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Former cop used misleading stats to ban pot shops in California

She publicized calls to police about dispensary crime, but many of them were pranks or related to businesses nearby.

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Damian Marley was invited to the UK Parliament to discuss medical marijuana

Musician and cannabis advocate Damian Marley says the legalization movement is picking up steam in the UK, where he was invited to discuss the issue at the British parliament recently, writes Calvin Hughes.

"What’s very interesting is how rapid this discussion has picked [up] here in the UK," Marley told GQ. "When I was here last summer, it didn’t have the momentum that it has now. That’s beautiful—how quickly people are listening to the realities of the benefits of marijuana."

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California marijuana legalization led to huge drop in arrests

Yes, you can still get busted for some cannabis-related offenses in California. But now that recreational use is legal, the number of such arrests is dropping quickly.

Those are two takeaways from a crime report issued this week by California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra. The data showed a huge drop in marijuana-related arrests last year, with all such arrests falling by 56 percent and felony arrests down 74 percent.

Overall, from 2016 to 2017, the number of people in California facing possible incarceration, hefty legal fees and criminal records as a result of cannabis crimes fell by nearly 8,000. Those findings pleased people who two years ago worked to pass Proposition 64.

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Canada: BC signs agreements with licensed producers to supply legal marijuana

British Columbia has announced the companies that will supply recreational marijuana after legalization this fall, boasting its stash will feature an "exclusive and competitive" assortment of products.

But small craft growers say they were shut out of the bidding process and therefore B.C. residents will only be able to purchase weed grown by large licensed producers of medical cannabis starting on Oct. 17.

"I have been screaming at the provincial government for a year to do something about these regulations, and we are now about to drive off the cliff and there's still no bridge," said Ian Dawkins, president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada, which represents small producers.

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Is it time to invest in marijuana stocks?

There's a bigger buzz about the marijuana industry than ever before. Thanks to a recent vote in Oklahoma, 30 states now have laws in place that broadly allow the legal use of medical marijuana. Nine states plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, with Michigan potentially joining their ranks pending a vote on the issue in November.

That's just looking at home in the United States; Canada's recreational marijuana market opens nationwide in October. Germany, the largest economy in Europe, has an expanding medical cannabis market. Other countries across the world are relaxing laws to allow the legal use of medical marijuana.

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Boston firm offers marijuana-friendly lodging

Good news for toking tourists on their way to Boston: There’s a new collection of marijuana-themed short-term rentals in town, ready to uplift visitors in ways chain hotels cannot. Chocolate on your pillow? That’s so pre-legalization — try a lozenge infused with the cannabis compound CBD instead. Tiny bottles of shampoo? More like tiny bottles of hemp-infused shampoo. A book of coupons to local restaurants on the desk? Replace “local restaurants” with “local dispensary” and you’re starting to get the idea.

These are the offerings at roughly 200 furnished apartments around the Boston area now available for rent from 420 Suites, a spinoff of corporate rental firm Northeast Suites that’s launching this month.

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California marijuana shops scramble to refill stash with lab-tested weed under new regulations

Nicholas Hughes used to sell a cannabis treat fit for a king: The Elvis, a chocolate cookie infused with 1,000 milligrams of mind-altering THC – 100 times what is now the per-serving dosage limit in California.

“You could not keep them on the shelf,” he said.

But earlier this month, Hughes' dispensary, Cathedral City Care Collective North, parted ways with the cookie, one of tons of cannabis products that can't be sold since California phased in new testing, packaging and dosing standards on July 1. For edibles like the Elvis, the state now imposes a limit of 10 milligrams of THC per serving and 100 milligrams of THC per package.

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The DEA has released this year’s drug slang handbook

This year’s version of “Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel” is published and unclassified.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has updated its list of slang terms for 2018, with some amusing results.

The July 2018 DEA Intelligence Report, entitled Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel, is a handbook of slang words for drugs including cannabis, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogenics, and more. It also lists jargon from drug culture including references to sales, smuggling, and interdiction.

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Marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but the feds are still looking to prosecute cases here in these three areas

US Attorney Andrew Lelling, the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, on Tuesday pointed to three marijuana-related areas his office plans to focus on as the state keeps moving into the era of legal pot.

The Cannabis Control Commission, the new state agency tasked with overseeing the burgeoning industry, has started issue the licenses needed for retail pot shops to open in Massachusetts.

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The weird and wonderful world of Las Vegas cannabis culture

The delicate balance of mixing cannabis and tourism in Las Vegas.

The party bus is a Las Vegas staple. Hop on board with a few of your pals and cruise around the Strip while taking in the sights and energy of Sin City, typically with a beverage in hand. Some buses come with a bar, others come with a stripper pole, but Herbology Tours is putting a new spin on the concept altogether by focusing on the culture and community of cannabis.

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