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Niagara Cannabis Club holds rally

Rob Thibault is happy to have his life back.

He was part of a small rally every year Canada Day to celebrate and educate people about medicinal marijuana.

After a motorcycle accident that left him with injuries to his knee, he went through the gamut of prescribed painkillers without much success.

Thibault said that three years ago, he was in a wheelchair and a lot heavier than he is now.

“This is what I use for pain relief,” he said as he took a drag from a joint.

This was the fifth year the Niagara Cannabis Club held the event in front of the St. Catharines courthouse.

“There is a huge stigma, it affects people,” said Thibault. “We’re about protecting people from that.”

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Vancouver marijuana activists defy city, clash with police at annual Cannabis Day rally

At least four people were arrested as the so-called protest stretched into a long, hot day full of pro-pot propaganda on the concrete steps of the art gallery.

What a bong show.

Pot activists and Vancouver police clashed at a Canada Day demonstration on Wednesday at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

At least four people were arrested as the so-called protest stretched into a long, hot day full of pro-pot propaganda on the concrete steps of the art gallery.

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02
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Rand Paul Holds First Ever Marijuana Presidential Fundraiser

Marijuana industry bigwigs paid $2,700 to hear Rand Paul speak at the National Cannabis Industry Association's business summit in Denver on Tuesday. Paul is the first major presidential candidate to raise money from the marijuana industry.

"This is a historical moment, that our industry is now working together with a presidential candidate," Tripp Keber, owner of Denver-based Dixie Elixirs, which makes cannabis-infused sodas and sweets, told the AP at Tuesday's event. Roughly 40 people paid to see Paul speak behind closed doors, which would have brought in more than $100,000 for his campaign.

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Why more states are considering marijuana legalization after Oregon

Smoke filled the air at the Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland last night as marijuana smokers lit their celebratory joints, marking Oregon’s legalization of recreational use.

Oregon’s marijuana supporters have been waiting for this moment since last November, when voters backed Measure 91, a law that allows for recreational use, Reuters reported.

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Obama’s silence on spillover of legal pot

Colorado’s legalization of marijuana has prompted a suit before the Supreme Court and a request for President Obama to take a position. Here’s why he should side with the suit by Oklahoma and Nebraska.

During his time in office, President Obama has worked hard to prevent drug smuggling into the United States. Two months ago, the Supreme Court asked for the views of his administration on another type of trafficking of a federally banned drug: the transport of marijuana out of Colorado, where its use was made legal for adults last year, into neighboring states.

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02
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Iowa medical marijuana prompts parents to consider moving

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - The Legislature's failure to expand Iowa's medical marijuana law has some parents of sick children looking to Minnesota.

Area lawmakers who worked to pass the proposed legislation suggested some Iowans may relocate to nearby states to access medicinal marijuana. Medical marijuana will be legal in limited form in Minnesota beginning July 1.

Some Cedar Falls families confirmed they're considering their options, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/1MsWswE ) reported.

"Obviously, they have all these good things about their bill, but it's proximity. So, you just gave yourselves competition. Minnesota moved forward. You chose to stay stagnant," said Brienna Decker.

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Gov. Matt Mead creates panel to assess marijuana in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is creating a council to gauge the effects of marijuana usage in the state ahead of a legalization initiative that could go before voters next year.

Mead announced Tuesday he's putting together a marijuana impact assessment council. He wants it to report to the public on effects of marijuana before the Legislature convenes early next year.

Activists this spring filed initial paperwork to start a petition process in Wyoming that could put a medical marijuana legalization measure before voters in the 2016 general election.

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02
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Ganjapreneur and rapper buy $4,000 wheelchair for pot activist

When Colorado-based ganjapreneur Jayson Emo saw the viral video of police raiding an unpermitted medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana, Calif. — a video that included footage of a female police officer saying she wanted to kick dispensary manager Marla James (a 54-year-old wheelchair-bound amputee and marijuana activist) in her “nub” — he knew he had to do something.

Screenshot of video showing Santa Ana, Calif., police raiding unpermitted medical marijuana dispensary Sky High Holistic.

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Oregon medical marijuana growers prepare to expand into new retail recreational markets

WILLIAMS, Ore. — Forty-two years after Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, the state is taking its first steps along a road leading to state-licensed stores selling limited amounts of it to anyone over 21.

"Oregon has long been a pioneer on sensible marijuana policies," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner on Measure 91, which on Wednesday makes Oregon the fourth state to adopt laws legalizing recreational use of cannabis for people old enough to drink.

He added though that he doesn't expect much increased demand for it.

Smoking it in public is illegal, but in Portland police are discouraging residents from calling 911 to report smokers.

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Growing cannabis 'more profitable', chicken farmer tells court

A farmer has admitted growing cannabis plants worth £109,000 because "they made more money" than rearing chickens.

Edward James, 68, was found with hundreds of plants on his land at Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon.

He told police growing the Class B drug was "more profitable than chickens", Exeter Crown Court heard.

Recorder Mr Rufus Taylor adjourned the case until 30 July, and ordered pre-sentence reports be prepared by the Probation Service.

Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said in light of James' guilty plea to producing cannabis, his not guilty plea to a second charge of possession with intent to supply had been accepted.

Gareth Evans, defending, said James is in poor health and has strong personal mitigation.

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