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US AK: Alaska Becomes 3rd State to Legalize Recreational Pot
Native leaders worry that initiative will bring new temptations JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.
US AK: State Reps Predict Few Problems Under New Pot Law
JUNEAU - Lawmakers overseeing marijuana legislation said they aren't expecting things to be particularly different now that marijuana possession has become legal.
US AK: Alaska Becomes 3rd State With Legal Marijuana Tuesday
JUNEAU, Alaska - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America's wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings.
US AK: As Legalization Nears, Military Spreads Word: Marijuana
FAIRBANKS - Tomorrow is the day marijuana becomes legal in Alaska, a day weed enthusiasts have long been waiting for. The average citizen who is old enough to drink will now be able to possess or transport - but not sell - up to one ounce of weed or six plants.

Opinions

US FL: Column: Where Are We On Medical Marijuana?
Well, let's see, citizens have been asking the Florida Legislature to legalize it for at least a decade - and legislators said no. There was a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November, put there via citizen initiative. Months before the election, it polled at 78 percent, with support across party lines, age, race and gender.
US FL: DEA Crackdown Causing Legitimate Pain Patients To
The state of Florida recently endured the "pill mill crisis," a proliferation of narcotic medication that resulted in the reported overdose deaths in Florida of approximately 7 people per day.
CN MB: Editorial: Unwarranted Abuse Of Authority
The strip search of a Quebec teen at her school for drugs, by school staff, is an unjustified breach of her privacy and assault on her dignity. If school officials can defend such a move to root out a bit of marijuana, searches of body cavities can't be far behind.
US AK: OPED: Celebrate Pot Legalization Responsibly
Ballot Measure 2 will become effective tomorrow, Feb. 24, and many Alaskans are wondering what will change on that date. The simple answer is: Everything, and not much at all.

Letters

US AK: Open Letter To My Tenants
To the editor: As a landlord, I want to clarify the "no smoking" policy in my tenants' lease because Alaska voters recently legalized marijuana.
US IL: Marijuana Never Killed Anyone
I am writing about the not-so-thoughtful Feb. 8 letter from Robert F. Becker: "Marijuana is not the answer to our problems."
US OH: Some Thoughts About Marijuana
It's hard to change people's mind when they have been given misinformation as a truth: Marijuana is such a topic.
US FL: Maine's Pot Program
The fight will soon begin in Tallahassee to write legislation to make medical pot available to Floridians who need it. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Seven states know what works because they have been living with medical marijuana laws since 2000. Maine is one. Maine gets high marks from Americans for Safe Access, the national organization for medical marijuana. Maine's law provides provisions for adding new diseases/conditions, child custody protections, employment and other protections, and restrictions on where patients may medicate, among other rules. Maine also allows personal cultivation, the feature most responsible for the rapid collapse of the street market and its violence.
US MA: The Real Gateway
Julia Purdy worries in her guest op-ed that Massachusetts residents will cross over into Vermont to buy marijuana if Vermont regulates sales like Colorado ("Pot's just one toke over the line," Feb. 16). Doing so would allow marijuana consumers to purchase locally grown marijuana of known quality from Vermont retail outlets that generate tax revenue. So what's the problem?
US AK: States Oppose All THC Metabolites but Only One
If the marijuana bill states that employers can check for marijuana impairment, that means they need to quit using old outdated tests that only show usage and start testing for hydroxy THC to prove you are impaired.
US CA: On Pot And Fracking
Re "Fracking ban fails" (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, Feb. 12): There are many marijuana users living in Butte County and no oil executives. Yet the majority of the members of the Board of Supervisors obviously does not like medical marijuana growers, whose negative impacts can be mitigated. They obviously do love those who have the money to horizontally fracture and whose destruction of our public water is permanent. Does the Butte County Board of Supervisors represent its residents or the out-of-county wealthy who want our resources and are willing to destroy our agricultural livelihood and our health to get those resources?