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The Knoxes are a clan of four doctors living in Oregon and California who specialize in medical marijuana. They seem to be doing quite well selling something that’s illegal in many states, working with those they know best.

“We’re all fighting the same fight,” said Janice Knox, the founding doctor behind American Cannabinoid Clinics in Portland, Oregon – and the mother of two fellow physicians and the wife of the other. “I think when they do see us they’re surprised at who we are,” she said of her patients. The family aims for something not always associated with medical marijuana: professionalism.

Knox led the family’s move into medical marijuana in 2012, when she retired from a decades-long career in anesthesiology. One of 15 children, she grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and went north for medical school in the 1970s.

“There were not very many black women or men, at least not at the University of Washington,” she said. “It felt like a cultural shock when I went there.”

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While not likely to be as historic as the legalization wave of 2016, this is expected to be a watershed year for the cannabis industry.

For the first time, from all indications, state legislatures are poised to pass recreational marijuana legalization laws, with the East Coast being the most fertile ground for such efforts.

Vermont appears to be leading the charge after state lawmakers Wednesday approved legislation permitting citizens to possess and home grow marijuana. Republican Gov. Phil Scott said he will sign the legislation.

So far, the recreational cannabis laws that exist in eight states and Washington DC have been enacted by voters.

But some state legislatures are poised to lead the way, apparently brushing off the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rip up Obama-era protections for states with legal marijuana industries.

If those efforts are successful, it could provide the impetus for other states to follow.

“This would be a major development for the cannabis industry,” said Michael Bronstein, a marijuana industry advocate who’s involved in efforts to legalize recreational MJ in New Jersey, one of

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By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott reiterated Thursday, Jan. 11, he plans to sign the bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Vermont, but said he’s still undecided about whether to have a public signing for H.511 and did not say when the signing (public or private) would happen. The bill, H.511, cleared the Senate on Wednesday, Jan. 10, and the House the week prior.

The pot bill allows the possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana and two mature and four immature marijuana plants by people 21 or older.

During the last legislative session Scott vetoed a measure that also would have legalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana and permitted the cultivation of a few plants.

H.511 represents a compromise reached by the heads of the Senate and House Judiciary panels and Scott’s administration. Added provisions include creating enhanced criminal penalties for using pot in a vehicle with children and increasing penalties for providing marijuana to anyone underage.

“This is a libertarian approach. I’ve said I’m not philosophically opposed to it,” the governor said Thursday. “I

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a study to look at the pros and cons of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York. Cuomo’s proposal was part of his state budget address on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Jon Campbell / Albany Bureau

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What would legalized recreational marijuana mean to New Yorkers?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that he wants a study to answer that question — and not just for the adults 21 and older who choose to use. Enacting the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act or a variation would change laws regulating many aspects of life in New York.

Here are some questions that await the results of the governor’s commission:

What could the buying experience be like?

Mary Jane Kruger lived in Oregon, where recreational marijuana has been legal for personal

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Lehigh Valley, meet cannabis vape pens, tinctures, capsules and Rick Simpson Oil.

There’s going to be a learning curve for many seeking relief as Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program gets rolling, and that’s where places like Keystone Canna Remedies come in. 

Keystone, at 1309 Stefko Blvd. across from Just Born Quality Confections in Bethlehem, held its grand opening Wednesday as the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary approved for operation. 

A schedule of patient workshops begins Monday — the first “Vaporizing 101” is Jan. 26 — followed by the first prescriptions filled, expected next month. 

“We do have our grand opening today,” said Victor Guadagnino Jr., chief business development officer for Keystone Canna Remedies, during a ribbon-cutting Wednesday morning.

“We’ll be opening for educational workshops until February,” he continued. “Mid-February is what we’re hearing is when medicine will be available from the grower/processors.”

Wednesday’s event, organized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, was packed despite snowfall overnight. Valets parked guests’ cars and inside, a table of catered munchies was set up across the room from an array of medical marijuana sample products.

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