Legalizing cannabis in the UK 'would raise hundreds of millions'

British Union Jack. Image: Michael Beckwith via Wikimedia Commons
 
Exclusive: Private analysis for the British Treasury concludes that regulation could also produce huge savings for the justice system.
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Marijuana Grower Sued For Using Pesticides

A five bladed leaf from a three month old female cannabis sativa plant. Image: Psychonaught via Wikimedia Commons
 
It didn’t take long before marijuana companies would be treated like any other company, and that means getting sued.
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California Record Store Amoeba Music Eyes Pot Dispensary at Berkeley Location

Amoeba Music on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California. Image: Eco84 via Wikimedia Commons

Move over Miles: The legendary record store wants to convert its jazz room into Berkeley's newest medical marijuana dispensary.

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Legal cannabis industry veteran: We're just getting started

Christian Hageseth at the National Cannabis Summit in Denver. Image: WeedWorthy.com
Bruce Kennedy ~ WeedWorthy ~
 
Veteran cannabis entrepreneur Christian Hageseth says the legal cannabis industry is rapidly evolving and on the verge of explosive growth.
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Colorado monthly marijuana sales eclipse $100 million mark

A grow room in Denver. Image: WeedWorthy.com
Elizabeth Hernandez ~ The Denver Post ~

Colorado recreational marijuana sales are close to $60 million in August 2015; medical marijuana sales climb slightly.

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Where to Stash Cannabis Cash? Tribal Nations Make Bid to Bank It

Medicinal cannabis could be legally available in Australia by 2016

Medicinal cannabis may soon be legalized in Australia. Image: Max Mason Hubers via Sydney Morning Herald

Jane Lee ~ Sydney Morning Herald ~

Medicinal cannabis could be legally grown and prescribed to patients as early as next year under a cross party bill that has attracted initial support from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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Oregon's first week of recreational pot sales tops $11 million

Marijuana Wellness Products, Hollywood, Portland, Oregon, 2014. Image: Another Believer via Wikimedia Commons
Nina Mehlhaf ~ KGW.com ~
 
PORTLAND, Ore. -- After just one week of recreational marijuana sales, Oregon dispensaries have raked in an estimated $11 million.
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Marijuana companies struggle to find a place to put their green

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Kathleen Burke ~ MarketWatch.com ~

Federal regulations force businesses into cash-only operations.
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Oregon cannabis workers unionize

Union Cannabis represents unionized cannabis businesses in multiple states. Image: Cannabis Industry Professional Association via Statesmanjournal.com
 
At least two collective bargaining contracts between Oregon cannabis workers and the dispensaries that employ them have been signed, and more are expected to partake in collective bargaining as the industry develops.
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Cannabis Club TV: Perfect buds of useful pot-themed programming

Pete Biggam, left, and Danny Keith have big plans for Cannabis Club TV, or CCTV. Image: Brad Kava via Los Angeles Times
 
Step aside, Comedy Central. Beat it, MTV. Eat your heart out, Food Channel.
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Colorado proposes stricter rules on pesticides for growing pot

Robert Grandt works in the grow room at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on March 11, 2015. (RJ Sangosti, Denver Post file)
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.

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In one Oregon town, a marijuana sale frenzy over the weekend

The Tower Theater in Bend, Oregon. Image: Matthew Hickey via Wikimedia Commons

Ted Shorack ~ BendBulletin.com ~

Medical marijuana dispensaries remained busy throughout the weekend after opening their doors for recreational sales Thursday.

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California marijuana growers are new drought target

A dog patrols marijuana plants growing in Shelter Cove in Humboldt County, California. Water quality control boards around the state have begun cracking down on practices that affect local water supplies. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times
 
Pot growers have been put on notice by state regulators that they will have to follow the same rules as the rest of the agriculture industry in protecting the state's drought-stricken water supply.
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Washington State gets competition as Oregon starts pot sales

Phoenix business owner Ed Polish scans the cannabis on display at Green Valley Wellness on Thursday in Talent, Ore. Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana Thursday for the first time to recreational users. Image: Bob Pennell, The Associated Press, via SeattleTimes.com
 
Thursday marked Day 1 of recreational-marijuana sales in Oregon. The competition for customers between Portland and Vancouver, Wash., is now officially on.
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South Dakota tribe to open nation's 1st marijuana resort

Marijuana plants grow in the new germinating facility on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation in Flandreau, S.D. AP Photo: Jay Pickthorn
 
FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.
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All of these CEOs have admitted to smoking marijuana

Michael Bloomberg, then Mayor of New York, speaks to the media aboard the amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New York (LPD 21) in Nov. 2009. Image: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons
 
Some CEOs characterize it as a youthful indiscretion, while others say they’ve been at it for years. Either way, it’s not career destroying.
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The Wonder Drug

A beaker of CBD oil in a lab in California. Image: Peter Bohler via New Republic

Inside the medical marijuana industry's wild new frontier.

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Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries gear up for rec sales

Can small businesses really cash in on the legal pot boom?

Sign at Little Grill Collective in Harrisonburg, Virginia during MACRoCk music festival. Image: Artaxerxes via Wikimedia Commons
 
Even as legalization continues to spread, and opportunities in the cannabis industry seem widely available, it can actually be tough for small business owners to cash in on the boom.
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