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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two robbers had fled an Echo Park medical marijuana dispensary in 2010 with their loot - cash and $10,000 worth of marijuana. They even dismantled the security cameras. But for no apparent reason, prosecutors said, they returned moments later and used a revolver to shoot two workers lying on the floor. Matthew Butcher , a 27-year-old clerk, died from a single gunshot wound to the head. With two bullets lodged in his head, a bloody and disoriented Urban Jones Jr. managed to grab a dumbbell to break the glass door and stumble onto the sidewalk to get someone's attention.
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NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the first step Wednesday toward making New York the 21st state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, announcing plans to let some hospitals distribute the drug to patients with “serious illnesses.” The announcement in his state-of-the-state speech represents a shift for Cuomo, who had opposed legalizing the drug for any use. But most New Yorkers want their state to follow the lead of others that have...
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has loosened up on medical marijuana. An executive order on Wednesday by Cuomo, a longtime opponent of legalizing pot for medicinal purposes, is set to legalize medical marijuana. But it's restrictive. It will still be illegal in New York to grow marijuana or import specialized plants from outside the state, Reuters reports . The number of hospitals authorized to dispense marijuana will be limited, and its use will be restricted to certain diseases, such as cancer and glaucoma, the news outlet says.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Colorado recently became the first state in the country where small amounts of recreational pot can be legally sold in specialty shops. But if you are flying out of the Centennial State with a doggy bag of marijuana, be warned that Denver International Airport has a zero-tolerance policy. Travelers are already prohibited from carrying marijuana through the airport's security gates. The airport plans to adopt a rule this week to ban pot in the main terminal as well. The airport is installing signs that include marijuana among the list of prohibited items on airport property, said airport spokeswoman Stacey Stegman.
SCIENCE
January 2, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Leave it to science to find a way to harsh the mellow of marijuana. A French research team has discovered a natural chemical brake that can tamp down the effects of THC, the main intoxicant in marijuana. They believe it could lead to ways to protect against memory loss, torpor and other side-effects better known as being stoned. “We have this built-in negative feedback mechanism, a brake” on cannabis intoxication, said University of Bordeaux neurobiologist Dr. Pier Vincenzo Piazza, principal author of a study published Thursday in the journal Science.
NATIONAL
January 1, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - At 7:59 a.m. on Wednesday, a harried Jay Griffin shouted to the crowd pressed against the roped-off lines leading to his storefront counter: "One minute until we make history!" Sixty seconds later, he and a handful of other pot shop retailers opened a new and closely watched chapter in the national debate over legalizing marijuana as Colorado became the first state in the country where small amounts of recreational pot can be legally sold in specialty stores. Steve "Heyduke" Judish, a 58-year-old retired federal worker from Denver who prefers weed to booze, was the first customer of the day at Dank Colorado, a tiny shop tucked in a Denver industrial district.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2014 | By Shan Li
Colorado kicked off 2014 with a historic first as legal sales of marijuana for recreational use officially began at stores around the state. Although many states allow medical marijuana, Colorado and Washington in 2012 became the first states in the nation to legalize pot for recreational purposes for adults. Washington is expected to pave the way for recreational pot dispensaries to open later this year. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America Nearly 350 retail marijuana licenses have been issued to Colorado businesses, according to the Marijuana Enforcement Division, the agency under Colorado's Department of Revenue that regulates the industry.
NATIONAL
January 1, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - At the stroke of 8 a.m. on Wednesday Colorado became the first state in the nation where small amounts of retail marijuana legally can be sold in specialty shops. The much anticipated first pot sales unfolded in a handful of stores across the state, ushering in a new era as many on both sides of the legalization debate watched the early transactions. “One minute exactly until we make history,” shouted a harried Jay Griffin, the 43-year-old general manager of Dank Colorado, a tiny shop tucked into a nondescript office building in an industrial district of Denver.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated.
The cannabis market in Colorado continues to reach new highs as several store owners in Denver picked up their retail marijuana licenses  Friday. The store owners began lining up outside the Mile High City's Department of Excise and Licenses before the doors opened at 8 a.m., Amber Miller, a city spokeswoman, said in an email to the Los Angeles Times. Denver is among the 26 Colorado municipalities and counties that will allow medical marijuana businesses to begin transitioning into retail marijuana businesses on Jan. 1. Amendment 64 , which voters approved last year, legalized recreational pot use in the state for people over 21. However, retail sales of the drug are not permitted until the new year.
NEWS
December 27, 2013 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
On New Year's Day, Colorado becomes the first state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana, and Washington will begin permitting pot shops a few months later. It's only a matter of time before California follows. There are four potential initiatives to legalize marijuana being considered for the November ballot, according to the Sacramento Bee . A recent Field Poll found 55% of California voters support legalization for the first time. In reality, marijuana is already practically legal in the state.
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