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CHICAGO -- More than 3,000 patients with Illinois-issued ID cards will be able to buy medical marijuana legally for the first time Monday, according to the state official overseeing the pilot program.
DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg on Wednesday rejected the notion that smoking marijuana is "medicine," calling the premise a "joke."
Scott Keyes ~ TheGuardian.com ~   When Colorado legalized recreational cannabis, Denver police warned of  new danger for trick or treaters. One year later are kids in pot peril?
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. 
Steven Nelson ~ U.S. News & World Report ~ Authorities claim the plants were marijuana, not hemp – but evidence is lacking.
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.
Amber Jamieson ~ New York Post  ~   The city is getting higher by the day — and we’re not talking about Manhattan skyscrapers.
Kathleen Burke ~ MarketWatch.com ~ Federal regulations force businesses into cash-only operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.