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  Huffington Post Canada -  VANCOUVER — A Colorado official has some sobering words of advice for Justin Trudeau if he fulfils his promise to legalize pot in Canada. "It's going to be a lot harder to implement than you …
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  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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  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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  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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  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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  PolitiFact.com -    The Republican presidential candidates sparred over many issues in the CNN debate, including the potency of pot. On drug policy, there was talk about expanded rehabilitation and prison reform to reduce the n…
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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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  NerdWallet - Life insurance companies can be like prudish acquaintances. Smoke cigarettes? For shame. Weight gain? Unfortunate. Deviations from perfection usually lead to higher life insurance rates. But wait. Smoke pot? Shrug. Not only …
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  WPRI -   PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Bristol official wants to prevent marijuana stores from cropping up like liquor stores in his town, before they’re even legal in Rhode Island. Town Council Chairman Nathan Calouro said …
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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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  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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  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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  New York Times -   Wineries and breweries should brace themselves for some unusual competition. Colorado, which legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012, will get its first “weedery” in early 2016. The $35 millio…
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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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  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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  Huffington Post -   A key Senate committee passed a bill today allowing the nation's capital to establish regulated marijuana stores and let banks provide financial services to state-legalized marijuana dispensaries. These are just …
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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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  Time -   The top moving destination in 2014 was Oregon, which voted to legalize marijuana last November. When choosing retirement locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities, proximity to grandchildren, access to quality …
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  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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  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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  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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  Yahoo -   A study released on Monday found that despite an increased acceptance of marijuana at city and state levels, adolescent use of the drug — as well as approval of it — is down across the country. The study, publi…
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  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -  As attitudes toward marijuana become more lenient and states authorize its use for medicinal — or even recreational — purposes, a long simmering debate over the efficacy of workplace drug testing h…
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  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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  KPTV -   Recreational marijuana has been legal here in Oregon for one week and now Portland International Airport has decided to make a big change in its drug policy. Travelers lining up at the security gates at PDX will notice new …
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  Forbes -   Should marijuana businesses pay tax on gross profits or net profits? It sounds like a silly question. Virtually every business in every country pays tax only on net profits, after expenses. But the topsy-turvy rules for marij…
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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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  LiveScience -   ost Americans think that driving while high on marijuana isn't that dangerous, according to a recent Gallup poll. About 70 percent of people polled said that people who drive while impaired by marijuana are "…
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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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  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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  The Motley Fool -    The Department of Health and Human Services just made a major change to the drug development process for marijuana-based therapies. Over the past decade, the legal wins enjoyed by marijuana and its supporte…
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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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  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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  PennLive -   A Vermont teenager who was behind the wheel in a double-fatal crash that claimed his life and took the life of a bicyclist was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the incident, USA Today is reporting. The in…
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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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  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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  LA Weekly -   Awakening each morning in pain caused by various surgeries, Yami Bolanos engages in her daily routine of relief, which she finds only with cannabis oil. A cancer survivor who underwent a liver transplant 19 years ago, she …
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  Time -   Not only are people free to smoke weed—the weed is free. As of July 1, new Oregon laws go into effect making it legal for adults ages 21 and up to possess and use recreational marijuana. It’s legal to grow marij…
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  Star Tribune -   Sickest Minnesotans eager for opening of dispensaries  The first registered medical marijuana patient in Minnesota toddled across sunlit grass and into his mother’s arms.   Three-year-old Wya…
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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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  Business Insider -    Last weekend, thousands from the Bay Area poured into the outdoor SoMa StrEAT Food Park for the Get Baked Sale, the first food rally for marijuana-edibles enthusiasts. Cannabis is only legal for medicinal …
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  The Atlantic -   As pot laws liberalize, cannabis capitalists eye opportunities for business—and to upend stereotypes. But can white-collar workers handle it, man? Jill Amen always wanted to be a barista. She has also always l…
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  MSN.com -   In light of how the recreational use of marijuana is legal in the State of Washington, some have wondered whether patrons would be allowed to bring it into Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., the site of the 2015 U.S. O…
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  Time -   It’s buyer-beware for medical marijuana users, since the data supporting the benefits of cannabinoids are still in flux, and most marijuana edibles aren’t well labeled. There’s a big difference between ane…
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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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  USA Today -   WILMINGTON, Del. — Voting along party lines, the Delaware state Senate gave final approval Thursday to a measure that decriminalizes the possession and private use of small amounts of marijuana, and Gov. Jack Markell…
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  USA Today -    DENVER – Marijuana entrepreneurs rushing into the booming market are running headlong into a patchwork of state-by-state regulations that make it hard to transfer their expertise, brands and staff— and ev…
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  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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  Motley Fool -   The marijuana industry appears to be blooming, and the American public tends to have a more favorable view of the currently illicit drug with each passing year. In the most recent Gallup poll, slightly more than half…
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  Huffington Post -  DENVER (AP) -- Colorado schools will begin compiling data on students who get busted for using or distributing marijuana, an effort aimed at gauging the effects of the drug's legalization in the state. The new…
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  Oregon Live -    Oregon's burgeoning marijuana industry is stepping up its congressional lobbying in hopes of winning better treatment on tax and banking issues. An industry political action committee sponsored a Friday nig…
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  NBC News -   The House voted on several pro-pot amendments on Wednesday aimed at tackling the sticky issue of conflicts that arise when the Department of Justice interferes with state implementation of local marijuana laws. In many …
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  Portland Business Journal -   A bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of not interfering with state medical marijuana programs. The move, the renewal of an amendment to a large appropriati…
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  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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  Central Maine.com - Another proposal to establish a legal limit similar to that for alcohol could come from the Maine secretary of state, but experts have warned that such a law would be arbitrary. AUGUSTA — An effort to establish …
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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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  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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  USA Today -   ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — It was almost too juicy a story line to be true. Shane Ray, the NFL prospect cited for marijuana possession just days before the draft, gets picked by the Denver Broncos, of all teams, and head…
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  Forbes -   Should marijuana businesses pay tax on gross profits or net profits? It sounds like a silly question. After all, virtually every business in every country pays tax on net profits, after expenses. But the topsy-turvy rules for…
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  Above The Law -   In December of last year, Nebraska and Oklahoma (the “NO States”) filed suit against Colorado in the United States Supreme Court, seeking to invalidate Colorado’s recreational cannabis laws. Last week…
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  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety -    There are fewer alcohol-impaired drivers on U.S. roads than ever before, but the proportion of drivers testing positive for marijuana and other illegal drugs is on the rise, results of th…
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  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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  WAMU  - The thing about legalizing marijuana in a place like Washington, D.C., is you can't talk about it without talking about race. African Americans comprise a little more than half of the city’s population. But when it…
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  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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  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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  Discover -    Chris Christie recently said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” while arguing for enforcement of its federal status as an illegal substance. Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other dr…
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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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  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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  Raw Story -   Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday signed a bill that will overhaul the state’s medical marijuana market, reconciling the long unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. While mar…
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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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  Motley Fool -   When it comes to the polarizing debate of whether or not marijuana should be decriminalized, a slight majority of the American public continues to be in favor of legalizing the drug. Gallup's 2014 poll showed tha…
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  The Daily Nebraskan -    If you want to talk about marijuana, you need to speak the language. We've laid out some key phrases and questions that come up frequently in the marijuana debate. Definitions:   Mariju…
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  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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  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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  NPR - Nearly two-thirds of Millennials who identify as Republican support legalizing marijuana, while almost half of older GOP Gen-Xers do, according to a recently released Pew survey that could be an indicator of where the debate is heading…
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  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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  Time - Think booze, not drugs Marijuana legalization advocates appear to know a good slogan when they see one.   Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado introduced a bill in Congress Friday that borrows its name from the suc…
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  Huffington Post -   So much for living high on the hog. An Ohio man allegedly went on a bender after his pet pig ate his stash of pot.   On Sunday, deputies in Washington County, Ohio arrested Chad Spohn, 44, on disorde…
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  USA Today - DENVER (AP) — Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. The airport has banne…
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  Washington Post - When pot legalization kicks in at 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., residents will be free to legally have twice as much marijuana as in the states that have legalized the drug. In the four states that ha…
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  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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  NBC Washington -  D.C. police officers to carry card-sized summaries of the new rules A law to legalize marijuana in the District will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, unless Congress steps in at the last minute.   …
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  CBS Baltimore - BALTIMORE (WJZ) — DC is about to legalize marijuana—which means that Marylanders could travel just minutes to legally buy marijuana. Christie Ileto explains this comes as Maryland fights its own battle over le…
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  Huffington Post - Marijuana is far safer than alcohol, tobacco and multiple other illicit substances, researchers say, and strict, legal regulation of cannabis might be a more reasonable approach than current prohibitions. Those are the …
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  Above The Law -   Because marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance, it is still a federal crime to use, possess, or distribute it. In turn, handling proceeds from cannabis sales triggers anti-money laundering laws for banks. The B…
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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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  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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  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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  FoodandWine.com -   Recreational marijuana has become big business, with consumers spending $370 million worth of green on the green stuff last year in Colorado and Washington, where it is now legal. But could we eventually see pot prod…
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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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  Huffington Post -   Vermont could become the first state in history to legalize recreational marijuana via state legislature with a new bill submitted Tuesday that aims to end prohibition of the plant. Senate Bill 95 would legalize …
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  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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  NBC Bay Area -  Medical Marijuana is Already Recreational, Say Insiders In California, medical marijuana remains legal and many believe that next year voters may get to decide if the state will take the next step and legalize recrea…
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  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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  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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  Huffington Post -  SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb 11 (Reuters) - A federal judge hearing the case of nine men accused of illegally growing marijuana in California said Wednesday she was taking very seriously arguments by their attorneys that t…
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  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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  Reuters - (Reuters) - A planned District of Columbia city council hearing on legal marijuana sales was reduced to a discussion on Monday because of fears the hearing could be illegal. The hearing was intended to get public comment on a b…
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  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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  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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  Huffington Post -   President Barack Obama's nearly $4 trillion federal budget plan unveiled Monday includes fine print that may have major consequences for marijuana legalization in Washington, D.C. Obama's addition of a si…
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  KRQE -  DENVER (AP) — Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It’s an urban legend that won’t go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can&rsq…
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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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  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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  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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  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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  The Hill - Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn&r…
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  Bloomberg -   The president said he has directed the Justice Department to look at how the federal government deals with non-violent drug offenders. President Obama is not going to stand in the way of U.S. states that want to get hi…
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  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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  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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  Seattle Times -   Marijuana-related calls to poison-control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children. …
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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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  ABC11.com -   SEATTLE -- Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the e…
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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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  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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  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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  LA Times -   In a  rare examination of federal marijuana law, a U.S. judge in Northern California has decided to rule on the constitutionality of a 1970 act that classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug akin to LSD and heroin. …
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  The Washington Post - SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug seizure statistics show, in a new sign that America’s marijuana decrim…
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  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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  Reason.com -   The collapse of pot prohibition divides Republicans and exposes fair-weather federalists. At the end of last month, seven Republican members of Oklahoma's legislature, including five of the most conservative, publ…
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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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  Forbes -   Excited Coloradans thought legalizing marijuana would mean huge tax revenues. They were hardly alone. Nationwide, with medical marijuana, and especially with recreational, the drum beat has been about money, jobs, real estate…
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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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  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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  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 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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  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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  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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  New York Times -  SEATTLE — A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medi…
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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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  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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  Forbes -  Taxes on marijuana are big, and it’s easy to see why. A discussion about legalizing marijuana often segues into one about tax revenues. Marijuana for medical use is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Recrea…
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  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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  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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  Entrepreneur -  The bed was a mattress on the floor, the night tables two cardboard boxes. It wasn’t exactly what Ata Gonzalez and his wife had envisioned. Just a couple of years earlier, they had made millions in the Florida real…
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  New York Times -   BOULDER, Colo. — Recreational marijuana is both illegal and controversial in most of the country, and its relationship to food does not rise much above a joke about brownies or a stoner chef’s late-night p…
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  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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  VOX.com -  A federal survey found big increases in Colorado and Washington state   The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) broke down state-by-state marijuana use during a 2011-2012 period and a 2012-2013 period.…
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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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  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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  LA Times -  Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill's passa…
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  Yahoo News -  WASHINGTON (AP) — It's easy for Congress to meddle with the District of Columbia's decision to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but taking on the states is a different matter. A catch-all spending …
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  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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  Huffington Post -  Congress dealt a historic blow to the United States' decades-long war on drugs Saturday with the passage of the federal spending bill, which contains protections for medical marijuana and industrial hemp operation…
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  Washington Post - Andy Harris, a Republican, represents Maryland’s 1st Congressional District in the House, where Joe Pitts, a Republican, represents Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District. Many have asked why Republican …
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  SFGate - In a landmark moment for cannabis law reform, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Thursday night to de-fund the federal war on medical marijuana. The provision passed the Senate Saturday and is expected to be s…
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  Huffington Post -  GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legali…
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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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  Watchdog.org -   Medical marijuana legislation will get a second chance in 2015. The bipartisan pair of state senators who pushed for legalization during 2014 announced this week they will re-introduce the same text of a bill approv…
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  Realtor.com -   As marijuana becomes legal in more parts of the country, those in the real-estate industry are finding the new laws have implications for properties of every variety, from residential to industrial to retail. Some of…
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  Washington Post -  Most Wyoming residents say they’re in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical, but not recreational, use according to a University of Wyoming poll. The poll, which included 768 residents statewide and was …
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  Forbes - With all the upheaval in Washington, it isn’t likely that federal proposals to tax marijuana will pass anytime soon. Yet as Professor Paul Caron catalogs, economists are looking anew at the proposed Marijuana Tax Equity Act (H…
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  Huffington Post -   UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. -- A summary posted to the House Appropriations website Tuesday evening says the spending bill Congress will consider this week "prohibits both federal and local funds from being used to implem…
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  The Hill -  After regaining the majority for the 114th Congress just a few short weeks ago, some Republicans are already plotting ways to block Washington, D.C.'s move to legalize recreational marijuana.  Rep. Andy Harris (…
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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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  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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  International Business Times -  Hitting a bong is less harmful than hitting the bottle, advocates of marijuana legalization have claimed. As states increasingly move toward legalizing recreational pot, concerns over what constitutes res…
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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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  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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  The Atlantic -  In November, Washington voted to allow marijuana possession, but that doesn't mean district denizens can light up just yet. Imagine your state just passed a law legalizing marijuana in small amounts. If you are a…
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  Huffington Post -   ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking a crowd of eager foodies through a demo on cooking with marijuana. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused…
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  Forbes - There are now 24 jurisdictions with laws that legalize use of marijuana for medical purposes. Five of those jurisdictions—Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia—have gone so far as to legalize…
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  The Register-Guard -   The election is over, and Oregon’s voters have spoken. By a wide margin, Oregon followed voters in Colorado and Washington and legalized recreational marijuana for adults. The will of the majority was clear:…
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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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  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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  Quartz -  When Uruguayans go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president, the results could have lasting impacts on drug policy around the world. With the country’s landmark marijuana legalization bill last year, Uruguay b…
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  The Washington Post -  With the legalization of marijuana by District voters this month, the fun begins for some, and pitfalls begin for others. As the kinks are worked out before the distribution and sales arrangements are unveiled, we…
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  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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  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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  Reason.com -  In a radio interview on August 18, a self-identified friend of Darren Wilson's reported that the police officer suspected Michael Brown was under the influence of drugs the day Wilson shot him to death in Ferguson, Mis…
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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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  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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  MSNBC -  Colorado’s grand cannabis experiment has captured the imagination of America. After 75 years of marijuana prohibition, the state’s voters amended their constitution and legalized marijuana in all forms. The results …
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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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  Washington Post -   On Tuesday, a D.C. Council committee is scheduled to take up the Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013 — a bill that would allow for the sale, taxation and regulation of legal marijuana in the Distr…
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  Seattle Times -  State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles plans to propose a bill that would regulate medical and recreational marijuana in a single system, allow home growing of six marijuana plants for all adults 21 and older and slash pot taxes…
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  Bankrate -   America's growing acceptance of pot for medicinal and recreational use raises the question: How might your home, auto, health and life insurance change as a result of legalized marijuana? Americans like pot more tha…
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  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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  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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  Huffington Post -   The movement to end marijuana prohibition has made significant progress recently, but it could all be undone when the next president takes office in 2017. Harvard economist Jeff Miron, a vocal supporter of mariju…
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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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  Forbes -   On Tuesday, the family of deceased musician and celebrated marijuana user Bob Marley announced what it claimed will be the first global cannabis brand, Marley Natural. Marijuana is a growth industry—and increasingly…
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  CBS News -  That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests. Blood vessel function in labo…
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  NBC Right Now -  PORTLAND, OR. - Oregon cities say they'll try to get the Legislature next year to allow them to tax marijuana once it's legal in the state. Proponents of the Oregon marijuana measure say it prohibits local t…
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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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  Substance.com -  Marijuana-as-medicine is now firmly established, and many of us have used it to wean ourselves off more dangerous drugs. Yet pot has always been considered unacceptable in AA and NA. In the new legal climate, will this …
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  Vox.com -  Nearly half the states in the US now allow medical marijuana. But even as the drug's legal medicinal use spreads throughout the country, there's a lot of confusion over what, exactly, medical marijuana is all about. …
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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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  New York Times -   The voters of Washington, D.C. have overwhelmingly approved the legalization of cannabis under a system known as “grow and give” – every resident will be allowed to grow cannabis at home and to give …
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  Forbes -  At a press conference yesterday, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s congressional delegate, urged her colleagues to respect the will of the voters who overwhelmingly approved marijuana legalization in the …
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  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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  USA Today -   Times have surely changed over the past decade, and marijuana's perception among the public is only gaining steam. In the past month, voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., decided to approve marijuana for…
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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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  TheStreet.com -   NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Marlboro cigarette maker Altria (MO) controls 50.9% of the U.S. cigarette market. The company is still gaining market share; one year ago the company controlled 50.7% of the U.S. cigarette marke…
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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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  The Washington Post - Tuesday’s elections were described by some as the “marijuana midterms” even before the first votes were cast. The results lived up to that moniker, as Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., voted to lega…
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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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  Slate.com - With Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia passing measures on Nov. 4 to legalize recreational marijuana, joining Colorado and Washington as U.S. regions where the sale of the drug is (or will be) legal, I thought it might…
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  The Washington Post -  It was Election Day in the District, but as Ian Hilton walked past a polling place on Vermont Avenue NW, he was stunned to detect the pungent scent of pot in the air. “Usually, I don’t smell anyone…
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  Yahoo.com - With medical marijuana use now legalized in nearly half the states in the U.S. — and recreational toking allowed in both Colorado and Washington — comes a growing buzz of concern about what more pot smoking might mean…
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  Oregon Live -  After voters in Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, Alison Holcomb would tell pot activists it was too early to say that the rest of America was ready to accept the drug. Holcomb, an American …
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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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  NPR -  Voters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Some residents say decriminalizing pot will lead to more illegal activity in their neighborhood.   Now, voters in …
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  The Oregonian -  Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington county district attorneys say they’ll revisit pending marijuana cases, including violation-level possession offenses, in light of Measure 91's passage this week. On Tues…
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  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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  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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  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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  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 - 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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  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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  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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  NPR - There has been a lot of talk recently about marijuana legalization — increasing tax revenue for states, getting nonviolent offenders out of the prison system, protecting personal liberty, possible health benefits for those with s…
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  Reuters -  Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead of a referendum next week. The proposed legislation to regulate marijuan…
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  Vox.com - Voters in three states and Washington, DC, will decide next Tuesday whether to legalize marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. Ballot initiatives can work well for some issues. If voters approve same-sex marriage, the…
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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 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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  The Huffington Post - A coalition of law enforcers has come out in support of marijuana legalization in Oregon, less than a week before voters will decide the issue at the polls. "Treating marijuana as a crime has failed," 30 f…
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  The Oregonian -  Walk into most medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon and you're bound to find Blue Dream and Blackberry Kush on the shelf. You’ll likely spot Blue Magoo, Jack Herer and Cinex, too. Turns out those are t…
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  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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  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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  SF Gate - Marijuana users and growers usually try to stay out of federal courts, which strictly enforce the nationwide laws against the drug and have rebuffed challenges to the government’s classification of pot as one of the most dang…
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  Huffington Post -  If all 50 states legalized marijuana and the federal government ended prohibition of the plant, the marijuana industry in the United States would be worth $35 billion just six years from now. That's according …
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  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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  Washington Post - A 2012 Duke University study made international headlines when it purported to find a link between heavy marijuana use and IQ decline among teenagers. Other researchers questioned the findings almost immediately: Columbia U…
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  Washington Post -  MOST VOTES have yet to be cast in the District’s referendum on legalizing marijuana, but the D.C. Council is already making plans on how to regulate sales. The premature move is in keeping with the heedless rush…
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  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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  The Washington Post -  Advocates of legalizing marijuana should be pleased: Legalization enjoys strong support in Delaware, a 2016 target for the movement. Legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use enjoys 56 percent support in…
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  The Washington Post -  Dr. Joseph Perrone is the chief science officer at the Center for Accountability in Science, a project of the nonprofit Center for Organizational Research and Education, which is supported by businesses and founda…
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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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  CNN - Washington (CNN) -- When Hillary Clinton graduated from Wellesley College in 1969 -- where the future first lady and Secretary of State says she did not try marijuana -- only 12% of Americans wanted to legalize the drug.   …
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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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  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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  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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  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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  Washington Post BLOG - You may have read this week that a new "20-year research study" on marijuana use "finally demolishes claims that smoking marijuana is harmless," and has found that it "makes you stupid," t…
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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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  The Oregonian -  Rick Steves, the travel guru who was a key supporter of Washington's recreational marijuana law in 2012, arrives in Oregon Tuesday to kick off a 9-stop tour promoting the campaign to legalize pot.   Ste…
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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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  CT Now - Medical marijuana hit the shelves in Connecticut just two weeks ago, but there's already been a push to change state regulations about how the medication is sold to chronically ill patients.   "Our Plant, Our R…
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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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  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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  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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  New York Times - THE CULTURE HIGH   Opens on Friday   Directed by Brett Harvey   2 hours; not rated   With legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington and interest elsewhere to fol…
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  The Washington Post -  Advocates have taken first steps toward getting marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot in at least six states, with two more joining the growing list this week.   In Maine, advocates formed a polit…
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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 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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  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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  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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  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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  Healthworks Collective -  Unless you have been living under a rock for the past five years, you know that marijuana is making its way into more and more peoples’ lives. Many things have been debated, like the efficacy of medical m…
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  Vox.com - In an interview with Yahoo News's Katie Couric on Tuesday, US Attorney General Eric Holder, the head of the Department of Justice, said it's time to reconsider marijuana's legal classification in the federal government&…
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  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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  Harvard Law - As state medical marijuana laws proliferate throughout the country, companies are trying to secure their own piece of the action. In July 2014, a San Francisco-based start-up company, called Eaze, launched a mobile application …
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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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  SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - AP.org — The author of Washington's recreational marijuana law has suggested that Spokane test its sewage for traces of the cannabis chemical THC, to get a more accurate picture of pot use by residen…
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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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  PROVIDENCE — A panel of medical experts gathered at Butler Hospital on Monday and condemned the acceptance of marijuana as a harmless drug, saying that cannabis is especially harmful to adolescents and saps their motivation to work har…
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  During the 2012 election season, voters in Colorado and Washington passed ballot measures to legalize the use and possession of marijuana in small amounts. Service members from all components should understand clearly how these changing stat…
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  SEATTLE - Seattle's elected prosecutor says he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with …
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  Supporters of an effort to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016 have filed paperwork with state elections officials, allowing them to raise money to campaign for the citizens initiative.   The Marijuana Policy Project of Ariz…
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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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  With marijuana legalization now underway in two states, a new major industry is beginning to form around selling legal pot for profit. As more states consider whether to take on legalization, the rising industry has become the main target fo…
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  States such as Alaska, Florida and Oregon stand to collect millions in marijuana tax revenue if they legalize the drug on Nov. 4. That’s when citizens in Alaska, Florida, Oregon and Washington, D.C., will cast their ballots on marijuan…
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  CHICAGO (AP) - With a Monday afternoon deadline approaching, people who want to own medical marijuana businesses in Illinois are hurrying to complete their applications for a limited number of permits.   Two state agencies - the…
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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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  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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  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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  Showing up to work high? You're not alone.   A new report has found nearly 1 in 10 Americans are showing up to work high on marijuana. Mashable.com conducted the survey in partnership with SurveyMonkey, and found 9.7 percent…
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  DENVER — The Wilson family left behind their home in Scotch Plains, their family and friends and everything familiar for a moment like this.   On Aug. 22, Brian Wilson took his daughters Adele, 5, and Vivian, 3, to the Den…
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  Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.   In 1973, Oregon became the first state to decrim…
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  VALPARAISO — With marijuana legal in Colorado and Washington, and medical marijuana legal in 23 states so far, panelists from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties met Friday for a sweeping discussion of why people use the drug.  …
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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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  As reported by The Washington Post, the Marijuana Policy Project, in partnership with marijuana industry leader Medbox, Inc., is now launching a $75,000 public education campaign to counter what communications director, Mason Tvert, describe…
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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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  Tired of Cheech & Chong pot jokes and ominous anti-drug campaigns, the marijuana industry and activists are starting an ad blitz in Colorado aimed at promoting moderation and the safe consumption of pot.   To get their messa…
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  The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015.   State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act during the next legislative session, which begins in J…
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  In the first year of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, the drug showed up on 20 percent more employment-related drug tests performed by Quest Diagnostics, according to the company.   The science behind the drug tests…
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  The campaign to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital has settled on its slogans for D.C. voters.   The two lines were not tested with focus groups or polled for impact, but campaign chairman Adam Eidinger said he is …
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  Even more states could vote to legalize marijuana this year, as pro-pot advocates look to capitalize on changing voter attitudes to replicate their recent successes in Colorado and Washington state.    The legalization ques…
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  Dispensary seen as milestone for marijuana advocates; concern for others EL CAJON  — San Diego County recently joined a growing list of places across the country where people can legally buy marijuana, when a county-approved d…
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  DENVER — Colorado opened up a new frontier in January when voters approved the recreational use of marijuana.   Since then, it’s led to new jobs in the industry and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue for the …
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  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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  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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  Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs.   The comments came during an inter…
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  Two Area Men Sentenced For Growing Marijuana On Federal Land In Highland County: Joaquin Vicencio, Joaquin Cortes Were Convicted of Operating One of the Largest Outdoor Marijuana Grow Operations in the Area   A pair of men, prev…
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  People in Philadelphia caught with small amounts of marijuana or smoking it in public may soon face no more than a written citation and a modest fine as the City Council moved Thursday to decriminalize the drug after a reversal by Mayor Mich…
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  States appear increasingly unhappy with federal marijuana policy.  Two dozen states allow medical marijuana under state law, over a dozen states have largely decriminalized marijuana possession, and two states — Colorado and Washi…
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  Young adults tend to be the least likely to vote in Oregon – particularly in non-presidential years.   But the campaigns aimed at legalizing marijuana and requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods see young voters…
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  COLUMBUS — Democrat Ed FitzGerald has quietly become the first candidate of a major party for Ohio governor to endorse legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.   The Cuyahoga County executive and former FBI agent an…
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  I don’t envy the folks over at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) who are charged with implementing Nevada’s new licensing process for Medical Marijuana Establishments (MMEs) and are presently evaluating o…
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  GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As marijuana laws ease, traffic-safety officials worry that motorists under the influence of the drug will make the nation’s roads more dangerous.   Already, two states - Colorado and Washington &n…
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  The federal government maintains the authority to curb funding to states that allow welfare recipients to use their EBT cards in liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs, but that power doesn't extend to marijuana dispensaries, Health and …
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  Months after ordering tests to determine the potency of Colorado-grown pot, state regulators are zeroing in on another concern: How sick one can get from a bad batch?   Sometime in the coming months, recreational marijuana produ…
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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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  Despite a shortage of research on the topic, it's been suggested that drugs affect men and women differently. And because of the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington and medical marijuana in 23 states,…
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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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Specialty brokers looking to get insurers hooked on emerging industry. The legal marijuana industry in the United States is experiencing tremendous growth.   Legal cannabis markets in the United States are expected to grow 700 percent over…
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Nearly two years after Massachusetts voters approved medical marijuana, nine distribution centers are to open next year in places like Brookline, Lowell, Salem, and Quincy. The state licensing process for these dispensaries has been convoluted. And yet…
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Laurie Ritchie prides herself on being an open-minded parent. She voted in favor of legalizing marijuana two years ago. She started talking to her daughters about drug use around the same time. She hasn't stopped.   Now that recreat…
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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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  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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by Matt Kreamer   Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham opened its doors at 8 a.m. today, kicking off the first legal marijuana sales in Washington.   Cole Holdsworth and Sarah Gorton of Kansas, who arrived about 4 a.m., we…
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  They haven’t run out of all supply yet but the manager of a cannabis store in Bellingham says it has been a hectic first day of sales.   She says one strain of the drug is completely gone but Top Shelf Cannabis did anticip…
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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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Georgia, a 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is a medical marijuana patient. Kelly Conway, Georgia's owner, takes some heat when she tells friends about the unorthodox treatment.   "People will say they can't believe I…
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