Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind a trial of medical cannabis in NSW, with preparations for the trial to begin this week.

While the federal regulator has approved the drug for use under certain medical circumstances, approval for importation of the plant from Europe or the US could take several weeks, in which case the NSW government says it may grow its own crop.

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Marijuana has never had a year like 2014.

The first aboveboard cannabis markets rose in Colorado and Washington. Voters in Oregon and Alaska passed ballot initiatives to create the same. And a consistent majority of Americans said they support plans to legalize the drug nationwide, according to polls by NBC News and others.  Yet 2014 also brought the first formidable anti-marijuana message in ages.

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Derek Peterson may soon become the first CEO of a public company that cultivates, distributes and sells marijuana.

Terra Tech Corp., based in Irvine, California, won approval last week from the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $6.8 million to build and operate medical marijuana operations in Nevada, where the company secured preliminary approvals.

The company will seek to raise about $7 million more later in the year, Peterson said.

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The CEO and founder of the Denver-based dispensary thinks gifting cannabis may become a new holiday tradition in many Colorado households, as the state marks the end of its first year of legal, recreational marijuana sales to adults - Denver, Colorado - December 22, 2014

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The congressional effort to block marijuana legalization in the District has been widely viewed as yet another frustrating defeat for self-governance by residents of the nation’s capital.

But city leaders are saying otherwise, promising to throw the issue back to Congress next month in a way that could prompt the most high-profile showdown in years over D.C. rights.

The giant federal budget bill that passed in the Senate on Saturday includes a provision, inserted by Republicans, that prohibits the city from spending tax dollars to enact the marijuana initiative.

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Cannabis campaigner Eric Mann has revealed his quest to have the drug legalised wrecked his marriage of 50 years.

But the 72-year-old former coal miner, who appeared in Swansea Crown Court this week after admitting growing and supplying the drug, remains convinced it should be regulated for medical use.

“I have lost my marriage because of it,” the former miner and oil rig worker said.

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The U.S. Justice Department is giving Native American tribes authority to legalize marijuana on their reservations, telling federal prosecutors the issue needs to be handled on a "government-to-government basis.

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