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Washington State Legal Weed Revenue Higher Than Predicted (& Getting Higher)

Washington State Legal Weed Revenue Higher Than Predicted (& Getting Higher)

Colorado and Oregon aren’t the only states reaping the rewards of legal cannabis — 2016 is shaping up to be Washington State’s legal weed industry’s most lucrative yet, with sales generating almost as much revenue the first half of this year than the whole of 2015.

Heading into the start of the 2016 fiscal year, Washington recreational marijuana had generated more than $660.6 million in sales, bringing in over $126.6 million in taxes for the state.

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Three Dead, One Critical in Shooting at Oregon Marijuana & Blueberry Farm

Three Dead, One Critical in Shooting at Oregon Marijuana & Blueberry Farm

Three people were gunned down at an Oregon farm Monday morning that grew both marijuana and blueberries, according to officials.

Bonaficio Oseguera-Gonzalez, 29, was taken by police about two hours after the shooting 40 miles away from the Woodburn farm. Though the farm was growing marijuana in addition to produce, officials do not believe the murders were related to the cannabis grow.

Two men were found already dead by officers at the farm. Another man and a woman were rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds, where the woman also died of her injuries.

Business
Willie Nelson's Weed Company 'Willie's Reserve' Is Hiring

Willie Nelson's Weed Company 'Willie's Reserve' Is Hiring

Who wants to work for Willie?!

Willie Nelson’s cannabis company Willie’s Reserve has posted a number of job openings in the Colorado area, seeking employees to fill positions from bookkeeper and sales director to extractor and production manager.

Looking at the job listings, he’s not just looking for a fellow weed enthusiast; each position requires extensive experience and some serious credentials. 

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New Law Requires Colorado Schools to Permit Medical Marijuana on Campus

New Law Requires Colorado Schools to Permit Medical Marijuana on Campus

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a bill into law that now requires school districts to adjust policy to allow students to use medical marijuana.

Back in 2015, Jefferson County resident Stacy Linn and her son Jack Splitt, who uses medical marijuana to treat his cerebral palsy, won a major court battle to allow MMJ use in Colorado schools. However, even after that, not one school district in Colorado changed its individual drug policy to allow medical cannabis.

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Vermont Expands Its Medical Marijuana Program to Include More Conditions

Vermont Expands Its Medical Marijuana Program to Include More Conditions

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin just signed a bill into law that expands on Vermont’s currently limited medical marijuana program. Patients suffering from chronic pain, glaucoma and those in hospice care can now qualify for medical marijuana.

The main argument driving this bill (and that eventually won it) is that people suffering from chronic pain or going through hospice care in Vermont could much more easily obtain prescription painkillers than the admittedly safer and much less addictive medical cannabis.

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Why Oakland's New Marijuana Regulations Both Aid and Cripple Industry Growth

How Oakland's New Marijuana Regulations Could Cripple Industry Growth

Oakland, California, has recently been a hotbed of discussion in the cannabis industry since the City Council passed two new ordinances, both highly changing and regulating its MMJ market that has flourished since the state became the first to legalize in 1996.

While this new legislation is groundbreaking in Northern California for providing the unprecedentedly high limit of 8 dispensary permits awarded per year, it is structured in a way that, while well meaning, will actually cripple the quickly growing industry.

Lifestyle
Dad Sells Son's Car on Craigslist for "Smoking Dope" & "Acting All Thug"

Dad Sells Son's Car on Craigslist for "Smoking Dope" & "Acting All Thug"

A Jacksonville, Florida, father has had enough of his son smoking weed in the car he bought him — so he’s selling his son’s dank-smelling SUV on Craigslist.

“I have my son’s truck up for sale that I bought for him as his first car, he thinks it’s cool to drive around with his friends smoking dope and acting all thug and especially not showing me and my wife the respect that we deserve,” the ad says.

Health
California Lawmakers Approve In-State Medical Marijuana Research

California Lawmakers Approve In-State Medical Marijuana Research

Due to new regulations passed Wednesday by the California State Legislature, researchers in the Golden State will now have access to the highest-grade medical marijuana.

Currently the only federally sanctioned marijuana research occurs at the government’s one-and-only research farm at the University of Mississippi. For anyone who’s ever scored weed in the south, I think we can all agree California’s grade-A greens will far surpass the quality of whatever shake they’re able to grow at Ole Miss.