Justice Grown closes in Edwardsville, Dickson City for ‘deep cleaning’

A Northeastern Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensary has closed two of its locations temporarily for a “deep cleaning,” according to a post on the company’s Facebook page. Justice Grown’s Edwardsville and Dickson City locations will be closed for several days, according to the post. The Edwardsville location will reopen on April 11, while the Dickson City location will reopen April 13. The post reads: “Just Grown’s two Northeastern Pennsylvania locations will be closed over the next…

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State’s medical marijuana users prefer to inhale drug

Medical marijuana users in Pennsylvania overwhelmingly prefer to inhale the product, according to a survey conducted by the state Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Those surveyed were asked to rank the form of medical marijuana they preferred from one to seven, with one being the most preferred. More than 70 percent of the respondents selected either dry leaf or vaporization cartridges/pods. Dry leaf was the preferred choice of more than 50 percent of the respondents. The…

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Cause of medical marijuana shortage? Simple supply and demand, says dispensary exec.

Medical marijuana patients may have noticed an increased difficulty in finding a particular product: traditional marijuana buds. The leaf form of marijuana — often called “flower” so as to differentiate it from vapes, tinctures and other forms in which medical marijuana can be purchased — has been difficult to come by for the better part of six months. At least that’s what George DeNardo, vice president of Mid-Atlantic operations for Columbia Care, says. The medical…

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University to offer cannabis-growing minor

MACOMB, Ill. — The art of growing cannabis will become a minor subject at Western Illinois University in the fall, school officials announced Monday. The university’s school of agriculture in Macomb is acting on interest officials expressed in such a class before adult-use marijuana became legal in January. The minor in cannabis production will require 18 to 19 credit hours with additional coursework offered by Western Illinois’ department of biological sciences. School of agriculture director…

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Marijuana industry embraces ex-cons hit by drug war

A marijuana conviction used to mean a ban from the legal-weed business. Now ex-cons are getting preferential treatment. Newly legal states Massachusetts and Illinois are offering low-interest loans, reduced fees and licensing priority to cannabis firms whose owners have marijuana-related criminal records. New York is considering similar perks in hopes they’ll help reignite a legalization effort that failed last year. As legalization spreads, those hit hardest by a century of prohibition argue they’re not benefiting…

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State Supreme Court case on whether those probation can use medical pot moves forward

Wednesday was a big day for medical marijuana proponents in Pennsylvania. Briefs were due Wednesday in the state Supreme Court coast that will decide if people on probation will be allowed to use medical marijuana. While the case deals with a Lebanon County case, a ruling would set a precedent for other counties to follow. The court will hear a challenge brought by the ACLU on behalf of three people against the 52nd Judicial District…

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Lawmakers want more medical pot regulations in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Some GOP lawmakers are taking steps to ban billboards that advertise medical marijuana, further limit where dispensaries can be located and make Oklahoma’s medical pot program more transparent. Those lawmakers filed bills ahead of the Feb. 3 start of the legislative session, The Oklahoman reported, even though the legislators who passed last year’s “Unity Bill” that established a legal framework for State Question 788, indicated they don’t want sweeping changes to the…

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NJ company must pay for employee’s medical marijuana, appeals court rules

In a ruling that could have far-reaching effects, an appeals court in New Jersey ruled this week that a contractor must reimburse a former employee for the cost of the medical marijuana that he uses to treat his incessant pain from a work-related injury. “This is huge. And the significance of this court decision cannot be overstated,” said Steve Schain, a lawyer with the Hoban Law Group, which specializes in cannabis law. “It sets a…

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Should medical marijuana patients be concerned by Trump statement?

President Donald Trump said late last year that in effect he reserves the right to ignore a congressionally approved provision that seeks to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference, Tom Angell reports at forbes.com. Angell, who covers politics and policy of cannabis for Forbes and Marijuana Moment, that Trump attached the statement in signing a large-scale funding bill. According to the story, Trump wrote: “Division B, section 531 of the Act provides that…

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Study links marijuana use in pregnancy to infant health risks

MINNEAPOLIS — Researchers in Minnesota and Iowa have found greater risks of social and emotional problems in infants whose mothers consumed marijuana during pregnancy. Using results of a developmental screening tool for 1-year-olds, the researchers found that 9.1% of babies from marijuana users were at risk, compared with 3.6% of babies whose mothers didn’t consume the drug while pregnant. Researchers said the size of that gap was surprising, along with screening results showing that 8%…

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