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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Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

JACKSON, Miss. — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy. As Trump gazed at an exhibit on Freedom Riders at the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum,…

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Their view: Trump is a no-show in the fight against opioids

The opioid epidemic should command focused attention even from our policy-averse president. It’s America’s worst drug crisis, especially severe in the working-class and rural communities that supported President Donald Trump. Its solution involves spending money, which supposedly doesn’t faze Trump, and tougher actions against drug companies, which he’s vowed to take. More than 175 Americans die daily from opioid overdoses, according to a presidential commission, far more than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control attributes…

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Pot for pets: Veterinarians seek permission to research pot meds for pets

BEND, Ore. — Dr. Byron Maas surveys a supply of marijuana products for dogs that lines a shelf in his veterinary clinic. They’re selling well. “The ‘Up and Moving’ is for joints and for pain,” he explains. “The ‘Calm and Quiet’ is for real anxious dogs, to take away that anxiety.” People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But…

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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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Arkansas doctor strict on medical marijuana prescriptions

TEXARKANA, Ark. — As Dr. Joseph Parker sees it, he has little choice except to prescribe medical marijuana — even though doing so may raise some eyebrows in Texarkana. “I was reluctant initially to agree to prescribe it, because you know any time there’s a change in policy, whichever doctors agree to consider it first, people who disagree with that decision are going to look at harassing or attacking them. You put yourself out for…

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Plethora of regulations make start-up slow for Louisiana MMJ program

BATON ROUGE, La. — No purses or briefcases allowed. Only transparent trash bags can be used. Randomized routes and delivery times demanded for the product, moved in unmarked vehicles. Constant surveillance expected. Piecing together a medical marijuana program in a conservative Southern state such as Louisiana involves reams of regulations, tightly controlled growing operations, and a slow selection process for the primary players. Patients eligible for the drug under a law passed more than two…

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Police: Man fatally shoots himself when he dropped gun while calming child

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man fatally shot himself when he tried to catch a gun that fell from his holster while he was trying to calm his crying child in the back seat of a car. Berwick police say 28-year-old Kenneth Morris reached through the car’s rear driver’s-side door to comfort his son when the .357 Magnum fell from Morris’ shoulder holster. When Morris tried to grab the falling gun, he…

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