Burgeoning recreational marijuana industry is being hit by some of the worst fires in state history.

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If you think you’re the only one you know lighting up, you probably aren’t.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas took the first step Tuesday toward launching its medical marijuana program, as state regulators named the five businesses they intend to license to grow the drug.

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A Denver coffee shop received city approval Monday for the nation’s first business license to allow marijuana use by patrons under a 2016 voter-approved initiative.

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PLEVNA, Kan. State lawmakers in Kansas are considering measures to conduct research into the uses of industrial hemp.

The product comes from a sativa plant, like marijuana, but the hemp plant looks much different and is used to create thousands of products.

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Support for legalizing marijuana has reached an all-time high, according to a recent poll conducted by Fox News.

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Forget bingo, tea dances and seaside trips. Residents from a chain of Seattle retirement homes are going on Pot for Beginners tours to learn about – and buy – cannabis in the city, where it’s now legal.

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The Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC) did a survey in December that indicated a shift in employer attitudes toward cannabis.

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Mike Ray stands on what's left of his marijuana farm, following the Butte Fire in Calaveras County, California, in mid-September, 2015.  Image: Mike Ray via IBTimes.com
 
The 2015 wildfire season, among the worst in recent memory, took a major toll on the state’s marijuana industry.

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A University of Georgia graduate student used crowdsourcing to take a look at marijuana prices across the country.

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A wildfire rages near Clearlake, California. Photo: AP

Growers of medical cannabis say smoke is affecting crops.

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A proposal to build a medical marijuana production plant could provide a local economic boost to the region.

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A medical marijuana dispensary has been given conditional approval for 21 Milk Street in Boston. Image: Jessica Bartlett
 
The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals has given conditional approval to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Milk Street.

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T-shirts for sale in Albion, Ill. declare that though Albion has a medical marijuana farm, residents can't buy alcohol in local stores. | Becky Schlikerman/Sun-Times
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If you want a bottle of booze in downstate Albion, you have to drive out of town.
But the Edwards County town of less than 2,000 residents is the site of a huge medical marijuana farm.

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Despite two years of delays, the state’s first MMJ dispensary is ready to open its doors.

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