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Feds spend week on Wash. pot farm: 'This is novel for us'
Law & Crime
Matt Markovich  ~ KOMONews.com ~   Federal researchers spent most of the week on a working medical marijuana farm in Vancouver, Washington to study the occupational hazards of growing and processing marijuana. 
DEA Raid on Tribe's Cannabis Crop Infuriates and Confuses Reformers
Law & Crime
Steven Nelson ~ U.S. News & World Report ~ Authorities claim the plants were marijuana, not hemp – but evidence is lacking.
Year after Philly pot law changed, arrests are down
Law & Crime
Tricia L. Nadolny ~ Philly.com ~ In the year since the city decriminalized possession and use of small amounts of marijuana, arrests have fallen nearly 75 percent.
New Yorkers are smoking pot in public like it is no big deal
Law & Crime
Amber Jamieson ~ New York Post  ~   The city is getting higher by the day — and we’re not talking about Manhattan skyscrapers.
Marijuana companies struggle to find a place to put their green
Law & Crime
Kathleen Burke ~ MarketWatch.com ~ Federal regulations force businesses into cash-only operations.
Colorado proposes stricter rules on pesticides for growing pot
Law & Crime
David Migoya and Ricardo Baca ~ The Denver Post ~ New rule would limit industry's choice of pesticides to only those already allowed for use on food for human consumption.
Illinois begins harvest of its first legal medical marijuana crop
Law & Crime
Associated Press  ~   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.
Poll: Legalizing Marijuana Much More Popular Than Uber Or Airbnb
Law & Crime
Jonah Bennett ~ The Daily Caller ~   Relaxing laws against marijuana is much more popular among the American public than even services like Uber and Airbnb, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey reveals.
U.S. marijuana arrests up despite changing views: pro-pot group
Law & Crime
Keith Coffman ~ Reuters ~   Despite an increasing number of Americans who do not view marijuana use as a crime, pot arrests across the United States increased last year for the first time since 2009, proponents of the drug's legalization said on Monday.
Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries gear up for rec sales
Law & Crime
Gosia Wozniacka ~ Associated Press ~   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's medical marijuana dispensaries are getting ready for a watershed moment this week: when recreational pot users will also be able to buy weed at their pot shops.
Effort underway to expunge marijuana convictions for Ohioans
Law & Crime
Laura A. Bischoff ~ Dayton Daily News ~   COLUMBUS — While campaigning for legal pot through Issue 3, ResponsibleOhio took steps Tuesday to pass a law that would allow Ohioans with marijuana convictions to go to court to get their records expunged.
Taxpayers are paying $60 for every pot plant the DEA destroys in Oregon
Law & Crime
Christopher Ingraham ~ Washington Post ~   The Drug Enforcement Administration spent $960,000 to destroy marijuana plants in that state in 2014 as part of its "Cannabis Eradication Program," according to a recent report by NBC affiliate KGW in Portland, Ore.
Some Minnesota marijuana patients opting to buy illegally
Law & Crime
Kyle Potter ~ Associated Press ~   ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Just two months after Minnesota launched its medical marijuana program, some patients turned off by high costs say they are back to buying the drug illegally because it's the only way they can afford it.
The Legal Sale of Marijuana in Oregon Comes With Reprieve
Law & Crime
Kirk Johnson ~ New York Times ~   As it prepares to begin retail marijuana sales next month, Oregon is blazing a profoundly new trail, legal experts and marijuana business people said, to rethink cannabis-related violations.
Medical marijuana patient sues company over firing for drug use
Law & Crime
Shira Schoenberg ~ MassLive.com ~ BOSTON - When Cristina Barbuto of Brewster took a job with a marketing firm, she told the company that she used medical marijuana to treat symptoms of Crohn's disease.
Maine tribe nears deal to develop marijuana cultivation facility
Law & Crime
Whit Richardson ~ Portland Press Herald ~   A Passamaquoddy leader says a letter of intent with a Colorado consultant is about hemp production, but that could change, and legal gray areas abound.

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