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What's next for the legal cannabis sector?
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Bruce Kennedy ~ WeedWorthy ~   A veteran industry observer looks back on 2014, ahead to next year, and at the growing national acceptance of legal cannabis.
Minnesota patients legally acquire marijuana for first time
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Jennifer Brooks~ Star Tribune ~   At the stroke of midnight, medical marijuana was legal in Minnesota. Moments later, the state's first cannabis clinic welcomed its first patients.
Crowds count down to legalization of marijuana in Oregon, then light up
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Shelby Sebens ~ Reuters ~   Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday, part of a growing legalization movement spreading down the United States' west coast.
Miami-Dade adopts $100 fine for pot possession
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Law & Crime
Douglas Hanks ~ Miami Herald ~   Miami-Dade commissioners voted Tuesday to let police treat marijuana possession the same way they do littering and loitering — by issuing a civil citation with a $100 fine that keeps the offense out of the criminal system.
NCIA exec calls on legal cannabis industry to avoid becoming another big tobacco
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Bruce Kennedy~ WeedWorthy ~   Aaron Smith of the National Cannabis Industry Association calls on legal cannabis industry leaders to create a business sector they can be proud of.
Rep. DeGette: Marijuana legalization is seeing inroads on a state, if not federal, level
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Bruce Kennedy ~ WeedWorthy ~   U.S. Representative Diana DeGette says while cannabis reforms have progressed regionally, the campaign for marijuana legalization has a long way to go.
Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors
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Politics
The Associated Press ~   DENVER (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is holding a groundbreaking fundraiser in Denver Tuesday afternoon.
More professional women are taking the lead in the legal cannabis industry
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Bruce Kennedy ~ WeedWorthy ~    A growing number of women, especially those with degrees in STEM fields, are finding unique opportunities in the legal marijuana sector.
State Marijuana Laws Complicate Federal Job Recruitment
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Law & Crime
Matthew Rosenberg and Mark Mazzetti ~ New York Times ~   WASHINGTON — For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and F.B.I. agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers.
Utah parents say hemp oil is a breakthrough epilepsy treatment
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Annie Knox ~ The Salt Lake Tribune ~   Utah families of children with intractable epilepsy say cannabis treatment is a breakthrough; lawmaker plans to push extension.
Cannabis college hosts D.C. marijuana seminar
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Dennis Foley ~ WTOP.com ~   Oaksterdam University brings to Washington, D.C. the city’s first certified career training program for candidates seeking to enter the legal cannabis industry.
Cannabis Grow System Aims to Turn Home Grows Into A Smartphone Accessory
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Joel Warner ~ International Business Times ~   An entrepreneur says his sleek, fully automated “plug ’n’ plant” hydroponic system, controlled via users’ smartphones, will bring cannabis growing out of the closet, or basement.
See inside one of Minnesota's first medical marijuana stores
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Medical News
Tim Nelson ~ MPR News ~   When medical cannabis goes on sale for the first time in Minnesota next week, the stores that sell it will have decidedly clinical atmospheres.
Weed business wheeling-and-dealing at the ArcView Investor Forum
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Bruce Kennedy ~ Weedworthy ~   Cannabis businesses and investors gather in Denver for two days of meetings and financial match-making.
Will legal marijuana in Oregon set off surge in robberies? Police wait to see
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Aimee Green ~ Oregon Live ~ Officials say home invasion robberies again could increase when Oregonians begin cultivating marijuana crops in their homes and backyards after July 1.
First medical cannabis clinic in Delaware opens
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Karl Baker ~ DelawareOnline ~   Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary opened Friday, four years after the state Legislature legalized its use.
Cops warn of arrests at Church of Cannabis
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Tim Evans, Jill Disis and Mark Alesia ~ Indianapolis Star ~   Authorities in Indianapolis warn that anyone caught smoking marijuana at the First Church of Cannabis’ planned service next week could end up arrested.
Marijuana giveaway and smokeout event will celebrate legalization in Portland
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Jamie Hale ~ OregonLive ~ On July 1, recreational marijuana will officially be legal in Oregon. Some kind of celebration, a commemoration of the occasion, was inevitable.

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