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Matt Ferner

New York Could Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2015

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015. State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Reg...

Terminal Cancer Patient Sentenced To Probation, Not Prison, For Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

A terminal cancer patient who faced up to 15 years in prison for growing marijuana that he says was used to treat his tumors was instead sentenced to ...

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Colorado Not Suffering Buyer's Remorse Over Legal Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

Nine months after Colorado shops opened their doors to sell the first bags of recreational marijuana, a majority of state residents still support lega...

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REPORT: World Leaders Call For Massive Shift In Global Drug Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governm...

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Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans, Survey Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

A broad new survey shows that a majority of American adults continue to support marijuana legalization in the United States, and that support appears ...

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Feds Are Increasing Their Marijuana Growth Because Of Cannabinoid Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

The federal government is currently growing a lot more marijuana than it has in the past because it expects higher demand from researchers for cannabi...

This Rapper Just Won The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge With Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

Just when you thought all variations on the Ice Bucket Challenge had been exhausted, rapper B-Real from Cypress Hill shows up with a bucket of marijua...

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Fewer Pain Pill Overdoses In States With Medical Marijuana Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living

States that have legalized marijuana for medical use have lower rates of prescription painkiller overdose deaths than states that have not, new resear...

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NBC News Editor Leaves To Head Marijuana News Site

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.19.2014 | Media

Veteran journalist Al Olson has left his senior editor position at NBC News to head Marijuana.com, a cannabis news site. “I’ve been a journalis...

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Colorado's Marijuana Black Market Is More Complicated Than It Looks

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

Depending on whom you ask, Colorado's marijuana black market has either vanished or expanded since weed was legalized in the state. Mexican pot farmer...

Oregon Could Generate A Tremendous Amount Of Tax Revenue From Legal Weed

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

If voters in Oregon decide to legalize recreational marijuana this November, the state expects it could generate up to $40 million per year in tax rev...

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Gavin Newsom Will Back 'The Right Initiative' On Legal Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who has made no secret of his overall support for marijuana legalization, has now said he's prepared to campaign...

Democratic Lawmaker Sampled Some Legal Weed While Visiting Colorado

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach (D), a longtime champion of marijuana legalization, went on a fact-finding trip to Colorado last month to see the...

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Former Top NYT Editor Calls Paper's Drug Testing Policy 'Increasingly Difficult To Defend'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.06.2014 | Media

The day after the New York Times editorial board finished rolling out their editorial series calling for the legalization of marijuana, the board fiel...

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Nation's Capital Will Vote On Legal Weed In November

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Voters in our nation's capital will be the next to decide on marijuana legalization. Wednesday morning, the District of Columbia Board of Election...

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Former Prison May Be Converted Into A Marijuana Shop

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business

In a fitting encapsulation of how the tables have turned on U.S. marijuana policy, a former correctional facility in rural Colorado may one day be the...

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Thousands Call For NYT To Stop Drug Testing Staff For Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Media

As The New York Times continues to roll out editorials supporting the legalization of marijuana, a Change.org petition has received thousands of signa...

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Obama Won't Legalize Pot Just Because The New York Times Said He Should

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

The White House has responded to New York Times editorials this week supporting marijuana legalization, saying ending U.S. pot prohibition isn't the "...

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Drivers Got High On Federal Weed For Stoned Driving Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

For several months in 2013 and 2014, federal researchers administered free marijuana and alcohol to a group of people and set them loose in a driving ...

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House Bill Would Legalize 'Charlotte's Web' Medical Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

A bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Monday would legalize a compound in marijuana used to treat severe epilepsy. The le...

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New Measure Would Protect States' Medical Marijuana Patients, Physicians

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday filed an amendment in the Senate that would protect states that implement medical marijuana laws, as well as patien...

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Oregon Voters Will Be Next To Decide On Legal Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

This November, Oregon voters will get to decide whether they want to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. "Initiative Petition 53 has qua...

Colorado Voters Are Cool With Creating Members-Only Marijuana Clubs

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

When it comes to marijuana use, Colorado voters want it legal but they want it kept private. In a Quinnipiac poll released Monday, state voters str...

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Why It May Be Difficult To Get Your Favorite Weed Edible In Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business

Washington state regulators on Wednesday approved the sale of cannabis-infused treats by marijuana dispensaries, with one exception: nothing that may ...

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If Legal Marijuana Was Supposed To Cause More Crime, It's Not Doing A Very Good Job

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics

When Colorado legalized weed more than a year ago, opponents of the move warned that crime would rise. But half a year after the first sales of recrea...