1st US rules for pot in public fire up debate in Denver – Merced Sun-Star

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Merced Sun-Star1st US rules for pot in public fire up debate in DenverMerced Sun-StarFILE – In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year’s Eve party at a bar in Denver, celebrating the start of retail pot sales. Denver is starting work on becoming the first city in the nation to …and more » …

Things to Know: Nevada governor's budget plan – Merced Sun-Star

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Things to Know: Nevada governor’s budget planMerced Sun-StarThe proposed 10 percent tax on retail sales of recreational marijuana would come on top of a 15 percent wholesale tax that already was included in the ballot initiative voters approved in November legalizing pot in Nevada. Sandoval says he will ask …and more » Read the full article at: Things to Know: …

As pot prices drop, legal growers scramble to cut production costs – Merced Sun-Star

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Merced Sun-StarAs pot prices drop, legal growers scramble to cut production costsMerced Sun-StarBrian Lade, owner of Smokey Point Productions in Arlington, Washington, started growing marijuana in a garage at age 17. He endured police raids and a few days in jail before the laws changed. Now he’s raised $25 million to expand his operation.and more » Read the full …

His granddaughter has cancer. He was bringing pot cookies to her. He got busted. – Merced Sun-Star

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His granddaughter has cancer. He was bringing pot cookies to her. He got busted.Merced Sun-StarAll Newman resident Phillip Blanton wanted to do, he said, was bring some comfort to his granddaughter, who has stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. But his California medical marijuana card counted for nothing in Texas, where the 67-year-old now faces felony …and more » Read the full …

Marijuana legislation inches ahead despite Christie warning – Merced Sun-Star

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Marijuana legislation inches ahead despite Christie warningMerced Sun-StarRepublican Gov. Chris Christie’s warning to the Democrat-led Legislature not to move forward with legalizing marijuana is going mostly unheeded. Christie, a longtime opponent of legalizing the recreational use of the drug, cautioned lawmakers in an …and more » Read the full article at: Marijuana legislation inches ahead despite Christie warning – Merced …

Florida dispensaries aim to 'normalize' medical marijuana – Merced Sun-Star

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Merced Sun-StarFlorida dispensaries aim to ‘normalize’ medical marijuanaMerced Sun-StarADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017- In this Jan. 4, 2017 photo, people stand in Surterra, a wellness center in Tampa, Fla. Florida’s nascent cannabis industry began opening shops before voters went to the polls. Called “wellness centers,” these …and more » Read the full article at: Florida dispensaries aim to …

Bill to increase amount of medical pot allowed in New Mexico – Merced Sun-Star

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Bill to increase amount of medical pot allowed in New MexicoMerced Sun-StarA lawmaker wants to increase the amount of marijuana that licensed medical-cannabis producers in New Mexico can grow. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2ivnzyE) that the proposal by Democratic Sen. Cisco McSorley of Albuquerque also …and more » Read the full article at: Bill to increase amount of …

Man arrested for marijuana didn't realize weed is still illegal in his state – Merced Sun-Star

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Man arrested for marijuana didn’t realize weed is still illegal in his stateMerced Sun-StarAs far as Lon Victor Post was concerned, nothing he was doing Wednesday morning was illegal. He was just sitting in his car, playing music and smoking a little marijuana. The only problem? Post was in Mohave County, Arizona, where recreational …and more » Read the full …

Fire leads Merced deputies to 'organized crime' marijuana grow – Merced Sun-Star

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Merced Sun-StarFire leads Merced deputies to ‘organized crime’ marijuana growMerced Sun-StarA small house fire late Thursday, apparently triggered by faulty and illegal electrical wiring, led Merced County sheriff’s deputies to an “organized crime” operation growing marijuana in a quiet residential neighborhood. Deputies seized nearly 200 …and more » Read the full article at: Fire leads Merced deputies to ‘organized …