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US NM: SF Panel Criticizes New Pot Ordinance
SANTA FE - Santa Fe's advisory Public Safety Committee on Tuesday panned the city's new ordinance that decriminalizes possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
US FL: Pot Debated -- Eventually
It was part marijuana debate and part voter-registration drive, with a distinctly Democratic tilt.
Canada: Cellphone Seizures In Prisons On The Rise
Officials Seek Ways to Stem Criminal Activity OTTAWA - Annual seizures of mobile phones from federal prisoners have more than doubled in recent years as correctional officials try to prevent their clandestine use in drug trafficking and organized crime.
Canada: Cellphone Seizures Spike As Officials Scramble to Keep
OTTAWA - Annual seizures of mobile phones from federal prisoners have more than doubled in recent years as correctional officials try to prevent their clandestine use in drug trafficking and organized crime.

Opinions

US CA: Column: Anyone Can Get Their Medicine
ANYONE CAN GET THEIR MEDICINE Not long ago, a friend of mine visited the doctor. Afterward, I asked him for the diagnosis. "Good news," he said with a grin. "I'm still sick."
US CO: Column: City Council Kills Pot Vote, RMJ Tops MMJ
Council nixes pot vote Last week, Colorado Springs City Council voted 6 to 3 to kill an ordinance that would have allowed locals to vote in April on whether the city should accept recreational-marijuana stores. The idea was brought months ago by local advocacy group Every Vote Counts, but Councilor Jill Gaebler was left as the sole proponent after group members did not appear at subsequent meetings, including last Tuesday's, when Gaebler joined Councilors Jan Martin and Helen Collins as the only votes in favor of referral.
US FL: Former Justices: Five Reasons To Reject Amendment
Special To The Tampa Tribune As former Florida Supreme Court justices, we once took an oath to protect the constitution of the state of Florida. Today, we call on all Floridians to protect it by voting 'no' on Amendment 2. This amendment, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, should be rejected - regardless of one's position on the issue of medical marijuana.
CN AB: OPED: 'War on Drugs' An Exercise in Futility
Efforts Should Focus on Reducing Demand, Not Trying to Curb Sales The "war on drugs" has been waged for 40 years and by any objective assessment is very far from being won.

Letters

US TN: Legalize Drugs
Let me be clear from the start. I hate drugs. I hate what drugs do to the individual and the family and I do not believe anyone should take any drug not prescribed. With that said, I firmly believe all drugs should be made legal.
US PA: Pennsylvania Can Have Country's Best Medical
Pennsylvania has not only become part of the national movement to legalize medical marijuana, but has shown the rest of the country what a really well written bill looks like. SB 1182 is considered the best in the country. It's so good that the Senate floor vote on Sept 16 should be 46-4 or better. It was voted out of the law and justice committee unanimously.
US DC: When Police Seize Property
The Sept. 11 editorial "The sheriffs of Nottingham" said that Congress and the states should demand that forfeited assets not be used to fund police operations and that they should limit the application of civil forfeiture to kingpins. Both of these recommendations are wrong. It is altogether right that cash and other property forfeited by lawbreakers be used to help enforce the law. And it would be wrong to limit forfeiture to kingpins. Why should small-time criminals get a pass? There are many more small-timers than kingpins. The instruments and fruits of their crimes should be forfeited, too.
US FL: An Antidote To Nonsense
One of the best reasons to support Amendment 2 is that it would end the criminalization of severe pain patients and begin to show voters that the monsters-under-the-bed stories they've been told all their lives about cannabis are nonsense.
US FL: Read It For Yourself
Re: Sept. 10, Commentary The former justices provide virtually no quotations from Amendment 2 to support anything they say. 'Most voters don't have the time or inclination,' they say, 'to read the full text of the actual amendment. We have read the amendment and studied its impact. And we are troubled.'
US TN: Money Can Be Made By Pot Legalization
I thoroughly enjoyed your article concerning the growing amount of pot dispensaries in Colorado and Washington. It was interesting to learn about the large profit margins these businesses enjoy.
US DC: Guilty Until Proven Innocent
The behavior described in the "Stop and seize" series [front page, Sept. 7-9] resembles an extortionist fishing expedition based on the "hunch" of police officers. These hunches (along with details that infringe on motorists' privacy) are then entered into a database with only loose oversight.