In 2015, the legal marijuana industry in Colorado created more than 18,000 new full-time jobs and generated $2.4 billion in economic activity, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of the economics of legal cannabis in the state.

The study, conducted by the economic consulting firm Marijuana Policy Group, is based on two years of sales numbers from the state of Colorado. It measured both the direct effects of legalization — including close to $1 billion in retail sales in 2015 — and the industry’s spillover effects on the Colorado economy.

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Time For Truth: (The Washington Post) – The marijuana industry created more than 18,000 new jobs in Colorado last year

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Klaireth Díaz is a 1st-grade teacher at Elías Toro School, one of the biggest public schools in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.

Last year, she says, attendance was painfully low. Every day, of a class of 30 children at least 10 would be absent.

“The reason was always lack of food,” she told Fox News Latino.

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Time For Truth: (Fox News) – Venezuelan children fainting in school because they are hungry

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“Both parties are busy exploiting the power of barely regulated super PACs to accept unlimited six- and seven-figure donations for candidates,” the editors wrote. “At the same time, campaigns are concealing the names of other rich donors in ‘dark money’ operations palmed off as tax exempt ‘social welfare’ agencies supposedly dedicated to doing good, not to bare knuckle politics.”

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Alex Hummell says few dentists seem worried enough about invisible, odorless mercury to take the kinds of precautions needed to prevent everyday exposures.

As the head of a Littleton, Colorado, firm that sells sophisticated equipment to gauge airborne levels of highly toxic mercury at industrial sites worldwide, Hummell has watched manufacturers of all sorts put their employees through strict training programs in which they don special equipment to avoid even tiny exposures.

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India is to ban foreign couples from paying local women to have their babies in a clampdown on the country’s booming surrogacy business.

Hundreds of British couples currently travel to India each year to use surrogates, in a largely unregulated industry estimated to be worth several hundred million pounds annually.

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