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CN QU: Edu: Head & Hands Reinstates Street Work Program
Youth Outreach Project Doubles Capacity With New Hire Last November, Head & Hands hired a second employee for its Street Work program, restoring the program to the capacity it had before budget cuts forced its discontinuation in 2011. The program was partially reinstated in 2013 with the hiring of a single street worker after substantial fundraising.
US: Pediatricians Call On Feds To Reclassify Pot
The American Academy of Pediatrics this week weighed in on the classification of marijuana, urging the federal government to reclassify the drug to facilitate research.
US VT: Lawmakers May Be Ones To OK Pot
Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana.
CN BC: Politics Beckons For Retiring Chief Chu
Speculation underway over future of progressive Vancouver police boss and his possible successor After Vancouver police Chief Jim Chu announced a surprising early retirement Friday, speculation immediately turned to his potential as a star political candidate and who would succeed him as chief.

Opinions

US CA: Column: The Year In Weed
A year into legal, recreational (or as advocates would have us say, "adult use") pot sales in Colorado - and six months into Washington sales - the sky still hasn't fallen. That's a relatively short period of time on which to base any long-term predictions, but here's one that's nearly certain: Legalization will continue to spread. The smooth (but not without hiccups, unfulfilled expectations and uncertainties) rollout of legal weed means a cascade of states will follow. Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. legalized pot in 2014 (looks like Congress will kill the capitol's buzz, though).
US CO: Column: National Group Lobbies for Pot, Pediatricians
New national voice The mainstreaming of marijuana continues with the creation of the National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (nationalcannabischamberofcommerce.com), a week-old organization that will both lobby Washington and host your next industry meet-and-greet, says Brenda Sandoval, the southern Colorado director of sales.
US CA: Column: The 2016 Election Is Closer Than You Think
Plus, Why Voter Apathy Saved Reformers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars. California activists are hoping to reverse 97 years of cannabis prohibition in the Golden State within the next 650 days. But that's not very much time.
US MI: Column: Detroit Dispensary Debate
"This is not going away, every community organization that I'm aware of in this city is looking for the same thing, and it's to not have Detroit become the Wild West city in the state of Michigan for medical marijuana," says Jim Ward, president of the Green Acres radio patrol (GWCRP), a community watch group.

Letters

US TX: Asset Forfeiture Corrupts
Re: "Apply due process to forfeiture - Powerful tool has become another government idea gone awry, says David Simpson," Dec. 23, Viewpoints.
CN SN No PTSD Relief
I am frustrated with doctors in Saskatoon. I suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to a very traumatic event five years ago, and I'm also a former army service member. I have seen almost every doctor in Saskatoon at every clinic, trying to get prescribed medical marijuana for my PTSD.
US CA: We Need A Unified Effort For 2016
WE NEED A UNIFIED EFFORT FOR 2016 The groups that have failed over and over need to put their egos and agendas aside and work with a unified effort. DPA is poised to do this in a professional and progressive way.
US: The Other Feds And The Use Of Marijuana
Elliott J. Millenson seems intent on starting a hunt for all the bad that legal use of marijuana brings (Letters, Jan. 20). Perhaps the CDC and FDA haven't put out any "reefer madness" guidelines because their long-term "compassionate use" studies confirm a general lack of harm from marijuana use.
US MT: GOP Fight Against Legalization
GOP FIGHT AGAINST LEGALIZATION It seems our Montana GOP is very focused on stopping any form of legalization of the evil weed. I think I know why, as I have noticed over the years that smoking weed turns Republicans into Democrats. Just a few tokes and Republicans want to cuddle and smooch those wonton wild Democratic ladies. Of course, no truly self-righteous righties would actually marry and have hard-working little capitalists with those less-than-moral babes.
US AK: State Should Implement Fair, Equitable
Like it or not, marijuana will be legal. So to all the politicians, public figures and "no" voters, it's time to stop throwing temper tantrums, bullying, stonewalling and preaching "let's wait and see" before implementing a marijuana policy. Since when does Alaska follow the ideas and ideals of the Lower 48? How about "seeing" how "we the people already voted." There is no second-guessing the vote; there is no renegotiation of an election. For those officials voted in by a majority, the minority has to accept their defeat; that's a part of democracy.
US FL: Bill, Not Amendment
Regarding "Consider Maine's program" (Your Views, Jan. 22) by John Chase of Palm Harbor: He's right. The Florida Legislature should pass a bill regarding medical marijuana that treats it just like any other doctor-prescribed opiate. Why amend the Florida Constitution? If a constitutional amendment passes, it would be almost impossible to change if it needs to be tweaked. Whereas with a legislative bill, it could be done easily.