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Joint Authority? The Case for State-Based Marijuana Regulation

A judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit makes the case, in the Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy, that “federal oversight is a poor regulatory mechanism for a variety of balanced incentives and extensive interest group influence.” Decentralized regulation, on a state by state basis, is far more promising. The author looks for lessons to the period of (federal) prohibition of alcohol.

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Marijuana: Medical and Retail — Selected Legal Issues

This report looks at the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado and ways in which these laws may be preempted by federal or international law. It also discusses some of the non-criminal implications for marijuana users as well as some of the legislation introduced in the 113th Congress in regards to the treatment of marijuana under federal law.

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BSA Expectations Regarding Marijuana-Related Businesses

This guidance memo released by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network outlines how financial institutions can provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses while remaining in compliance of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).

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Memorandum for All United States Attorneys

This 2013 memorandum from the U.S. Deputy Attorney General to all United States attorneys provides additional guidelines for federal investigators and prosecutors regarding the sale and distribution of marijuana in the states where it is legal for medical purposes. It outlines the priorities of the federal government in monitoring criminal activity related to the drug and encourages strong local regulation in states that have made medical marijuana legal.

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Canna Advisors

Canna Advisors is a Colorado-based cannabis consulting firm run by Jay and Diane Czarkowski, who previously founded Boulder Kind Care (BKC) in 2009.

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Buffett’s Berkshire Helps Cannabis Growers

Warren Buffet owes part of his fortune to selling ice cream, soft drinks and candy. Now, a company in Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is turning to marijuana.

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The Handheld Device That Will Revolutionize Cannabis Testing and Optimization, Daniel Yazbeck, CEO of CDx

MyDx is a handheld device straight out of a Star Trek episode. Simply place a small amount of cannabis into it’s sensor and watch as your smart phone is illuminated with information about the plant.

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Marijuana Social Network, MassRoots, Reaches Over 215,000 Users; Partners with Cypress Hill’s B-Real on ‘The Smoker’s Club Tour’

DENVER, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MassRoots, a social network for cannabis consumers, is pleased to announce it has crossed 215,000 users and has facilitated over 56 million user-to-user interactions on it’s network.

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Vimeo Original Series High Maintenance Premieres Globally Today, November 11th

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Vimeo premieres a new round of episodes of married couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair’s heralded series High Maintenance.

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Power to the Pot: Marijuana Growers Face Electric Fee

BOULDER, Colo. — Marijuana growers around this famously pot-friendly city next year will start paying special fees to offset their contributions to climate change.

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