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US CA: Smuggling By Drone New Threat At Border
Drug smugglers at the U.S. border with Mexico are taking their first uncertain steps into the fast-evolving world of airborne robotics, as U.S. authorities rush to address a new vulnerability.
US CA: Major Mystery of Marijuana - Just How Potent Is That
The multibillion-dollar marijuana industry is booming, but it has not yet grown up. Unlike nearly every industry its size, the cannabis business lacks uniform standards and methodologies to measure the potency of its products.
US CO: 1,608 Apply For 10 Pot Licenses In Adams County
Adams County received 1,608 applications in less than three weeks from people interested in opening one of 10 marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas.
US AK: Legislators Want to Put Marijuana Rules on the Fast
JUNEAU - With legalized marijuana a month away, lawmakers are hoping to fast track legislation they hope will clear up legal gray areas.

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 NV: Column: Losers In Pot Battles Head Right To Courts
From the news coming out of Washoe County, you'd almost think there's a glaucoma epidemic erupting at Lake Tahoe's Incline Village.
US PA: Something Obscene About Civil Asset Forfeitures
Imagine this: You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn't matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext.
US NY: Column: Civil Forfeitures Obscene
Imagine this: You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn't matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext.

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 BC: Community Should Support Pot Society
Re: 'Police say dispensary is illegal,' Jan. 20 edition of The NEWS. I am an organizer for Sensible B.C. in Parksville-Qualicum Beach. Forty five hundred people in Oceanside signed the Sensible B.C. petition initiative to legalize cannabis in B.C. last year and we had conversations with adults from every demographic who support changing the legal status of cannabis.
CN BC: Personal Stories On Medical Marijuana
Re: 'Police say dispensary is illegal,' Jan. 20 edition of The NEWS. Indeed, cannabis dispensaries are illegal. Unfortunately, this is a bad law that causes a great deal of suffering.
US WI: Pommer Strikes Out In Column On Policing
If any journalist needs to stick to the facts, the "dean of the state Capitol correspondents," Matt Pommer, has a special need to be accurate.
CN AB: Pot Problems
If our premier is serious about new revenue streams, it's time to look at legalizing marijuana and taxing it like liquor and cigarettes. Many countries around the world, and some U.S. states have done so already.
US CA: What About The Patients?
So now Measure A has passed. What does this mean for cannabis patients? The Board of Supervisors claim to support patient rights to access, but this is just not true. Collectives have been eliminated. There are no dispensaries in Butte County.
US CA: Proposition 215 Patients Left Behind by
So now Measure A has passed. What does this mean for patients? The entire Board of Supervisors claims to support patients rights to have access. But this is just not true.