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Study: (Medical) marijuana is not a gateway drug

Perhaps the leading argument against medical marijuana — other than to say it is pointless given the marvels of modern medicine — is the concern that it will lead to rampant drug use. Yet a new study published this month in the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests the fear may be overblown. [Read More…]

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Does Medical Licensing Make Sense in Recreational Jurisdictions?

By Griffen Thorne, Attorney at Harris Bricken Cannabis licensing has a pretty standard trajectory by this point in time. States tend to start out with medical programs and later adopt recreational programs. What usually happens is that the recreational cannabis market swallows up the medical market. The majority of medical operators will seek out and…

Marijuana in the workplace: New York employers can’t test most workers, state says

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Vermont Gears Up for a $225 Million Marijuana Market

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Costa Rica legalizes production of medicinal cannabis and hemp

The initiative, promoted by independent legislator Zoila Rosa Volio, received the affirmative vote of 33 legislators, while 13 voted against it, after extensive discussion and the opposition of several legislators, mainly from the Restauración Nacional, Nueva República, Integración Nacional (PIN), and independent Shirley Díaz. The plan focuses on authorizing the production of cannabis plants, both…

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