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US IL: In The Era Of Legalization, How Do You Discuss Marijuana With

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:00
Chicago Tribune, 21 Mar 2018 - KIDS? "My uncle is prescribed marijuana." "My parents use it, and they're doing fine."

US SC: Medical Marijuana Slowly Gaining Acceptances In SC This Year

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:00
The State, 21 Mar 2018 - When Mack Hudson of Lexington was 16 years old, he was paralyzed when he fractured his skull, broke his neck and shattered a key vertebrae in a car wreck. Over the past 10 years, he's been prescribed increasing doses of opioids -- Percocet and Roxycodone to alleviate the pain.

US PA: How A Federal Judge In Philly Could Blow Up The Marijuana

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 16 Mar 2018 - Is a marijuana dispensary an "unlawful" business? A federal judge in Philadelphia will decide. This arcane dispute over language in the deed of a marijuana dispensary in Northeast Philadelphia could carry outsized implications: A ruling by U.S. District Judge Gene Pratter could affirm the superiority of federal law, which considers marijuana illegal, over state law, where in Pennsylvania and 29 other states, it is not.

US PA: Pennsylvania Issues Regulations For Medical Marijuana Clinical

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:00
Morning Call, 16 Mar 2018 - The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued new regulations for medical marijuana clinical research programs. The regulations, released Friday, outline the process for an accredited medical school with an acute care hospital to become an approved "Academic Clinical Research Center" that can engage in medical marijuana-related research projects with "clinical registrants," an entity that can grow, process and dispense medical marijuana.

US MA: Recreational Marijuana Companies Face Bans, Moratoriums In

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 04:00
Boston Globe, 16 Mar 2018 - Marijuana companies will be banned from a majority of cities and towns in Massachusetts when recreational sales begin this summer, a Globe review has found, the latest indication that there will be fewer pot stores in the early going than many consumers expected. At least 189 of the state's 351 municipalities have barred retail marijuana stores and, in most cases, cultivation facilities and other cannabis operations, too, according to local news reports, municipal records, and data collected by the office of Attorney General Maura Healey.

CN NS: Marijuana Outlet Crackdown Makes No Sense, Says Criminologist

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00
Truro Daily News, 14 Mar 2018 - The legalization of pot may be looming but that doesn't mean police are backing off their crackdown on the "grey" marijuana market. Most recently, RCMP in Colchester County raided the Community Compassion Centre in Bible Hill. They seized cash, marijuana, marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia, and charged Ricky Joseph Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook.

US PA: How Marijuana Patients Could Lose Their Jobs In Philly

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 04:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 14 Mar 2018 - Pennsylvania's recently launched medical marijuana program may have unintentionally created a minefield that employers and patients across the state have only begun to navigate: Patients who use marijuana could end up losing their jobs as a result.

N MB: Column: Let's Embrace Cannabis As Emerging Medical Breakthrough

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 04:00
Winnipeg Sun, 13 Mar 2018 - This summer, millennials, their anxious parents and users from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Bay Street will get what they long believed was their right - the opportunity to toke up legally. That will be a seminal societal event (pun intended). However, what is attracting less attention than it should are breakthrough discoveries about how non-psychoactive cannabis extracts can alleviate suffering and treat diseases that afflict hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

US MD: Editorial: Untangling The Knot Of Md. Medical Pot

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 04:00
Baltimore Sun, 12 Mar 2018 - A bill in the Maryland General Assembly had sought to add more black firms to the state's regulated medical marijuana industry. Instead it might end up favoring existing players -- nearly all of whom are white-owned companies.

US KY: Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill Shelved By House Committee

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 07 Mar 2018 - FRANKFORT -- Kentucky lawmakers shelved Wednesday a controversial bill to legalize medical marijuana, but supporters of the measure pledged to continue their fight. Some backers of House Bill 166 were in tears after the House Judiciary Committee voted 14-4 to "pass over" the measure. That's a procedure to put off voting on the bill until a later date.

US KY: Oped: It's Time To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Kentucky

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 05:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 07 Mar 2018 - For years, Kentucky veterans have approached us with a question that has no good answer: "Why are my comrades in other states able to treat PTSD and pain with medical cannabis while I cannot?" Frustrated and confused, these men and women struggle daily with the effects of post-traumatic stress triggered by the horrors of war and chronic pain from injuries suffered in combat.

US KY: Kentucky Lawmakers Urged To Say No To Medical Marijuana Bill

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 05:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 06 Mar 2018 - FRANKFORT -- Four law enforcement officials and a doctor urged state lawmakers Tuesday to say no to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. For more than an hour, opponents of House Bill 166 told members of the House Judiciary Committee the ills they see in it.

US NJ: New Jersey Lawmakers Weigh Legalizing Marijuana

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 05:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 05 Mar 2018 - TRENTON -- The first New Jersey legislative hearing on the legalization of marijuana held since Gov. Murphy took office -- after he promised his support -- unfolded Monday before more than 100 people. More than a dozen experts traveled from as far as Colorado and Massachusetts to office advice on legalization, a topic gaining traction after Murphy, a Democrat, replaced Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican adamantly opposed to it, in January.

CN NF: Nipping It In The 'Bud'

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 05:00
The Telegram, 03 Mar 2018 - Lawyer Denis Mahoney outlines a plan for employers surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Canada How are employers going to deal with the use of cannabis in the workplace once it becomes legal later this year?

CN ON: Proprietors Of Pot Dispensary Get Discharge From Court

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 05:00
The Niagara Falls Review, 03 Mar 2018 - Two women arrested in April after police raided their medical marijuana dispensary in St. Catharines have been granted a conditional discharge. "I only wish I was able to help more people on the legal route," Abbigail Millar, 32, told Judge Tory Colvin in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines, Friday.

US PA: Your Taxes Pale Beside What Marijuana Businesses Pay

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 05:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 03 Mar 2018 - You think your taxes are high? For medical marijuana dispensaries in the United States, they can be stratospheric. Cannabis retailers face an effective tax rate of up to 85 percent, and that won't be reduced by the new tax law.

US PA: Growing Pains for Pa. Marijuana Program

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 05:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 02 Mar 2018 - Too much demand. Not enough supply. Less than two weeks after it launched, Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is a victim of its own success. The two open marijuana dispensaries in the Philadelphia region reported Friday they had sold out of most medicines and might not be restocked until after March 15.

US FL: Ex-DEA Chief Blasts White-Collar Pushers

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 05:00
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 01 Mar 2018 - SARASOTA - When the Drug Enforcement Administration was formed in 1973, roughly 2,000 Americans were dying from overdoses each week, largely from heroin injections. In 2016 alone, thanks to a deregulated pharmaceutical industry, fatal overdoses -- 80 percent opioid related - -- claimed 63,000 lives. Or, as Peter Bensinger pointed out Thursday morning, opium-derived drugs have exacted a higher death toll in a single year than nearly two decades of fighting in the Vietnam War.