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Rand Paul finds unlikely support from marijuana advocates – Marijuana News

Sen. Rand Paul speaks at a town hall meeting in Ashland, Kentucky in October. Image: Kevin Goldy, The Daily Independent

WASHINGTON, D.C. Among the top contributors to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign are the usual suspects - a financial management firm, a real estate developer, a manufacturer of hand tools.

But Paul is also getting significant support from an unlikely source for a conservative Republican – the marijuana industry.

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Kentucky state senator pre-files bill to legalize cultivation, possession and sale of marijuana – Marijuana News

Kentucky Sen. Perry B. Clark, D-Louisville. Image: WKYT.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A Louisville senator on Friday pre-filed the “Cannabis Freedom Act” to legalize and regulate the use of cannabis for people over 21 years old.

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Nebraska AG warns of consequences of legalizing marijuana in Nebraska – Marijuana News

 Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. Image: Ammodramus via Wikimedia

LINCOLN — Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson urged the state to stand firm against the legalization of recreational marijuana, citing concern for the health of young people and public safety of all Nebraskans.

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Oregon’s emerging pot laws loose on billboards – Marijuana News

A billboard for legal marijuana in Oregon, Dec. 4, 2015. Image:KOIN

Their only advertising guidelines now are dictated by the Oregon Health Authority

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When Attis Trading Company advertises their marijuana shops on billboards around Portland, they follow a few basic rules.

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79-year-old questions Rubio on legalized marijuana during South Carolina visit – Marijuana News

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio during an appearance at the College of Charleston.  Image: Grace Beahm, Post and Courier

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio came to the College of Charleston to talk about the country’s future with its future leaders, only to find himself put on the spot by a 79-year-old woman who wanted to know where he stood on legalizing marijuana.

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Bill Allowing Stronger Medical Marijuana Advances in Florida – Marijuana News

A bill that would allow for stronger varieties of pot as medical marijuana in Florida unanimously cleared its second Senate review panel.

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Backers of legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts submit ballot signatures – Marijuana News

BOSTON — Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts said they submitted more than enough signatures Tuesday to the secretary of state's office to keep alive their hopes of putting the proposal before voters next year.

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Failed pot campaign in Ohio admits mistakes, says it will be back – Marijuana News

Ohio state flag. Image: Jeff Kubina via Wikimedia Commons

The man who led the for-profit marijuana-legalization amendment that Ohioans soundly defeated on Nov. 3 says the campaign made two major mistakes: limiting growing sites to 10 owners and using the pot-head mascot Buddie.

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Should N.J. legalize marijuana? See what top lawmakers say – Marijuana News

New Jersey welcome sign. Image: Famartin via Wikimedia Commons

ATLANTIC CITY — Two days after lawmakers held the first public hearing discussing the idea of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, the top four leaders of the state Legislature were split along party lines on how the state should approach the issue.

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Sarah Palin says marijuana legalization is 'absolutely no big deal' – Marijuana News

 Sarah Palin speaking in Elon, NC during the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Image: Therealbs2002 via Wikimedia Commons

Sarah Palin believes America has more important things to worry about than the marijuana legalization debate.

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U.S. Senate Greenlights Greater Medical Weed Access for Veterans - Marijuana News

Detail from Department of Veterans Affairs' 2008 Veterans Day poster. Image via Wikimedia Commons

The measure would keep the VA from interfering with a veteran's attempt to access medicinal marijuana.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich goes on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert', talks marijuana legalization, job creation – Marijuana News

John Kasich in New Hampshire, July 2015. Image: Marc Nozell via Wikimedia Commons.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — After nabbing a spot in next week's Republican debate, John Kasich went on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Friday night to share his ideas to a different type of audience.

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Clinton Calls For Loosening Federal Restrictions On Marijuana – Marijuana News

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responds to a question from Roland Martin, host of TV One's News One Now, during a town hall meeting at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. Image: Richard Burkhart/AP Images for TV One via NPR.org

Hillary Clinton eased her position on marijuana restrictions during a town hall in South Carolina on Saturday, saying she supported a reclassification of the drug to make it easier to conduct research for medicinal purposes.

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Ohio voters to decide on legalizing recreational marijuana use

A Responsible Ohio Sticker. AP Photo: John Minchillo

Ohio voters will decide on Tuesday whether to become the first U.S. Midwestern state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, although a rival ballot measure could kill the law before it takes effect.
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Colorado allowed to spend marijuana tax money, as voters reject refunds – Marijuana News

Colorado voters approved a statewide ballot measure Tuesday that gives state lawmakers permission to spend $66.1 million in taxes collected from the sale of recreational marijuana. Image: Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post
Colorado voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a statewide ballot measure that gives state lawmakers permission, once again, to spend $66.1 million in taxes collected from the sale of recreational marijuana.
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Dozens of Marijuana Initiatives in California Vying for 2016 Ballot – Marijuana News

California map with cannabis leaf. Image via Wikimedia Commons
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Those for and against marijuana initiatives are gearing up to get their proposals on the ballot and voters could end up with many options in 2016.
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Ohio voters soundly reject marijuana legalization initiative – Marijuana News

Buddie, the mascot for the pro-marijuana legalization group ResponsibleOhio, holds a sign at Ohio State University in Columbus on election day.  Image: John Minchillo, Associated Press
Ohio voters soundly rejected a marijuana initiative Tuesday that would have legalized recreational and medicinal use of the drug, and would have limited commercial growing to a small group of investors who drafted and promoted the measure.
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Bernie Sanders files bill to legalize marijuana – Marijuana News

Senator Bernie Sanders at a seniors’ center in Manchester, N.H. on October 30, 2015. Image: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has filed a bill in the Senate seeking to end the federal criminalization of marijuana.

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Marijuana vote in Ohio difficult to predict

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The television commercials, direct-mail ads, endorsements and debates are over: It’s time to decide whether marijuana will be legal in Ohio.
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Maine groups team up on ballot measure to make marijuana legal

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Two groups that had backed competing ballot initiatives to make recreational use of marijuana legal in Maine agreed on Monday to join forces on one measure to put before voters in 2016.
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