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State’s top doctor decries pot program

DENVER — Colorado’s chief medical officer said Monday that the state’s medical marijuana program will “continue to grow out of control” unless more restrictive rules are adopted.

Dr. Ned Calonge testified before the state health board in support of proposed new rules that would limit marijuana providers to five patients each. Currently, a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution allows designated caregivers to grow marijuana for an unlimited number of patients.

Dr. Calonge, chief medical officer for the state health department, said those rules are creating confusion and the program is susceptible to fraud. He said large-scale marijuana growers busted by police are claiming to be medical marijuana suppliers.

He said one doctor recommended that 200 people get medical marijuana cards in one day. The cards allow patients to grow their own marijuana or get it from a designated caregiver.


Member of ‘60s duo, Gordon Waller, dies

HARTFORD — Gordon Waller of the pop duo Peter and Gordon, who were part of the 1960s British Invasion and had a string of hits including several written by their friend Paul McCartney, has died. He was 64.

Mr. Waller died Friday at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn., nursing supervisor Nity Oris confirmed Monday. The duo’s Web site says Mr. Waller, who lived in Ledyard, Conn., went into cardiac arrest Thursday night, and the state medical examiner’s office lists his cause of death as cardiovascular disease.

Mr. Waller and Peter Asher hit No. 1 on charts around the world in 1964 with their debut single “A World Without Love,” written by Mr. McCartney, though jointly credited to John Lennon per the team’s practice. The duo also hit the charts with other McCartney songs as “Nobody I Know” and “I Don’t Want To See You Again.”

Peter and Gordon’s other hits included their versions of Del Shannon’s “I Go to Pieces” and the Buddy Holly song “True Love Ways,” both in 1965; “Lady Godiva,” 1966; and “Knight in Rusty Armour” in 1967.


Black professor charges racist arrest

BOSTON — Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation’s top scholars of black history, is accusing a Massachusetts police department of racism after being arrested while trying to get into his locked home near Harvard University.

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