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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United States Marijuana Industry Could Be Worth $35 Billion
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USA — If all 50 states legalized marijuana and the federal government ended prohibition of the plant, the marijuana industry in the United States would be worth $35 billion just six years from now. That’s according to a new report from GreenWave Advisors, a research and advisory firm that serves the emerging marijuana industry in […]

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Nutter signs marijuana decriminalization
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Beginning on Oct. 20, possession of less than an ounce of weed in Philadelphia will land you a fine cheaper than a parking ticket — $25 . Mayor Michael Nutter signed City Councilman Jim Kenney’s marijuana decriminalization bill on Wednesday, making the bill law. The bill passed the Philadelphia City Council 14–2 on Sept. 18 […]

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Colorado proposes edible pot ban, then retreats
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Colorado health authorities suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, including brownies and cookies, then whipsawed away from the suggestion Monday after it went public. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told state pot regulators they should limit edible pot on shelves to hard lozenges and tinctures, which are a form of liquid […]

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Canada’s largest mental health and addiction​​ teaching hospital: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
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Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has released a new evidence-informed report on cannabis control. The Cannabis Policy Framework released by CAMH recommends marijuana legalization with a strict regulation approach to cannabis control. Canada has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world, with 40 percent of Canadians having used […]

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Marijuana legalization could be drawn out by D.C. Council
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Washington — D.C. voters are likely to legalize marijuana possession in the District next month. But it could be many more months, perhaps a year or more, before residents would be able to legally purchase non-medicinal marijuana. And in the interim, the organizers of the ballot initiative — which is supported by nearly two-thirds of […]

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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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