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US CT: Stonington Police Efforts To Make Drug Arrests
Town Resident Who Is Also a Detective in Westerly Outlines Concerns in an Email to the First Selectman
CN ON: Health-Care Workers Strive To Prevent Drug Overdoses
The man's face was purple. The whites of his eyes stared out, the pupils rolled back into his head. He was sweating profusely, his tongue hanging from his mouth.
CN ON: Focus On Medical Use
Hempfest Lands in Moonbeam This Weekend MOONBEAM - The organizer of a pro-marijuana festival believes the drug should remain out of politician hands.
US: Federal Marijuana Crops Get A Boost
The U.S. government has increased the quantity of marijuana it's growing this year to more than 1,400 pounds from the originally planned 46.

Opinions

US NY: OPED: Of Pot And Percocet
PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding - 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use - and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it.
US CT: Column: No, One-Third of a 'Sweet Grass' Cookie Does
Good news, people: I survived ingesting a "brain poison," easily operated a Hertz rental car an hour or two afterward without killing anybody and lived to tell the tale. Dr. Arthur Taub, a retired clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine, wrote a hysterical letter to the New Haven Register after I reported in my column last week that I ate one-third of a 10-milligram marijuana cookie outside a legal cannabis shop in Boulder, Colorado.
CN ON: Column: Pot's Poster Boy Is (Sigh) Back
You have to give Marc Emery credit: After more than four years in a U.S. prison, he can still draw a crowd. Better yet (from his point of view), he can still wrangle the news media.
CN ON: Editorial: Pot policy: A Major Election Issue?
At this point, it would seem to be almost inevitable that marijuana will be a major issue in next year's federal election.

Letters

US IL: Forum: Make Medical Pot Easily Accessible
You would think that medical marijuana was contagious to hear Chicago aldermen talk about an appropriate zoning district for the location of its dispensaries.
ON: Pot Laws Not Science-Based
Re: Brian MacLeod's thoughtful Aug. 21 column. Lost in the debate over marijuana is the ugly truth behind marijuana prohibition. North America's marijuana laws are based on culture and xenophobia, not science. The first marijuana laws were a racist reaction to Mexican migration during the early 1900s. Writing under the pen name Janey Canuck, Emily Murphy warned Canadians about the dread reefer and its association with non-white immigrants. The yellow journalism of William Randolph Hearst led to its criminalization in the U.S.
US OH: Physician Should Keep Focus On Kids
In response to last Friday's letter "Smoking pot has ill effects on adolescents" from Dr. Peter D. Rogers, I do not disagree that smoking marijuana is harmful to adolescents. That is a scientific fact.
US VA: In Ferguson, the Fruits of a Failed Drug War
To the Editor: In the 1960s, civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, and elsewhere faced local police officers armed with hand held batons, fire hoses, attack dogs and horse-mounted riot control officers.
US GA: Legal Marijuana Is Taxable Substance
Regarding "Analyze cost, benefits of legal pot" (Atlanta Forward, Aug. 21), J. Tom Morgan makes a cogent case for the decriminalization of marijuana, citing the racist scare tactics of the Depression-era director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the specious argument that it is a gateway to harder drugs.
CN ON: Use Our Tax Dollars Well
Re: Legalizing dope would cost everybody, opinion column by Chris Vander Doelen, Aug. 13. I was appalled at Windsor Star columnist Chris Vander Doelen's column begging that we re-enter the era of reefer and other criminal code madness.
US CA: Marijuana Sales Better In Stores Than On Streets
Given that marijuana is being sold in every community in our country, we need to objectively evaluate the pros and cons of having dispensaries for this purpose.