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The New York Times | Dec. 18, 2014 | Denver
 Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Law
Cultivating marijuana near Colorado Springs in February. A suit argues that an influx of marijuana has taxed law enforcement in other states. Credit
Cultivating marijuana near Colorado Springs in February. A suit argues that an influx of marijuana has taxed law enforcement in other states. Credit
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Jack Healy
Two heartland states filed the first major court challenge to marijuana legalization on Thursday, saying that Colorados growing array of state-regulated recreational marijuana shops was piping marijuana into neighboring states and should be shut down. The lawsuit was brought by attorneys general in Nebraska and Oklahoma, and asks the United States Supreme Court to strike down key parts of a 2012 voter-approved measure that legalized marijuana in Colorado for adult use and created a new system of stores, taxes and regulations surrounding retail marijuana. While marijuana r....
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Associated Press | Dec 19, | Denver
 Colorado Vows To Defend Pot Law Against States` Challenge


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Sadie Gurman And Grant Schulte
Colorado`s top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state`s historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states. The two states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Amendment 64, which was approved by voters in 2012 and allows recreational marijuana for adults over 21. The complaint says the measure runs afoul of federal law and therefore violates the Constitution`s su....
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Omaha.com | December 18, 2014 | Lincoln
 Jon Bruning files lawsuit over Colorados legalization of marijuana
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning
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Joe Duggan
Nebraska has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to close a dangerous gap in federal drug enforcement by making marijuana illegal again in Colorado. Now the nations highest court must decide whether it will hear the case. Attorneys General Jon Bruning of Nebraska and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma took the extraordinary step of suing another state Thursday when they asked the Supreme Court to settle an important question: How can Colorado circumvent federal law that bans the cultivation, trafficking and possession of marijuana? The lawsuit will be closely watched by groups with interest....
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thedenverchannel.com | Dec 17, 2014 | Denver
 Medical marijuana patients sue Colorado over use of patient registry fees
Eric Lupher
Medical marijuana patients are suing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment over patient fees. The Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project says the health department wants to illegally use registry application fees to fund new research on medical marijuana. The lawsuit comes as the state`s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council recommends eight research grant proposals for consideration by the Board of Health. Last year, the General Assembly SB14-155 authorized $10 million from reserves in the medical marijuana program cash fund for such ....
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The Huffington Post | 12/16/2014
 More Nails in the Drug War Coffin: Top Stories of 2014


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Tony Newman
2014 was another nail in the coffin in the United States` disastrous war on drugs. The majority of the country now supports marijuana legalization and Oregon, Alaska and D.C. made it a reality by legalizing it. World leaders like former UN head Kofi Annan and Presidents of Latin America called for an end to the drug war and for legally regulating drugs. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder continued to speak out against racist mandatory minimum drug laws and mass incarceration. President Obama made national news when he spoke out against racist marijuana enforcement and said ....
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Associated Press | Dec 17 | Denver
 MARIJUANA RESEARCH PROJECTS GETTING STATE FUNDING
Kristen Wyatt
Colorado was poised Wednesday to award more than $8 million for medical marijuana research, a step toward addressing complaints that little is known about pot`s medical potential. The grants to be awarded by the state Board of Health would go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson`s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. Though the awards are relatively small, they represent a new frontier for marijuana research. That`s because the Colorado grants are outside of the usual federal channels for approving marijuana research, a proc....
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The Daily Chronic | December 17, 2014 | Anchorage, Ak
 Attempt to Ban Marijuana Sales in Alaskas Largest City Fails


Thomas H. Clarke
An attempt to ban retail marijuana sales in Anchorage, Alaskas largest city, failed after four hours of public testimony Tuesday night. The proposal, introduced by Assemblywoman Amy Demboski last month, was defeated in a 9-2 vote. Demboski and Paul Honeman a former Anchorage police lieutenant were the only two members of the Assembly to vote in favor of the measure. The third original co-sponsor of the proposal, Assembly member Dick Traini, voted against it. Several Assembly members expressed concern that the ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding mari....
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The Mancos Times | December 15, 2014
First retail pot shop in the county
 Town Board approves retail marijuana store
Shannon LIvick
The Mancos Town Board voted 5-1 Wednesday night to approve a retail marijuana store in town, making Mancos the first spot in Montezuma County where you can legally buy marijuana without a medical card. Trustee Michele Black voted against the shop, saying, ``I know there are people who are not for this.`` During a public hearing before the vote, three people spoke in favor of the store, named The Shop. No one spoke against it, and the hearing lasted three minutes. Shop owner Fete said he expects to open the boutique-like shop at 449 Railroad Ave. in a few weeks. He plans ....
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The Denver Post | 12/15/2014
 Adams County to allow retail marijuana stores in unincorporated areas
Marijuana plants for medical use get a drink a facility in Federal Heights in 2010.
Marijuana plants for medical use get a drink a facility in Federal Heights in 2010.
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Megan Mitchell
Retail marijuana stores and grow operations could begin opening in unincorporated Adams County next year after the Board of County Commissioners decided to let a 16-month ban on recreational marijuana expire Dec. 31. The board enacted the ban in August 2013 and then chose not to extend it after voters passed a 3-percent sales tax increase on all retail marijuana operations in the entire county. Before the election, we were going to go ahead and expand the moratorium through July, said Adams County Commissioner Eva Henry. When we originally thought about doing that, our ta....
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