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US FL: Police in Florida Grapple With a Cheap and Dangerous
MIAMI - A hazardous new synthetic drug originating in China is being blamed for 18 recent deaths in a single South Florida county, as police grapple with an inexpensive narcotic that causes exaggerated strength and dangerous paranoid hallucinations.
CN ON: Cops To Send Message
Will Work With Courier Firms to Help Halt Drug Shipments Toronto Police will soon be approaching courier companies in efforts to address a "concerning trend" around the growing quantities of illegal drugs being shipped through commercial transport providers.
CN ON: Zero Tolerance Petition
Whitefish Bay First Nation Votes to Warn Bootleggers and Drug Dealers Whitefish Bay First Nation members voted to send a warning to alleged bootleggers and drug dealers in the community on Wednesday night.
US: The Great Pot Experiment
Yasmin Hurd raises rats on the Upper East Side of Manhattan that will blow your mind. Though they look normal, their lives are anything but, and not just because of the pricey real estate they call home on the 10th floor of a research building near Mount Sinai Hospital. For skeptics of the movement to legalize marijuana, the rodents are canaries in the drug-policy coal mine. For defenders of legalization, they are curiosities. But no one doubts that something is happening in the creatures' trippy little brains.

Opinions

CN ON: Column: Learning Some New Tricks
On the occasion of Tommy Chong and his dog Otis' birthday, our own Jim Slotek wishes a couple of old dogs good tidings
US WI: Column: Shameful Choice For Veteran
Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide. Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.
CN ON: Column: A Dispatch From The Field Of Harm Reduction
Recently I chewed khat, a leaf with properties conducive to sociability; and on a couple of occasions I ate cannabis chocolate.
US CT: Column: Baiting Republicans Over Drugs, Malloy Shores
Republican state legislators want an apology from Governor Malloy for what they construe as his accusation that they are racist for opposing repeal of the law establishing 1,500-foot "drug-free" zones around schools, whereby mere possession of drugs is made a felony nearly everywhere in cities, where most blacks and Hispanics live, but not so much in suburbs and rural towns, where most whites live. While the governor, a Democrat, was not obliged to apologize for what he didn't quite say, he might have remembered that soft words turn away wrath and expressed regret for misunderstanding. That would have facilitated repeal of the questionable drug law instead of engendering resentment of repeal.

Letters

US CO: Time For A New Approach On Drugs
The recent article, "Increase in Heroin use, Deaths" (Daily Camera, May 19) is about the increased deaths from heroin overdoses due to bad heroin being sold on the streets. This comes in the wake of the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. Statistics show that the more we criminalize drugs, the more people die of overdoses from bad street drugs and the more homicides occur. Obviously, the drug war is not working. We should have learned that already with prohibition.
US CO: Plant The Seeds Of Research
PEDCO's request not to use the half-cent sales tax for marijuana businesses is nearly the most anti-business, anti-development stance that they can take.
US CA: Time To Legalize Marijuana Is Now
In regard to columnist Ernest Kimme's column ("No easy answers for marijuana issue," The Reporter 5-12-15), it's been almost twenty years since California voters approved medical marijuana. Restricting access at this point is a gift to Mexican drug cartels. One day marijuana will be fully legal nationwide and there will be no suburban basement grows with artificial lights and massive carbon footprints. Environmentally destructive wilderness grows will become a thing of the past.
US DC: When Justice Is Unjust
Regarding the May 18 Wonkblog excerpt "How the IRS seized a man's life savings without ever charging him with a crime":
US AZ: Bilking Via Charity Brings Lesser Penalty Than
James Reynolds II used the Mesa-based Breast Cancer Society to raise and misappropriate (steal) millions of dollars, in the name of charity. He gets to settle a $65.6 million judgment and have his record wiped clean for a $75,000 cash payment and no time served.
US CA: Stop Complaining
Regarding "Legal pot's big issue: what about schoolkids?" (May 20): Here we go again. Every time the issue of legalizing marijuana comes up, we get the bogus, hand-wringing about "the children." We are awash in liquor stores and bars on practically every street corner. But somehow, the nervous nellies seem to shrug and the children seem to survive. It is time for those self-appointed, guardians of our youth to redirect their energy toward something like homelessness, hunger, and police brutality. Like gay marriage (something else they opposed), pot legalization is here to stay.
US CA: Marijuana Prohibition Hasn't Made It Disappear
Proposition A upheld, slam dunk, weed is gone! Why is this substance illegal? It has nothing to do with promoting the general welfare, but instead the federal government's intent is to subjugate minorities.