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Study debunks claims against cannabis retail

 

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A new study, 'Special Report: Debunking Dispensary Myths,' found that, "the published research finds that legal retailers are safe, responsible neighbors."

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Michigan: Cannabis Industry Association Capitol Protests

 

Lansing, MI – Today two sides of Michigan’s cannabis industry protested in front of the State Capitol Building in a debate over how the industry should move forward. The sides have been in court disputing whether the licensed dispensaries should be allowed to continue selling caregiver products as an interim solution until more growers and processors are operational.

While the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association is not taking sides in the debate, MICIA spokesperson Josh Hovey issued the following statement:

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The First Obituary of Steven Hager

 

By Paul Krassner

It’s a sad irony. When Steven Hager was the editor of High Times magazine, he was contacted by the Waldos -- a group of high school students who coined 4:20 as the time to toke at the intermission between their classes each day. He became the first journalist to interview them. However, he chose to commit suicide today, on Mount Tam, at 4:20 a.m. on the 20th of April, sort of like a contemporary marijuana boomerang.

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Washington: Adult Cannabis Cultivation Bill, HB 2559, Seeking Public Comment

 

HB 2559 would allow non-medical home cultivation of marijuana in Washington state

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

On Monday, January 15, the Washington state legislature will discuss the adult home grow bill, HB 2559, in the Commerce and Gaming Committee. The hearing, which is scheduled to be in House Hearing Rm C at 1:30pm in the John L. O'Brien Building in Olympia, WA, is sure to bring cannabis advocates from across the state to the Capitol.

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U.S.: Former US Deputy Attorney General Cole’s reaction to Sessions’ Rescission

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Former US Deputy Attorney General and author of the Cole Memos, James Cole was recently a guest on Cannabis Economy Podcast with Seth Adler. In the conversation, Cole shared what the rescission of the Cole Memos and the Ogden Memo means for legal cannabis and the questions that the action raises.

“The FinCen memo may kind of die of its own weight because it is based on compliance with the Cole Memo. So there's a question about whether the FinCen memo, which has not been withdrawn still exists,” said Cole. The third Cole Memo was released in concert with the FinCen memo, which outlines guidance on banking expectations for state legal cannabis.

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New York: Longtime High Times Editor Sues Magazine Over Ouster

 

There Is a Truth That Must Be Heard MANHATTAN – The former editor of High Times magazine claims in court that he was defrauded of his shares in the counter-culture monthly.

Represented by the Clancy Law Firm, Steven Hager brought his Jan. 9 suit in Manhattan Supreme Court some six months after Adam Levin’s Oreva Group bought a majority stake in the once family-owned magazine for $42 million.

Hager notes that he had been editor of High Times since 1998 but that his relationship with the magazine soured in 2013. As explained in a recent blog post, Hager at the time was nursing plans to enter the Sundance Film Festival.

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Vermont: Senate Passes Recreational Cannabis Bill, Governor Expected to Sign

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

MONTPELIER — Today, Vermont's state Senate passed a bill which would legalize social cannabis use for adults over the age of 21.

Under the Vermont legislation, an earlier version of which passed the Senate last summer, commercial sales of cannabis would not be allowed. But if the proposal is enacted, as is expected, the state would become the first to legalize marijuana by an act of lawmakers.

Gov. Phil Scott (R), who is expected to sign the bill, vetoed a social cannabis bill last May, stating he wasn't opposed to social cannabis but wanted to form a committee to study the issue's implementation in Vermont.

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Global: Oregonian Being Held In El Salvador for 36 Grams of Cannabis

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Clay Pierce, an Oregon medical marijuana cardholder, is imprisoned in the notorious Mariona prison in El Salvador for 36 grams of cannabis. This story is an important notice to all Oregonians: just because you are traveling from one legal cannabis location to another, we must be aware of the laws in our connecting flight locations.

In October, Mr. Pierce sold everything he had in Oregon and was moving to Colombia when his flight to Colombia had a brief scheduled stop in San Salvador, the capitol of El Salvador.

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U.S.: Attorney General Sessions to Rescind Memo on State Cannabis Laws

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Earlier this morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to rescind Obama-era guidance, aka the Cole Memo, which has generally allowed states to implement their own cannabis laws without federal interference.

The Obama Justice Department deputy attorney general, who authored it in 2013, set out certain criteria that would allow states to implement their own laws mostly without intervention, if followed. The focus of the memo was interstate trafficking and abuse.

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Wisconsin: Medical Cannabis Advocate, Jacki Rickert, Passes Away

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Wisconsin medical marijuana patient and activist, Jacki Rickert, passed away on December 26 at the age of 66. Rickert, who suffered from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a connective-tissue disorder in which her joints become dislocated easily, was a determined Midwest activist who fought for her right to treat her condition with cannabis.

Rickert was an active swimmer, gymnast and horseback rider before being diagnosed with the syndrome at the age of 21, and discovered that cannabis could help her control the dislocations and keep her other medications down.

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South Carolina: Twenty Farmers Selected for Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

In South Carolina, twenty farmers from fifteen counties will participate in South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s (SCDA) 2018 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Throughout the state, 131 applications were submitted for the pilot program. Participants were selected based on agriculture experience, geographic balance across South Carolina, accredited college/university partner, purpose of the crop, processor experience and the ability to secure needed equipment and financing.

Farmers in the pilot program will be working with the University of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, Clemson University and USC Beaufort.

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Michigan: Marijuana Legalization Campaign Submits 360,000 Signatures to Place Issue on 2018 Ballot

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

LANSING, MI — The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in more than 360,000 signatures earlier this month calling for its marijuana legalization initiative to be placed on Michigan’s November 2018 ballot. The state Board of Canvassers approved ballot language on May 18 of this year. Shortly afterward, the campaign began its 180-day statewide signature collection effort using both volunteer and paid signature collectors.

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Connecticut: Hartford City Council Unanimously Endorses Marijuana Legalization

 

Resolution urges support for legislation that would regulate and tax marijuana for adults in Connecticut

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

HARTFORD, Conn. — At a meeting Monday evening, the Hartford Court of Common Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution in support of making cannabis legal and regulated for adults in Connecticut.

The resolution specifically recommends that the Hartford Delegation of elected representatives support the passage of state legislation to legalize and tax cannabis in 2018 and insist on measures to ensure racial equity in ownership and employment in the resulting cannabis industry. It also directs the city to conduct an economic impact study for a potential cannabis industry in Hartford and hold public forums to hear from residents.

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U.S.: Is hemp the next big cash crop?

 

There Is a Truth That Must Be Heard ITHACA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Some New York farmers believe they’ve found the state’s next big cash crop: hemp.

A Florida woman posted a video using Facebook Live where she exclaimed at how excited she was to find hemp at a Whole Foods Market. But the product was from Upstate New York.

The hemp was from JD Farms in Eaton, N.Y. It’s the state’s first legal hemp farm in decades.

“We had the idea of hemp as an organic cover crop, initially,” Daniel Dolgin said.

Dolgin left the White House for the farm house. After working in counterterrorism for many years, he now co-owns JD Farms with his business partner Mark Justh.

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U.S.: Delaware on track to legalize recreational marijuana next year

 

There Is a Truth That Must Be Heard Delaware could very well live up to its nickname and become the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation, as the Adult Use Cannabis Task Force continues the effort to study the possibility.

The task force, comprised of several state agencies, was formed earlier this year through a concurrent resolution passed by the General Assembly to study the outcome of regulating and taxing marijuana for recreational use in Delaware for adults 21 and older.

The task force, co-chaired by State Senator Margaret Rose-Henry and State Representative Helene Keeley, has met once a month since its inception to discuss and study the possibility of legalizing marijuana recreationally.

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U.S.: DEA Wants Feds To Grow Almost 1,000 Pounds Of Marijuana Next Year

 

There Is a Truth That Must Be Heard 443,680 grams.

That's how much marijuana the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wants federally-licensed researchers to grow for use in scientific studies in 2018.

That amounts to a little more than 978 pounds of government-cultivated cannabis.

While that may sound like a lot, it's actually a slight decrease from this year's level.

The 2018 aggregate production quotas that DEA laid out in a Federal Register filing slated for publication on Wednesday are amounts the agency thinks will "provide for the estimated medical, scientific, research [and] industrial needs of the United States, lawful export requirements, and the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks."

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Illinois: Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (Economic Development)

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Chicago, IL - State lawmakers continued their in-depth look at cannabis policy reform earlier this week as they heard testimony on the economic boost Illinois could expect following the end of cannabis prohibition. Travel icon Rick Steves, Colorado State Rep. Dan Pabon, economist Adam Orens, and several Illinois business owners discussed the benefits and challenges Illinois could expect upon adopting a better law.

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Maine: Prohibitionist Governor Vetoes Cannabis Regulation and Implementation Bill

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Last Friday, Gov. Paul LePage followed through on threats to veto legislation that would have started the process of implementing a regulated cannabis market that Maine voters called for when they approved Question 1 in 2016.

The progressive bill, LD 1650, which was supported overwhelmingly in the House and Senate, would have created rules for cultivation, processing, and retail establishments, as well as set tax rates for adult-use and delay cannabis social consumption lounges until summer 2019.

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U.S.: Record-High Support for Legalizing Cannabis Use, Gallup Poll Finds

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Americans are warming up to legalizing cannabis, with 64% now saying its use should be made legal. This is the highest level of public support a Gallup poll has found for the proposal in nearly a half-century of measurement.

The latest figure, based on an Oct. 5-11 Gallup poll, follows shifts in the U.S. legal landscape regarding marijuana since Gallup's 2016 measure. While still illegal at the federal level, the issue was featured on a number of state ballot initiatives in 2016, and with eight states and the District of Columbia having fully legalized marijuana, more than one in five Americans live in a state where they can legally enjoy use of the drug.

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Illinois: High School Newspaper Confiscated For Cannabis Content

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Last month, prohibitionist administrators at Evanston Township High School confiscated an issue of the student newspaper, declaring it glorified drug use, drug dealing and promoted illegal conduct. Last week, at the meeting of the District 202 school board, the student journalists and first amendment legal advocates argued that the school may have violated state law by failing to show justification before confiscating the paper, which included coverage on cannabis use and policy.

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U.S.: Northern Michigan University Offering Cannabis Degree

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Northern Michigan University in Marquette is offering a cannabis degree. The four-year medicinal plant chemistry degree geared toward the emerging cannabis industry includes classes such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, soils, bio-statistics, genetics, biology, gas and liquid chromatography, accounting, financial management and perspectives on society.

Other colleges and universities in the U.S., namely Harvard, Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University and University of Denver, offer a variety of classes on cannabis policy and law.

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Georgia: Atlanta Decriminalizes Marijuana

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that he signed the historic city council ordinance decriminalizing marijuana.

“I am pleased to sign this ordinance, which eliminates jail time as a penalty for a conviction for possession of less than an ounce, into law,” Reed said. “People of color, young and low-income people are disproportionately jailed – with sentences up to six months – for possessing small amounts of marijuana. An average of 1,000 people are arrested each year in Atlanta for possession only. We needed to change that. I believe our public safety resources are better directed to stopping and preventing violent crime.”

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U.S.: Support The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

This legislative session, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced comprehensive cannabis reform legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. If passed, the bill would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.

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Canada: Quebec Sets Minimum Age for Cannabis Consumption at 18

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Last Thursday, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard made the call that the minimum age for the consumption of legal cannabis in Quebec will be 18.

After several caucus meetings, where everyone was allowed to express their views on the hot issue, Couillard made a ultimate decision, opting for 18 instead of 21 as some requested, government sources confirmed on Friday.

The opposition Coalition, led by Avenir Québec, had also been calling for age 21 because they believed smoking cannabis at such a young age can have negative effects on the brain. Health Minister Dr. Gaétan Barrette was pushing for age 21, but voted for 18, after reconsidering.

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Georgia: Atlanta City Council Votes To Decriminalize Cannabis

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

On Monday, the Atlanta City Council voted to decriminalize cannabis in an unanimous decision. After the historic 15-0 vote from the City Council, the proposed ordinance was sent to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to either sign or veto the legislation. If the mayor signs it, which he said he intends to, the ordinance will become city law.

After the vote, Mayor Reed indicated that he was interested in signing the legislation. In a tweet, the mayor thanked council members for their "leadership on marijuana reform."

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Lesotho: Kingdom Becomes First African Country to Legalize Cannabis

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Lesotho, a country of two-million people surrounded by South Africa, is perfectly situated to produce large volumes of high quality, low cost cannabis due to its expertise in high altitude cultivation.

For many years, Lesotho’s farmers have been growing cannabis for consumption at home and exporting their harvest across the border in South Africa. Similarly, in Swaziland, growing cannabis and exporting the herb to South Africa has provided for many families, despite the plant being outlawed.

Cannabis is not yet fully legal in South Africa, so citizens cannot legally cultivate, sell or smoke, and how the court ruling applies is still somewhat obscure, but it seems, globally, cannabis culture is becoming more tolerated.

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U.S.: FBI Reports 653,249 Arrests for Cannabis in 2016

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

An estimated 653,249 arrests were made nationwide for cannabis in 2016, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Crime In the United States (CIUS) report. The staggering data equates to one person being arrested for cannabis approximately every 48 seconds on average in the United States.

In the U.S. today, arresting and citing over half a million people a year for a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol is a travesty that needs to end.

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Washington: Cannabis Freedom Fighter, Rainbow Valley Founder, Gideon Israel Passes Away

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Gideon Israel, 68, cannabis activist and winner of the High Times Freedom Fighter of the Year award in 1999, died on September 8 in Olympia, Washington. Born Jeff McMonagle, Israel grew up in Lacey, Washington and attended North Thurston High School, legally changing his name after joining the Love Family.

Israel often held public, utopian gatherings at his 42-acre property, Rainbow Valley, in south Thurston County, Washington, until the authorities shut him down and seized the property. Israel was a polarizing figure in Thurston County for decades because he clashed with local authorities over the festivals he hosted at Rainbow Valley, according to the Olympian.

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Colorado: Cultivating Agricultural Hemp on the Western Slope

 

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Grand Junction, CO - Industrial hemp has only been in the Grand Valley for a few years, but continuous growth in the industry has farmers looking to cultivate a multimillion-dollar industry.

"It's life-changing. Every single day, we're finding more and more uses for it. Hemp was so widely used back in the day, just the amount of paper we can save converting, it's really awesome," said Tanner Willis, Owner of Colorado Hemp Solutions.

This month, at the Industrial Hemp Regional Resource Development Round-table in Montrose, leaders from government and economic agencies from around the Western Slope gathered together to discuss using hemp as an economic development tool.

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Virginia: Researchers Seek to Expand Hemp Industry, Farmers Seek New Cash Crop

 

Virginia Tech researchers hoping to expand hemp industry, farmers hope hemp will become new cash crop

By Michael Bachara
Hemp News

Every year, the U.S. imports hundreds of millions of dollars in industrial hemp. However, industrial hemp cannot legally be grown in the U.S. because of an unscrupulous outdated law.

Hemp proponents looking to change the law say thousands of jobs would open up and hundreds of millions of dollars could be generated.

"We're talking tens of thousands of jobs," says Kimley Banks, Agriculture Marketing Director for Halifax County.

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These Michigan marijuana shops are already open and selling - Detroit Free Press

 

These Michigan marijuana shops are already open and selling  Detroit Free Press

What Wisconsinites should know now that recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan and soon will be in Illinois - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

What Wisconsinites should know now that recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan and soon will be in Illinois  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. Here’s How Communities Across the State Are Dealing With the New Law. - ProPublica

 

Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. Here’s How Communities Across the State Are Dealing With the New Law.  ProPublica

Six with lung illness linked to regulated marijuana vapes, state says - The Boston Globe

 

Six with lung illness linked to regulated marijuana vapes, state says  The Boston Globe

Race is on for recreational marijuana licenses - WGME

 

Race is on for recreational marijuana licenses  WGME

Missouri will award marijuana dispensary licenses in January, most others more quickly - News-Leader

 

Missouri will award marijuana dispensary licenses in January, most others more quickly  News-Leader

29 words to know if you're interested in buying legal pot - Detroit Free Press

 

29 words to know if you're interested in buying legal pot  Detroit Free Press

Where can you smoke marijuana in Chicago? Backyards, balconies OK, Lightfoot says - Chicago Tribune

 

Where can you smoke marijuana in Chicago? Backyards, balconies OK, Lightfoot says  Chicago Tribune

Recreational marijuana gets a yes vote in this Florida poll - Sun Sentinel

 

Recreational marijuana gets a yes vote in this Florida poll  Sun Sentinel

Willie Nelson Will 'Never Stop Enjoying' Marijuana Despite Quitting Smoking, Son Says - Marijuana Moment

 

Willie Nelson Will 'Never Stop Enjoying' Marijuana Despite Quitting Smoking, Son Says  Marijuana Moment

Indiana residents near western border prepare for legal recreational marijuana sales in Illinois - Fox 59

 

Indiana residents near western border prepare for legal recreational marijuana sales in Illinois  Fox 59

Police raid suspected marijuana shop above Georgetown book store - The Washington Post

 

Police raid suspected marijuana shop above Georgetown book store  The Washington Post

Recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan and will soon be legal in Illinois. Here's what to know - USA TODAY

 

Recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan and will soon be legal in Illinois. Here's what to know  USA TODAY

Marijuana legalization: Michigan starts recreational sales - Vox.com

 

Marijuana legalization: Michigan starts recreational sales  Vox.com

Limits on recreational marijuana sellers raise concerns among activists, applicants - WGN TV Chicago

 

Limits on recreational marijuana sellers raise concerns among activists, applicants  WGN TV Chicago

Can marijuana kill you? - Medical News Today

 

Can marijuana kill you?  Medical News Today

Is There Enough Growth in Medical Marijuana Stocks? - Motley Fool

 

Is There Enough Growth in Medical Marijuana Stocks?  Motley Fool

Ohio sex offender with 'Pot Head,' marijuana tattoos on his face is wanted by police - Fox News

 

Ohio sex offender with 'Pot Head,' marijuana tattoos on his face is wanted by police  Fox News

Chicago Police Department releases marijuana facts video on where you can, can't smoke - WLS-TV

 

Chicago Police Department releases marijuana facts video on where you can, can't smoke  WLS-TV

MedMen medical marijuana dispensary opens in downtown Sarasota - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

 

MedMen medical marijuana dispensary opens in downtown Sarasota  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Letter from the Editor: We aim to clear the haze on legalized marijuana - MLive.com

 

Letter from the Editor: We aim to clear the haze on legalized marijuana  MLive.com

Ann Arbor may skip scoring process for marijuana shop permits - MLive.com

 

Ann Arbor may skip scoring process for marijuana shop permits  MLive.com

After 54 marijuana plants found at Westminster home, two people charged with manufacturing - Baltimore Sun

 

After 54 marijuana plants found at Westminster home, two people charged with manufacturing  Baltimore Sun

This effort to decriminalize marijuana nationally is even getting Republican support - McClatchy Washington Bureau

 

This effort to decriminalize marijuana nationally is even getting Republican support  McClatchy Washington Bureau

Marijuana Could Offer Relief From Migraine Pain - WebMD

 

Marijuana Could Offer Relief From Migraine Pain  WebMD

Buying recreational marijuana to be different for Illinoisans, Iowans - KWQC-TV6

 

Buying recreational marijuana to be different for Illinoisans, Iowans  KWQC-TV6

On Black Friday, HEXO Announced It Will Take On the Marijuana Black Market - Motley Fool

 

On Black Friday, HEXO Announced It Will Take On the Marijuana Black Market  Motley Fool

Recreational marijuana in Chicago is coming soon, but aldermen want more minority participation - Chicago Tribune

 

Recreational marijuana in Chicago is coming soon, but aldermen want more minority participation  Chicago Tribune

‘I Don’t Smoke Anymore’: Wille Nelson Gives Up Marijuana For Health Reasons - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

 

‘I Don’t Smoke Anymore’: Wille Nelson Gives Up Marijuana For Health Reasons  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Marijuana and the Myth of the “Gateway Drug” - CounterPunch

 

Marijuana and the Myth of the “Gateway Drug”  CounterPunch

First adult-use marijuana retail location in Osceola County opens - UpNorthLive.com

 

First adult-use marijuana retail location in Osceola County opens  UpNorthLive.com

Marijuana Legalization Raises Worker Safety Concerns - Bloomberg Environment

 

Marijuana Legalization Raises Worker Safety Concerns  Bloomberg Environment

Drunk fan punches trooper, marijuana customers celebrate: Top Ann Arbor headlines Dec. 1-5 - MLive.com

 

Drunk fan punches trooper, marijuana customers celebrate: Top Ann Arbor headlines Dec. 1-5  MLive.com

Over half a million marijuana vapes seized in the U.S. in the last 2 years - NBCNews.com

 

Over half a million marijuana vapes seized in the U.S. in the last 2 years  NBCNews.com

Brazil approves medical marijuana rules, blocks cannabis cultivation - Reuters

 

Brazil approves medical marijuana rules, blocks cannabis cultivation  Reuters

People Are Skipping Sleep Aids In Favor of Marijuana, Study Reports - Marijuana Moment

 

People Are Skipping Sleep Aids In Favor of Marijuana, Study Reports  Marijuana Moment

Vaping-related illness linked to regulated marijuana - WCVB Boston

 

Vaping-related illness linked to regulated marijuana  WCVB Boston

Six cases of vaping illnesses tied to marijuana vapes bought in Massachusetts dispensaries - MassLive.com

 

Six cases of vaping illnesses tied to marijuana vapes bought in Massachusetts dispensaries  MassLive.com

Evart dispensary with 12,000-plant grow to begin selling recreational marijuana Friday - MLive.com

 

Evart dispensary with 12,000-plant grow to begin selling recreational marijuana Friday  MLive.com

Marijuana Summit Will Give Virginia Governor 'More Tools' To Back Legalization, Attorney General Says - Marijuana Moment

 

Marijuana Summit Will Give Virginia Governor 'More Tools' To Back Legalization, Attorney General Says  Marijuana Moment

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