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CN BC: Drug Overdoses Spike In Nelson
Physicians and police urge caution following at least four critical drug overdoses since April Physicians and police are urging the community to think twice when using illicit drugs following at least four critical drug overdose cases in Nelson over the last three months.
CN BC: B.C. Marijuana Users Certified In Class-Action Suit
About 20,000 licensed marijuana users in B.C. are now part of a class-action lawsuit certified this week by the Federal Court of Canada after their names were printed on envelopes referencing medical marijuana.
CN SN: Spike In Failed Drug Tests May Be 'Anomaly'
No surge seen in recent years The company that tests thousands of workers in the mining industry has not seen a spike in failed drug tests in recent years, and high failure rates among people applying to work for one Saskatchewan company could be "an anomaly," says a spokeswoman for the testing company.
CN BC: Victor Harbor Girls Trial Medical Marijuana In Canada
Two Victor Harbor girls have travelled more than 14,000 kilometres to trial a medical marijuana treatment for the degenerative lung disease they share.

Opinions

CN BC: Harperas Drug Strategies Wonat Win In Vancouver
The City of Vancouver is showing itself to be a trailblazer, leading the way for other Canadian cities grappling with controversial social challenges. The city, having recently moved to regulate cannabis dispensaries and, a dozen years ago, opening North America's first legal supervised injection drug site, has created templates for other municipalities that now want to deploy harm-reduction strategies to deal with the scourge of drugs.
US CA: Editorial: Growing Pot Outdoors Is Indeed a Waste of
To hear local medical marijuana advocates tell it, they are martyrs and misunderstood victims of misplaced drought-shaming.
US CA: OPED: Marijuana Legalization Movement Makes No Sense
A recent example of the logical abandon of today's backers of legal marijuana is the plan to defund the Drug Enforcement Administration's program to eradicate illegal marijuana (DEA/CESP), an $18 million program that eliminates millions of plants a year and arrests thousands of criminals, many of whom were brought here to labor for Mexican drug cartels controlling the marijuana black market.
US CA: Newsom's Blue Ribbon Commission Says Nothing New
Did you get a chance to read Gavin Newsom's Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy recommendations for legal recreational cannabis use in California? What did you think?

Letters

CN AB: Macros Closure Sad
The closure of The Mobil Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society's dispensary goes to show in numerous cases the law does not understand what or why it is enforcing a law that often is not supported by the majority of people.
US CA: Prohibition Didn't Work for Booze, Doesn't
Since the beginning of human commerce, the basic law of supply and demand has mostly determined the exchange of goods. In our country, the demand for cannabis has clearly increased over the past half century. Our response to that demand has been the same as our nation's response to alcohol nearly a century ago: prohibition. That policy was a disaster for all but the illegal suppliers.
US MI: It's Just A Plant
In our July 22 Higher Ground column ("Making an example") Larry Gabriel wrote about a police sweep on a Detroit Medz dispensary, a move which appeared to be defended by Detroit Councilman James Tate. Robert Sharpe, a policy analyst at Common Sense for Drug Policy, weighed in.
US MO: American People Have Created the Demand for
The Sunday editorial "Descriminalizacao" on the war against drugs seems to confirm what I've been carrying on about for some time now. The war on drugs is an entirely misguided effort. We keep blaming the Mexican and Colombian cartels for the sale and use of drugs in this country. The fact of the matter is that the American people must take most of the blame for what is happening.
US NY: Medical Marijuana A Help To Patients
I was delighted to read the editorial "Open the marijuana files" (July 14), encouraging more transparency in the processes for making medical cannabis available to New Yorkers. Our state needs to work quickly and openly in this process.
US NM: Keep Vulnerable Names Off The Record
I AM 88 years old and have never used marijuana or other illegal drugs. I think revealing the names of owners and employees who produce medical marijuana will expose them to danger - possible theft, possible death. Gov. (Susana) Martinez will be responsible for any wrongdoing that will result. It is wrong to reveal their names.
US NM: Gov. Playing Political Ping Pong With Lives
SO LET ME get this right, Gov. (Susana) Martinez intends to "out" producers and employees of a legitimate business in the name of transparency. I understand she is getting pressure to release the names of the producers. I get that. I get that it's important to prevent cronyism.