Union Cannabis represents unionized cannabis businesses in multiple states. Image: Cannabis Industry Professional Association via Statesmanjournal.com
 
At least two collective bargaining contracts between Oregon cannabis workers and the dispensaries that employ them have been signed, and more are expected to partake in collective bargaining as the industry develops.

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An Illinois panel voted Wednesday to recommend that medical marijuana be available for people who suffer from four different pain conditions and osteoarthritis.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed suit Tuesday against the city of Toledo over its new marijuana decriminalization law, which DeWine says are in conflict with state law. Image: Associated Press via Cleveland.com

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the city of Toledo over a new voter-approved city ordinance that reduces penalties for marijuana possession and other drug crimes.

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AUSTIN, Texas – Seventy-four percent of Texas adults say the maximum punishment for being caught with pot should be changed from a criminal penalty to a ticket or fine, according to a new poll conducted by The Texas Lyceum.

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DENVER — Family physicians voted to support the "decriminalization of the possession of marijuana for personal use" here at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) 2015 Congress of Delegates, but stopped short of supporting legalization; they want solid evidence on its effect on health first.

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Robert Grandt works in the grow room at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on March 11, 2015. (RJ Sangosti, Denver Post file)
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New rule would limit industry's choice of pesticides to only those already allowed for use on food for human consumption.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau are shown in this combination photo. (Darryl Dyck / Dave Chidley / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
 
The debate over marijuana use in Canada has emerged in the federal election, pitting Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau squarely against Conservative Leader Stephen Harper over legalization.

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Marijuana clones are monitored at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Cuttings are taken to this room where they take root and get light 24 hours a day. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
 
The state's restrictive law doesn't allow people to grow their own, so only state-approved cultivation centers with rigid security systems will sell to dispensaries.

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Friday was the official grand opening ceremony for western Massachusetts’ first medical marijuana dispensary. 

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A dog patrols marijuana plants growing in Shelter Cove in Humboldt County, California. Water quality control boards around the state have begun cracking down on practices that affect local water supplies. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times
 
Pot growers have been put on notice by state regulators that they will have to follow the same rules as the rest of the agriculture industry in protecting the state's drought-stricken water supply.

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Marijuana pioneer Uruguay said on Thursday it had granted licenses to two companies to grow the plant for commercial distribution, adding that the pot should go on sale in pharmacies next year.

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Patients with chronic pain who used cannabis daily for one year did not have an increase in serious adverse events compared to pain patients who did not use cannabis, according to a new study.

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After battling for years to help treat his daughter, J-Bo Wages finally got his Georgia-issued low-THC oil registration card in August. Image: Curtis Compton, AJC.com
 
Georgia-based clinical trials have shown early promise in using cannabis oil to treat epileptic seizures, although researchers said they won’t know for sure until at least the end of next year what strides they have made in the study of medical marijuana.

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A manifesto, by definition, is not usually easy reading, which is why Steve DeAngelo has combined his eight-point program with scientific and historical details, interspersed with stories about his life.
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Davia Fleming, 29, center, is surrounded by media members as she becomes the first shopper at Shango Premium Cannabis, in Portland, Ore. On Oct. 1, 2015. Oregon marijuana stores have begun sales to recreational users. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana Thursday for the first time to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry.

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