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  NBC News -    DENVER -- Colorado's attempt to create a bank to service its marijuana industry has suffered another setback by the federal government and could be facing an impossible dilemma. The Federal Reserve — the…
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  Huffington Post Canada -  VANCOUVER — A Colorado official has some sobering words of advice for Justin Trudeau if he fulfils his promise to legalize pot in Canada. "It's going to be a lot harder to implement than you …
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  International Business Times -   Brandan Flores is a careful shopper. The 24-year-old raw vegan avoids chemicals and additives in the foods he eats, and he approaches his recreational marijuana purchases the same way. He asks budtenders…
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  Time -    Tribes are weighing the risks and opportunities of legalizing pot This New Year’s Eve, Tony Reider wants to throw a party unlike any his South Dakota tribe has seen.   There will be live music, food…
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  timesunion.com -   NEW YORK – Young African American and Latino mothers with their children walk down the bustling blocks of Liberty and Fulton in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Boys' sneakers scuffle on the cement cou…
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  The Atlantic -   A side effect of a federal drug law has left legal pot farmers without any approved pesticides—and as a result, many have turned to harmful chemicals to protect their crops. Growing marijuana takes vigilance, …
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  NerdWallet - Life insurance companies can be like prudish acquaintances. Smoke cigarettes? For shame. Weight gain? Unfortunate. Deviations from perfection usually lead to higher life insurance rates. But wait. Smoke pot? Shrug. Not only …
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  USA Today -    After waiting in line for hours at a booth during a medical marijuana convention in San Francisco, Jeff Harrington needed only a two-minute consultation and a written recommendation to become a medical marijuana pati…
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  Newsweek -   Updated | It seems fitting that a plant called Mary Jane could smash the patriarchy. After all, only female marijuana flowers produce cannabinoids like the potent THC chemical that gets users buzzed. Pot farmers strive to k…
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  NBC News -    BILLINGS, Mont. — Gone are the flashing green neon lights advertising $200 ounces of pot. Gone are the caravans of cannabis doctors who signed up hundreds of people in a single day. The medical marijuana bus…
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  Democrat & Chronicle -    A federal criminal case against two brothers accused of involvement in a major marijuana trafficking operation has morphed into a legal assault on the government's criminal classification of mariju…
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  Courier-Post -  MAPLE SHADE – A Maple Shade family fighting to give their autistic, epileptic daughter her medical marijuana at school lost their recent appeal, but the legal fight likely won’t end there. The family of G…
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  Huffington Post -   Last week, he said weed "probably" didn't pose as great a health risk as heroin. The new Drug Enforcement Administration chief has finally made it clear: Marijuana is safer than heroin.  &n…
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  Time -   Recommendations for the classiest of cannabis connoisseurs Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use, but only Colorado and Washington have licensed dispensaries that can legally…
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  Time -   The top moving destination in 2014 was Oregon, which voted to legalize marijuana last November. When choosing retirement locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities, proximity to grandchildren, access to quality …
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  Newsweek -   In downtown Washington, D.C., the Department of Justice asserts that marijuana enterprises are free to exist, while immediately across 10th Street, the IRS tells those businesses they are illegal drug-trafficking operations…
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  Huffington Post -   Colorado rejected adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that qualify for treatment with medical marijuana on Wednesday. After hours of emotional testimony from researchers, veterans and …
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  KCRA -   Board of Supervisors revises water code SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —Sacramento County Supervisors voted Tuesday to revise the county's water code to declare marijuana cultivation a form of water waste.   …
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  Sun Sentinel -   If Florida legalizes medical marijuana, it could lead to increased pot use by youths, a Florida International University study suggests. It's happened in other states that have passed laws allowing marijuana to …
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  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -  As attitudes toward marijuana become more lenient and states authorize its use for medicinal — or even recreational — purposes, a long simmering debate over the efficacy of workplace drug testing h…
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  qz.com -   It’s yet another feather in the cap of those who champion legalizing pot in the US. In a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (paywall), researchers observed that in US states with med…
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  The Guardian -   State legalizes recreational marijuana, but it still can’t be sold to the general public – yet growers and dispensaries find way around the law with event “A line this long that never ends and ever…
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  The Star -    Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to regulate marijuana dispensaries, a move that has “deeply disappointed” the federal government but was declared a common-sense approach by the mayor. &ld…
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  NPR -   A report finds mixed results when it comes to how well medical marijuana works to calm pain and control symptoms. And, an editorial says states legalizing pot for medical use may be jumping the gun. DAVID GREENE, HOST: &…
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  MLive -    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Barely half of the people ticketed for marijuana possession are paying their fines. More than $100,000 in civil infraction fines has gone uncollected since voters decriminalized the drug, acc…
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  The Atlantic -   As pot laws liberalize, cannabis capitalists eye opportunities for business—and to upend stereotypes. But can white-collar workers handle it, man? Jill Amen always wanted to be a barista. She has also always l…
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  USA Today -   WILMINGTON, Del. — Voting along party lines, the Delaware state Senate gave final approval Thursday to a measure that decriminalizes the possession and private use of small amounts of marijuana, and Gov. Jack Markell…
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  USA Today -    DENVER – Marijuana entrepreneurs rushing into the booming market are running headlong into a patchwork of state-by-state regulations that make it hard to transfer their expertise, brands and staff— and ev…
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  Motley Fool -   The marijuana industry appears to be blooming, and the American public tends to have a more favorable view of the currently illicit drug with each passing year. In the most recent Gallup poll, slightly more than half…
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  Huffington Post -  DENVER (AP) -- Colorado schools will begin compiling data on students who get busted for using or distributing marijuana, an effort aimed at gauging the effects of the drug's legalization in the state. The new…
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  Oregon Live -    Oregon's burgeoning marijuana industry is stepping up its congressional lobbying in hopes of winning better treatment on tax and banking issues. An industry political action committee sponsored a Friday nig…
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  Wall Street Journal - Shares are risky, and there are some scams Marijuana legalization in multiple states has ushered in a variety of companies and funds that are selling shares. But should you invest?   Marijuana-…
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  The Denver Post -    SAN LUIS VALLEY — The concrete was soupy, a wet mush unlikely to harden properly, so Sundance Stadtler added sand to the mixture he was pouring into wooden forms to make footers for his new home in Costil…
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  NBC News -   The House voted on several pro-pot amendments on Wednesday aimed at tackling the sticky issue of conflicts that arise when the Department of Justice interferes with state implementation of local marijuana laws. In many …
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  Portland Business Journal -   A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of not interfering with state medical marijuana programs. The move, the renewal of an amendment to a large appropriati…
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  Forbes -   As of today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal marijuana and four have legalized its recreational use as well. Despite that, marijuana remains a so-called Schedule I controlled substance – …
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  WFAA8 - Despite concerns from some lawmakers that they were taking the first step toward legalizing marijuana, the Texas House tentatively approved a bill Monday that would allow epilepsy patients in Texas to use medicinal oils containing a …
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  USA Today -   ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — It was almost too juicy a story line to be true. Shane Ray, the NFL prospect cited for marijuana possession just days before the draft, gets picked by the Denver Broncos, of all teams, and head…
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  Huffington Post -   A pro-marijuana ad debuting in Texas on Tuesday showcases a retired police officer who says the state should take a more "sensible" approach to marijuana policies because the drug causes far fewer problems …
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  Above The Law -   In December of last year, Nebraska and Oklahoma (the “NO States”) filed suit against Colorado in the United States Supreme Court, seeking to invalidate Colorado’s recreational cannabis laws. Last week…
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  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -    There are fewer alcohol-impaired drivers on U.S. roads than ever before, but the proportion of drivers testing positive for marijuana and other illegal drugs is on the rise, results of th…
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  New York Times -    DENVER — Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau’s five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Mr. Nassau could not rely on the ga…
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  Seattle Times -    A Missouri doctor questions the safety of marijuana in Washington state’s pot system. But labs and the state agency that regulates pot question his findings and tactics. Seated at a desk inside his down…
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  Shreveport Times -   BATON ROUGE – Roughly a year after a medical marijuana bill was shot down in committee, the Louisiana Senate on Monday passed a similar proposal that could get medical-grade pot to those suffering from cancer,…
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  Yahoo News - On Monday morning, the United States Supreme Court asked the Solicitor General’s office for its opinion in a lawsuit involving three states about the commercial sales of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado. Amon…
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  WAMU  - The thing about legalizing marijuana in a place like Washington, D.C., is you can't talk about it without talking about race. African Americans comprise a little more than half of the city’s population. But when it…
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  TechCrunch -    Marijuana has come a long way in the United States since California launched its first-in-the-nation medical program 19 years ago. Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis to some degree…
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  Lehigh Valley Live -   A sudden influx of so-called synthetic marijuana has sickened dozens in the Lehigh Valley in recent weeks and may have played a role in eight suspected overdose deaths, according to the Lehigh County District Atto…
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  CBS News -   WICHITA, Kansas -- A medical marijuana advocate has lost custody of her 11-year-old son at least temporarily and could face possible charges following comments the boy made during a drug education program at school. The…
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  The Daily Nebraskan -    If you want to talk about marijuana, you need to speak the language. We've laid out some key phrases and questions that come up frequently in the marijuana debate. Definitions:   Mariju…
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  MSNBC -   Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller has become the latest lawmaker to sign onto a groundbreaking bipartisan bill that would make medical marijuana use legal under federal law. Is this a sign the bipartisanship is truly budd…
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  NPR - Nearly two-thirds of Millennials who identify as Republican support legalizing marijuana, while almost half of older GOP Gen-Xers do, according to a recently released Pew survey that could be an indicator of where the debate is heading…
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  Time - Think booze, not drugs Marijuana legalization advocates appear to know a good slogan when they see one.   Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado introduced a bill in Congress Friday that borrows its name from the suc…
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  New York Times -   There was no sign on the former brick factory on the treeless block in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where Arthur Mondella worked. No name on the door. Nothing — other than the bright-red liquid trickling onto the sidewal…
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  Washington Post - When pot legalization kicks in at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., residents will be free to legally have twice as much marijuana as in the states that have legalized the drug. In the four states that ha…
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  NBC Washington -  D.C. police officers to carry card-sized summaries of the new rules A law to legalize marijuana in the District will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, unless Congress steps in at the last minute.   …
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  TMJ4.com -  A Wisconsin mother fought to make a special kind of medical marijuana legal to help her daughter's seizures. And now she's facing a harsh realization - the law on the books does nothing for Wisconsin families.  …
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  Newsminer.com -   FAIRBANKS — Marijuana becomes legal in two days, but where it will be allowed to be used remains a bit hazy. Public consumption of pot remains prohibited, but local leaders continue to debate the definition o…
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  Washington Times -   DENVER — A Colorado hotel franchise and two property owners filed lawsuits Thursday to bring a halt to the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana, citing violations of the federal Racketeer Influ…
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  Huffington Post -   Vermont could become the first state in history to legalize recreational marijuana via state legislature with a new bill submitted Tuesday that aims to end prohibition of the plant. Senate Bill 95 would legalize …
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  NBC Bay Area -  Medical Marijuana is Already Recreational, Say Insiders In California, medical marijuana remains legal and many believe that next year voters may get to decide if the state will take the next step and legalize recrea…
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  WAMU -  The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs announced today that it had revoked the business license of a convenience store in Northeast D.C. found to have been selling synthetic marijuana, the first such closure sinc…
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  Huffington Post -  SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb 11 (Reuters) - A federal judge hearing the case of nine men accused of illegally growing marijuana in California said Wednesday she was taking very seriously arguments by their attorneys that t…
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  BND.com -  SAUGET — Plans are taking shape for the region’s first medicinal marijuana dispensary to open in a medical office complex next door to GCS Ball Park, the home of the Gateway Grizzlies minor league baseball team. …
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  The Daily Signal - There are a growing number of medical marijuana dispensaries across the United States and a majority of Americans who support legalization. But two critics of the drug said the science points to serious problems with pot. …
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  Rolling Stone -  The fate of legalized marijuana in Washington, D.C. will come down to a single word: "Enact." Last Election Day, voters opted to fully decriminalize weed in the nation's capital, joining Colorado, Wash…
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  Fusion -   So much for retiring early. Marijuana stocks have tanked in the past year, according to the financial website The Street. One of the biggest nose-dives came from Advanced Cannabis Solutions, a company that leases growing …
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  Reuters - (Reuters) - A planned District of Columbia city council hearing on legal marijuana sales was reduced to a discussion on Monday because of fears the hearing could be illegal. The hearing was intended to get public comment on a b…
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  Huffington Post -   President Barack Obama's nearly $4 trillion federal budget plan unveiled Monday includes fine print that may have major consequences for marijuana legalization in Washington, D.C. Obama's addition of a si…
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  Fox5 -  SAN DIEGO — An appeal of a conditional use permit granted to a San Diego State University business professor to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Otay Mesa was unanimously denied by the city’s Planning Commis…
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  Forbes -  Imagine you are a juror in the federal trial of five people charged with growing and distributing marijuana in northeastern Washington. The prosecution cannot present any direct evidence that the defendants sold marijuana to a…
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  The Hill - Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn&r…
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  Bloomberg -   The president said he has directed the Justice Department to look at how the federal government deals with non-violent drug offenders. President Obama is not going to stand in the way of U.S. states that want to get hi…
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  SCPR.ORG -  Across the country, efforts to make marijuana more accessible have quickly gained traction. Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states and in four states and the District of Columbia, recreational use is legal as well. …
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  Washington Times - 47 percent issued to residents in department’s Seventh District; 70 percent fail to pay $25 fine D.C. police have written more than 250 tickets for marijuana possession in the roughly six months since the Distric…
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  Kansas.com -  Voters will decide April 7 whether to lessen the penalty for first-time possession of marijuana in Wichita. The Wichita City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to put the measure on the ballot after backers presented a petition…
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  The News Tribune - The superintendent of Prosser’s school district isn’t naive about marijuana. Ray Tolcacher attended a Southern California public high school during the counterculture movement of the mid-1960s.   …
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  ABC 7 - COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - People in a Commerce City neighborhood say the smell of marijuana coming from a grow house is so strong, at times, they can't go outside. On Saturday, Trudy Moser went before her Homeowners Association …
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  Star Beacon - COLUMBUS - The latest attempt to convince voters to legalize marijuana for medical and personal use in Ohio seems to be taking cues from the successful 2009 ballot issue that embraced casinos. Several proposals - alternatin…
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  New York Times -  DENVER — When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses. But that is exactly what firefighters, courts and lawmakers across the state are confronti…
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  The Atlantic -   During a debate with Nancy Grace over marijuana legalization, the rapper laid out a philosophy based on personal responsibility, limited government, and hard work. If you're looking for a concise summation for a…
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  LA Times -   In a  rare examination of federal marijuana law, a U.S. judge in Northern California has decided to rule on the constitutionality of a 1970 act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug akin to LSD and heroin. …
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  The Washington Post - SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug seizure statistics show, in a new sign that America’s marijuana decrim…
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  The Guardian -   Top corporate law firm hopes to benefit if legal hurdles to commercial cannabis trade can be overcome but grow-your-own medical users fear being priced out Most conversation between two lawyers that include the word…
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  USA Today -  DENVER — Colorado is launching a major campaign to educate residents and tourists alike on how to responsibly use marijuana. The $5.7 million "Good to Know" campaign begins hitting airwaves, newspapers a…
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  Providence Journal -   Rhode Islanders continue to use marijuana and illicit drugs at the highest rates in the nation, according to a recently released annual survey. In no other state did as many people report having used marijuana…
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  NBC Washington -   D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city will "explore every option'' to get its law legalizing marijuana enforced. District of Columbia voters approved the marijuana initiative in November by a nearly …
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  Flathead Beacon - Judge permanently blocked several provisions, including the ban on the advertising of marijuana and the prohibition against commercial sale for profit HELENA – A Montana judge permanently has banned enforcement of…
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  Forbes -  Taxes on marijuana are big, and it’s easy to see why. A discussion about legalizing marijuana often segues into one about tax revenues. Marijuana for medical use is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Recrea…
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  Entrepreneur -  The bed was a mattress on the floor, the night tables two cardboard boxes. It wasn’t exactly what Ata Gonzalez and his wife had envisioned. Just a couple of years earlier, they had made millions in the Florida real…
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  New York Times -   BOULDER, Colo. — Recreational marijuana is both illegal and controversial in most of the country, and its relationship to food does not rise much above a joke about brownies or a stoner chef’s late-night p…
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  WGCU -  The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands. The local sheriff in Aspen i…
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The Guardian -   Family of late reggae superstar teams up with private equity firm to launch Marley Natural, which will offer ‘heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains’ Bob Marley is to become the face of the world’s first internat…
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  Time -  A new bill would make the possession of up to one oz. punishable with a $100 ticket On Monday, Texas State Rep. Joe Moody introduced a bill that would remove criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuan…
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  LA Times -  Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill's passa…
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  Yahoo News -  WASHINGTON (AP) — It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter. A catch-all spending …
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  Star Tribune - Minnesota’s eight medical marijuana centers won’t be conveniently located for many outside the Twin Cities. Minnesota has 87 counties, but you’ll only be able to buy medical marijuana in eight of them. Wi…
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  Washington Post - Andy Harris, a Republican, represents Maryland’s 1st Congressional District in the House, where Joe Pitts, a Republican, represents Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District. Many have asked why Republican …
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  SFGate - In a landmark moment for cannabis law reform, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Thursday night to de-fund the federal war on medical marijuana. The provision passed the Senate Saturday and is expected to be s…
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  Watchdog.org -   Medical marijuana legislation will get a second chance in 2015. The bipartisan pair of state senators who pushed for legalization during 2014 announced this week they will re-introduce the same text of a bill approv…
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  USA Today -   Legal marijuana gets a mixed bag — or should that be baggie? — of legislation in the new omnibus spending bill being considered by Congress. On one hand, the bill bars the Justice Department from spending m…
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  Realtor.com -   As marijuana becomes legal in more parts of the country, those in the real-estate industry are finding the new laws have implications for properties of every variety, from residential to industrial to retail. Some of…
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  Huffington Post -   UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. -- A summary posted to the House Appropriations website Tuesday evening says the spending bill Congress will consider this week "prohibits both federal and local funds from being used to implem…
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  Washington Times -   HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hinted in an interview Friday that he smoked marijuana in his youth, adding that voters should not confuse his push for reduced criminal penalties for drug offen…
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  The Seattle Times -   Washington state’s leadership on recreational-marijuana legalization is in jeopardy because of the Legislature’s and Seattle’s indolence on needed regulation. THE world is watching Washington&…
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  The Atlantic -  In November, Washington voted to allow marijuana possession, but that doesn't mean district denizens can light up just yet. Imagine your state just passed a law legalizing marijuana in small amounts. If you are a…
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  Forbes - There are now 24 jurisdictions with laws that legalize use of marijuana for medical purposes. Five of those jurisdictions—Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia—have gone so far as to legalize…
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  Sun Times -  Prominent civil rights attorney Jon Loevy hopes to get into the medical marijuana business. The Chicago attorney, who has taken on Chicago cops accused of police misconduct, is part of a group that wants to open a medic…
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  NPR.org -   Made-in-America marijuana is on a roll. More than half the states have now voted to permit pot for recreational or medical use, most recently Oregon and Alaska. That number also includes the District of Columbia. As a result…
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  Huffington Post -  Marijuana is growing up. As Colorado and Washington’s recreational marijuana industries blossom and new markets in Oregon and Alaska begin to take shape, so-called ganjapreneurs are looking for ways to take cann…
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  NBC News -   Drug reformers always dreamed of a world where users were safe and dealers were free. Then that world arrived, at least in the states where marijuana is legal. Now they see a new nightmare on the horizon: Big Pot. The s…
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  The Washington Post -  With the legalization of marijuana by District voters this month, the fun begins for some, and pitfalls begin for others. As the kinks are worked out before the distribution and sales arrangements are unveiled, we…
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  KRQE -  ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – The conversation about whether New Mexico should join other Western states in legalizing marijuana is cranking up as state lawmakers prepare for the 2015 legislative session. Rep. Bill McCamley, a De…
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  Madison.com - Some cheer for marijuana advocates: Ron Johnson wants a hearing on marijuana legalization for Washington, D.C. The district this month voted 2-1 in favor of legalizing up to two ounces of pot for recreational use. But befor…
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  Bankrate -   America's growing acceptance of pot for medicinal and recreational use raises the question: How might your home, auto, health and life insurance change as a result of legalized marijuana? Americans like pot more tha…
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  Boston Herald -  A Haverhill drug bust this week uncovered an underground network of people with medical marijuana cards flouting state law by buying and selling pot on the black market, according to police and a member of the group. …
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  Washington Post -   On Tuesday, a D.C. Council committee is scheduled to take up the Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013 — a bill that would allow for the sale, taxation and regulation of legal marijuana in the Distr…
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  Forbes -   In 1992, when Americans elected a president who said he had smoked pot without inhaling, the number of marijuana arrests in the United States began a steep climb. It peaked in 2007, during the administration of a president wh…
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  Philly.com -  Today, November 20th, is a big day for marijuana. It has been one full month of decriminalization in Philadelphia.  There were 300-360 men and women who were not put into handcuffs and then holding cells for havin…
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  Forbes -   On Tuesday, the family of deceased musician and celebrated marijuana user Bob Marley announced what it claimed will be the first global cannabis brand, Marley Natural. Marijuana is a growth industry—and increasingly…
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  CBS News -  That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests. Blood vessel function in labo…
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  USA Today -   LAS VEGAS — Starting early next year, tourists with a medical marijuana card from their home state can buy pot while visiting Las Vegas and other Nevada cities. A handful of other states offer similar reciprocity…
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  New York Times -   The voters of Washington, D.C. have overwhelmingly approved the legalization of cannabis under a system known as “grow and give” – every resident will be allowed to grow cannabis at home and to give …
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  Forbes -  At a press conference yesterday, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s congressional delegate, urged her colleagues to respect the will of the voters who overwhelmingly approved marijuana legalization in the …
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  Wall St Cheat Sheet -  2012 and 2014 were both incredibly important years for marijuana legalization. Colorado and Washington both jumped the gun and passed initiatives to decriminalize and legalize cannabis by popular vote in 2012, and…
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  Slate.com - With Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia passing measures on Nov. 4 to legalize recreational marijuana, joining Colorado and Washington as U.S. regions where the sale of the drug is (or will be) legal, I thought it might…
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  The Washington Post -  It was Election Day in the District, but as Ian Hilton walked past a polling place on Vermont Avenue NW, he was stunned to detect the pungent scent of pot in the air. “Usually, I don’t smell anyone…
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  New York Mag -   On Monday afternoon, NYPD Chief Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio announced that the police will be taking a new approach to the enforcement of New York's marijuana laws. Starting on November 19, people caught with u…
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  The New York Times -  The New York Police Department, which has been arresting tens of thousands of people a year for low-level marijuana possession, is poised to stop making such arrests and to issue tickets instead, according to law e…
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  Boston Globe -  WASHINGTON, D.C.  Congress to weigh in on marijuana The national marijuana legalization debate is moving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to lega…
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  BuzzFeed News -  Bounlith “Bong” Bouasykeo pleaded guilty in federal court to manufacturing and distributing large quantities of marijuana. But an Oregon judge said he wasn’t ready to send him to prison. A federal …
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  NPR -  Voters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Some residents say decriminalizing pot will lead to more illegal activity in their neighborhood.   Now, voters in …
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  The Oregonian -  Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington county district attorneys say they’ll revisit pending marijuana cases, including violation-level possession offenses, in light of Measure 91's passage this week. On Tues…
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  The Economist -  Almost half of American states have taken steps to legalise cannabis. The federal government should follow   BESIDES choosing lawmakers, on November 4th voters in three American states and the District of C…
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  Reuters -  (Reuters) - Voters in the blue state of Oregon and red state of Alaska have joined the fledgling green column of the U.S. political map by choosing to legalize recreational marijuana, but supporters are not at liberty to ligh…
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  The Washington Post -  Celebration quickly gave way to uncertainty on Wednesday for supporters of a voter-approved initiative to legalize marijuana in the District, with the reality sinking in that when the measure reaches Capitol Hill …
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  The Washington Post -  Perhaps the most potent sales pitch marijuana advocates have at their disposal is economics. Voting to legalize sales of marijuana, which Oregon did Tuesday night, would open up a powerful new industry, the thinki…
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  The Daily Beast - A judge in California is examining the legality of America’s marijuana laws, she may be on the verge of throwing the entire system into chaos. Three states, one district, and two cities will vote on various aspect…
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  The Atlantic - A conversation with middle-aged moms, homeless men, and college kids about post-prohibition in Boulder, Colorado   The most eclectic gathering spot in Boulder, Colorado, is the Pearl Street Mall, a pedestrian thor…
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  Slate.com - D.C. is about to make pot legal. Good, but it should keep the cannabis industry out.   If the polling is right, residents of Washington, D.C., are likely to vote to legalize marijuana Tuesday. But it won’t be t…
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  USA Today - Twenty-three states plus the District of Columbia have enacted laws that allow people to use medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. Two of those states - Colorado and Washington - have legalized marijuana for recre…
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  NPR - There has been a lot of talk recently about marijuana legalization — increasing tax revenue for states, getting nonviolent offenders out of the prison system, protecting personal liberty, possible health benefits for those with s…
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  Reuters -  Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead of a referendum next week. The proposed legislation to regulate marijuan…
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  The Huffington Post - A coalition of law enforcers has come out in support of marijuana legalization in Oregon, less than a week before voters will decide the issue at the polls. "Treating marijuana as a crime has failed," 30 f…
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  The Oregonian -  Walk into most medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon and you're bound to find Blue Dream and Blackberry Kush on the shelf. You’ll likely spot Blue Magoo, Jack Herer and Cinex, too. Turns out those are t…
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  The Cannabist -  SANTIAGO, Chile — A Chilean municipality planted the country’s first medical marijuana on Wednesday as part of a pilot program aimed to help ease the pain of cancer patients. The 850 seeds were imported …
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  Investor Place - Three states and Washington, D.C. will vote on legalizing marijuana   We’re skeptical of most penny stocks here at InvestorPlace and have been especially hard on medical marijuana stocks. But as dodgy and …
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  The Miami Herald  -  Nicolas Peruyero was 8 years old, blind and unable to walk or talk when his mother saw a documentary about the benefits of medical marijuana and its promise to reduce seizures. For a few moments, Nancy…
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  SF Gate - Marijuana users and growers usually try to stay out of federal courts, which strictly enforce the nationwide laws against the drug and have rebuffed challenges to the government’s classification of pot as one of the most dang…
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  Insurance.com -  The spread of legalized marijuana is lighting up questions about home insurance coverage for pot.   Will your policy pay out if your plants are stolen or destroyed by a fire? What happens if a neighbor kid …
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  Huffington Post -  If all 50 states legalized marijuana and the federal government ended prohibition of the plant, the marijuana industry in the United States would be worth $35 billion just six years from now. That's according …
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  New York Times - With a summons for marijuana possession to settle, Anthony was waiting outside the courthouse in Kew Gardens, Queens, when the doors opened at 9 on Tuesday morning. That summons had frozen his life since a police officer…
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  Washington Post -  MOST VOTES have yet to be cast in the District’s referendum on legalizing marijuana, but the D.C. Council is already making plans on how to regulate sales. The premature move is in keeping with the heedless rush…
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  DCist - Ahead of the general election, in which District residents will have the opportunity to vote for marijuana legalization in the city, the D.C. Council will hold a joint public hearing on a different bill that would legalize and regula…
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  22 News WWLP -  BOSTON (SHNS) – Marijuana has become the “next tobacco industry,” with commercial interests marketing gummy bears and cupcakes and emergency rooms experiencing an increase in marijuana-related visits in…
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  The Press Enterprise - The proliferation of backyard fields – and fear among residents – has officials raising the alarm. A boom in illegal backyard marijuana grows – rumored to be driven by Mexican drug cartels &n…
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  Herald-Review -  NORMAL — The new Illinois law that allows marijuana to be used as medicine contains some legal quirks that could be challenging for patients seeking relief from 40 ailments covered under the law, expected to be in…
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  San Francisco Examiner - San Francisco is saying no to a medical marijuana green-light district.   Cannabis, whether legally sold for medicinal purposes or illegally sold for recreational use, is California's biggest cash cr…
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  Press Herald - Advocates of efforts in Lewiston and South Portland say they have momentum, while foes push back against a ‘feeling of inevitability.’   SOUTH PORTLAND — Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald said he i…
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  Lehigh Valley Live -  Pennsylvania efforts to create a medical marijuana program have been vaporized, for now.   The state House of Representatives is unlikely to take up the measure passed in September by the House, with o…
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  The Oregonian -  Andrew Courtenay was on his fourth round of antibiotics for an arm infection when he decided, at his mother’s urging, to become an Oregon medical marijuana patient.   The 24-year-old said he got a car…
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  USA Today - One of America's best-known travel writers and guides is lending his support to marijuana legalization as voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., consider dropping penalties for using pot.   Travel guru Ri…
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  The Denver Post -  Some members of Northglenn City Council are heated over a marijuana tax measure that the Adams County commissioners put on the November ballot. They say it competes with a city marijuana tax also being posed to voters…
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  Capitol Hill Seattle - 23rd Ave’s Mount Calvary Christian Center and its Pastor Reggie Witherspoon lead a sea of support Sunday afternoon shutting down the street in front of its newly opened neighbor — I-502 marijuana store Uncl…
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  Great Falls Tribune - BOZEMAN (AP) – In Misty Carey’s dispensary, she has cookies and brownies. She has hard candies and suckers. She offers lotions and salves. There are capsules and peanut butter cups.   All have o…
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  International Business Times - A booming American cannabis industry has fostered a growing group of entrepreneurs looking to make millions from marijuana products. But even in states where recreational use is legal, enterprising business own…
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  West Central Tribune - MONTEVIDEO — Lac qui Parle County’s charges against a Madison mother who treated her son with medical cannabis appears headed to trial, after the defense rejected an offer to settle the case during an appea…
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  Time -  Referendums across the country set the stage for an even bigger fight in 2016   The battle over legalizing recreational marijuana in California—the big enchilada that may tilt legalization not only in the U.S.…
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  Healthworks Collective -  Unless you have been living under a rock for the past five years, you know that marijuana is making its way into more and more peoples’ lives. Many things have been debated, like the efficacy of medical m…
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  Vox.com - In an interview with Yahoo News's Katie Couric on Tuesday, US Attorney General Eric Holder, the head of the Department of Justice, said it's time to reconsider marijuana's legal classification in the federal government&…
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  Sun Sentinel  BOCA RATON — — Boca Raton is moving to stop medical marijuana dispensaries from taking root in the city for at least a year — ahead of it becoming legal in Florida.   Legalizing medical marij…
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   USA Today - Toxicology reports revealed Kevin Ward Jr., was under the influence of marijuana on the night he was struck and killed by a sprint car driven by Tony Stewart, Ontario County (N.Y.) District Attorney Michael Tantil…
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  The Boston Globe - Two Tewksbury residents allegedly advertised medical marijuana on Facebook and then sold it from their home.   Mark Harrington and Holly Harrington, both 28, were arrested Tuesday. They claimed on a …
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  PROVIDENCE — A panel of medical experts gathered at Butler Hospital on Monday and condemned the acceptance of marijuana as a harmless drug, saying that cannabis is especially harmful to adolescents and saps their motivation to work har…
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  WHEAT RIDGE — It was standing room only Monday night at Wheat Ridge council chambers as hundreds of residents packed an overflow room, loitered in hallways and stood against back walls to hear what the city plans to do about the local …
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  With marijuana legalization now underway in two states, a new major industry is beginning to form around selling legal pot for profit. As more states consider whether to take on legalization, the rising industry has become the main target fo…
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  It may be an off-year election, but it's a big one for drug policy reform. In seven weeks, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war. In fact, t…
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  After keeping a low profile for more than two years, George Bianchini, founder and CEO of Medi-Cone, a Marin-based collective that grows and sells medical marijuana, invited the public to visit his West Marin home this week for a demonstrati…
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  DENVER — The Wilson family left behind their home in Scotch Plains, their family and friends and everything familiar for a moment like this.   On Aug. 22, Brian Wilson took his daughters Adele, 5, and Vivian, 3, to the Den…
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  Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.   In 1973, Oregon became the first state to decrim…
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  A group has formed to combat the legalization of marijuana in the District, an issue residents will vote on this fall.   “Two. Is. Enough. D.C.” is “a movement by a diverse group of Washingtonians” to fig…
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  The fisher, an endangered member of the weasel family native to California forests, seems an unlikely casualty of the gradual erosion of prohibitions on marijuana use in the United States.   Years of habitat loss and trapping ha…
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  The jury in a Franklin County marijuana trafficking conspiracy case received an inside look Tuesday at how marijuana is smuggled into Vermont from Canada. The glimpse was provided during trial testimony at U.S. District Court in Burlington. …
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  Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.   To get their messa…
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  Sunshine and beaches are great attractions, but there could be another reason snowbirds flock to Florida if Amendment 2 passes: The availability of medical marijuana.   Whether that happens depends on several unknowns as Florida…
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  Even more states could vote to legalize marijuana this year, as pro-pot advocates look to capitalize on changing voter attitudes to replicate their recent successes in Colorado and Washington state.    The legalization ques…
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  A Buffalo man said his daughter was suspended from high school for more than half a year, he says for writing in a journal — later found by school officials — about experimenting with marijuana and thinking about bringing it to s…
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  The campaign to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital has settled on its slogans for D.C. voters.   The two lines were not tested with focus groups or polled for impact, but campaign chairman Adam Eidinger said he is …
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  DENVER — Colorado opened up a new frontier in January when voters approved the recreational use of marijuana.   Since then, it’s led to new jobs in the industry and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue for the …
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  Two Area Men Sentenced For Growing Marijuana On Federal Land In Highland County: Joaquin Vicencio, Joaquin Cortes Were Convicted of Operating One of the Largest Outdoor Marijuana Grow Operations in the Area   A pair of men, prev…
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  Westmont Mayor Ron Gunter broke a tie vote against a proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in the suburb..   At a village board meeting on Sept. 4, Gunter told trustees after a 3-to-3 vote that he must vote against the dis…
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  Tuesday’s primary election in New Hampshire produced remarkably positive results for those of us who care about reforming the state’s marijuana laws.   The New Hampshire Senate has been the biggest roadblock facing r…
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  People in Philadelphia caught with small amounts of marijuana or smoking it in public may soon face no more than a written citation and a modest fine as the City Council moved Thursday to decriminalize the drug after a reversal by Mayor Mich…
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  The case was as sad and as tragic as we've seen in metro Denver in recent memory.   A man, supposedly stoned on marijuana-infused candy, flipped out and killed his wife with a gunshot to the head while their three children w…
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  GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As marijuana laws ease, traffic-safety officials worry that motorists under the influence of the drug will make the nation’s roads more dangerous.   Already, two states - Colorado and Washington &n…
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  Legal sales of marijuana have already reached $2.6 billion so far this year. Most estimates predict sales from medical marijuana will likely reach $3 billion by the end of 2014, up from $1.5 billion in 2013. A recent Huffington Post article …
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  As the leading law enforcement voice for the anti-Measure 91 campaign to legalize marijuana in Oregon, Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis is tasked with delivering half-truths, distortions, and manufactured scares to convince Oreg…
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  Pot, meet your new friends: Michigan Republicans.    All the signs indicate that the conservative legislature will legalize medical marijuana dispensaries and edibles this year.  The House overwhelmingly passed the…
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  DAVENPORT, Iowa — A dying Iowan who said he grew marijuana to treat a painful blood vessel cancer was spared a three-year prison sentence by a judge Tuesday, and instead was given probation.   But whether Benton Mackenzie,…
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  Nine months after Colorado shops opened their doors to sell the first bags of recreational marijuana, a majority of state residents still support legal weed sales.   A new NBC News/Marist Poll shows that 55 percent of adult Colo…
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Supporters say the measure would help combat the state's epidemic of painkiller abuse, but polls have fluctuated wildly, and opponents are seizing on a controversial video to question their true intentions.     If Florida vote…
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  LOS ANGELES — VIRTUALLY every single player in the N.F.L. has a certifiable need for medical marijuana.   The game we celebrate creates a life of daily pain for those who play it. Some players choose marijuana to manage th…
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Nearly two years after Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana, nine distribution centers are to open next year in places like Brookline, Lowell, Salem, and Quincy. The state licensing process for these dispensaries has been convoluted. And yet…
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  Illinois officials are now accepting applications for people who want to open a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation center. The number of licenses are quite limited – only 22 available for cultivation centers and 60 for dispens…
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