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US NC: Charlotte Area Family Pushes To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Charlotte Observer, 20 Apr 2018 - Her son was supposed to die 13 years ago. She'll never stop fighting for him. Doctors predicted Jackson Helms would die by the time he was 6. Now 19, Jackson has lived longer than expected and gained relief from his severe epilepsy because of cannabidiol, or CBD, says his mom Kelly Helms.

US PA: Marijuana Growers Seek To Extinguish Pennsylvania's Cannabis

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Morning Call, 20 Apr 2018 - Calling it "disruptive" and "unlawful," a group of Pennsylvania marijuana growers and retailers wants to snuff out the state's pioneering research program before it is launched. The first of its kind in the nation, the research program would allow eight of the state's teaching hospitals to contract with a cannabis producer. Each contract is estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars. The agreements grant the producers a "super-permit" to operate an indoor grow facility and to open six retail dispensaries that can sell medical marijuana to any approved patient.

US CA: Some California Cities Want Amsterdam-Style Pot Lounges, Push

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr 2018 - For decades, it has embraced its gay and lesbian bars and the rock 'n' roll debauchery of the Sunset Strip. It runs a free nightlife trolley called The PickUp, with a jar of free condoms by the door. Now, it's embracing a different type of social scene: pot lounges.

US MO: Editorial: Missouri Lawmakers Should Support Proposal To

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 04:00
Kansas City Star, 20 Apr 2018 - MARIJUANA State Rep. Jim Neely's bill that would legalize medical marijuana in a smokeless form for Missourians with terminal illnesses has been criticized as too restrictive and narrow. But the measure could jump-start the push to make Missouri the 30th state to allow medical marijuana.

US FL: Politicians May Have Changed Their Tune, But The Public's

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00
Sun-Sentinel, 19 Apr 2018 - Politicians may have changed their tune, but the public's feelings on marijuana seem set in stone - Sun Sentinel Given that former House Speaker John Boehner is now working for a marijuana investment company and that threats by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to crack down on legal recreational marijuana were nixed by President Donald Trump, we asked readers whether any of them have changed their minds recently on marijuana legalization like some elected officials seem to have.

US MA: Region's Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Oxford

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 19 Apr 2018 - OXFORD - The brand-new computers, minimalist modern decor and iPad check-in seem more akin to an Apple Store. But the security guard and the very slight sickly-sweet smell upon entering reveal the true nature of the new business on Main Street: It's the region's second marijuana dispensary and it celebrated its grand opening Wednesday. Curaleaf operates a dispensary in Hanover and a state-of-the-art grow facility in Webster. It plans to open a third dispensary in Provincetown at the end of the summer. It opened its roughly 2,000-square-foot dispensary in Oxford on Saturday and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning.

US PA: Israeli Marijuana Giant Partners With Pa. Medical Grower

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 19 Apr 2018 - A Pennsylvania marijuana producer is partnering with an Israeli cannabis pioneer to cultivate and sell proprietary strains of the plant in the Keystone State. Ilera Healthcare operates a medical marijuana cultivation facility in Waterfall, Fulton County. Ilera plans to open its first state-permitted dispensary in Plymouth Meeting on May 4.

US NM: Marijuana Debate Stirs Up Governor's Race In New Mexico

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00
Lexington Herald-Leader, 19 Apr 2018 - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca on Thursday called for the expansion of New Mexico's medical marijuana program and for legalization of recreational use, saying the poverty-stricken state is missing out on millions of dollars in tax revenues and jobs that could be spurred by the industry. Apodaca released his plan solidifying his position as a supporter of legalization as the race for governor heats up.

US: Americans Reflect On Pros, Cons Of Legal Pot Ahead Of 420

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00
Kansas City Star, 19 Apr 2018 - America's marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday : Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.

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.