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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Stand-Up ADOT

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There’s a prevailing idea among comedians that the key to a good joke is the element of surprise. Perhaps that’s why the highway sign shtick of the Arizona Department of Transportation has been so successful: It’s comedy in the least expected of places. Written by Lauren Loftus | Phoenix Magazine n 2015, 895 people died […]

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Former AZ utility regulator, lobbyist, utility owner charged with conspiracy, bribery, fraud

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By Evan Wyloge and Jim Small | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, his wife, prominent lobbyist Jim Norton and utility owner George Johnson with conspiracy, bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, over what prosecutors lay out as a scheme to pay off Pierce in […]

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Mesa pays $13k after police officers lose woman’s dog; did the city get a bargain? asks Evan Bolick, Rose Law Group litigation attorney on channel 3

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3TV | CBS 5  MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) –A Valley woman with a mental disability says she is still “torn up” emotionally after Mesa police officers lost her dog. The City of Mesa paid Dawn Bennett $13,000 in January to avoid any lawsuits related to the incident at a motel on Main Street, according to […]

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Government and business cooperation regarding cybercrime investigations

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By Rose Law Group attorney Lauren Reynolds and Daniel Gauthier, who are focused on cybersecurity and privacy issues Recently a client asked: The FBI wants my help with investigating a cybercrime against my business. What do I do? This is an increasingly common issue as businesses rely more on technologies with security protocols.  The government has […]

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Facebook fines in France are a warning to American businesses operating in the EU

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by Lauren Reynolds and Daniel Gauthier, who are focused on cybersecurity and privacy issues In January 2016, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), France’s data protection watchdog, notified Facebook that it was violating the French Data Protection Act and gave the social media giant three months to revise its data collection policies. […]

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Ducey signs tax break, vetoes student journalists freedom of the press

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By Mary Jo Pitzl | The Republic Gov. Doug Ducey tied a bow on the 2017 legislative session, signing a final 27 bills into law and vetoing six on the final day for him to act on proposals passed by the Legislature. He started the bill-signing flurry with his signature on a $1 billion university-bonding […]

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Howard Fischer: A one-man news machine

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By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer If you had $5 for every story Howard “Howie” Fischer has reported for Arizona readers, you’d be doing quite well. Considered the dean of the Capitol press corps, Fischer is known not only as a one-man news machine, but a reporter politicians sometimes get defensive with because of his […]

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WannaCry ransomware attack illustrates need for evolution in cybersecurity norms; efforts must be coordinated globally, says Lauren Reynolds, Rose Law Group litigator focusing on cybersecurity

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By Zachary Goldman and Damon McCoy | The Hill Individuals and institutions affected by the WannaCry ransomware attack face a Hobson’s choice — the malicious software (malware) encrypts a user’s documents while the decryption keys remain in the hands of the cybercriminals. Victims of the attack can either pay the hackers for the release of their files, […]

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    Construction activity to start for future Tucson Caterpillar HQ

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    By Gabriela Rico | Arizona Daily Star The Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District will spend $52 million and the state will provide $4 million to support Caterpillar’s move to Tucson, west of downtown. The site of the future Caterpillar headquarters near downtown Tucson will soon be abuzz with activity. A fence will be erected around […]

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    REGIONAL NEWS for May 28, 2017: Can a three-day course adequately prepare a teacher for a close-quarters confrontation with an armed attacker?

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    Advanced gun training for Colorado teachers on its way New Mexico: Few attend hearing on proposed changes to teacher evaluations The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say Utah: Polygamous sect members move — when they can find a home and the cash Some […]

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    New-home sales get a big boost

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    By Catherine Reagor | The Arizona Republic “Demand for new homes is healthy,” housing expert Jim Belfiore told me. “Between mid-April and -May, more new homes sold in the Valley than any other period in the past decade.” Continued: (Online version might not be immediately available)  

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    Commissioners against more homes at StoneHaven, request goes to Glendale Council

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      By Cecilia Chan | Independent Newsmedia StoneHaven, a master-planned community just south of Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District, wants to bump up the number of its homes to 1,365 from 1,161. The Planning Commission in a room of nearly 100 residents, who were concerned with increased traffic and a drop in their home value, rejected […]

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    [OPINION] 9 signs the housing market will only get hotter in 2017

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    By Jeff Reeves | MarketWatch (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) The permabears in the equity market get a lot of attention, and for good reason: They crave the spotlight, and use it to sell bad investment products. If you want to get rich sowing fear in stocks with your bad […]

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    U.S. home prices to rise at a strong pace on tight supply: Reuters poll

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    U.S. home prices look poised to rise at a robust pace over the next few years, mainly because of a chronic shortage of houses and steady demand, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. Still, a slim majority of analysts in the poll taken May 16-25 said the Trump administration should pursue some form of housing […]

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    Most millennials want homes, but don’t have even $1K in down payment

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    By Clare Trapasso | realtor.com Most millennials dream of becoming homeowners one day. But a recent report shows that a majority of them haven’t saved anywhere near the amount necessary for a down payment, putting their homeownership dreams far into the future—and possibly out of reach. About 80% of the younger generation hope to buy […]

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    Big drop in mortgage rates juices refinances, but doesn’t seduce buyers

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    Volume is still 30 percent below the same week one year ago, when interest rates were lower By Diana Olick | CNBC Lower mortgage rates are helping more homeowners refinance and reduce their monthly payments, but they are not providing much incentive to homebuyers, who are finding few affordable listings. Related: Foreclosures keep falling, but housing […]

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      A tribute to Arizona’s fallen heroes on this Memorial Day

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      Arizona Daily Independent From Korea to today FRANCISCO, PATRICK DONEVSKI, ROBERT DORSETT, ROY FRITZ, LEONARD JONES, JERRELL MENDOZA, ALBERT ROMERO, ROBERT YBARRA, MANUEL HOLMASON, JOHN WITKOWSKI, JAMES FAILS, DOROTHY ALBRIGHT, BUCK BENTON, ROBERT CHAIRA, FRANCISCO DESCHAMPS, RAMON EMBACH, JOHN FIGUEROA, ANTHONY GOMEZ, JESSIE GONZALEZ, IGNACIO HANKINS, BRUCE HARDY, CHARLES HUNT, LEIGH SOWINSKI, NICHOLAS TEDRICK, WARREN […]

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      REGIONAL NEWS for May 29, 2017: Memorial Day: WASPs stepped in to fill domestic flight roles amid combat pilot shortage

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      Denver woman made revolutionary flights for U.S. war effort during World War II California: To keep crops from rotting in the field, farmers say they need Trump to let in more temporary workers Too many New Mexico jobs go begging Nevada: GAO outlines $330M ‘roadmap’ to restart Yucca Mountain licensing Once ranked 7th nationally for […]

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      Gilbert releases town attorney, town prosecutor resigns

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      By Srianthi Perera | East Valley Tribune The Gilbert Town Council has decided not to renew the employment contract of Town Attorney Michael Hamblin. Hamblin was hired in June 2013 and drew a salary of just over $200,000. He declined to comment. Town Prosecutor Cathy Bohland, who was hired in February last year, has also […]

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      Commissioners against more homes at StoneHaven, request goes to Glendale Council

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        By Cecilia Chan | Independent Newsmedia StoneHaven, a master-planned community just south of Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District, wants to bump up the number of its homes to 1,365 from 1,161. The Planning Commission in a room of nearly 100 residents, who were concerned with increased traffic and a drop in their home value, rejected […]

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      Grand jury investigates Paul Babeu’s use of RICO funds as Pinal County sheriff

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      By Robert Anglen | The Republic A federal grand jury is investigating how the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office handled profits from seized property under former Sheriff Paul Babeu. Newly elected Sheriff Mark Lamb was ordered by subpoena to deliver records to the grand jury “evidencing misuse of county, state or federal RICO funds by Pinal […]

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      Texas poised to allow adoptions to be blocked on religious basis

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      Agencies that get state money could reject gay and lesbian couples or non-Christians who want to be parents By Ian Lovett | The Wall Street Journal Texas is moving forward with a bill this week that would allow adoption-service providers that receive state money to turn down prospective parents based on religious beliefs. The bill […]

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      REGIONAL NEWS for May 27, 2017: 2 neighboring states have new budgets after much controversy

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        Colorado’s Gov. Hickenlooper signs $26.8 billion state budget that avoids “draconian cuts” to hospitals, schools New Mexico Gov. Martinez signs budget bill, vetoes tax increases Nevada women’s group pushes for Sandoval to sign birth control bill Utah: Chaffetz’s exit leaves 22 — so far — seeking to fill the void California: Q&A: Is the […]

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      Chandler and SRP butt heads over power line routes

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      By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | The Republic The Salt River Project’s proposed routes for power lines in Chandler are facing criticism and opposition again but this time the city council is getting involved. SRP-proposed power lines in Chandler are sparking controversy again, but this time the City Council is getting involved in the nearly four-year saga. […]

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        Texas poised to allow adoptions to be blocked on religious basis

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        Agencies that get state money could reject gay and lesbian couples or non-Christians who want to be parents By Ian Lovett | The Wall Street Journal Texas is moving forward with a bill this week that would allow adoption-service providers that receive state money to turn down prospective parents based on religious beliefs. The bill […]

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        Supreme Court sends second divorce settlement case back to Arizona

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        By Nathan J. Fish | Cronkite News The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Arizona Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling in a divorce settlement between a retired member of the military and his ex-wife, the second time in a week it has done so. The action by the justices followed their ruling last […]

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        Why more couples are signing postnuptial agreements; can be 2-edged sword, says Kaine Fisher, Rose Law Group partner, director Family Law Dept.

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        It’s a prenup, with a few twists By Ben Steverman He cheats. She wants a divorce. He pleads for forgiveness. She’ll stay, for a price: If they ever do divorce, she wants the house, the car, and a hefty slice of their other assets. That kind of deal is possible with a postnuptial agreement, a […]

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        How Arizona fixed its broken child welfare system in 2 years; Kaine Fisher, Rose Law Group Partner, director Family Law Dept., comments

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        The state attracted national attention for its failure to prevent and address child abuse and neglect. Since then, massive changes have led to massive improvements. By J.B. Wogan | Governing or much of the past decade, Arizona’s child welfare agency has been in crisis. The number of children entering the state’s foster care system grew […]

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        Arizona Supreme Court to rule on same-sex child parental rights

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        By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a same-sex spouse who was granted parental rights over her ex-wife’s biological child. In October, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Suzan McLaughlin was entitled to the same parental rights as if she were a man after […]

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        Indian community attorneys argue before Arizona Supreme Court to protect Indian children; Kaine Fisher, Rose Law Group Partner, director Family Law Dept., reacts to case

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        By Sonoran News – Attorneys for the Gila River Indian Community Monday made oral arguments before the Arizona Supreme Court in a controversial case involving which court – Arizona state Court or the Community’s Tribal Court – will be the ultimate decision-maker regarding the future of a Native American child at risk of being permanently […]

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        U.S. Supreme Court declines Arizona diaper changing case, upholds molestation conviction

        Posted by   2 months ago

        By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The nation’s high court has upheld a criminal conviction that the chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court openly feared could lead to child molesting charges against parents for routine actions. Without comment the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review the conviction […]

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        Supreme Court justices have sharp questions in Arizona divorce case

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        By Kendra Penningroth | Cronkite News Chief Justice John Roberts had pointed questions for attorneys arguing on behalf of an Arizona woman whose fight to regain some of her ex-husband’s pension payments landed before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday. John and Sandra Howell agreed to split his Air Force pension as part of their 1991 […]

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          REGIONAL NEWS for May 29, 2017: Memorial Day: WASPs stepped in to fill domestic flight roles amid combat pilot shortage

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          Denver woman made revolutionary flights for U.S. war effort during World War II California: To keep crops from rotting in the field, farmers say they need Trump to let in more temporary workers Too many New Mexico jobs go begging Nevada: GAO outlines $330M ‘roadmap’ to restart Yucca Mountain licensing Once ranked 7th nationally for […]

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          Studies on Navajo coal plant’s future poles apart

          Posted by   23 hours ago

          By Emery Cowan | Arizona Daily Sun As tribal lawmakers, federal agencies and private industry continue to work out a plan for the future of Navajo Generating Station near Page, energy analysts have come up with their own assessments of the economic viability of the power plant. While they present a range of conclusions, many […]

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          REGIONAL NEWS for May 28, 2017: Can a three-day course adequately prepare a teacher for a close-quarters confrontation with an armed attacker?

          Posted by   24 hours ago

          Advanced gun training for Colorado teachers on its way New Mexico: Few attend hearing on proposed changes to teacher evaluations The Big One is going to happen, no matter how much you want to deny it, California scientists say Utah: Polygamous sect members move — when they can find a home and the cash Some […]

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          Chandler and SRP butt heads over power line routes

          Posted by   3 days ago

          By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | The Republic The Salt River Project’s proposed routes for power lines in Chandler are facing criticism and opposition again but this time the city council is getting involved. SRP-proposed power lines in Chandler are sparking controversy again, but this time the City Council is getting involved in the nearly four-year saga. […]

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          Lobbyist declares innocence in Corporation Commission federal case

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          Suggests fiendish ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times Lobbyist Jim Norton’s attorney said Friday federal charges against him hinge on the allegations of an “unindicted co-conspirator,” whose motivations will become “transparent” when the mystery person’s identity is revealed. In a written statement issued Friday in response to a 17-count federal indictment, Norton […]

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          APS continues its fight against disclosing political contributions

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          Says commissioner has no grounds for such By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun The attorney for the state’s largest electric utility said the fact that Bob Burns may think the other members of the Arizona Corporation Commission are “scoundrels” does not give him the right to issue his own subpoena […]

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          Former AZ utility regulator, lobbyist, utility owner charged with conspiracy, bribery, fraud

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          By Evan Wyloge and Jim Small | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, his wife, prominent lobbyist Jim Norton and utility owner George Johnson with conspiracy, bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, over what prosecutors lay out as a scheme to pay off Pierce in […]

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          REGIONAL NEWS for May 25, 2017: The world’s biggest retail real estate convention is living up to its name again in Sin City.

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          Las Vegas: Real estate dealmaking in full swing at RECon 2017 Salt Lake City Outdoor Retailer parent buys SIA Snow Show, will combine for huge Denver trade event California: The epic, ugly battle over finishing the 710 Freeway might finally be coming to an end New Mexico Legislature sends new budget package to Martinez

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            Arizona judge rejects effort to lower fees for medical marijuana users

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            By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star A judge has rebuffed efforts by medical marijuana users to force the state to reduce the fees it charges patients. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry said she does not dispute that the Department of Health Services is collecting more from medical marijuana […]

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            Vote set on whether medical marijuana businesses can be near churches

            Posted by   2 weeks ago

            By Mesa Independent The Mesa Planning and Zoning Board on Wednesday is to vote on removing a requirement that medical-marijuana facilities be 1,200 feet from churches outside residential zoning districts. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. May 17 in the upper level council chambers, 57 E. First St. Board members will vote to recommend approval […]

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            Recreational marijuana might be headed back to the ballot

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            By Johana Restrepo | The Republic The Safer Arizona Cannabis Legalization Political Action Committee held a march in Phoenix on Saturday, joining groups around the country as part of the Million Marijuana March. The Arizona group’s mission: to legalize, decriminalize and repeal prohibition of cannabis in Arizona for recreational use for those age 21 and […]

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            Capital for buying, upgrading legal marijuana business property increases

            Posted by   4 weeks ago

            Most of the money goes to buying or upgrading indoor and outdoor farms and stores, survey says By Peter Grant | The Wall Street Journal More capital is flowing into the purchasing and upgrade of property tied to fledgling marijuana businesses in states where it has been legalized, according to statistics from Viridian Capital Advisors, […]

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            Paying taxes in cash, marijuana companies have a lot to hash out with IRS

            Posted by   1 month ago

            Thousands of companies involved in the $6.7 billion US cannabis industry are forced by disparities in state and federal law to conduct nearly all transactions in cash. By Clay Dillow | CNBC It’s Tax Day. No company likes handing money over to the tax collector, but for Oakland-based Harborside Health, settling up with the Internal […]

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            New White House drug czar has quite an idea for where to put nonviolent drug users; could be hard on marijuana states

            Posted by   2 months ago

            By Christopher Ingraham | The Washington Post Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) will be President Trump’s drug czar, according to a report from CBS News. Marino’s congressional voting record is that of a hard-liner on marijuana issues, and he recently said that he’d like to put nonviolent drug offenders in some sort of “hospital-slash-prison.” As drug […]

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            National Association of Realtors advises agents and brokers on legal marijuana; applicable law explained by Ryan Hurley, Rose Law Group partner and director of Medical Marijuana Dept.

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            What’s a broker to do if one of his or her agents asks to consume on the job for medical reasons? By Andrea V. Brambila | inman Eight states permit recreational use of marijuana (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington). Related: New federal bill would reschedule marijuana as Schedule III AG Jeff […]

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            Court rules campus medical marijuana not a crime; ‘A victory,’ says Ryan Hurley, Rose Law Group partner and director of Medical Marijuana Dept.

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            By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times A 2012 Arizona law that erased legal protections for medical-marijuana holders on college campuses has been found unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeals. At the same time, the court tossed the conviction of Arizona State University student Andre Maestas, who was charged under the law in 2015 […]

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