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Legalized marijuana lowers opioid abuse, study shows

Source: WCH6-Portland by: ELLE OUSFAR and NBC NEWS , WCSH 8:27 AM. EDT March 28, 2017 Photo: NBC NEWS PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — 91 Americans die each day from opioid abuse. Is there hope for the Opioid epidemic?  After legalizing recreational Marijuana in January, Mainers may have a pot to stand on. A professor of […]

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Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

By kristen wyatt, associated press DENVER — Mar 25, 2017, 10:33 AM ET FILE–In this Friday, Dec. 9, 2014, file photograph, Matt Hart holds up a bud of Lemon Skunk, the most potent strain of marijuana available at the 3D Dispensary in Denver. A bill making its way through the Colorado legislature may allow recreational […]

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Marijuana News Roundup: No State Wants to Be Left Behind in Pot Legalization

source: YAHOO FINANCE AUTHOR: Paul Ausick 24/7 Wall St. March 12, 2017 Whether or not California’s recent approval of recreational marijuana is the catalyst, there are as many as 17 other states looking seriously at legalizing pot for fun. Essentially, state legislators see money lying on the ground and they want to pick some of […]

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‘Fake Weed’ Linked to More Risk-Taking Than Real Marijuana

SOURCE: LIVESCIENCE By Stephanie Bucklin, Live Science Contributor | March 13, 2017 03:41am ET Credit: Creative Family/Shutterstock Teens who use “fake weed,” or synthetic cannabis, may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors than those who use only marijuana, a new study finds. High school students in the study who used synthetic cannabinoids had […]

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Should Your Insurance Company Pay for Medical Marijuana? Judges Are Starting to Rule That Way

SOURCE: AlterNet As marijuana proves safer and more effective than opiates, several court rulings may set a new precedent. By April M. Short / March 19, 2017 Colorado was the first US state to legalize marijuana, followed by Washington state, in both cases after voter initiatives Recent court rulings in Canada and the U.S. could […]

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Polis Says Amendment Will Protect Marijuana from Sessions

SOURCE: Roll Call – Politics Posted Mar 16, 2017 8:42 AM Eric Garcia Rep. Jared Polis, D-Co., is hoping to protect legal marijuana in his state from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo) Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis teamed up with Republican Rep. Tom McClintock to protect marijuana businesses in his state […]

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Legalizing Marijuana in All 50 States Could Cut 7% of Beer Sales

Source: YAHOO FINANCE Author-Paul Ausick 24/7 Wall St. March 17, 2017 One of the unintended side effects (probably) of legalizing marijuana for recreational use could be a drop of 7.1% in retail sales of beer, or about $2 billion, according to the Cannabiz Consumer Group. In states where recreational use is already legal, 27% of […]

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Segerblom bill would spark earlier recreational marijuana sales in Nevada

SOURCE: Las Vegas Review-Journal Posted March 17, 2017 – 5:05pmUpdated March 17, 2017 – 7:52pm By COLTON LOCHHEAD LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL A bill proposed Friday by Sen. Tick Segerblom would kick-start recreational marijuana sales in Nevada. But a statement out of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office could spell doom for the bill. Senate Bill 302 would let medical […]

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Health company managed by Snider family proposes medical marijuana facility

SOURCE: CSNPHILLY By The Associated Press February 16, 2017 5:40 PM A health company managed by the heirs of Flyers founder Ed Snider is looking to build a medical marijuana growing facility in Philadelphia. The Inquirer reports that Snider Health gave a presentation to the Parkwood Civic Association for a proposed 125,000-square-foot factory on Wednesday. […]

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Medical Marijuana And Liver Disease: What Science Says Is Possible – See more at: https://thefreshtoast.com/cannabis/medical-marijuana-and-liver-disease/#sthash.QIV9yTIZ.dpuf

Your endocannabinoid system is key. SOURCE: THE FRESH TOAST By: Brea Mosley Mar 12, 2017 Photo by Flickr user Qasim Zafar Liver disease occurs when the liver experiences a high amount of tissue scarring. This is typically a direct result of constant inflammation and the death of vital cells. This disease inflicts more than 400,000 […]

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Marijuana v. opioid addiction: an easy choice

Source: The STATE Bill Nettles Guest Columnist Dixie Pace of Greenville passes out posters with Melinda Dority and Jessi Pace at a rally at a 2015 rally to support legalizing the medical use of marijuana. Tracy Glantz tglantz@thestate.com Columbia, SC Many patients who would benefit from medical marijuana have no viable treatment for their pain […]

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World’s Top-Performing Hedge Fund Gained 145% Last Year…on Marijuana

Source-INVESTOPEDIA By Nathan Reiff | March 7, 2017 — 10:33 AM EST While hedge funds around the world have struggled to break even in many cases, some select funds found ways to not only beat the markets, but to bring in outlandish returns in 2016. Funds in the quantitative and AI-based strategy realms, for example, […]

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Los Angeles Sheriff expects federal agents will target marijuana

Source- The ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, March 8, 2017 Updated 5:00 a.m. By MICHAEL BALSAMO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES – The leader of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department expects federal drug agents will attempt to step up marijuana enforcement as California moves forward with legalization. But he believes there isn’t the manpower to conduct […]

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Study shows shift in favor of legalized marijuana

Source-1011 NEWS -By Press Release | Posted: Wed 12:41 PM, Mar 08, 2017  |Updated: Wed 1:44 PM, Mar 08, 2017 LINCOLN, Neb. — Public opinion polls have shown significant growth in support for marijuana legalization, from about 20 percent in 1990, according to public opinion surveys, to 57 percent in the latest Pew Research survey released in […]

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Marijuana could help injured workers with chronic pain

Source-BUSINESS INSURANCE Joyce Famakinwa 3/8/2017 8:00:00 AM BOSTON — Marijuana may have benefits over addictive opioids as a pain treatment for injured workers, but federal drug laws and a lack of guidelines for marijuana prescribing could hinder its use in workers compensation. A recent report from The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked […]

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NFL Players Are Demanding Medical Marijuana As Alternative To Opioids MedCan is safer and the players want it.

By: Mike Adams Mar 03, 2017 Source: Thefreshtoast.com Photo by David Madison/Getty Images Over half the nation has legalized marijuana for medicinal use — some legal states are even home to NFL teams — yet professional football players are still prohibited from using the herb for various health issues, including chronic pain. It is for […]

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Retired policeman wants to open medical marijuana dispensary

Article Source-STANDARD SPEAKER By SAM GALSKI / Published: February 26, 2017     ” ELLEN F. O’CONNELL/Staff Photographer Jeff Turse wants to establish a medical marijuana dispensary in the Franklin Corporate Center in Hazle Township where his store, Atomic Vapors, is closing today. Turse also wants to use an already-vacant storefront to the left of […]

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Breathalyzer in development to test influence of marijuana behind the wheel

CHED 630AM-Edmonton’s Breaking News and Conversation Station By Michelle Morton February 25, 2017 11:34 pm Police on the west coast may soon be able to test if drivers are under the influence of marijuana behind the wheel. Vancouver-based company Cannabix Technologies President Kal Malhi says they are close to creating a breathalyzer to detect if […]

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Researchers believe marijuana could ease opioid epidemic

THE HERALD-DISPATCH By CHRISTINE VESTAL Stateline Feb 27, 2017 Updated 1 hr ago NEW YORK – After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among nearly 14,000 patients in New York state who are […]

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Sessions: States can pass marijuana laws, but more violence around pot than ‘one would think’

By Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker, Associated Press 5:43 p.m. PT Feb. 27, 2017 (Photo: Jack Gruber, Jack Gruber-USA TODAY) WASHINGTON – The Justice Department will try to adopt “responsible policies” for enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday, adding that he believes violence surrounds sales and use of the drug […]

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Company Launches Passpot, A Cannabis, Weed, Pot Passport & Travel Journal

Denver, CO (PRWEB) February 24, 2017 Passpot Publishing announces the launch of Passpot, a cannabis passport and travel journal. Passpot prepares the reader to discuss, purchase, consume, and rate marijuana and provides a unique souvenir to commemorate cannabis adventures. Passpot Publishing announces the launch of Passpot, a cannabis passport and travel journal. Currently available exclusively […]

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Cannabis Industry Is Uncertain, but Hopeful About Trump Administration

Posted to INSIDESOURCES – Politics, January 26, 2017, by Erin Mundahl On the morning of November 9, the American political landscape looked quite different than it had the night before. Not only was Donald Trump now the President-elect, but proponents of marijuana legalization had made important gains in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada, all of […]

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Court not swayed by religion in Michigan marijuana case

Published in the WASHINGTON TIMES By – Associated Press – Friday, January 27, 2017 LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A federal appeals court has found nothing heavenly about a Michigan’s man claim to have a religious right to grow pot. The court on Thursday upheld an 18-month prison sentence for Brendan Barnes. In 2014, Lansing authorities […]

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Top Legal Marijuana Client Concern? Banking

Published by Melissa Hoffmann, New York Law Journal January 27, 2017 Hillary Peckham, center, talks about the difficulties of running a medical marijuana dispensary in New York at a recent panel held by the New York State Society of CPAs. She is joined by panelists Ram Mukunda, left, president and CEO of IGC, and Henry […]

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Maine prepares for limited legalization of marijuana for adults 21 and older

Published by NH1 New Hampshire in every way on Jan 27, 2017 5:40 PM NH1.com PORTLAND, Maine — It will be legal for adults 21 and older to possess limited amounts of marijuana after Question 1 takes effect on Monday. The voter-approved law allows adults to grow a limited amount of marijuana in their homes […]

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Colorado sells more than $1 billion of marijuana in 2016

Published in the Durango Herald By The Associated Press | Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 3:15 PM DENVER – Newly released state figures show Colorado’s marijuana dispensaries sold $1.3 billion worth of recreational and medical pot in 2016. The Denver Post reports that the Colorado Department of Revenue released tax data Thursday showing the third consecutive […]

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The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017 Has Been Introduced

Published in the MARIJUANA TIMES By Julia Granowicz – Feb 11, 2017 About a week ago, a handful of lawmakers who call themselves the “Congressional Cannabis Caucus” announced that they intend to introduce legislation that would help protect the cannabis industry from a Department of Justice run by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Their announcement was […]

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‘Medical Marijuana’ riddled with Mold, Bacteria—Especially Bad for the Sick?

Source: AMERICAN COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND HEALTH By Jamie Wells — February 10, 2017 Credit: Shutterstock With the current wave of states legalizing marijuana, advocates championing the cause and the presence of greater societal acceptance, there is a growing perception that dispensary-supplied “medical marijuana”—not distinct from “recreational marijuana”— is as safe as any medical product […]

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Florida officials, voters clash over medical marijuana rules

Written By JOE REEDY – Published February 10, 2017, In the MIAMI HERALD Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla Licensed mental health counselor Cyndi Hamad of Seminole speaks before a standing room only public hearing on medical marijuana provisions at the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories in Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Hamad explained […]

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Former medical marijuana executives charged

Published in the LEADER-HERALD on February 12, 2017 Reported by Mike Anich, Reporter, manich@leaderherald.com Company has ties to Vireo PERTH — Two former executives of Minnesota Medical Solution, a subsidiary of Vireo Health in New York, which owns a medical marijuana facility at the Tryon Technology Park, were arrested Monday. Minnesota and New York have […]

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Henderson City Council approves 6-month recreational marijuana ban

Published in The LAS VEGAS SUN From staff and wire reports Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 | 7:59 a.m. The Henderson City Council has passed a six-month moratorium on marijuana sales. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the sale of recreational marijuana while it waits for regulations from the state. According to the ordinance, the […]

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Researchers find deadly mold, fungi in Northern California medical marijuana samples

PUBLISHED IN THE MERCURY NEWS By The Associated Press | February 8, 2017 at 11:23 am DAVIS – Researchers at UC Davis are warning some medical marijuana users after identifying potentially lethal bacteria and mold on cannabis samples from 20 Northern California dispensaries. Microbiology professor George Thompson is advising those with weakened immune systems to avoid […]

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Police chiefs reject proposal for homegrown marijuana

Written by: Daniel Leblanc OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2017 12:38PM EST Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2017 1:47PM EST Canada’s police chiefs are calling on Ottawa to reject some of the key recommendations in a federal report on the legalization of marijuana, stating the proposals by former Liberal minister Anne McLellan […]

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California seeks advisers on marijuana rules

THE SACRAMENTO BEE Capitol Alert The go-to source for news on California policy and politics One ounce of marijuana at A Therapeutic Alternative in Sacramento on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Randall Benton rbenton@sacbee.com By Taryn Luna tluna@sacbee.com The Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation is now accepting applications for a marijuana advisory committee to help inform […]

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Marijuana tax revenue hit $200 million in Colorado as sales pass $1 billion

MARKETWATCH, By Trey Williams Reporter Published in MARKETWATCH: Feb 11, 2017 11:33 a.m. ET Marijuana sales grew 30% in 2016 and are expected to reach $20.2 billion by 2021 according to market research The state of Colorado pulled in nearly $200 million in tax revenue last year thanks to its $1.3 billion in marijuana revenue. […]

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Don’t drown marijuana in regulations

Written By The Editorial Board, LA Daily News Posted: 02/09/17, 5:02 PM PST | Updated: 2 days ago California voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use in November, and now regulators are hard at work devising the new rules and fees to be imposed. There seems to be some considerable doubt, however, as to […]

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Republican congressman introduces legislation that would take marijuana out of the hands of the federal government

The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act would allow states to determine their own marijuana policies. Written by Taylor Link – SALON Topics: Dana Rohrabacher, federal government, federal vs state, Jeff Sessions, marijuana, marijuana policy, Medical Marijuana, original video, Video News, Business News, News, Politics News Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California is proposing a law that […]

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Peru’s government proposes to legalise medical marijuana

Published by the INDEPENDENT Thursday 9 February 2017 14:44 GMT President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski says plan stems from Lima police raid on house where group of parents were found growing marijuana to make oil to treat children’s epilepsy  Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Mariana Bazo.Reuters Peru’s government says it will present to the opposition-dominated legislature a plan to […]

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Survey Finds Most Police Officers Support Medical Marijuana

Written by ENTREPENEUR on February 9, 2017 Softening attitudes among police lags general public acceptance but seems to confirm an inexorable social trend. Image credit: Luke Sharrett | Bloomberg | Getty Images In a sign of the continuing shift in attitudes about legal marijuana, a new survey finds that a majority of police officers now […]

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National Academies of SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE Releases Comprehensive Study of Recent Research on the Health Effects of the Recreational and Theraputic Use of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products

FROM THE National Academies of SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE OFFICE OF NEWS AND PUBLIC INFORMATION Jan. 12, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Nearly 100 Conclusions on the Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report; One of the Most Comprehensive Studies of Recent Research on Health Effects of Recreational and Therapeutic Use […]

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Colorado on marijuana: ER visits, poison-control calls down even as consumption rates remain steady Public health officials say research suggests public education is working

By Alicia Wallace | awallace@denverpost.com | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: February 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm | UPDATED: February 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm Monitoring potential public-health outcomes was a top priority for state health officials after Colorado implemented its recreational marijuana law in 2014. Three years into regulated sales of recreational cannabis, the Retail […]

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You’ll Never Guess Who Wants to See Marijuana Legalized Nationwide

FOX BUSINESS By Sean Williams Published February 05, 2017 Image source: Getty Images. The marijuana industry is red hot, and it has the rapidly changing views of the public to thank. In 1995, just prior to California becoming the first state to legalize medical cannabis for compassionate use, only 25% of respondents in Gallup’s national […]

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Colorado Report Says Adolescent Marijuana Use ‘Has Not Changed Since Legalization’ Officials also note that reports of marijuana exposures involving children fell last year.

REASON.COM – By Jacob Sullum|Feb. 3, 2017 7:00 am According to a new report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), cannabis consumption by teenagers in that state “has not changed since legalization either in terms of the number of people using or the frequency of use among users.” That conclusion is […]

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Colorado Report Could Put an End to Prohibitionist Arguments

THE MARIJUANA TIMES By Julia Granowicz – Feb 4, 2017 2124 There are a few different go-to arguments that prohibitionists constantly fall back on when they are arguing against marijuana legalization. While we try to argue for the benefits of things that help everyone – like the creation of jobs, more revenue for schools and […]

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Marijuana Could Ease Burden of Opioid Addiction

Published in GEN Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News February 3, 2017 New study shows that cannabinoids may reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms in heroin users. [Andre Blais/Shutterstock] In 2014, more people died from drug overdoses than at any other time in U.S. history, with 60% of fatalities involving opioid drugs. Moreover, estimates point to […]

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Federal House Bill Would Reschedule Cannabis, Re-Define Marijuana to Exclude CBD

GANJAPRENEUR – By TG Branfalt – Friday, February 3rd, 2017 Republican Virginia Rep. Griffith H. Morgan has introduced legislation to reschedule cannabis under the federal Controlled Substances Act, and exclude cannabidiol from the definition of marijuana. According to the bill text, CBD would be defined exclusively as cannabis not containing more than 0.3 percent THC […]

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Alaska collects $145,800 marijuana tax in December

Posted January 31, 2017 07:01 pm – Updated February 1, 2017 08:04 am By JAMES BROOKS Juneau Empire In this file photo, Juneau Mayor Ken Koelsch, center, stands and watches the first marijuana sales in the capital city with Giono Barrett, right, as James Barrett helps customers during a invitation opening of Rainforest Farms store […]

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Colorado marijuana health trends mostly positive but still bear watching

By: Jakob Rodgers-Colorado Springs GAZETTE, January 31, 2017, Updated: Today at 7:04 am FILE – In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana grows at a medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. (AP) Marijuana-related emergency room visits dropped, accidental poisonings are down and recreational marijuana failed to bring a much-feared spike in adolescent pot […]

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Marijuana industry will see explosive growth in 2017

Shutterstock RED DIRT REPORT – Shane Smith | January 23, 2017 Category:  Prairie Opinions NORMAN, Okla. – To say that 2016 was a watershed year for legal cannabis in the U.S. would be an understatement, to put it very lightly. Last year, legal sales grew at a rate of 30 percent, faster than even the […]

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Texas Teacher Shouldn’t Be Punished for Marijuana Use in Colorado, Judge Says

THE NEW YORK TIMES – By CHRISTINE HAUSERJAN. 23, 2017 Edibles available for sale in Denver only to medical marijuana patients. Credit Matthew Staver for The New York Times A Texas high school teacher can use marijuana in Colorado, where it is legal, and should not get into trouble for it in her home state, […]

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