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    The Election of 2016

    Election night brought some big changes to the legal marijuana map of the United States. In California, Massachusetts, and Nevada, it is now legal for adults to use marijuana recreationally. That said, it will be some time before the commercial and regulatory framework is in place for recreational use in those states. Maine may join […]

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      Legal Grower Raided

      A nightmare familiar to every flourishing cannabis cultivator just came to life in Calaveras County, California. A legal marijuana grower, whose owner was permitted to grow cannabis, was raided, resulting in 35 arrests and the confiscation of $10 million worth of finished product. The local sheriff, Rick DiBasilio, says their investigation began more than a […]

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        Attorney General Says Marijuana no Gateway

        Growing up, we all heard about gateway drugs. Softer drugs like marijuana and hallucinogenics were often described as gateway drugs, the theory being that users of soft drugs would seek out hard drugs like heroin and cocaine when they’d acclimatized themselves to getting high. As a working model of addiction, it does make some sense […]

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          He Fought for Children Everywhere

          In Colorado, medical marijuana treatment is allowed on school grounds, in no small part to the work of Jack Splitt. Splitt was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and found that cannabis was an effective treatment for the otherwise inescapable pain it caused. He would manage his pain using skin-like patches dosed with cannabis-derived medication. Last year, […]

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            Town Takeover Puts Grows at Risk

            Marijuana cultivators in East Boulder, Colorado, are concerned by a recent move from the city to annex 15 properties, 7 of which include marijuana operations. The annexation would complicate the operations of those growers significantly, by requiring them to comply with city rules around marijuana licensing, rather than the less stringent, county laws. Boulder’s assistant […]

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              Regional Marijuana

              No one knows for certain what future legalization efforts could bring for cannabis growers. Although a federal rescheduling or acceptance of state-legalized grows would ease restrictions, and make it easier for existing marijuana farmers to access important financial tools and potentially cross state lines, it would simultaneously open the field to larger interests. Many are […]

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                Cannabis Investments

                Roger Jenkins is known in banking circles for having played a key role in how Barclays Bank avoided needing a bailout in the 2008 financial crisis. He brokered a $15.5 billion cash infusion from Middle Eastern investors that helped keep the bank afloat. Now, he’s investing in marijuana. Jenkins is one of the backers in […]

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                  New Frontier of Cannabis Science

                  Because of marijuana’s schedule 1 legal status, there are any number of marijuana-related patents that cannot be filed, and intellectual properties that are at risk as a result. This has slowed marijuana research as well, as there’s no guarantee of recouping research and development costs. However, a cigarette manufacturer in Clarence, New York, recently launched […]

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                    Not for Kids

                    A study just published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that adolescent boys who regularly use marijuana are subject to a host of negative psychological effects that persist even after they stop using. “Perhaps the most concerning finding is that the effect of prior weekly marijuana use persists even after adolescents have stopped using […]

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                      Growers Need Public Support

                      In Pueblo County, Colorado, anyone looking to cultivate marijuana will face an extra hurdle, thanks to zoning laws and the county commissioners. Pueblo’s two largest agricultural zones have a number of homeowners associations (HOAs) and property owner’s associations (POAs) within them, and now those organizations will have a voice in allowing or denying new grow […]

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