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1 US CO: PUB LTE: Put Blame Where It's Due For Teen Access ToWed, 08 Feb 2012
Source:Glenwood Springs Post Independent (CO) Author:Kirchenwitz, Bruno Area:Colorado Lines:39 Added:02/08/2012

After reading about "Charles" and his misadventures with the "killer weed" in the Feb. 5 article by Rebecca Jones, "Valley teen: Marijuana is widely available," I hovered between laughter and anger. The funny part is Charles's problems are implied to be caused by the availability of pot to state-licensed adults.

Instead of Charles or his parents taking responsibility, they blame the availability of pot.

What raises my ire is Charles's dirtbag supplier got off free as a bird. This criminal is still able to corrupt other children because Charles refused to identify him. Some soft-headed judge is teaching this juvenile miscreant that there are no consequences for his behavior.

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2 US WV: PUB LTE: Address Synthetic Pot Dangers by LegalizingWed, 08 Feb 2012
Source:Daily News-Tribune (WV) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:West Virginia Lines:43 Added:02/08/2012

To the Editor:

The use of synthetic marijuana is an unintended side-effect of the war on natural marijuana. Consumers are turning to potentially toxic drugs made in China and sold as research chemicals before being repackaged as legal incense. Expanding the drug war will do little other than add to what is already the highest incarceration rate in the world. Chinese chemists will tweak formulas to stay one step ahead of the law and two steps ahead of the drug tests. New versions won't be safer. Misguided efforts to protect children from drugs are putting children at great risk.

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3 US MT: LTE: Honest Answer Is That It's WrongWed, 08 Feb 2012
Source:Missoulian (MT) Author:Wideman, Dee Area:Montana Lines:103 Added:02/08/2012

To The Editor:

In regard to the petition to legalize marijuana. Well, here we go down the wrong road again. We legalized alcohol finally, and what happened? It was supposed to be in moderation and for social purposes. It really had no medicinal purpose that I know of other than a form of sterilization of a wound possibly. But, our government saw it was a way that it might as well collect tax on rather than let it continue to run out of control as something it couldn't stop.

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4 CN BC: OPED: Legalizing Marijuana Not The Answer For CanadaWed, 08 Feb 2012
Source:Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC) Author:Hilderley, Scott Area:British Columbia Lines:103 Added:02/08/2012

I've read the article =93Metchosin weighs in on legalizing pot=94 published on Jan. 18, in the Gazette and I also recognize that there is a strong push in this direction being made by a vocal minority in relation to this subject.

At the risk of lighting the fuse on the powder keg that this issue has become, I think it's very important to look at this with our best possible eyes.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but everyone is not entitled to their own facts.

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5US CO: Fort Collins Moves To Shut Down Medical MarijuanaWed, 08 Feb 2012
Source:Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO) Author:Duggan, Kevin Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:02/08/2012

Dispensaries Are Scheduled to Close Feb. 14

Medical marijuana businesses are a step closer to officially disappearing from Fort Collins.

The City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a set of ordinances that repeal elements in city code that allow for the licensing and operation of medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations.

The house-keeping ordinances were in reaction to a measure banning medical marijuana businesses that was approved by city voters in November. The ban is scheduled to go into effect Feb. 14.

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6 US CO: PUB LTE: Legalize Pot And Get Rid Of Black MarketWed, 08 Feb 2012
Source:Glenwood Springs Post Independent (CO) Author:Wooldridge, Howard Area:Colorado Lines:31 Added:02/08/2012

Writing from my perspective as a retired street cop, the Feb. 5 article by Rebecca Jones, "Valley teen: Marijuana is widely available," demonstrated the need to treat marijuana like alcohol, that is, legal, regulated and taxed. Kids are not selling beer and cigarettes in school, just an illegal drug like marijuana.

Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ask for identification for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. So much for protecting the children.

No teen should have the job option to sell drugs. To help our kids, we should repeal this marijuana prohibition today.

Howard Wooldridge

Golden

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7US CA: Medical Marijuana Proponents Seek Santa Ana BallotWed, 08 Feb 2012
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA) Author:Gonzales, Ron Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/08/2012

Filing of documents kicks off a process that could lead to a measure allowing medical marijuana dispensaries with certain restrictions.

SANTA ANA - Proponents of medical marijuana want to place on the November ballot in Santa Ana an initiative to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in the city.

A group called the Committee to Support Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative on Tuesday turned in to the city clerk's office documents to circulate a petition in support of the initiative, which proponents say would be the first of its kind in California.

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8 US MI: Column: Getting CardedWed, 08 Feb 2012
Source:Metro Times (Detroit, MI) Author:Gabriel, Larry Area:Michigan Lines:158 Added:02/08/2012

Fuming Over How Many Months It Takes for the State to Issue Medical Marijuana Cards

The heady atmosphere of the early days of medical marijuana in Michigan seems to have dissipated. Back then, there was a celebratory atmosphere as dispensaries were popping across the state and money from ganjapreneurs in Colorado and California flowed in as they expanded into the newest market to welcome their wares. But Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was less welcoming and led the charge against medical marijuana, particularly dispensaries, which have been raided and shut down in numerous areas of the state. Individual patients and caregivers have been prosecuted and found guilty when they believed they were in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

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9 US CA: Sonoma County Supervisors Cap Pot Clinics At NineTue, 07 Feb 2012
Source:Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA) Author:Wilkison, Brett Area:California Lines:130 Added:02/08/2012

Nine medical marijuana dispensaries will be permitted in the areas of Sonoma County outside city limits, the county Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

The cap, proposed and under review since last year, is designed to prevent an over-concentration of cannabis outlets in the county government's jurisdiction.

A three-member majority of the board -- Valerie Brown, Mike McGuire and Efren Carrillo -- voted to set the cap at nine, the number recommended by the county Planning Commission last month and endorsed by the board for study last year.

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