Ribbon cut, Justice Grown ready to serve pot patients March 20

EDWARDSVILLE — Janice and David Swire listened intently Friday at the ceremonial opening for Justice Grown, Luzerne County’s first medical marijuana dispensary. The Swires, who both battle acute anxiety, have been treated with medications and have even tried herbal remedies. Both said nothing has worked to give them the relief they seek. “We’re here to gather information,” Janice Swire said. “We wanted to see what doctors they recommend and we will make an appointment. At…

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First Pa. medical-pot dispensary starts selling to customers

HARRISBURG — The first legal medical marijuana sales under a two-year-old state law began Thursday at a dispensary in western Pennsylvania, with the first purchase by a woman who lobbied for passage of the law. A line of about a dozen people greeted employees as they opened the doors of the Cresco Yeltrah dispensary in Butler. Five other dispensaries are expected to start sales in the coming days. Diana Briggs, of Export, said the $178…

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Medical marijuana dispensary in Edwardsville approved to accept patients

EDWARDSVILLE — State officials Wednesday gave approval to the first medical marijuana dispensary in Luzerne County. Justice Grown Pennsylvania is the fifth dispensary statewide approved for operation by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, said Abbe Kruger, chief executive officer of the company. Medical marijuana won’t be available until mid-March, so until then Justice Grown will be holding weekly educational sessions at its dispensary at 7B Gateway Shopping Center in Edwardsville. “Our main purpose now that we…

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AG: State can’t afford to lose out on marijuana legalization benefits

HARRISBURG – Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said support for legalization of marijuana continues to climb as more states seriously consider “legal weed.” DePasquale said Pennsylvania cannot afford to lose out on the economic and social benefits from marijuana legalization as public support grows and more states allow possession of small amounts for personal use. “Across the U.S., additional states are having serious conversations about the legalization of marijuana,” DePasquale said in an emailed news release.…

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Some fans of Trump and pot feel allegiances go up in smoke

PORTLAND, Maine — The Trump administration’s anti-marijuana move has some members of the president’s voting base fuming. Fans of President Donald Trump who use marijuana say Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to tighten federal oversight of the drug is the first time they’ve felt let down by the man they helped elect. The move feels especially punitive to Trump voters who work in the growing industry around legalized marijuana that has taken root in states…

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Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — This week’s announcement that the U.S. Justice Department was ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana initially sent some in the industry into a tailspin, just days after California’s $7 billion recreational weed market opened for business. But for long-term pot purveyors accustomed to changing regulatory winds, the decision was just another bump in a long and winding road to proving their business legitimacy. Many in the industry…

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US to end policy that let legal pot flourish

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said. The people familiar with the plan spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized…

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Federal firearms law takes aim at PA medical marijuana users

The choice between having access to medical marijuana or keeping his firearms isn’t one Patrick Nightingale will make. The Pittsburgh-area criminal defense attorney and executive director of the Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society is sticking to his guns and state-issued medical marijuana card and wants others to do the same. “I’m simply going to carry on my day-to-day as I always do,” Nightingale said Wednesday. However, he will make sure he doesn’t have a firearm or…

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State approves production of medical marijuana at Scranton facility

The state Tuesday gave its approval to Pennsylvania Medical Solutions LLC to begin growing medical marijuana for processing at its Scranton site. The company was one of 12 statewide awarded a grower/processor permit in June by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the only one in Lackawanna County. It will provide medical marijuana for sale at licensed dispensaries early next year. Gov. Tom Wolf announced the addition of Pennsylvania Medical Solutions LLC and GTI Pennsylvania…

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Maryland medical marijuana dispensaries are running out of pot in opening week

Maryland’s medical marijuana dispensaries finally opened this week after years of delay, but many are running out of the drug as limited supply is struggling to keep up with high demand. Five of seven licensed dispensaries that started selling the drug in recent days say they’ve either completely or almost run out of flower – the raw part of the marijuana plant that is smoked or vaporized. The other two are limiting sales to a…

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