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Canada: Buyer Beware
Tough to Get Mortgage, Insurance for Former Grow Op Homes, Brokers Say At first glance, the mid-century, three-level Winnipeg home was everything Sarah Fehr and her fiancee had been looking for.
US CO: Denver Campaign Wants Pot In Bars
DENVER (AP) - Beer? Wine? Or weed? A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only permit people over 21. Activists who campaigned for recreational pot legalization in Colorado have launched a petition drive to allow what they call "limited social marijuana consumption" at bars.
US CO: Denver Campaign Would Allow Marijuana Use In Bars
DENVER (AP) - Beer? Wine? Or weed? A campaign is underway to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.
US OR: Marijuana Giveaway Draws Huge Crowds at Historic Weed
A big bush of cannabis greeted visitors near the door, where 1,400 people stood in a long, snaking line, waiting hours to get their hands on one thing: seven grams of free marijuana.

Opinions

US OR: Editorial: Pot Prohibition Ends
New freedom for marijuana brings responsibility According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about one in eight Oregonians smoke marijuana at least once a month. That means more than 300,000 Oregonians are free of a cause for fear today. Those people no longer have to worry about being arrested for marijuana possession. The most important provision of Measure 91, approved by the voters last November, takes effect today, ending pot prohibition.
US CO: Editorial: Revised Pot Plan Is Still A Stretch
Backers of an initiative to allow pot consumption in Denver where it is now off limits have revised their ballot plan since we first discussed it two weeks ago. And the final version is more restrictive than the original idea. But whether the revisions go far enough to make it palatable to voters is another question.
US MD: PUB LTE: Cannabis Research In Editorial Outdated
I feel compelled to respond to your recent editorial, "Medical pot: No wonder." Sadly, the conclusions drawn in the piece are largely based on information that is (1) only peripherally relevant and (2) woefully out of date. The editorial does a disservice to readers by implying the "79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients" cited in the piece represent directly applicable - and current - research on medical cannabis.
US AZ: Column: Anti-Marijuana Campaign Says More About
Marijuana causes kids to kill themselves! It makes IQs drop!! If children accidentally eat edibles, they will be poisoned!!!

Letters

US HI: Legal Pot Lacks Lure Of Forbidden
Marijuana has been quasilegal in the Netherlands for about 40 years, yet the Dutch use cannabis at less than half the rate Americans do ("Legal pot will lead to more addiction," Star-Advertiser, Letters, June 25).
CN BC: Pot Shop Bylaws Defended
Response is common-sense approach to federal failure Re: City's pot bylaw only benefits criminals, Column, June 30
US MD: Cannabis Research In Editorial Outdated
I feel compelled to respond to your recent editorial, "Medical pot: No wonder." Sadly, the conclusions drawn in the piece are largely based on information that is (1) only peripherally relevant and (2) woefully out of date. The editorial does a disservice to readers by implying the "79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients" cited in the piece represent directly applicable - and current - research on medical cannabis.
US AZ: Let Me Make My Choices, Not Be Ruled by Your
I am truly sorry to read about Lisa James' brother's problems with addiction (Monday My Turn). However, she misses the point. The apparent difference between her and her brother is his inability to regulate his tendency for addictive behavior.
US IL: Marijuana Legalization Is Answer To Crime
I'm writing about: "Debate swirls around weather to decriminalize marijuana in Illinois" (6-27-15).
CN BC: Marijuana Propaganda Wars Have Started All Over Again
MARIJUANA PROPAGANDA WARS HAVE STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN Is a tomato grown in your garden good for you?
US FL: Tracking Marijuana Use
Re: Fact And Fiction On Medical Pot | June 22, Editorial The referenced Lancet article concluded that while pot use is higher in states that have legal pot as medicine, usage did not increase when the medical marijuana law was enacted.