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Cannabis oil use in the UK doubles in a YEAR

The number of cannabis oil users across the UK has doubled in the space of one year, startling new figures reveal. Regulatory body data shows there are now 250,000 users across the home nations - up from the 125,000 recorded this time last year.

Cannabis Trades Association UK also states there are now around 1,000 new users each month, despite the oil being shrouded in controversy. Mike Harlington, chairman of the CTA UK, revealed around 65 per cent of these are women seeking relief for their back pain, anxiety and epilepsy.

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Cyber Monday: Medical marijuana deal in New York State

Avid shoppers wait until Cyber Monday to get the best online deals on everything from electronics to apparel during the holiday season.

And now medical marijuana joins the roster of things for sale on this mega online shopping day.

Vireo Health of New York ("Vireo"), one of five companies licensed by New York State to cultivate, manufacture and dispense medical marijuana, announced New York's first-ever "Cyber Monday" sale of medical marijuana products purchased online at vireohealthny.com.

Patients may submit online Cyber Monday orders for a 24-hour period, beginning at midnight on Monday, Nov. 27, through 11:59 p.m. that same day. All online orders for in-store pick up and home delivery totaling $100 or more will automatically receive a $25 discount. 

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Montana drafts medical marijuana regulations

The state health department has drafted proposed regulations for the medical marijuana industry, setting rules for quality testing, tracking and increasing fees.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services plans a public hearing in Helena on Nov. 30.

Agency spokesman Jon Ebelt says the state sought input from Montana providers and researched practices in states that have legalized marijuana use.

Under the rules, providers would have to have their products tested for levels of THC along with metals and pesticides.

Annual licensing fees would be $5,000 for providers with more than 10 registered patients, $1,000 for smaller providers and $2,000 for testing labs. The patient fee would be raised from $5 to $30.

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Ready to join organized marijuana medicine?

There's a professional society for seemingly every kind of medical specialist, even cannabis clinicians.

Or medical marijuana physicians. Or pot doctors, in street parlance.

And just as there's a choice of what to call physicians who use the plant to treat everything from pain to multiple sclerosis, there's a choice of three different medical associations to represent them. Their emergence over the past 15 years coincides with the legalization of medical marijuana in 29 states and Washington, DC, and recreational marijuana in eight states and DC.

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Marijuana legalization - What are the effects?

More and more Americans want freedom—the freedom to smoke pot. And more and more Americans are getting it: Eight states already allow cannabis for recreational use; 21 more permit it for “medicinal” use. Now 6 in 10 Americans support full legalization, and campaigns for it are gaining momentum nationwide.

If we were wise, before we rode this train any further, we would examine how things are working out. November 6 marked five years since Colorado and Washington State voted to approve pot use. What are the “fruits” growing from this weed?

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Ontario Government Met With Organizations to Seek Expert Advice on Economic Opportunities Surrounding Ontario's Emerging Cannabis Sector

The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth met on Thursday with Ontario investors, suppliers, academics and associations to discuss both the opportunities and challenges ahead in the nascent marijuana industry.

The panel identified some of the economic advantages Ontario has in the industry. The main advantage stated is the fact that approximately 55% of licensed producers are established in Ontario, which gives the province a head start.

Leigh Coulter, President of GGS Structures Inc. and one of the panel members, commented on the licensed cannabis producers in Ontario and how they are leading the way.

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Marijuana could be huge for treating HIV

From inflammation to lowering levels of the virus itself, a current study hopes to demystify pot's benefits for those living with HIV.

For too long, conducting legitimate research on the medical benefits of marijuana was all but impossible. Kept out of the hands of doctors and scientists by an overzealous DEA, pot is still classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act—the strictest category available. This makes funding and access to research-grade, federally legal cannabis hard to come by; even in states where marijuana is legal, studies on the drug are still subject to approval by multiple boards, and samples must be procured from the only lab in the country approved to dispense research-grade marijuana.

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Pot-friendly San Francisco fights over recreational cannabis

The Drug Dependency Act, introduced in 2015  brought about the idea of treatment rather than imprisonment for those caught with small quantities of prohibited drugs for personal use. The same law also spoke of the medicinal use of cannabis

All doctors may soon be able to prescribe medicine derived from cannabis as government plans to present the legal changes to Parliament in the coming days.

The Bill to amend the Drug Dependency Act will make it possible for general practitioners to prescribe the medicine, a government spokesperson said.

The proposal amends Article 10 of the Drug Dependency Act that limits the ability to prescribe cannabis medicine to specialist doctors.

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The CBD oil boom: Making money on medical marijuana for the masses

Chris Martin is a medical-marijuana pioneer. He’s also a biker, ex-con, and father of five — a nice guy with a rough side, lots of tattoos, and a head full of business ideas. He got out of prison in February after serving a two-year sentence on a weapons violation related to a 2012 raid on his first medical-marijuana company, Zonka.

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Californians, you should probably keep your medical marijuana cards in 2018

California's cannabis program remains up in the air less than two months before launch. The safest bet might be to remain a patient, even within a legal climate.

Everyone’s anticipating the rollout of California's adult-use cannabis program in 2018, but medical marijuana patients may want to hold onto their recommendations just a little bit longer. Come January 1st, Californians likely still won't be able to ditch their medical cards and simply buy weed from a retailer.

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Canada wants to tax medical cannabis. Get ready for a fight

The Trudeau government’s proposed cannabis tax plan has angered provincial governments—who don’t believe tax revenue should be split evenly between Ottawa and the provinces—but they’re not the only peeved parties.

Medical cannabis patients and producers feel strongly that Ottawa should not be applying an excise tax on medical cannabis — full stop. They say medical cannabis should be exempt from taxation just as most other prescription medications are.

In an interview with Leafly, Jonathan Zaid, executive director of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM), noted that the majority of Canadians can’t get reimbursed for the cost of medical cannabis because insurance companies don’t cover it as standard practice—and that creates a financial burden.

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New Hampshire: Committee rejects marijuana legalization bill

A bill that would legalize marijuana in New Hampshire has been rejected by a House committee.

The Concord Monitor reports the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted not to recommend the bill to the House. Under the measure, people 21 and older would have been able to buy recreational pot from licensed businesses that were taxed by the state.

Opponents of the bill argued legalization in the state would conflict with federal law. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 controlled substance.

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Colorado medical marijuana regulators want your feedback

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment is preparing to implement changes to the state's medical marijuana rules in 2018, and there's still time to let the department know what you think of those modifications. Some of the proposed changes are minor, fixing grammatical errors or slightly increasing an application fee, while others are designed to alide the rules with legislation passed in 2017.

The state is accepting feedback from stakeholders on each of the four changes — but what, exactly, is a stakeholder? According to the CDPHE, a stakeholder is (but is not limited to) a: 

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Considerations for employers as medical marijuana approaches

Legal cannabis is having a moment in the United States and only continues to gain momentum. While cannabis remains a “Schedule I” drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. Section 801, et seq., nearly 30 states and the District of Columbia have now legalized cannabis in some form, whether for recreational or medical use.

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Five Things You Didn’t Think CBD Could Replace

We've barely begun to tap the potential health benefits of CBD in cannabis. The non-intoxicating substance has already shown remarkable potential for treating chronic musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. But the way it works is often misinterpreted.

"CBD is psychoactive; a lot of people misunderstand that," says neuroscientist Dr. Adie Poe of Washington University in St. Louis. "CBD binds to targets and activates processes inside your brain. It just doesn't have the same intoxicating effect that THC does, nor does it affect motor functions."

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Cannabis Research Booms with Backing of Commercial Growers

Canada’s flourishing cannabis industry is already having one desirable effect: the country’s research around cannabis is booming and it’s expected to have long-term impact on everything from farming to new medicine.

Cannabis companies helping to fuel the new research and development include Aurora Cannabis (TSX: ACB) (OTC: ACBFF), Aphria Inc. (TSX: APH) (OTC: APHQF), Canopy Growth Inc. (TSX: WEED) (OTC: TWMJF), and Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (CSE: ATT) (OTC: ATTBF).

Canada, which has taken the early lead in the move towards legalization of marijuana, has created another booming industry that is applying hard science and rigorous review to the effects and potential solutions offered by marijuana.

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Alcohol or marijuana: Which is worse for your health

Which is worse for you: weed or whiskey?

It's a tough call, but based on the science, there appears to be a clear winner.

Keep in mind that there are dozens of factors to account for, including how the substances affect your heart, brain, and behavior, and how likely you are to get hooked. Time is important, too — while some effects are noticeable immediately, others only begin to shape up after months or years of use. 

The comparison is slightly unfair for another reason: While scientists have been researching the effects of alcohol for decades, the science of cannabis is a lot murkier due to its mostly illegal status.

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Maryland may see medical cannabis this month, but diversity issues loom large

After a four-year wait to provide medical cannabis to patients, the drug could be available to Marylanders as early as this month, according to industry stakeholders.

“I think we could see product in November, with increase in December and a steady flow from all operators in the new year,” said Wendy Bronfein, the marketing director for Curio Wellness, a company in Lutherville, Maryland, awarded two licenses to cultivate and process medical marijuana.

However, racial diversity in the state’s medical marijuana industry is wanting, and some lawmakers said they are planning to introduce a bill early next session to grant licenses to African-American business owners.

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Cbd products are a rip-off for medical marijuana users

Cannabidiol, a major component of marijuana, is in high demand these days for its purported health benefits. But a study published on Tuesday discovered that people trying to treat themselves with cannabidiol products likely aren’t getting what they’re paying for.

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Medical marijuana companies in Jamaica form alliance

Amidst increasing calls for policymakers to accelerate efforts to establish Jamaica’s medicinal cannabis and hemp industry, the first three companies that were issued licences to operate have taken a bold step forward.

Timeless Herbal Care, Epican, and Everything Oily Labs have forged an alliance which they hope will help move the industry forward and set an example for corporate Jamaica.

President of Timeless Herbal, Courtney Betty announced on Friday at a forum held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel with various industry players, that the three entities have come together to form a new organisation – the Jamaica Association of Medical Marijuana Companies (JAMC).

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Veterans in New York can now get medical marijuana to treat PTSD

Veterans and other people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder can now obtain medical marijuana as treatment.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday signed a bill allowing people with PTSD to obtain medical marijuana with a doctor's authorization.

The bill, which goes into effect immediately, adds PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions patients must have to access medical marijuana.

The bill is aimed at veterans as well as police officers, fire fighters and survivors of domestic and other violence. Cuomo's sign-off comes at the urging of veterans' groups.

New York becomes the 28th state to allow people with PTSD to access medical marijuana. The governor's office estimates 19,000 patients in New York could be helped by the newly-available treatment.

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Why Cannabis and Cryptocurrency have yet to hit it off

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What CannaTech London means for medical cannabis in the UK

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Indiana prosecutors insist cannabis 'is not medicine'

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POT FOR PETS: Medical marijuana role in treating pet illnesses

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Study: Steady marijuana rates linked to decrease in cigarette use

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There Aae now 100 scientific studies that prove cannabis cures cancer

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Ontario centre to research uses and effectiveness of medicinal marijuana

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Researchers investigate cannabis compounds to treat Dementia

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In North Dakota, usable medical marijuana still a year away

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Pennsylvania opens medical marijuana registry for patients, caregivers

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Cannabis inhaler could help send Brits suffering with insomnia to sleep in ten minutes, inventors ...

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Medical use of cannabis officially legal in Poland

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Pennsylvania starts signing up medical marijuana patients

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Pennsylvania: Doctors Approved to certify patients for medical marijuana

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Michigan: Medical marijuana 'super grows' would be snuffed out under bill

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What are live Resin Cannabis Concentrates?

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Medical cannabis course in high demand at Israeli college

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Cannabis genome project will allow for new crops, better medicine

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Why are so many cancer patients using marijuana?

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7 Very common anti-marijuana arguments about Colorado that aren't true

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WanaCapsXR set to launch in Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Florida and Oregon

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Researchers map marijuana DNA to unlock cannabis's full potential

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Doctors have a poor understanding of cannabis Pharmacology

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More delays to Florida's medical marijuana ID card process

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Is medical marijuana safe for children?

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7 Reasons why eating weed is actually good for your health

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New Jersey adds 5 new qualifying conditions to medical marijuana program

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David Stern says medical marijuana should be allowed in the NBA

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Florida: Medical marijuana dispensaries banned in Boca Raton for at least one more year

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More medical marijuana could help cut down on narcotics

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Medical marijuana license delays anger Florida state senators

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Jamaica: Medical marijuana business finally taking root

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Can cannabis treat asthma? Jerusalem experts to find out

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Legal marijuana creates an industry for new breathalyzers

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“Time for Wisconsin to act:” Lawmakers plan public forum to push medical marijuana bills

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Greens is Arizona's first state approved medical marijuana drive-thru dispensary

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For neuropathic pain, marijuana yields modest benefits

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Clearing the air

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Vermont's medical marijuana dispensaries corner the market. The biggest wants competition

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Vermont medical society seeks to impede cannabis legalization

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West Virginia wants your thoughts on medical marijuana

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What makes a medical cannabis program succeed?

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Pennsylvania's first legal marijuana crop gets the green light

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Cannabis is pleasurable because it changes brain's reward center on cellular level

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State bracing for medical marijuana application rush

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Legal marijuana is saving lives in Colorado, study finds

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Florida medical Marijuana patients face up to three month delay for state-issued I.D. cards

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NY lets health facilities obtain medical marijuana for patients, residents

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Puerto Rico's medical Mmarijuana industry takes a hit due to hurricane

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Michigan officials prepare for influx of medical marijuana applications

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Could medical marijuana be your next employee health benefit?

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Marijuana is not an all-purpose medical cure

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Texas first medical cannabis dispensary set to open in December

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Only 2 Louisiana doctors seek marijuana permits

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Big names, big money come through to help medical marijuana initiative

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Medical marijuana commission to plan timeline for issuing cultivation, dispensary licenses

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Could cannabis eventually replace anti-anxiety medications?

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Inaction in Congress threatens Maryland medical marijuana

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Retail marijuana is spreading to California, Massachusetts and Maine

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Advocates plan outreach, education for marijuana PTSD treatment

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Montana's medical marijuana industry expected to hit $18.7 million this year

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UK to legalise medical cannabis: patients at parliament

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Colorado expanding medical marijuana potency testing

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The new cannabis capsule is so powerful it can replace any pain killer

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Medical marijuana is about to become more accessible in Malta

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US Territory considers legal marijuana bill

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Medical marijuana patients report reduction in use of prescription drugs

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Florida nursing home denies use of medical marijuana by chronic pain patient

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Aston Villa star's brain damaged 6-year-old niece 'saved' by cannabis oil treatment says mother

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First Maryland medical cannabis crop grown but not yet for sale

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Marijuana in Massachusetts: Legalization advocates warn of 'Walmart Weed' and 'Pabst Blue Ribbon' pot

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An evolution of cannabis processing

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High prices are driving New York's medical marijuana patients back to the black market

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No clear evidence of ancestry differences between Sativa- and Indica-labelled cannabis

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Legal loophole in DC creates bizarre pot bazaar

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Skinvisible and Canopy Growth enter license agreement

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Countries where marijuana is legal or decriminalized

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Dabbing cannabis oil may expose you to cancer-causing toxins

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Vermont marijuana commission to begin legalization study

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