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US LA: Guns Or Marijuana? Some Patients Will Have To Make The Choice
As Louisiana's medical marijuana program takes shape some patients might have to make a difficult choice: keep their gun ownership rights or participate in the program.
US PA: A 'Game-Changer' For Pa. Medical Marijuana Flower Goes On Sale
NEXT WEEK Medical marijuana dispensaries in Pennsylvania are bracing for a surge in new customers when vaporizable "flower" -- the most popular and recognizable form of cannabis -- goes on sale on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
US: Public Faith In Marijuana Outpaces Medical Research, Study Finds
Despite limited evidence, Americans have an increasingly positive view of the health benefits of marijuana. Nearly two-thirds believe pot can reduce pain, while close to half say it improves symptoms of anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis, according to a new online survey of 9,003 adults.
US NJ: Report: New Jersey Puts Temporary Hold On Marijuana Cases
New Jersey's attorney general has announced an immediate adjournment of all marijuana cases in municipal courts statewide until at least September.

Opinions

US Only Congress Can Keep Jeff Sessions' Reefer Madness In
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions' decision to withdraw an Obama-era directive discouraging the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized pot shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with Sessions' views on drug laws.
US: Editorial: Repeal Prohibition, Again
The federal government should follow the growing movement in the states and repeal the ban on marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
US NJ: Like Jersey City, Murphy's AG Takes The High Ground
Jersey City's mayor is planting himself at the forefront of a national movement to stop destroying people's lives for having a little marijuana.
US: The CDC Director's Deeply Personal Reason For Fighting
HIS SON NEARLY DIED OF AN OVERDOSE One of the nation's top public-health officials has explained why the fight against the opioid epidemic is so personal to him.

Letters

US MA: Marijuana No Barrier To Safe Driving
To the editor: Your June 28 editorial, "Marijuana-impaired drivers a growing danger," lacks a rational basis for crying wolf. In fact, marijuana consumption's negligible impact on driving ability pales next to alcohol and distraction by smartphone use.
US: What Failure?
According to Messrs. Kennedy and Sabet, cannabis legalization is "a failed experiment." But in Washington state, which like Colorado legalized in 2012, support has increased from 56% to an astounding 78%. Some failure!
US: Opiates Are Far More Harmful Than Marijuana
It makes sense to make marijuana readily available as a less harmful alternative to truly harmful drugs such as opiates. Why would a drug pusher carry marijuana in his inventory when you can buy it over the counter? Messrs. Kennedy and Sabet are behind the times.
US: Prohibitionists Never Learn
The authors suffer from the same confirmation bias and first-order thinking that begot the demonstrably unsuccessful war on drugs and has sustained it, to tragic effect, for nearly 50 years. Despite enormous expense and countless American lives lost to street violence and incarceration, access to and abuse of marijuana and other drugs remains as prevalent as ever. Why, then, do intelligent people refuse to accept that the goals of the antidrug crusade haven't been, and cannot be, achieved by prohibition?
CN BC: Pot Legalization Will Enable More Research
The costs and benefits of cannabis and cannabis policies are difficult to calculate, but cannabis legalization will remove many impediments to research.
US CA: Beer Sold At Fresno State Games. How About Pot?
Beer sales worked at Fresno State games, so how about pot at campus poetry readings? I was pleased to read that the (Fresno State) athletic department benefited financially from beer sales at their games. We all know beer and sports go nicely together. Perhaps the other departments at Fresno State should take their cues from this, but instead of serving beer, sell cannabis. It's legal (semi) now and probably just as profitable.
CN AB: Evidence Shows Safe-Injection Sites Work
Jason Kenney stated recently that the best way to combat drug addition in general, and the opioid crisis in particular, is by controlling supply. This demonstrates that he is little more than a cynical, career politician. He will say whatever he thinks will resonate with his base in the hope of becoming the next premier.