutional
Constitutional amendments should be rare. They should be saved for issues that the regular political process is unable or unwilling to handle.

Letters

US CA: Concerns Of Measure A Proponents Are
There seems to be some confusion about the two local medical marijuana measures on the Nov. 4 ballot (Measures A and B). Perhaps it is because the people who want to limit Butte County residents to two plants on less than 11/2 acres have not been quite truthful when presenting their arguments. Many, like Larry Wahl, are merely masquerading as newly converted environmentalists, while some people seem to be genuinely confused.
US CA: Lifesaving Medication
Re "Death rates suggest shift in drug use," Oct. 16 The article describes a small decrease in prescription pill overdoses coupled with a significant increase in heroin overdoses. This is an unintended consequence of attempts to restrict opioid prescriptions in an effort to curb overdoses.
CN SN: Don't Waste Tax Dollars on Failed Marijuana
To the editor, Regarding your thoughtful Oct. 14 editorial, there is a big difference between condoning marijuana use and protecting children from drugs.
US PA: Medical Marijuana Programs Affecting Rates of
Regarding your thoughtful Oct. 14 editorial, the ongoing federal crackdown on legal hydrocodone has unfortunately given rise to a resurgence in illegal heroin use.
Canada: Make It Harder To Get
Re Your Kids Brain On Pot (Life & Arts, Oct. 17): The point of legalization is to make it much harder for children to obtain pot. Gangsters don't care who buys their product, whether it's pot or heroin. We need to legalize and apply strict regulations, allowing public health officials - not the prison system - to deal with the negative consequences of drug use.
US OK: Decriminalize Pot
"Considerable downside to decriminalization of pot" (Our Views, Oct. 13) criticized state Sen. Connie Johnson for advocating decriminalizing marijuana use. Yet any thinking person has to recognize the wisdom of Johnson's position. Pot shouldn't be categorized as a Schedule I drug. It's not addictive like opiates or amphetamines. Despite the claims of law enforcement officials, it's not a "gateway drug."
US CA: Prop. 47 Will Spend Where We Need It Most
Regarding "Prop. 47: Right, right, right - wrong" (Oct. 16): I am a certified chemical dependency counselor working with this population for more than 20 years. Here's the truth: Treatment is more cost-effective than prison.