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Senators Move Bill to Give Marijuana Industry Access to Banking

The Colorado Department of Revenue collects millions of dollars in taxes each month from marijuana businesses around the state. The state collected $9.6 million from sales of retail and medical marijuana in April, bringing the current year through May 1 total to $78 million.

Many of these millions are stuffed into duffel bags and driven to the Department of Revenue to be paid in cash.

“It can be really scary,” said Mike Elliott, the executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group.

After 18 months of full-scale legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, the federal government and state governments here and elsewhere have not found a solution to providing access to banking to the marijuana industry.

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Marijuana opponents using racketeering law to fight industry's spread

DENVER — A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits.

A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it — from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the plaintiffs agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot at fire-sale prices.

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Pot money changing hearts in Washington

This week marks the one-year anniversary since sales of marijuana for recreational use began in Washington state.

In the first year, $70 million in tax revenue has been generated statewide from marijuana sales. The Washington State Liquor Control Board, which oversees the state's cannabis industry, reports that dispensaries sold more than $257 million worth of marijuana.

Chip Boyden, who owns a medical marijuana dispensary in Tucson, Arizona, jumped at the thought of expanding his marijuana business with family in Washington after the first dispensaries started to open in July 2014. Washington voters passed a law in 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21.

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Crimea, Police find Cannabis island

Police have discovered a cannabis farm hidden on an artificial island in northeastern Crimea, it's reported.

About 500 plants were being cultivated in neat rows, concealed from prying eyes behind the island's tall rushes, Russia's Lenta.ru news website reports. The farm covered 2,000 sq m (21,500 sq ft) of land, and a man found guarding it was detained, according to local police spokeswoman Yelena Alekseyeva. Video footage from the site shows some of the plants were almost as tall as the police officers who found them.

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As tribe prepares to legalize marijuana, questions remain

Flandreau Santee Sioux tribal officials intend to develop a marijuana grow facility on tribal grounds and sell the product in a tribal marijuana lounge.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Five months from now, according to the plan, Indians and non-Indians alike will be smoking marijuana on tribal lands in Flandreau.

The U.S. Justice Department told Indian tribes last December that they can grow and sell marijuana as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for Washington, Colorado and other states that have legalized the drug.

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Oregon airport allows passengers to carry marijuana on in-state flights

Travelers who are 21 years old or older can care up to one ounce of marijuana - the amount that is legal to carry across the state - when boarding flights that take off and land within the state's borders. 

Airport officials said that if a TSA agent finds pot on a person, he or she will notify Port Police, who will then check to see if the passenger is carrying the legal limit, if the person is of age and confirm that the passenger is not traveling outside Oregon. 

The security area of Portland International Airport includes a notice featuring a crossed out marijuana plant and reads, 'Please be advised recreational marijuana is not permitted on flights traveling outside of Oregon'. Travelers are, however, allowed to carry the drug on in-state flights

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As marijuana attitudes ease, workplace drug testing companies brace for fight

As attitudes toward marijuana become more lenient and states authorize its use for medicinal — or even recreational — purposes, a long simmering debate over the efficacy of workplace drug testing has found a new flash point.

Marijuana accounts for more failed workplace drug tests than any other substance, and the new laws have the potential of decreasing or eliminating employer testing for it.

Defenders of drug testing maintain that employees who use drugs, including marijuana, have been found to miss more work, cause more accidents, change jobs more frequently and ultimately cost employers more money.

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France: Are clothes decorated in cannabis herb banned?

Some traders in Draguignan were surprised. Part of their clothing stock has been withdrawn from sale. Clothes that had something in common: cannabis leaf as a motif. Cannabis is banned from sale and its representation on clothes as well.

An operation conducted by the police with the prosecutor of Draguignan has denounced this trivialization. While cannabis leaves are a very fashionable style, they are also prohibited by law. The product is a prohibited narcotic.
A trivialization which can have an expensive cost. The penalty for this offense is up to 5 years imprisonment and a 75,000 euro fine

Three vendors were pinned and 200 articles of clothing were withdrawn from sale.

What does the law say? Can I wear such clothes?

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Rand Paul backs effort to bring banking to legal marijuana businesses

Less than a month after holding a fundraiser on the sidelines of a Colorado marijuana conference, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is joining the fight to give America’s growing legal marijuana industry access to banking services.

Paul, the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly seek support from legal marijuana industry, is among the bipartisan co-sponsors of the Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015, introduced Thursday in the Senate.

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Legal Highs: Welcome to the Cannabis Revolution

Ms Zeng speaks quietly, almost in a whisper, with a strong Chinese accent. How long have you been having trouble sleeping, she asks her customer.

Maybe a few weeks, he replies. Ms Zeng asks if he feels that cannabis helps him fall asleep. "Definitely," he replies. The non-medical practitioner then gives him what she gives all her patients, regardless of their symptoms: a prescription for medical marijuana.

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