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Philippines: 300 Dead In President's War On Drugs
Country 'Drowning' Bishops, UN and Even Vice-President Alarmed at Vigilante Violence The new Philippines government's war on drugs has already killed almost 300 people since the start of July - but President Rodrigo Duterte wants the authorities to escalate the war.
Philippines: Top Visayas Cop Bares Offer by Vigilantes to Help
CEBU CITY-The highest-ranking police official in Central Visayas revealed an offer made by what he said is a vigilante group to help the police bring down drug suspects as part of the Duterte administration's war on drugs.
Philippines: CHR Probes Drug Kills
At least eight cases that bore the marks of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects are now being investigated by the Commission on Human Rights in Central Visayas (CHR-7).
Philippines: QC Cops in 'Cleansing' Mode, Kill Peer for
A MEMBER of the Quezon City Police District's (QCPD) antinarcotics division, whom the high command had monitored for allegedly reselling drugs seized in big-time raids and arrests, was shot dead by fellow officers who were carrying out what their leader called an "internal cleansing" of their ranks.

Opinions

US OR: Editorial: Black Market Threatens A Legal Industry
It's been suspected for some time that a lot more marijuana was being produced by medical growers than could be consumed by patients, and now the evidence is beginning to surface.
US: Column: NFL's Logic Is Mixed Up About Medical Marijuana
Veteran offensive tackle Eugene Monroe retired from the NFL last week at 29. Like many ex-players, he left the game early because of concerns about concussions and his overall health.
US CO: Editorial: Docs Gone Wild On Pot Referrals
It would be impossible to argue these days in Colorado that patients who use medical marijuana aren't getting a pretty good deal.
US CO: Weed Doctors Sue Medical Board Over 'Arbitrary'
Last week, the Colorado Medical Board suspended the licenses of four doctors for allegedly recommending too much marijuana to patients. The doctors turned around and sued the health board, winning a temporary stay on the suspensions while they decide whether to proceed in administrative court or district court. This is the most sweeping punishment doled out to medical marijuana doctors in the system's nearly 20-year existence.

Letters

US FL: Try This Bold Proposal to Save Social Security
The answer to sustaining Social Security and possibly paying down the national debt is very simple. Legalize marijuana and don't tax it but let the government produce and sell it as a government-run business.
CN ON: Better Than Alternative
At the time of this letter, 58% of people voted "no" on "Are you OK with three safe injection sites being allowed to operate in Toronto?" (July 15). I personally would rather see that than needles found in parks and playgrounds and the spread of intravenous disease caused by shared needles. Drug users with hep C and HIV have sex with our sons and daughters. Though abstinence may be ideal in prevention, it is not always likely. The program in B.C. also cut down on overdoses.
CN BC: Laws Need To Change To Stop Overdoses
Will the number of overdose deaths this year climb to 800 as predicted by Dr. Perry Kendall? According to the B.C. Coroners Service, overdose deaths in the province this year had reached 315 as of May 31. By June 30, that number had risen to 371. Sadly, it appears Dr. Kendall's predictions are on track to reach that unbelievable number of 800.
CN BC: The True Facts On Marijuana
Dear Editor: I'm sure that D.M John of Vernon meant well with his letter to the editor on Tuesday regarding the dangers of legalized marijuana (otherwise known as 'Reefer Madness').
US MD: MD. Prisons Must Offer Better Drug Treatment
Maryland has recently enacted or proposed two work-arounds for the problem of Suboxone being smuggled into prisons. The first action, taking Suboxone off the Medicaid preferred drug list ("State action limits opioid addiction treatments," June 23), destabilized patients in recovery without reducing demand in prisons. Last week, Maryland correctional officials proposed a ban on prisoners receiving personal letters by mail. This proposal was later withdrawn, presumably as a response to criticism by the ACLU ("Maryland corrections officials withdraw proposal to limit inmate mail to postcards," July 21).
South Africa: Alternatives Needed
THE page-four report "Strategy on drugs slammed" (Cape Times, July 21) rightly draws attention to the negative consequences of drug prohibition on society in general and on public health in particular.
US MA: Why Are We Divided on Marijuana Legalization?
As someone who was raised in Massachusetts and moved to Colorado three years ago, partly for the benefits of marijuana legalization, I'm perplexed that recent polls show a divided electorate on the question of legalization in my home state. We're talking about a plant drug that has never killed anyone in recorded history and has many medical benefits. Why should people be allowed to drink alcohol, objectively a much more dangerous substance, while the 10 to 15 percent of the population that uses pot gets hassled by law enforcement? Why not simply bring it within the law and reap the benefits of the tax dollars?