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US WA: Mayor Seeks New Rules For Medical-Pot Dispensaries
Licenses, Zoning, Product Testing Murray Says Seattle Can't Wait for Legislature to Act Mayor Ed Murray's office outlined its plan to regulate Seattle's proliferating medical-marijuana industry Monday, including a new city license and standards for testing, packaging and advertising.
US CO: Denver Will Pay $25,000 Settlement
The Denver City Council on Monday approved the payment of $25,000 to settle a false-arrest lawsuit brought by a woman who was collecting petition signatures.
US CO: Pot Retailers Adopt Holiday Spirit
Dispensaries Offer Pot-Laced Foods, Discounts DENVER (AP) - That's not mistletoe. From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years - but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using more of the tricks used by traditional retailers to attract holiday shoppers.
US CA: Vista's Pot-Shop Fight Eyed In San Diego
But City Attorney to Continue Using Civil Injunctions Over Criminal Misdemeanors SAN DIEGO - Marijuana opponents are lobbying City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to follow the city of Vista's lead and criminally prosecute operators of illegal pot shops, but Goldsmith says he'll continue using civil injunctions because they're more effective.

Opinions

US ME: OPED: Legalization Isn't Inevitable: Maine Has More
Last week saw the launch of a second initiative to put a question on the 2016 Maine ballot to legalize recreational marijuana. This effort would run alongside the stated intent of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project to gather signatures and also put a question on the 2016 ballot.
CN NF: For Addicts Trying to Get Help, the Waiting Can
Derek Montague could have ruined himself. In the three months he's been waiting for gambling addiction treatment, he could have dug a financial hole of which there'd be no way out.
CN BC: Column: PTSD Victims Deserve Science Not Censure
Early last month, veteran RCMP officer Ron Francis committed suicide. Francis claimed smoking marijuana helped him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. The RCMP ordered him to turn in his uniform, and put him on sick leave.
US CA: Get Ready for Marijuana Legalization, or Get
Illegal marijuana accounts for a quarter of Humboldt County's economy - - at least. Legal pot is coming to California whether we agree with it or not. Plan now or fail.

Letters

US DC: Stop Asset Forfeiture Practices Now
The Nov. 19 Metro article "Council votes to overhaul seizures" reported that D.C. police have taken for years "cash, cars and other property" from people not charged with crimes without oversight. I am outraged.
CN AB: Grow Ops Seized
Re: "Razing houses," Letter, Nov. 21. I agree with Christopher Bennett that the Canadian government should be outraged regarding Israel's bulldozing of the family homes of Palestinian criminals who murdered their citizens, leaving the innocent occupants without shelter. I see no difference in Canada where the homes of convicted marijuana grow operators are seized by provincial governments under the pretext of financing law enforcement, leaving the innocent occupants and children without shelter. Here, also, we endorse a policy where the sins of one family member are carried by all of the family. In Israel, murder carries this punishment; in Canada, the growing of marijuana has the same result. Where is the outrage here?
US FL: Stop Criminalizing Marijuana Use, Tax It
Regarding Bill Lane's Sunday My Word, "Why treat pot differently than alcohol?": Marijuana prohibition is indefensible.
US AK: Stop Anti-Pot Actions
Amy Demboski, please stop. The election results haven't even been certified and yet you want Anchorage to opt out of commercial marijuana. A majority of Alaskans have decided to end the failure of prohibition, but you want to continue with the campaign of fear and misinformation.
US AK: Circumventing 'Yes' Vote
The latest vote on marijuana hasn't even been certified yet and one of the Anchorage assembly members, Amy Demboski (most notably positioning herself for a run at mayor), is introducing a resolution to circumvent the people's majority vote of "Yes" on the marijuana issue. Our democratic process is in danger of going up in smoke (pardon the pun).
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.