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US DC: FBI Drug Agent Risked All To Feed Heroin Habit
He Was Stealing Seized Evidence Even As Agency Was Hailing His Work "How do you tell someone you've idolized your entire life that you're a heroin addict?" Matthew Lowry, who kept his addiction hidden from his father and others
US MD: Medical Cannabis Moving Closer
With the state publishing draft regulations for medical marijuana and an infrastructure for growing and distributing it coming into view, Marylanders who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating disease could gain access to the drug by the middle of next year.
US CA: Deputies Now Equipped With Anti-Overdose Tool Naloxone
Sheriff's Department Reports 11 Lives Saved Since the start of a pilot program last year, patrol deputies in the Sheriff's Department have been equipped to administer a drug that counteracts the effects of heroin or other opioid overdoses.
US: Marijuana and U.S. Intelligence Don't Go Together, Say the
WASHINGTON - For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and FBI agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.

Opinions

US CO: Editorial: Moment Of Truth For Medical Pot
With so little scientific evidence that medical marijuana does what it is purported to do, it may be time to retire the medical model - at least in states like Colorado where marijuana can be legally purchased by any adult.
CN BC: Column: Pot Shop Regulations And What They Mean
Now that council decided to regulate illegal marijuana dispensaries, you probably have some questions.
US OH: OPED: Ohio Marijuana Plan's Greedy Backers Are
A group of ambitious capitalists in Ohio, under the name of Responsible Ohio, want to amend the state constitution to give them control of the legal marijuana market in the state.
US MN: OPED: Case Against Colorado's Pot Law
Lifting the prohibition might make sense, but it's not the issue. The Constitution is. As surely as presidential candidates promise to change Washington, nominees for attorney general pledge to uphold the law, not personal policy preferences. Loretta Lynch, now the 83rd attorney general of the United States, was no different when she made her case to Congress in January. Trying to distinguish herself from her lightning rod of a predecessor, Eric H. Holder Jr., she said the law would be her "lodestar."

Letters

US AZ: Illegal Drug Trade Raises More Worries Than
Re: "Recreational pot is bad - just meet my brother," Monday My Turn by Lisa James. Ms. James' commentary is understandable and sad, except it begs such questions as "would making pot legal be any better for her brother? Or any other addict?"
US HI: Dispensary Critics Sorely Misinformed
Joann Breeden's letter is both misinformed and misleading ("Legal pot will lead to more addiction," Star-Advertiser, June 25).
US HI: Colorado Better Off Since Legalizing Pot
Bill Funk and Rep. Marcus Oshiro have not been paying attention to actual data coming out of Colorado ("More pot means more problems," Star-Advertiser, Letters, June 17; "For-profit marijuana will be dangerous," Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, June 14).
US MA: Epstein: Joining The Conversation On
The conversation about "legalizing" marijuana begins with acceptance of the principle that adults possess the right to acquire, possess,consume, and cultivate it for their personal use and that of their household members and adult guests.
US CA: County Has No Money for Anything but Fighting
At a time when there is a shortage of police officers in our major cities in Butte County, the Board of Supervisors continues to brag about how well Measure A is doing.
US AZ: Why Ignore the Cartels When We Debate
Cautiously avoiding deadly contact with the third rail, we are shy about any mention of Mexican cartels in the context of marijuana.
US CA: Marijuana Suit Doesn't Hold Up
Re "The case against Colorado's pot law," Opinion, June 25 It is relatively easy to grow cannabis anywhere, including Nebraska and Oklahoma, both of which are suing Colorado. In addition, the criminal databases in both those states show that marijuana cultivation, possession and distribution existed there long before Colorado legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.