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3 beaten-up marijuana stocks you can buy

The global marijuana market is worth $150 billion, and industry watchers think widespread legalization could result in legal marijuana sales that top $200 billion worldwide in 15 years.

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Injured veterans turning to medical marijuana in increasing numbers

The number of injured veterans using medical marijuana has skyrocketed, according to Veterans Affairs Canada, while opioid use has decreased.

A cocktail of pills and prescription drugs was once the only option for struggling veterans dealing with painful, life-changing injuries.

Retired Army Maj. Mark Campbell lost both legs after an explosion during his last tour in Afghanistan. He had been given opioids and other prescription drugs to reduce the pain.

But it was only when his doctor prescribed him medical cannabis that Campbell said he felt real relief. He now calls weed “magic.”

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3 energy stocks to play the marijuana boom

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you've probably been hearing about the marijuana industry almost nonstop -- and there's a good reason for that. It's not often that we see an industry blossom from a few billion dollars a year in global sales to perhaps up to $75 billion in annual sales over a 15-year period. This is the type of growth that comes around once in a generation, and investors don't want to miss out.

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This is what we know about cannabis and lung health

Physicians know that cannabis research hasn't shown a connection between smoking marijuana and lung cancer, but some still believe there is reason to be concerned about it, writes Calvin Hughes.

It's no secret that smoking cigarettes has detrimental effects for the health of your lungs. However, the research on smoking cannabis seems to show a much different picture. Marijuana consumers do not appear to be at an elevated risk for lung cancer, but that doesn't mean joints are okay for your lungs.

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Legalization sparks curiosity in people who haven’t used pot in years or ever

Cindi Phelps never imagined herself running a pot shop. She smoked weed as a teenager, but as an adult she says she became “cranky” about cannabis, endlessly lecturing her kids and judging everyone who touched the stuff.

It was only when she neared 50 that she realized marijuana could soothe her pain from a chronic health issue. Now that she manages the Tamarack Cannabis Boutique in Kimberley, B.C., Phelps can relate to customers who are nervous about trying pot for the first time in decades — or ever.

About 15 to 20 per cent of her customers fall into this category, and most are baby boomers, she said.

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Pot sales in the U.S expected to double on 4/20

Cannabis retailers should prepare themselves for a minimum doubling of sales on April 20, the stoner’s Fourth of July, according to new data.

The origins of 4/20 are obscure, but the most common story is about a group of 1970s high-school students who’d meet outside their school at 4:20 p.m. to search for a legendary abandoned marijuana crop (which, needless to say, they never found). Whatever its source, 4/20 has become the busiest cannabis sales day of the year, according to data provider Headset Inc.

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Companies rush to produce pot products, without the cannabis plant

Canadian companies are racing to get an edge in the new frontier of the cannabis industry -- which does not involve the leafy green plant at all.

An increasing number of licensed producers and biotechnology firms are moving towards synthetic production of THC and other cannabinoids in a lab, using ingredients such as sugar and yeast, eyeing the potential to produce these active compounds more cheaply than traditional cultivation and extraction.

CannTrust Holdings Inc.'s (TRST.TO) chief executive Peter Aceto said the Vaughan, Ont.-based licensed producer has a short list of biosynthesis companies that it is in active conversations with, which could result in either a partnership or acquisition.

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'States that legalize recreational cannabis see an immediate bump in home values following legalization,' says Real Estate Report

Real estate prices are climbing in cities with legal access to recreational cannabis. writes Calvin Hughes.

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The best small-cap cannabis stock to buy in April

One well-chosen small-cap stock can deliver life-changing gains. That's because businesses with strong competitive positions in rapidly expanding markets can grow exponentially, earning you a fortune along the way.

In this regard, few markets are expected to grow faster than the global cannabis market. And within this booming industry, perhaps no segment is as popular as cannabidiol (CBD). Read on to learn more about CBD, as well as the company best positioned to profit from its exploding global growth in the years ahead.

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