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California Cannabis Legalization Campaigns Gearing Up

Sow The Seeds of Victory. Image Courtesy: East Bay Express
California cannabis activists announced on Thursday that they will soon file a state ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in 2016.
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California City Creates Innovation Zone for Marijuana

Cannabis Buds/Photo: WeedWorthy.com
The city of Arcata has created what is believed to be the nation’s first-ever land use designation specifically meant to promote and regulate the production of marijuana and cannabis-related products.
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Here are the states most likely to legalize marijuana next

U.S. flag with cannabis stars
Matt Levin ~ Houston Chronicle ~
Four states and the nation’s capital have legalized marijuana in the past few years. Polls indicate that other states will soon blaze a trail of legalization throughout the U.S.
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Research by Stanford law students offers roadmap for California on legalizing marijuana

Stanford Law School students prepare for a presentation on California marijuana policy options at the RAND Corp. office in Santa Monica, California, in May.  Photo:  Stanford Law School

Clifton B. Parker ~ Stanford University ~

Stanford law students offer an analysis on how California could most effectively implement marijuana legalization for recreational use if voters approve ballot measures on the issue in 2016.
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Cannabis growers and dispensaries form the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois

Illinois state map and cannabis leaf
Joseph Edwards ~ WREX ~
The group says its goal is to serve as a credible voice and valued resource for the Illinois cannabis industry.
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Church of Cannabis suit raises religious liberty issues

Bill Levin poses in the sanctuary at The First Church of Cannabis. (Photo: Kelly Wilkinson/The Star file photo)
Stephanie Wang and Michael Anthony Adams ~ IndyStar.com ~

Legal experts question whether church can overcome hurdles in challenging Indiana's marijuana laws.

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Money a key factor in race to legalize marijuana in Michigan

The group MILegalize launched its signature gathering efforts at a rally in front of the state Capitol last week. Credit Jake Neher / MPRN
The race is on to legalize marijuana in Michigan in 2016.
At least three groups are working to put the question in front of voters. But money will play a big role in deciding which of those groups actually makes the ballot.
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Cannabis Construction: Entrepreneurs Using Hemp for Home-Building

Matt A.V. Chaban ~ New York Times ~
A former Wall Street analyst believes hemp-based building materials can transform both agriculture and construction throughout New York.
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First medical cannabis clinic in Delaware opens

Cannabis college hosts D.C. marijuana seminar

Image of Oaksterdam University holding a cannabis seminar for those interested in the product. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
Oaksterdam University brings to Washington, D.C. the city’s first certified career training program for candidates seeking to enter the legal cannabis industry.
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Utah parents say hemp oil is a breakthrough epilepsy treatment

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Emily Knowlton, 19, jokes around with her sister Isabelle, 10, who is among dozens of Utah epileptic children and adults now receiving therapeutic hemp oil with permission from the state.
Utah families of children with intractable epilepsy say cannabis treatment is a breakthrough; lawmaker plans to push extension.
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Marijuana giveaway and smokeout event will celebrate legalization in Portland

2011 file photo of an unidentified man smokes medical marijuana during karaoke night at the Cannabis Cafe, in Portland, Ore. At a July 3 event, Weed the People, people will gather to smoke legally and receive free marijuana from Oregon growers. (AP Photo)

Jamie Hale ~ OregonLive ~

On July 1, recreational marijuana will officially be legal in Oregon. Some kind of celebration, a commemoration of the occasion, was inevitable.
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Garden City mom turns herself in, faces charges in marijuana-use case

Image of Shona Banda, who is being persecuted in Kansas for medical marijuana use
Shona Banda, a Kansas marijuana advocate, turned herself in to authorities Monday on an arrest warrant with five charges relating to marijuana use.
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New proposal: Allow more places for pot use in Denver

Image of Denver 420 celebrations
Activists who legalized pot via Amendment 64 are now pushing for a liberal consumption initiative in Denver that would allow indoor vaping and outdoor smoking at amenable bars, spaces
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Meet the state-recognised church of cannabis

Image of a church super imposed on a marijuana leaf
The First Church of Cannabis has been recognised as a church and charitable organisation in Indiana, despite the drug still being illegal in the state.
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Walk-in medical marijuana certification clinics now operating in Maine

Image of a walk-in medical marijuana clinic in Maine
BANGOR, Maine — A health care company that operates walk-in clinics in five states that specialize in qualifying people to use medical marijuana recently expanded into Maine, with locations in Bangor, Augusta, Biddeford, and a fourth planned for Auburn.
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Meet Mr. Marijuana

Image of Dick Evans, long time marijuana legalization advocate in Massachusetts
NORTHAMPTON — The response to Dick Evans at the State House was not warm.
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Bob Marley Raised A Really Good Question About Marijuana Prohibition

Image of Bob Marley, Reggae Super Star
Reggae superstar Bob Marley passed away 34 years ago today - May 11th, 1981 at the age of 36.
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New Jersey parents sue to allow daughter to use medical marijuana in school

Image of Genny Barbour and her Dad Roger, fighting to use medical marijuana or cannabis oil in New Jersey
The parents of a 16-year-old girl who was prescribed medical marijuana for her seizures has filed a lawsuit for her to allowed to take her medication in school.
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In Our View, A Simple Fix For Marijuana

Antiquated federal law on pot hampers states 
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