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Most new jobs continue to be in Maricopa, Pinal counties

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/TriValley Central Nearly three out of every four jobs expected to be created in Arizona this year and next will require a high school diploma. Or less. The forecast comes as the Arizona Department of Administration predicts a 2.2 percent job growth this year. That’s slightly better than the […]

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Committee clears the air on Pinal agriculture pollution bill

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By Phil Riske | Managing Editor Dust in the wind All we are is dust in the wind ~ song lyrics by Kansas (STATE CAPITOL) – After highly scientific presentations about air quality measurements, a Senate committee Tuesday morning gave a do-pass recommendation to a bill (HB2394) to remove an 18-month delay for compliance with […]

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Sides in Arizona redistricting case feel the heat of justices

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By Rebekah L. Sanders | The Republic | azcentral.com Court justices fired tough questions at both sides Monday in a lawsuit that challenges the authority of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission and could lead to a dramatic redrawing of congressional lines. “It was a very active court today. Questioning on both sides was very intense,” said […]

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Owner: Llamas that were loose in Sun City ‘low maintenance,’ gentle

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By Jeff Grant | Daily News-Sun The 3-hour jaunt two llamas took Thursday through Sun City was as unpredictable as it was uncharacteristic of the animals, according to their owner. “They’re pretty peaceful animals. They’re very low maintenance,” said Bub Bullis, who along with his wife owns a total of eight llamas the couple keep […]

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Mesa zoning board denies location for drug detox facility

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By Richard H. Dyer | Independent Newspapers Phillip Westbrooks has owned and operated a substance-abuse and detoxification-treatment center in downtown Mesa since 2003. He plans to construct a building to replace an adjacent home that he owns to move 10 beds there for patients. His plans were discussed at the Feb. 17-18 study sessions and […]

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Communities clash over water district consolidation

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By David Madrid | The Arizona Republic Residential customers in five wastewater districts are seeing changes in their monthly bills — some increasing slightly, some decreasing significantly — as the Arizona Corporation Commission determines whether to consolidate them into one district. The proposed consolidation has created a clash among people in various West Valley communities. […]

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[GUEST OPINION] Glendale casino fight about far more than one city

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By Sal DiCiccio, Phoenix city councilman (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) If you live miles from the city of Glendale and you believe that the Tohono O’odham Nation’s neighborhood casino will have no impact on you, please think again. There’s more to this story than meets the eye – with […]

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Senate advances bill to study industrial hemp in Arizona

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By Phil Riske | Managing Editor (STATE CAPITOL) – If enacted, a Senate bill (SB1225) that received voice vote approval Thursday will create a committee to study whether industrial hemp farming would be a valuable undertaking in Arizona. The measure, sponsored by Yuma Democrat Lynne Pancrazi, is the result of federal legislation to legalize hemp, […]

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    $5M+ Deals – $24M in sales Valley-wide

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    Below are the deals closed Monday, March 2, 2015, in Maricopa County over $5 million according to the Maricopa County Recorder. The Rose Law Group Reporter has not independently verified these transactions. $12 million sale of Augusta Ranch Marketplace retail center at the southwest corner of E. Baseline and S. Crimson roads (9925 E. Baseline […]

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    So far in 2015 for home sales – more of the same

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    By Philip Haldiman, Editor-in-Chief | Dealmaker So far this year – more of the same, at least for now. The number of sales per housing development is minimally down, from this time last year and prices are flat over the last few months, according to a monthly report put out by Belfiore Real Estate Consulting. […]

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    Mobile Mini opens new headquarters in Phoenix

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    Mobile Mini has made its headquarters a 55,000-square-foot office in east Phoenix, the company announced in a press release. Their new space, at 4646 E. Van Buren Street, Suite #400, consolidates Mobile Mini’s corporate and sales facilities. The location will be home to more than 300 employees including the executive team, national sales center, customer […]

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    City boards vote against Glendale library sale

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    By Sterling Fluharty | Glendale Star The citizens have spoken and they resoundingly reject the proposal before the Glendale City Council to sell and relocate the Foothills Branch Library. The Glendale Arts Commission held the first vote against the plan. Vice Chairperson Jessica Koory offered the motion, during a Feb. 23 special meeting, which was […]

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    Arizona State Retirement sets aside $1.2B for real estate

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    By Jon Peterson | I&P Real Estate The Arizona State Retirement System is to invest $1.2B in real estate this year after upping its allocation to the sector, according to a recent document. The U.S. pension fund allocated $550M-750M to new managers, $100M-200M to close-end funds and $100M-300M to existing separate account managers. The pension […]

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    Pollack: Jobs lost during recession will return a year from now

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    The Monday Morning Quarterback/A quick analysis of important economic data released over the past week By Elliott D. Pollack and Company The past week’s most prominent data for the U.S. economy include a revision to real GDP, consumer confidence, and inflation measures.  For Arizona, the employment forecast was updated and is worth noting. Arizona Snapshot: […]

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    Analysts assess possible Cushman & Wakefield sale

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    By Peter Grant | Wall Street Journal Analysts have good news and bad news for real estate services giant Cushman & Wakefield Inc. in the wake of the news earlier this week that its parent company, Italian investment giant Exor SpAEXO.MI -0.10%, was putting it up for sale. The good news is that the timing […]

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    Phoenix makes list of cheapest cities for 20-somethings

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    By Laurie Merrill | The Republic | azcentral.com Phoenix made the list of top 10 cheapest urban cities for 20-somethings. People in their 20s are usually starting out in the game of life with just a few dollars to their names, according to the Daily Dish, CouponsDaily’s new blog. “So how can you venture out […]

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      Polls: Most Arizonans still back SB 1070 goals, medical marijuana

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      By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star The attitudes of Arizonans toward those here illegally apparently have not softened in the years since SB 1070. But a lot more people seem to like the idea of marijuana being available than they did in 2010, at least to those with medical needs. A new […]

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      Supreme Court probes meaning of ‘legislature’ in Ariz. redistricting case

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      By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Capitol Times The United States Supreme Court set out to today determine what the Founding Fathers meant when they wrote that state legislatures shall determine the time, manner and place of federal elections. The answer will determine whether the Arizona Legislature can take authority to draw congressional lines back from […]

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      Committee clears the air on Pinal agriculture pollution bill

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      By Phil Riske | Managing Editor Dust in the wind All we are is dust in the wind ~ song lyrics by Kansas (STATE CAPITOL) – After highly scientific presentations about air quality measurements, a Senate committee Tuesday morning gave a do-pass recommendation to a bill (HB2394) to remove an 18-month delay for compliance with […]

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      Solar energy: Fees, value, future

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      By Ryan Randazzo The Republic | azcentral.com Salt River Project officials might have decided last week how much they want to charge customers with solar panels on their homes, but the debate over rooftop solar’s value to the power grid and how it should be billed is far from settled in Arizona and across the […]

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      Corporation commissioners want whistleblower claims investigated

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      By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times Perhaps the most damning accusation against former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce comes up in the fifth point in a bulleted list on the fourth page of a whistleblower’s letter. The letter, sent to the Corporation Commission’s chairman and executive director, as well as Attorney General Mark Brnovich, […]

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      Sides in Arizona redistricting case feel the heat of justices

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      By Rebekah L. Sanders | The Republic | azcentral.com Court justices fired tough questions at both sides Monday in a lawsuit that challenges the authority of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission and could lead to a dramatic redrawing of congressional lines. “It was a very active court today. Questioning on both sides was very intense,” said […]

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      Constituent pressure forces Shooter to dump bill to limit access to public records

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      By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star Legislation designed to let public agencies deny “unduly burdensome” requests for records has hit a snag that could kill it. Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, said Friday he has shelved SB 1339 amid opposition from constituents. He said they believe it will unfairly restrict their access to […]

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      Vacant lots slated for development on Fillmore Street

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      By Brenna Goth, The Republic | azcentral.com Phoenix has a new vision for Fillmore Street, where more than 11 acres of land sit vacant or unused in the western part of downtown. City and developer projects launching this year include potential plans for shaded walkways, patio cafes, a school and space for more than 1,000 […]

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        Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney Kelly Mendoza answers the question: Is Arizona a mother’s State when it comes to child custody?

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        By Kelly Mendoza, Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney The short answer to this question is, NO, it is not a mother’s state nor is it a father’s state when it comes to child custody; Arizona is a children’s state.  I have had multiple conversations with potential clients and clients alike regarding custody of the […]

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        Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again); Kaine Fisher, Director of Rose Law Group Family Department, discusses with Phoenix Business Journal

        Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again)

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        by Eric Jay Toll | Phoenix Business Journal A new law proposed by 13 co-sponsors will put marriage equality into Arizona lawbooks – provided voters repeal the unconstitutional 2008 voter-enacted amendment. House Bill 2117 repeals a 1996 statute banning same-sex marriage. The legislative-passed language was bolstered by Proposition 102, which amended the state constitution to […]

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        [BREAKING] Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex couples nationwide may marry

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        The New York Times The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must permit gay and lesbian couples to marry. The court’s announcement made it likely that it would resolve one of the great civil rights questions of the age before its current term ends in June. The justices ducked the […]

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        The court-appointed advisor in custody matters: do you need or even want one? Kelly Mendoza, Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney, discusses

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        By Kelly Mendoza, Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney There is a dispute between you and your child’s other parent that has escalated to an initial or follow up case before the Judge.  The Court has held a Resolution Management Conference (or a Return Hearing) and at that time the Judge orders the appointment of […]

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        Do we really care how many Americans are getting divorced? Yes, says Kaine Fisher, Director Rose Law Group Family Law Department

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        By Kathryn Vasel | CNN The Census Bureau has proposed eliminating several marriage and divorce-related questions on the American Community Survey, putting them in the “low benefit and low cost category.” But experts say that would be a mistake. They claim the change would lead to a gaping hole in data regarding the social and […]

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        Chris Rock files for divorce after 19 years of marriage; Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney Kelly Mendoza touches on the irony of it

        Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock. The couple was married for 19 years and has two daughters together. Photo: Getty Images

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        By Saeed Ahmed | CNN After 19 years of marriage, Chris Rock has filed for divorce. But unlike his trenchant standup routines, where he often poked fun at marriage, the comedian is being tight-lipped about the reason. “This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and […]

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        [AZ Foothills] CREED frontman loses control and child custody; Kaine Fisher, Chairman of Rose Law Group Family Law Department, says there is still hope for Stapp

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        by Christina Tetreault | Arizona Foothills Magazine Scott Stapp, the former lead of CREED, has lost the custody of his three children and not-to-mention he also lost the rights to be in his house. Jaclyn, his soon-to-be ex-wife, is trying to get him involuntarily committed for 60-days. According to TMZ, Jaclyn says that Stapp has […]

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        Spouses tangle over pets in divorce court; pets are like children says Rose Law Group Partner Kaine Fisher

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        By Carri Geer Thevenot | Las Vegas Review-Journal Family law attorney Mandy McKellar valued her cats so much that she included them in a prenuptial agreement with her husband — “just in case.” By the time they divorced this summer, the couple also had acquired two dogs. Now all five pets live with McKellar in […]

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          Energy and Environment View All →

          Committee clears the air on Pinal agriculture pollution bill

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          By Phil Riske | Managing Editor Dust in the wind All we are is dust in the wind ~ song lyrics by Kansas (STATE CAPITOL) – After highly scientific presentations about air quality measurements, a Senate committee Tuesday morning gave a do-pass recommendation to a bill (HB2394) to remove an 18-month delay for compliance with […]

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          Solar energy: Fees, value, future

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          By Ryan Randazzo The Republic | azcentral.com Salt River Project officials might have decided last week how much they want to charge customers with solar panels on their homes, but the debate over rooftop solar’s value to the power grid and how it should be billed is far from settled in Arizona and across the […]

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          Corporation commissioners want whistleblower claims investigated

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          Posted by   21 hours ago

          By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times Perhaps the most damning accusation against former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce comes up in the fifth point in a bulleted list on the fourth page of a whistleblower’s letter. The letter, sent to the Corporation Commission’s chairman and executive director, as well as Attorney General Mark Brnovich, […]

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          SRP Board Kills Solar in SRP Territory

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            Press Release For Immediate Release SRP Board Kills Solar in SRP Territory Contact  Mark Holohan Cell:       602.684.6920 Email     Info@ariseia.org Website www.ariseia.org PHOENIX, AZ, FEBRUARY 26, 2015. In a 12-2 vote and amidst complaints from customers, lawsuit threats, and reports from several states and research groups proving there is no cost shift, the Salt River Project Board of Directors […]

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          Real estate organization opposes city of Phoenix energy disclosure plan

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          By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal The real estate industry is fretting over a plan by the city of Phoenix that would require commercial building owners to report energy consumption and use of renewable power to a public database. The city is considering energy reporting requirements for buildings of 50,000 square feet or more. […]

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          ‘Sol, not coal:’ SRP approves solar fee and rate hike

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          Salt River Project’s board of directors approved a rate hike Thursday that would add a solar demand charge of about $50 on average and a 3.9 percent increase for all SRP users, ending a three-month process of public meetings and solar industry outcry. The solar fee has drawn ire from solar companies and users in […]

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          ~ Protest chants at meeting where SRP approved increased charges on solar users

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            Medical Marijuana View All →

            Polls: Most Arizonans still back SB 1070 goals, medical marijuana

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            By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star The attitudes of Arizonans toward those here illegally apparently have not softened in the years since SB 1070. But a lot more people seem to like the idea of marijuana being available than they did in 2010, at least to those with medical needs. A new […]

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            ‘Kettle Falls Five’ case pits state v. federal MMJ laws

            Firestack-Harvey (second from left) was surprised but not particularly worried, even though about 70 marijuana plants were growing on a remote part of their 34 acres. She and her husband, Larry Harvey; her son; her daughter-in-law; and a friend all had recommendations from doctors to use the marijuana to treat a variety of medical conditions and were growing the plants in a collective garden they believed met state law.

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            By Trevor Hughes | USATODAY Federal prosecutors are trying to persuade a jury that a cancer-stricken man and his family were illegally growing and distributing marijuana in the forest outside their northeastern Washington home despite claims by the “Kettle Falls Five” that they were instead raising legal medical cannabis for their personal use. The case […]

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            [OPINION] The Medical marijuana dilemma

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            By Anthony Smith | inMaricopa.com (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) In 2010, Arizona voters approved Proposition 203, a medical marijuana measure, by a small margin of 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent. During the last eighteen months, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors has had the challenge of implementing provisions of […]

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            Medical marijuana researcher strikes out with Arizona’s universities

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            Tucson Weekly Prominent Arizona medical marijuana researcher Sue Sisley has given up on any of the state’s public universities to house the research she’s been doing for years on the effects pot has on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Sisley brought that research to the University of Arizona close to five years ago, and got approval […]

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            Medical pot shop seeking permit

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            By Staff reports | Florence Reminder Blade Tribune Valley businessman Rakesh “Rocky” Pahwa, who has tried four times in recent years to locate a medical marijuana dispensary in Florence, has applied to Pinal County to locate one in a county island, just outside the town limits, off Arizona 79B. The county Planning & Zoning Commission […]

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            Pinal farmer wins permission to grow marijuana

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            By Raquel Hendrickson | inMaricopa.com A split vote by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a text change that will pave the way for a Casa Grande dairy to grow marijuana. Sidewinder Dairy, owned by Sean Dugan, is planning to cultivate marijuana for medical use. The issue divided politicians and farmers alike. “I’m a […]

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            Judge guilty of overkill in the war on drugs: From the Rose Law Group Reporter Growlery

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            By Phil Riske | Managing Editor Let us know if you’re aware of someone during prohibition being sent to prison for taking one sip of whisky. The government finally came to its senses, and prohibition went down the drain of other idiotic, would-be moral laws. The war on marijuana, thank goodness, is winding down as […]

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            Industrial sector gets high on $2.7B marijuana industry

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            By Robert Carr | National Real Estate Investor The country’s legal marijuana industry more than doubled in size in 2014, to $2.7 billion, and the commercial real estate world is starting to take notice. Reports on the industrial sector attribute extra-strong demand in places such as Denver to the growing, storage and distribution of the […]

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