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The Seattle Times | July 2, 2015
When recreational marijuana possession became legal Wednesday in Oregon, Vancouver pot shops reaped the benefits, as Oregonians flocked across the border to get their fix.
 Pot now legal in Oregon; Vancouver shops reap benefit
Justin Runquist
When recreational marijuana possession became legal Wednesday in Oregon, Vancouver pot shops reaped the benefits, as Oregonians flocked across the border to get their fix. Vancouvers six pot shops saw far more foot traffic than usual Wednesday, a trend that has continued all week leading up to the landmark shift in Oregons law. And with recreational sales set to be sidelined in Oregon for at least three months or perhaps even more than another year, store owners in Vancouver are bracing for their biggest sales figures yet. Since Washingtons first stores opened nearly a y....
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The Weed Blog | 12:40 PM on July 1, 2015
 Marijuana Is Now Legal In Oregon


Phillip Smith
The Measure 91 marijuana legalization initiative approved by Oregon voters last November went into effect as of 12:01 a.m Pacific Time today. That means that people 21 and over can now legally possess up to eight ounces of weed at home and grow up to four plants. Only one ounce may be possessed in public. Public consumption remains illegal. But you wont be able to go to the marijuana store just yet. Sales are currently set to begin next year, although there is a chance the legislature could act to move up that date. Portland NORML marked the occasion with a midnight seed....
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The Oregonian | June 11, 2015
 Labs Test For Pesticides But Operate Without Oversight
Noelle Crombie
en Alex Hoggan opened a medical marijuana testing lab in Milwaukie last year, one thing quickly became clear: Finding pesticides in marijuana was bad for business. One pesticide in particular bifenthrin popped up more than any other, triggering a failure under Oregons medical marijuana testing rules. Hoggan, who owns Chemhistory, estimates that about 40 percent of the marijuana concentrates his lab tested failed to meet state standards. The estimated failure rate among flower samples was lower but still startling: about 1 in 5 were contaminated. Hoggan typically didnt s....
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The Washington Post | June 11
 GOP-controlled Hill panel backs state medical marijuana laws
Associated Press
The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation that has been approved by a Republican-controlled Senate committee. The 20-10 vote puts the Senate Appropriations panel on record in favor of permitting people to obtain and dispensaries to provide medicinal marijuana in states where its permitted and regulated. The vote on an amendment by Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski supports a current policy, which was established in last years catchall spending bill after the GOP-run House voted in favor of ....
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The Washington Post | June 11
 House budget bill would outlaw marijuana sales in D.C. for two years
Andy Eidinger, chair of the DC Cannabis Campaign, smokes a joint on February 26, 2015, the first full day of marijuana legalization in D.C. Possession, but not sales, of pot would remain legal under an early budget vote Thursday in Congress.
Andy Eidinger, chair of the DC Cannabis Campaign, smokes a joint on February 26, 2015, the first full day of marijuana legalization in D.C. Possession, but not sales, of pot would remain legal under an early budget vote Thursday in Congress.
(image:Robert Macpherson/AFP/Getty Image)
Aaron C. Davis
House Republicans advanced a budget plan Thursday that would prevent legal sales of marijuana in D.C. for more than two years. Heres the surprise: advocates for legalization called it a victory. What the Republican budget does not do at least not yet is roll back Initiative 71, the voter-approved measure from November that legalized pot for recreational use in the nations capital. Since early this year, D.C. residents have been allowed to possess, grow and, in the privacy of their own homes, smoke marijuana. Many opportunities remain during the federal budget process f....
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Smell The Truth | June 8, 2015
 As president, Chris Christie would attack legal marijuana


Oscar Pascual
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would like to reinstate full-on marijuana prohibition if elected president. In an interview with CBSs Face the Nation on Sunday, Christie stated that if elected president, he would federally prosecute marijuana sales in legal states such as Colorado and Washington. Well, listen, I think theres probably a lot of people in Colorado who are not too thrilled with what is going on there right now, Christie told Face the Nation, despite a recent poll that shows the majority of Colorado residents actually support the states legal marijuana laws in ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | June 5, 2015
 Week in Review: NY Application Deadline, Cannabis Insurance Woes Big Obstacle in New MMJ Market


John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus
The number of medical cannabis patients in Minnesota may be much lower than expected, businesses scramble as a major insurance company backs away from cannabis, and New Yorks application window comes to a close. Heres a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Deadline Time in New York This is it. Friday is the last day hopeful entrepreneurs can submit their applications to the New York State Department of Health if they want to be considered for one of the five medical cannabis business licenses the agency will award nex....
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The Oregonian | June 03, 2015
 Should legalizing marijuana be left to the states? Congress not ready to say that`s OK
Jeff Mapes
In a first test vote of its kind, the U.S. House on Wednesday narrowly voted down an amendment aimed at giving states the right to decide on their own whether marijuana should be legalized. The failure of the amendment, which was co-sponsored by Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, doesn`t have an immediate impact on Oregon and the three other states that have legalized the possession and sale of marijuana. The Obama administration has already laid out guidelines for states to follow to avoid facing federal action on a drug that remains prohibited under federal law. However, th....
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Marijuana Business Daily | June 4, 2015
 Nevada Could Pave the Way for New Cannabis Banking Options


Tony C. Dreibus
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 thats now before Nevadas 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. The amendment, written into a mortgage lending bill, would change the rules so savings and loan companies wouldnt have to obtain insurance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The legislation would ....
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The Oregonian | June 03, 2015 |
 Marijuana and hemp growers duke it out in Oregon Legislature
This Google Earth view of the Murphy Creek Road area south of Grants Pass shows a new hemp farm in the lower left of the photo that has attracted the ire of nearby medical marijuana growers.
This Google Earth view of the Murphy Creek Road area south of Grants Pass shows a new hemp farm in the lower left of the photo that has attracted the ire of nearby medical marijuana growers.
Jeff Mapes
Depending on who`s talking, a 20-acre hemp farm about 10 miles south of Grants Pass is either the harbinger of a new industry that could help save rural Oregon or an existential threat to local marijuana farmers just as they`re anticipating boom times. Hemp, the non-intoxicating version of cannabis sativa, has long been a big part of the marijuana culture, celebrated for its wide variety of uses and status as a fellow victim of federal prohibition. But now that both hemp and marijuana are coming out of the legal shadows in Oregon, they`re suddenly in conflict and state ....
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Marijuana Business Daily | June 3, 2015
 Strict Testing Limits May Leave Massachusetts Dispensaries Without Cannabis Flower


Tony C. Dreibus
The first dispensary in Massachusetts may not have any marijuana to sell when it opens at least not in flower form. Alternative Therapies Group is hoping to start serving patients in the next two weeks, but it might only be able to sell edibles and concentrates at first because of strict testing requirements, according to several observers. Other dispensaries that open in the coming months will likely face a similar challenge unless officials tweak the regulations, adding to a string of setbacks for the states oft-delayed medical cannabis program. Aside from limiting pat....
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NORML | June 1, 2015
 House Floor Vote To Protect States Marijuana Laws Pending In Congress
Paul Armentano
Members of the United States House of Representatives are anticipated to vote this week perhaps as earl as Tuesday night on a series of amendments to a Justice Department spending bill. These amendments seek to limit the federal governments intrusion in states that have regulated various aspects of marijuana production and access. Specifically, Representatives Tom McClintock R-CA and Jared Polis D-CO are introducing an amendment intended to halt the federal prosecution of individuals involved in marijuana-related activities that are in compliance with the laws of their sta....
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