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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.
US FL: Backers: Make Pot 'Like Aspirin'
Doctors, advocates at conference say cannabis is a safe, effective drug that should be widely available.
Ireland: Gardai Cut With Knives And Savaged By Pitbull
THREE detectives were slashed with a knife and then attacked by a pitbull dog when they went to carry out a drug search at a house in Co Louth yesterday morning.
US MO: How A Missouri ''Pothead' Became Poster Boy For Compassion
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has commuted Jeff Mizanskey's life sentence for marijuana offenses, allowing him a parole hearing - an indication of the public and political shift on draconian drug laws.

Opinions

Australia: Column: Ice Is Too Big To Ignore
Semantics instead of confronting this scourge won't help IN a week the Geelong community has talked openly and honestly about ice, some bureaucrats and academics have sadly failed to do the same.
US WA: Column: Veteran's PTSD Led to Marijuana, Arrest and a
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.
US IL: Column: Finally, We're Making Progress In Drug War
Maybe we're at long last starting to win the war, but not in the way we had planned. It was always crazy that you could buy a gallon of vodka at any grocery store, while a joint would land you in a jail. But "crazy" is one of the more apt adjectives describing America's- War on Drugs, a multi-decade, multibillion-dollar effort that in the end . . . assuming this is, please God, the beginning of the end . . . produced what? Plentiful, ever cheaper street narcotics and a prison system jammed with drug offenders.
CN BC: Regulations For Marijuana Sales Should Include
In the absence of federal leadership on the issue, B.C. municipalities are lobbying for authority to regulate marijuana dispensaries. That is not all they should be pushing for.

Letters

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.
US DC: A Workaround for Pot Regulation in the District
The city is missing out on tax revenue. As the May 18 front-page article "Legal pot in the District is a boon for illegal dealers" reported, D.C. voters' determination to legalize marijuana possession through Initiative 71 is having significant unintended consequences. Because residents can legally use and possess marijuana but can't legally buy it, the illegal drug trade has increased and the city is missing out on the tax revenue it would receive if the sales were regulated.
US PA: Pharmaceutical Companies Don't Want Medical
I will admit that I am a cynic, but that was thrust upon me by the circumstances of life and our government.
US OR: Medical Marijuana Has Helped American Heroes
"American Sniper" was ranked the No. 1 movie in United States for the week of Dec. 17 through Dec. 23, 2014, when competition for this top listing is intense.