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The real estate industry is booming in states where marijuana is blooming—that is, in states that have legalized the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Here is a quick overview. In November 2016, voters in California, Maine and Massachusetts, all approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use. On January 1, 2018, California’s law will go into effect, and the state will start issuing temporary licenses to cannabis businesses. On December 6, 2017, Los Angeles approved a series of cannabis regulations, making it the largest city in the United States with legal recreational marijuana. Massachusetts will implement retail marijuana sales on July 1, 2018. While Maine has plans to open retail marijuana stores in the summer of 2018, it is unclear exactly when their laws will go into effect.

With a number of states having already legalized medicinal marijuana the demand for cannabis continues to be on the rise. With an increase in demand for the product comes an increase in the need for production facilities. Real estate investors have jumped on this market, which has proven

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Micky Bedell | BDN

Micky Bedell | BDN

With the sharp drop in this year’s data, Colorado has fallen to No. 7 in the national ranking of teen marijuana use, behind Alaska, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Following legalization, the rate of adolescent marijuana use in Colorado has fallen to its lowest level in nearly a decade, according to new federal survey data.

State-level numbers from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that a little more than 9 percent of Colorado teens age 12 to 17 used marijuana monthly in 2015 and 2016, a statistically significant drop from the prior period. That’s the lowest rate of monthly marijuana use in the state since 2007 and 2008.

And it’s not just marijuana: Rates of teen alcohol, tobacco and heroin use are down sharply in the state, as well.

Colorado, which was the first in the nation to open recreational marijuana markets in 2014, is viewed as a bellwether by both opponents and supporters of legalization.

For state-level data, the survey uses pooled two-year

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EASTHAMPTON — A recent business school graduate who hopes to open a “cannabis cafe” says she plans to operate in full compliance with state and local laws — even though regulations around the recreational use of marijuana are still a work in progress.

“There will be uncertainties,” said Karima Rizk. “But I’m moving forward. It’s called ‘early adopters syndrome,’ and I’m fine with that.”

Rizk, who earlier this year earned a master’s degree from the Eisenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, plans a gathering spot called “Cafe Vert” where adults may consume marijuana products while relaxing in a coffee shop. If she succeeds, she would be among the first wave of such entrepreneurs in Massachusetts and the U.S.

Rizk said the cafe’s Easthampton location has not yet been set, but that she’s been in discussions with commercial property owners. “I’m not at liberty to talk about the location at this point,” she said. “I hope to make an announcement soon.”

Could Easthampton become a marijuana destination?

For months, Rizk has been a familiar sight at Easthampton Planning Board meetings,

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Babson College offers Diversity Leadership Awards

Babson College is offering four-year, full-tuition Diversity Leadership Awards to public high school students in San Francisco, Miami and Boston, as well as neighboring Lawrence, Massachusetts. Students receiving such scholarships demonstrate the greatest potential for leadership in creating a diverse community at Babson. In addition to its main campus located in Wellesley, Babson has established education hubs in Boston, San Francisco and Miami, which is why students from these communities are being offered this opportunity. Diversity Leadership Award candidates are evaluated based on the information in their admission and financial aid applications; no additional application is required. Scholars with greater levels of financial need will also be awarded additional grant funds, in varying amounts based on need, to help with room and board, books and supplies. Babson College, committed to providing the financial resources needed to support its students, awards $43 million in undergraduate aid, with $36 million coming directly from Babson in the form of grants and scholarships. Approximately 50 percent of Babson’s undergraduates receive financial assistance. Recipients of this award will participate

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Following legalization, the rate of adolescent marijuana use in Colorado has fallen to its lowest level in nearly a decade, according to new federal survey data.

State-level numbers from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that a little more than 9 percent of Colorado teens age 12 to 17 used marijuana monthly in 2015 and 2016, a statistically significant drop from the prior period. That’s the lowest rate of monthly marijuana use in the state since 2007 and 2008.

And it’s not just marijuana: Rates of teen alcohol, tobacco and heroin use are down sharply in the state, as well.

Colorado, which was the first in the nation to open recreational marijuana markets in 2014, is viewed as a bellwether by both opponents and supporters of legalization.

For state-level data, the survey uses pooled two-year periods to increase sample sizes and statistical accuracy. Last year the survey showed that Colorado was ranked No. 1 in the nation on adolescent marijuana use, a fact seized by marijuana opponents to argue that legalization was failing to protect children from drug

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In all aspects of life, the ability to start strong and finish even stronger is a must, but what happens in between the start and the finish varies depending on the situation, and I must say, the state of Michigan is surely shaking things up going forward when it comes to the culture of cannabis.  Michigan has been able to produce and provide medical marijuana to patients since 2008, but this Friday all this is going to change. The state department of licensing and the regulatory board will start accepting and rejecting people looking to set up shop within the state boundaries of Michigan.

Last year,  the Michigan Legislature passed and the governor signed into law three bills (House Bills 4209, 4827 and 4210) that will create a licensing and regulatory framework for medical marihuana that must be implemented by December 15, 2017. This new deadline for a prequalifying licensor has been the topic of discussion for some time now because at the moment any dispensary that’s operating in Michigan is under a legal, but illegal cloud.  

Michigan is the home

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BELFAST, Maine –  A Maine woman who told jurors that she drank multiple shots of liquor and smoked marijuana the night of her infant son’s death is due to be sentenced this week.

Thirty-two-year-old Miranda Hopkins will appear in court on Wednesday in Belfast.

The Troy resident says she doesn’t know how 7-week-old Jaxson died in January, but she previously told police that one of her two autistic sons may have been responsible.

Police say Hopkins had been drinking whisky and told investigators that she must have “blacked out.” She said she woke up to find her baby cold and “beat to hell.” The baby’s cause of death was listed as blunt force head injuries.

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Saturday, Dec. 2

• Adam and Amy Martineseof Fryeburg, Maine, have started a business, Clean Green LLC, to grow medical marijuana for patients who have Maine-issued medical marijuana documentation. The family hopes to expand their business when the state finalizes its rules for retail sales of recreational marijuana.

• Mountain Meisters race director Ray Gilmore Jr. explains the changes in the citizens ski racing program at Cranmore Mountain. The program is set to begin its 46th season in January.

• Nelson Brown, 65, of Fryeburg, Maine, man was arrested Thursday for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident that damaged a vehicle and home on Lovewell Pond Road in Fryeburg. Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin said the incident was the department’s 117th crash this year.

• The Toy Chest in North Conway, was named Family Favorite Children’s Toy Store in Parenting New Hampshire’s seventh annual readers poll.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

• The Bartlett Historical Society’s St. Joseph Church building in Bartlett Village, which is earmarked to become the home to the historical society’s

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Jonathan Weiss/DreamstimeEight states have now legalized recreational marijuana. But those same states often leave cannabis consumers with few options for where they can legally smoke. Oregon and Washington prohibit any public pot-smoking, even at dispensaries. California, whose recreational market is set to launch on January 1, lets cities regulate on-site marijuana consumption, but most towns have been slow to embrace the idea.

Massachusetts may take a different path. The state legalized pot by ballot referendum in 2016, and its recreational marijuana market is scheduled to launch this coming April. On Tuesday a subcommittee of the state’s Cannabis Advisory Board unveiled draft regulations that would permit the on-site consumption of marijuana in much the same way that alcohol can be served at bars and restaurants.

“This is about consumer choice,” says Michael Latulippe of the Patient Advocacy Alliance, who drafted the on-site consumption rules.

Brick-and-motor dispensaries do not service everyone’s needs, Latulippe argues. “Tourists come, they want to use marijuana, but they don’t necessarily need an eighth of it,” he tells Reason. Parents, he adds, might not want to smoke marijuana

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Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Cars roll by on East Grand Avenue in Old Orchard Beach in this BDN file photo.

Old Orchard Beach residents can voice their opinion on Dec.19 on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit retail marijuana establishments in town.

The Town Council will hold a public hearing during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit retail marijuana stores, retail marijuana cultivation facilities, retail marijuana products manufacturing facilities, retail marijuana testing facilities, and retail marijuana social clubs.

Maine voters legalized marijuana use in the November 2016 election, however, the state has not established regulations for its sale. Currently, personal marijuana use is legal for those 21 and older, but the sale of non-medical marijuana and recreational marijuana commercial establishments will not be legal until the state establishes regulations, which according to legislation must happen by October 2018.

“Without such rules in place municipalities do not know how retail establishments are going to operate or what authority local governments will have with respect

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