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Oregon State student dies in fall while taking photos at a scenic overlook

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OSU student dies after falling off Oregon Coast cliff – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI

TILLAMOOK COUNTY, Ore. – An Oregon State University student in plunged to her death while taking scenic pictures along the Oregon Coast over the weekend.

The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office said 21-year-old Michelle Casey fell nearly 100 feet from a Highway 101 viewpoint Sunday.

Her boyfriend said she landed in a tree, which prevented her from falling into the ocean.

It took rescuers more than two hours to pull her out.

Casey later died in the hospital.

Portland NBC affiliate KGW shared the following statement from Casey’s family:

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New Report: US Cannabis Market Could Hit $22.7B by 2023

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A new report projects the cannabis market in the United States will reach $22.7 billion in sales by 2023. The estimates in the Brightfield Group report imply a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20 percent over the next four years.

The recreational market is expected to lead the charge, at least in 2019, delivering 33 percent growth, driven by a variety of factors including the stabilization of the market in California and new adult-use markets coming online. The Brightfield Group, a predictive market intelligence services provider for the CBD and more at

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How The Cannabis Industry Is Revolutionizing The Beverage Sector

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The cannabis industry is on a roll. As of May 1, 2019, 33 states have legalized medical cannabis and 10 states have legalized cannabis for adult use. At the federal level, however, cannabis remains illegal.

Canada legalized adult use of cannabis in 2018, and is slated to legalize cannabis infused edibles by October 2019.

In the European Union, the legal status of cannabis varies by country. Medical cannabis is legal in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and Malta. The UK is also moving to legalize medical cannabis. more at

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Marijuana sales east of Mississippi poised to rival western markets including Colorado, California

Currently, the top five markets are west of the Mississippi, with Colorado, Oregon and Washington making up 42% of total U.S. sales, according to the Brightfield report. Sales in Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and New York together make up 11 percent. more at

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East Coast marijuana market could rival Colorado’s in coming years, report finds

CHICAGO — The cannabis industry in the U.S. has long been centered around states like Colorado and Oregon, but now, marijuana sales in Illinois and its neighboring states east of the Mississippi River are poised to rival those out west.

The U.S. cannabis market is staring down massive growth, with sales that are expected to reach $22.7 billion by 2023, including $16.8 billion in recreational sales, according to a report out Tuesday from Chicago-based cannabis research firm Brightfield Group. Political support is growing around legalization efforts, and medical programs are expanding around the country. more at

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A Betrayal By a Leader of Oregon’s Cannabis Industry Shows How the Weed Business Went From Down Home to Cutthroat

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Oddball Tourist Spots for the Anti-Traveler – Summer Guide 2019

Here’s who you are: You’re a person who doesn’t have a lot of money and doesn’t like to travel very far, and still demands more out of life than the usual boring, bullshit tourist activities. Well, have we got some blurbs for you! more at

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Summer Escapes: Where to Stay This Summer

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