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Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:59:53 -0700

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US AZ: Dispensary Distribution

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Tucson Weekly, 13 Oct 2016 - Just before Prop 205 goes before voters, new dispensary licenses are approved making way for more MJ The Arizona Department of Health Services announced 31 new dispensary licenses last week, bringing the total number of Arizona dispensaries to 130 a month before Prop 205 appears on the November ballot.

US: OPED: Our Reefer Republic

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 09 Oct 2016 - PORTLAND, Ore. - The budtenders of the Rose City are relentlessly helpful with tips pairing a marijuana strain that is "equal parts fruity and musky" with a stimulating Sichuan dish. As Oregon, the place where empires once clashed over the global trade of beaver furs, glides into a second year of legalized recreational pot, the state is determined to show the world that a certain kind of drug prohibition belongs in history's Dumpster. Soon, with the likely passage of legal pot in California next month, all of the West Coast - from the tundra of Alaska to the sun-washed suburbs of San Diego - will be a confederacy of state-regulated marijuana use.

US: Five More States On Track To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Forbes Magazine, 10 Oct 2016 - There are nine state ballot measures regarding the legalization of marijuana that will be voted on this November. Five states will vote to legalize recreational marijuana, while the other four states are voting on legalizing medicinal marijuana. Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada are all looking to legalize recreational marijuana. Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota are proposing medical marijuana legislation. Equity research firm Cowen and Company said that if all five measures pass, the percent of the U.S. population and GDP covered by recreational states would grow roughly four times to 23% and 26% respectively.

US PA: Your Doctor Is Probably More Worried About Your Weight

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10 Oct 2016 - Doctors in the United States are not terribly concerned about your marijuana use, according to a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Researchers presented a representative sample of 233 primary-care physicians with nine hypothetical patient behaviors -- tobacco use, alcohol use, obesity, etc. -- and asked them how much of a problem they thought these behaviors were on a 10-point scale. Their goal was to suss out differences in doctors' attitudes and treatment behaviors based on their political affiliation.

US CA: Column: Legalized Pot Almost A Certainty

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Porterville Recorder, 10 Oct 2016 - A sense of certainty that recreational, random marijuana use will be legalized, regulated and taxed in California after next month's election lies behind the millions of dollars invested so far in Proposition 64, which would allow adults to grow, buy and possess pot. No more medical marijuana ruses. The sense of inevitability stems partly from the experiences of Colorado and Washington state, where cannabis can be had anytime in very many places and is regulated somewhat like cigarettes. In short, not much. Polls now show between 55 and 60 percent of likely voters favor complete legalization, and national polls indicate almost exactly half of all Americans also want that. Support for freedom to use the weed has never been higher.

US MA: Column: Pot Users Face Stony Reception In Granite State

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Boston Herald, 10 Oct 2016 - Granite State cops are bracing for a potential influx of doped-up drivers and pot-smoking teens - even without a marijuana legalization question on the New Hampshire ballot - as Massachusetts and Maine voters could legalize the herb in November. "You're going to have more instances of drugged driving, and it's going to cost the state more money because of the increase in law enforcement and prosecution," said Dalton, N.H., police Chief John Tholl, who is also a state representative opposed to marijuana legalization. "It's just going to be a burden on the legal system."

US AZ: Prop 205: Let's Make a Deal

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Tucson Weekly, 29 Sep 2016 - Will Arizonans make a deal to sacrifice regulatory concerns to eliminate the majority of marijuana felony arrests? Prop 205 trudges towards the ballot amidst mounting concerns from critics. Much of the literature condemning the marijuana legalization initiatives takes issue with the new system the proposition would put in place.

US IL: We Need To Standardize Marijuana Laws

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

The Journal Standard, 25 Sep 2016 - I've been thinking a lot lately about marijuana. No, it's not what you suspect, I don't smoke the stuff. Nor do I need it to alleviate pain. Rather, it's our country's schizophrenic way of dealing with "weed." Here in Stephenson County is In Grown Farms, which is perfectly legal and is growing marijuana plants to be harvested, packaged and sold at marijuana dispensaries as medicine.

US AZ: Donor Trouble

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Tucson Weekly, 22 Sep 2016 - Big Pharma steps up to oppose recreational weed initiative A couple weeks ago, we took a look at opioid use and prescription in Arizona and how states have seen a decrease in opioid overdoses after legalizing medical marijuana ("An MMJ Win," Sept. 1).