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Los Angeles Times | Oct 20, 2018
 San Diego plans to crack down on marijuana ads, especially billboards
A billboard on Morena Boulevard advertises a MedMen marijuana store in San Diego.
A billboard on Morena Boulevard advertises a MedMen marijuana store in San Diego.
(image:Hayne Palmour IV)
David Garrick
San Diego officials say they plan to crack down on marijuana advertising, particularly the billboard ads that have become increasingly common with recreational use of the drug now legal in California. Legislation proposed by City Councilman Chris Cate aims to keep marijuana billboard ads out of areas where young people congregate and to prevent illegal marijuana businesses from advertising anywhere. The proposal, which would go beyond relatively new state laws that govern marijuana advertising, will be included in a series of city code updates that Mayor Kevin Faulconer....
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Smell The Truth | October 19, 2018
 Canada is reportedly running short on legal marijuana

Oscar Pascual
Canada is running dry on cannabis just days after the country historically legalized recreational marijuana for adult use, reports CBC News. Dubbed as Weed Wednesday, many dispensaries opened as soon as midnight struck on Oct. 17. However, many shops such as THC Distribution in Portugal Cove-St Philips ran out of product just after 4 p.m. Owner Thomas Clarke predicted the store would be completely out of product by Friday. Its very bad news in my eyes. I ran out at 4:20 today, believe it or not, Clarke told CBC News. Im a little shocked that I sold out so fast, and also ....
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NPR | October 17, 2018
 Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, But What Does It Mean For Border Relations?
Marijuana is now legal in Canada. But Canadians who admit theyve used pot in the past can be barred for life from the U.S. NPRs Mary Louise Kelly discusses the issue with attorney Len Saunders. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: As of today, marijuana is legal throughout Canada, which raises a question - what happens when Canadians want to enter the U.S. given that marijuana is illegal in the U.S. under federal law? Yesterday, Customs and Border Patrol official Todd Owen held a conference call with reporters, who had a whole lot of questions, such as this one. SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIV....
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Denver Post | Oct 20, 2018
 Pot at a pub? Colorado agencies tell Denver theyre not budging on indoor marijuana smoking
Shawn and Dina Case, of Bloomfield, Ky., shop for smoking paraphernalia on Aug. 16, 2018, at The Coffee Joint, which received Denvers first social marijuana license.
Shawn and Dina Case, of Bloomfield, Ky., shop for smoking paraphernalia on Aug. 16, 2018, at The Coffee Joint, which received Denvers first social marijuana license.
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Andrew Kenney

Legislature or courts left to decide what open and public smoking is
Want to vape weed at a bar? Its not happening anytime soon, according to a new letter from five different Colorado state agencies to the Denver City Council. A city task force has been working for months on suggestions to make it easier for people to use cannabis at businesses. The task force had asked open-ended questions in a report about whether the state should reconsider some of its laws. The letter from the state, sent earlier this week, shot down the idea of allowing indoor smoking or the use of marijuana at liquor establishments two possibilities that the city ta....
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Denver Post | October 18, 2018
 Colorado cracks a billion in annual marijuana sales in record time, generating $200M in tax revenue
Budtender Miriam Howes, left, talks about edibles with customer, Kelly Keckner, at LivWell Broadway in Denver, CO, January 29, 2015. Edibles purchases in Colorado rose 13.8 percent in the first half of 2018 over the first half of 2018, according to state regulators, helping drive records marijuana sales totals through August.
Budtender Miriam Howes, left, talks about edibles with customer, Kelly Keckner, at LivWell Broadway in Denver, CO, January 29, 2015. Edibles purchases in Colorado rose 13.8 percent in the first half of 2018 over the first half of 2018, according to state regulators, helping drive records marijuana sales totals through August.
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Joe Rubino

Growth in popularity of edibles, concentrates drives sales, state officials find
Marijuana sales in Colorado exceeded $1 billion as of August of this year, with tax revenue from those sales coming in at $200 million, according to a report from the Colorado Department of Revenue and its Marijuana Enforcement Division. Its the earliest point in any of the four years Colorado has had legal recreational marijuana that combined medical and rec sales have cracked the billion-dollar mark. Total combined recreational and medical marijuana sales through August hit $1,022,245,511, according to the MED, setting the state on a trajectory to break last years recor....
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The Oregonian | Oct 19 2018
 Oregon Rastafarian`s medical marijuana earns him 8-year prison sentence in Mississippi

The Washington Post
Driving through the Mississippi Delta, Patrick Beadle had to offer his respect to B.B. King. A Jamaican-born Rastafarian musician from Oregon, Beadle, 46, was on a cross-country trip when he was pulled over in Madison County, Mississippi, on the morning of March 7, 2017, Mississippi Today recently reported. In the car was nearly three pounds of marijuana, which Beadle said he obtained legally in Oregon with his medical marijuana license to help treat the chronic pain in both of his knees after years of playing college basketball. In Oregon, he might have faced a civil fine....
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NORML | October 18, 2018
 Music Legend David Crosby: Join Me and NORML and Lets Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

David Crosby
Hello. My name is David Crosby. You might know me as a founding member of rock legends The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. But today Im wearing a very different hat. Today, I am writing to you to personally introduce myself as the newest member of NORMLs Advisory Board. Why have I decided to become involved with NORML? Its simple. Id like cannabis to be legal everywhere, and I like the good folks at NORML feel a responsibility to stick up for those people who have been punished as a result of this oppressive and senseless policy. That is why Im partnering with....
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NORML | October 19, 2018
 Weekly Legislative Roundup 10/19/18

Carly Wolf
Welcome to the latest edition of NORMLs Weekly Legislative RoundupWe the People Some news from across the border to start off, this week Canada became the second nation to explicitly legalize the social use, possession, cultivation, and retail production and sale of cannabis. The new law will also include pardons of all criminal possession charges of less than 30 grams. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comments specific to whether changes ought to be recommended regarding the international classification of cannabis as a controlled substance. Member....
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Marijuana Moment | October 19, 2018
 Missouri Campaign Finance Records Show Medical Marijuana Ballot Battle Heating Up

Polly Washburn
Politics Missouri Campaign Finance Records Show Medical Marijuana Ballot Battle Heating Up Published 7 hours ago on October 19, 2018 By Polly Washburn Share Tweet New quarterly campaign finance documents from Missouri medical marijuana ballot committees, covering activity from July 1 to September 30, show some coalescing of support for one of three measures on the ballot, while a recently created committee that opposes all of the medical cannabis options has yet to report any financial support. Heres what the fundraising and expenditures for the key committee....
View more in new window | October 18th, 2018 | DETROIT
 U.S. Warns Canadians to not Cross Border with Marijuana

Associated Press
U.S. officials are reminding travelers that it remains illegal to bring cannabis into the United States at border crossings despite the Oct. 17, 2018, legalization of marijuana in Canada. U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP representative Christopher Perry says the implementation of the new Canadian law on Oct. 17 thus far has had little effect on the flow of traffic along the border. Perry, CBPs director of field operations in Michigan, talked to reporters at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario. According to Perry, U.S. border ag....
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The Joint Blog | October 19, 2018
 Colorado Sets Marijuana Sales Record With Over $140 Million Sold in August

Anthony Martinelli

There was over $140 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products sold legally in Colorado in August, setting a new monthly record.
In total there was $141,322,108 in marijuana and marijuana products purchased legally in Colorado in August, according to the states Department of Revenue. This bests the previous record set the monthly prior $138.8 million. Of the $141 million in marijuana sold in August, $28.3 million came from medical marijuana sales, with recreational marijuana sales falling barely short of $113 million. These sales helped Colorado garner over $20 million in tax revenue for the month of August. The new data brings the states total marijuana sales for 2018 to $1,022,245,511. This puts....
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Smell The Truth | October 18, 2018
 Legal marijuana in Canada: A day one recap
Thomas Cook, right, one of Canadas first cannabis consumers.
Thomas Cook, right, one of Canadas first cannabis consumers.
(image:Vince Sharpe)
Oscar Pascual
Canada has celebrated its first day of cannabis legalization, which was quite remarkable. The country on Wednesday became the first country with a major world economy to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use, the New York Times reports. The countrys new weed laws marks a historic moment for residents such as Montreals Tonino Ruggiero, who told the Washington Post, This is better than the Olympics. Not as good as the Rolling Stones, but close. A group of Newfoundland residents have the distinction of being the countrys first pot consumers, purchasing packs of Auror....
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Marijuana Policy Project | Oct 17, 2018
 The fight for Measure 3 is heating up in North Dakota

With less than three weeks until Election Day, efforts to pass Measure 3, which would legalize marijuana for adults in North Dakota, are ramping up. While opponents rely on the standard prohibitionist fear tactics, the Yes on 3 team is sharing a positive message of personal freedom and criminal justice reform with their neighbors across the state. Please contribute here to help them reach and educate more voters. And if you live in North Dakota, commit to voting for Measure 3 and encourage friends, colleagues, and neighbors to do the same. In a sign of growing support, st....
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Marijuana Business Daily | 10/18/2018
 Southern California recreational cannabis firms struggle with product shortages, licensing and black market

Chris Casacchia
Growing pains is an understatement to describe Southern Californias tumultuous recreational marijuana marketplace. New regulations that took effect July 1, product shortages, slow license approvals and a thriving black market are rattling what was already a turbulent sector of the California MJ industry. Southern California adult-use cannabis businesses, for their part, are facing a variety of curveballs and headwinds, including: Sales at Blum, a recreational and medical marijuana facility in Santa Ana, are down about 20 percent compared to last year, according to De....
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