Continued protection sought for medical-marijuana states

SALEM, Ore. — Two members of Congress — one an Oregon Democrat and the other a California Republican — are pushing to ensure that protections against federal intervention remain for another year for 46 states, Washington DC, Guam and Puerto Rico that allow some form of medical marijuana. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California have sent a letter with the signatures of 64 colleagues to congressional leaders supporting the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer…

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Study: Medical marijuana an alternative for opioids

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients. The work of associate psychology professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and assistant economics professor Sarah See Stith was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program and cessation or reduction of opioid use. Vigil says informal…

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Study: Medical marijuana an alternative for opioids

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico researchers say the legal availability of medical marijuana has the potential to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients. The work of associate psychology professor Jacob Miguel Vigil and assistant economics professor Sarah See Stith was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. The results indicate a strong correlation between enrollment in New Mexico’s medical marijuana program and cessation or reduction of opioid use. Vigil says informal…

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Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD

NEW YORK — It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation’s largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he’d sign legislation making New York the latest in a fast-rising tide of states to OK therapeutic pot as a PTSD treatment, though it’s illegal under federal law and doesn’t boast extensive, conclusive medical research. Twenty-eight states…

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Lawsuit: State of Florida ignoring medical marijuana law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida nursery and a man who suffers from epilepsy filed a lawsuit last week against Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, contending that state officials are flouting the state’s new medical marijuana law. It’s the latest legal challenge against the way Florida officials and state legislators have acted since voters approved medical marijuana a year ago. Bill’s Nursery, located in Miami-Dade County, and Michael Bowen want a judge to order the Department…

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Ohio gets 370 applications for medical marijuana licenses

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say they’ve received more than 300 applications to operate 60 dispensaries that will sell medical marijuana. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy said Monday that it had received 370 applications to operate the dispensaries the state expects to have in about a year. The deadline for applications was Friday. A board spokesman says no deadline has been set for determining which businesses will get licenses to operate the dispensaries. The…

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New York governor signs bill to allow medical marijuana for PTSD

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. The PTSD bill was part of a package of legislation that Cuomo signed on Saturday to mark Veterans Day. “Our veterans risked their lives in order to defend the ideals and principles that this nation was founded upon, and it is our duty to do…

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Indiana prosecutors vehemently oppose medical marijuana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s county prosecutors remain vehemently opposed to any form of marijuana legalization and insist the plant “is not medicine” amid a push by a conservative state lawmaker to have it recognized as such. In a letter to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration, the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys argues any type of marijuana legalization would come with grave consequences. The letter, dated last week, was publicly released this week. “Reports abound of…

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Montana takes in $300,000 in medical marijuana taxes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Medical marijuana providers in Montana paid about $300,000 in taxes for the three months ending in September. Department of Revenue spokeswoman Mary Ann Dunwell told The Billings Gazette that most providers paid about $800 in taxes, but one paid $30,000. A 4 percent tax on providers’ gross revenue of the medical marijuana industry began July 1. The proceeds will be used to administer the medical marijuana program, which is run by…

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First medical marijuana grower in Pennsylvania gets OK to plant seeds

HARRISBURG — A licensed grower and processor of medical marijuana in northwestern Pennsylvania became the first with the state’s approval to begin planting seeds Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said the Department of Health approved Cresco Yeltrah’s operations at its Jefferson County location, a former carbon graphite and metal graphite factory in Brookville that closed four years ago. Tuesday’s approval makes the 40,000-plus-square-foot facility the first to be deemed fully operational in Pennsylvania’s medical…

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