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From etiquette and politics, to a grower’s guide and a marijuana-specific cookbook, here are some of our favorite books about weed.

In places like Seattle, Denver or Los Angeles, buying weed is as easy as walking into a store and browsing for buds. What was once relegated to sketchy transactions with a friends’ friends’ friend has become as easy and elegant as consulting a budtender.

With more and more states legalizing the casual consumption of marijuana, and more and more people consuming pot products for the first time, we decided to roundup some of the best books about weed we could find. These books cover everything from marijuana’s road to decriminalization to amazing recipes that also happen to include cannabis, and even a book of Action Bronson’s random, stoned musings on his favorite flower.

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So far, Canada’s cannabis legal grow-ops haven’t turned a profit as a group.

It’s good to be in a booming new business ― and in the case of Canadian cannabis, maybe more so for employees than employers, for now.

Cannabis producers haven’t yet turned a profit, but employment in the legal cannabis trade quadrupled between the 2017-18 fiscal year and 2018-19, according to new data from Statistics Canada. That was the period during which cannabis was legalized.

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Moments before the age-old Rolling Stones began performing at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium on Thursday, actor Robert Downey Jr. inexplicably took to the stage and announced that the band was now the namesake of a rock on Mars.

When NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars back in November, its thrusters evidently displaced a rock, which subsequently rolled about three feet within view of the spacecraft’s onboard cameras. NASA had never seen a rock travel that far when landing on another planet. The event was confirmed after InSight took pictures the next day, and that “several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing Rolling Stones Rock,” according to a press release.

While introducing the Rolling Stones onstage, Downey, Jr. briefly mentioned “two epic launches” that occurred in 1964: the release of the first Rolling Stones album, and the launch of the first flyby satellite to Mars, Mariner 4. He then praised NASA for its most recent mission to Mars, citing the movement of the rock and proclaiming that scientists at NASA’s Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “in a fit of fandom and clever association,” decided to call it Rolling Stones Rock.

Downey continued to explain that the band members

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A law firm representing several clients in the cannabis industry is urging Weedmaps to set a date for its promised crackdown on unlicensed retailers advertising on the website. Attorneys with the firm Zuber Lawler said in a press release on Thursday that the move by Weedmaps will help support California’s legal cannabis industry and deal a blow to unlicensed operators.

“The decision by Weedmaps to cease carrying ads for unlicensed cannabis businesses is a critical step for wiping out the black market industry that undercuts legal retailers that play by the rules,” said Manny Medrano, a Zuber Lawler litigation partner. “It’s important to closely monitor this situation because despite Weedmaps’ announcement, the company provides no exact date for making the promised changes.”

On Wednesday, Weedmaps announced that “beginning later this year” it will require retail advertisers in the U.S. to provide a state license number on their listings on the cannabis information platform. Weedmaps CEO Chris Beals said in a press release that will help both consumers and legal cannabis businesses.

“These enhancements to existing safeguards on our platform will help patients and adult-use consumers find cannabis retailers that have provided evidence of state licensure,” Beals said. “It also underscores our

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A campaign to get a ballot measure in front of Florida voters to legalize recreational marijuana in 2020 was announced Thursday. It is backed by MedMen, one of the US cannabis industry’s largest companies. The Adult Use of Marijuana initiative would give the go-ahead to adults 21 years and older to buy and possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis.

The measure will be promoted via the dispensary chain’s “Make it Legal Florida” political committee, which was registered earlier this month. But it is not unopposed—the effort will face competition from “Sensible Florida,” a campaign started to thwart the proposed ballot measure.

The measure would not explicitly allow Floridians to grow their own cannabis for recreational use. That’s to be expected from MedMen, which was part of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association when the group sent a memo to Governor Cuomo last December claiming that home grow operations encouraged illegal sales, and put cannabis users in danger by making it difficult to monitor pesticide content. (MedMen was subsequently booted from the association over allegations of sexist and racist comments and financial misdeeds by company leaders.)

MedMen currently has a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida’s West Palm Beach, and

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