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USA: The multibillion-dollar marijuana industry could soon come out of the ‘gray market’

Original article by Jeremy Berke, Business Insider The Senate Appropriations Committee voted on Thursday to allow banks to provide financial services to legal recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries, according to The Denver Post. Marijuana is still listed as a Schedule 1 substance by the federal government, so marijuana businesses in states where recreational use is legal, like Colorado, are forced to ...

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The First Big Company to Say It’s Serving the Legal Marijuana Trade? Microsoft.

Article by Nathaniel Popper, New York Times As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government. But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot this week by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana ...

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Toronto marijuana shop operators call charges ‘ridiculous’

SWED Dispensary Raid

Article by David Rider, The Star Some of those facing hefty fines for alleged zoning bylaw infractions could face jail time on drug trafficking charges. Marijuana dispensary owners, clerks and landlords got their first day in court Wednesday, with several calling it a waste of time and money as Canada moves toward full pot legalization. More than a dozen people appeared ...

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Colorado Bans Marijuana Infused Gummy Bears

Original article by Emily Gray Borsious, Sun Times THC gummy bears will soon be taken off the market in Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law on Friday, June 10, that effectively prohibits the production and sale of THC-infused gummy candies shaped like humans, animals or fruit in Colorado. House Bill 1436 is designed to ban marijuana edible products ...

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Marijuana 4/20 Sales Set Record In Washington, Colorado As Cannabis Retail Surges From Legalization

Original Article by Clark Mindock, International Business Times April 20 may one day be akin to the Black Friday of the marijuana industry — that is, if weed shops in America ever have any trouble moving their product during the rest of the year. Sales of pot on the day — which is celebrated as something of a holiday by enthusiasts of ...

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Calgary Begins Regulation of Medical Marijuana Counselling Businesses

Original article by Helen Pike, Metro News A new addition to the land-use bylaw will see restrictions for Calgary’s marijuana counselling establishments. Calgary has now begun regulating marijuana counselling services, sparking debate over fears of what the pot-peddling establishments could become. Medical marijuana counselling services are now required to apply for a building permit and ensure they’re not within 300 meters ...

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Cruel and Unjust”: The war on Drugs Snares Immigrant for Pot, Breaking a Virginia Family in Two

Article by Daniel Denvir, Salon News Garfield Kenault Lawrence has been deported and separated from his family because of minor pot convictions. In September 2011, Melissa Lawrence was seven-and-a-half months pregnant and working as a waitress when she got the call. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had detained her partner, Garfield Kenault Lawrence. That he had arrived at age 11 and was ...

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NDP Demands Immediate Decriminalization of Marijuana

Article by CBC News MP Murray Rankin says too many people are getting criminal records for something that will soon be legal. The federal New Democrats are putting forward a motion in Parliament today to pressure the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before it is legalized. NDP Justice Critic Murray Rankin says it is not fair to arrest people and ...

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Medical marijuana smoker fights for right to smoke on BC Ferries

Article by Mike Laanela, CBC News BC Ferries says it has the right to ban pot smoking, but medical user cries ‘harassment on the high seas’. A medical marijuana smoker who posted a video of a heated argument with a BC Ferries officer says he’s within his rights to light up in designated smoking zones. But the ferry corporation says not ...

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