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The Tower Theater in Bend, Oregon. Image: Matthew Hickey via Wikimedia Commons

Ted Shorack ~ BendBulletin.com ~

Medical marijuana dispensaries remained busy throughout the weekend after opening their doors for recreational sales Thursday.

Sign at Little Grill Collective in Harrisonburg, Virginia during MACRoCk music festival. Image: Artaxerxes via Wikimedia Commons
 
Even as legalization continues to spread, and opportunities in the cannabis industry seem widely available, it can actually be tough for small business owners to cash in on the boom.

Phoenix business owner Ed Polish scans the cannabis on display at Green Valley Wellness on Thursday in Talent, Ore. Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana Thursday for the first time to recreational users. Image: Bob Pennell, The Associated Press, via SeattleTimes.com
 
Thursday marked Day 1 of recreational-marijuana sales in Oregon. The competition for customers between Portland and Vancouver, Wash., is now officially on.

Hashman Infused marijuana chocolate bars are hand-crafted by a classically trained artisan chocolatier. Photo: Salvador Ingram

The change in US cannabis laws has led to a growing market in food and drink laced with the drug, as Meg Carter reports.

Michael Bloomberg, then Mayor of New York, speaks to the media aboard the amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New York (LPD 21) in Nov. 2009. Image: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons
 
Some CEOs characterize it as a youthful indiscretion, while others say they’ve been at it for years. Either way, it’s not career destroying.

Willie Nelson performing at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, May 2012. Image: joshbg2k via Wikimedia Commons
Craig Hlavaty ~ Chron.com ~
 
Texas country music legend and pot prophet Willie Nelson has found an investor for his Willie's Reserve private marijuana label.

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