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Relax, Californians: Cheaper weed is coming

The excitement that marijuana devotees felt as California initiated legal, recreational sales this month was tempered by sticker shock from prices as high as $40 per eighth of an ounce. These prices included state and local taxes totaling up to 45 percent. Commentators are warning that high taxes will strengthen the black market, advocates are calling for marijuana tax cuts, and angry customers are posting their receipts online with the taxes circled in red.Everyone needs to chill.

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Texas' first medical marijuana dispensary opening soon in Austin

The first cannabis dispensary is set to open in Austin next month, a little more than four months after the Texas Department of Public Safety granted the first three medical marijuana licenses in the history of the state.Beginning February 8, Compassionate Cultivation will allow qualified patients access to low-THC medical cannabis products and state-regulated cannabidiol oil, known as CBD oil, from a shop at 12701 Lowden Ln. in Manchaca.

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SF will wipe thousands of marijuana convictions off the books

San Francisco will retroactively apply California’s marijuana-legalization laws to past criminal cases, District Attorney George Gascón said Wednesday — expunging or reducing misdemeanor and felony convictions going back decades.The unprecedented move will affect thousands of people whose marijuana convictions brand them with criminal histories that can hurt chances of finding jobs and obtaining some government benefits.

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Cannabis Industry Sees Blockchain as Key to Growth While Complying With Regulations

Blockchain technology paved the way for growth of cryptocurrency, providing a transparent record of millions of transactions around the globe.But could it also solve challenges around seed-to-sale tracking of legal marijuana? And also give cannabis businesses the ability to project supply and demand, leading to better management of inventory and resources?

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WHY NO GADGET CAN PROVE HOW STONED YOU ARE

IF YOU’VE SPENT time with marijuana—any time at all, really—you know that the high can be rather unpredictable. It depends on the strain, its level of THC and hundreds of other compounds, and the interaction between all these elements. Oh, and how much you ate that day. And how you took the cannabis. And the position of the North Star at the moment of ingestion.

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PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY BRINGS CANNABIS DRUG TO FDA AFTER DECADES OF U.S. DENYING VALUE OF MARIJUANA

A prescription medication made from marijuana might be approved by the Food and Drug Administration this summer. The advance could be a huge step forward for people with epilepsy, which this drug treats. And it would signal a new—some would say long-delayed—embrace of cannabis-based medications in the U.S. 

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Massachusetts Could Become a Pot Sanctuary

On Friday, Massachusetts State Representatives Dave Rogers and Mike Connolly filed an unusual piece of legislation. Their bill, called the “Refusal of Compliance Act,” would prevent local and state authorities from handing over people who follow state cannabis laws to federal agents unless those agents have a warrant. (Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana in 2016.)

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WATCH: Legislators Crack Down On Black Market Marijuana

Santa Clara County is cracking down on illegal marijuana grows and the effort comes with a hefty price tag. Some say it’s a waste of money and time. Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance founder Sean Kali-Rai said, “The truth is they’re still fighting the Nancy Reagan War on Drugs.”

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The Ancient Cannabis Village Hidden From The World | Malana, Parvati Valley, India (2017)

I'm backpacking India alone right now and found out about this remote ancient village called Malana, where the locals grow ganja (marijuana/weed) and turn it into their famous charas called Malana Cream(a potent hash/hashish). "What most people don't realise (including myself when I visited Malana) is the effect of our presence in lands that were previously isolated.