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    Medical Marijuana Shops Still At Risk Despite Provision in Spending Bill (IVN)

    by  • December 20, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    Among the main contentions of the CRomnibus bill, according to some marijuana legalization advocates, was putting retail marijuana legalization on hold in DC despite voter approval at the 69% mark. But not all advocates went home empty handed. Snuggled in that same bill lies a provision allowing Native Americans to grow and sell marijuana on their...

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    Marijuana legalization hasn’t made US teens more likely to use pot, federal agency says (VOX Media)

    by  • December 17, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    While advocates or opponents of marijuana legalization scour research that’ll validate their claims, analysts remind us that it’s still far too early to tell whether teen use is increasing or decreasing with legalization. Marijuana policy analysts Mark Kleiman and Beau Kilmer, of UCLA and RAND respectively, point to the fact that the retail marijuana industry is still...

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    The biggest loser in the CRomnibus: the rights of DC residents (VOX Media)

    by  • December 14, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    CRomnibus, the moniker of the ’15 appropriations bill, bars the D.C. Council from spending the time and money necessary to initialize Initiative 71. Medical dispensaries and the decriminalization of marijuana in D.C. remain unaffected; it was the probable legalization of marijuana sales following Initiative 71 that CRomnibus puts on hold.

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    Marijuana’s Big-Money Marley Brand Makes a Splash (Seattle Weekly News)

    by  • November 28, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    How feasible is global branding within the marijuana market, especially a U.S. based one skirting federal prohibition? Such is the undertaking of Privateer Holdings, the name behind such subsidiaries as Leafy, a popular website catologing cannabis strains, and Tilray, Canada’s largest marijuana growing facility. Just what hurdles Privateer must overcome, including product safety concerns, are discussed in the following...

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    Oregon must include public health representatives in pot-regulation process (Oregon Live)

    by  • November 24, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    Diverse party guests are needed at the table when discussing the marijuana industry’s impact on society as a whole.  Voices outside of the industry are needed, writes Rachel O’Bryan.  Voices from the medical and mental health professions to scholars, such as UCLA’s Mark Kleiman, must be heard from in order to craft policy that...

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    Vermont Lawmakers to Begin 2015 with Report on Marijuana Legalization (The Daily Chronic)

    by  • November 21, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    Drug Policy expert of the RAND corporation, Beau Kilmer, shared a preliminary report for VT with Vermont legislators this month. Sections include VT’s current marijuana market landscape, health and safety issues, various potential regulatory models, and projections of the expected impacts of reform, including tax revenue.

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    Charting Vermont’s Marijuana Landscape (VPR)

    by  • November 18, 2014 • Daily Digests • 0 Comments

    Vermont Lawmakers await the conclusions of a study by RAND Corporation’s Drug Policy Research Center when considering legalizing marijuana in the state.  Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Drug Policy Research Center, says the study looks to survey the intricacies of marijuana markets in order take the smoothest road in supplanting the black market trade...

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