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US IL: Medical Pot Business Won't Be Cheap
Those seeking to sell medical marijuana will need to pony up $5,000 for a nonrefundable application fee; pay $30,000 for the registration fee; and have $400,000 in liquid assets. They also will need to be able to secure a $50,000 bond.
US MS: Marijuana Extract Ok'd For Medicine
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances.
US WA: Review: The Long View On Pot's Pros And Cons
As a young Army officer in 1967, Roger Roffman was the first to conduct research on pot use by soldiers in Vietnam.
US CO: Pot Company Bans Drug Use
DENVER (AP) - Workers for one of Colorado's biggest marijuana businesses learned Wednesday they can be fired for smoking pot on the job or using cocaine any time.

Opinions

US CO: At 4/20 Rally, Blowing Smoke in the Face of the
Prohibition in the United States came to an end on Dec. 5, 1933, when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was repealed. In the time before and since, there's been no single officially designated day that's meant to encourage drinking publicly (unless you count St. Patrick's Day, the Coachella music festival or most every day in New Orleans).
US WA: Editorial: Reject Pot Scare Tactics
HERE is an image from a War on Drugs time capsule: drug-sniffing dogs sticking their noses in Roosevelt High School students' lockers searching for marijuana.
US OK: Editorial: Treatment of Tobacco, Pot From Theater of
TREATMENT OF TOBACCO, POT FROM THEATER OF THE ABSURD WHEN it comes to tobacco and marijuana, public policies appear headed in contradictory directions.
US NJ: Column: My Vape Pen And I, A Love Story
My vape pen and I maintain a mostly private relationship. Sure, I'll sometimes show my pen to a friend or share her with a close confidant. But mostly it's just she and I working through my pain. And her ability to helpme live comfortably with glaucoma makes her one of the more important figures in my day to day.

Letters

US FL: Pot's Multiple Benefits
Re: Wired to work with marijuana? | April 14 I worry that the miraculous effect that pot's cannabinoid molecule has on epilepsy will eclipse the benefits of pot's other components. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta described the benefits as an 'entourage effect,' a term coined by Israeli researchers in 1998 to describe the synergistic effect of the multitude of components found in the whole plant.
US WA: Background Checks Bring Illicit Activity
Two of the biggest arguments for marijuana legalization are keeping it out kids' hands, and keeping the business out of criminals' hands. The two are closely related. A liquor store can lose its license if it sells liquor to minors, but a pot dealer has no such disincentive.
US NV: We Lie To Our Kids About Marijuana
I'm writing about Jackie Valley's story in The Sunday: "Modern addiction: Our heroin epidemic." The question that needs to be asked is: Why don't children and adolescents believe those who warn them about the dangers of drugs like heroin? The answer: Because when the drug war cheerleaders lie about or grossly exaggerate the dangers of marijuana, they lose all credibility.
CN ON: Marijuana Is Benign
Re: Marijuana problematic, by Rebecca Campoli, April 8. Leamington doesn't have any responsibility with regard to how or by whom medical marijuana is used. The licensed producer and medical doctors have that responsibility.
CN BC: Marijuana Stance Doesn't Add Up (2 of 2)
Editor: Re: Pot laws need adjusting, April 3 column. Some simple research of Health Canada figures for B.C. compared and aligned against statistics from the BC Coroners Service makes interesting reading and puts the truth out there.
CN BC: Marijuana Stance Doesn't Add Up (1 of 2)
Editor: Re: Pot laws need adjusting, April 3 column. Canadian Medical Cannabis Partners are encouraged by columnist Frank Bucholtz's acknowledgment that the right platform for medical-cannabis regulation is the provincial government and that municipalities need to engage the provinces to make this happen.
CN ON: Black Market Will Supply Marijuana
Medical marijuana is a bit of an oxymoron. Cannabis sativa has been on Earth longer than we. Should the day arrive that my doctor gives me a prescription for "medical marijuana," I will go to a proven & trusted source - the black market.