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DEA Takes 'Baby Step' on CBD, Eliciting Optimism and Outrage – Marijuana News

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The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Wednesday it’s making research into the non-intoxicating cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) easier, but advocates for legal access to what appears an effective treatment for epilepsy say the change doesn’t go nearly far enough.

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The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015 – Marijuana News

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In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states.

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Volunteers in Denver give away free pot to the homeless on Christmas Eve – Marijuana News

Volunteers in Denver give away free pot to the homeless on Christmas Eve, to raise awareness about homelessness. Image: Denver7 reporter Jennifer Kovaleski

DENVER - A local nonprofit hit the streets of Downtown Denver on Christmas Eve and gave away a thousand free, pre-rolled marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one. "Merry Christmas and a puff puff, New Year's," said one woman who accepted a joint.

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At Emerald Cup cannabis fair, mellow moments for legalized pot – Marijuana News

Becca Marston, a sales rep for Utopia Farms, hands out free samples of cannabis-infused macaroons to Blake Almira, 21, right, and a friend. Image: Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times

Forget prize piglets, pie-eating contests and sheep-shearing demonstrations. This fair is dedicated to showcasing the very best marijuana grown in California, and by extension, the world.

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Oregon Warm Springs tribe approves pot sales project – Marijuana News

Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs stand in line Thursday, Dec. 17, waiting to vote on a cannabis cultivation referendum. Image via Jefferson Public Radio

PORTLAND — Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have approved a plan to build a facility to grow marijuana on their reservation in Central Oregon and sell it at tribe-owned stores outside the reservation.

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In New Era for Marijuana, New York Smokers Get Bolder – Marijuana News

Public pot smokers at different locations in NYC. Image: Hilary Swift for The New York Times

It wafts down the pavement, an unmistakable odor more Haight-Ashbury than New York — the tang of marijuana smoke in the city’s streets.

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Montana recreational weed initiative blazing forward – Marijuana News

Medical marijuana at a Bozeman facility in 2014. Image: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The state has issued official signature petitions for a 2016 ballot measure that would legalize, regulate and tax the sale of marijuana.

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A ‘Budding’ Industry: Asian Americans for Cannabis Education – Marijuana News

AACE Co-Founder Opehlia Chong carrying a marijuana plant. Image: Natalie Embrey, Stock Pot Images, LLC via NBCNews.com

When Tiffany Wu first entered the cannabis industry in March, she noticed that Asian Americans involved in the industry were few and far between — a trend the 28-year-old says was made even more apparent after she attended the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo one of the nation's largest cannabis trade shows attracting thousands of advocates and industry professionals, in Las Vegas in November.

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Online Commercial Released to Legalize Pot in Missouri – Marijuana News

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Show-Me Cannabis, the group pushing for legalization of pot, hopes an online commercial campaign will drum up support for medical marijuana.

The goal is to get a medicinal marijuana measure on the November 2016 ballot.

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North Dakota Medical Marijuana Petitioners Prepping to Circulate – Marijuana News

Nearly 13,500 signatures are needed for medical marijuana in North Dakota to be up for vote and Ray Morgan has no doubt they'll get there.

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Omaha Tribe interested in pursuing growing, selling of marijuana to boost economy – Marijuana News

About an hour and half north of the metro, the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska sits on 300 square miles of reservation land stretching into Iowa's Monona County.

"We need jobs," Daniel Webster said, who lives on the reservation.

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Wisconsin Families Make The Case For Marijuana Oil At State Capitol – Marijuana News

A drop of cannabis oil. Image: Ryan Bushby via Wikimedia Commons

Families desperate to get access to a medicinal oil derived from marijuana urged legislators to legalize it at a tearful hearing Tuesday.

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Legal experts urge caution as tribes enter pot business – Marijuana News

Consultant Jonathan Hunt checks seedlings growing in the marijuana growing facility on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation in September. AP Photo: Jay Pickthorn

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Tribes across the U.S. are finding marijuana is risky business nearly a year after a Justice Department policy indicated they could grow and sell pot under the same guidelines as states.

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Chicago’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Its Doors – Marijuana News

The ribbon is cut on Dispensary 33, Chicago’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Image: Lisa Fielding, CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Dispensary 33, officially opened its doors today at the corner of Clark and Argyle in what was once a pizza place.

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Missouri marijuana group rallies around sick vet facing drug charges – Marijuana News

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WAYNESVILLE, MO (KTVI) - A Missouri group trying to legalize marijuana rallies around a sick veteran who is facing a drug charge.

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The DEA chief called medical marijuana ‘a joke.’ Now patients are calling for his resignation – Marijuana News

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. Image via DEA.gov

Last week, the acting chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration called medical marijuana "a joke" during a Q&A with reporters. Now, medical marijuana patients are calling for his head, with an online petition demanding his resignation attracting over 10,000 signatures on change.org.

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Texas vets call for legal medical marijuana, end to painkiller dependence – Marijuana News

Veterans and supporters finishing up the Veterans Day Parade in Austin Texas. Image: Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy via Facebook

United States military veterans rallied at a parade in Texas on Wednesday for the right to treat their war wounds, both physical and psychological, with medical marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law and is strictly limited in Texas.

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3 States That Are Most Likely to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in 2016

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There may be more than a dozen states looking to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, but these three may have the best chance to do so.

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Tribe's recreational, medicinal marijuana operation suspended – Marijuana News

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Council president Tony Reider, right, and council treasurer Ryan Kills A Hundred. Image: Barry Amundson, Forum News Service

FLANDREAU, S. D. – A recreational and medicinal marijuana resort planned for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian Reservation in southeast South Dakota has been put on hold.

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Willie Nelson’s Crusade to Stop Big Pot

Willie Nelson at Coachella, 2007, Photo: Paul Familetti via Wikimedia Commons
 
He’s been a vocal advocate of marijuana legalization for more than half a century, but the musician/songwriter/activist has watched the last few years unfold with a combination of joy and dread.
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