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Leslie Bosckor searches for gold in NY pot

Leslie Bosckor, co-founder of Nevada Cannabis Industry Association, is creating a similar association in New York.

Leslie Bosckor (pronounced "bosscore"), investment banker turned canna-businessman, holds guru status for many looking to get into the growing sector of legal marijuana. For four years, the native New Yorker has lived in Nevada, where he has co-founded the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association and helped 15 organizations successfully apply for marijuana distribution licenses. In New York, he's creating a cannabis industry association and a hedge fund.

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Menace to medicine – revisiting cannabis

The medicinal use of cannabis is a complex issue not just in Australia but around the world. In the past year media coverage has exploded in Australia.

This has been stoked largely by a public campaign by Lucy and Lou Haslam, parents of 24-year-old Daniel Haslam, a patient terminal cancer from Tamworth, NSW and the political and media support for their predicament. Now barely a week passes without an emotive anecdotal success story, an outspoken medical practitioner supporting or decrying its use, or governments announcing trials, investigations or priority for the issue.

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A majority favors marijuana legalization for first time, according to nation's most authoritative survey

For the first time, the General Social Survey -- a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standard for public opinion research -- shows a majority of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana.

In interviews conducted between March and October of last year -- when the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington were ramping up -- researchers asked 1,687 respondents the following question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?"

Fifty-two percent said pot should be legalized, 42 percent opposed it, and another 7 percent were undecided. Support is up 9 percentage points from 2012, the last time the survey was conducted.

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Washington state cannabis retailer opens in defiance of county ban

Sealed bags of marijuana dangle behind a counter, curved glass pipes glimmer on shelves, and a steady trickle of middle-aged customers gleefully buys cannabis strains nicknamed Charlie Sheen and Godzilla.

"The Gallery" is similar to more than 100 other lawful state-licensed marijuana retail shops and hundreds of medical dispensaries in Washington state, with one exception: It is operating in defiance of local law.

Its opening on Sunday set up a potential showdown with authorities in Pierce County, about an hour outside Seattle, which has effectively banned recreational pot shops in unincorporated areas so long as the drug remains illegal under federal law, even as medical pot businesses flourish virtually unregulated.

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04
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Mississauga Ontario moves to regulate marijuana

Mississauga is set to become the first city in Canada to licence and regulate the production of medical marijuana.

“The federal government legalized these operations, but we’re the ones eventually responsible for where they’re located and the enforcement of them,” said Councillor Jim Tovey, after a committee vote on a new bylaw that passed Wednesday. Final approval will is expected to come when from full council by the end of March.

A staff report dated Feb. 18, 2015, indicated that no other city in Canada has made such a move, following the federal government’s transition in 2013 and 2014 to licence the private production of legal medical marihuana.

“It’s really a public safety issue,” Tovey said.

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Former Denver Bronco Nate Jackson Calls For NFL To Allow Marijuana

DENVER (AP) – Former Broncos tight end Nate Jackson says he believes the NFL will have no choice but to remove marijuana from its lists of banned substances in the near future.

Speaking at a marijuana business conference, Jackson called on the league to allow medical marijuana as a means to help players deal with the physical and psychological pain and head injuries inherent to their profession.

Jackson said he avoided opiate painkillers as much as he could during his six-year career from 2003-08. Instead, he self-medicated with marijuana so that he wouldn’t retire addicted to prescription drugs like so many of his contemporaries, he said.

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Lawmakers Working To Define Medical Marijuana Future In Michigan

(WLNS) – Lawmakers are still considering measures to define the future of medical marijuana in Michigan.

Legislation discussed in the senate Wednesday aims to eliminate some of the legal gray areas, but critics say lawmakers are focusing on the wrong issues.

Medical marijuana in the state of Michigan has a complicated track record. It was approved for medical use by voters in 2008, but dispensaries became illegal under a 2013 Supreme Court case.

Yet we still see them in Michigan cities.

“How the process works is law enforcement will take a report, they provide that report to the prosecutor’s office, and the prosecutor’s going to decide whether they’ll authorize charges,” said Matt Newburg, criminal defense attorney.

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Bill could expand medical marijuana in Iowa

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ELDRIDGE, Iowa (KWQC) — The bill introduced in Des Moines on Monday could change the lives of many patients. It would allow medical marijuana for those with chronic diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, AIDS, glaucoma, hepatitis C, crohn’s disease, colitis, ehlers-danlos syndrom, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Navajo Lawmaker Firm on Stance Against Legalizing Marijuana

A lawmaker on the country's largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe's stance against legalizing marijuana.

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie says legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use contradicts Navajo values and tradition.

His bill introduced this week comes in response to an announcement last year by the U.S. Department of Justice to allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana within certain guidelines.

Navajo lawmakers can take action on Yazzie's bill after a public comment period.

Yazzie has said legalizing marijuana would drive up crime rates and drug addiction on the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

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Longview Republican files marijuana legalization bill

Conroe Police Department Public Information Officer Dorcy Riddle stands amongst 10 to 20,000 marijuana plants waiting to be cut down by authorities Aug. 21, 2013, in Conroe, Texas. Investigators found the plants, but no suspects, through undisclosed procedures with the help of different agencies. They plan to cut them down and incinerate them after they're dried. (AP Photo/ Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, filed a bill Monday to legalize marijuana by removing all mention of the drug from state statutes.

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