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Vermont Lawmakers to Begin 2015 with Report on Marijuana Legalization (The Daily Chronic)

By ALIZEH SIDDIQUI
November 18, 2014
In January, Vermont’s lawmakers will receive a detailed report analyzing many of the issues surrounding the possibility of making marijuana legal in the state.

The report will not make any recommendations either for or against making …

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Marijuana Legalization Doesn’t Have to Lead to Commercialization (NY Times)

MARK A.R. KLEIMAN
November 17, 2014
The voters of Washington, D.C. have overwhelmingly approved the legalization of cannabis under a system known as “grow and give” – every resident will be allowed to grow cannabis at home and to give …

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Charting Vermont’s Marijuana Landscape (VPR)

Posted by BOB KINZEL
November 18, 2014
In January, lawmakers will receive a detailed report analyzing many of the issues surrounding the possible legalization of marijuana in the state.  Supporters are hoping that these specific concerns can be addressed if …

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How to Keep Kids off the Grass (Vice Media)

By MARK KLEIMAN and STEVEN DAVENPORT
November 13, 2014
In the heat of political debate, there’s a tendency for supporters of cannabis legalization to deny that anything could go wrong. But even if many of the harms are either entirely …

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Vermont Holds Statewide Hearing On Marijuana Legalization Report (WAMC Radio)

By PAT BRADLEY
November 13, 2014
The state has contracted with The RAND Drug Policy Research Center, a neutral non-profit, to develop the report.   Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding appeared with RAND Co-Director Beau Kilmer at a statewide public hearing …

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LAWMAKERS BRIEFED ON RAND MARIJUANA STUDY (VTDigger)

By HILARY NILES and TOM BROWN
November 12, 2014
RAND has identified nine areas of inquiry to inform lawmakers’ decisions:

1. Production: How will the number of producers and their production methods be regulated?

2. Profit motive: Does Vermont want to

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Lawmakers Look for Answers From Marijuana Study (WCAX)

By ALEX APPLE
November 13, 2014
BURLINGTON, Vt. - It’s already legal in four states and some say Vermont should be next. Wednesday, high-tech tools helped members of the Shumlin administration collect feedback from across the state on the idea

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The ridiculous profitability of illegal drugs, in one chart (VOX Media)

Updated By GERMAN LOPEZ
November 10, 2014
The illicit drug market is immensely profitable — lucrative enough to finance the violent activities of criminal organizations around the world, particularly drug cartels in Latin America.
The prices of illicit drugs would …

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Who’s part of the new marijuana majority? What the numbers mean for 2016 (Washington Post)

By CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM
November 7
National support for marijuana legalization has fallen seven points since 2013 but still has the support of a majority of Americans, according to new polling released by Gallup. The drop comports with a similar dip in polling conducted …

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Legalized marijuana spreads to two more states and D.C. Next up, California. (Christian Science Monitor)

By DANIEL WOOD
November 5, 2014
…marijuana remains prohibited by the federal government, and the issue could come to a head in the District of Columbia. Congress can veto any Washington, D.C., legislation, and legalization of marijuana there could force

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