Lisa Smith of Van Buren Township, whose son Noah, 6, is autistic, asked Michigan to add autism to the conditions that qualify for medicinal pot. Image: Ed White, Associated Press
Bill Laitner ~ Detroit Free Press ~

Medical marijuana was OK’d by Michigan voters with a 63% yes vote in 2008, yet implementation is always controversial.

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Hemp Plants. Image: Jungbim via Wikimedia Commons
 
Canadian researchers unraveled the genetic structure of 81 different marijuana and 43 hemp samples, in an attempt to test long-held assumptions about cannabis.

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Pueblo County Courthouse, Pueblo, CO. Image: Billy Hathorn via Wikimedia Commons
Kristen Wyatt ~ Associated Press ~
 
DENVER (AP) -- Talk about higher learning. A Colorado county may create the world's first public college scholarship program funded with marijuana money.

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The West Linn wedding of John Elledge and Whitney Alexander featured a marijuana bar. Image: Jessica Hill Photography via KGW.com
Cathy Marshal ~ KGW.com ~
 
WEST LINN, Ore. -- The legalization of pot in Oregon has couples considering weed bars at their weddings.

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McAlpin Community Center, Suwannee County, Florida. Image: Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons
 
The majority of Republican voters in the first caucus and primary states are voicing their support for a GOP presidential candidate who backs marijuana reform.

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Dixie Brands, a Colorado manufacturer of marijuana-infused edibles, is expanding with non-psychoactive, CBD-infused products for people and pets that will be available throughout the U.S. Image: Denver Post file

Ricardo Baca  ~ Denver Post ~

Two new hemp-based product lines are coming from Colorado's Dixie Brands: Therabis is CBD-infused supplements for pets; Aceso has three formulas for human consumption.

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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.

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Sarah Stuive, biological control consultant, checks for bugs at Bedrocan Canada, a medical marijuana facility, in Toronto on Monday, August 17, 2015. Image: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Alexandra Posadzki ~ The Canadian Press ~
 
TORONTO – When Sarah Stuive first got into the natural pest control business – which uses predatory insects, or “good bugs,” to weed out pests – she never expected to be working with cannabis plants.

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Co-owners of the recreational marijuana store, Bud Nation, strive to maintain a diverse set of employees in an industry that is predominantly white. Image: Courtesy Bud Nation.
 
For decades, people of color have paid a heavy price for the war on drugs. It’s well known that minorities are arrested and jailed at disproportionate rates on marijuana-related charges.

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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.

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Ohio state flag

An Ohio ballot measure makes some reformers squirm, but backers says its grower oligopoly is nothing to worry about.

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Joshua Artman developed a duo of apps that connect cannabis growers with dispensaries and users. Image: JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat

Julie Johnson ~ The Press Democrat ~

Near the heart of the remote Round Valley in Mendocino County, a back-to-the-land father and cannabis farmer is trying to get in on the ground floor of an industry that could skyrocket if recreational use of marijuana is legalized in California next year.

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The former location of Wilmington Buds on Avalon Boulevard in Los Angeles. Photo: Martin do Nascimento/ News21
Brittan Jenkins, Martin do Nascimento and Tom Blanton ~ Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative via NBCNews.com ~
 
Passed by California voters nearly two decades ago, but absent statewide regulation, the legalization of medical marijuana has spawned a vast network of illegal dispensaries and wide disparities over how businesses are monitored across the state - if they are at all.

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An exterior schematic of Euphoria Wellness in Las Vegas. Image L.E. Baskow via Las Vegas Sun.
 
Fifteen years after medical marijuana was legalized in Nevada, Clark County’s first retail dispensary plans to open to the public Monday.

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