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US CO: Pesticides Worry Denver
Listed Chemicals Not Approved for Use on Pot Prompt Probes. Denver health officials Tuesday began inspecting and quarantining hundreds of marijuana products because their labels listed pesticides not approved for use on cannabis.
US MD: Entrepreneurs Seek Zoning For Medical Marijuana
Aspiring Growers Ask Balto. CO. Council to Change Law Entrepreneurs eager to get a foothold in the nascent medical marijuana business in Maryland asked Baltimore County Council members Tuesday to pass zoning laws that would allow them to operate.
US OR: High Times Pulls Plug on Holding Cannabis Cup in Oregon
High Times on Monday withdrew its application for a potential Cannabis Cup location in Milwaukie.
US CA: Pot, Politics, And Scandal In San Leandro
The city's long strange trip toward its first medical cannabis dispensary may be finally reaching its climax.

Opinions

US MI: Column: Let's Do The Time Warp Again
Actress Susan Sarandon recently tweeted a message to rappers A$AP Rocky and Action Bronson, saying, "thx for the shout out on '1Train.' Not sure what it means, but let's blaze one & talk about it some time."
US WA: Column: The Cannaquiz
Will you be Queen Sativa-or a few grams short? Marijuana has been legal in Washington for more than two years now, but, surprisingly, people know very little about the law. Take the Higher Ground CannaQuiz and see how you rate!
US OH: Editorial: Fighting Words
Proponents of Marijuana Monopoly Find Plain Speaking Is Objectionable At the moment, the struggle over Issue 3, the marijuana-legalization proposal destined for the November ballot, is a war about words, specifically, how the initiative will be described on the ballot.
US AZ: Column: Is Pot For Parties Or Prescriptions?
Marijuana is either a harmless recreational high or a valuable medicine. Or both. Or neither. We don't really know. But we are being asked to make major policy choices anyway.

Letters

US CA: Police Should Need Conviction to Take Property
Re: "Find other ways to reform asset forfeiture" [Letters, Aug. 28]: Fountain Valley Police Chief Daniel Llorens justifies the taking of someone's property based merely on a suspicion and without due process. This sets a dangerous precedent in the abuse of law and property rights. He contends that Senate Bill 443 would allow criminal organizations to benefit from the law but he doesn't mention that current asset forfeiture laws allow the taking of property from individuals with no ties to criminal organizations and without a conviction.
US MD: Money Alone Won't Solve MD.'s Heroin Problem
In a recent editorial The Sun chose to ignore the many positives of Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford's interim heroin task force report and instead spent most of its energy misinterpreting and then harping on his seven-word remark about funding: "It's probably never going to be enough" ("Rutherford pleads poverty," Aug. 26).
US MD: Grieving The Victims
Your report "45 murders in 31 days: Looking back at Baltimore's deadliest month" (Aug. 29) may be the most important news article since Freddie Gray's death.
US CA: Due Process Before Seizure Necessary
Regarding "Proposed law makes it easier to retain criminal assets" (Aug. 21): Seizure of assets of citizens who have not been convicted of a crime is no way to fund public safety.
Australia: Ice Scourge Is a War All Must Fight to
"Dob in a drug dealer" will only put low-level dealers and your kids in jail. If someone is selling points to fund a habit, they are far from drug kingpins and are mostly people in their early20s who don't fear the consequences until it's too late. They'll be thrown into the system and come out hardened criminals. I've seen first-hand the damage ice causes and in no way condone its use, but our war on drugs isn't working and if we follow America, then we'll have one hell of a jail population and no real solution.
Australia: Prohibition Is Worse Than Drug
Regarding the ice epidemic ( SM, Aug 23), make no mistake, drugs are bad. But the war on drugs is worse. As the Americans found out during the 1920s prohibition on alcohol, such a war empowers organised crime. It is time to move away from policies that focus on law enforcement towards ones that include the legalisation of some drugs, decriminalisation of others, rehabilitation and treatment programs, as well as advertising campaigns.
US CA: Those Who Need Help Shouldn't Be Punished
The article related to heroin addiction ("The rising epidemic of heroin addiction," Aug. 21) showed the painful reality of how many lives are victimized by this epidemic. The piece addresses national and local statistics and what is being done politically and fiscally to reduce the problem. However, I believe more people would benefit by knowing more about available treatments.