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An Iraq vet fights to treat PTSD with pot. A friend’s suicide motivates his activism

Stephen’s military funeral in 2012. Photo courtesy of Scott Murphy. Scott Murphy shook loose marijuana from a child-safe prescription bottle onto a table. A baby’s pacifier and diaper wipes lay nearby. A folded American flag sat in a glass case on the mantle behind him. In many ways, the Army veteran is no different from any young father. But Murphy, 32, is a medical marijuana activist.…
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How a small-time drug dealer rescued dozens of people during Hurricane Katrina.

To the cops, Jabbar Gibson was just a low-level drug pusher. But to the residents of a New Orleans public housing complex, he’s the man who rescued them from Hurricane Katrina when no one else would. “Gibson was among the early heroes of Katrina, a man barely out of his teens who did what the government had failed to do: rescue dozens of poor people…
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NJ Statehouse Rally: CMMNJ Legalization Speaker to Take Stage at NH Hempfest

Trenton, NJ: Weekly thursday Medical Marijuana Rallies and live Podcasts occurring at  NJ Statehouse. Cindy Ruggiero, CMMNJ Legalization Speaker, talks during Podcast. She will Take Stage at the NH Hempfest in August. The Hempfest will feature Legalization Speakers, bands, art, foods, slip and slide, and a petting zoo. Green Cross Strong. News
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VT Growers: Keep recreational pot local

BRATTLEBORO – Vermont marijuana growers and other interested parties urged lawmakers on Monday to take a local approach to legalization of recreational marijuana next year. “A lot of the cannabis in Vermont comes from local people, and it’s some of the best in the world,” said Stuart Savel of Brattleboro. “To reinvent the wheel and say now, we are going to teach people how to…
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Hawaii: Measure To Provide Safe Access To Medical Cannabis Becomes Law

Hawaii: Legislation to establish a system of medical dispensaries for the state’s nearly 14,000 medical marijuana patients has become law. Governor David Ige signed the measure, stating, “I support the establishment of dispensaries to ensure that qualified patients can legally and safely access medical marijuana. We know that our challenge going forward will be to adopt rules that are fair, cost effective and easy to…
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Nation: Senate Committee Votes In Favor Of Marijuana Banking Bill

Washington, DC: Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 today in favor of an amendment to allow state-compliant marijuana businesses to engage in relationships with financial institutions. Sponsored by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D) of Oregon and Patty Murray (D) of Washington, the amendment to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill prohibits the US Treasury Department from using federal funds to take punitive…
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Boston Continues to Battle Patients and Dispensaries for Safe Access

In the Age of Information, now is probably the worst time to be misinformed especially in the public eye. The internet gives us the ability to communicate globally sharing knowledge that makes it inexcusable to spread false data. Personal testimonies have a larger impact when changing the perception from what someone might have believed. Cannabis has become the epicenter of the issue concerning misinformation. There…
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Denver Halts some Pot Sales over Insecticide Worries

DENVER — City officials temporarily halted the sale of millions of dollars worth of legal marijuana because of concerns that unapproved pesticides or fungicides have contaminated it. This past Friday alone, city officials placed a "hold" on 60,000 plants at a single grow facility here after consulting with state agriculture inspectors and the Environmental Protection Agency. They previously had placed crops from six other facilities…
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