Per-capita recreational marijuana sales sky high in Colorado’s southern border communities

Published: Feb 9, 2018, 6:41 pm • Updated: Feb 9, 2018, 6:47 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Colorado’s southern border communities led the the state in 2017 per-capita cannabis sales — by a country mile. While the bulk of Colorado’s $ 1.09 billion in 2017 recreational marijuana sales…

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Why some California communities are pushing back hard against marijuana farms

Published: Nov 24, 2017, 1:56 pm • Updated: Nov 24, 2017, 1:56 pm By Paul Elias, The Associated Press COPPEROPOLIS, Calif. — The four young men had just started their marijuana harvest in rural Northern California when a dozen sheriff’s deputies swooped in with guns drawn, arrested them and spent…

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Legal Cannabis Is Saving Communities Across The Country

Cannabis Revives Towns Across The United States Lives aren’t the only thing that cannabis is saving in the United States. Entire towns throughout the country are benefiting from money being pumped into them through the legal cannabis industry. The economic boost the industry has given has significantly reduced homelessness, unemployment,…

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Legalizing Cannabis for Communities and Racial Justice in New York: StartSmartNY

A new adult-use (recreational) legislative initiative, StartSmartNY, has materialized in the Empire State, with the re-introduction of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) (previously stalled in prior legislative committees).  The movement is spearheaded by a coalition comprised of members and advocates associated with the Drug Policy Alliance, Cannabis Cultural…

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Some states helping cannabiz owners from communities hit hardest by the war on drugs

Published: May 31, 2017, 8:03 am • Updated: May 31, 2017, 8:22 am By Janie Har and Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Andre Shavers was sentenced to five years on felony probation after authorities burst into the house where he was living in one of Oakland’s most…

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DEA-sanctioned informant trafficking keeps drugs in communities

Published: Apr 11, 2017, 2:34 pm • Updated: Apr 11, 2017, 2:34 pm By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post Last week, the acting director of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration was asked whether his agents ever intentionally allow drug shipments into communities in the interest of making a bigger bust…

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FBI Admits Medical Marijuana Makes Communities Safer

Statistical Evidence Reveals the True Dangers of Marijuana Picture this, if you will: A quiet little hippie town; nestled against the backdrop of a perfectly wild Australian Hinterland, evolving under the weight of its own imposition and standard norms, unaffected by traditional societies qualms and nuances. It’s a tranquil place-…

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Colorado State University To Study Marijuana Legalization’s Impact On Communities

In the lead up to the successful marijuana legalization vote in Colorado in 2012, marijuana opponent Kevin Sabet made the outlandish claim that for every dollar that marijuana legalization would generate for Colorado, there would be ten dollars in ‘social costs.’ These ‘social costs’ include policing stoned drivers, dealing with an…

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‘Mainers Protecting Our Youth And Communities’ Launches To Oppose Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana opponents will do just about whatever it takes to keep marijuana prohibition in place. There are various motivating factors as to why marijuana opponents do what they do. The most common one is protecting the bottom line of industries that so heavily rely on marijuana prohibition for profits. Here’s…

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