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US FL: Volusia Deputy Shoots, Kills Unarmed Man While Serving
Official: Unarmed Suspect Shot In Face While Resisting Drug Search DELTONA - A Deltona man was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a Volusia County deputy who was entering the home Wednesday morning on a narcotics search warrant, an official said.
CN SN: 'Tis the Season for Needle Discovery
Safe Handling Methods Crucial to Cleaning Up Across Prince Albert, the snow is disappearing and needles are appearing.
US CO: State Asks High Court To Reject Suit
AG Coffan Says Neb., Okla. Are Meddling With Colorado Pot Laws Arguing that two neighboring states are dangerously meddling with Colorado's marijuana laws, state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a landmark lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma over marijuana legalization.
US CO: City DA Drops Charges In Blast
The Arrest Was a Test Case on the Validity of Concentrated-Pot Laws. Denver prosecutors Friday dismissed all charges against a man whose arrest became a test case for whether the state's laws against making concentrated pot are still valid.

Opinions

US CO: Editorial: Don't Give Up On Edibles Mandate
The state Senate's Health and Human Services Committee dug in its heels Wednesday and, with a commendable 5-0 vote, gave a resounding "no" to a proposal to water down current requirements that marijuana edible products be easily identifiable - even outside their packaging.
US DC: Editorial: The Weed That Wasn't
In Zealously Punishing an 11-Year-Old, Officials Exhibit Clouded Judgment. THE NEWS is full of instances in which deficits in common sense produce bad outcomes. But rarely is the deficit so clear, or the outcome so wretched, as in the case of a sixth-grade boy in Bedford County, Va., who received a year-long suspension from school for possessing a single leaf of marijuana - which, on closer inspection, turned out not to be marijuana at all.
US WA: Editorial: Update Marijuana Law
WASHINGTON'S experiment with legal recreational marijuana is "teetering on the brink" of a market failure. That is the candid assessment of Hayden Woodard, a state-licensed grower in Dallesport who hasn't given himself a paycheck in a year.
US CA: Asking the Tough Questions on Legalizing Pot
Newsom Learned Lesson of Prop. 47 A blue ribbon commission led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom deserves a pat on the back for taking a thoughtful approach to a likely 2016 initiative to legalize marijuana in California.

Letters

US NY: End the Loss of Driver's Licenses for Drug
To the Editor: "Job Hunting With a Criminal Record" (editorial, March 19) rightly highlights the unjust challenges ex-offenders face in the job market. I applaud ban-the-box laws, which, as you say, "require employers to consider applicants more fully before asking about their criminal history," and we have done that for Delaware state jobs. To reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, I'm hopeful that my state will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
US DC: The Lasting Burden Of Drug Crimes
Regarding the March 20 Metro article "Bowser weighs in on 'Black America' ": If Americans are troubled by the disparity of income between African Americans and white Americans, one tactic would go a long way to reduce it: Correct the country's racist policies regarding drug crimes. White Americans consume drugs at virtually the same rate as blacks, research shows. Yet black Americans are about twice as likely to be arrested for a drug offense as whites, and they are about four times as likely as white defendants to end up in prison.
US CA: End Federal Pot Prohibition
Re: "Fed should respect state laws on medical marijuana" [Opinion, March 22]: Not only should our federal government respect state laws on medical marijuana, but marijuana prohibition as a federal policy needs to end. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has almost double the lifetime rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana has been legally available for decades. The criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign. In California and across the nation, it's time to stop the pointless arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.
US AZ: Policies Need To Hammer Organized Crime
Regarding Bill Richardson'=C2=80=C2=99s March 8 op-ed, there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalization. Switzerland'=C2=80=C2=99 s heroin maintenance program has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardized doses in a clinical setting. The success of the Swiss program has inspired heroin maintenance pilot projects in Canada, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands. If expanded, prescription heroin maintenance would deprive organized crime of a core client base. This would render illegal heroin trafficking unprofitable and spare future generations addiction.
US CA: Medicinal Oil For The Prince Of Peace
Big business interests should not be allowed to outlaw home cultivation. You cannot patent a plant, only the strains you have created. If home cultivation is forbidden, the number of strains available to patients and public alike will be limited to those that enrich a few wealthy, greedy, morally unscrupulous people who favor "limited prohibition" in order to line their own pockets.
US CA: The Current System Works
Every responsible adult in California over the age of eighteen already has access to medical cannabis for nearly any condition he or she deems it to be helpful for, including stress, anxiety and sleeping disorders. Google "medical cannabis doctor" and you will see the many inexpensive local medical cannabis doctor options you have to choose from.
US CT: Needle-Exchange Program Was Daniels' 'Greatest
Several years ago at a public forum, I found myself sitting in front of Mayor John Daniels. I took the opportunity to ask him what he thought was the greatest legacy of his administration. He responded that community policing would have been his greatest legacy but that the city had all but abandoned it. Fortunately this approach to law enforcement has since been restored.