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CN BC: Officials Warn Casual Users About Powerful Narcotic
Fentanyl. Detected in 25% of overdose deaths in B.C. last year B.C. police and health officials are warning casual drug users of the dangers of fentanyl following a spike in overdose deaths.
CN BC: Fentanyl Campaign Aimed At Rec Drug Users
Vancouver police warn about drugs such as marijuana being cut with powerful opioid many times stronger than heroin
US: Tribe Opposed To Legal Pot
A lawmaker on the country's largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe's stance against legalizing marijuana.
US DC: Released From Custody? Police Will Return Pot.
Here's the reality of the District's new law on legalized pot: Get busted while also holding two ounces of marijuana or less, and D.C. police will give it back to you.

Opinions

US CA: Column: Herbs And Bees
The fight for Arcata's 4/20 festival is heating up. For years, beleaguered travelers, excitable college kids and local enthusiasts would ascend the ferny trails to celebrate weed in all its glory at the city-owned public park nestled between the redwoods.
US CA: Column: Hey Ngaio, Is Weed Legal In The USA Yet?
HEY NGAIO, IS WEED LEGAL IN THE USA YET? - -Hans and Frans Not yet, but a few things that happened last week will definitely pump (clap) you up!
US AZ: Column: Not Satisfied
An Opinion on the Latest MJ Legalization Petition Draft From a MMJ Dispensary Operator I have been involved in the Pro-Cannabis movement for quite some time. I am actively involved with an alphabet soup of drug policy reform organizations. I voted to legalize medical marijuana in Arizona in 1996 and 1998. With my help those medical marijuana initiatives were passed by a majority of the voters but never enacted.
US AK: OPED: Same Old Blinkered Vision Won't Solve Drug
Politicians, pundits and everybody else spend a lot of time trying to solve problems. Two sides argue their points, usually ad nauseam, and generally very little change actually happens. We blame this on gridlock and pat ourselves on our backs knowing that if we could unilaterally institute change, things would be better.

Letters

US CA: An Outcome Of Democracy
I have read quite a few letters in this newspaper from those who refer to Measure A as "intimidation" and "bullying" from both the Butte County Board of Supervisors and Sheriff's Office, preventing sick people from getting their medicine.
US AK: Marijuana Relatively Harmless As Drugs Go
To the editor: Starting with the assumption that drugs are chemical stupidity, marijuana is relatively harmless. Alcohol kills 40,000 Americans every year. Even in Fairbanks, drunk drivers have killed innocent children. Alcohol is involved in the majority of crimes in Alaska if you count fetal-alcohol-syndrome-related crimes. Tobacco kills 300,000 Americans every year. Tobacco is legal and unregulated because multinational corporations derive billions of dollars in profit. Americans are free to choose various kinds of stupidity, even if it kills them.
US MD: Hogan's Realistic Plan to Address Addiction
Regarding your recent report on heroin overdoses, I applaud Gov. Larry Hogan's efforts to reduce such deaths ("Hogan wades into Maryland's long battle against heroin," Feb. 28).
US MD: Fight Heroin By Legalizing Pot
If Americans and political leaders honestly care to lower heroin addiction rates ("War on heroin starts with teens," Feb. 27 and "Hogan creates two panels for fight against heroin," Feb. 25), they should end cannabis (marijuana) prohibition.
US AZ: Here's What Foes Of Pot Legalization Don't Understand
Editor: Republican Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, demonstrated proof he doesn't understand history regarding government's effort to prohibit cannabis (marijuana) by inferring Colorado's actions an "experiment."
US MI: War on 'Spirit of Truth'
Steve Siebold's point is well taken ("Time To Legalize Marijuana," Feb. 28), however, the problem isn't the war on drugs but rather the war on a relatively safe God-given plant... More specifically a war against the "spirit of truth."
US MI: Pot No 'Gateway'
If marijuana is a gateway drug what is baby aspirin? If marijuana was truly being treated like a medicine, where are the privacy protections that come with all drugs? Do you need a state sponsored card to eat your anti depressants? Your sleeping pills?