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Addictive painkiller profiteer donates $500k to fight cannabis legalization in Arizona
Insys Therapeutics, which profits off of a painkiller 50 times more potent than heroin, has donated $500,000 to a campaign opposing marijuana legalization in the US state of Arizona. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Philly420: Medical marijuana could be thriving business in Philly

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Donald Trump, ahead in new Ohio poll, swings through Cleveland: Ohio Politics Roundup
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visits a Cleveland charter school to talk education. The billionaire leads Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio by 4 points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Read more in today's Ohio Politics Roundup. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump visits a Cleveland charter school to talk education. The billionaire leads Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Ohio by 4 points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Read more in today's Ohio Politics Roundup. Trump's Throwback Thursday: During a visit to a charter school on Cleveland's East Side, Trump looked to the past while continuing to make his case for an urban agenda, cleveland.com's Andrew J. Tobias reported. "If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two World Wars, I have no doubt that we can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in the country," Trump said during his 40-minute speech, which focused on education issues. The scene at Trump's visit: Trump fans and detractors peacefully faced off before the billionaire's appearance at the Cleveland Arts & Social Sciences Academy charter school, cleveland.com reporter Henry Gomez writes. "Fans of the Republican nominee for president outnumbered the foes. Their encounter was mostly peaceful, but hardly polite," writes Gomez, who posted a video of the encounter. "Most of those outside demonstrating against Trump were abortion-rights advocates who are upset with the New York businessman's shifty, but ultimately anti-abortion stance." Background on Trump's charter school visit: The owner of the charter school Trump visited, Ron Packard, is a "major figure in the national charter school community for years," Plain Dealer reporter Patrick O'Donnell writes. "He's also made several moves in the last two years to be a significant charter school force in Ohio." Packard said he did not offer his school to Trump because he is a supporter. "My position is irrelevant," he said. "I wouldn't say I am a supporter or I'm not. I support school choice and what's relevant is the attention for high quality charter schools." Trump's visit to CASSA was not without controversy, O'Donnell writes. Critics "blasted the choice of CASSA for Trump's speech today, pointing to the school's poor grades on Ohio's 2014-15 school report cards," O'Donnell writes. "CASSA, located at 10701 Shaker Blvd., received a D for Performance Index, a composite of scores across multiple grades and subjects that Ohio uses to summarize results." Things are looking up for Trump in Ohio:  The billionaire leads Clinton in the Buckeye State by 4 points, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. "The Quinnipiac University survey marks the first time Trump has led an Ohio presidential poll since May," cleveland.com reporter Jeremy Pelzer writes. "The survey found that Trump leads Clinton 41 percent to 37 percent among likely Ohio voters. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson polled 14 percent, while the Green Party's Jill Stein had 4 percent support. In a head-to-head matchup, the poll found that Trump is ahead of Clinton 46 percent to 45 percent. "The results show that Ohio's presidential election may ultimately be decided by supporters of Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, according to Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll." Ohio generals support Clinton: Two Ohio generals stressed their support for Clinton in Cleveland on Tuesday, ahead of Trump's visit. "Four Star Retired Gen. Johnnie Wilson, who grew up in Lorain, emphasized Clinton's commitment to the military and their families -- and said he was hurt by Trump's criticism of a Khizr Khan, a Muslim American military father who lost his son in Iraq," I write in my report. "Hillary has been a staunch supporter of the military her entire adult life," Wilson said.  "She understands what a military family endures."  Higher taxes? Ten school districts across Cuyahoga County plan to ask voters in this November for more money. "Four of those issues ask voters to approve more tax dollars for expenses. Another two are bond issues that would raise money for school construction and renovation," cleveland.com reporter Robert Higgs writes. "The remaining four issues are a combination of the two - issues that would allow the district to sell bonds for construction and improvement projects and levy a tax to pay off those bonds. They also would levy an additional tax for further improvements." Protecting victims: People who survived domestic abuse can now vote in Ohio without having their address becoming public, cleveland.com reporter Emily Bamforth writes. "The Safe At Home program aims to protect Ohioans whose abusers might seek out their public information," Bamforth writes. "Its launch comes a month before the deadline for voter registration for this year's presidential election." Marijuana and Ohio: Medical marijuana became legal in Ohio on Thursday -- but patients won't be able to purchase the drug in the Buckeye State for another year or two, cleveland.com reporter Jackie Borchardt writes. "Starting today, patients who would qualify for the program have an 'affirmative defense' against prosecution for possessing marijuana and paraphernalia that would be legal under the law, if a doctor signs off," Borchardt writes. "The affirmative defense only protects patients using one of the forms described in the law: Marijuana-infused edibles, tinctures, oils, patches and plant material. The law prohibits smoking marijuana and allows vaping, but the final list of approved forms and methods will be decided by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy." The law doesn't make it clear how patients are supposed to procure the drug. It's illegal to grow in Ohio, and it's against federal law to bring marijuana from a legal state into Ohio. Meanwhile: A state lawmaker is asking Ohio municipalities to not ban or restrict medical marijuana. "In an open letter, Sen. Kenny Yuko acknowledged the concerns communities have about Ohio's new medical marijuana law but reminded them it will be months or even years before businesses will be growing or selling marijuana," Borchardt writes. "The Richmond Heights Democrat issued the letter on Wednesday, the day before Ohio's medical marijuana took effect." "I understand the urge to act, but keep an open mind," Yuko wrote. "Please consider all the good that this medicine can do for the citizens of your communities." Other parts of the country watching Ohio: Medical marijuana observers in Colorado, a state that helped pioneer the drug, see potential in Ohio's future marketplace. "Medicine Man was among the first medical marijuana companies in Colorado, and it plans to help Ohio businesses get off the ground. Carrie Roberts, a licensing consultant with the company's consulting arm, Medicine Man Technologies, said the law's medical conditions and allowed forms should encourage a healthy market," Borchardt writes. "The rules we've seen so far are very robust and it looks like Ohio could be a very good marketplace both for patients and business operators," Roberts told Borchardt.  Ohio Senate race: Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Ted Strickland's campaign is criticizing a new Rob Portman TV ad, which touts the senator's work on behalf of an Ohio company previously accused of delivering faulty helmets to the U.S. Army, cleveland.com reporter Jeremy Pelzer reports. The ad, seen on the air in Cleveland, highlights the Republican senator's efforts to ensure Hebron-based ArmorSource was able to successfully bid to make the Army's lightweight advanced combat helmet, securing more than 200 jobs. But earlier this year, ArmorSource paid $3 million to settle allegations that a different kind of helmet, sold to the U.S. military between 2006 and 2009, failed ballistic safety tests. Strickland campaign spokesman David Bergstein said in a statement that Portman should apologize to Ohio's military families and take down the ad. "It's hard to know what's worse: that Senator Portman would champion a company that was endangering the lives of our military service members by producing faulty helmets, or that Portman is using this same company to try and win his political campaign," Bergstein said. Portman campaign spokeswoman Michawn Rich said in a statement that the Republican incumbent is "proud" to have helped ArmorSource secure the contract. An ArmorSource spokesman didn't return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment. Beautiful politicos: Bay Village native and Rep. Tim Ryan legislative aide Samantha Fay made The Hill's 50 most beautiful list. How exciting for her. In a short profile, the 25-year-old reveals her feelings about makeup. We learn that, for Fay, "having a polished look is just as important in her professional life as having refined policy chops," The Hill writes. "Wearing makeup is like putting on your war paint," Fay told the Hill. "It calms me down, I can relax into it, and at the end of it, I feel like I am ready for anything." She also likes to dance. Get Battleground Briefing, our FREE politics newsletter, delivered to your inbox: Sign up here. Tips or links? Send here. Follow along on Twitter: @_marykilpatrick.
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Law officers may seek marijuana bills' veto
Marijuana activists mostly cheered Thursday’s long-awaited approval by the state Senate of bills legalizing key aspects of medical marijuana in Michigan.        
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Vote clears way for medical pot dispensaries
The bills will regulate dispensaries, the growing and distribution of medical marijuana and allow for non-smokable weed.        
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MI Senate OKs medical marijuana reform bills
Eight years after voters approved marijuana for medical use, the Senate OK’d a package of bills to regulate the industry        
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Law officers may seek Snyder veto of medical pot bill
Marijuana activists mostly cheered Thursday’s long-awaited approval by the state Senate of bills legalizing key aspects of medical marijuana in Michigan.        
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Mich. Senate OKs medical marijuana reform bills
Eight years after voters approved marijuana for medical use, the Senate OK’d a package of bills to regulate the industry        
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Ohio lawmaker urges cities not to ban medical marijuana before state sets rules
Sen. Kenny Yuko on Wednesday urged local governments not to ban medical marijuana businesses ahead of the state's rulemaking process. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One of the biggest medical marijuana supporters at the Ohio Statehouse is asking local governments to take a breath before banning or restricting marijuana businesses. In an open letter, Sen. Kenny Yuko acknowledged the concerns communities have about Ohio's new medical marijuana law but reminded them it will be months or even years before businesses will be growing or selling marijuana. The Richmond Heights Democrat issued the letter on Wednesday, the day before Ohio's medical marijuana took effect. A handful of Ohio communities have banned marijuana cultivators, processors and dispensaries and dozens more have enacted temporary bans of six months or longer. Leaders in those communities say they need more time to study the law and decide if they want to impose further regulations on marijuana businesses. But licenses are unlikely to be issued in the next six months. Three state regulatory agencies have until May to finish the rules and regulations for cultivators and until next September for all other businesses. "I understand the urge to act, but keep an open mind," Yuko wrote. "Please consider all the good that this medicine can do for the citizens of your communities." Yuko said medical marijuana entrepreneurs live in urban and rural areas and urged local leaders to consider the economic opportunities for their residents. He encouraged communities to seek public comment before enacting marijuana regulations. (Read the letter below.) Ohio's medical marijuana law allows people with about 20 medical conditions to buy and use marijuana if recommended by a doctor. The law prohibits smoking but allows vaping. The law does not allow people to grow their own. Dispensaries won't likely open for a year or two as state regulators work through many of the details, including how many business licenses will be available and how people will apply to get them. Yuko wrote that local governments will have plenty of time to act once the rules are written. Ohio legalized medical marijuana: Here's what you need to know Until then, some patients will be able to assert an "affirmative defense" against prosecution for possessing marijuana and paraphernalia that would be legal under the law, if a doctor signs off. Local governments cannot ban medical marijuana use. They cannot ban or limit marijuana research conducted at a state university, academic medical center or private research and developmentorganization. But cities can regulate marijuana businesses in three ways: Limit the number of cultivators, processors or retail dispensaries licensed within the municipal corporation or unincorporated territory of the township. Prohibit cultivators, processors or retail dispensaries. Regulate the location of cultivators, processors or retail dispensaries through zoning boards. A few communities have rejected bans, saying such a move would be premature. At least one Ohio community has said it would welcome medical marijuana businesses. Mobile readers, click here to read Yuko's letter. // DV.load("https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3104602-Yuko-letter-to-local-governments-09072016.js", { width: 600, height: 800, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-3104602-Yuko-letter-to-local-governments-09072016" }); // ]]>
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Vote clears way for Mich. pot dispensaries
The bills will regulate dispensaries, the growing and distribution of medical marijuana and allow for non-smokable weed.        
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Vote clears way for Michigan medical pot dispensaries
The bills will regulate dispensaries, the growing and distribution of medical marijuana and allow for non-smokable weed.        
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Primary survey: Two-term Democratic state rep in Concord Ward 10 faces challenger
Christy Dolat Bartlett Party: Democrat Age: 65 Town of residence: Concord Occupation: retired Incumbent? If so, how many terms? Two terms Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I am leaning in favor but would like more information about the ongoing projected costs and benefits to the state.Provi...
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Congress could be changing its tune on marijuana
Stephanie Akin, Roll Call Congress is leaning toward decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level -- and it's going to happen soon.
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Primary survey: Three Republicans vie for chance to face House incumbents
Joseph M. AlibrandiParty: Republican Age: 54Town: Hillsboro Occupation: scientist/ product development engineer Incumbent? No, first time running for any office. Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I do not support taxpayers funding the commuter rail. I am for creating jobs in N.H. and this...
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Primary survey: Three Republicans vie for Epsom, Pittsfield House seat
David J. PalfreyParty: RepublicanAge: 78Town of Residence: EpsomOccupation: retired from a career in bankingIncumbent? Served in House of Representatives from 2008 through 2012Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I do not support commuter rail funding as studies have shown it would require a...
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Ohio's medical marijuana program has to be operational within 2 years (timeline)
Find out more about how Ohio's medical marijuana law came to be and when the various pieces should take effect in the timeline below. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's new medical marijuana law takes effect Thursday but it could be years before patients can legally buy marijuana here. That's because the new law leaves much of the details for Ohio's medical marijuana program to three regulatory agencies. The law gives them two years to set everything up, with a few other deadlines along the way. Find out more about how Ohio's law came to be and when the various pieces should take effect in the timeline below.
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Marijuana clients prompt recusal of Ohio medical board chief
The head of Ohio's state medical board says he won't participate in establishing rules for certifying doctors under Ohio's new medical marijuana law after taking on lobbying clients associated with the budding industry. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The head of Ohio's state medical board says he won't participate in establishing rules for certifying doctors under Ohio's new medical marijuana law after taking on lobbying clients associated with the budding industry. Records reviewed by The Associated Press show Mike Gonidakis recently acquired two out-of-state marijuana-related clients, Denver-based Marijuana Policy Group and Scottsdale, Arizona-based Pharm LLC, a medical marijuana grower. Gonidakis, who also serves as president of the anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life, confirmed his recusal in an interview with the AP. He said neither client has business before the medical board, but he wants to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. Mike Gonidakis  "The only thing that the medical board's doing is setting rules for doctors, and I'll be recusing myself on that," he said. Ohio's medical marijuana law takes effect Thursday. It's the second time in a month Gonidakis has said he'll step aside to avoid any appearance of a conflict on the 12-member board. He also said he won't vote on any abortion clinic-related complaints before the board. In August, groups representing doctors, consumers and women sought Gonidakis' removal as president, citing his alleged conflicts. The request has so far gone nowhere. Under Ohio's new medical marijuana law, the medical board will have one of its highest profile roles in recent memory. The law empowers the panel to determine procedures for doctors to get certified to recommend cannabis to patients, to set conditions for eligibility and determine how often certifications must be renewed. The commission also will set reasons a certification might be revoked or suspended, standards under which those actions could be lifted and minimal standards of care when recommending treatment with medical marijuana. Gonidakis, an attorney, said recusals on the physician-dominated board -- and on most state boards and commissions, for that matter -- are commonplace. Under guidance from the Ohio Ethics Commission, recusals include not only abstaining from votes but also from discussions or deliberations on the matter in which a board member seeks to avoid a conflict. Gonidakis was appointed to a five-year term on the medical board by Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2012 as a representative of consumers.
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National pot group plots Michigan legalization plan
The Marijuana Policy Project is working on a legalization ballot plan in Michigan but faces early criticism        
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License of pot-friendly Illinois doctor placed on probation
CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois physician has reached an agreement with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation that limits his ability to make pot recommendations. In 2015, Illinois regulators contended Dr. Bodo Schneider charged patients for pot recommendations at offices in southern Illinois and suburban Chicago without a ...
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Patrick blasts Ogg's pot policy, but other lawmakers more supportive
Harris County officials' move to decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana to unclog jails and courts drew immediate blowback from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, while other lawmakers said they support it.
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Colorado warms to pot clubs despite federal uncertainty
DENVER — At risk of raising the ire of the White House, Colorado is on the brink of becoming the first state with licensed pot clubs. But the details of how these clubs will operate are as hazy as the underground clubs operating already.Denver officials are working on regulations to open a one-year pilot of bring-your-own marijuana clubs, while state lawmakers are expected to consider measures to allow either marijuana "tasting rooms" run by marijuana dispensaries, or smoke-friendly clubs akin to cigar bars.
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New policy to decriminalize marijuana in Harris County will save time, money, DA’s office says
Houston and Harris County are poised to decriminalize low-level possession of marijuana in a sweeping move that puts the area at the forefront of efforts in Texas to halt minor drug arrests that clog jails and courts.
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Nevada marijuana official wants same treatment for medical, recreational products
The state official who oversees Nevada’s medical marijuana industry said Wednesday that he doesn’t see the need to treat the recreational product any differently except when it comes to taxes.
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Weed bouquets now available for the stoner significant other
You won’t find this popular Valentine’s Day bouquet at the florist. California couples are trading flower stores for marijuana dispensaries this year to buy their significant others weed bouquets, according to KTVU. Pot shops looking to cash in on the holiday are selling arrangements for stoners that include cannabis, along with more traditional options such as roses and lavender....
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N.J. migraine, chronic pain patients seek OK to use medical marijuana
For the first time in the history of the seven-year-old New Jersey medical marijuana program, a health department panel will consider adding chronic pain and other ailments to the list of about a dozen conditions that qualify a patient to use cannabis in the state.
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Philly420: Patients forgotten as Pennsylvania's cannabis gold rush underway

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Pioneer marijuana business closed for not paying taxes
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - Kitsap County's first marijuana business has been shut down by regulators who alleged the recreational pot grow operation had repeatedly failed to pay its taxes. Agents with the state Liquor and Cannabis Board seized about 2,000 plants and clones from Nine Point Growth Industries on Thursday. ...
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Daniel Ragussis to Direct Berner’s Marijuana Crime Thriller ‘Packs’
Rapper/marijuana mogul Berner has hired Daniel Ragussis, writer/director of “Imperium,” to direct the upcoming crime thriller “Packs” about the rise of “designer” marijuana, Variety has learned exclusively. Francisco Ordoñez will write the screenplay based on a story by Berner, also known as Gilbert Milam, Jr. Berner will be financing the development and production of the film... Read more »
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Marijuana office seeks 2 examiners to help with workload
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A top state marijuana regulator says her office needs more staff to handle its workload. Sara Chambers, the acting director of Alaska's Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, told a House budget panel Tuesday that her office is seeking two additional licensing examiners to help with marijuana ...
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Utah House passes medical marijuana research bill
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah's House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a proposal that would allow universities to study medical marijuana. Lawmakers said research showing benefits of cannabis extracts on people may lead the state in the future to allow careful, controlled use of the drug by those with ...
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Parker latest community to impose 12-plant limit per household on pot grows
Parker this week became the latest Colorado community to place a cap on the number of pot plants that can be cultivated at a residence, a move town officials said is necessary to reduce odor complaints and ensure grows do not cause electrical overloads and dangerous chemical storage.
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Measure M would give L.A.'s legal marijuana industry the comprehensive oversight it needs. Vote yes
Californians may have voted to make recreational marijuana legal under state law in November, but details about who can grow, make and sell pot products, as well as where pot businesses can put down roots, are still being decided. Those decisions are weighty indeed, considering the market’s potential...
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APNewsBreak: Pot clients prompt Ohio medical board recusal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The head of Ohio's state medical board says he won't participate in establishing rules for certifying doctors under Ohio's new medical marijuana law after taking on lobbying clients associated with the budding industry. Records reviewed by The Associated Press show Mike Gonidakis (gawn-ih-DAW'-kis) recently acquired two ...
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Debate over onsite use of pot in Alaska stores continues
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The head of the board overseeing marijuana regulation in Alaska says officials will have to address the onsite use of cannabis sold at legal pot shops at some point.
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Smoke & ministers: Israel moves to allow medical marijuana exports
An Israeli government committee has given the first go-ahead for the country to export medical marijuana. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Medical marijuana companies in Illinois battle growing pains
It should be a routine call, scheduling a visit from the cable guy to set up internet access. But nothing's routine when you're running a medical marijuana company."There's this flurry of activity that starts with the account manager with a headset on in a cubical," said Jeremy Unruh, general counsel...
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Trump's Justice Department may crack down on thriving pot industry, but is it too big to jail?
Marijuana mogul Seibo Shen is accustomed to fighting – but it is usually on the Jiu Jitsu mat, where the undefeated 40-year old prefers to engage completely baked. “You know that movie ‘Drunken Master’?” he said, nodding to the cult film about a martial arts master whose secret weapon is inebriation....
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If President Trump wants to help American businesses, he should start by legalizing marijuana
Election Day 2016 awarded mixed fortunes for proponents of marijuana legalization. Pot measures passed in eight states, including California, bringing the number of states with access to some form of legal marijuana to 28. But the glee subsided as it became clear Donald Trump would be president,...
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Weed 101 classes held and Colorado officials are the teachers
Colorado agriculture officials this week briefed officials from about a dozen states — some that have legalized weed, others that joked their states will legalize pot “when hell freezes over” — to go over the basics of marijuana farming and swap stories about regulating a crop that the federal government still considers illegal.
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Schools, prosecutors ponder cloudy future with marijuana
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Royce Aubrey Johnson has never been a household name, nor does he wish to become one. Unfortunately, Johnson was involved in an incident last April that continues to have rippling effects throughout Kootenai County - most especially in the Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls school ...
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Trump tapping Sessions as AG outrages marijuana reform community
Sessions has throughout his 19 years in the Senate been a staunch opponent to any type of drug reform.
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Leader of Maryland's black lawmakers outraged by medical marijuana plan
The leader of Maryland's Black legislative caucus was outraged Friday that medical marijuana regulators would select potential dispensary operators while the process is mired in controversy. Black lawmakers felt they already had grounds for a Civil Rights fight because firms owned by African-Americans...
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Taxes get higher on newly legalized pot as California cities and counties move to take their own cut
As the marijuana industry celebrates the passage of an initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in California, more sobering news came from local elections, where voters in 37 counties and cities — including Long Beach, San Diego and San Bernardino — approved ballot measures imposing separate...
3270 points by Los Angeles Times | Cannabis Legality of cannabis by country Tetrahydrocannabinol Cannabis sativa Hashish Global Marijuana March Tax Legal and medical status of cannabis
Arkansas lawmakers weigh launch delay, taxes for medical pot
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are considering delaying the launch of the first medical marijuana program in the Bible Belt as well as an effort to impose additional taxes on the drug as they work on legislation implementing a medical pot measure voters approved this month. The ideas ...
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Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general not fan of legal weed
The selection of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. attorney general could have major implications for the marijuana industry and legalized states. Sessions is on record as saying marijuana is “dangerous” and should not be legalized.
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Philly420: Could Delaware become a tax-free cannabis haven?

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Photo puts Ole Miss QB in room with marijuana
The Snapchat photo with Chad Kelly in it surfaced on social media Thursday night.         
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Photo puts Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly in room with marijuana
The Snapchat photo with Chad Kelly in it surfaced on social media Thursday night.         
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Few doctors sign on to recommend medical marijuana in Maryland
Just 1 percent of the 16,000 doctors who treat patients in Maryland have signed up for the state's medical marijuana program, and two of the largest hospital systems in the state have banned their physicians from participating.The lack of enthusiasm threatens to undermine the fledgling program...
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Next milestone for Alaska's young pot industry: paying taxes
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - With legal marijuana sales underway in Alaska, growers will soon be submitting their first tax payments to the state. For most businesses, that wouldn't be a problem: They'd just cut a check. But some banks are leery about dealing with pot businesses since marijuana remains illegal ...
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