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  MSN -   Pass the joint, teens and young adults: Middle-aged and older people are using significantly more marijuana these days. That’s among the findings of a study published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, a peer-reviewed publi…
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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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  ars technica -  In mice at least, although humans might want to be cautious. As marijuana is legalized in more states, questions about its safety and the health consequences of cannabis use are becoming mainstream. A new study publi…
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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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  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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  ScienceAlert - Trying to replicate the "Ferrari of the plant world". Yeast has been engineered to produce the main psychoactive compound in marijuana - tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Responsible for the majority of marijuana's…
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  New York TImes -    PORTLAND, Ore. — About 15 years ago, when she was in her 20s, Erika Walton handed a bong to someone who turned out be a police officer, and was cited for marijuana possession. She paid the fine, she said, …
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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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  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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  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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  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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  ABC 5 -   A majority of voters in the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin approve of legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana. The tribe conducted a referendum vote Wednesday and Thursday, and the results were announced Fr…
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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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  LA Times -   On Sunday evening, firefighters were battling more than a dozen fires across Northern California, including a new one called the Jerusalem fire that was exploding north of Napa in Lake County. Then they received reports…
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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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  Fast Company -   IT AIN'T EASY GOING GREEN. JUST ASK THE FOLKS AT DIXIE ELIXIRS & EDIBLES. Earlier this year, Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, perhaps Colorado’s best-known cannabis brand, took its THC-infused drinks …
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  The Press Herald -   But Maine hospitals say they face federal penalties if they allow patients, including children, to use nonsmokable forms of medical marijuana prescribed by their doctors. AUGUSTA — Samantha Brown doesn&rsq…
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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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  Hartford Courant -  Susan Gilchrist once took nine different medications to ease the chronic pain and fatigue of her multiple sclerosis. Gilchrist, 32, is now off all those drugs, finding more relief, she says, than she has in more …
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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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  CBS Baltimore -   ARNOLD, Md. (AP) — Start stoner-friendly munchies stands in Colorado. Or open a lounge near a marijuana dispensary in Oregon. Or try selling fertilizer to weed growers, dude. “Opportunities are endless,…
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  The Hill -   Jeb was a high school stoner. Ted Cruz smoked pot as well. Rand Paul hasn't explicitly copped to it, but his old fraternity brothers seem to think he did. Marco Rubio won't say either way — but hasn't deni…
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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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  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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  The Washington Post - SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug seizure statistics show, in a new sign that America’s marijuana decrim…
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  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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  Entrepreneur -  The bed was a mattress on the floor, the night tables two cardboard boxes. It wasn’t exactly what Ata Gonzalez and his wife had envisioned. Just a couple of years earlier, they had made millions in the Florida real…
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  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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  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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  The State -  Two months ago, you couldn’t be sure what Harmony Ralph of Horry County saw when she opened her eyes. They remained immobile, seeming to stare into some middle distance, and it was hard to tell if she saw anything…
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  Star Tribune - Minnesota’s eight medical marijuana centers won’t be conveniently located for many outside the Twin Cities. Minnesota has 87 counties, but you’ll only be able to buy medical marijuana in eight of them. Wi…
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  The Seattle Times -   Washington state’s leadership on recreational-marijuana legalization is in jeopardy because of the Legislature’s and Seattle’s indolence on needed regulation. THE world is watching Washington&…
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  The Cannabist -  The University of Denver — founded in 1864 and one of the most prestigious private universities in the U.S. — is going green. DU’s scenic south-Denver campus is a stone’s throw from some busy…
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  NPR.org -   Made-in-America marijuana is on a roll. More than half the states have now voted to permit pot for recreational or medical use, most recently Oregon and Alaska. That number also includes the District of Columbia. As a result…
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  SFGate -   Another study is adding evidence to the case for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease with the compounds in cannabis. Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this September &ldq…
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  KRQE -  ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – The conversation about whether New Mexico should join other Western states in legalizing marijuana is cranking up as state lawmakers prepare for the 2015 legislative session. Rep. Bill McCamley, a De…
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  TheState.com  -  SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive — thus far the province of western states — to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here m…
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  The Denver Post -   Look around you. These are the good old days of marijuana in Colorado.   Things are about to change.   Prices for pot assuredly will fall, more pot will flood the market, and legislative cha…
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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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  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 - 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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  Oregon Live -  Even for Oregon, a state with a generally tolerant take on marijuana, the passage of Measure 91 represents a seismic shift. By next summer, police won’t issue citations for having small amounts of marijuana. You…
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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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  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 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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  CBS Sacramento -  SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – Californians are eager to tax medical marijuana, but they want limits on who can grow it and sell it. That was the message from Tuesday’s voting, as backers of nearly two dozen …
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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 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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  The Atlantic - President Obama lost his mandate to govern Tuesday, as his party ceded control of the Senate and additional seats in the House. For partisans who obsess over the ups and downs of every election cycle, that makes Democrats seem…
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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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  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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  The Oregonian -  Walk into most medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon and you're bound to find Blue Dream and Blackberry Kush on the shelf. You’ll likely spot Blue Magoo, Jack Herer and Cinex, too. Turns out those are t…
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  The 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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  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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  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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  Reuters -  Uruguay is struggling to roll out the commercial production and sale of marijuana and its ground-breaking experiment could be dropped or watered down if an opposition candidate wins this month's presidential election. …
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  San Francisco Examiner - San Francisco is saying no to a medical marijuana green-light district.   Cannabis, whether legally sold for medicinal purposes or illegally sold for recreational use, is California's biggest cash cr…
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  Press Herald - Advocates of efforts in Lewiston and South Portland say they have momentum, while foes push back against a ‘feeling of inevitability.’   SOUTH PORTLAND — Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald said he i…
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  Sun Sentinel -  The rush to delay or stop medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in some cities is on, even before Florida voters decide the marijuana measure on Nov. 4.. Coconut Creek and Lighthouse Point have given at least i…
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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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  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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  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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  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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  MTL Blog - Society’s preconception that “weed is bad” has slowly been changing over the years. We’ve seen evidence of changing attitudes towards weed to the south, with US states legalizing marijuana, in the growing m…
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  The Gazette - VAIL — Authorities are investigating after a hunter found about 1,000 marijuana plants being illegally grown south of Gypsum.   The Vail Daily reports the hunter was trekking in the Cottonwood Pass area when …
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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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  The Huffington Post - RANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biol…
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  The Oregonian - Alex Pavich is the last person you’d expect to be on the fence about marijuana legalization.      The 39-year-old is a longtime marijuana consumer, using it to treat old injuries and calm his nerv…
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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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  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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  MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP)  ABC 12.com- Two counties in southeastern Michigan have declared a health emergency and banned a so-called synthetic marijuana product known as Cloud 9.   Macomb and Wayne counties made it illegal …
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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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  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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  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Local and federal authorities seized more than half a million dollars' worth of marijuana from a home in southwest Birmingham Friday.   Arthur Hicks, 34, was charged with marijuana trafficking after th…
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  Spurred by deeply personal connections to drug use, two wealthy men have emerged as the biggest players in the debate over medical marijuana in Florida.   For John Morgan, an Orlando trial attorney who has spent $4.7 million on …
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  VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN 6) — Marijuana edibles will soon be available for purchase on the recreational market in southwest Washington, raising concerns about keeping the products out of the hands of children and teens.   Ne…
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  It may be an off-year election, but it's a big one for drug policy reform. In seven weeks, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war. In fact, t…
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  Sales of medical marijuana in Connecticut are expected to begin next week as the first grower prepares to make shipments to dispensaries around the state, nearly two years after the state legalized the use of marijuana to relieve symptoms of…
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  DENVER — The Wilson family left behind their home in Scotch Plains, their family and friends and everything familiar for a moment like this.   On Aug. 22, Brian Wilson took his daughters Adele, 5, and Vivian, 3, to the Den…
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  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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  Teens who use marijuana daily before age 17 are more than 60% less likely to get their high school diploma than those who've never used pot, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry.   …
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Supporters say the measure would help combat the state's epidemic of painkiller abuse, but polls have fluctuated wildly, and opponents are seizing on a controversial video to question their true intentions.     If Florida vote…
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  Denver city officials are moving to ban the amateur use of a risky hash oil extraction process that has resulted this year in dozens of home explosions statewide.   A new proposal backed by Mayor Michael Hancock’s administ…
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