State approves Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary
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By Shelley Murphy and Kay Lazar | GLOBE STAFF NOVEMBER 07, 2014 State health officials on Friday approved a highly coveted license for Boston’s first medical marijuana dispensary, selecting Patriot Care Corp. to operate a facility near Downtown Crossing. The company, which was already provisionally approved to open a dispensary in Lowell, also won permission […]

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The Real Nancy Botwins
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Marijuana Votes: Oregon And D.C. Legalize; Florida Says No To Medical
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Voters in Washington, D.C., have approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Supporters of the D.C. marijuana measure had a 65-29.5 percent lead as of 9:09 p.m. ET, with 20,727 voting in favor. The D.C. case could create friction between the city’s leaders and Congress — particularly if, as many expect, Republicans take […]

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New York – No Progress on Marijuana Arrests
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New York — When he ran for mayor, Bill de Blasio condemned police practices under which young black and Latino men were unfairly — sometimes illegally — charged with possessing tiny amounts of marijuana, placing them at risk of losing jobs, access to housing or eligibility for military service even though such charges are often […]

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Will pro-pot Alaska reporter’s viral exit boost legal marijuana vote?
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By Stephanie McNeal It was the “f— it” heard ‘round the web. Alaska reporter Charlo Greene achieved viral video fame this week by announcing on-air she was quitting to work on passing the state’s Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize marijuana. “And as for this job … f— it, I quit,” said Greene, who until that moment worked […]

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Maryland marijuana punishment law changes Oct. 1
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Possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana to become civil offense The new law that starts Wednesday reclassifies the use or possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana. With the help of Anne Arundel County police, the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team got a look at what 10 grams of marijuana actually looks like. […]

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Confusion abounds as Colorado Supreme Court considers workers’ pot use
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A Colorado Supreme Court hearing that will have major implications for marijuana and the workplace ended Tuesday with the state’s most esteemed justices mostly scratching their heads. The debate topic was this: If it isn’t illegal to use medical marijuana, does that make it a “lawful” activity for which employers can’t fire you? How the […]

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Paramilitaries are Eradicating California’s Illegal Marijuana Grows
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In the world-renowned California marijuana growing region known as the Emerald Triangle, the telltale “whoop-whoop-whoop” sound from helicopters combing the sparsely populated mountains during pot harvest season typically sends paranoia through the roof. This year is no exception. For the past month, local law enforcement and the feds have been conducting raids across the Emerald Triangle — Humboldt, Mendocino, […]

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Industrial hemp could be big, but for red tape
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Hemp seeds can be used in many foods – but not in Tasmania. OUT in the fields and talking with farmers it is glaringly obvious Tasmania is missing out on a huge opportunity from one of the oldest sustainable industries on the planet: industrial hemp. Tasmania stands on the brink of a bold new industry […]

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Medical marijuana subject to federal sales tax, unlike prescription drugs, Canadian judge rules
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Sales of medical marijuana are subject to federal sales tax even when they fall into a largely unregulated grey area, a judge has just ruled in a case that underscores the legal haziness around pot in Canada. B.C.’s Gerry Hedges earned as much as $114,000 a year selling a strain of pot he named Po-Chi […]

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