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POT RUSH - Slew of proposals introduced to revamp marijuana regulation

By COLTON LOCHHEAD | Mar 22, 2017

A bill that calls for several changes to how Nevada treats marijuana hit the Senate floor during Monday's filing frenzy in the Legislature. Senate Bill 329, introduced by Sen. Tick Segerbiom, D-T ns Vegas, would loosen some medical marijuana regulations, an idea that has drawn opposition from Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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Recreati40 onal marijuana to carry oni"n state despite federal threat

By Cmus KuDlAus | Mar 22, 2017

CARSON CITY - If recent assertions against recreational marijuana made by leaders in President Donald Trump's administration come to fruition, Nevada would have few options for stopping federal intervention, Gov. Brian Sandoval said last week

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The Great White Green Rush: Canadian Cannabis Ventures in America

fortune420.com | Jan 25, 2017

The new year has not only brought the US a new president, but we’re seeing the next revolution in the Cannabis Market. Marijuana reforms flooded the state legislature and we have seen more than a dozen states loosen laws reflecting the newfound willingness to embrace the trend toward legalization. This is not just in the US, but also our friendly neighbors up North.

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Here’s the TOP Marijuana Stock You Haven’t Heard Of….YET!

wallstreetnation | Jan 25, 2017

Canada Takes Next Step Toward National Marijuana Legalization. Analysts predict Canada could have $4.5 billion industry by 2021; marijuana task force wraps up extensive report that is expected to include recommendations on everything from age limits to medical marijuana, safety and home grows

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Statement From the Marijuana Policy Project Regarding Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions

cannabisbusinessexecutive.com | Jan 11, 2017 | Press Release

Sessions did NOT commit to vigorously enforcing federal prohibition laws in states that have adopted conflicting laws Earlier in the day, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer signaled that Sessions would follow Trump’s lead on marijuana policy; Trump has said states should be able to establish their own marijuana laws.

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Cannabis Is Now Kosher

merryjane.com | Nov. 10, 2016 | Blake Taylor

Top Orthodox rabbis declare cannabis kosher for Passover.

The God of Abraham has spoken. Orthodox rabbis have declared cannabis kosher for Passover by the Orthodox Union.

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A new audio interview with Linda Sampson, CEO of MaraPharm Ventures Inc.

By Westbrook Radio on November 7, 2016

Linda Sampson brings a dynamic energy, a wealth of talent, and a multi-layered business expertise to the Company. She is a business start-up professional, with a history of ground-up to successful ventures.

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Recreational weed could be a $22.6B industry: study

thestar.com | Oct. 27, 2016 | BLAIR GABLE

Sales of legalized recreational marijuana would surpass combined sales of beer, wine, and spirits, it says.

 Legalized recreational marijuana promises to spark a $22.6-billion industry in Canada, eclipsing combined sales of beer, wine, and spirits, a new study suggests.

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Pot’s Retail Therapy

nationalpost.com | By David Akin | October 14, 2016

The marijuana market could be (and possibly already is) bigger than the market for beer in Canada

 TORONTO — It’s a hot, sunny Thursday afternoon on the hard edge of Queen Street West, and the foot traffic at Eden, a pot dispensary, is brisk.

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California’s legal marijuana market is on the verge of exploding

by Ben Gilbert | businessinsider.com | Sept 20, 2016

California is the world's sixth largest economy, only outpaced by the US as a whole, China, Japan, Germany, and the UK. The Golden State's economic output for 2015 came in at $2.46 trillion.

Let's be clear: We're talking about a single US state economy compared with those of entire countries. California, on that scale, is number six.

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5 states could legalize recreational marijuana use this year — here's what we know

by Ben Gilbert | businessinsider.com | Sept 21, 2016

Nearly half of the US has already legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use. This November, nine states could continue the trend.

Of those nine states, five have ballot initiatives that could result in legal recreational use. Most significantly, California could legalize recreational use

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Medical marijuana growers push for cannabis oil coverage for veterans?

by Mike Hagar | Via The Globe and Mail | Aug 9, 2016

Despite a Supreme Court of Canada decision that gives sick Canadians the right to use medical cannabis oils, Ottawa is reimbursing the country’s veterans for dried pot only, potentially pushing them to less healthy options of smoking or vaporizing the drug.

That has prompted a group of commercial medical marijuana growers to urge Ottawa to expand medical marijuana coverage for former soldiers – a small but lucrative patient base for Canada’s two dozen licensed producers – to include the ingestible oils.

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Who Buys Legal Weed?

by Tyler Durden | Via priceonomics.com | Jul 29, 2016

Marijuana pop culture has traditionally centered around the young male smoker and his high times. But the legalization movement has made marijuana more accessible than ever been before, and cannabis’s application as a painkiller is particularly appealing to senior citizens.

So what does the typical, recreational marijuana user look like today? And how do the preferences and spending habits of groups like young men and senior citizens differ?

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How much would legal pot do for Nevada’s economy? Take a look

The Las Vegas Sun | July 15, 2016

By legalizing recreational marijuana, Nevada voters would spark $7.5 billion in economic activity in the first seven years of sales.

That’s the biggest number in an extensive report released this week by RCG Economics and the Marijuana Policy Group, but it’s not the only eye-popping figure.

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Microsoft Is Getting Into The Legal Marijuana Business

Yahoo Tech Tumblr by Libby Plummer | June 17, 2016

Tech giant Microsoft has teamed up with a Californian start-up company that tracks the sales of legalised marijuana.

Kind Financial, which has been in business for three years, sells marijuana tracking software to businesses and governments.

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Marijuana legislation coming next year, health minister tells UN

The Canadian Press | April 20, 2016

Health Minister Jane Philpott says Canada will introduce legislation in the spring of next year to begin the process of legalizing and regulating marijuana.

Philpott says Canada's plan on pot "challenges the status quo in many countries," but is convinced it is the best way to protect youth while enhancing public safety.

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Marijuana economy may hit $44 billion by 2020

March 14, 2016 Yahoo Finance By Daniel Roberts

The weed business is booming.

In its annual report on the U.S. cannabis industry, Marijuana Business Daily predicts up to $44 billion in economic impact by 2020. To put that into some corporate context: it's roughly equivalent to the current market cap of Netflix (NFLX) or Caterpillar (CAT). Last year's report predicted $14 billion to $17 billion in impact for 2016. The publication has been producing the report since 2012.

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Congress' Christmas Present to the Cannabis Industry

equities.com, 30 December 2015 - Joel Anderson

A week before Christmas, Republicans and Democrats decided to give us all a present by signing into law a $1.8 trillion spending bill that averted a government shutdown and kept the government funded through the end of September next year. I guess we can chalk that one up to the season of good cheer.

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Future of Cannabis: 5 Things Investors Need to Know

Visual Capitalist| Jeff Desjardins | November 23, 2015

Public opinion is changing fast on cannabis. In this infographic, we sum of the five most important facts you need to know as an investor about the rapidly changing space.

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In Oregon There Are Now More Marijuana Shops Than Starbucks Or McDonalds

By Tyler Durden | zerohedge.com | Nov 14, 2015

In the state of Oregon, where marijuana for recreational purposes was legalized just over a month ago, there are already more retail marijuana shops than there are McDonald’s or Starbucks. According to Oregon’s Health Authority, there are 281 marijuana businesses in the state due to the fact that there was already a vast network of medical dispensaries there.

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Oregon Goes Recreational. USA v MAMM. California MMRSA

chardancm.com | JAMES McILREE, CFA, Senior Analyst | Oct 26, 2015

Sales of recreational marijuana in Oregon began October 1st. Registered medical marijuana dispensaries were allowed to being selling a limited suite of products-dried leaves and flowers, immature marijuana plants and seeds, through December 31, 2016.

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Trudeau win could send influx of foreign investment into Canadian cannabis space

THE CANADIAN PRESS, Oct. 25, 2015 - ALEXANDRA POSADZKI

TORONTO - Friendlier laws on medical marijuana use in Canada are already drawing American investment north or the border, and the trend is likely to further ignite if the federal Liberals make good on their promise to allow recreational use of the drug.

Poseidon Asset Management, a San Francisco-based hedge fund focused squarely on the cannabis space, says it is considering boosting its Canadian holdings following Justin Trudeau's election win.

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Canada’s budding marijuana industry could blossom into a $5-billion market if Liberals make recreational pot legal

financialpost.com | By Peter Koven | October 20, 2015

It is already being compared to the end of prohibition. Justin Trudeau’s majority win in Monday’s election paves the way for Canada to legalize recreational marijuana, a move that would transform the country’s nascent pot industry overnight. But while that is extremely exciting news for the licensed producers in the space, it would bring plenty of challenges as well.

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US government finally admits that cannabis kills cancer cells

Mirror Online, 22 August 2015 - David Raven

The US government has thrown its weight behind the earth-shattering claims that cannabis kills cancer cells.

Everyone from hippies to conspiracy theorists and even several creditable scientists have previously argued that smoking or ingesting the herb can have medicinal benefits.

Cancer kills up to 20,000 people worldwide every day, according to global health estimates.

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Women in Weed: How Legal Marijuana Could Be the First Billion-Dollar Industry Not Dominated by Men

newsweek.com | By Gogo Lidz | Aug 20, 2015

In Washington, Greta Carter says she’s the mom with the most mother plants and the most lucrative female flowering crops of any legal pot farm in her state. A former Citibank vice president and mother of five, Carter is just a little bit country: She has a gap-toothed smile and a shaggy platinum bob the same hue as Dolly Parton’s.

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Cannabis Oil Dissolves Large Inoperable Cancerous Tumor In 8 Month Old Baby

By Arjun Walia | July 5, 2014

The video below is of Dr. William Courtney, Founder of the Cannabis International Foundation, doing  an interview on Huffington Post Live.  In it he explains how the western medical mind has a hard time understanding the diverse actions of cannabidiol.

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The real reason marijuana is illegal in the United States

ATTN, June 28th 2015 - Thor Benson

It is hard to imagine a time when most pharmacies carried cannabis and farmers were required to grow hemp, much like they are given incentives to grow corn these days, but that is a significant part of the history of the U.S. From the 1600s to the late 1800s, hemp (a cannabis plant containing very little THC) was harvested on U.S. soil to create materials such as rope, paper, and clothing.

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Nevada Could Pave the Way for New Cannabis Banking Options

Marijuana Business Media | By Tony C. Dreibus | June 4, 2015

Medical marijuana companies in Nevada might get some banking relief in the future, with a little help from the state.

An amendment to a bill that’s now before Nevada’s governor calls for the creation of new savings and loan institutions that could potentially solve many banking issues for cannabis dispensaries, growers and related businesses about to begin operations.

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National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce

April 20, 2015 National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce

CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is back at it. The cable network's top doc will debut his third documentary on medical marijuana, Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution, on Sunday a.k.a. 4/20 Eve.

And while Gupta has taken bold stances on the legitimacy of medical marijuana before, he's about to go all in, according to an article posted today on CNN under the headline Dr. Sanjay Gupta: It's time for a medical marijuana revolution.

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Emerging jobs in pot industry

by The Canadian Press | Story: 136872 - Apr 5, 2015

Washington's marijuana business has created a legal occupation that offers career opportunities for bud trimmers.

"I've done everything from pumping gas to remodeling houses, but I think there's longevity in this," 32-year-old bud trimmer Kurt Vermillion told The Columbian. "I think there's lots of growing room in this industry. I want to do whatever they need me to do."

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Senate Bill Would Effectively End The Federal War On Medical Marijuana

National Cannabis Chamber of Commerce - Mar 10, 2015

A sweeping Senate bill introduced Tuesday seeks to significantly roll back the federal government's war on medical marijuana.

The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, introduced by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seeks to drastically reduce the federal government's ability to crack down on state-legal medical marijuana programs and encourage more research into the plant through several major changes in federal law.

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Who's Really Fighting Legal Weed

Dec. 8, 2014 US News - By Ben Cohen

The fight against legal marijuana is about big money, not public health.

On TV and billboards, the fight against legalizing marijuana is about health, safe communities and our children's future. But for Big Pharma and Big Tobacco who fund these anti-marijuana efforts it's really about the bottom line. For years, large corporations and well-heeled lobbyists have blocked the legalization of marijuana for medical use or recreational use in order to protect their own profits.

Florida's failed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for medical use illustrates how money, and not morals, motivates this issue.

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The Big Trend In Medical Marijuana: Products That Don’t Get You High

Yahoo Finance - Shawna Ohm - Oct 20, 2014

I’m going to start this post with a confession. I, like many Americans, do not know very much about cannabis. I went to college, where I had friends in fraternities, and I’ve seen more of the movie Pinneapple Express than I care to admit. But when it comes to marijuana I know very little.

So when I was sent to cover the International Cannabis Association’s new marijuana certification program and accompanying conference, I was really not sure what to expect.

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Getting in early on the multi-billion marijuana trend

Stockhouse.com - Frank Curzio - Sept 22, 2014

Last month, I told you marijuana is going to be the next multibillion-dollar industry.

Although still illegal on the federal level, sentiment toward the drug is improving. According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 60% of Americans believe marijuana should be fully legalized.

As a result of the shift in views, states like New York and Maryland have approved the drug for medicinal purposes. In total, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis. Meanwhile, Colorado and Washington have also approved the drug for recreational use.

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It's Time to Invest in the Next Multibillion-Dollar Industry

growthstockwire.com - Frank Curzio - Aug 1, 2014

I think it was the investment report I never, ever thought I'd write...

Earlier this year, several colleagues urged me to investigate the marijuana industry. At first, I thought the idea was ridiculous. I figured most any "marijuana play" would be a scam, probably run by criminals. Plus, there was an enormous amount of hype around the sector... which is always a red flag for me. I thought any time spent looking into marijuana investments would be time wasted.

Now, after researching the sector, I can tell you that it's going to be a huge opportunity for investors.

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The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal

July 21-28, 2014 edition of The Nation

Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, did several stints in rehab after crashing his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill in 2006, a headline-making event that revealed the then US congressman for Rhode Island had been abusing prescription drugs, including the painkiller OxyContin. Kennedy went on to make mental health including substance abuse a cornerstone of his political agenda, and he is reportedly at work on a memoir about his struggles with addiction and mental illness.

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High rollers: Las Vegas is poised to become the Disneyland of weed

By Lessley Anderson | April 30, 2014 01:00 pm

Cannabis entrepreneurs fight to stake their pot leaf in the world's biggest tourist destination

They won’t have neon signs, drive-thru windows, or 24-hour wedding chapels attached to them. But Las Vegas marijuana dispensaries will be massively profitable tourist attractions that could deepen the entire nation’s relationship with weed. At least that’s the hope of the 109 applicants who entered the heated competition for Vegas’ first medical marijuana dispensary and grow-room licenses in time for Tuesday’s deadline.

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A New Frontier For Silicon Valley: The Marijuana Trade

Yahoo Canada - Bernice Napach - Apr 23, 2014

It looks almost like a marriage made in heaven: Liberal entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are starting companies that can profit from the growing marijuana trade.

"The entire tech-industrial complex is getting in on the action: investors, entrepreneurs, biotechnologists, scientists" and more, writes Mat Honan, senior writer at WIRED, in his latest story "High Tech: How Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are rushing to cash in on cannabis."

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Legalizing Pot: Colorado A Trailblazer In Drafting Legal Framework

CBS News - Apr 4, 2014

On Jan. 1, Colorado became the first state in the modern world to legalize marijuana from seed to sale, making it a pioneer in setting up a regulatory framework around legalized pot.

After voters approved Colorado Amendment 64, which allows for personal use of marijuana, the state struck a task force to deal with questions such as who would regulate marijuana sale and production, how to decide who could produce the drug and what restrictions should be placed on use of the drug.

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Run From The Cure

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After a serious head injury in 1997, Rick Simpson sought relief from his medical condition through the use of medicinal hemp oil. When Rick discovered that the hemp oil (with its high concentration of T.H.C.) cured cancers and other illnesses, he tried to share it with as many people as he could free of charge, curing and controlling literally hundreds of people's illnesses... but when the story went public, the long arm of the law snatched the medicine - leaving potentially thousands of people without their cancer treatments - and leaving Rick with unconsitutional charges of possessing and trafficking marijuana!

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Statement from Montel Williams

Sixteen years ago, when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, my doctor told be I'd be in a wheelchair in four years and

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Marijuana Will Be the Single Best Investment Idea of the Next Decade

Yahoo Finance - Todd Harrison - Feb 27, 2014

Call it a drug trade for investors. Todd Harrison, CEO and founder of Internet-based financial media company MInyanville, thinks cannabis "will be the single best investment idea for the next ten years."

But while the public has watched recreational marijuana take off in Colorado this year, how can they profit from it as an investment theme?

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The Marijuana Investment Story No One's Telling

Daily Wealth - Frank Curzio

At S&A, we have no interest in debating the politics of the marijuana movement.

But as investment analysts, this sector has become impossible to ignore… There's simply no other market delivering these kinds of returns right now.

After extensive research, we believe we have found a backdoor into this industry.

It's an unconventional stock with incredible potential and limited downside risk.

It even pays an 11% dividend.

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Survey: 76 percent of doctors approve of medical marijuana use

CBS News, May 31, 2013 - Michelle Castillo

A majority of doctors would approve the use of medical marijuana, according to a new survey.

"We were surprised by the outcome of polling and comments, with 76 percent of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes -- even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries," the survey's authors wrote.

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Medical Marijuana: Big Pharma's Campaign to Eliminate State-Sanctioned Cannabis Competitors?

Global Research, May 20, 2013 - Clarence Walker

Can a New Loophole Help Medical Marijuana Sellers Avoid High Taxes?

As Colorado, California and Washington including 16 other states enjoy freedom under state law to operate legal medical marijuana-cannabis businesses the owners are often faced with arrests and constant harrasment by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Though some states have legalized the sale of marijuana for medical purposes, the practice remains a felony crime under federal law.

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