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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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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Former NFL players look to score with hemp-derived CBD products

PLAINS TWP. — The hemp business is growing and Nate Eachus is growing hemp. The former fullback for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs who played high school ball at Hazleton Area was in town to promote the benefits of the products derived from hemp as an alternative to prescription medications and medical marijuana. “I’m in the hemp business now, basically partnered with a farm in Colorado and we supply the main ingredient,” Eachus, 27, said…

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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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