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Here’s what might happen to marijuana prices if it were legalized across the US

Since 1995, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, while four states (along with Washington D.C.) have legalized all aspects of marijuana, including its recreational use for adults. Even in states where marijuana failed to gain approval initially, such as Oregon, the proverbial scales were tipped in favor of supporters just a few short years later.

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Missouri man serving life sentence for marijuana offense has sentence commuted

Governor Jay Nixon commuted the sentence for Missouri’s only man serving life in prison for non-violent marijuana-related offenses. Jeff Mizanskey, now 62, was arrested during an undercover drug bust in Sedalia in 1993. He was sentenced in 1996 under the state’s Prior and Persistent Drug Offender Law, which is a three-strike system.


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Oregon Marijuana Legalization: Weed Smell Could Trigger $500 Fine In Pendleton

Come July 1, it will be legal to possess and use marijuana recreationally in Oregon. But in the eastern town of Pendleton, recreational marijuana smokers might not want to hit the bong too hard once legalization hits. The municipal authorities have labeled the smell of marijuana a nuisance and plan to fine residents should the scent travel to a neighbor’s property, KNDO of Yakima, Washington, reported Wednesday. Pendleton reworked its nuisance ordinance — which deals with problems like loud music or barking dogs — to include marijuana smell, the station reported. The resulting fine could cost marijuana smokers up to $500.


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Illinois Senate passes marijuana decriminalization bill

Under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois Senate, low-level cannabis possession would go from a crime with fines up to $2,500 and up to a year in a jail to penalties likened to a traffic ticket. Carrying small amounts of marijuana would result in a fine instead of an arrest under a measure approved Thursday by the Illinois Senate.


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Utah lawmakers plan to ‘carefully’ consider medical marijuana

Lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to carefully consider potential implications of medical marijuana use in Utah. Members of the Health and Human Services interim committee mulled over a long list of questions at the start of several months of in-depth study on the matter, hoping to better understand possible benefits and/or consequences of legalization.


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Texas medical marijuana bill heading to Gov. Abbott

The Texas House gave final approval Tuesday to a limited medical marijuana bill that would give epilepsy patients access to trace amounts of cannabis oil. The next stop is Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, marking a milestone that marijuana-reform advocates say is nothing short of historic in Texas.



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IL marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governor

Advocates of Illinois’ troubled medical marijuana experiment hope to reassure investors by pushing to have lawmakers extend it beyond 2017, when it expires, but the initiative faces an uncertain fate on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk. Entrepreneurs and backers say the success of the four-year program does not depend on an extension. But after a year of stumbles, lawsuits and delays, they believe it would send a signal that the program won’t end before the state can work out the problems and do a proper evaluation.


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Legal Marijuana Cultivation Is Driving A Technology ‘Revolution’ In Industrial Agriculture

Deep within a cedar forest in British Columbia, Dan Sutton is building what he hopes will be the most energy-efficient, high-technology greenhouse for growing cannabis. Spurred by the booming market for medical marijuana, he and a group of biologists and engineers have experimented for almost three years with digital sensors, lighting arrays, software programs and ventilators to design a greenhouse system with the lowest energy costs and highest crop yields.