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Anchorage woman offers free marijuana trade to fight spice synthetic drug epidemic

Spice synthetic marijuana. Image: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via Wikimedia Commons
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

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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

Book cover via KALW
 
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

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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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Petitioners urge voters to put pot on the ballot in Missouri

ALS survivor says marijuana saved her, fights to legalize it

Demand soaring at lone marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts

Customers waited for the first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts to open in Salem, on June 24. Image: Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Kay Lazar ~ The Boston Globe ~

Facility in Salem reports 1,500 patients in 2 months.

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Denver activists put public pot use ballot measure on hold

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Keith Coffman ~ Reuters ~
 
Supporters of a Denver ballot initiative to allow marijuana use at bars and other establishments have pulled the measure after city leaders and business groups agreed to discuss a compromise, the pro-pot group said on Thursday.
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From Alabama to California: Family moves to obtain medical marijuana

Does the legal marijuana industry have a race problem?

Adventures of a Pot Pioneer

Steve DeAngelo at a protest in Oakland, California. Image: Glenn Halog/Flickr

The author of the Cannabis Manifesto dishes on racist drug laws, hemp jewelry, and California's weed-fueled world domination.

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Arizona Medical Marijuana Milestone: 80,000 Patients and Caregivers

Photo: Ray Stern via Phoenix New Times
 
Arizona has reached a marijuana-legalization milestone, with more than 80,000 people now qualified to legally possess, grow, or sell pot for medicinal purposes.
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Canadian university to offer course on growing and selling cannabis

A 14-week online course offered by a B.C. university will teach students how to produce and distribute marijuana legally under new Canadian rules. Image via CBC.

With only 25 licensed distributors in Canada, teacher Tegan Adams says education a must for industry.

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Medical marijuana laws taking root across the South

Beverly Love, who suffers from lupus and multiple sclerosis, uses CBD oil to ease her pain. (Photo: Shawn Weismiller via AL.com)
Quint Forgey ~ News21 via Al.com ~
 
Only recently, as the marijuana movement sweeps through statehouses, have previously forgotten and failed laws become political tinder for a new debate in the South.
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Public comment sought in shaping marijuana regulations in Alaska

Demonstrators outside Alaska Marijuana Control Board meeting. Image via KTVA.com
 
ANCHORAGE – Outside of Monday’s Marijuana Control Board meeting in Anchorage, people held signs that said things like: “respect the vote,” “cannabis is not spice,” and “support small growers.”
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The most pernicious marijuana myth, debunked

cannabis buds at Denver grow
 
A new study is raising hackles about pot-laced edibles. The statistics really aren't as alarming as they seem.
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