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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 ~
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.

Brad Ervin (left) and Melete Finch, co-owners of Hippie Butter, and Steve Rash, chief executive of North American Cannabis Holdings. Image:  Ben Torres/Special Contributor
Kristen TaketaDallas Morning News ~

FRISCO — Ah, the energizing power of a smoothie packed with blueberries, bananas, yogurt and ... cannabis?

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.

Pipes & Lighters board game
Bruce Kennedy ~ WeedWorthy ~
A Silicon Valley veteran wants to become the next Milton Bradley with his cannabis trivia board game.

Todd Mitchem is CEO of an app-based social network for cannabis enthusiasts, High There! He says legal recreational marijuana has changed the pot conversation for him and other parents. Image: AP via Christian Science Monitor.
Colorado's initial efforts to deter teens from taking up marijuana drew criticism for recycling Drug War-era scare tactics. Public health officials seek to strike a different tone with the 'What's next" campaign.

Two race participants celebrate their finish at the Saturday 4.2-mile race. Image: 420 Games via MarketWatch
Kathleen Burke ~ ~
Marijuana users on the west coast are running, or walking, away from the popular image of the Jeff Spicoli-like pot smoker.

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