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How soon could Denver businesses open the first social pot use areas? Well, about that…

Published: Dec 4, 2016, 1:49 am • Updated: Dec 5, 2016, 7:45 am By Jon Murray, The Denver Post For Mutiny Information Cafe on Denver’s South Broadway strip, the city’s recently passed social marijuana use voter initiative could allow for once-a-month Saturday night gatherings that mix vaping, edibles and dancing. Other businesses are considering the possibilities opened up by the successful ballot measure, ranging from one-off events to allowing pot consumption areas on-site daily. The owner of a yoga and spinning studio on East Colfax is mulling the idea of occasional special events that might couple marijuana with meditation or...

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This state just approved medical marijuana for PTSD

Published: Dec 2, 2016, 7:16 am • Updated: Dec 2, 2016, 7:16 am By Kyle Potter, The Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota veterans and other residents suffering post-traumatic stress disorder will be allowed to use medical marijuana starting in August, the state’s Department of Health announced Thursday as it expanded the slim list of conditions that qualify for the program. The expansion could have been larger because the state reviewed eight other potential additions submitted through public petitions, including autism spectrum disorders, arthritis and depression. But Department of Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger said there wasn’t enough evidence...

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Is NBA coach Steve Kerr the new medical pot warrior?

Published: Dec 5, 2016, 7:23 am • Updated: Dec 5, 2016, 7:23 am By Janie McCauley, The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes. “I don’t even like saying all that,” he said. So, yes, just like his coach who tried medicinal marijuana to get some relief, West knows real pain. Draymond Green has never needed an operation — he knocks on a table not once but twice as to not jinx himself — yet he...

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Cannabis is this remote Indian village’s only livelihood. But machete-wielding police are problematic

Published: Dec 5, 2016, 8:36 am • Updated: Dec 5, 2016, 8:36 am By Rishabh R. Jain, The Associated Press MALANA, India — For hundreds of years, the tiny village was just a speck lost amid the grandiose mountains of the Indian Himalayas. Nestled at 2,700 meters (8,859 feet) between the higher reaches of the lush Kullu Valley, Malana used to be a four-day hike from the nearest road. Its laws, tradition says, were laid down by the village god Jamlu. People elected their own parliament and disputes were settled in their own court. Villagers would run in terror...

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‘A good first step’: The state eases up on Oregon marijuana testing regulations

Published: Dec 5, 2016, 9:41 am • Updated: Dec 5, 2016, 9:41 am By Andrew Selsky, The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — The state of Oregon on Friday temporarily eased up on testing requirements for marijuana, two days after business insiders warned that new rules would cause a drop in state tax revenues, an increase in black-market sales and layoffs in the industry. Report: How strict rules are hurting the Oregon marijuana industry, more than helpingThe Oregon Health Authority said its temporary rules take effect immediately and would provide relief for the industry while maintaining public health protection. “The...

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