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US FL: Medical-Pot Rules to Be Rewritten; Dec. 30 Public
The Florida Department of Health will not appeal a judge's ruling that it must write new regulations for medical marijuana and instead announced a public hearing on the matter for Orlando on Dec. 30.
France: An Effort to Ban the 'E-Joint'
(AP) - France's health minister has said she wants to ban a cannabis-extract electronic cigarette that has been launched in France.
CN AB: Weed Referral Service Sees 'Exploding' Demand for Drug
Bud Business Booms. Patients Offered Fast-Track Marijuana Prescriptions "Weed helped me because it heightens my mood, saving me from the harsh reality."
US: States File Suit Over Colorado Pot
A pair of states on Thursday filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to strike down Colorado's laws that legalize recreational marijuana.

Opinions

US PA: Editorial: Authorize Medicinal Pot
If Pennsylvania House members had been asked to legalize marijuana for recreational use, their commitment to delay would be understandable. Legalization in Colorado, Oregon and Washington is a work in progress, an experiment that could guide other states in the future.
US CO: Column: Trying To Grok Congress And Cannabis
It's impossible to understand the labyrinthine rhyme or reason behind any part of the Goliath spending bill passed by Congress to keep the government running another year. A bill that includes a rider that, for instance, would give Wall Street the same opportunities to be reckless with investments on the government dime like it did back in the early 2000s again sounds like lunacy to me.
US CA: Column: Where Have All The Flower People Gone?
Why do activists flock to the Emerald Cup, as Tim Blake tells the Journal in this weeks' issue? It crosses my mind - somewhat pessimistically, I will admit - that marijuana activism is relatively easy. It's not a difficult position to take, that weed is a relatively harmless drug. It doesn't take a leap to imagine that cannabis has health benefits for both the sick and well. It's also something that's inherently fun for millions of users around the world. So it's not difficult to build a really big party around a collection of academic seminars and panels. You can't throw an "end police brutality" festival with beer and musicians and expect 10,000 people to pay $40 to get in. (Those are called marches, or sit-ins, and they are incredibly dangerous for participants, as we're seeing all over the U.S.)
US AZ: Column: All About The Cannabinoids
We get back to where we left off on the world of cannabidiols and tetrahydrocannabinols Much has been made recently about a specific variety of cannabis known as Charlottes Web. There was a young epileptic girl in Colorado named Charlotte Figi who benefited from oil high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produced from the minimally psychoactive cannabis strain.

Letters

US MD: D.C. Pot Law Is None of Harris' Business
I am sick of Republican politicians who follow their own agenda rather than the will of the people who elected them.
US AR: State's Drug Policy Needs Review
Regarding "How We See It: Prison Ideas Offer Hope for Solutions" (Dec. 4): If no one else is willing to spell it out, I will. Much of the overcrowding in Arkansas prisons is caused by state legislators who know they stand a greater chance of getting elected if they take a get-tough-on-drugs stance, and by law enforcement agencies who profit from the war on drugs via federal grant money and asset forfeiture laws. It's in the interest of both groups to broaden the definition of "lawbreakers" to be as inclusive as possible. In other words, the problem is systemic.
US CA: Regarding Measure A
Re "Pot 'O money" (Downstroke, Dec. 11): California NORML objects strenuously to Butte County's requirement that medical marijuana be cultivated in a contiguous space, and to the proposed "Stay in the Box" campaign advanced by the Butte County Sheriff's Office to ensure compliance with this scheme.
US MD: Treat Pot Like Beer
Writing as a retired detective, I know the damage and danger of marijuana use ("Time for a pot caucus? Dec. 8). It is no play toy. And I believe it should be given the same rules and respect as beer.
US NY: Imprisoning Drug Offenders Does More Harm Than
Regarding the Dec. 7 Viewpoints cover story, when it comes to preventing drug abuse, mass incarceration is a cure worse than the disease. The drug war is not the promoter of family values some would have us believe. Children of inmates are at risk of educational failure, joblessness, addiction and delinquency. Not only do the children lose out, but society as a whole does, too.
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.