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US CA: Newport Bans Marijuana Outlets
The Ordinance Is in Reaction to Regulatory Act Signed by Brown. Bricks-and-mortar marijuana dispensaries and delivery services are now illegal in Newport Beach.
US: Justice Reform Is Hot Topic On Trail
But Many Presidential Candidates Demanding Change Struggle With Plans INDIANOLA, IOWA - After years of plunging crime rates, hugely expensive incarceration budgets and troubling racial disparities in criminal punishment, it has become fashionable on the presidential campaign trail to declare the United States' uncommonly high rate of imprisonment unacceptable.
CN BC: Locals Petition Council To Consider A Medical Marijuana
Local medicinal marijuana advocates are asking Fernie city council to consider overriding a bylaw prohibiting them from receiving a business license.
CN ON: Cops Warn Of Dangerous Street Drug
A new street drug called shatter has surfaced in Niagara. Police Chief Jeff McGuire wants the public to know it can be dangerous when manufactured because one of the solvents used is butane.


US AZ: OPED: Marijuana Is The Enemy Of Education
The marijuana legalization movement in Arizona is relying on a specious study to make the case for recreational marijuana at the ballot next year. Their study says marijuana is 114 times safer than alcohol. Interestingly, it also says meth is ten times safer than alcohol, while heroin and cocaine are twice as safe. On that logic, why not make meth, heroin, and cocaine like alcohol, as well?
Canada: Editorial: A Toke Over The Line
A TOKE OVER THE LINE What are they smoking at Ontario's Health Ministry? New regulations introduced by the government (and just as quickly pulled back after a torrent of criticism) would have allowed medical-marijuana users to bypass strict no-smoking policies and light up pretty well wherever they chose - restaurants, shopping malls, at the movies, on the job.
CN ON: Editorial: LCBO Going To Pot Not A Bad Idea
Yes, it probably is too early to talk about selling legalized marijuana through LCBO outlets. The president of the LCBO union said this week that's the safest and most logical place to sell pot. But Finance Minister Charles Sousa was quick to jump in and label the idea premature. Fair point.
US OR: OPED: Attacks Cause Councilor To Reconsider Service
ATTACKS CAUSE COUNCILOR TO RECONSIDER SERVICE "Kiss my a--!" That was the phrase directed towards me at a City Council meeting on Nov. 20 by a pro-marijuana grow supporter. Normally I would try to be like a duck and just let the water run off my back. But that sentiment and those expressed by the majority of pro-grow supporters has left me searching for answers.


US AZ: Prosecuting People for Pot Wastes Precious
I disagree that legalization of recreational cannabis should wait until science provides a means to objectively measure cannabis impairment for driving (editorial, "Another unanswered question on pot").
CN BC: Medicinal Marijuana Business License
RE: MEDICINAL MARIJUANA BUSINESS LICENSE Fernie city council was approached on Nov. 9 about overriding a portion of the business license bylaw so that a medical marijuana dispensary could open in Fernie. I'm sure there are many in our community who know first-hand the powerful medicinal properties of marijuana.
US CA: The (Drug) Laws of Supply and Demand
Re: "Beat officers: Prop. 47 boosts crime" [Front page, Nov. 21]: I was not surprised to see David Whiting speak against Prop. 47. However, he fails to acknowledge that our "war on drugs" increases crime rates by turning thousands of law-abiding people into felons. Anybody can go to prison by possessing certain drugs for personal use, or possessing them without a prescription. Economics 101 teaches us that when supply goes down, the price goes up. Our strict drug laws mean huge profits for those willing to produce or distribute drugs. And the users must come up with lots of money to buy them. Crime and money always go hand in hand!
Canada: The Pot Market Is Black
Re: "Sunshine secret weapon for era of legalization," Peter Koven, Nov. 7 Mr. Koven states that if Prime Minister Trudeau "keeps his pledge to legalize recreational marijuana, he's likely to turn a tiny commercial pot market into a much larger one". This is not correct. It is not a "tiny" commercial market in Canada today.
Australia: Exposure to Crime Is the Only Fruit of Our
I can anecdotally state that nearly every person in prison is there as the result of drugs: using, dealing or an act of madness fuelled by "something" ("War on drugs hurts those at risk: experts", November 26). Nearly everyone does "something". Beer o'clock, drinkies, shots after work, wine while making dinner, cones behind the shed, lines in the office, party pills before the parade - and then there is ice.
CN MB: Booze More Dangerous Than Dope
Re: The dope dilemma (Nov. 21). While I don't want to minimize the hazards of smoking marijuana and driving, leafing through the pages following Gordon Sinclair Jr.'s article was interesting.
New Zealand: One Approach To Drugs Fight
Regarding Jane Bowron's thoughtful column (November 16), there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalisation. Switzerland's heroin maintenance programme has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardised doses in a clinical setting.