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Canada: Canadians Mellow In Attitude Toward Legalization Of Pot
There is clear evidence to demonstrate that the so-called war on drugs has not achieved its stated objectives.
Canada: Growing Pains Hit Industry
Canada's Medical Pot Business Has Had A Few Rough Patches On Its Road To The Mainstream Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years.
Canada: Going To Pot, For Best Of Reasons
TORONTO - Smoke it, toke it, vape it, eat it - marijuana, it seems, is going mainstream. Once widely reviled by society at large as the demon weed, medical-grade cannabis is now available through federally licensed growers with a doctor's prescription. Even some highly respected health organizations are calling for the herb to be legalized and sold as a taxable commodity like alcohol, in government-regulated outlets.
Canada: Medical Pot Regime Sees Quick Growth
Low Supply, High Prices Fuel Complaints VANCOUVER - Shaun Simpson has had a migraine headache for the past seven years.

Opinions

US CA: OPED: Marijuana History
The use of marijuana stretches back more than 2,000 years. For most of American history, marijuana was legal under both federal and state law. The decline in the use of medical marijuana was accelerated by the development of other drugs, such as aspirin and opium-derived drugs. Thus, the advances in medicine helped to replace marijuana in the treatment of pain and other medical conditions.
US AZ: Column: 520 Cannabis Medical Marijuana
MAPS receives $2 million grant from Colorado for Study of Medical Marijuana for PTSD Last week, fired UA researcher Sue Sisley learned that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded the psychiatrist $2 million to her sponsor, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), for their marijuana study for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in 76 U.S. veterans.
US OK: OPED: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Last week, Oklahoma and Nebraska sued Colorado over actions Colorado has taken that have resulted in the trafficking of illegal drugs into Oklahoma and Nebraska.
US CT: Will Selling Marijuana Really Help Indian Tribes
Justice Department is attempting to solve a problem that almost no one knew about with a solution that almost no one asked for. The results -- so far, confusion and uncertainty -- have been entirely predictable.

Letters

US NC: Decriminalize Drugs
Poor, miserable, depressed people take drugs. That's the way it always has been and that's the way it always will be. It's a fact of modern life. Our solution to this situation is a "war on drugs." The reality is that it's not a war on drugs, it's a war against people. There is no doubt that the government has the right and obligation to regulate the sales of addictive, destructive and deadly substances. However, it should not come as a surprise that people will possess these substances regardless of sales regulations. It should not be a crime. By eliminating "possession" laws, the biggest point of contention between citizens and the police would be effectively removed. It really is nobody's business what "substance" an otherwise law-abiding citizen may have in their possession, even to the police. The police should really have no business searching people's bodies and effects for these substances. It's ludicrous, it's ridiculous, and it is certainly unfair to the downtrodden in our society. ... Give the police a break. Let's stop tasking them with enforcing ridiculous laws and fighting our drug war. It's not fair to them or to the people.
US TX: Eroding Trust
Regarding "Stockman bill would have banned some asset seizures" (Page B2, Tuesday), if only Steve's Stockman's bill to stop federal seizure of assets could fix bad laws instead of being a political statement.
US OK: Legal Pot Market
Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit against Colorado's marijuana law. The concern seems to be that marijuana from Colorado is coming to Oklahoma. That concerns me too.
US HI: Make It Easier For Pot Patients
Hawaii medical cannabis patients are at the end of their rope. For 14 years, they have not been able to access safe, efficacious medicine due to a hastily crafted state law that forces them to buy on the illegal market.
Australia: Legalising Drug Use
Writing for the Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association, Stephen Odgers ("Drug control needs radical rethink", canberratimes.com.au, December 23) correctly concludes the best way to achieve a reduction in levels of illicit drug-related harm would be to replace the black market for drugs with a form of legal availability under a highly regulated system and to view drug use not as a law enforcement but as a health and social issue. What is being proposed by the lawyers is not radical but has considerable evidence to support it.
US AK: Why Delay Pot Regulation?
Gov. Walker wants to extend the timeline for marijuana regulation. Grace Jang is quoted as saying the "new industry will require regulatory infrastructure that Alaska has to create from scratch ..." (ADN Dec. 20).
US WY: Cannabis Could Be Big Business For Tribes
Editor: Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes could put to good use a large harvest basket of revenue.