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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds
'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds
'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
US WA: Dozens Wait In Line At Bothell Pot Shop
Second Store in Seattle Area With Enough Supplies to Keep Doors Open They came from New Zealand, from Austin, Texas, and from right around the corner in Lynnwood.
US NM: ABQ Council Agrees To Put Pot Issue To Vote
But Measure Faces Mayoral Veto and Lack of Space on Ballot Petitioners calling for decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana have filed enough valid voter signatures to put a proposal on the ballot in Santa Fe, the city clerk has confirmed.

Opinions

CN NS: Editorial: Get Down to the Nitty-Gritty
Most will agree - both politicians and those without ulterior motives - - that youths should not smoke marijuana.
US CO: Column: Home For Kids Moving For Colorado MMJ Closes
Healing House Closes Though Lynn Lansford, a thyroid-cancer survivor, hoped to use a four-bedroom house she and her husband own in Teller County as a temporary home for families moving to Colorado for medical marijuana, the funding never supported it. Last week, she announced the closure of her Children's Healing House (lynnzina@aol.com).
US MI: Column: What We Can Learn From Robin Williams
Last week, there was a disturbance in the Force: The world lost a great giver of light, Robin Williams.
US OR: Column: Just Say No Redux
Taxpayers Will Pay For An Anti-Drug Campaign-Timed To Hit Just Before The November Vote On Legalizing Pot.

Letters

US WA: Employ Moderation In Using Weed
When I was a child living on a farm in Bowman, N.D., my father would notice an animal out in our pasture running around and acting crazy. My dad would go out and look to see if loco weed was growing in our pasture. He would find it, dig it up and destroy it.
US FL: 'Charlotte's' Web Rules
When the Florida Legislature passed the Charlotte's Web marijuana legislation, it gave the Department of Health responsibility to develop the immense and comprehensive framework of rules necessary to navigate such uncharted territory. As with any new set of guidelines, the first draft is almost never the last, and the department has done an exceptional job of using public comments to correct rule making oversights and omissions.
US FL: Stop The Pot Bashing
Re: Medical Use of marijuana requires more research | Aug 14, column As a pharmacist, I wonder why there is negaA-tivity against marijuana or cannabis to the point where some want to prevent its use medically.
US AZ: Some More Arguments For Legalizing Marijuana
Republic editorial writer Linda Valdez, like many advocates of marijuana legalization, points to the increase in tax revenue ("Colorado: Even the stoned can avoid taxes," blog, azcentral.com, Thursday).
UK: Don't Deny Cannabis-based Drugs As Painkillers
SIR I have had multiple sclerosis for 20 years, and in June I experienced the joy of walking through town without looking at the ground. My right hand, which had been curled and numb, started to straighten, and the fearful muscular pain abated. For the first time I slept soundly without sleeping pills, and was able to watch television without leaning on a chair to cope with spasms.
UK: Don't Deny Cannabis-based Drugs As Painkillers
SIR - No wonder that the treatment of extreme chronic pain lags so far behind other medical disciplines when cannabisbased medication is denied to patients who could benefit from it (report, August 16).
UK: Allow Cannabis For Medical Purposes
Norman Baker MP is calling for liberalised drug laws so that medicinal cannabis can be made available (Minister calls for looser restrictions on cannabis to treat sick, 14 August). People with multiple sclerosis who turn to street cannabis to treat their condition often do so out of desperation. For years they have been told by successive governments to wait for a pharmacological, legal alternative to cannabis as a way of treating their symptoms and pain.