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US AZ: Arizona Court to Review Ruling on Marijuana, DUI
PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court will review a lower court's ruling that said drivers who have medical marijuana cards can still be prosecuted under laws against driving under the influence while having marijuana in their system.
US DC: Memo to Federal Workers: That's Still a No on Marijuana
If you live in the District or one of the 23 states that have legalized marijuana and you work for the federal government, think twice before lighting a joint. Pot is still illegal for you. New guidance Wednesday from the Office of Personnel Management is unambiguous and stern. Federal workforce rules remain unchanged for the roughly 4.1 million federal employees and military personnel across the United States. The U.S. government still considers marijuana an illegal drug, and possessing or using it is a crime.
US OR: Oregon Moves Toward One-Stop Shopping for Medical and
SALEM -- Oregon liquor control officials on Wednesday presented a plan for allowing retailers to sell both medical and recreational marijuana -- and it seemed to win support from key legislators.
US CA: Power To The Pot
Scientists Point to Drought Conditions Elevating Medicinal Properties of Marijuana While Bolstering Guerrilla Grows

Opinions

US CO: Column: High Hopes for Improved Reporting on Teen
When Rocky Mountain Community Radio reporter Bente Birkeland began tracking legal marijuana's impacts on Colorado teenagers earlier this year, she discovered key data wasn't available.
US CA: Column: Boom And Boom
Arcata's Medical Marijuana Innovation Area got an enthusiastic thumbs-up on May 20 from the city council, which ultimately voted unanimously in favor of the proposal, but not before an antsy, standing-room-only crowd stood by while the council spent two hours wading through the night's consent agenda. When a speaker made a plea for donations to support a two-week summer camp sponsored by a young woman's foundation, several people approached and handed her hundred dollar bills. She had come to the right meeting.
US CO: Column: What Can I Do With My Vaped Weed?
Dear Stoner: I've had a vaporizer for almost a year now and have a buttload of golden-brown vaped weed saved up. Is there anything I can do with it, or have I been wasting my energy?
US CA: Column: Drug Eviction: Pot Shop Suffers 'Hostile
These are good times in the marijuana business. With an adult recreational market still on the horizon, the California medical cannabis industry is enjoying its biggest boom time yet. Mobs of customers are fueling over a billion dollars a year in legal sales, but more important are the "investors." The cannabis game usually takes unkindly to outsiders, but not when they're carrying suitcases of cash, as the strange faces in expensive suits circling around the industry at all levels, looking for opportunities to buy into this multibillion-dollar game, are.

Letters

US MA: Criminalizing Addiction Is Not The Answer
RE "Mobilized against a hometown scourge" by Brian MacQuarrie (Page A1, May 17): We need to face the evidence - criminalizing addiction is not the answer. As an attorney and licensed certified social worker, I have represented and treated countless individuals addicted to opiates and other substances. I have seen firsthand that efforts to curb opiate addiction through law enforcement and the criminal justice system do not work.
US MA: There Are Cases Where Drug Testing at Work Is
The article about Cristina Barbuto's firing for lawfully using medical marijuana in Massachusetts raises an important issue - that of employers testing employees for marijuana consumption without any legitimate reason for doing so ("Woman fights medical marijuana firing," Page A1, May 23).
US WA: Pot Shops Won't Hurt Churches
Regarding the letter, "Keep pot shops away from churches," where author invites his readers, "what say you." Well, here's what I say: I don't have a problem with the city of Everett Planning Commission allowing legal "pot shops" next to churches. Also, believe me, I-502 is not flawed. It has been scrutinized by lawyers inside and out. What is now the legal standard is what the voters voted in favor of.
US CT: Abuse Is Bad, Drug War Is Worse
This is in response to the editorial "Malloy didn't call anyone racist but drug enforcement is" (May 18).
Australia: Government Wasting Money on War on Drugs
THE excuse wowsers use to get governments to waste billions of dollars on the prohibition of recreational drugs is that drugs kill users.
US AZ: The Two-Bit Drug Dealer Wishes He Could Get
Let's see if I have this right. James Reynold, Sr. and his group of Cancer Charity fund-raisers collect and misappropriate several hundred million dollars in the name of charity. They get to settle a $65.6 million judgment and have their record wiped clean for a $75,000 cash payment and no time served.
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.