A twist on the traditional pot brownie. Photograph: Jason Wilson for the Guardian

Jason Wilson ~ theguardian.com ~

 For the fast-growing industry growing around weed, the current challenge is to make marijuana an item of ordinary middle-class consumption.

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From left, Brynlee Whitten, 4, (doll is Sarah), JoAnn Whitten, Dennis Whitten, Kate Jackson and Linda Moczulski stand in front of a home that may become a marijuana dispensary in Cedar Mill, Oregon. (Wendy Owen/Oregon Live Staff)

Amy Wang ~ OregonLive.com ~

With recreational marijuana sales starting Oct. 1, pot likely will become more visible in Oregon neighborhoods, potentially raising tensions among neighbors, especially those with young children.

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Officers said the "small forest" of plants covered an area the size of a football pitch and was complete with a gazebo. Image: Met Police via BBC News

BBC News ~

Scores of cannabis plants have been discovered growing in a remote area of disused land in south-west London.

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Scales of justice. Image via Wikimedia Commons
 
COLUMBUS — While campaigning for legal pot through Issue 3, ResponsibleOhio took steps Tuesday to pass a law that would allow Ohioans with marijuana convictions to go to court to get their records expunged.

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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.

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Cannabis buds in jar. Image: WeedWorthy.com
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration spent $960,000 to destroy marijuana plants in that state in 2014 as part of its "Cannabis Eradication Program," according to a recent report by NBC affiliate KGW in Portland, Ore.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, addresses the National Cannabis Industry Association meeting, in New York, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. AP Photo: Richard Drew via OneidaDispatch.com
Bruce Kennedy ~ WeedWorthy ~
 
The Senator from New York says the federal government needs to reform laws affecting marijuana’s medical use, allowing states to determine their own medical marijuana programs.

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Honolulu, Hawaii. Hip Hop artist Snoop Dogg at a special concert for over 8000 military personnel and their dependents during the 2005  Bodog Salutes the Troops event.  Image: US Navy via Wikimedia Commons

AFP ~

San Francisco (AFP) - Snoop Dogg is rolling his love for cannabis into a new lifestyle website intended to be an online "encyclopedia" for anything anyone would want to know about pot.

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Cannabis bud at a Denver grow facility. Image: WeedWorthy.com

Scott Keyes ~ The Guardian ~

Legal marijuana tax revenues have been breaking records in Colorado this summer, nearly doubling monthly numbers from last year and on pace to exceed projections of legal sales that bring revenue back to the state.

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Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush at New Hampshire Education Summit August 19th, 2015. Image: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons

Jeb Bush certainly wasn’t the first presidential candidate to admit having smoked weed. Here are 15, including a few who ultimately became president.

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Jonathan Holmgren with medical cannabis products at his home in Spring Lake Park, Minn. Holmgren is back to using the raw plant that the state still deems illegal to treat his Crohn's disease. AP Photo/Jim Mone via TwinCities.com
Kyle Potter ~ Associated Press ~
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Just two months after Minnesota launched its medical marijuana program, some patients turned off by high costs say they are back to buying the drug illegally because it's the only way they can afford it.

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Erika Walton, 43, fills out paperwork to have a marijuana violation expunged from her record. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
 
As it prepares to begin retail marijuana sales next month, Oregon is blazing a profoundly new trail, legal experts and marijuana business people said, to rethink cannabis-related violations.

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Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford Connecticut. Image: John Phelan via Wikimedia Commons

Kenneth R. Gosselin ~ Hartford Courant ~

The state wants to add as many as three medical marijuana dispensaries — especially in New Haven and Fairfield counties — and now there are 19 proposals for rolling out the expansion.

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