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US CA: Double-Jointed Yoga
Marijuana Brings a Relaxed Aspect to the Ancient Meditative Practice In a small South of Market studio, yoga is practiced on, shall we say, a higher level.
US: Survey: No Jump In Teen Pot Use In Past Four Years
The Findings Come Even As the U.S. Has Seen Changes in Legality and Availability. Teen use of marijuana has not increased in the past four years nationwide, even as the country has undergone a transformation in marijuana's legality and availability, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday.
US: DC Pot Fight Has States Watching For Outcome
Congress can only control District sales (AP) - It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter.
US AK: Assembly Kills Proposal to Ban Marijuana Sales in
An ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in Anchorage failed after four hours of public testimony and debate in Assembly chambers Tuesday night.

Opinions

US CA: Editorial: Native American Tribes and the Marijuana
As if state and federal drug policies weren't already a mishmash of contradiction and confusion, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that Native American tribes can grow or sell marijuana on their reservations, even in states that have not legalized pot for medicinal or recreational purposes. The decision was a further recognition of the sovereignty of Indian lands. But its ramifications will be felt far beyond the reservations.
US CA: Column: Lawyers, Gaza, And Marijuana
LAWYERS, GAZA, AND MARIJUANA Alcohol and marijuana do not mix. Just ask Lagunitas: In 2006, the Petaluma-based microbrewer's weekly beer tastings went on an infamous hiatus after state liquor officers discovered some of those drinking there were also smoking marijuana (let's hope ABC never pays a visit to the Zeitgeist back patio).
US MI: Column: Looking Back On Marijuana Gains In 2014
Looking back on 2014, it was a tremendous year for marijuana activists with two more states legalizing, California lowering penalties for low level crime, New York City decriminalizing possession of small amounts, eight cities in Michigan legalizing, Guam voting for medical use, and generally the public opinion numbers kept moving in the right direction. Washington, D.C., legalized, but since the city is a federal district Congress has to approve. However, hardline anti-marijuana Republicans are making that look iffy at the moment.
CN NS: Editorial: Missing The Boat On Medical Marijuana
When it comes to health care, we need to be open to new means of helping people. Medical marijuana comes with built-in controversy because it's been an illegal substance for so many decades. It's time to get rid of that stigma and have a more honest review of the potential medicinal benefits.

Letters

US MD: Heroin Addiction Can Be Treated
Thank you for your strong, compelling editorial on heroin and drug addiction and on Gov.-elect Larry Hogan's pledge to focus on solutions to this statewide epidemic ("Overdose emergency," Dec.11). I appreciate the recognition given to Maryland-based treatment facilities such as Father Martin's Ashley and the Pain Recovery Program at Ashley. For more than 32 years, from our campus in Havre de Grace, we've been providing treatment solutions that improve lives and restore hope.
US NM: Civil Asset for Feiture Evidence of Decline
Clearly, the far right wing of this country would love to return to a medieval, feudal state with them (the 0.1 percent) as our feudal lords. During those original good old times, the lords of the realm could confiscate any property accumulated by the lower classes arbitrarily at any time.
US NY: Legalizing Recreational Pot Could Benefit New
Yes, you can toke up legally in New York in 2015: That is if the new bill passes. State Senator Liz Krueger will reintroduse a bill known as the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in 2015. If passed, this will make it legal in New York State to possess up to two ounces of pot and you can buy it at the state liquor store. You will be able to grow six pot plants for personal use. Known as "recreational marijuana" as opposed to medical marijuana, which is already legal, the pot sales will be taxed with the money going into the New York State coffers.
US AZ: Cannabis Has Many Health Benefits
Cannabis helps prevent diseases like Alzheimer's disease and many types of cancer. Cannabis is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory substances on the planet. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many, if not most, of the diseases of the human body.
US TN: Medical Marijuana Beats Prescriptions
The last 90 years have been a historical aberration in the 5,000 years of medical cannabis use. It is tragic to have prohibited such use in the same world where pharmaceuticals account for more deaths annually than all illicit drugs combined. While pharmaceuticals have their place, the numbers show that cannabis can save lives when legalized as medicine.
US TX: U.S. Drug Policy
Regarding "Wise counsel" (Page B8, Thursday), Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland is to be commended for speaking out against marijuana prohibition.
CN MB: The Cost Of Doing Business
The article on Project Distress ( Drug arrests target higher echelons, Dec. 12) has a misleading title. To the drug dealer, police drug sweeps are merely a cost of doing business, and to police, they are little more than a public relations gesture. Since the Harrison Act was passed in the U.S. in 1914, drugs have only gotten cheaper, purer and more readily available.