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The New York Times | AUG. 1, 2015
 Medical Marijuana Dispensary Plan in the South Bronx Stirs Anxiety and Hope
Kevin Almonte, who owns a secondhand auto parts shop, said the dispensary might be good for the neighborhood in the short term but could be a problem over the long run.
Kevin Almonte, who owns a secondhand auto parts shop, said the dispensary might be good for the neighborhood in the short term but could be a problem over the long run.
(image:Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times)
Joshua Jamerson
The Hunts Point neighborhood in the South Bronx has struggled to clean up its act for years. Prostitution is still a problem, but it is far less prevalent, residents say, than it once was. A couple of years ago, community leaders and residents helped derail the opening of a strip club. The neighborhood was once home to several strip clubs and now it has none. So, now, news that the building that was going to house the club will instead open as another kind of business is stirring anxiety in the neighborhood. That is because the building is slated to be the site of one of ....
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The Denver Post | JUL 29, 2015 | Cheyenne
The Wyoming NORML chapter is preparing petition to get medical marijuana question on 2016 ballot, but it wont be easy; the last time an initiative made the state ballot was 1996
 Wyoming weed: Push for medical pot has state scrutinizing legalization


Mead Gruver
Wyomings anti-pot governor has a warning for a task force hes named to study the effects of legal marijuana: It CAN happen here. Wyoming cant afford to ignore the problems other states legal marijuana has caused, nor the ills yet to manifest should legalization happen in the Cowboy State, Gov. Matt Mead told his new Marijuana Impact Assessment Council on Wednesday. Marijuana trafficking from legalization states has facilitated trafficking of other drugs, Mead told the council at its inaugural meeting. Once you can do that with marijuana, you can also do it with methamphe....
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The Oregonian | August 01, 2015
 Portland`s World Famous Cannabis Cafe opens to packed house
Marijuana grower Dylan, who runs All Gods Garden, was at the opening Eve Buell, who co-owns the grow. The World Famous Cannabis Cafe reopened to a packed house Friday on S.E. Foster Road in Portland, July 31, 2015
Marijuana grower Dylan, who runs All Gods Garden, was at the opening Eve Buell, who co-owns the grow. The World Famous Cannabis Cafe reopened to a packed house Friday on S.E. Foster Road in Portland, July 31, 2015
(image:Beth Nakamura/Staff)
Beth Nakamura
The World Famous Cannabis Caf held a packed house Friday at their reopening in a small storefront on S.E. Foster Road in Portland. The marijuana social club, which closed last year after serving medical marijuana patients in a basement club on Southeast 82nd Avenue, reopened to a large and steady crowd of marijuana consumers, who each paid $10 at the door and brought their own supply of flower, shatter and other cannabis products. There was a large bong made of ice, which several patrons inserted their bowls into and consumed from. Smoke and live music filled the air. ``....
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Associated Press | Albany, N.y.
 Ny`s Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry`s Evolution


(image:AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Entrepreneurs, physicians and well-heeled investors are among those authorized by New York health officials to grow and dispense medical marijuana, the latest sign that the industry has come a long way from its humble beginnings 20 years ago. ``You can`t ignore that this is a billion-dollar industry,`` said Marc Ross, a New York City attorney who has studied the emergence of medical marijuana. ``The big businesses are sitting on the sidelines now because they can`t come out of the closet - not just yet anyway.`` Of the five companies selected Friday that will grow and dis....
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SF Evergreen | July 31, 2015
 Bitcoin-powered weed delivery drones are coming to California


Oscar Pascual
Medical marijuana might soon be delivered through the skies. The San Francisco-based medical marijuana delivery service known as Trees recently announced its planed expansion of delivery options to include drones in the near future, reports the International Business Times. Trees is creating a prototype with a drone company and hopes to roll out drone delivery services once regulatory issues with the Federal Aviation Administration FAA are met. Were not sure when well be launching yet, a spokesperson for Trees told the Times. We are based in San Francisco and the legal s....
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The Weed Blog | August 1, 2015
 Round Two Of Proposed Alaska Marijuana Rules Now Available


Johnny Green
I received the following message: Dear Johnny: The Marijuana Control Board has issued its second round of proposed rules, and the public is invited to comment by 4:30 p.m., Saturday, August 8. Please take a look at the proposal, available here, which provides extensive rules for licensed businesses. While most of the proposed rules offer reasonable regulations, several would clearly violate important protections established under Measure 2. Please take a moment to tell the board it must honor rights approved by Alaskans in the states historic vote. You can take a look at....
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Motley Fool | August 1, 2015
 Tougher Marijuana Regulations Could Be Coming to a State Near You
Sean Williams
Forgive the pun, but marijuana has been growing like a weed within the United States. In what seemed like a long shot to flourish even a decade ago, the federally illegal drug has been expanding at a lightning-quick pace across the country. As it currently stands, nearly two dozen states have legalized marijuana to be sold for medical purposes as well as Washington D.C., while four states -- Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Alaska -- along with Washington D.C. have legalized the drug for recreational adult use. The benefits of marijuana and its prospects for legalization....
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The Huffington Post | 07/31/2015
The Justice Department may be in violation of the law, congressmen say.
 Lawmakers Call For Investigation Into DOJ`s Continued Crackdown On Medical Marijuana


Matt Ferner
Two congressmen behind a federal provision protecting state-legal medical marijuana operations are seeking an investigation into the Department of Justice`s continued crackdown on medical marijuana patients and providers, saying the DOJ may be in violation of federal law. ``We request that you immediately investigate the Department`s expenditure of funds to continue prosecuting these cases, which we believe are in direct violation of the prohibition on such expenditures established by Rohrabacher-Farr,`` reads the letter, addressed to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz....
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Denver Post | Jul 31, 2015,
The CEO of Native Roots says the employee who made the underage sale and the Aspen stores manager have been fired in the wake of the citation
 Two Aspen pot shops cited for underage sales in sting
The staff of Native Roots Aspen prepare the store for its opening on Jan. 21, 2015.
The staff of Native Roots Aspen prepare the store for its opening on Jan. 21, 2015.
(image:Aron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post file)
Jesse Paul
Two recreational marijuana shops in Aspen were cited this week by state regulators for selling pot to an underage customer in a set of rare cases for the industry in Colorado. The Marijuana Enforcement Division confirmed that it issued two citations after conducting seven underage compliance checks in Aspen. Since January 2014, the division has conducted about 130 underage compliance checks statewide, resulting in a total of nine violations, MED spokesman Tommy Moore said. In the 19 months since recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado, recreational shops for t....
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The Oregonian | July 30, 2015
 Chris Christie to legal marijuana smokers: Enjoy it while you can because he`ll enforce federal ban
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at an event in Manchester, N.H. on Wednesday.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at an event in Manchester, N.H. on Wednesday.
(image:AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Jeff Mapes
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is attracting attention to his struggling presidential campaign by making it clear he doesn`t want to recognize state laws legalizing recreational marijuana. In town hall meetings in New Hampshire and an appearance on Fox News this week, Christie said that if elected, he intends to overturn state marijuana legalization laws, which have been passed in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska. ``If you`re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it until January of 2017,`` Christie told an audience in Newport, N.H., on Tuesday, ``because I will en....
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Associated Press | Jul 31 | Sparks, Nev
 1st Legal Medical Pot Sold In Nevada 15 Years After Approval
Dozens of people line up outside the Silver State Relief medical marijuana dispensary in Sparks, Nev., Friday, July 31, 2015, to be among the first in Nevada to legally purchase medicinal pot. Nevadans voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, but no language was in place to establish a system to sell or distribute it until 2013.
Dozens of people line up outside the Silver State Relief medical marijuana dispensary in Sparks, Nev., Friday, July 31, 2015, to be among the first in Nevada to legally purchase medicinal pot. Nevadans voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2000, but no language was in place to establish a system to sell or distribute it until 2013.
(image:AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
Scott Sonner And Michelle Rindels
Fifteen years after Nevadans voted to legalize it, medical marijuana was sold legally in the state for the first time Friday at a dispensary in a strip mall about 5 miles east of downtown Reno. Dressed in polo shirts, tie-dyes and button-downs, about 75 people with medical marijuana cards lined up outside Silver State Relief, between a sub shop and pizza place in Sparks, to be among the first to buy as much as a half-ounce of pot for $195. It smells good in there, said Dana Metz, 64, a retired General Motors worker who said he suffers from back pain, insomnia and anxiety....
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Marijuana Business Daily | July 30, 2015
 Week in Review: CDC Weighs in on Edibles, High-Profile CA Raid More Lawsuits on Horizon
John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus
The Center for Disease Control issues what could prove to be an influential statement on marijuana edibles, a business run by a board member of Californias main cannabis industry association is raided, and lawsuit activity ramps up. Heres a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. CDC Weighs In Another federal agency is wading into the ongoing debate over cannabis industry regulations: the U.S. Center for Disease Control. And with that entrance comes another likely indicator of how future states will regulate edibles compa....
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New York Times | JULY 31, 2015 | Albany
 New York State Awards 5 Medical Marijuana Licenses
JESSE McKINLEY
Mirroring a national trend toward an acceptance of marijuana, the New York State Department of Health announced the names of five organizations on Friday that will be allowed to sell the drug for medical use in the state. The organizations will be registered with the state, and each will be allowed to open up to four so-called dispensaries statewide. They are required to be doing business within six months, meaning medical marijuana could be on sale in New York before the end of the year. The marijuana outlets were authorized by the Compassionate Care Act that was signed ....
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The Daily Chronic | July 30, 2015 | Columbus, O H
Ohio Secretary of State Names Special Investigator for ResponsibleOhio Petitions, Subpoenas Records
 Ohio Marijuana Legalization Campaign Under Investigation for Possible Election Fraud


TJ Baker
An organization attempting to place a controversial constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio is being investigated by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for possible election fraud. On Wednesday, Husted announced he had named attorney David Bowers, a former Allen County prosecutor, to serve as a special investigator to look into discrepancies in petitions submitted from ResponsibleOhio, the organization working to place the proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment before voters in November. As with every possible case of election fraud, it is my responsibil....
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