Colorado tourists may soon be able to buy as much marijuana as residents

Marijuana flower at The Health Center, a medical cannabis and recreational marijuana dispensary in Denver.

Marijuana flower at The Health Center, a medical cannabis and recreational marijuana dispensary in Denver. (Vince Chandler, The Denver Post)

Colorado’s tourists would be able to buy as much marijuana as residents if a bill moving through the legislature passes.

The measure repeals Colorado’s unique-in-the-nation tiered purchasing system for marijuana. All adults over 21 are allowed to possess an ounce of marijuana — but retail pot shops can’t sell more than a quarter-ounce in one day to…

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Christie 'Would've Gone In And Cuffed' Laremy Tunsil Over Bong Video

Laremy Tunsil has a lot more to worry about than the colossal hit his first NFL salary took after a video surfaced showing him taking a bong hit from a gas mask.

New Jersey Governor and anti-marijuana crusader Chris Christie was so incensed by the video, he dusted off his crime-busting hat from days of yore.

Christie, a former U.S. attorney, said that he would have brought his prosecutorial hammer down on Tunsil over the video of him that emerged just before the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

“It’s unbelievable,” Christie said Friday on…

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Legalization of marijuana in Washington had no effect on teens' access to drug

Despite concerns that legalizing marijuana use for adults would make it easier for adolescents to get ahold of it, a new study in Washington State shows that teens find it no easier now than before the law was passed in 2012.

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One in six children hospitalized for lung inflammation positive for marijuana exposure

A new study found that one in six infants and toddlers admitted to a Colorado hospital with coughing, wheezing and other symptoms of bronchiolitis tested positive for marijuana exposure.

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Walgreens Broaches Possible Health Benefits Of Medical Marijuana

Walgreens wants to talk about marijuana.

In what appears to be an unprecedented move for a company its size, Walgreens published a discussion of the possible health benefits of medical marijuana on its health and wellness blog this week.

In the post, titled “Clarifying Clinical Cannabis,” a resident pharmacist at the company takes a look at medical marijuana’s side effects, the debate about its medicinal properties and its legality:

Research has indicated it may impair your lungs, memory and judgment. However, research has also shown…

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Colorado to pay high price for doctor to study marijuana legalization

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is hiring a “marijuana health effects” manager

Kristin Brinckerhoff ponders the selection of marijuana  at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on day 2 of Colorado’s legalized recreational marijuana on

Kristin Brinckerhoff ponders the selection of marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on day 2 of Colorado’s legalized recreational marijuana on Jan. 2, 2014. (Denver Post file)

State health officials want to hire someone to keep an eye on marijuana legalization — at potentially one of the highest salaries in state government.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is

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Fourth Corner still trying to become first marijuana credit union

Credit union chartered by state of Colorado asks appeals court to look again at case demanding access to federal banking system

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The Fourth Corner Credit Union on Friday appealed a lower court’s ruling that denied its bid to become the first Colorado credit union for the marijuana industry.

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson in January dismissed Fourth Corner’s suit seeking a master account with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Jackson said…

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Hawaii Selects Eight Companies To Grow And Sell Medical Marijuana

Former CEO of Maui Land & Pineapple David Cole’s Maui Wellness Group LLC is among eight companies that have been selected to receive licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana.

Hawaii Department of Health’s Virginia Pressler announced the names of the winners of the highly competitive licenses Friday in a crowded conference room on the third floor of Kinau Hale in downtown Honolulu.

TCG Retro Market 1, LLC, also known as Cure Oahu, won one of three licenses to establish dispensaries on Oahu. The…

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IL Again Weighs Expanding MMJ Qualifying Conditions

Medical marijuana businesses in Illinois hope the third time’s a charm for expanding the state’s list of approved conditions for MMJ treatment.

The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will meet Monday on whether to add 15 new conditions to the current list of 39 approved conditions, according to the Associated Press.

The proposed conditions include: chronic pain, migraines, post-traumatic stress disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, Lyme disease, osteoarthritis, autism, chronic…

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Oregon Issues First Batch of Rec Marijuana Grow Licenses

Oregon regulators awarded the first eight marijuana grower licenses under the state’s new recreational cannabis program.

The winners include former Portland Trail Blazer forward Antonio Harvey, the owner of a trendy Portland restaurant and lounge, as well as veteran marijuana growers.

The licensees are:

  • Harold Frazier, Dale Fox, Maiden Azalea LLC (New Breed Seed) –  Outdoor, Lane County
  • Far Out Farms, LLC (Far Out Farms) – Mixed, Tillamook County
  • Preston Greene (Yerba Buena) – Mixed,…

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Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points — Lucifer or a Joe McCarthy-Dracula Love Child?

Boy, it isn’t every day you get to write a headline like that! But those are the kinds of feelings Ted Cruz seems to bring out in everyone — left, right, and center.

On the right, doesn’t John Boehner sound a lot looser and more relaxed now that he isn’t responsible for herding a bunch of hyperactive cats in the House? He certainly seemed like it this week, in what was supposed to be an unrecorded talk. Of course, these days, everyone in politics should just automatically assume that everything they say will be recorded, because…

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NE, OK Again Try to Overturn CO Rec Marijuana Law

The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma aren’t ready to throw in the towel in their bid to overthrow Colorado’s recreational cannabis law, after the duo recently failed to do so before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The two attorneys general have asked to be added as plaintiffs in a separate case aimed at scuttling Colorado’s 2012 voter-approved rec law. That case is now before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, just making the request…

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Weedmaps Hires Veteran Lobbyist

Weedmaps, the popular dispensary listings site, has hired a veteran Washington lobbyist to help shape state and local policies governing the cannabis industry, the Bond Buyer reported.

Dustin McDonald – California-based Weedmap’s new head of government relations – has until now been in charge of federal government relations for the Government Finance Officers Association, an industry group representing more than 18,000 public finance officials in the United States and…

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Pennsylvania Could Soon See Reduced Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Pennsylvania Could Soon See Reduced Penalties for Marijuana Possession

HARRISBURG, PA — Now that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law a bill to make the Keystone State the 24th state to enact a comprehensive medical marijuana program, one of the bill’s primary supporters in the House plans on filing a proposal to reduce penalties for anyone caught possessing small amounts of marijuana in the state.

State Representative Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny County), a key advocate for the recently passed medical marijuana bill in the House, on Thursday announced his intentions to file the proposal in the…

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Maine Marijuana Initiative Officially Approved for November Ballot

State officials announced Wednesday that a proposed initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine has officially qualified for the November ballot.

After a court-ordered review of petitions it had previously invalidated, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office determined the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted more than the 61,123 signatures that were needed to qualify.ME Release Header - NEW

Last month, the secretary of state informed the campaign that the initiative had been disqualified because only 51,543 valid…

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Colorado Marijuana Chain Mindful Raises $3.9M From Investors

The long-standing Colorado medical and recreational marijuana chain Mindful has raised nearly $4 million, likely to help fund expansion efforts, according to a report by BusinessDen.com.

The company, which operates four storefronts across Colorado, raised $3.9 million from 10 investors, the online news site reported, citing an April 7 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mindful spokesman Erik Williams confirmed that the report is accurate, but declined to comment…

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Is pot tax money for Denver schools a myth? DPS video leaves out key fact

An animated video from Denver Public Schools hopes to remind voters that the district is not as flush with cash from marijuana tax money as some might think.

In the two school years since the state legalized marijuana sales, the district says it has seen zero of the state tax money…

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Maine Marijuana Regulation Initiative Cleared for November Ballot

Maine Marijuana Regulation Initiative Cleared for November Ballot

It’s finally official. Maine voters will decide on Election Day on a statewide ballot measure seeking to regulate the adult use, retail sale, and commercial production of cannabis.

The Secretary of State determined Wednesday that initiative proponents, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, gathered a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot. The office had previously attempted to invalidate a significant portion of proponents’ signatures, but that effort was

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Maine Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Qualifies for November Ballot

Maine Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Qualifies for November Ballot

After a court-ordered review of petitions that it had previously invalidated, the Secretary of State’s Office determined initiative supporters submitted more than enough valid signatures to qualify

AUGUSTA, ME — State officials announced Wednesday that a proposed initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine has officially qualified for the November ballot.

After a court-ordered review of petitions it had previously invalidated, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office determined the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol…

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Catherine Hiller: Coming Out to Your Kids About Cannabis

As a parent, you may have been dreading the question even more than “Is Santa Claus really real?”

When your little one asks, “Did you and daddy (or mommy) smoke pot?” what exactly do you say?

It’s even worse when your young son or daughter inquires, in a voice of disdain, eyes blinking (oh, yuck) “Do you, like, ever use weed?” Present tense. Here and now. Truth and consequence. What do you do? Tell it like it is? Lie? Prevaricate?

A lot depends on where you live. If you reside in a state where adult-use cannabis is legal, it’s much…

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Opioid overdose rate drops in medical marijuana states

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Medical marijuana may serve as a non-fatal alternative to prescription opioids when it comes to chronic pain management, according to some health experts.

In a New York Times opinion piece, medical researcher Colleen Barry posits that while the rise in opioid prescriptions has mirrored the expansion of medical marijuana laws, only states with such laws in place saw a dramatic reduction in overdoses related to prescribed painkillers:

But using state-level death certificate data from 1999 to 2010, my colleagues and I found that the…

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Maine To Vote On Marijuana Legalization This Year

A measure legalizing the use of recreational marijuana has qualified to appear on Maine’s general election ballot this year. 

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap announced Wednesday that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which had circulated the proposed measure to voters, had gathered the requisite number of signatures to appear on November’s ballot. State lawmakers can now pass the measure themselves — which the Portland Press Herald notes is unlikely to happen — or let voters consider it. 

The initiative would allow…

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Election Year Legalization Politics in Massachusetts

Election Year Legalization Politics in Massachusetts

After years of ducking the issue of marijuana prohibition, it is encouraging to see the Massachusetts legislature at least starting to wake up.

It is heartening that Sen. Brownsberger and others on the Judiciary Committee are confronting the problems caused by prohibition.

Rep. Rogers and some colleagues have actually introduced a reasonable bill this session.Not that it is going anywhere. Most politicians are still too nervous when it comes to anything even slightly controversial.

Massachusetts citizens, however, have a marvelous remedy when…

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Synthetic Cannabinoids versus Natural Marijuana: A Comparison of Expectations

A new study evaluated the expected outcomes of both synthetic and natural marijuana.

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2 Japanese snowboarders suspended for marijuana use

TOKYO (AP) — The Ski Association of Japan has indefinitely suspended two teenage snowboarders after they were found to have used marijuana on a tour to the United States in December.

According to Kyodo news, Fumikazu Hagiwara, the head of the SAJ’s snowboarding department, resigned Wednesday over the incident.

One of the teenagers admitted to smoking marijuana at a party in Colorado, where cannabis is legal for recreational purposes if you are 21. The other has denied using the…

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A $10M Fight in the Sunshine State: Q&A With John Morgan on Florida MMJ Legalization

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John Morgan has been, by his own description, a “one-man band” for medical marijuana in Florida over the past four years, having bankrolled two separate campaigns to legalize MMJ in the state.

The first, in 2014, fell just short of the 60% threshold it needed at the ballot box to become law.

At least part of that was due to casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who put several million dollars of his own money into fighting MMJ legalization in Florida.

This time around, Morgan and…

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Eagle Mountain resident is arrested on drug charges

An Eagle Mountain resident, James Allen Donaldson, 62, was among 25 individuals arrested April 19 in conjunction with an illegal medical marijuana enterprise.

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Louisiana Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Medical Marijuana Bill

Louisiana Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Medical Marijuana Bill

Local patients and advocates are attending the House Health and Welfare Committee hearing to express their support for HB 1112, which would establish a workable medical marijuana program

BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday morning on a bill that would establish a workable medical marijuana program that allows patients with serious illnesses to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

Several local patients and advocates will be attending the hearing to…

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Estimated 350 Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Now in Canada

The only way medical marijuana patients in Canada can get legal cannabis is by mail – not from a storefront dispensary. But that hasn’t stopped enterprising  business owners from opening approximately 350 storefronts in parts of the country.

That’s according to the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries, which issued a recent estimate, the National Post reported.

The association said “dozens” of dispensaries have opened in Toronto in the last few months, leading to a…

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Natalie Flores: The Reality of Perpetuating Racist Stereotypes: An Open Letter to SnapChat on 420

Dear Snapchat,
I’d like to start this letter by saying you are one of my most frequently used apps! Most of your filters make me cry tears of happiness and laughter-especially when I use them on my dog, Rosie. She’s got the most adorable face!

However, i’m not writing a letter to you today to applaud your hilarious creativity. I’m actually writing a formal complaint against your “Bob Marley” filter which I presume was intentionally unveiled today, 4/20/16 for obvious reasons :::insert bong bubbles and coughing sounds here:::

I’m…

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Kenyth Mogan: Fashion Feels the Burn

This year the fashion industry appears to be feeing a different kind of burn. Everyone from Alexandra Wang’s recent shows, to legendary purveyor of the marijuana life style, High Times have made inroads into fashion that proudly emblazons that other lucky three leafed plant. Weed’s slow burn into the ether of American pop culture has reached its zenith and no band represents that more than PUFF PUFF PASS. Created by SoCal designer/entrepreneurs Tom Hamilton and Kyan Edwards, and celebrity stylist Nicolas Bru, with a super sexy campaign…

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Study: Opioid Abuse Rates Lower In Medical Cannabis States

Study: Opioid Abuse Rates Lower In Medical Cannabis States

Rates of prescription opioid abuse are significantly lower in jurisdictions that permit medical marijuana access, according to data reported by Castlight Health, an employee health benefits platform provider.

Investigators assessed anonymous prescription reporting data from over one million employees between the years 2011 and 2015.

In states that did not permit medical marijuana access, 5.4 percent of individuals with an opioid prescription qualified as abusers of the drug. (The study’s authors defined “abuse” as opioid use by an…

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Nebraska Families 4 Medical Cannabis hope to get issue on November ballot

For two years Nebraska lawmakers had a chance to pass a medical marijuana bill and for two years it has failed. This has families of those with certain medical conditions taking matters into their own hands.  Shari Lawlor is very active with Nebraska Families 4 Medical Cannabis and says they are hoping to gather enough signatures to put the issue on the November 2016 ballot.

Lawlor says, “When you go to something of this extent it takes a lot of capital. At this time we are raising money and besides the lawmakers it is going to happen. …

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New caps on Denver pot shops, grow houses pass on close council vote

7-5 vote ends weeks of negotiations that added protections for industry-saturated neighborhoods

Kristin Brinckerhoff ponders the selection of marijuana  at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver January 2, 2014. The retail marijuana store opened on January 1,

Kristin Brinckerhoff ponders the selection of marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver January 2, 2014. The retail marijuana store opened on January 1, 2014 when Colorado became the first place anywhere in the world to allow legal marijuana sales to anybody over 21 for any purpose. (Denver Post file)

New marijuana industry caps approved by the Denver City Council on Monday, after weeks of…

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John A. Tures: An Interview With a GOP Delegate About The Nomination Battle, And Marijuana For Medical Purposes

My local congressional district became one of those battlegrounds that we see playing out across the country, as Ted Cruz supporters outflank Donald Trump backers at the little-known, little-attended Republican Party meetings to select delegates to the national convention. Here’s one delegate’s story of how it all went down, and it all started with family and medical marijuana.

Q: Please tell us who you are and what your background is, and profession.

A: Dale Jackson Small business owner 3rd District GAGOP Chairman

Q: So how did you…

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Top Doctors Form Group to Back Cannabis Legalization

A group of heavyweights from the medical profession have teamed to support the legalization of marijuana in the interests of public health, giving the cannabis industry a potentially important ally.

Doctors for Cannabis Regulation  announced its launch last week, saying it is the first such organization to advocate for the legalization and regulation of cannabis for adult use. The group of more than 50 physicians includes former surgeon-general Jocelyn Elders and faculty members at some of…

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Iowa House fails to advance bill on medical marijuana

A bill that would have expanded Iowa’s medical marijuana law has failed in the Republican-controlled House.

The chamber voted 31-63 Monday night to turn down a proposal that would have expanded the list of medical conditions eligible for possession of cannabis oil.

The bill would not have allowed the production of the oil in Iowa. House Democrats said it would have forced residents to travel outside of the state to access the oil, violating federal law.

The measure faced an uncertain future in the Democratic-majority Senate, where there was…

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Nebraska and Oklahoma's new tactic to overturn marijuana legalization

Two states hope to intervene in an ongoing appeal in fight against Colorado marijuana sales

Plants in the River Rock Cannabis grow facilities are seen in pots of peat moss which is used as part of the organic growing process.

Plants in the River Rock Cannabis grow facilities are seen in pots of peat moss which is used as part of the organic growing process.
(Kathryn Scott Osler, Denver Post file)

The Supreme Court, as shown in this file photo. The Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit from Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado’s

The Supreme Court, as shown in this file photo. The Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit from Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, so the state’s are looking to join a different suit. (J….

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Florida Anti-Medical Marijuana Effort Vows to Raise $10M

A Florida campaign with ties to casino mogul Sheldon Adelson – who helped defeat a 2014 medical cannabis initiative in the Sunshine State – plans to raise at least $10 million to fight MMJ legalization this fall, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Florida real estate executive Mel Semble is spearheading this year’s drive to kill a legalization ballot initiative. Sembler, founder of Drug Free America, helped raise roughly $7.5 million to oppose the 2014 measure, roughly $5 million of…

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Connecticut Considers Expanding Medical Marijuana Program to Include Pediatric Patients

On June 1, 2012, Connecticut enacted a medical marijuana program that allows seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana. However, the law does not allow access for minor patients, many of whom would benefit greatly from access to this safe and effective treatment.Seal_of_Connecticut.svg Of the 24 states that have effective medical marijuana programs, Connecticut is the only state that does not allow access for younger patients.

A bill currently being considered, HB 5450, would allow minors to be qualifying patients. It would also…

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Half-Bearded Man Takes Hair-Raising Mug Shot

A man with a half beard was arrested for having a full stash of marijuana.

Police in Miami arrested Kevin Gibson on April 19 for possession of more than 20 grams of pot, intent to sell and drinking in public, according to ClickOrlando.com.

Despite the strange-looking facial hair, the 58-year-old was not cited for a crime of fashion.

Miami-Dade Sheriff’s Dept.

Kevin Gibson, 58, was arrested April 19 for possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.

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Sunil Kumar Aggarwal: Cannabinoid Integrative Health 101

On Jan. 23, 2016, I delivered a TED-style talk at the 2016 Virtual Cannabis Health Summit produced by Green Flower Media. You can see the full text of my remarks with pictures here and a video of my presentation here. Below are some highlights:

I resolved to “leverage my privilege” and strive to make a difference by “coming out” about cannabis in my scholarly and medical work. This is a way to heal, to turn a “badge of shame and target for state oppression” into a badge of courage.

I’m here today to tell you that there is a…

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Pesticide recall hits Life Flower medical marijuana dispensary

State marijuana regulators on Friday announced a large recall of medical cannabis grown with unapproved pesticides and sold by a business with locations in Boulder and Glendale.

The recall appears linked to others in which Guardian, a product that had been sold as all-natural, was found to contain concentrations of a pesticide banned for use on marijuana.

The…

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Housing Guru links landlords with tenants who want to grow marijuana

Dan Brown had no idea that the tenant who rented his renovated farmhouse would sublet it to someone who turned it into a marijuana grow house, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

There were chunks of plaster missing from the ceiling where lights had been hung, soil clogging drains beneath the house and duct work that needed repair, Brown said.

And behind a washer-dryer unit, a 220-volt outlet had been removed, exposing live wires.

Brown discovered it when he pulled the unit away from…

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Santa Rosa receives first applications to grow commercial marijuana

Three groups stepped forward last week to ask Santa Rosa for permission to open the city’s first commercial medical marijuana growing operations.

The requests, and several more expected in coming days, reflect the high level of interest the marijuana industry is showing in establishing larger-scale cultivation businesses in the city under new rules approved by the City Council in February.

Three outfits aligned with the local cannabis industry submitted paperwork to the city last week for conditional use permits to grow marijuana in…

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Pennsylvania just officially legalized medical marijuana

Senate panel outlines who would be allowed medical marijuana

Here are the ailments that would qualify for medical marijuana under bill winding through La. Legislature

“With 22 daily veteran suicides, to include self-immolation on V.A. property, and an opiate epidemic that is affecting the veteran population in higher numbers than the civilian population, it is about time our politicians caught up with the populous views of American voters and take medical cannabis seriously”.

Wolf signed the bill into law Sunday afternoon surrounded by a jubilant crowd of supporters at the Capitol building in…

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Mom wants Loveland to allow pot sales to help sick daughter, others

Andrea Samson will collect signatures in an effort to let Loveland voters decide in November whether to allow marijuana sales in town

LOVELAND — Andrea Samson wants to buy medical marijuana products for her 7-month-old daughter who has cerebral palsy without traveling out of town or making purchases online.

That’s why she wants Loveland to allow marijuana sales within city limits and she sent a letter of intent to the city clerk’s office Friday to start the process to get the issue on the…

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Utah Gov. Herbert fails to secure nomination at convention

Gov. Gary Herbert has failed to secure his party’s nomination in his re-election bid and faces an uphill battle to become his party’s candidate this summer over businessman Jonathan Johnson.

Johnson, chairman of the board at Overstock.com, won 55 percent of the vote at the state party convention in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

But, he must win again in the June primary because he didn’t earn 60 percent to win the party convention outright. Even if that had happened, Herbert secured himself a place on the primary ballot by gathering signatures…

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Hillary Clinton Is Wrong On Marijuana Research

Hillary Clinton said at a town hall meeting that “you can’t do any research about” marijuana because it’s a Schedule I drug. That’s false. Schedule I classification makes it difficult to conduct research on a substance, but not impossible.

At the event, which aired April 21 on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” a voter asked the Democratic presidential candidate whether she would vote for legalizing marijuana if such a referendum question appeared on the ballot in her state. Clinton did not say how she would vote, but she said…

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