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Brad Bowman ~ The State Journal ~
 
Democratic Sen. Perry Clark spoke at the Mensa Annual Gathering in Louisville on Wednesday in an effort to clear the smoke about myths surrounding cannabis.
Clark was one of several presenters invited to the four-day Mensa event at the Galt House.

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The group MILegalize launched its signature gathering efforts at a rally in front of the state Capitol last week. Credit Jake Neher / MPRN
 
The race is on to legalize marijuana in Michigan in 2016.
At least three groups are working to put the question in front of voters. But money will play a big role in deciding which of those groups actually makes the ballot.

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Hardliners on Judiciary open up to research on medical pot.

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Danya Bacchus and Samantha Tatro ~ NBC San Diego ~

The new smartphone application Eaze delivers medical marijuana to a user’s home.

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A large gathering was held at the Burnside Bridge Tuesday night as recreational marijuana became legal at midnight, July 1, 2015, in Oregon. Beth Nakamura/ Oregonian Staff
 
Oregonians who plan to smoke, cultivate or carry cannabis under the state's new recreational marijuana law should make sure they do it in the roughly 47 percent of Oregon where it's strictly legal.

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NCIA conference in Denver, 2015. Bruce Kennedy, WeedWorthy
Bruce Kennedy ~ WeedWorthy ~
 
A veteran industry observer looks back on 2014, ahead to next year, and at the growing national acceptance of legal cannabis.

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Patrick McClellan held a vaporizer with medical marijuana early Wednesday morning after acquiring a prescription at MinnMed.  Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune
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.

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Marijuana enthusiasts gather after midnight to celebrate the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Portland, Oregon July 1, 2015. Reuters/Steve Dipaola
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.

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The Miami-Dade County commission meets on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. David Santiago ? El Nuevo Herald
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.

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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.

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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.

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The Associated Press ~
 
DENVER (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is holding a groundbreaking fundraiser in Denver Tuesday afternoon.

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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.

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Image of Medical marijuana at a dispensary in Seattle. While even recreational marijuana use is legal in Washington State, Colorado and elsewhere, federal prohibitions remain rigid. Credit:Ian C. Bates for The 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.

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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Emily Knowlton, 19, jokes around with her sister Isabelle, 10, who is among dozens of Utah epileptic children and adults now receiving therapeutic hemp oil with permission from the state.
 
Utah families of children with intractable epilepsy say cannabis treatment is a breakthrough; lawmaker plans to push extension.

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Image of Oaksterdam University holding a cannabis seminar for those interested in the product. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
 
Oaksterdam University brings to Washington, D.C. the city’s first certified career training program for candidates seeking to enter the legal cannabis industry.

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Jonathan Ofir poses with a prototype of his Leaf system.  (International Business Times/Joel Warner)
 
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.

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Minnesota state map with marijuana leaf
 
When medical cannabis goes on sale for the first time in Minnesota next week, the stores that sell it will have decidedly clinical atmospheres.

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