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US CA: Pot Backers Claim Ballot Goal
High- Profile Coalition Will Submit 600,000 Signatures to Give Voters a Chance to Legalize Marijuana.
US OH: Newest Pot Bill Would Bar Smoking
Ohioans could not legally smoke medical marijuana under a revamped proposal being rolled out today by state legislators.
US VT: House Kills Marijuana Legalization
MONTPELIER - The Vermont House on Tuesday soundly rejected a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana and create a regulated retail market for the drug, and even fell short of decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of two marijuana plants.
US VT: House Kills Marijuana Legalization
MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont House on Tuesday soundly rejected a Senate proposal to legalize marijuana and create a regulated retail market for the drug, and even fell short of decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of two marijuana plants.

Opinions

US CO: Squabble Over Pueblo County Retail Sales and a
Sued in Pueblo A Pueblo resident is suing to roll back a ballot initiative that's trying to roll back retail pot in the county. That initiative, pushed by a group called Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo, is unconstitutional according to the complaint filed this week in district court asking for injunctive relief.
US CA: Column: Alameda County Warms To The Green Rush
Fresh off a ban on all medical cannabis cultivation, it's now one of the first local governments to awaken to new state laws and the industry's revenue potential.
CN NF: Column: Smoke 'Em - and Tax 'Em - If You've Got 'Em
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the latest budget brought huge debt, a two per cent increase in the HST and shutdowns of everything from seniors' dental programs to more than half the province's public libraries.
CN BC: Editorial: Ottawa's Haze Will Clear Up
The federal government will start clearing away some of the haze about marijuana legalization. Health Minister Jane Philpott announced April 20 that the government is a year away from introducing legislation to legalize pot. The particulars are unknown and, presumably, undetermined, but the feds stressed they will look to keep the drug away from children and the profits away from gangs. Legalization strategies will be developed in consultation and co-operation with law enforcement.

Letters

CN BC: 4/20 Garbage Was No Issue
As one of the organizers of the 4/20 Vancouver rally, I object to the unfair portrayal of the garbage cleanup after the event. Every year, volunteers clean up trash. After everyone is gone, we do one last sweep and leave a central pile that the city picks up.
Canada: Government Catch-Up
Re: Why Do Vancouver Potheads Get A Free Pass?, letter to the editor, April 22. Marijuana is effectively legal in Vancouver because the people who live there want it to be so and don't see the need to wait for permission from someone in Ottawa. Rather than call for prosecution of pot stores, perhaps letter-writer Gordon Akum could ask why possession of pot in Toronto results in criminal charges. After all, the vast majority of Canadians support either decriminalization or legalization of cannabis. It's time the government caught up with the people.
Canada: Private Grow-ops
Re: Gangs Threaten Liberal Proposal, April 25. Had we legalized cannabis when the Le Dain commission opened the door, we could have got ahead of the organized crime problem. But as every parent learns, the longer you delay dealing with a problem, the more intractable it becomes.
US MN: Show Me, Using Data and Facts, Why It Can't Be
I'd like to point out some inaccuracies in the April 23 article "Marijuana wax is a rising concern." In the states that have legalized marijuana, what we haven't seen is an increase in crime. We haven't seen an increase in death. We haven't seen any real social problems in these states that stem from legalized marijuana.
US CA: Use It Or Lose It
To the Editor: First let me get off my chest a bit of family lore before I segue into the marijuana economy.
US TX: Abolish Civil Asset Forfeiture
Re: =93Texas tops in use of civil asset forfeiture =AD And it's likely to get worse, Audrey Redford says,=94 Monday Viewpoints.
US UT: Medical Marijuana
I really take issue with Richard Davis' assertion ("Medical marijuana issue will damage Democratic governor campaign," April 27) that gubernatorial hopeful Mike Weinholtz's campaign was damaged by the revelation that his wife, Donna, is under investigation for using marijuana to combat severe arthritis and nerve pain. If anything, his refreshing authenticity and truthfulness will endear him to voters.