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US CA: Attorney Says Pot Raid Target Was A Church
Costa Mesa police say there was nothing to indicate that mall storefront was Native American sanctuary.
US CO: Pot's Paper Trail Is Costly
Learning Who Owns Colorado's Marijuana Businesses Is Not Easy. Colorado's marijuana business owners-nearly 1,200 of them-control a quickly growing and powerful industry that is approaching $1 billion in annual sales.
US MD: Lawmaker Calls for State to Exit Drug War, Focus on
Maryland Del. Dan K. Morhaim on Friday proposed four bills that would radically change the state's approach to dealing with drug problems, in part by removing criminal penalties for low-level possession and adding an emphasis on addiction treatment.
US CA: Laguna Beach Oks Short-Lived Pot Ban
LAGUNA BEACH Among the last of Orange County's 34 cities to place a ban on pot cultivators, delivery services and dispensaries, Laguna Beach last week became likely the first to make it ineffective.

Opinions

CN BC: Column: Navy Making A Difference In Drug War
When coastal-defence vessels HMCS Brandon and HMCS Whitehorse returned to CFB Esquimalt in December after participating in an anti-drug trafficking operation in the Caribbean and east Pacific regions, the Times Colonist published an editorial congratulating the sailors for a job well done.
US DC: OPED: A New Way Of Thinking About Drug Addiction
I've been an emergency room physician for more than 30 years. Every shift, I see broken legs, lacerations, cases of pneumonia and more. On the surface, none appears related to the rising rates of drug addiction and crime plaguing our society. But they are.
US CA: Editorial: Chico Council Wise to Chill on Marijuana
Time is too short to waste it spinning your wheels, especially in local government where every exercise costs staff time and money.
US AK: OPED: Obama: Budget Will Help Address Opioid, Heroin
Last fall, I listened as a mother named Cary Dixon told her family's story at a forum I convened in West Virginia. It was heartbreaking. Cary's adult son has struggled with a substance use disorder for years, and she described the pain that families like hers have gone through. "We dread the next phone call," she said. "We don't take vacations for fear of the next crisis. We come back from vacations because there's a crisis."

Letters

US CA: Address Opioid Epidemic
Re "Drug addicts finally a priority in politics" (Editorials, Feb. 4): The Bee's editorial board is absolutely right that what matters most right now is that something gets done by Congress to address opioid addiction and overdose in this country.
US DC: When the Who of Drug Abuse Skews the Response
As a middle-age white man of comfortable means and right-of-center views on many issues, Imay have been oblivious to certain things longer than others. Recent headlines make it impossible to ignore disparities, however.
US UT: Why Is Legal Medical Cannabis Taking So Long
It is with profound sadness that we once again hear of a family forced to skirt the law to obtain small amounts of what our state deems illegal to treat their children.
CN AB: Green Is Good
It's true, since Colorado completely RE-legalized cannabis (marijuana) treating it like the relatively safe God-given plant that it is (Rolling In Dough, Jan. 29, 2016), the state has reaped huge taxes. But Canada shouldn't cleanse itself from cannabis prohibition to profit but rather end one of North America's worst policy failures because it's the right thing to do. The Luciferous practice of caging humans for using what God indicates He created and says is good on literally the very first page of the Bible is vulgar for developed nations.
US NY: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?
To the Editor: Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld criticize American culture for promulgating the idea that shame is "a damaging, useless emotion." They criticize efforts to "eradicate" shame (by likening drug addiction to cancer) for those with addictions, worrying that such people will see their "habits as unalterable."
US NY: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?
To the Editor: Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld argue that we should shame people to fight addiction. Unfortunately, while they cite data on shame in non-addicted populations, they ignore far more relevant research, which shows uniformly negative results.
US NY: Is Shame An Antidote To Addiction?
To the Editor: Re "Can Shame Be Useful?," by Sally L. Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld (Sunday Review, Jan. 24):