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A seven-acre greenhouse facility in Ontario run by Supreme Pharmaceuticals, formerly a copper exploration company.  Image: Reuters/Euan Rocha
 
Economic turmoil in China, the world’s second-largest economy and top consumer of industrial metals, has hit commodity prices hard. For the smaller players in the mining industry, that’s made business difficult, and the future uncertain.

Cannabis trimmers at a Denver operation. Image: WeedWorthy.com
Michael Bodley ~ NBCNews.com ~
 
PHOENIX - The developing national marijuana industry is still sifting through labor disputes long since settled in other lines of work.

Vermont State Senator Joe Benning acknowledged that there may not be enough support in the legislature yet for legalizing marijuana. But he thinks it might make sense to regulate that industry and perhaps even reap some economic rewards from it. Credit Charlotte Albright / VPR

Charlotte Albright ~ Vermont Public Radio ~

A group of Vermont business leaders called the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative has been inviting public comment on the best way to create a safe, sustainable marijuana industry.

Glass artist Mark Nowicki displays his handmade bongs at the O.G Tubes booth at the marijuana expo at the Hawaii Convention Center on July 19. Image: Cory Lum, Civil Beat.

Competition will be fierce for Hawaii’s eight licenses to grow and sell medical cannabis. Many other types of businesses are looking for a piece of the action as well.

Interior of the Euflora dispensary in downtown Denver. Image: WeedWorthy.com
Clarissa Cooper and Michael Bodley ~ Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative via NBCNews.com ~
 
DENVER — Every month, Jamie Perino hires a security detail to come to her three recreational marijuana dispensaries. They stop by, collect thousands of dollars in cash and head out to deliver the money to the state, county and city.

People share marijuana seeds at the swap event at Libertine, in Adams Morgan. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)
 
WASHINGTON — Pot-related businesses in the District are starting to meet expectations, growing steadily since last February when marijuana became legal for private and personal use.

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