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Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds
'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds
'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds
'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.
Canada: Trudeau 'Politicizing' Marijuana Debate: Feds
'Telling Kids to Not Smoke Pot Is Not a Partisan Attack,' Ambrose Says OTTAWA - Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose blames Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Opinions

Ireland: Legalising Drugs Is The Only Way To Win This
THREE years ago, the UN Global Commission on Drug Policy announced that the world had lost the long war against illegal drugs. Its 22 eminent members concluded that there remained only one feasible response: legalise the trade.
US CA: Editorial: More Chaos On The City's Pot Shop Front
In April, this editorial page questioned why San Diego City Hall had begun accepting applications for permits to open newly authorized medical marijuana dispensaries given that there were still more than 50 dispensaries operating illegally in the city. Not to worry, responded a dispensary activist, the permitting process would take months and the unlicensed pot shops would all be closed by then.
US AZ: Editorial: Drug-Free Zones Start at Home
What happens on a school campus is frequently a reflection of what is going on at home. Which is why campus calls to the cops are inevitable.
US PA: OPED: A Consensus On Criminals
Partisan antagonism rules the capital, drowning out most attempts at constructive compromise. But on at least one issue, reasonable lawmakers from both parties strongly agree: reforming the criminal justice system to reduce the prison population and enable former inmates to become more productive members of society.

Letters

US AZ: Some More Arguments For Legalizing Marijuana
Republic editorial writer Linda Valdez, like many advocates of marijuana legalization, points to the increase in tax revenue ("Colorado: Even the stoned can avoid taxes," blog, azcentral.com, Thursday).
UK: Don't Deny Cannabis-based Drugs As Painkillers
SIR I have had multiple sclerosis for 20 years, and in June I experienced the joy of walking through town without looking at the ground. My right hand, which had been curled and numb, started to straighten, and the fearful muscular pain abated. For the first time I slept soundly without sleeping pills, and was able to watch television without leaning on a chair to cope with spasms.
UK: Don't Deny Cannabis-based Drugs As Painkillers
SIR - No wonder that the treatment of extreme chronic pain lags so far behind other medical disciplines when cannabisbased medication is denied to patients who could benefit from it (report, August 16).
UK: Allow Cannabis For Medical Purposes
Norman Baker MP is calling for liberalised drug laws so that medicinal cannabis can be made available (Minister calls for looser restrictions on cannabis to treat sick, 14 August). People with multiple sclerosis who turn to street cannabis to treat their condition often do so out of desperation. For years they have been told by successive governments to wait for a pharmacological, legal alternative to cannabis as a way of treating their symptoms and pain.
UK: Allow Cannabis For Medical Purposes
As a pharmacist with a special interest in the medical uses of cannabis I am delighted that Norman Baker has spoken out. We are not talking here about the widespread use of cannabis in the community. One particular cannabinoid, CBD, is not psychotropic nor toxic and shows promise as a useful drug in certain conditions. The two active ingredients, THC and CBD, were discovered in Israel.
US CO: Judge Kane And Sheriff Troubles
Re: "Feisty federal judge knows all about challenging authority," Aug. 13 news story. It was delightful to see Judge John Kane's picture on the front page of The Denver Post and to read the excellent article on this great jurist. What was left out, however, was Judge Kane's well-known stand on the great American drug war. Every year, Judge Kane is a featured speaker in my drug war class, where he emphasizes the sad story of the incarceration of largely young minority males to lengthy prison sentences for minor offenses. Judge Kane offers his expertise on why and how the United States-which has 5 percent of the world's populaton and more than 25 percent of the world's prisoners-became a carceral state. Judge Kane is a fearless fighter for justice and in particular racial justice in America. At a time when Colorado leads the nation in changing directions, Judge Kane needs to be recognized as a pioneer in drug reform.
US FL: No Expert Witness
Your opinion piece "Do voters want to unshackle pot?" last Sunday on medical marijuana was predictable enough, but you should really consider the use of more reality-based opinions in the future.