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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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  KOMO News -   EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Joseph is a self-declared marijuana addict. He says he rolled his first joint when he was 16, and ended up smoking marijuana regularly for 35 years. Now, he has been clean for 10 years. But the tone…
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  NBC News -   If you were expecting 50 pounds of marijuana in the mail, a New Jersey police department would like you to drop by. Police in Hazlet, on the northern coast of New Jersey, responded to a home Tuesday where the owner clai…
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  The Guardian -   Drawn to the city’s legal weed and low cost of living, families across the US travel to Pueblo looking to make a new life. But not everyone strikes it rich. In cars stuffed with clothes, boxes and furniture pr…
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  The Denver Post -  Colorado recreational marijuana sales are close to $60 million in August 2015; medical marijuana sales climb slightly Monthly marijuana sales in Colorado have soared past the $100 million mark for the first time, …
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  Tech Insider -   High schoolers now report using marijuana more than cigarettes or cigars, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Oct. 15.  In 1997, 21% of high schoolers said they had smok…
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  International Business Times -  Marijuana became legally available in Croatia for medical purposes Thursday. The decision to legalize followed a high-profile case in which a multiple sclerosis patient was jailed last year for growing th…
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  Cincinnati Business Courier -   The board of the Ohio Bankers League voted to oppose legalizing marijuana, citing concerns about money laundering. Ohio voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to approve Issue 3, which would legalize marij…
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  SILIVE -   CITY HALL -- A Staten Islander confronted Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday about having to smell marijuana across the city.  "Tom in Staten Island" called in a question about quality of life during the mayo…
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  Oregon Live -   Wow, dude, you're going to college in Oregon? Pot is legal there! You can smoke a joint before Econ class, right?   Uh, wrong.   Wrong on so many levels: collegiate, federal and possibly sta…
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  National Post (Canada) -  MONTREAL — Marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco and its use should be widely discouraged in Canada, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says. The remarks come the morning after the …
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  Boston Globe -   FLANDREAU, S.D. — The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel, and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises…
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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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  WJCL -  DENVER (AP) - A Denver man accused of eating marijuana-infused candy he bought at a legal pot shop and then killing his wife while she described her husband's erratic behavior on a 911 call has changed his plea to not guilty…
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  DrugFree.org -  More Americans are using marijuana, according to a new government report. About 8.4 percent of Americans ages 12 and older were current users of marijuana last year, up from 7.5 percent in 2013. The percentage of teens a…
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  9News.com -    KUSA – A report released Tuesday by a federally-funded agency paints a picture that commercial marijuana is causing problems in Colorado. Though the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area says …
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  KARE -   ST. PAUL, Minn. - Some medical marijuana patients in Minnesota are heading back to the black market due to high costs in the state's program. Minnesota started selling medical marijuana pills and oils in July under one …
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  KOMO News -   LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - A prosecutor in southeastern Washington has charged three teens with felonies for marijuana possession, saying a new law demands the higher level of offense. The Lewiston Tribune in Idaho reports…
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  ABC News -   Colorado's marijuana growers were the big winners Wednesday when the state suspended new recreational pot taxes, a tax quirk that saved shoppers some sales tax but saved wholesalers tens of thousands.   Pro…
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  Denver Post -  Growers whose plants were quarantined are included in inquiry into use of word 'organic' Colorado's attorney general is investigating several marijuana businesses over concerns the word "organic"…
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  NBC San Diego -   A UC San Diego neurosurgeon has been accused of using marijuana while on the job. The Medical Board of California has filed a complaint against Dr. Gunjan Goel, alleging she practiced medicine while under the influ…
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  The Independent -   A new study presents a finding that may seem obvious to college students, but not to people of an older generation: for the first time in 35 years, daily marijuana use has surpassed daily cigarette use among students…
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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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  Motley Fool -   Pardon the horrible pun, but the marijuana industry is budding right before our eyes. Marijuana gains momentum   Over the past two decades, 23 states have approved the use of marijuana for medical purpos…
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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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  WCSH6 -  PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – The operator of four of Maine's eight medical marijuana dispensaries has voluntarily recalled two varieties of its cannabis due to high levels of microbes. Wellness Connection of Ma…
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  Nature.com -   As marijuana use becomes more acceptable, researchers are scrambling to answer key questions about the drug. In 2013, Beau Kilmer took on a pretty audacious head count. Citizens in the state of Washington had just vot…
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  USA Today -   (NEWSER) – Smoking pot could damage your semen quality, or so suggests a new study out of Denmark. Some 1,215 Danish men ages 18 to 28 were asked about their drug use over the past three months and provided a semen s…
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  Washington Times -    LAS VEGAS (AP) - After several months of delays, the first store to sell medical marijuana legally in the Las Vegas area has opened for business. Euphoria Wellness opened Monday morning several miles south…
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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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  MLive - LANSING, MI — A Michigan official has rejected a citizen petition and review panel recommendation to add autism to the list of conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana use under state law. Department of Licens…
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  SF Gate -   CHICAGO (AP) — Supporters of an Illinois doctor who's in trouble for a marijuana recommendation say his case could have a chilling effect on other doctors' participation in the state's medical cannabis pilo…
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  CNet -   Besides known facts like pot makes Hot Pockets look edible, we're still learning how marijuana impacts our bodies. More scientific studies are emerging on the matter, however, including one that appeared in the journal JAMA…
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  WCPO -  CINCINNATI - A litter-lined back alley and graffitied-wall set the stage for ResponsilbeOhio’s latest campaign ad. “Right now, marijuana is sold in every corner of Ohio by criminals to people of all ages,“ …
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  NBC News -    LOS ANGELES -- Graffiti-tagged buildings, barricaded doors and iron-barred windows mark nearly every block of Avalon Boulevard as it cuts through the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Wilmington, 20 miles south o…
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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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  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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  NBC News -   PHOENIX - The developing national marijuana industry is still sifting through labor disputes long since settled in other lines of work. Employees have found that no line of work is quite like marijuana - and not always …
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  Food Safety News -   The powerful Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce “[has] not and will not” endorse the latest proposed changes to the state ‘s edible marijuna regulations that call for the placement of a “T…
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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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  Washington Times -    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials say revenues from taxing and regulating medical marijuana have been lower than projected in the two years that dispensaries, also known as compassion centers, hav…
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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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  The Motley Fool -   Full speed ahead Since 1996, nearly two dozen states have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, while four states -- Oregon, Colorado, Washington, and Alaska -- have legalized the drug for recrea…
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  The News Tribune -  The city of Tacoma will mail letters Friday to more than 60 medical marijuana store owners telling them to close their doors within 45 days. “We don’t need 60 stores selling marijuana in Tacoma,&rdquo…
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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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  KATU -   SALEM, Ore. (AP) - At least a dozen Oregon cities and counties have taken steps to ban marijuana businesses from their boundaries as the state prepares to begin retail sales in October. Four counties and eight cities have i…
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  Huffington Post -  Under new rules, edibles would be labeled with a big stop sign. DENVER (AP) -- Edible marijuana products in Colorado may soon come labeled with a red stop sign, according to a draft of new rules released Wednesday…
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  Huffington Post -   Jeff Mizanskey's last crime involved just six pounds of pot. Jeff Mizanskey, a 61-year-old Missouri man who was serving life in prison for nonviolent marijuana offenses, will be set free in a matter of days, …
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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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  Newsweek -   Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University have found that frequent marijuana use by teenage boys does not correlate to later physical and mental health issues. The results of the new study, publis…
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  Boston Herald -   Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” show that one of his security concerns over the idea of legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts is the connection he…
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  Albany Business Review -    After a fierce competition for five state medical marijuana licenses ended last week when New York's Department of Health selected the winners, there are challenges ahead for the chosen companies. …
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  New York Business Journal -   Out of five organizations approved to operate facilities to grow, process and distribute marijuana in New York state. The winning applicants are Bloomfield Industries Inc., Columbia Care NY LLC, Empire Stat…
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  San Diego Union Tribune -    Former SDSU and New Orleans Saints lineman Kyle Turley says marijuana is the only drug that has really helped him, and that it's safer than opioids You’ve seen the ubiquitous prescription …
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  Above The Law -  The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just issued a report regarding marijuana “safety,” focusing mostly on the “dangers” of “overconsumption.” The CDC’s Morb…
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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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  MLive -   LANSING, MI — An evolving bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan could also provide a regulatory framework for full legalization of the drug, according to the sponsor. State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nas…
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  Detroit Free Press -  For the ninth time, the Michigan Supreme Court has weighed in on the state’s medical marijuana law, remanding a pair of cases back to Oakland County Circuit Court to have another hearing on whether two men ca…
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  KING5 -  PORTLAND, Ore. – A former Eugene, Oregon TV news anchor said she was recently fired from her job for testing positive for marijuana. Cyd Maurer, 25, said she was driving a work vehicle in May when she got into a fende…
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  WKYC -   CLEVELAND -- Since a major group is pushing rather hard to see marijuana legalized in Ohio, WKYC Channel 3 checked in with Coloradans to see how the measure worked there. Colorado is one of four states, along with Washingto…
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  NPR -   Farmers who grow marijuana for Colorado's legal market are running into problems as they try to control mildew and pests. Because of the plant's illegal status at the federal level, a main source of agricultural guidance…
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  Vail Daily -    VAIL — There aren’t any retail marijuana stores here now, and there won’t be any retail for the foreseeable future. The Vail Town Council on Tuesday voted 6-1 to give first-reading approval of a ba…
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  NBC News -    The first television ad for a marijuana product, set to run on a local Colorado station Tuesday night, has been pulled from the lineup over legal concerns. The 15-second spot for Neos, which makes "vape pens&…
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  LA Times -   A panel chaired by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom hopes to guide the debate on the legalization of marijuana in California with an emphasis on limiting children’s access to cannabis, reducing illegal activity and tightly regul…
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  ABC News -   Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infes…
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  Salon.com -    As the cannabis industry takes off, everyone from Big Pharma to growers to specialty lawyers is looking to cash in Last month, hundreds of visitors mingled outside three conferences being held side by side in New…
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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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  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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  NPR -   A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. B…
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  USA Today -   SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Five months from now, according to the plan, Indians and non-Indians alike will be smoking marijuana on tribal lands in Flandreau. The U.S. Justice Department told Indian tribes last December …
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  ABC News -   A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits. A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based gro…
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  NPR -     State by state, the legal marijuana business is slowly gaining ground. The industry is using both an increasingly favorable public opinion toward marijuana and a newly legal cash flow to try to transform itself into a for…
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  Rolling Stone -   What happens when a California start-up offers monthly subscriptions for medical weed delivery? You're high. Or, maybe, you're not high, but you want to be. Maybe you're a cancer patient, or a stressed-…
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  KOMONews -  SEATTLE - A landmark restaurant could try to push the limits on menu options by putting pot on customers' plates. If David Meinert has his way, the kitchen at The 5 Point Café will someday mix marijuana into t…
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  IndyStar - Legal experts question whether church can overcome hurdles in challenging Indiana's marijuana laws. By filing its highly anticipated religious liberty claim Wednesday, the First Church of Cannabis has put the question ever…
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  9News -  DENVER (AP) - Beer? Wine? Or weed? A campaign is under way to ask Denver voters about allowing marijuana consumption in bars and other places that only allow people over 21.   Activists who campaigned for recre…
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  Tech Times -   There could be hope in making it to the list of organ transplant hopefuls for those who have been receiving medical marijuana for treatment. The use of marijuana for medical purposes has already been, for a while, acc…
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  Forbes -   When Jim Carrey co-opted the image of a distressed boy with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in an effort to reinforce the actor’s views about vaccines, he inadvertently brought attention to TSC, which is, unlike vaccin…
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  Miami Herald -   Miami-Dade commissioners voted Tuesday to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering — by issuing a civil citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the crimina…
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  Newsweek -    Up and down the Western Hemisphere, marijuana policy is a growing topic of discussion, and laws are starting to change. In 2014, retail marijuana stores opened in the states of Colorado and Washington, where anyon…
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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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  Syracuse.com -   SEATTLE — Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax…
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  US News & World Report -   Legal marijuana in U.S. is fueling demand for the drug. A U.N. report released Friday finds that while marijuana is enjoying a high in both legal and illegal usage, cocaine is coming off the high it en…
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  Oregon Live -    A word of advice to Oregonians who plan to grow marijuana in their backyards: Don't brag about your new venture on Twitter or proudly post photos of your budding crop on Facebook. In fact, don't adverti…
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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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  Washington Times -   Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky received the highest grade among more than 20 declared and potential 2016 presidential candidates in a voter guide released Friday by a marijuana policy group, while New Jersey Gov. Chris …
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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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  KGW -  PORTLAND, Ore. -- Driver education manuals often include the phrase, "Driving is a privilege, not a right." When it comes to driving and marijuana, the most important thing to remember is that nothing is changing wi…
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  ACOG.org -   Washington, DC— Although roughly half of female marijuana users continue to use during pregnancy, evidence suggests that the drug may have a negative impact on fetal neurodevelopment. This is why in a Committee Opinio…
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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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  Register Guard -   Marijuana. Pot.   Cannabis.   Mary Jane.   Starting Wednesday, the plant will have a new descriptor to go along with its many names: Legal.   Adults 21 years and…
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  Consumer Reports -   If you’re like many investors, you always have an eye out for the next big growth market. If you can get in early, you might be able to profit handsomely—maybe even make a killing. For many, the market f…
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  7 News Denver -   DENVER - Thieves are apparently targeting more marijuana dispensaries. Michael Jerome of Blue Line Protection Group, a private marijuana security, transportation and compliance firm in Lakewood, says six clients ha…
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  Us Weekly -    Staying positive. Tommy Chong took to Twitter to discuss his health on Wednesday, June 17, after he told Us Weekly exclusively that he has been diagnosed with cancer. The famed comedian, 77, broke the news to Us …
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  WCSH -   BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A local addiction recovery organization listed several of its concerns with legal recreational marijuana. Two groups are collecting signatures to get legalization on the 2016 ballot; they need…
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  KATU.com -   As Oregonians prepare to enter the new world of legal marijuana, the state wants folks to know a few things. With the slogan, "Educate Before You Recreate," The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has launched a …
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  wftv.com -    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Nurseries across Florida can begin submitting their applications to grow medical marijuana on Wednesday. The state plans to chose five nurseries that will be allowed to grow marijuana to …
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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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  Yahoo Health -   Young people who use marijuana and are looking for a new way to get high may be increasingly turning to “dabbing,” a new paper suggests.   Dabbing is inhaling the vapors from a concentrated form of …
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  Colorado.gov   - DENVER — New data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show 13.6 percent of Colorado adults (age 18 and older) surveyed in 2014 reported current use of marijuana. Current use is defined as…
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  RAPS.org -   The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has proposed a massive increase in the amount of marijuana it will allow to be produced this year in the hopes of meeting the demand of researchers studying new medicinal uses fo…
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  Denver Post -   Lawyer for Dish Network employee fired after using medical pot to treat muscle spasms calls ruling "devastating". Employers' zero-tolerance drug policies trump Colorado's medical marijuana laws, the…
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  Fox News -   Teen use of marijuana doesn't seem to change when states pass laws legalizing the drug for medical purposes, a new study suggests.  Researchers analyzed information from more than 1 million U.S. teens in grades…
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  KeloLandTV -     FLANDREAU, SD - The Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian Reservation has legalized the sale and use of marijuana on tribal land. Last Thursday, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Executive Committee became the first res…
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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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  The Gazette -    Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America, behind alcohol and tobacco. It is estimated that nearly 100 million Americans use it. Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., recently have legaliz…
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  NY Daily News -   Disturbing footage caught by secret cameras catch California cops eating marijuana edibles, joking about kicking an amputee “in the f---ing nub” and playing darts during a Santa Ana pot shop raid, the lawye…
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  Time -    More than 75% of cases involve children under the age of 3 More children under 6 across the U.S. are being exposed to marijuana, according to a study released on Monday.   The study, conducted by research…
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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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  Statesman -   NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Police say they’ve confiscated more than 70 marijuana plants, packaged pot, cash and a gun from a metro Atlanta home. Investigators told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik exclusive…
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  Miami Herald -    The conversation about the decriminalization of small-time marijuana possession is evolving in South Florida, and here’s hoping that it becomes more rooted in reality, and most importantly, more non-partisan…
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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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  Forbes -    Most people believe marijuana dispensaries are hugely profitable – grow a few plants and money will come rolling in the door. The reality is that cannabis retailers face challenges that regular retailers don&rsquo…
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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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  State Journal Register -   CHICAGO — Supporters of Illinois' medical marijuana program are trying to inspire interest among patients by hosting an educational event, even as the latest official count shows a tapering off in th…
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  MPR News -   Sarah Wellington thought she had everything squared away to register for Minnesota's medical marijuana program. Her multiple sclerosis fit the narrow list of conditions that qualify. Her neurologist was on board wit…
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  GCN -   States with legalized marijuana industries need technology to track plants from seed to sale and from doctors to patients. Tech companies are answering the call in creative ways -- adapting much of the technology from industries…
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  CPR -   When Benjamin Rasmussen started photographing Colorado’s legal marijuana industry in 2012 for places like Wired and the New York Times, he noticed they often just wanted one thing.“A lot of times, people were really …
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  USA Today -   ALBANY, N.Y. — The 10-year-old girl stood smiling at the governor's side as he signed a medical marijuana bill into law last July. Amanda Houser was so excited for the event, her mother said, her health probl…
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  Lansing State Journal -   VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP – Lisa Smith says her son’s behavior was dangerous: hair pulling, kicks, punches, all related to a severe form of autism. But it began to change more than a year ago when he was g…
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  KUOW - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says all medical marijuana dispensaries in Seattle are illegal. So he wants to shut half of them down, starting with those that opened recently and haven’t been paying taxes. Those left standing, he plans…
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  11Alive -   Georgia medical marijuana refugees are returning home from places like Colorado, now that they have temporary permits to legally use cannabis oil in the state. CANTON, Ga. --Two months ago, Georgia passed a controversial…
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  Time -   Four of 22 stores tested for compliance were caught selling weed to underage shoppers in state-run stings Washington’s retail marijuana businesses got calls from the state liquor control board before the sting operati…
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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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  Fox News -   Cannabis-infused coffee is now available in convenient single-use pods for those who want a little more buzz to their a.m. jolt. Seattle-based Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop now sells pods of  premium Catapult coffee a…
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  Statesman Journal -   An Oregon Senate special committee unanimously passed legislation on Monday imposing a variety of new restrictions on medical marijuana, a week after a joint committee overseeing the state's marijuana rules sta…
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  National Geographic -   The drug’s ability to reduce seizures in some children has softened opposition to research and may someday lead to changes in government policies. For years, opponents of legalizing medi…
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  International Business Times -   Deep within a cedar forest in British Columbia, Dan Sutton is building what he hopes will be the most energy-efficient, high-technology greenhouse for growing cannabis. Spurred by the booming market for …
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  Casper Star Tribune -    Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell knows people in his community buy marijuana from Colorado. “When we ask where it came from, without exception, it’s Colorado,” Lowell said. &ldquo…
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  CBC -   Many veterans are turning to marijuana to ease symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, despite concerns from the medical community about how effective pot is at treating the condition. There are a "tremendous" …
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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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  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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  The Independent -    Morgan Freeman has called for cannabis to be legalised “across the board”, claiming it helps him with pain management and has many other “useful uses”.  Freeman, 77, enthused ab…
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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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  MSN -  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A couple gave their teenage daughters cocaine and marijuana if they went to school and did household chores, authorities said. Chad and Joey Mudd, of Largo, a suburb in the Tampa-St. Petersburg ar…
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  Dallas Morning News -  AUSTIN — A proposal seeking full legalization of marijuana on religious grounds has cleared an unlikely legislative hurdle. Republican state Rep. David Simpson of Longview argues that marijuana comes fro…
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  Alaska Dispatch News - A bill signed into law Monday creates a Marijuana Control Board that will take the lead in crafting Alaska's marijuana laws.  Signed by Gov. Bill Walker, House Bill 123 creates a five-member volunteer boar…
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  Fox News -   Reading, writing ... and reefer?  A first-in-the-nation bill that would allow students to have medical marijuana in school is heading to the Colorado governor’s desk after passing the state legislature late M…
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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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  Hawaii News Now -   HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A bill to create a system of medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii cleared a huge hurdle on Monday. The measure seemed doomed last week, but patients celebrated after House and Senate ne…
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  WPTV -   Some Floridians using medical marijuana are getting away with it, others think they are. Using medical marijuana is still not legal in Florida, but some attorneys have found a way to sway a jury.  If you get caught gro…
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  Motley Fool -    If you had told me even five years ago that marijuana had the potential to be a major issue by the 2016 presidential elections, I'd have probably laughed and walked away. However, as the clock counts down to th…
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  San Jose Mercury News -   LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The California Legislature is considering multiple -- and conflicting -- plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers. The debate …
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  Yahoo News -   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor on Sunday signed an executive order to authorize the use of medical marijuana in the U.S. territory in an unexpected move following a lengthy public debate. …
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  Miami Herald -   The abrupt conclusion Tuesday to the Florida House's legislative session meant the end of the line for scores of bills that have yet to pass the chamber, including a long-shot proposal to legalize medical marijuana.…
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  Fortune -   Newly-confirmed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is known to be opposed to marijuana legalization, while another pot opponent is set to exit the DEA. Comings and goings by two top federal officials this week could hav…
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  Coloradoan -   DENVER (AP) — A Colorado bill to allow medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole is on its way to the governor’s desk. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by peopl…
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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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  Dallas Morning News -    DALLAS — Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.&rdquo…
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  5News -   Six Colorado county sheriffs are suing their governor over the state’s recreational marijuana law, and law enforcement officials from Kansas and Nebraska are also fighting the legislation. Colorado’s recreation…
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  The Des Moines Register -   The Iowa Board of Pharmacy disappointed medical marijuana advocates again Monday. Board members rebuffed a request that they recommend changing Iowa law’s classification of marijuana in a way that w…
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  Times Union -  Unlike run-of-the-mill prescription drugs, you won't be able to pick up medical marijuana at the corner drugstore. The state's program calls for five licensed operators, each with a growing operation and four …
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  USA Today -  The country's first government-run marijuana store is open for business in Washington state. The Cannabis Corner in North Bonneville, Wash., opened over the weekend. The store is run by the town's public develop…
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  Huffington Post Canada -   VANCOUVER - The free-for-all era of Canada's commercial medical marijuana industry is over as a new crop of growers try to woo scarce investment dollars in an increasingly competitive business, observers s…
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  USA Today - SPOKANE, Wash. — Federal prosecutors are trying to persuade a jury that a cancer-stricken man and his family were illegally growing and distributing marijuana in the forest outside their northeastern Washington home despite…
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  ABC News - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up wil…
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  CBS News -   When Eric Holder steps down as attorney general, he'll leave behind a legacy on more than just civil rights issues. For advocates of recreational marijuana use, Holder was a progressive leader who played a key role in t…
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  Great Falls Tribune -  TULALIP, Wash. (AP) – The Justice Department’s December announcement that it would allow the nation’s Indian tribes to legalize and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of cauti…
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  The Daily Signal - There is more bad news out of Colorado regarding the negative impact of marijuana legalization. As I reported a few weeks ago, some professors published a peer-reviewed article on the negative social costs to outright …
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  Standard Times -  The prospect of medical marijuana for sale in your Illinois neighborhood may seem unreal. But for a truly mind-blowing experience, even without trying the wares, consider a glimpse at the next step on the legalizat…
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  The Sentinel - HARRISBURG — It was a battle of the doctors at a hearing on Senate Bill 3, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis in Pennsylvania.   “I think it needs study. It needs further clarification,” sai…
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  Fox13 -  SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that could legalize medical cannabis in Utah has been introduced in the state legislature. Senate Bill 259, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, would allow for people with debili…
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  ABC News -   Starting today it's legal to have recreational marijuana in the state of Alaska behind closed doors. And while Alaska legislators figure out who will be allowed to sell marijuana legally -- if ever, pot-growing hobb…
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  Politico -   A spurned donor, a frayed party, and a surprisingly divisive issue. The low-budget ad, with only three hits on cable for $305, was a typical hit piece for Americans for Safe Access, an under-funded special interest grou…
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  USA Today - JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has become the third state in the U.S. to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A ballot measure approved by Alaska votes in November kicks in Tuesday, allowing adults 21 and older to …
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  St Louis Today -   JEFFERSON CITY • Advocates for increased patient access to medical marijuana, including television personality Montel Williams, shared personal stories while testifying for a Missouri bill that would create a sta…
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  Local10.com -  Jesse Teplicki, 50, claims he grows marijuana to help with eating disorder FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -  A South Florida man is making history after becoming the first person in Florida that will have a jury decide wh…
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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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  The Guardian -   In keeping with the rest of the city’s ‘artisanal’ economy, a new dispensary in Portland is not just selling pot – it’s selling an experience. But is the professional veneer enough to convi…
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  Duluth News Tribune -  ST. PAUL — The union that represents thousands of Minnesota food workers is celebrating its newest members — the state’s medical marijuana workers. Employees at Otsego-based Minnesota Medical…
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  NBC Miami -  Republicans lawmakers in Florida who once opposed medical pot are now embracing it, motivated by the strong show of support from voters and worried that another constitutional amendment during next year's presidential r…
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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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  USA Today -   DENVER – Colorado's marijuana users are helping to buy new roofs, boilers and security upgrades for public schools across the state as the first round of special pot taxes gets allocated later this year. The …
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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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  Asbury Park Press -   NEWARK – Representatives of diverse organizations on Wednesday plan to launch a consortium aimed at legalizing marijuana in New Jersey. "New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform will focus on educating…
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  CNBC -   Supply is outstripping demand in the unlikeliest place—legal recreational marijuana in the state of Washington. Growers who jumped into the new legal market hoping to make a killing in cannabis are now getting killed by a…
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  NBC News -   Congratulations to you, America: You've won the race on drug reform. You grow, sell, and consume the only government-sanctioned cannabis in the world. Your first big experiment launched last year in Colorado—a…
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  The Washington Post -   Researchers from Yale University believe they have deciphered the neurological mechanism that causes the “munchies,” that inexplicable urge to eat that has led generations of marijuana users to consum…
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  Above The Law -   In December 2014, the federal government announced it would not intervene against Native American Tribes that allow for regulated cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution of cannabis on tribal lands. Since that ann…
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  KCRG -  DES MOINES — Their testimonies were tearful and frightening, and they pleaded with Iowa lawmakers for help. A handful of Iowans was invited Monday to speak to state legislators and ask for expansion of Iowa’s new…
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  Columbian -   Legislation calling for overhaul of industry now heads to House   OLYMPIA — A measure seeking to reconcile Washington's medical marijuana industry with its heavily taxed recreational s…
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  International Business Times -  The greedy pigs may have stolen their eggs, but it appears the Angry Birds have seized some grass. A Canadian boy discovered a bag of marijuana hidden inside an Angry Birds Telepods game he bought this we…
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  Forbes -  Last year, during a congressional hearing on the threat posed by stoned drivers, a representative of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was asked how many crash fatalities are caused by marijuana each y…
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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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  Tallahassee Democrat -  People with shoulder-length hair, others in suit and tie and patients in wheelchairs came together Tuesday in support of legalizing medical marijuana in Florida The group of several hundred converged on the C…
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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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  OPB -  A series of proposed bills in the Oregon legislature could alter the state’s new recreational marijuana law before it is  implemented. One proposed change to Measure 91 would give local governments the ability to p…
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  CNBC -  There's good news and there's bad news in America's fight to cut down on impaired driving. A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found the number of drivers with alcohol in the…
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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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  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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  Dallas Morning News -   As a primary care provider, I’m used to seeing medical trends emerge. Right now, I’m paying close attention to the debate over marijuana legalization. Colorado launched legal recreational marijuan…
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  Yahoo News -   SEATTLE/DENVER (Reuters) - Vending machines selling medical marijuana opened for business in Seattle on Tuesday, in what the company providing them billed as a first-in-the-state innovation that it expects to expand to ot…
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  Bay News 9 - ST. PETERSBURG -- The latest push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has suffered a major setback. The Florida Sheriff's Association has voted 38-2 to oppose a bill filed by State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersbur…
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  Newsweek - Each year, before Americans sit down to watch the Super Bowl, some preparations typically occur—friends are invited over to watch, beers are bought and various cheese-covered snacks are made. But for Super Bowl XLIX, in whic…
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  WCTI12.com -    NEWPORT, CARTERET COUNTY -  A video highlighting Colorado's marijuana industry is shown in one Broad Creek Middle School class and some parents say it's inappropriate. The CNBC documentary is titled…
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  Stars and Stripes -  OLYMPIA, Wash. — Dozens of recreational marijuana businesses in Washington state have been sent letters from the military saying the shops are off limits to all members of the armed forces, an official said Tu…
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  KansasCity.com -  TOPEKA – Penalties for marijuana possession could be softened in Kansas as legislators seek to lower prison populations and reduce costs. State officials testified Wednesday in favor of a bill that would drop…
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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 Cannabist -   Colorado’s pot industry will face its first major regulatory shift of 2015 on Sunday when popular but controversial infused edibles will be forced to comply with new packaging, labeling and potency restrictions p…
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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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  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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  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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  ABC News -   In 2013, Joe Jonas revealed that he smoked marijuana for the first time with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. Now, his younger brother, Nick, is making a similar confession -- though he said he didn't do it with any of …
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  Miami Herald -   Seriously sick Floridians and those who can’t find adequate prescription drugs would be allowed access to medical-grade marijuana under a major cannabis bill filed Monday by a top Florida Republican state senator.…
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  CBS News -   CHICAGO -- With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, …
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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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  Times Free Press -   Gib Jones sees a green-tinted future. To get there, though, he needs help from the Georgia Legislature. Jones and his family grow tomatoes, lettuce and basil in Chickamauga, Ga. They sell their plants and herbs …
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  Bangor Daily -   GARDINER, Maine — Few people know about a recent preclinical study by the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Florida that states THC, the component in marijuana that gets users high, may slow the progress of Alzh…
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  Forbes -   The family and I went to the X Games here in Aspen this afternoon, which is all the reminder one needs that recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado. We made it through about an hour of the men’s slopestyle final bef…
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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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  The Guardian -   Researchers say the substances in synthetic cannabis are difficult to identify and constantly changing, making both treatment and law enforcement difficult The deaths of two men in central Queensland after they smok…
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  ABC News -   While most parents probably want to keep their kids away from marijuana, one mom and dad were accused of child abuse for their avid use of the drug. “[I use it] pretty much every day,” Jesse Thompson, 30, to…
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  Us Weekly -  A stoner’s dream come true! Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl empire will soon be capable of supplying customers with the chillest night ever. The Real Housewives of New York City star plans to launch her own line o…
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  Niagra Falls Reporter -   Now That Medical Marijuana is Legal in New York... What are the rules, Who will grow and distribute, Who will use it In this, the first part of our series on Medical Marijuana in New York State and how it w…
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  Kansas.com - TOPEKA, KAN. — Parents of chronically ill children gave emotional testimony Wednesday at a hearing on allowing medical marijuana in Kansas, telling state senators that the drug could help their kids.   The Kan…
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  Alaska Dispatch News -   A possible delay on implementing marijuana concentrate regulations in Alaska has proponents of legalization fuming. Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, pre-filed House Bill 59 Friday, which is intended to provide gui…
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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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  KOMONews.com -   SEATTLE (AP) - Medical marijuana activists feel like they have their back to the wall as the Legislature tries to rein in an unregulated system that many people believe is unfairly competing with heavily taxed recreatio…
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  Providence Journal - PROVIDENCE, R.I. –— In another era, college professors probably flunked students for turning in business plans built around a marijuana lounge. Times, of course, have changed and with cannabis laws loosen…
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  CBS Local -  DENVER (AP) – Colorado lawmakers are taking another look at the state’s medical marijuana market this week. That’s because the state’s medical marijuana regulations were passed in 2010 with a five-ye…
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  WSB Radio -  Dozens of families with children who suffer seizure disorders express their disappointment at a watered-down medical marijuana bill. Many say they’re afraid of breaking federal law if they bring cannabis oil into …
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  ABC News -   An eastern Iowa man who was convicted late last year of growing marijuana that he used to treat his rare form of cancer has died. Benton Mackenzie, 49, died Monday at his home in Long Grove, near Davenport, his mother D…
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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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  Washington Times -   DENVER (AP) - A year after legalizing recreational pot sales, Colorado has more questions than answers about the health effects of legal marijuana. A panel of doctors concluded months of meetings Monday about th…
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  WSBTV.com -   ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has learned Gov. Nathan Deal is supporting state Rep. Allen Peake's plan to decriminalize medical marijuana in Georgia. Channel 2 political reporter Lori Geary talked exclusive…
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  Orlando Sentinel -   Floridians can expect the Legislature to ponder expanding the state's new medical marijuana law to allow for more potent pot that would treat other illnesses, but lawmakers might first wait to carry out the stat…
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  Motley Fool -  Marijuana laws and public perception have come a long, long way over the past 20 years. In 1996, we witnessed the first approval for marijuana on a medical basis by a state, and in 2012, Washington and Colorado became…
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  NBC News -  NTEVIDEO, Uruguay — It's been just over a year since Uruguay's President Jose Mujica signed a law creating the world's first nationalized market for the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana. T…
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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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  CBS News -  Until now, it's been a few rich individuals who secretly funded burgeoning pot companies, but for the first time, a major investment firm is going to put multimillion dollars behind marijuana. It's a partnership …
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  King5.com -  At least three bills are expected to be before lawmakers in Olympia during the upcoming legislative session that could provide clarity to the legal gray area surrounding medical marijuana. Right now, medical marijuana i…
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  The Gazette -   DENVER — Colorado's top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state's historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitu…
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  Clarion Ledger -   The group gathering signatures to legalize marijuana in Mississippi has scheduled a town hall meeting for Jackson The group gathering signatures to legalize marijuana in Mississippi has scheduled a town hall meeti…
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  ABC 15 -   A state representative has introduced a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana use in Arizona. The bill, House Bill 2007, would allow anyone 21 or older to legally possess up to an ounce of the drug.   …
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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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  Yahoo News -   SEATTLE (Reuters) - The number of children treated annually for accidental pot consumption in Colorado has reached double-digits and a drug treatment chain has seen a surge of teens treated for cannabis abuse, a leading U…
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  KiroTV.com -   SEATTLE — Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on Monday issued a sweeping policy proposal that calls for allowing people to grow pot at home, establishing vapor lounges and folding unregulated medical-cannabis dispens…
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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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  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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  Billings Gazette -   CHEYENNE, Wyo. — An increasing number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park are being prosecuted for possessing small amounts of medical and recreational pot, which remains illegal on federal land. Park…
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  West Hawaii Today -   Medical marijuana production centers and dispensaries could become part of the Hawaii landscape as soon as 2017, under recommendations a task force is sending to the state Legislature. The Medical Marijuana Dis…
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  Forbes -   In a 2011 Reason cover story, I explained why drug policy reformers had been bitterly disappointed by President Obama’s performance during his first few years in office. With the notable exception of his support for sho…
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  The Denver Post -   By virtue of a single comma, the Colorado attorney general's office says making marijuana hash oil at home is still illegal under state law, despite other laws legalizing marijuana use, cultivation and possession…
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  9 News -   DENVER – A year into sales of recreational marijuana in Colorado, the state's Marijuana Enforcement Division still has yet to start ordering the testing of marijuana for contaminants, something the state of Washingt…
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  Star Tribune -  DENVER — Chris Easterling was sick of relying on drug dealers in Minneapolis when he needed marijuana to help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. They were flaky, often leaving the homeless man without the drug wh…
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  NBC News -   Marijuana has never had a year like 2014.   The first aboveboard just-for-fun cannabis markets rose in Colorado and Washington. Voters in Oregon and Alaska passed ballot initiatives to create the same. And a co…
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  Bangor Daily News -   BANGOR, Maine — A slight change in Maine’s medical marijuana laws earlier this year has sparked a new trend in this sudden growth industry: the manufacture and legal sale of highly concentrated liquid m…
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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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  Kansas.com -   Backers of a Wichita petition drive to reduce the penalty for marijuana possession say they now have more than enough signatures to put an initiative on the April 7 city election ballot – and they’ll be turnin…
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  The Motley Fool -   There are few issues as polarizing as whether or not marijuana should be legalized on a recreational or medical level. Yet in spite of the wide variance in views, marijuana's recent momentum towards legalization …
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  SF Business Journal -  This year's push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida flamed out, but its supporters are still going strong. "We're banking on there being [more] legislation put forth," said Jordan Schlo…
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  My News 4 -  RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The NAACP has jumped into the debate over legalizing recreational marijuana in Nevada. Jeffery Blanck, the President of the Reno-Sparks NAACP chapter, has sent a letter to legislat…
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  USA Today -   LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Though marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the country, little is definitively known about its impact on the brain. A study taking place at Indiana University is designed to help…
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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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  KMBC.com - Border states want to punish Colorado for legalizing pot TOPEKA, Kan. —Kansas hasn't decided whether to join a lawsuit filed by other states against Colorado over its legalization of marijuana even though the two sta…
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  Bloomberg -  A Justice Department memo sets the stage for Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana, but do they even want to? There may be no better friend to Native Americans than President Barack Obama, who has gone out of his way…
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  TWCNews -  Police and lawmakers put up a united front, but despite a brief hiatus, experts say synthetic marijuana is back on the scene. "In 2013, we had zero calls to the Poison Center about it, so far to date in 2014 we'v…
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  Herald Scotland -  Doctors in the UK have been given the go-ahead to test the medicine, which does not contain the ingredient that produces the high associated with recreational cannabis use. The treatment - called Epidiolex - is ba…
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  The Gazette -    BRECKENRIDGE — Business is booming in Colorado's mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted customers curious about legalized pot. But there's mounting…
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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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  ABC News -  Colorado was poised Wednesday to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot's medical potential. The grants to be awarded by the stat…
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  Local 10 -   Effect of new US policy regarding marijuana and Indian tribes still unclear in Florida   MIAMI -  It's unclear what effect a new U.S. Justice Department policy regarding marijuana and Indian tribes wil…
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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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  Boston.com -  There are a surprising number of medical reasons for a gynecologist to have male patients. The list includes fertility consultation, treating sexually transmitted infections, and anal cancer screenings. The list does n…
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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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  USA Today -   DENVER — Colorado's marijuana businesses have a cash flow problem: Too much cash is flowing in and they've nowhere to put it. Most banks refuse to work with marijuana businesses, which are legal in Colora…
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  Buffalo News - A retired Buffalo police officer has started an online business that sells hundreds of products made from hemp. A truck driver is thinking about getting into the marijuana industry once he gets too old to stay on the road. …
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  PR Newswire -  Legal, hemp-based supplements offer concentrated CBD without psychoactive side effects   CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hemp Health Inc., a pioneer in hemp cannabidiol (CBD) products, today la…
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  Alaska Dispatch News -   The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has been busy since Alaskans voted to legalize marijuana in November. Members have been inundated with questions, moving swiftly to provide information to the public and work…
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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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  Shape.com -  We compared the health benefits of cannabis to those of alcohol to determine which (mostly) legal high comes out on top   Medical or recreational marijuana is now legal in 23 states, plus Washington D.C. That m…
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  Colorado Springs Independent -  The money side of the marijuana business continues to be a mess. Though Colorado may have a marijuana-friendly bank as soon as next year, there's a bigger question looming on the horizon: How are thes…
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  The Cannabist -  These organized pot tours can be both thrilling and boring; How to make the most of your legal marijuana excursion “It was either Vegas or Colorado,” said “Wilma”, a D.C.-area woman, of her 4…
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  CBS Local -  BOSTON (CBS) – Bill Downing isn’t sure if the medical cannabis products he sells at his Allston store are legal. He also said he doesn’t care whether or not they are. Downing operates CBD Please in the…
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  NPR -  Colorado's new campaign to deter teen marijuana use tries to make the case that weed is bad for your brain. One TV ad shows a group of teens lighting up inside a dark car as moody music plays in the background. The commer…
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  CBS News -  Pot brownies, cookies and other potent treats have been around for years, but as more states pass legislation to legalize marijuana, a rock star would like to introduce you to a more sophisticated form of cannabis cuisine. …
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  NBC News -   Tabare Vazquez's victory in Uruguay's presidential runoff election will ensure the continuation of the center-left governing coalition's plan to create the world's first state-run marijuana marketplace. …
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  Desert Sun -   A short-lived pilot program is being revived to provide Rancho Mirage residents with a $25 monthly stipend to travel to medical marijuana dispensary outside the city. The program expired more than three years ago and,…
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  ABC News -   That's not mistletoe.   From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shop…
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  Denver Post -   After months of futile meetings, a state task force that was supposed to make recommendations regarding the appearance of edible marijuana products has failed. But this effort should by no means be over. Lawmakers need t…
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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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  The Press Democrat -   Robbers with guns and in search of marijuana have raided at least 11 homes since August in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, leaving a trail of violence in their wake and marking a seasonal trend that officials say i…
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  MSN -   A team at Washington State University is working to develop a breath test that could quickly determine whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Law enforcement officers already use preliminary breath tests in th…
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  Washington Times -   Marijuana shops in Colorado jumped on the holiday shopping season with “Green Friday” deals — featuring holiday strains, gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies. As businesses across America rolled …
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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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  Newark Advocate -   Granville Village Council tweaked one law governing marijuana offenses last week, and introduced another update that would decriminalize marijuana possession. Council on Nov. 19 agreed to amend a section of the c…
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  Market Watch -  10 things you probably didn’t know about buying pot legally   Got pot?   It’s the question on the minds of many Colorado residents — and on the minds of many visitors to the st…
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  9News -  DENVER - The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) unveiled new billboards urging parents to keep their marijuana edibles out of the reach of children. The ads are part of the Marijuana Policy Project's 'Consume Responsibl…
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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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  Oregon Live -  Colorado's retail pot industry is hoping to get its share of the Black Friday shopping craze by offering slashed prices and special deals, reports AP and Bloomberg News. One Denver shop expects to open Friday to l…
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  Denver Post -   Colorado health officials have recommended funding two studies on childhood epilepsy, two studies on post-traumatic stress disorder and four other studies as part of the largest-ever state research program on medical mar…
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  MSN.com - Dave Grohl The Kardashians put Dave Grohl off smoking marijuana. The Foo Fighters frontman has confessed watching the E! reality TV series 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' - which stars famous siblings Kim, Kourtney an…
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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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  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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  NY Daily News -  Memory loss is not necessarily just a sign of old age for these pot smoking grannies. An online video shows three grandmothers allegedly try marijuana for the first time to some pretty hilarious results.   …
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  MLive -   MIDLAND, MI — Two weeks after voters in Saginaw and several other Michigan cities decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, one of pot's most prominent critic's visited Midland to discuss the subst…
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  CBC News -  Mother of epileptic child asks why it is illegal to take medical marijuana in an edible form Liam McKnight is six years old and suffers from severe epilepsy. He tried 10 anti-epileptic medications and a special diet befo…
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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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  Fox News -   Marijuana exposure incidents, or 'pot poisonings,' have spiked in Washington state, especially among teenagers, in a trend experts said on Tuesday appears to be linked to the state's largely unregulated medical …
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  SI Live -  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- While a large majority of city residents approve of Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, about half approve of his overall job as major, accordi…
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  KOMO News -  TACOMA, Wash. -- At least one person has been shot after a home invasion robbery at the residence of a Tacoma marijuana dispensary operator turned into a rolling gun battle on the nearby streets. Two men came into the &…
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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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  Colorado Public Radio -   Since recreational marijuana stores opened in January, Denver Police have issued an unprecedented number of citations for public consumption and display of the drug. Through the first three quarters of 2014 pol…
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  KCCI.com -  DES MOINES, Iowa —An Iowa Board of Pharmacy committee listened to debate Monday over reclassifying marijuana.   Reclassifying marijuana from Schedule 1, highly-abused drugs with no medical use, to Schedule…
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  The Boston Globe -   Town Meeting voters in Brookline are slated to decide this week whether to toughen zoning laws regulating the placement of medical marijuana dispensaries, or keep the current standards that would allow them, for exa…
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  USA Today - You can use your smartphone to request an Uber, order a pizza and book hotel rooms, and now a growing number of California entrepreneurs allow you to use it to order medical marijuana for delivery. NestDrop, a company that ea…
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  The Denver Post -  Business owners who won licenses in August to open one of 21 marijuana businesses in Aurora are doing more than opening the doors to one store — they are revamping rundown retail centers and rehabbing long-vacan…
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  Orlando Sentinel -  A judge on Friday tossed out the state's proposed rules for "Charlotte's Web" medical marijuana, which means families waiting for the drug to help epileptic children and others will have to wait eve…
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  Alaska Dispatch News -  Alaska voters approved Ballot Measure 2 on Nov. 4, effectively legalizing recreational marijuana in Alaska. But even though the law is still months from taking effect, there are big questions about what exactly w…
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  ABC.news -  Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he plans to pardon his son's felony marijuana conviction, arguing he deserves the same second chance as hundreds of other nonviolent offenders. Beebe spokesman Matt De…
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  Herald Mail Media - ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland commission approved regulations on Thursday to implement a medical marijuana program after a drawn-out process in a state that has struggled to make marijuana available to sick patients. A…
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  The New York Times - Anthony Welfare closely followed this week’s news that New York City no longer will bring criminal charges against people who are seen with small amounts of marijuana, as long as they are not smoking it in public. …
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  Gwinnett Daily Post -  The Isabellas are tired of waiting on Georgia. Next month, the Lawrenceville family plans to pull up roots and head for Colorado, where they can obtain a non-intoxicating form of medical marijuana for 7-year-o…
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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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  USA Today -  LAS VEGAS— Nowhere is the mainstreaming of marijuana more obvious than in Sin City this week: Thousands of pot entrepreneurs are descending here for a massive convention dedicated to all things cannabis. Registrat…
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  USA Today - A Washington state farmer is selling off a ton of marijuana — literally 2,000 pounds worth — to the highest bidder in one of the first large-scale legal pot auctions in modern American history. On Saturday, Randy …
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  CNN -  It appears that Colorado's booming pot industry has hit a bit of a bump. Sales of marijuana for recreational and medical use fell in September for the first time since Colorado legalized it in January, according to tax da…
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  NY1 - The mayor and police commissioner say giving tickets to people for carrying small amounts of marijuana will help them avoid an arrest record for a minor crime. The founder of one of the city's biggest rehab centers says, however, t…
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  The Washington Post -  If you're confused about what marijuana use really does to people who use it, you're not alone. For years, the scientific research on health effects of the drug have been all over the map. Earlier this…
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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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  Alaska Dispatch News -  After months of debate and decades of semi-legal status, Alaskans voted Tuesday to approve Ballot Measure 2, an initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in Alaska. By approving the measure, Alaska became the …
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  The Motley Fool -  The results of the midterm elections were mixed for supporters of marijuana legalization, though mostly positive. Hopes were high that the states of Oregon and Alaska, as well as Washington, D.C., would legalize m…
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  Yahoo.com - Last week, while discussing the topic of illicit drugs with a mommy friend of mine, she told me how she was first introduced to marijuana: by her dad. He took her aside when she was a teenager, she said, and showed her his privat…
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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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  The Dish -  Gallup’s attempt to explain the decline:   Last year’s finding of 58% in favor was recorded as Colorado was preparing to become the first state to implement a law decriminalizing the use of small amo…
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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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  10 News Tampa Bay Sarasota -  TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda is thinking ahead. Medical marijuana didn't pass in Florida, but she's hoping to help pass recreational use. Don't believe it? She c…
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  Baltimore Sun -  Doug Porter's cannabis-motif shirt is a dead giveaway, as are the terms he uses in his business lecture, such as weed and buzz. On Saturday, Porter helped lead a how-to session for launching a marijuana business…
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  Best of Las Vegas -  Talk show host Ricki Lake will join Las Vegas politicians on Tuesday for a “marijuana shark tank forum” at Green Valley Ranch Resort.   Following the style of the TV show “Shark Tank,&…
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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 Economist -  The legal cannabis industry is run by minnows. As liberalisation spreads, that may not last. “FRESH and fruity, right?” says a bright-eyed young man behind the counter, wafting an open jar of something c…
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  The Miami Herald - Young stoners, as it turned out, didn’t turn out.   Support for a marijuana initiative that Florida Democrats had hoped might rouse younger voters from their collective fugue came nowhere ne…
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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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  MLive - MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A Mount Pleasant police officer says a vote allowing marijuana possession in the city will not change enforcement of state laws, but an activist believes its symbolic meaning could help push for bigger chan…
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  M Live - SAGINAW, MI — Voters in the city of Saginaw Tuesday, Nov. 5, showed overwhelming support for a proposal that seeks to decriminalize marijuana in the community. Though two city precincts had not yet reported vote totals as …
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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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  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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  AZ Central -  Arizona proposal would separate medical, recreational businesses The people who brought medical marijuana to Arizona four years ago now want marijuana legal for everyone over the age of 21.   The Marijuana…
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  Detroit Free Press -   Tuesday's election is the first in Michigan and across the nation to reflect in key ways that Americans are shifting in their attitudes toward marijuana. Tuesday's election is the first in Michigan and…
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  USA Today -  More than 50 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that even those who make their money illegally have to pay taxes. Under today's tax code the government stands to make more money from the sale of marijuana than those sel…
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  Las Vegas Review-Journal  -  CARSON CITY - The state agency regulating Nevada’s medical marijuana dispensary program is notifying applicants about whether they have won provisional licensing, but the information is partially …
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  Las Vegas Review-Journal - Las Vegas’ first round of pot permit hearings was a marathon, not a sprint.   City Council members spent the better part of 16 hours mulling preliminary land use and licensing entitlements sought…
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  WGRZ.com - BUFFALO – About a year ago, doctors told Nathan Nocera that his daughter had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball. "Just tore my world apart," Nocera said. "And I knew everything was going to be different…
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  Local10.com - MIAMI -  A 20-year-old man is facing charges after several teenagers overdosed at a Miami park Thursday morning. According to the arrest report, at least three of the victims claimed Jordy Garcia arrived at Sewell Park…
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  Bangor Daily News -  When voters enter the booth on Tuesday in South Portland and Lewiston, marijuana will be on the ballot alongside the governor’s race and other political choices. Voters in those two cities will decide whether …
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  Yahoo - PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — The debate over legalizing medical marijuana in Florida constantly generates talk of young people potentially flooding the polls. But seniors are the most reliable voters and could be key to the outc…
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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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  Fox Business - Manager Oliver Pursche, Tea Party News Network News Director Scottie Nell Hughes, small business expert Susan Solovic and Penn Financial Group founder Matt McCall debate investing in marijuana stocks.   …
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  Phoenix House -  Phoenix House Texas has seen the major affects synthetic marijuana has had on our students, our adult clients, and families as a whole. The truth is that synthetic marijuana is not a safe alternative to other drug use, …
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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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  NBC Los Angeles - Beverly Hills mom Cheryl Shuman may not look like the stereotypical stoner, but she’s hoping her new crowdfunding website will be a driving force to help bring medical marijuana to the masses. Beverly Hills mom Ch…
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  The Denver Post -  A Colorado Springs company that leases property to marijuana growers has acquired a former bank building in south Denver with plans to turn it into the industry's first business incubator. And if a consortium …
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  Forbes -  In  a recent column, I noted the lack of evidence that people try to get kids high on Halloween by passing off cannabis candy as ordinary treats. The closest thing I found to that that sort of incident was a 2000 case in …
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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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  The Alaska Dispatch - There are numerous criminal justice statistics cited in support of and in opposition to Ballot Measure 2 (An Act to Tax and Regulate the Production, Sale, and Use of Marijuana). Recently, arrest numbers, prosecution out…
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  Chicago Sun Times - Marijuana is in the news daily. While only Colorado and Washington State have legalized marijuana for recreational use, 18 other states, including Illinois, will permit its medical use. These new laws have caused many you…
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  KPBS -  Marijuana use among men and woman arrested in San Diego County last year reached a 14-year high, and methamphetamine use was up for the fifth year in a row among male arrestees, according to a San Diego Association of Government…
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  The Motley Fool -  The wait is nearly over and a little more than one week from now residents in a number of states will go to the polls to decide whether or not marijuana should be either legalized on a recreational level or for medica…
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  Time - Earlier this month, we reported that Ebola.com’s owner, a disease-obsessed domain name vendor called Blue String Ventures, was hoping to sell the URL for at least $150,000. Now, according to a report from DomainInvesting.com, Eb…
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  Yahoo Finance - I started my last post on the marijuana business with a confession that I don’t know very much about cannabis (I’m getting there). But it turns out not knowing about marijuana isn’t necessarily a disadvantag…
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  CBS News -  While Colorado is the first state to fully legalize marijuana, Denver Broncos players are banned from using the drug. However, as CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen reports, a former NFL player said the hits he took o…
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  International Business Times - David Boyer has challenged South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins to a “hit for shot” duel in a public park. For every shot of alcohol Googins takes, Boyer would take a toke of marijuana, and th…
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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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  The Oregonian - Dr. Ron Schwerzler, who caused an uproar at a Tuesday night debate on marijuana legalization when he claimed that five Colorado children died after consuming the drug, on Wednesday retracted his statement and acknowledged he …
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  AZ Central -  The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled the state's medical marijuana law doesn't give drivers immunity from prosecution if there is marijuana or its chemical compound in the body.   In December …
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  Newsweek -  Many people assume that simply being around pot-smokers and marijuana smoke isn’t likely to result in trouble during a drug test, and that has been the general scientific consensus. But as weed has gotten more pote…
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  International Business Times - Since the Ebola virus ravaged three countries in West Africa, health experts and governments around the world have been scrambling to boost efforts to contain the virus. An effective vaccine has yet to be devel…
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  Philly Mag - As of this morning, Philadelphia is the largest city in the country to decriminalize marijuana. You’ll now receive a $100 fine for smoking in public and a $25 for possession of up to 30 grams — but you will not be ar…
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  10 News Tampa Bay -  TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- People against medical marijuana in Florida have come out in full force. Groups like the Associated Industries of Florida say it would be bad for businesses.   "Putting in a…
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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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  Florida Today -  TALLAHASSEE – For former House Speaker Jon Mills, crafting a constitutional amendment that would allow doctors to order marijuana for patients was an opportunity for the onetime University of Florida law-school de…
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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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  The Washington Post - No pressure, Colorado and Washington, but the world is scrutinizing your every move.   That was the take-home message of an event today at the Brookings Institution, discussing the international impact of t…
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  MLive - GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids doctor has admitted he certified medical-marijuana patients and caregivers without providing medical evaluations. In some cases, Dr. Gregory Kuldanek met with groups of prospective patients…
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  Chicago Tribune -  The list of would-be medical marijuana purveyors seeking permits to locate in Chicago includes a trucking company founder and strip club owner, a former Clinton White House aide who's now a Latino issues advocate …
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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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  Alaska Dispatch News - Making a crime out of conduct that half of us don’t think should be a crime? That’s crazy. All crimes should be supported by public consensus. That’s a standard just about everybody agrees on -- until…
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  AZ Central - PHOENIX — An Arizona lawmaker plans to introduce a proposal next year to legalize recreational marijuana before a similar proposal could get decided by voters in 2016.   Republican Rep. Ethan Orr of Tucson aim…
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  The Denver Post -  LAKEWOOD — As proponents and opponents square off over the fate of retail marijuana in Lakewood, predictions have ranged from the gates of hell opening to an ambivalent non-concern on the impacts of money and we…
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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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  The Denver Post -  AURORA — Recreational marijuana sales got off to a high-tech start on Monday as patrons lauded the convenience of local access to legal marijuana and the innovations offered at Aurora's first cannabis shop. …
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  KRCR News -  CHICO, CA - How much marijuana is too much marijuana?  The Butte County Board of Supervisors say Measure A  would remove the profit motive, improve the environment caused by the large cultivation of medicinal mari…
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  LiveScience - Marijuana, the most commonly used illegal drug in America, is going mainstream. Now legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington, pot seems poised for wider use, too: 21 states allow the possession and use of marijuana…
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  Yahoo News - ROVIGO Italy (Reuters) - Italy legalized marijuana for medical use last year, but the high cost of buying legal pot in a pharmacy meant few people signed up. Now, the government has found a solution: get the army to grow it. …
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  Time Warner Cable News - When you hear Cannabis Convention, you may not expect a business trade show—but that's really what the 2014 East Coast International Cannabis Conference and Regulatory Summit is.   "There&…
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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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  South Florida Business Journal - Boynton Beach commissioners unanimously voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries for one year if Florida voters approve legalization Nov. 4, according to WPTV-5.   The moratorium will allow th…
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  The Motley Fool -  Whether you're ready to admit it or not, the marijuana movement may be unstoppable.   As Gallup reported in October of last year, for the first time in history, more respondents were in favor of …
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  ABC News - Recreational marijuana sellers are reaching out to novice cannabis users with a raft of edible products that impart a milder buzz and make it easy for inexperienced customers to find a dose they won't regret taking.  …
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  CBC News Toronto - Current system 'failing to prevent or reduce the harms' of pot use, researcher says   Marijuana should be legalized with strict controls to curb its use and social harms, the Toronto-based Centre for A…
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  News-Press.com - The latest SurveyUSA/WFLA poll finds backing for Amendment 2 dipping to 51 percent, its lowest point to date. Opposition is firm at 33 percent and 15 percent aren't sure.   In Southwest Florida, approval sin…
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  Staten Island Live - STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- While the rollout of New York's medical marijuana program is at least 15 months away and it doesn't look like the state will get a federal waiver to get the drug sooner for ailing children,…
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  Newsweek -  As the market for legal weed has blossomed in some states, so too has the use of rat poison on pot farms deep in the western woods, to keep rodents away from the aromatic plants. These are the same woods where a rare cat-siz…
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  Bangor Daily News - LEWISTON, Maine — Advocates for a city ordinance change that would make the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for those older than 21 said Tuesday they are hoping to mobilize young voters, especially …
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  IndyStar -  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — An influx of high-grade marijuana has made its way to northern Indiana from western states that have legalized recreational pot, contributing to a spike in local prices and raising concerns that it c…
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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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  WESH.com - ORLANDO, Fla. —John Morgan is leading a campus-by-campus bus tour across the Sunshine State to encourage people to vote yes on Amendment 2.   In front of a crowd of University of Central Florida students on Mond…
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  Dallas Observer - Get caught with a joint in Dallas this afternoon and you'll find yourself being chauffeured to Lew Sterrett in the back of a squad car. Get caught with a joint in Dallas this January and you may well escape with a ticke…
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  WGME 13 - YORK (WGME) -- Local voters made the choice last year to legalize marijuana possession in the City of Portland. This, even though it is against the law in Maine. Now, voters in two more southern Maine cities will soon decide if the…
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  CTVNews - A New Brunswick Mountie who made headlines last year for complaining that he wasn’t allowed to smoke medicinal marijuana while in uniform has been found dead. Cpl. Ron Francis died Monday, his lawyer confirmed to CTV News…
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  News92FM -  It wasn’t long ago that “investing” in marijuana could earn you a stay in the local hoosegow. Using the product, similarly so. A two-day conference matching investors with entrepreneurs in the newly-legaliz…
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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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  WCVB 5 -  CARTERSVILLE, Ga. —A Georgia man says drug suppression officers mistook his okra plants for marijuana.   Watch the report   Dwayne Perry, of Cartersville, told WSB-TV that he was awakened by a h…
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  Hawaii News Now -  JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) - A new drug is emerging in the metro and causing serious concern. The drug goes by the names wax, butter and honeycomb because its waxy texture makes it look like lip balm. While many ad…
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  Palm Beach Post - HOW IT MIGHT WORK Isn’t medical marijuana already legal in Florida?   Yes, in a narrow way. The legislature passed a law allowing treatment of a few conditions with low THC cannabis, such as the strai…
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  USA Today -  When James Howler created his marijuana-infused taffy in 2009, the Colorado entrepreneur had trouble finding an accountant willing to keep the books of a company making legally fuzzy medical marijuana candy.   …
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  Philly.com - DENVER (Reuters) - Droves of pot tourists have flocked to Denver to sample its legal marijuana since Colorado became the first state in the country to allow recreational weed sales to adults. If you're thinking of joining th…
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  Pilot Online - The tin canister that Irvin Rosenfeld picks up every month, filled to the brim with 300 marijuana cigarettes, is not something he tries to hide.   In fact, the 61-year-old Portsmouth native encourages a look, beca…
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  The Denver Post - The Miami jewel fence. The disgruntled former business partner. The shots fired into an upscale Adams County home.   According to new documents in federal court, they all led investigators to the same place: a …
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  Alaska Dispatch News - Despite over 70 years of federal prohibition, millions of Americans are currently purchasing and consuming marijuana. But only in the states of Colorado and Washington are these transactions legal, regulated, and taxed…
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  The World - COUNCILORS QUESTION TAXING MEDICAL MARIJUANA, WONDER IF ORDINANCE WILL BE 'EXERCISE IN FUTILITY'   COQUILLE — Coquille is the next Oregon city to put a tax on marijuana sales if Measure 91 makes it thro…
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  USA Today - COTOPAXI, Colo. – Down a long dirt road snaking deep into the yellow hills of southern Colorado, Ryan Griego and his staff are harvesting green gold: legal marijuana. More than four months after they were planted, Grieg…
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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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  San Antonio Business Journal  An informal, non-scientific poll conducted by the San Antonio Business Journal shows that 59 percent of poll participants believe the legalization of marijuana could be an important source of tax revenue fo…
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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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  The Denver Post - A Colorado Supreme Court hearing that will have major implications for marijuana and the workplace ended Tuesday with the state's most esteemed justices mostly scratching their heads.   The debate topic was…
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  TWCNews - ALBANY, N.Y. -- The acting New York State Health Commissioner has requested federal permission to import out-of-state medicinal marijuana to help children and young adults with epilepsy get treatment sooner.   Commissi…
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  Tampa Bay Times - Black people in Pinellas and Hillsborough are at least six times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people.   It's not because of who smokes pot and who doesn't.   F…
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  New York Post - Legal loopholes make synthetic marijuana as easy to get as buying a candy bar, according to US Sen. Charles Schumer who urged the federal government Sunday to crack down on the dangerous product. With names like “K2…
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  New York Daily News - Jason Pelletier posted weekly updates of his indoor weed farm, using the pseudonym Buddynuggets78 before narcotics officers raided his Nevada home, police say. It probably seemed like a good idea when he was stoned.…
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  Omaha.com - WASHINGTON — The Democrat running for Nebraska’s open U.S. Senate seat said this week that he’s open to legalizing marijuana.   “It’s time to make a decision about how to fight the war o…
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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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  ABC News - When Jane West and her friends get together, the laughter rolls, trays of food and stories are passed around. But instead of splitting bottles of wine, these women like to unwind with artisanal marijuana.   West and h…
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  USA Today - As the nation eases marijuana laws, road safety advocates worry that highway rules for driving under the influence of pot are lagging, which could lead to fatal crashes.   Medical marijuana is legal in 23 s…
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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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  In somewhat of an eye-opener, support for medical marijuana has fallen below the critical 60 percent threshold, with Southwest Florida even less supportive, according to a new poll.   The SurveyUSA/WFLA tracking poll finds that …
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  The former reporter, who revealed herself to be the head of a medical marijuana supplier before quitting on live TV, has a restraining order filed against her after allegedly threatening a neighbor who complained of her constant marijuana sm…
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  In early March, the Georgia medical marijuana bill was gaining steam and giving local families hope for prescriptive treatments for seizures.   When the bill died on the House floor just weeks later, many families were forced to…
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  As I've learned through my conversation with people from around the island, medical marijuana is a very emotional topic. People are usually either strongly for or against passing the "Joaquin (KC) Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabi…
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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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  During a visit to the Dixie Elixirs & Edibles plant in Denver last summer, I saw the machines the company uses to produce cannabis concentrates, the kitchen where it makes marijuana-infused chocolates, and the bottling line for its THC-s…
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  Gov. Rick Scott and the medical marijuana initiative are slight favorites heading into the November election, according to The News-Press' newly launched forecast model.   The election model, based on recent polls, projects …
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  In a span of a few days, the two candidates for governor easily, if not accidentally, put their weaknesses on full display.   Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner last week called a news conference to talk about putti…
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If you're going to leave your TV gig for a life toiling at marijuana legalization, do it with some panache. At the end of a segment on a cannabis club last night, Alaskan news reporter Charlo Greene revealed herself as the club's owner and a…
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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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  TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Less than month since Uber launched its ride-share service in Tuscaloosa, police have charged one driver with possession of marijuana and issued several citations to other drivers for violating the city's taxicab o…
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  Republican Bruce Rauner on Tuesday said if he were governor, he would have vetoed Illinois’ medical marijuana law — but now that it’s law he called for the state to scrap the way it’s giving out licenses to grow and s…
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  Culture wars, not science or good government, are to blame for the fact that marijuana is illegal for use as a medicine.   That was a major theme at a gathering outside the Pennsylvania Capitol on Monday which drew a contingent …
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  TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Almost before the ink was dry, the state’s largest nursery is protesting a rule floated by health regulators setting up the framework for Florida’s new medical-marijuana industry.   …
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  Former congressman William D. Delahunt has resigned as president of a company that lost its proposal to open three medical marijuana dispensaries, in Plymouth, Mashpee, and Taunton, following a contentious and controversial state selection p…
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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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  In November, Alaskans will decide whether the state will become the third in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It’s controversial in that the drug is still illegal at the federal level, but also because it will …
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  A medical marijuana dispensary applicant in Henderson will have to seek relief from the City Council to open in its chosen location in what is one of the first-known zoning appeals in the new industry.   The Planning Commission …
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  I have a soft spot for books with glossaries. New words infuse new worlds, after all, which can mean a richly anthropological read. And so it goes with “Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier” (Grand Central, 2013).…
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  Genetic factors can help determine which people start smoking cigarettes, as well as which smokers eventually get addicted to nicotine. Rather than stemming from the actions of a single gene, smoking-related risks stem from the complex inter…
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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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  Florida's medical marijuana amendment should pass.   Most polls say so. Momentum across the nation says so. The gut-wrenching visuals of patients in pain say so.   And yet I have doubts.   For as ma…
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  Do you know how the state’s pilot medical marijuana law will affect you and other members of your community?   You can get plenty of useful information from a September article in the D.R. Legal News, written by Lisa Harms…
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  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — It's unclear if Illinois officials will release complete information about companies seeking to grow or sell medical marijuana in Illinois because the state law that legalized medical marijuana exempts pros…
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  New draft of regulations expected Wednesday, but some details still unresolved   A state panel on Tuesday hashed out more of the nitty-gritty details to create a medical marijuana industry from scratch, but some key points remai…
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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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(This essay is a response to a bevy of news accounts on claims about the efficacy of “medical marijuana” in treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, the strange tale of researcher Dr. Sue Sisley, and charges of government suppression of…
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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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  America has a major problem with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin. Overdose deaths from these pharmaceutical opioids have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day 46 people die of such overdoses in the United S…
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Veteran journalist Al Olson has left his senior editor position at NBC News to head Marijuana.com, a cannabis news site.   “I’ve been a journalist for as long as I’ve been a marijuana advocate –- my first byline …
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His movies have flopped time and again and his dad, Jackie Chan, has reportedly disinherited him. But, thanks to Chinese police, actor-singer-playboy Jaycee Chan can at least say he’s been cast in a major new role that’s turning heads: b…
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It’s all over the news and impossible to ignore: Colorado has legalized recreational marijuana. USA Today recently published a story about how joint-rolling and Dorito eating are among anticipated pot-themed contests at the Denver County Fair …
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  Washington's first retail marijuana store is raking it in with estimated first day sales of over $30,000 — beating out Colorado dispensaries' average first day retail sales earlier this year.   According to store o…
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  Only six months old, Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry starts a transformation Tuesday that could add hundreds of new pot businesses to the state and reconfigure the market’s architecture.   Previously, only…
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By Horace Helps Reuters   The Jamaican government has decided to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining the trickle of countries moving to soften laws on the drug known on the Caribbean island as "ganj…
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By: Rebecca Kelley   As their slogan goes, there's a smile in every Hershey's bar but apparently there's a lawsuit in some of them, too. The Hershey Company, maker of such goodies as the Hershey's chocolate bar, Reese's…
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