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Marijuana decriminalization bill OK'd in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. — Voting along party lines, the Delaware state Senate gave final approval Thursday to a measure that decriminalizes the possession and private use of small amounts of marijuana, and Gov. Jack Markell almost immediately signed the legislation into law. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a marijuana decriminalization bill Thursday after it passed the…
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Push toward legalization is cause for good sense, not hand-wringing

OPIOID ADDICTION is a crisis, and stories of young people dying from these drugs are heartbreaking. However, Meredith Warren’s column linking these tragedies to legalization of marijuana for adult use is ill-informed and unhelpful (“The opioid battle is lost when marijuana is legalized,” Opinion, June 18). For many opioid victims, these drugs were not the…
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In Colorado, the cost of getting high keeps getting lower

Even as marijuana sales continue to increase in Colorado, pot prices just keep getting lower. In the past year alone, the cost of an eighth of an ounce of recreational marijuana in Colorado has dropped by an estimated 40 percent, from between $50-$70 to about $30-$45. The reason, according to a new report by brokerage…
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Oregon can be a national model for cannabis regulation

I commend The Oregonian/OregonLive and reporter Noelle Crombie for the series "A Tainted High," which found that multiple samples of medical marijuana purchased in Oregon, intended for patients who are often immunocompromised, tested positive for harmful pesticides. The Oregonian not only revealed the extent of the contamination of medical marijuana products, but also exposed a…
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Marijuana giveaway and smokeout event will celebrate legalization in Portland

On July 1, recreational marijuana will officially be legal in Oregon. Some kind of celebration, a commemoration of the occasion, was inevitable. But that party won't come from the usual suspects in Portland. Hempstalk, the time-honored yet controversial cannabis fair, was denied a permit this year. High Times, which brings its Cannabis Cup events to…
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This Survey Says That Marijuana Prices Are Crashing in Colorado

It's been a little over a year since Colorado began allowing stores to sell marijuana for recreational use and the market continues to grow rapidly. But there are clouds (ahem) on the horizon. Nicholas Colas and his team at Convergex, a global brokerage company based in New York, surveyed a number of marijuana stores in…
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CBD oil attracting seniors, soccer moms to medical marijuana

“Grandma doesn’t really understand she’s taking medical cannabis,” a caregiver relates with a smile. After grandma broke her hip, the doctor prescribed the painkiller Percocet, but it made her nauseous, anxious and irritable — common side effects. So the family sought an alternative, and found that a CBD-rich tincture quelled her pain, insomnia, and anxiety.…
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Congress Deserves Blame for Colorado Ruling Against Medical Marijuana

The Supreme Court of Colorado ruled unanimously last week that Dish Network acted lawfully when it fired a quadriplegic employee who used medicinal marijuana legally to control leg spasms and while he was not at work. The employee, Brandon Coats, was fired in 2010 when he failed a random drug test. Needless to say, this…
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The White House Just Took a Major Step Forward For Medical Marijuana

The Obama administration has removed a major regulatory barrier standing in the way of desperately needed research into medical marijuana. On Monday, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which oversees the United States' overall drug-fighting efforts, announced it will no longer require scientists seeking to study medical marijuana to pass a stifling Public Health…
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