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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.