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US AK: Walker Exploring Whether Marijuana Regulation Timeline
Gov. Bill Walker is reviewing whether the state can extend its timeline for crafting marijuana regulations, spokesperson Grace Jang said Friday.
US AK: New Assembly Committee Will Look at Legal Marijuana
The Anchorage Assembly has formed a committee whose sole focus is to consider the implementation of marijuana sales.
US ME: Medical Marijuana Users Rent Downtown Bangor Space to
BANGOR, Maine - A local group of medical marijuana patients is renting a space downtown where they can smoke or ingest their medicine.
US: 2 Neighbors Of Colorado Sue Over Marijuana Law
DENVER - Two heartland states filed the first major court challenge to marijuana legalization on Thursday, saying that Colorado's growing array of state-regulated recreational marijuana shops was piping marijuana into neighboring states and should be shut down.

Opinions

CN ON: OPED: Criminals Prey On Vulnerable Communities
Current Social-Housing Policy Is Doomed to Fail It's such a familiar story. People are shot or killed in Ottawa's social-housing neighbourhoods. Police step up enforcement. People are arrested, and guns and drugs seized. Community meetings are held. Multiple social agencies introduce new programs. Pause. Repeat.
US CO: Editorial: A Meddling Lawsuit On Amendment 64
No one has ever doubted the federal government has the power to shut down Colorado's commercial marijuana outlets, as well as its manufacturing and growing facilities.
US PA: Editorial: Authorize Medicinal Pot
If Pennsylvania House members had been asked to legalize marijuana for recreational use, their commitment to delay would be understandable. Legalization in Colorado, Oregon and Washington is a work in progress, an experiment that could guide other states in the future.
US CO: Column: Trying To Grok Congress And Cannabis
It's impossible to understand the labyrinthine rhyme or reason behind any part of the Goliath spending bill passed by Congress to keep the government running another year. A bill that includes a rider that, for instance, would give Wall Street the same opportunities to be reckless with investments on the government dime like it did back in the early 2000s again sounds like lunacy to me.

Letters

US DC: Congressmen Who Moved to Block D.C. Marijuana
Colbert I. King's Dec. 13 op-ed column, "The threat to D.C. home rule can't be ignored," asserted that the District was caught "flat-footed" by the language in the federal spending bill that blocked voter Initiative 71.
US DC: Congressmen Who Moved to Block D.C. Marijuana
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), in expounding his rationale to negate the District's vote to legalize the possession of marijuana, wrote with his co-author that "Many studies have shown that use of marijuana can have a wide range of negative effects. . . . Marijuana is the illicit drug most frequently found to be a factor in car accidents, including fatal ones."
US DC: Congressmen Who Moved to Block D.C. Marijuana
How courageous of Republican Reps. Andy Harris (Md.) and Joe Pitts (Pa.) to answer "head-on" charges that it is hypocritical for proponents of self-government and democracy to overrule the District's marijuana initiative ["Congress's duty trumps D.C.'s vote," op-ed, Dec. 14]. The enormous flaw in their argument that federal interests should trump the will of District residents is that, unlike Mr. Harris and Mr. Pitts's constituents in Maryland and Pennsylvania, D.C. residents have no voice in defining those federal interests because we have no voting representation in Congress.
US MO: Legalizing Marijuana Reduces Negative
Katie Wightman argues against marijuana legalization (Don't legalize marijuana in Missouri, Dec. 11) on the basis of legal, criminal, and medical consequences. Legalization is designed to remove the criminal consequences. This will free police, prosecutors, courts, and jails to focus on more serious criminal problems and reduce the expenses involved.
US MD: D.C. Pot Law Is None of Harris' Business
I am sick of Republican politicians who follow their own agenda rather than the will of the people who elected them.
US AR: State's Drug Policy Needs Review
Regarding "How We See It: Prison Ideas Offer Hope for Solutions" (Dec. 4): If no one else is willing to spell it out, I will. Much of the overcrowding in Arkansas prisons is caused by state legislators who know they stand a greater chance of getting elected if they take a get-tough-on-drugs stance, and by law enforcement agencies who profit from the war on drugs via federal grant money and asset forfeiture laws. It's in the interest of both groups to broaden the definition of "lawbreakers" to be as inclusive as possible. In other words, the problem is systemic.
US CA: Regarding Measure A
Re "Pot 'O money" (Downstroke, Dec. 11): California NORML objects strenuously to Butte County's requirement that medical marijuana be cultivated in a contiguous space, and to the proposed "Stay in the Box" campaign advanced by the Butte County Sheriff's Office to ensure compliance with this scheme.