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CN QU: Clean Drug Sites Coming To Montreal
The city of Montreal will see supervised drug injection sites on its territory in the near future, Mayor Denis Coderre announced Wednesday.
CN BC: Christy Clark, Your Purple Kush Marijuana Is In The Mail
Could ending the months-long B.C. teachers' strike be as simple as Christy Clark, Peter Fassbender, and Jim Iker hot boxing it in the premier's minivan?
CN BC: FOI Request Reveals Vancouver City Hall Perplexed By
THERE'S CONFUSION AT 12th and Cambie about how Vancouver should regulate its burgeoning market for medicinal marijuana, according to documents released in response to a Straight freedom of information request.
US OR: Prohibition 'Based on Lies'
PROHIBITION 'BASED ON LIES' Andrew Sullivan, the prominent writer and blogger, compared the effort to legalize marijuana to the fight for marriage equality in the United States in a talk that highlighted the key factors propelling what he called an "extraordinary leap forward" in cannabis policy.

Opinions

Canada: Column: Trudeau Offers Up Only Old-time Liberal
A Substantial Policy Platform Is Still Missing On Friday evening in Markham, poor Justin Trudeau took the stage to address the federal Liberals' Ontario supporters trailing bad news behind him like a bunch of tin cans on a string. The Liberals' average polling number in Ontario fell four whole points in August, according to the polling aggregator threehundredeight.com. That shrinks their lead over Stephen Harper's Conservatives to a precarious four points in the province - and just seven points nationwide. Some serious morale-boosting was obviously in order.
CN ON: Editorial: Until Pot Law Changes, Enforcement Is Key
The stoners are getting creative and we're not so sure that's a good thing. The marijuana industry is attracting a lot of attention these days.
US TX: OPED: Scientific Research Is Biased to Make Marijuana
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IS BIASED TO MAKE MARIJUANA LOOK DANGEROUS, SAYS CARL HART Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va. "Dr. Volkow, your testimony seems to completely disregard lots of other data," he accused. Volkow and I were the witnesses, along with a representative from the Food and Drug Administration. Connolly was particularly interested in learning why NIDA and the FDA - both part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - supported so little research into the potential medical uses of marijuana. He appeared exasperated by the focus on drugs' harmful effects, which "impeded the ability to have legitimate research that could benefit human health."
US TX: OPED: If You Think Big Tobacco Was Bad, Wait Till You
IF YOU THINK BIG TOBACCO WAS BAD, WAIT TILL YOU GET A WHIFF OF BIG MARIJUANA, SAYS KEVIN SABET Proponents of legalization and other drug policy reforms make some important points. It is true that most people who try drugs do not get addicted - they stop after using a few times. It is also true - and regrettable - that America's incarceration rate is embarrassingly high and that blacks and Latinos bear the brunt of harsh arrest policies. And, finally, despite our best efforts, fully eradicating drug use and its consequences remains a distant dream. But placing faith that legalization will help any of these issues is misguided. In fact, legalization threatens to further contribute to disproportionate health outcomes among minorities, all the while creating a massive new industry - Big Tobacco 2.0 - intent on addicting the most vulnerable in society.

Letters

US FL: An Antidote To Nonsense
One of the best reasons to support Amendment 2 is that it would end the criminalization of severe pain patients and begin to show voters that the monsters-under-the-bed stories they've been told all their lives about cannabis are nonsense.
US FL: Read It For Yourself
Re: Sept. 10, Commentary The former justices provide virtually no quotations from Amendment 2 to support anything they say. 'Most voters don't have the time or inclination,' they say, 'to read the full text of the actual amendment. We have read the amendment and studied its impact. And we are troubled.'
US TN: Money Can Be Made By Pot Legalization
I thoroughly enjoyed your article concerning the growing amount of pot dispensaries in Colorado and Washington. It was interesting to learn about the large profit margins these businesses enjoy.
US DC: Guilty Until Proven Innocent
The behavior described in the "Stop and seize" series [front page, Sept. 7-9] resembles an extortionist fishing expedition based on the "hunch" of police officers. These hunches (along with details that infringe on motorists' privacy) are then entered into a database with only loose oversight.
US CA: Our New Prohibition
Illegal marijuana grow sites continue to thrive in our national forests because recreational marijuana use, although against the law, just doesn't seem to go away. Think of it as prohibition for the new millennium. Instead of backwoods stills producing alcohol, we have hidden gardens producing pot.
US NJ: Feds Should Let Doctors Prescribe Marijuana
It's time the U.S. government changes the categorization of cannabis as having no medical value and allows doctors to prescribe it to patients for relief from cancer and many other diseases.
US PA: PA. Needs a Truly Beneficial Medical Marijuana
As our politicians reconvene in Harrisburg on Monday, there will be a group of patriots from all over the state to greet them with their support of medical marijuana. I urge all Pennsylvanians to do their own research on this. They will find that it is a safe alternative to many of the pharmaceuticals that are prescribed every day with far less harmful side effects.