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Although more than half of US states have legalized marijuana for medical use only now is the nation's first research facility for medical marijuana opening.
Banks and credit unions often cite "reputational risk'' as a reason for not working with cannabis businesses but research shows there is little risk they would be stigmatized.
The software giant has entered in a partnership with a California company specializing in regulatory compliance for an industry that isn't entirely legal and can't use banks to do business.
Legal marijuana operations are finding space to grow and store their product by paying premium rents for warehouse space.
The nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is worrisome but court battles over states' rights and decisive voter support for legal cannabis make tough enforcement problematic for the Trump Administration.
The government Down Under has made cannabis legal for the ill but regulatory hurdles seem likely to make genuine access difficult.
The first state to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use is enjoying a boom in tax revenues and employment.
Growing public acceptance of marijuana, highlighted by a slew of successful legalization initiatives, is encouraging investment.
The President-elect said during the campaign that states ought to decide the legal status of cannabis but he is stocking his administration with zealot opponents of legalization,
Legalization of medical marijuana in more than half the states has created a booming market for medicinal and personal care products.
The biggest single night for the marijuana legalization movement ended with voters across the country approving marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use.