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US: Legal Pot States Save Millions In Medicare
Prescription Drug Rates Drop As More Patients Turn to Cannabis Recent findings show that medical marijuana not only saves state and federal governments millions of dollars on Medicare but it may help curb prescription drug use too. A new study reports that in states where medical marijuana is available, prescriptions for painkillers have dipped drastically.
US CA: Cloverdale Looking To Impose Marijuana Business Tax
Cloverdale this week took the penultimate step to becoming the first city in Sonoma County to impose a local tax on marijuana-related businesses.
US HI: Hawaii's Industry Slow To Grow
Many Doctors Are Adopting a Risk-Averse Attitude and Want to Wait Until Dispensaries Are Established
Philippines: Kerry Cites Need For HR Protection
UNITED States Secretary of State John Kerry mentioned the need to protect civil and human rights during talks on a wide range of issues yesterday with President Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay.

Opinions

US OR: Column: CBD Pet Treats Are A Thing?
Yep, They Are. What's the deal with cannabidiol (CBD) pet treats? Are they really a thing? YES, CBD-INFUSED pet treats are definitely a thing. They are often marketed to "all pets, large and small," and you can order them online from any number of manufacturers. As with any product, some of the websites look better than others. Some even contain product testimonials from pet owners, which can make for delightful reading.
US CA: Insert Sensationalist Weed-Related Headline Here
The longer I work in media, the more tempted I am to write a guide for the general public on how media works.
US CA: Column: No Dank, No Dosh
I am a 37-year-old mom that suffers from bipolar and major depressive disorder. I am on prescription meds but they don't always work. Sometimes the only thing that will pull me out of a deep, suicidal depression is smoking a pure sativa strain of medical marijuana. I have my recommendation from a doctor and am able to obtain it from dispensaries. However, I live in Rancho Cordova and have realized there are zero dispensaries to be found in my city. City council has deemed that medical marijuana dispensaries are "a public nuisance in that many violent crimes have been committed that can be traced back to the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, including armed robberies and murders." I did some minor fact checking and found that this simply is not true. ... Are you able to steer me in the right direction of whom to talk to or how to go about getting a city council to change an ordinance?
US NV: Column: Pot Tale Of The Week
In a letter to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Genoa prohibitionist Jim Hartman wrote, "Teen and adolescent marijuana use is now 74 percent higher in Colorado than the national average. Teen and adolescent alcohol use has also gone up since legalization. In fact, alcohol sales across the board have increased since marijuana legalization."

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?