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US NY: NY Governor Signs Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For PTSD
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana.
Philippines: When Trump Meets The Philippines' Duterte, 'Drug War'
In President Rodrigo Duterte's Philippines, the police, with his explicit support, have killed thousands of alleged drug dealers and users without due process, some while they were in jail, or asleep, or at home with their families. They allegedly shot a 17-year-old while he was in custody, then dumped his remains in an alley. The youngest victim was 4.
US CA: Colton Group Petitioning To Put Citizen-Backed Marijuana
A citizens committee in Colton has launched an initiative to regulate and tax local cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution in order to generate millions of dollars in revenue for law enforcement, schools and public safety programs.
US MI: You Can Be Fired For Medical Marijuana. Advocates Want That To
Can you be fired in Michigan for using medical marijuana? Joseph Casias injured his knee at the Battle Creek Wal-Mart where he worked in 2009.

Opinions

CN BC: OPED: Time For Canada To Build On The B.C. Bud Brand
Pot entrepreneurs should be encouraged, says Paul Clark. Entrepreneurial ism and innovation are key ingredients to Canada's domestic economy and its international competitiveness. For example, France has a vibrant wine industry, Cuba is recognized for its cigars, China has a strong manufacturing role, and Italy and France have their fashion brands.
CN BC: Editorial: Better Safe Than Sorry
The fentanyl crisis in B.C. continues to worsen. In the past five years, the province has gone from 12 fentanyl-related deaths to 823 between between January and August this year.
CN BC: Editorial: Lighting Up The Economy
Being illegal - for now - makes it hard to pin down just how big the market for marijuana is, but one estimate suggests it's at least as large as hard liquor sales, about $5 billion annually.
CN BC: Column: D-E-C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L-I-Z-E
A quarter-century ago, Abbotsford had its moment of clarity with respect to drugs and gangs. After repeated denials by the city's municipal police department that gangs were active in the Fraser Valley city, the truth was laid bare when 18-year-old Kirby Martin was shot and killed in a parking lot of a mall along the city's main strip, South Fraser Way.

Letters

CN BC: We Need To Value Lives Over Votes In Drug Crisis
Editor: The question is not when our government will decriminalize personal possession and provide a safe clean drug source, like we do for alcohol and soon to be marijuana, but how many more families will be devastated with the loss of a loved one before a government is brave enough to value lives over votes.
US: Competitive Pricing Dogs Californi's Heavy Pot Tax
Regarding your editorial "High on Incentives" (Nov. 2): After the 21st Amendment lifting prohibition in 1933, the excise tax rate on alcohol was adjusted down to around 5% to undercut moonshiners and to eliminate any continuing profit for the mob. Later, the excise tax rate was adjusted up to approximately 15%. Mentor Capital's elasticity analysis of the cannabis tax load in various locales versus illegal marijuana-market activity shows a roughly inverse linear relationship. That is if the tax rate is 45%, the illegal market will be 45% of the whole cannabis market.
CN BC: Let The Market Set Pot Prices
Re: "Legalized pot expected to have 'significant impact' on police work," Nov. 1. I just read an article about legalized marijuana dramatically increasing the workload for police forces across the country. This makes no sense.
CN BC: In Support Of Cannabis Dispensaries
To: Mayor and Council of the City of West Kelowna I find myself writing this in support of the cannabis dispensaries in West Kelowna which have either been closed or are threatened to be closed by this current council. Over the past one-and-a-half years I have been a regular customer of a number of those businesses. They have become an important part of our daily lives dealing with arthritis, achy backs, anxiety, stomach issues, restless leg syndrome, etc. etc. The cannabis products provided by these businesses have been instrumental in helping us enjoy our time at this point in our lives. We (my wife and I ) are in our late 50s and have found that we prefer to use more natural methods to tend to our more minor health issues if possible and these dispensaries provide this for us and thousands of others in your community.
CN AB: MP Misses Point Of Safe Injection Sites
Re. "MP hosts impassioned debate over supervised injection sites in southwest," Oct. 30 The title should have been "MP misses the point." Supervised consumption services (SCS) primarily save lives, and anyone who has lost a loved one can tell you how important that is.
CN BC: Solve Crisis By Legalizing Drugs
Editor: We need to seriously consider legalization of illegal substances, as this cannot continue. In countries such as Portugal, statistics show overdoses, crime and addiction rates decreased following legalization.
CN BC: Legalization Means Regulation -- A Good Thing
Dear Editor, Re: "This bud's for you?" Feature, Oct. 20. I'm surprised Coun. Chak Au is so worried about marijuana legislation, when the proposed legislation is designed to regulate marijuana, not encourage its use.