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Texas lawmakers introduce bills to legalize medical marijuana
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Michael Walsh ~ Yahoo News    Texas lawmakers introduced comprehensive medical marijuana legislation Friday that would allow patients suffering from serious conditions - including cancer and seizure disorders - to access the plant with a doctor's prescription.
Opinion - Global illicit drug economy is adapting to pot legalization
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Jason Tama ~ Denver Post Guest Commentary ~   With multiple state marijuana initiatives winning voter approval in the 2014 midterm elections, legalization proponents are already hard at work in states like California, where passage of a comprehensive initiative in 2016 could provide the policy “legitimacy” reformers are seeking.
Massachusetts lawmakers move to end marijuana war
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David Downs ~ Smell The Truth ~   Lawmakers in Boston introduced a bill this week to strike the word “marijuana” from much of its criminal code, and regulate and tax the botanical with a system similar to alcohol.
$620 Million Reasons to Legalize Hemp
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Lorraine Chow ~ EcoWatch   Hemp truly is a cash crop.
Watch Biased Cannabis Science and Media in Action
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David Downs ~ East Bay Express ~   In February we detailed how cannabis research is institutionally biased and broadly misinterpreted by the media. Today we get an illustration of that vicious cycle.
Missouri House Committee Approves Bill To Legalize Industrial Hemp, Nullify Federal Ban, with a 10-1 Vote
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Tenth Amedndment Center   JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Mar. 12, 2015) – By a 10-1 vote yesterday, a Missouri state House committee approved a bill that would authorize the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively nullifying the federal prohibition on the same.
From Casinos To Cannabis - Indian Tribes Eye Pot Profits
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Jacob Sullum ~ Forbes ~   Last December the Justice Department gave a yellow light to marijuana legalization on tribal land, saying it would treat reservations like states in deciding how to enforce the Controlled Substances Act.
Michigan marijuana legalization advocates confirm plans for 2016 ballot proposal
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Jonathan Oosting ~ Michigan Live ~   LANSING, MI -- Michigan marijuana advocates have confirmed plans to launch a petition drive later this year and hope to put a legalization proposal on the statewide ballot in 2016.
Majority Continues to Support Pot Legalization in U.S.
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Lydia Saad ~ Gallup   PRINCETON, N.J. - A slim majority of Americans, 51%, favor legalizing the use of marijuana - similar to the 50% who supported it in 2011 and 2012, but down from a reading of 58% last year.
Marijuana Legalization In Ohio Could Raise $554M In Taxes By 2020, Advocacy Group Says
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Philip Ross ~ International Business Times ~   Legal weed in Ohio could raise more than $550 million in tax revenue for the state by 2020, according to figures released Tuesday by the advocacy group ResponsibleOhio, the organization behind a proposed November ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use.
Cannabis, neuroscience and TV: A ~ joint ~ enterprise
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The Guardian ~   What’s it like to turn your science into 90 minutes of TV? The researchers involved in Channel 4’s Drugs Live share their experience
Investors See Potential Opportunity in Marijuana Reform Bill
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Thomas Dunford ~ The Wall Street Journal ~   Proposed Carers Act would redefine cannabis as a Schedule II controlled substance
Mayor opens first government-run pot shop in Wash., buys some Blue Magoo
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Douglas Ernst ~ The Washington Times   North Bonneville, Washington, has the distinction of launching the nation’s first government-run pot shop. Its mayor, Don Stevens, was the first customer.
Pot pinup - Introducing cannabis chef and weed activist Mary Jean Dunsdon
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Alison Lynch ~ Metro UK   She makes a mean hotpot.
Marijuana legalization gets a boost on Capitol Hill
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Evan Halper ~ L A Times ~   Marijuana legalization got a boost on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as a trio of rising stars in the Senate launched an effort to rewrite federal drug laws.
Senators set to unveil bill allowing medical marijuana legalization
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Luke Brinker ~ Salon   Bipartisan trio wants to end federal obstacles to legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes
Groups From Thirteen Countries Form an International Medical Cannabis Patient Coalition
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Johnny Green ~ The Weed Blog   Medical cannabis (marijuana) patients from thirteen countries, including those represented by U.S. advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA), established the International Medical Cannabis Patient Coalition (IMCPC) this past week while at the “Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Policy, Research and Medical Practice” conference in Prague from March 4-7th. IMCPC member countries include Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.
Exclusive - National Indian Cannabis Coalition aims to bring tribes together
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Ricardo Baca ~ The Cannabist   America’s first Indian-focused marijuana trade organization will launch Tuesday when the National Indian Cannabis Coalition debuts at a reservation economic summit in Las Vegas, The Cannabist has learned.

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