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DON’T EXPECT TO SMOKE MUCH WEED AT BURNING MAN THIS YEAR Culture People 

DON’T EXPECT TO SMOKE MUCH WEED AT BURNING MAN THIS YEAR

Sad to say, Burning Man attendees will not be able to legally smoke weed on site, despite the fact that the annual event—now in its 31st year—is being held in Nevada, which has legalized recreational marijuana. Bummer for the burners, but they’ll manage. The problem, and this has never been a secret, is that weed consumption is not permitted on public land, and Burning Man takes place on a stretch of Black Rock Desert Wilderness, which is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System under the U.S. Bureau of Land…

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TOASTED TWEETS | AUG. 30, 2017 Culture 

TOASTED TWEETS | AUG. 30, 2017

It’s back to school season, that time once again to return to end-of-summer high; to get blazed one final afternoon while the days are still long and warm, and before we head face-first fast into fall. Do you have a favorite late-summer spot to indulge in your kindest of kind bud? Will you have to get your shit together for autumn and maybe can’t get high again for a bit? Or will September be a lot like August, except with even more THC? Let us know what your end of…

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NEVADA REGULATORS REAFFIRM WALL BETWEEN CASINOS, POT News Politics 

NEVADA REGULATORS REAFFIRM WALL BETWEEN CASINOS, POT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s gambling regulators are grappling with how to deal with the state’s latest legal vice — recreational marijuana— and they’ve made it clear that pot doesn’t belong in casinos. In the first of a series of policy discussions on Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Commission reiterated that as long as marijuana consumption and possession is viewed as a felony by federal authorities, it will have no place in Nevada casinos. Read the full article

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MARYLAND MEDICAL POT DISPENSARY HOPES TO OPEN IN NOVEMBER laws News 

MARYLAND MEDICAL POT DISPENSARY HOPES TO OPEN IN NOVEMBER

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Cumberland says he hopes to open for business in November. The Cumberland Times-News reports that one of three owners of the Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary recently gave the newspaper an update on his business. Sajal Roy says the dispensary has faced delays due to a lack of approved marijuana growers with available product. He also says he found he needed additional upgrades at the dispensary facility. Read the full article

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PROFESSOR AIMS TO CHANGE OPIOID PRESCRIBING PRACTICES News 

PROFESSOR AIMS TO CHANGE OPIOID PRESCRIBING PRACTICES

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A picture in VCU Health’s ambulatory center downtown looks, from a distance, like a tree. “But if you get closer,” said Dr. A. Omar Abubaker, “you see it’s actually a collection of faces and images. To me, the opioid epidemic, both to clinicians and to the public, it’s from a distance. If I say, ‘Opioid epidemic,’ the first thing you think about are the graphs, the number of people that died, the statistics. Read the full article

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REPORT: POT INDUSTRY MORE STABLE THAN JOURNALISM News 

REPORT: POT INDUSTRY MORE STABLE THAN JOURNALISM

All sorts of people are jumping ship from their traditional, often cushy, jobs to join the green rush or otherwise be a part of the brave new world of cannabis. Recently a couple of Russian bankers joined the slew of entrepreneurs who are bailing out of the stuffy financial industry. Now, journalists are being lured in. Last week, Westword reported a story that caught our eye. Read the full article

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HOW ANTI-MAFIA RICO LAWS COULD CAUSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR LEGAL WEED News Politics 

HOW ANTI-MAFIA RICO LAWS COULD CAUSE SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR LEGAL WEED

Earlier this summer, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado decided that “noxious odors” from a pot farm could be lowering property values and creating a nuisance and that the farm’s neighbor could sue them. The decision came after a civil suit was filed by the pot farm’s neighbors, under a federal racketeering law, known as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, which is normally used in organized crime cases, embezzlement, racketeering, etc.—not for your local pot warehouse vs. the next-door neighbor dispute. Read the…

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ARIZONA COUNTY CRACKING DOWN ON MMJ DISPENSARIES THAT FAIL TO PAY TAXES News Politics 

ARIZONA COUNTY CRACKING DOWN ON MMJ DISPENSARIES THAT FAIL TO PAY TAXES

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s most populous county is cracking down on medical-marijuana dispensaries and growth operations that aren’t paying property taxes on their business equipment. Medical-marijuana businesses are evading as much as $1.5 million in property taxes each year by failing to report the value of the equipment they use, Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen said on Thursday. Read the full article

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