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US CA: Brown Signs Bill Correcting Marijuana Regulations
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 21 Wednesday, formally striking the March 1 deadline inadvertently included in the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.
US: Pressured on Opioids, F.D.A. Takes Steps to Toughen Stance
Under pressure from Congress to take action amid a worsening opioid epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced several measures aimed at dealing with abuse.
South Africa: More Adults Are Getting High in the US
MORE US adults are using marijuana now that some states have either decided to decriminalise the use of dagga or legalise the possession of it, a review published yesterday in the Journal of Addiction Medicine says.
CN NK: Edu: Federal Gov To Pass The Joint Laws
The Canadian government stands to make over $5 billion from taxes if marijuana is legalized but Fredericton dealers aren't too concerned with how it will affect their sales.

Opinions

CN NF: Editorial: Breaking The Cycle
The Flat Bay Band Inc. is working on a project to develop a native addictions treatment centre in consultation with Memorial University and a local steering committee.
US NM: OPED: U.S. Needs to Find Solution to Opioid Epidemic
We Must Treat Addiction Like Any Other Disease and Aim to Prevent and Treat Last fall, I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family's story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking.
US MD: OPED: A 'Paradigm Shift' On Drug Use Views
Nearly 47,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2014 - more than from gunshot wounds or car crashes.
US CA: Column: Oil Producers Gets Shattered
I heard a club got raided the other day? I thought raids were a thing of the past. What gives? - -Blue Steele

Letters

US NY: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?
To the Editor: Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld criticize American culture for promulgating the idea that shame is "a damaging, useless emotion." They criticize efforts to "eradicate" shame (by likening drug addiction to cancer) for those with addictions, worrying that such people will see their "habits as unalterable."
US NY: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?
To the Editor: Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld argue that we should shame people to fight addiction. Unfortunately, while they cite data on shame in non-addicted populations, they ignore far more relevant research, which shows uniformly negative results.
US NY: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?
To the Editor: Re "Can Shame Be Useful?," by Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld (Sunday Review, Jan. 24):
US OR: Shame On Health Authority
The Oregon Health Authority meeting on Jan. 27 at the Medford library was a total disaster. OHA failed to notify the 33,000 Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients who live in the Rogue Valley. OHA is totally rewriting the the OMMP administration rules for medical marijuana. I would like to think the Oregon Health Authority would notify OMMP patients of rule changes that will make most growers unable to provide the medicine they need on a daily basis. OHA is suppose to take care of the sick people in Oregon, not make them worse.
US CA: Gold Rush In Pot Tax, But For Whom?
Re "How pot legalization would work in California" (Insight, Feb. 2): As a long time believer that we should legalize and tax pot, I was impressed by The Sacramento Bee's article on how it would work. I did, however, find humor in the financial analysis statement about "most of the proceeds must be spent for the specified purposes such as substance-use disorders, education, prevention, treatment and law enforcement." Was this portion of the article written by the same people who promised gas tax for roads and lottery funding for the schools?
US TN: Cannabis Realities
I'm sure Dr. Greg Elam means well (Re: "Live Drug-Free," Jan. 14), however, cannabis (marijuana) isn't a "drug" but rather a God-given plant as described on literally the very first page of the Bible.
CN PI: Cannabis Effective Against Hard Drugs
Mitch Reid is neither a scientist nor a bona fide researcher. Reid's claims of research actually fly in the face of science and could have grave ramifications for our youth. (Charlottetown man leads petition against legalization of cannabis; January 31, 2016)