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US OH: Medical Marijuana Plan For Ohio Pitched
Goal Is to Get Funds to Collect Valid Voter Signatures. A team of veteran political operatives put out a 22-page proposal that offers up its political talent to help weed business interests with deep pockets take a run at putting a medical marijuana question before Ohio voters in November.
CN ON: Medics Have New Tool
The number of people who die each year from drug overdoses should decline now that all paramedics in Ontario have a new tool in their kit bag.
CN SN: City Report On Weed To Go To Committee
Solicitor says storefront operations not permitted to dispense marijuana The owner of a Saskatoon marijuana dispensary has shuttered his storefront due to the financial burden associated with drug trafficking charges levelled against him, but he says he plans to continue helping people get medical marijuana licences through a newly founded organization.
CN ON: Drug Test Probe Puts 15 Local Adoptions On Hold
Provincial commission reviewing flawed Motherisk analyses spanning decade WATERLOO REGION - Fifteen adoptions are on hold in Waterloo Region in the wake of flawed drug tests being reviewed by a provincial commission.

Opinions

US TX: Editorial: Stop Making A Misdemeanor A High Crime
We anticipate an interesting discussion Tuesday when the City Council considers whether police should be allowed or encouraged to "cite and release" folks whose only apparent offense is possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana.
CN SN: PUB LTE: Column Inaccurate
Re: Why is marijuana legal in Vancouver and not Saskatoon (Feb. 4). CanniMed has 290 prescribing physicians in Saskatchewan with 136 physicians in Saskatoon alone, who have authorized patients to access medical marijuana through the legal Health Canada sanctioned Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations system.
CN BC: Column: Urban Drug Ghettos Aren't Working
Communities around B.C. are struggling to cope with the continued influx of what politicians call "homelessness," a term that suggests the problem can be solved merely by providing more homes.
US CA: City Council Should Put Children First With June
Levy on Marijuana Cultivation in Sacramento Would Raise Money for Youth Programs Children's Services Don't Get a Big Enough Share of City Budget

Letters

US VT: Strict Controls On Marijuana
I have read about much of the conversation regarding the legalization of marijuana. We should err on the side of caution when accepting and legalizing any bill that does not adhere to certain conditions. First, I personally would like to see the creation of a state-run marijuana exchange. Any persons or industry that chooses to grow marijuana for sale would be required to sell their crop at this exchange. Growers would be given fair market value for their produce. The state marijuana market would be supplied solely through this process. At the exchange produce will be broken down for distribution. Each crop will have a batch number. Every package will have a tracking number. Every ounce will be accounted for. Residency requirements should be in place for growers. Individuals who grow whether for personal use or sale would be required a permit. Individual restrictions will apply. Industrial growers will require a pre-existing Vermont farmers license.
CN SN: Column Inaccurate
Re: Why is marijuana legal in Vancouver and not Saskatoon (Feb. 4). CanniMed has 290 prescribing physicians in Saskatchewan with 136 physicians in Saskatoon alone, who have authorized patients to access medical marijuana through the legal Health Canada sanctioned Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations system.
US FL: Give Consideration To Legalized Pot
I remain so disappointed in the lawmakers unwilling to see the benefits of legalizing marijuana completely. It helps with more things that ail a person than what will be medically prescribed eventually. I realize this is a backwards state, just one, among several others. The laws imposed upon us, by people who can drink their way into oblivion, if they choose, is kind of hypocritical ... don't you think? They are stuck in a time warp and can't see past their rigid beliefs. Legalize it. Put laws on it. No difference than the rules for drinking. It is not a gateway drug.
US NC: Time for N.C. to End the Prohibition on
It's reported our teachers are underpaid and other state employees are having issues with pay and health insurance.
US UT: Madsen's Cannabis Bill Is The Best
As parent of a child with epilepsy, I have been following the Legislature's cannabis bills closely. While I commend Rep. Brad Daw and Sen. Evan Vickers for their interest and their bill, I feel Sen. Mark Madsen is closer to hitting the bulls-eye.
US UT: Medical Cannabis Safer Than Opioids
In regards to the LDS Church's opposition to Sen. Mark Madsen's bill to make medical cannabis legal, I have a couple of observations.
CN QU: Edu: Cannabis Prohibition Is A Farce
Dear Editors of The Link, Gonzo Nieto got an arrow-splitting bullseye ("Rules To Roll By" volume 36, issue 19), discussing the future rules regarding cannabis.