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US CA: Joseph Mcnamara, Progressive San Jose Police Chief, Dies At
Joseph McNamara, the former San Jose, Calif., police chief whose outspoken criticism of the war on drugs, the gun lobby and Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates gave him a national profile as a progressive leader in law enforcement, died Friday at his home in Carmel, Calif. He was 79.
CN NS: Medical Marijuana Advocate Sent To Jail
Cancer survivor had illegal 'wall-to-wall' grow-op COUNTY - A Chester man who believes marijuana saved his life is now in jail after police found an illegal "wall-to-wall" grow-op in his basement.
Uruguay: Why Uruguay Legalized Pot, From The Top Down
In a reverse of the bottom-up process playing out in North America, Uruguay's socialist government legalized marijuana in the face of stiff disapproval from the majority of its citizens. Lawmakers believe legalization is the best way to neutralize drug
US CO: Pot Giveaway For Vets Draws About 1,000
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) A marijuana giveaway for veterans attracted about 1,000 people to a Colorado hotel.

Opinions

US FL: Amendment 2 A Danger To Our Health, Families And Quality
Special to The Tampa Tribune Earlier this year I joined with Florida's sheriffs to support recently passed legislation that legalized a specific strain of non-euphoric medical marijuana low in THC, known as Charlotte's Web, because it can aid in the treatment of epileptic seizures in children. In contrast, Amendment 2 to the Florida Constitution will hurt more people than it could ever help. As the sheriff of Seminole County, I believe that passage of Amendment 2 will lead to serious health and public safety consequences for our communities, our children, our families, and our quality of life.
US NV: Column: Finally, A Good Call
For perhaps the first time since Nevada finally got serious about implementing its medical marijuana laws, a state regulation makes sense. The state's Division of Public and Behavioral Health announced it would not invoke its discretionary authority to limit the amount of marijuana grown in Nevada to between 650,000 and 1 million square feet.
Australia: Column: Industrial Hemp Could Be Big, but for Red
OUT in the fields and talking with farmers it is glaringly obvious Tasmania is missing out on a huge opportunity from one of the oldest sustainable industries on the planet: industrial hemp.
US FL: Editorial: Reject Medical Pot Amendment
It's human nature to want to relieve the pain and suffering of another human being. And there's no denying the testimony of thousands of patients who say marijuana has helped them endure the nausea, the loss of appetite and other symptoms associated with the treatments for cancer, AIDS and other debilitating diseases.

Letters

CN MB: Fed's Drug Policy Futile
Re: Drug policy seriously outdated (Sept. 22). In a world of dark-ages drug policy, thank God for this sliver of light.
US KS: Black Market
To the editor: District Attorney Charles Branson said in an article on Sept. 7, that the real problem with selling marijuana in Lawrence is the armed invasion of the homes of people who sell marijuana. He said that in the last two years there have been 25 drug-related home invasions, and if you go back five years, three deaths occurred in these robberies.
US IL: Pot Possibilities
Horse racing, tobacco, liquor, gambling, slot machines, beer, the lottery - these used to be called vices. Now all are streams of revenue into which Illinois governments have stuck their fingers. Legally.
US TN: Free Press Writer Wrong On Pot
The Sept. 14 Free Press editorial opposing the legalization of marijuana was laughable. The writer cites studies that show that marijuana isn't good for you. The writer seems to ignore that all of the points he makes are also true for alcohol, which is even more dangerous. I doubt he would ever write an editorial arguing that legalization of alcohol for recreational use didn't make sense.
US FL: Medical Pot's Source - Legal Or Illegal?
Regarding Ray Strack's guest column, "Why sheriffs oppose medical pot: Profits, not safety," in the Sept. 20 Sentinel:
US FL: Legalize Drugs
The War on Drugs has proven to be ineffective in achieving its goal, which is to reduce the supply and demand for illegal drugs. On the contrary, this war has contributed to an increase in the levels of corruption and violence in the past decades.
US AZ: War On Drugs
Editor: I have a few thoughts regarding our war on drugs, and it starts with the saying, "If we don't learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it." Well, we've got some history to learn from, so let's take a look: