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Canada: Ads Based On Science: Minister
OTTAWA: Liberal MP tells health committee the Tories are 'scaring people to death' OTTAWA - The Conservative government is "going around scaring people to death" with "panicky" and politically motivated anti-marijuana commercials, Liberal MP Hedy Fry told the Commons health committee Thursday.
CN BC: Edu: Pot and PTSD: Professor Studies The Beneficial Effects
PROFESSOR STUDIES THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA Aside from being a common recreational drug, marijuana may be able to help with the side affects of anxiety and fear that are common with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
CN BC: Meet The Next Mayor
MEET THE NEXT MAYOR Just before 9 p.m. on November 15, Nelsonites received the news that Deb Kozak would serve for the next four years as the community's first female mayor. Having served on council since 2005, Kozak defeated both incumbent John Dooley and challenger Pat Severyn with a final tally of 1,756 votes.
US WA: Third Court Upholds Marijuana Business Ban
A Benton County Superior Court judge ruled that local governments can ban recreational-pot businesses, according to a news release from the state Attorney General's Office.

Opinions

US NY: OPED: Will Pot Pack New York's Courts?
THIS week the New York City Police Department shifted from making arrests to issuing tickets for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The problem is that most people, frankly, do not understand how summons court, which processes such tickets, operates.
US FL: Column: Marijuana Vote Not The Defeat Some Claim
One big story to come out of the recent elections was the medical marijuana effort failing to reach the 60 percent needed for passage.
CN BC: Impressions From Nelson's Historic Mayor's Race
Stunning. Impressive. Historic. Those are just a few adjectives to describe Deb Kozak's upset win Saturday in knocking off three-time incumbent Nelson mayor John Dooley. I was among those guessing Dooley would be unstoppable, given a lack of polarizing issues in the campaign.
US CA: Column: As Pot Picks Up, Cali Slows Down
Hey, thanks for the national update last week. How did marijuana do in California? - -Willie Wonky Jr.

Letters

US VT: Legalize, Tax, Regulate Drugs
I would like to thank the Rutland Herald for making the Libertarian case for legalizing drugs in the recent op-ed piece. The point of the Herald article was that because of the American craving for drugs, we have allowed the Mexican and Central and South American drug cartels to prosper and terrorize the populace of those countries. What the Herald failed to point out is that this case has been made over and over again to no avail. Appealing to the conscience of a drug addict is pure folly.
US FL: Humane Alternative
It is disheartening that Florida's medical marijuana proposal, Amendment 2, was defeated. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and other law enforcement officials around the state resorted to half-truths and scare tactics to dissuade voters.
US FL: Well-Written Medical Pot Law Would Be Non-Issue
With the election over, it appears incoming Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, may play a key role in the 2016 presidential election.
UK: Planting Pot
SIR - The United States has almost twice the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands, where the drug has been legally available for decades. The criminalisation of people who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on cannabis is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public-health campaign. It is time to stop the pointless arrests and instead legalise cannabis and tax it.
US CO: How To Recognize A Pot Cookie
Re: "Stalemate on pot edibles," Nov. 18 news story. At a meeting regarding state regulation of marijuana edibles, Colorado state Rep. Jonathan Singer said, "I [want] to know the difference between a marijuana cookie and a Chips Ahoy! cookie just by looking at it."
US CA: No Going Back
Regarding Thadeus Greenson and Grant Scott-Goforth's Nov. 13 column ("Legalized It"), the days when politicians can get away with confusing the drug war's tremendous collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end. Marijuana prohibition is indefensible. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels and open a gateway to the hard drugs they sell, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has almost double the rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana has been legally available for decades. The criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign. It's time to stop the pointless arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.
UK: Planting Pot
SIR - Like others you write about the legalisation of the growing cannabis "industry" ("Marijuana milestone", November 8th). But the last thing this industry needs is to become like Big Tobacco. Cannabis is not an easy plant to cultivate. It requires a lot of attention and this is reflected in the price. Because sales and investment between states in America is banned it remains a local industry that maintains a high quality. There are dozens of examples of mass-produced cannabis products that are bland, tasteless reflections of what was once crafted or cultivated with care.