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‘Donations’ for pot: It’s $30 per gram at the Cannabis Cup, but is this legal?

While sampling was rampant on the Cannabis Cup’s first day, you may be better off bringing your own. Out-of-state companies, along with Colorado businesses that don’t hold state licenses, were running low on samples by the end of Saturday after being swamped with visitors as the only outlets for free or paid samples.

Yes, paid.

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A new shopper's high for 420: Marijuana-themed products are smoking hot

Marijuana is not just for getting baked anymore. As it becomes legal in more states, the wacky tobacky also is leaving its leafy green mark on American marketing.

From backpacks and bed sheets to toilet seats and thong underwear, cannabis culture is inspiring pot-themed products faster than Wiz Khalifa can burn through a dime bag.

And in advance of 420 — a kind of Stoner’s New Year celebrated on April 20 — plenty of people have been shopping for legal ganja goods, even where the drug is still vilified and against the law.

On a recent day, Kerry Baker (yes, that’s her real name) browsed the marijuana-themed products at Spencer’s Gifts in Oak Park Mall.

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Kansas Police Shutdown Cannabis Oil Activist's Facebook to Prevent Her From Raising Money for her Legal Defense

The Garden City Police Department had cannabis oil activist Shona Banda’s Facebook account shutdown because she was using her social media network to raise money for her legal defense after the police raided her home and took her 11 year-old son into custody, all because he vocally disagreed with anti-cannabis propaganda that his school counselors were teaching in his classroom.

The GoFundMe account Shona is using to raise money was actually set up at her request, by Wichita activist Jennifer Winn and Kansas Exposed editor Mike Shatz.

Click here to donate to Shona’s legal defense:

Ben Swann has the original story:

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Sommelier Paul Yanon gives cannabis users a primer on weed and wine pairings

It was only a matter of time before weed got the high-class treatment.

Cultivating Spirits, a Silverthorne tour outfit for foodies with cannabis lovers, is hosting a meet and greet brunch with the Denver-based electronic group Collie Buddz on the morning of April 20.

Held at the cannabis-friendly coworking space Green Labs in Denver, the event features a three-course meal that pairs crepes with — what else? — cannabis. Cultivating Spirits owner Philip Wolf crafted the menu from scratch to highlight the finer side of cannabis.

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Weedmaps donates $2 million in bid to legalize marijuana in CA

One of California’s largest marijuana-related apps is donating $2 million toward the drive to legalize weed in the state — a move that not only would vastly expand its customer base but also foreshadows an expected increase in political activity from the cannabis industry.

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A look ahead at the next steps for Alaska's newest industry

As Legislature prepares to pass the baton on marijuana

Speaking in a conference room within the Alaska State Capitol, James Barrett reached into a pocket and pulled out two $1 bills.

Waving them, he drew the attention of lawmakers who leaned back in their leather chairs and listened to him with new attention.

“When we dial it down to cost per Alaskan, it’s less than two bucks,” he said waving the bills.

Barrett was speaking in favor of the establishment of the Alaska Marijuana Control Board on Friday, and after he spoke, it sailed through the Alaska Senate Finance Committee. A day later, it passed the full Senate with unanimous approval.

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New Nebraska law could help put medical marijuana on ballot

Worried that lawmakers may not act, advocates for medical marijuana could take their campaign to Nebraska voters next year, and a new state law could make their job easier.

Supporters said they've started gathering signatures to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot. Despite significant hurdles, activists from the Omaha chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said the new petitioning law will make a difference.

"It's still a mighty task, but this helps us tremendously," said Bryan Boganowski, the founder of Omaha NORML.

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Watch: Bill Maher Creates Petition to Make 4/20 a National Holiday

Bill Maher announced a petition on his show to make 4/20 a national holiday.  And to make it sound like another classic national holiday, Maher read from a book titled, ‘Twas the Night Before 4/20.

Share this page, then sign Bill's petition here:  Change.org.   Let the world know we want a 420 Holiday.

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Ten Things You Need to Know About the Cannabis Cup

The 2015 Cannabis Cup is happening now and enthusiasts from all across the country have flocked to Colorado for the big day. And this year’s Cup should be one of the biggest, wildest and most talked-about cannabis celebrations of all time. 303 caught up with Dan Skye, Editor-In-Chief of High Times magazine and the man behind the Cannabis Cup, to talk about all things Colorado, weed, and 4/20. Here are ten pieces of knowledge you should definitely have before heading out to party this year.

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Over 120 New Yorkers admitted to ER in ONE WEEK after smoking synthetic marijuana

 

It has been linked to deaths across the country and left others critically ill.

Now New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a state health alert that the synthetic marijuana product known as 'Spice' is sweeping the city, and that 160 people have been hospitalized in nine days after using the drug.

Over 120 of those people were admitted to Emergency Rooms in the same week.

The cannabinoid, also commonly called 'K2' or 'Mojo', is predominantly abused by teenagers and typically sold over-the-counter as incense or potpourri. 

State health alert: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that 'Spice', also known as 'K2' or 'Mojo', is sweeping the city, with 160 people admitted to hospital in the nine days from April 8, 120 of them in one week

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