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Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?
NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias OTTAWA - The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.
Canada: Health Committee Marijuana Report Accused of Bias
OTTAWA - The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.
US CA: Proposition 46: Surgical Strike
Who's Behind It: The Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Watchdog, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council.
Canada: What Are Tories Smoking?
NDP, Liberals Say Health Committee Marijuana Report Bias OTTAWA - The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology.

Opinions

US CA: Column: The Weed Vote
THE WEED VOTE Power players in Sacramento are finally taking Nate Bradley's phone calls. It only took a few years, a couple billion dollars in future business potential, and as many as one million votes.
US CA: Column: Say Hello to Oakland's Eighth Medical Pot
Telegraph Health Center in North Oaklanders is a great new spot. Plus, Richmond grosses nearly $1 million in pot taxes, and sungrown deals abound.
US CO: Column: Colorado Wants to Ban Most Marijuana Edibles
State tightens up On the heels of a USA Today/Suffolk University poll of Coloradans that showed 49 percent disagree with the way the state has handled marijuana regulations come two efforts to curb access.
US DC: Editorial: The Pot Rush
With Marijuana Decriminalized in the District, Why Not Pause and Take Stock? MOST VOTES have yet to be cast in the District's referendum on legalizing marijuana, but the D.C. Council is already making plans on how to regulate sales. The premature move is in keeping with the heedless rush to put the city's imprimatur on use of a drug whose impacts are still not fully known. It is not too late for more prudent judgment to prevail; voters on Nov. 4 could slow the push for legalization by voting no on Initiative 71.

Letters

US CT: State's Marijuana Rules Need Some Work
I'm a medical marijuana patient registered under the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection guidlines. I'm writing in hopes of conveying my concerns regarding Connecticut's current regulations. I'm also curious if there's national interest in our battle with these ridiculous regulations? A brief review by anyone who knows the languages used in these regulations will reveal a complete disregard for patients' rights.
US CA: Concerns Of Measure A Proponents Are
There seems to be some confusion about the two local medical marijuana measures on the Nov. 4 ballot (Measures A and B). Perhaps it is because the people who want to limit Butte County residents to two plants on less than 11/2 acres have not been quite truthful when presenting their arguments. Many, like Larry Wahl, are merely masquerading as newly converted environmentalists, while some people seem to be genuinely confused.
US CA: Lifesaving Medication
Re "Death rates suggest shift in drug use," Oct. 16 The article describes a small decrease in prescription pill overdoses coupled with a significant increase in heroin overdoses. This is an unintended consequence of attempts to restrict opioid prescriptions in an effort to curb overdoses.
CN SN: Don't Waste Tax Dollars on Failed Marijuana
To the editor, Regarding your thoughtful Oct. 14 editorial, there is a big difference between condoning marijuana use and protecting children from drugs.
US PA: Medical Marijuana Programs Affecting Rates of
Regarding your thoughtful Oct. 14 editorial, the ongoing federal crackdown on legal hydrocodone has unfortunately given rise to a resurgence in illegal heroin use.
Canada: Make It Harder To Get
Re Your Kids Brain On Pot (Life & Arts, Oct. 17): The point of legalization is to make it much harder for children to obtain pot. Gangsters don't care who buys their product, whether it's pot or heroin. We need to legalize and apply strict regulations, allowing public health officials - not the prison system - to deal with the negative consequences of drug use.
US OK: Decriminalize Pot
"Considerable downside to decriminalization of pot" (Our Views, Oct. 13) criticized state Sen. Connie Johnson for advocating decriminalizing marijuana use. Yet any thinking person has to recognize the wisdom of Johnson's position. Pot shouldn't be categorized as a Schedule I drug. It's not addictive like opiates or amphetamines. Despite the claims of law enforcement officials, it's not a "gateway drug."