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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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Weed for Warriors pushes marijuana therapy for veterans at Phoenix Cannabis Expo

Veteran Jose Martinez, who lost three limbs in Afghanistan, found relief to his pain with medical marijuana. Image: Shanna Hogan, Phoenix New Times
 
As part of its work, the group collects donations of cannabis and makes it accessible to veterans who cannot afford it. 
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Cannabis clubs in Colorado: This city could set path for social pot use

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John Aguilar ~ Denver Post ~
 
Englewood liquor licensing authority floats proposed ordinance allowing social pot use at cannabis clubs.
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In U.S., 58% Back Legal Marijuana Use

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Jeffrey M. Jones ~ Gallup.com ~

PRINCETON, N.J. -- A majority of Americans continue to say marijuana use should be legal in the United States, with 58% holding that view, tying the high point in Gallup's 46-year trend.

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Pot Legalization Effort in US Heartland Takes Many Paths

Michael McGovern, a representative from ResponsibleOhio, a pro-marijuana legalization group, wears a sticker during a promotional tour stop at Miami University, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Oxford, Ohio. AP Photo/John Minchillo
Julie Carr Smyth ~ Associated Press ~
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- So a few states out West and a couple cities on the East Coast have voted to legalize marijuana. Does that mean legal pot can fly in the heartland?
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Anchorage woman offers free marijuana trade to fight spice synthetic drug epidemic

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Travis Khachatoorian ~ KTUU.com ~
 
ANCHORAGE – While many health officials are mulling over the best way to tackle the spice epidemic in Anchorage, one resident says handing out free marijuana may be the answer.
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U.S. government is stifling medical marijuana research, major think tank declares

Cannabis buds at a Denver facility. Image: WeedWorthy.com
 
In a strongly-worded new report out Tuesday, researchers at the Brookings Institution call on the federal government to eliminate roadblocks to medical marijuana research in the U.S.
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Marijuana use more than doubles in just 12 years

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The number of adults using marijuana more than doubled in recent years, according to new research culling data from two massive surveys.
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Legal cannabis industry veteran: We're just getting started

Christian Hageseth at the National Cannabis Summit in Denver. Image: WeedWorthy.com
Bruce Kennedy ~ WeedWorthy ~
 
Veteran cannabis entrepreneur Christian Hageseth says the legal cannabis industry is rapidly evolving and on the verge of explosive growth.
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Poll: Majority of Texans support Marijuana Policy Reform

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AUSTIN, Texas – Seventy-four percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with pot should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine, according to a new poll conducted by The Texas Lyceum.
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Choose cannabis for wellness, not intoxication: the DeAngelo Manifesto

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A manifesto, by definition, is not usually easy reading, which is why Steve DeAngelo has combined his eight-point program with scientific and historical details, interspersed with stories about his life.
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Michigan marijuana legalization group, at half way point in petition drive, dives deep into data - Cannabis News

The logo for the Michigan Cannabis Coalition, one of two groups seeking to put a marijuana legalization proposal on the Michigan ballot in 2016. Image via MLive.com

Jonathan Oosting ~ MLive.com ~

LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Cannabis Coalition still isn't saying much about its investors, but it's learning a lot about supporters who are signing its petition to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. 

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The next 11 states that will legalize marijuana

2001 The Space Odyssey Marijuana March May 5, 2001 New Orleans. Image: Bart Everson via Wikimedia Commons
 
Compared to 1969, when only 12% supported legalizing pot, the majority of Americans today support legalizing recreational use of the drug.
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