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US WA: City's Ban On Marijuana Sales Upheld
(AP) - A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot.
US CA: Seeing Green
Looking around last week at the exhibitor showroom of CannaCon, the huge marijuana-business expo held outside Seattle, Greg James had something of an epiphany: The pot industry in America is growing like, you guessed it, a weed.
US CO: Colo. Grants For Pot Study Murky
Marijuana's Illegal Status at the Federal Level Casts Doubt Over Who Can Accept Funds. Colorado will begin handing out money for a groundbreaking medical marijuana research grant program early next year. But the first meeting of a group that will review applications for the grants shows there's doubt over who will be able to accept the funding.
US NM: Berry Veto Quashes Pot, Tax Proposals
It's Unlikely Council Can Override Mayor Mayor Richard Berry on Friday vetoed an election resolution that would have asked Albuquerque voters to reduce marijuana penalties and to raise taxes for social services.

Opinions

US NY: OPED: Of Pot And Percocet
PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding - 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use - and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it.
US CT: Column: No, One-Third of a 'Sweet Grass' Cookie Does
Good news, people: I survived ingesting a "brain poison," easily operated a Hertz rental car an hour or two afterward without killing anybody and lived to tell the tale. Dr. Arthur Taub, a retired clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine, wrote a hysterical letter to the New Haven Register after I reported in my column last week that I ate one-third of a 10-milligram marijuana cookie outside a legal cannabis shop in Boulder, Colorado.
CN ON: Column: Pot's Poster Boy Is (Sigh) Back
You have to give Marc Emery credit: After more than four years in a U.S. prison, he can still draw a crowd. Better yet (from his point of view), he can still wrangle the news media.
CN ON: Editorial: Pot policy: A Major Election Issue?
At this point, it would seem to be almost inevitable that marijuana will be a major issue in next year's federal election.

Letters

US VA: In Ferguson, the Fruits of a Failed Drug War
To the Editor: In the 1960s, civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, and elsewhere faced local police officers armed with hand held batons, fire hoses, attack dogs and horse-mounted riot control officers.
US GA: Legal Marijuana Is Taxable Substance
Regarding "Analyze cost, benefits of legal pot" (Atlanta Forward, Aug. 21), J. Tom Morgan makes a cogent case for the decriminalization of marijuana, citing the racist scare tactics of the Depression-era director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the specious argument that it is a gateway to harder drugs.
CN ON: Use Our Tax Dollars Well
Re: Legalizing dope would cost everybody, opinion column by Chris Vander Doelen, Aug. 13. I was appalled at Windsor Star columnist Chris Vander Doelen's column begging that we re-enter the era of reefer and other criminal code madness.
US CA: Marijuana Sales Better In Stores Than On Streets
Given that marijuana is being sold in every community in our country, we need to objectively evaluate the pros and cons of having dispensaries for this purpose.
US NY: New Yorkers Back Medicinal Use
If Gov. Andrew Cuomo is worried about political fallout from supporting medical marijuana, he need not worry. When medical marijuana was the focus of debate in 2010, polling data showed a significant majority of New Yorkers - as high as 71 percent in one poll - were in favor.
CN ON: Marijuana Prohibition Leads To Organized Crime
Re: Smoking is bad for you, period - Aug. 25 Like any drug, marijuana can be harmful if abused. Criminal records are nonetheless inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents.
Australia: Suffer The Child
HOW is it that the public can buy morphine derivatives over the counter at pharmacies, as well as pseudoephedrine, which can be converted to methamphetamine, yet an innocent child's cannabis oil, which has significantly helped to manage his epilepsy, is taken away? My dear friend recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer could also benefit from cannabis oil, yet he cannot purchase this legally.