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ACLU Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Highlights Hazy Hiring Practices In Era Of Legal Weed

While more states embrace legalizing medical marijuana, others are still struggling to make sense of their own pot laws, especially when it comes to marijuana and the workplace. That conflict could play out next in Rhode Island, where the state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to file a complaint against an employer that the group says has refused to hire medical marijuana patients, despite the drug being a legal treatment in the state for almost a decade.

Read more at International Business Times

Judge orders marijuana licenses restored

A judge has ordered state regulators to allow a company previously headed by former congressman William Delahunt to move forward with plans to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth, ruling it was improperly denied licenses last year.

Read more at The Boston Globe

High hopes for ACS cannabis division

Back in October, one man was working to petition the American Chemical Society (ACS) to establish a division for cannabis chemists. Ezra Pryor – an ACS member and president of Ezchem cannabis consultancy – was somewhat alone in his quest for such professional recognition, but he’s made significant progress over the last few months.

Read more at Royal Society of Chemistry

In Our View: Simple Fix For Marijuana

Washington's foray into legalized marijuana has created a confusing labyrinth of laws and policies. There is the recreational marijuana market; there is the medical marijuana market; and now there is a legislative attempt to align those industries.

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National Post View: Ottawa shouldn’t bother trying to fight Vancouver’s plan to regulate marijuana dispensaries

Canada’s marijuana laws can’t catch a break. Everyone’s laughing at them. Last week, on April 20 — a holy day for cannabis culture — dozens-to-thousands of revellers gathered in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ont., Vancouver (of course) and many other cities across the country to protest prohibition and in many cases conspicuously smoke pot in public. There was one (1) reported arrest.

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Willie Nelson: ‘Reefer Madness’ made me scared of marijuana

In 1977, just two days after spending several hours in a Bahamian jail on a marijuana-possession charge (he was released on the condition that he never return), Willie Nelson was in the White House chatting with good friend Jimmy Carter, who said, with a wink, “I’m glad everything turned out well for you in the Bahamas, Willie.”

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Nevada lawmakers take Colorado marijuana tour

DENVER — With smiles, selfies and a few nervous chuckles, a group of Nevada legislators and policymakers got a first-hand look at Colorado's fast-growing legal marijuana industry this weekend, coming face-to-face with thousands of green growing plants.

Read more at USA Today

Missouri ponders medical marijuana — and the money to be made selling it Varieties of marijuana line the shelves at Indispensary in Colorado Springs, Colo. Some Missouri lawmakers recently traveled to Colorado to study the cannabis industry as the lawmakers contemplate legalized, but limited, medical marijuana for Missouri.

Steve Mitchem’s career has spanned from evangelical minister to president of the luxury jeweler Tivol to the controversial world of online lending.

Read more at The Kansas City Star

Cannabis Convention May 2 on Cape

YARMOUTH PORT — Cape Cod is set to host its first Cannabis Convention May 2 at an inn on Route 6A, where, for a $15 entry fee, current and prospective medical marijuana users can connect with vendors, hear more about the benefits of the herb, learn about best growing practices and discuss financial opportunities in the industry.

Read more at South Cast Today

Pass the Pork Belly, and the Joint

SAN FRANCISCO — On a dark corner here in the Mission District on March 31, the doors opened at 7 p.m. for an under-the-radar pop-up dinner. Stationed at the entrance was a man who meticulously carded each of the 60 guests, even two with white hair.

Read more at New York Times