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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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Red states are embracing cannabis legalization, expanding access

Last month’s vote in Oklahoma to legalize medical marijuana caught a lot of people by surprise. Who knew such a deeply red state would embrace cannabis in a 57% landslide?

But it was no fluke. Yesterday we got two more indications that legalization has passed some sort of ideological tipping point in historically law-and-order states.

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As big companies go public, cannabis stock markets get legit

After watching the publicly-traded cannabis stocks for more than five years now, I am extremely excited about some big changes that are taking place.

Years ago I often referred to the sector as a “Wild West,” with very few companies that inspired confidence as viable entities. For the most part, there were shady penny-stock operators masquerading as cannabis companies, with no revenue and not even a real business. I spent most of my time warning investors, making little effort to do the type of investment analysis I had applied regularly in my pre-cannabis life.

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Cynthia Nixon offering supporters chance to win bong — but contest's legality is in question

Cynthia Nixon is offering supporters high on her gubernatorial campaign the chance to win a bong to highlight her call to legalize pot. But there’s questions about whether the giveaway is legal. Nixon tweeted Sunday about the unusual contest prize for a political candidate.

The clear glass-looking bong contains the signature of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the stars of Comedy Central’s “Broad City.”

Famed defense attorney Ron Kuby called the contest a “technical violation of federal law” that prohibits the sale or offering for sale of drug paraphernalia. The term sale could include offering a bong as a contest prize even if there is no exchange of money, he said.

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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 on the midterms: Where Ted Cruz stands on cannabis legalization

With the 2018 Congressional primary season approaching, you might be wondering where Rafael "Ted" Cruz (R-TX) stands on cannabis legalization, writes Melissa Sherrard.

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Michigan adds 11 qualifying conditions to MMJ program

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs added 11 more qualifying conditions to the state’s medical cannabis list on Monday, WZZM 13 reports. The additions mean that Michigan‘s list of qualifying conditions now contains 22 ailments for which doctors can recommend cannabis.

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Maine medical marijuana veto overturned by lawmakers standing up to Governor

State lawmakers in Maine overwhelmingly voted Monday to override Republican Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that will allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients for any medical reason. 

The House voted 119-23 and the Senate 25-8 to overturn LePage’s veto with support from Democrats and Republicans.

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