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Current Events

February 13, 2015
A group of marijuana entrepreneurs in Colorado hopes to open the first-ever financial institution designed to serve their industry. They are faced with a stumbling block—they have not been given approval to make...
February 6, 2015
Sales of nicotine patches and gums are slowing as more smokers are turning to e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking regular cigarettes, Reuters reports. Since e-cigarettes are not approved by the Food and Drug...
February 6, 2015
Loretta Lynch, the nominee for U.S. Attorney General, said in her first day of confirmation hearings that she does not support the legalization of marijuana.
February 6, 2015
The Obama Administration’s 2016 budget proposal includes increased funding for programs designed to fight prescription drug abuse, according to The Hill.
February 6, 2015
Mexican drug cartels are increasing their profits by exporting more heroin to the United States, the Associated Press reports. They are refining opium paste into high-grade white heroin, and using distribution routes...
February 6, 2015
Police in rural Nebraska counties bordering Colorado report a large increase in illegal marijuana trafficking, according to NPR. Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court,...
February 6, 2015
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said in an interview this week that medical marijuana may help some patients. His comments may increase pressure on the Justice Department to reschedule marijuana, Reuters reports...
January 27, 2015
Owners of legal marijuana businesses in Colorado and Washington state will have to file their first federal tax returns this year, CNBC reports. While the cost of growing marijuana is deductible under the federal tax...
January 27, 2015
The group representing the nation’s pediatricians issued a statement this week opposing the legalization of marijuana. The drug can be harmful to adolescent health and development, according to the American Academy of...
January 20, 2015
A new device known as an “e-joint” brings together marijuana and an e-cigarette, The New York Times reports. A brand of e-joint, JuJu Joint, holds 100 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana—twice as...

 

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