Women cite ‘grass ceiling’ in male-dominated weed industry

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — When Danielle Schumacher attended her first convention of marijuana activists about 15 years ago, she could count on one hand all the women in a room of older men. The lack of diversity struck the then-college student, who remembers feeling out of place but also determined to make her mark. “That feeling just really stuck with me that this isn’t going to last. This is going to shift in my lifetime,…

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Don’t expect joints if the FDA ever approves medical marijuana

While past marijuana opponents like John Boehner are coming around to legal weed, the Food and Drug Administration isn’t likely to recommend that Americans light up a joint anytime soon. That doesn’t mean that cannabis will never be sanctioned by the FDA in some form, said Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. It’s just highly doubtful that the agency would ever approve it for smoking. “I prescribed blood pressure pills and all kinds of other things to my…

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Firms ditching pot tests

WASHINGTON — A low unemployment rate and the spreading legalization of marijuana have led many businesses to rethink their drug testing policies for the first time in decades. A small but increasing number are simply no longer testing for pot. For small businesses, however, how to handle these challenges may be a tougher call than for bigger corporations. There is a bewildering patchwork of state laws regarding medical and recreational marijuana use. And it’s still…

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Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana’s informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Friday he’ll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances — in effect decriminalizing its use. His bill would let states decide how to treat marijuana possession. Under the measure, the federal…

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State medical marijuana program expands to include dry leaf

HARRISBURG (AP) — Patients in Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program should be able to obtain the drug in dry leaf or flower form for vaporization by sometime this summer, the Wolf administration announced Monday. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said she was accepting that and other recommendations made recently by an advisory panel, including the addition of four medical conditions to the list of those qualified to use medical marijuana. State law prevents dispensaries from selling…

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Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

NEW YORK (AP) — Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids. But some research suggests marijuana may encourage opioid use, and so might make the epidemic worse. The new studies don’t directly assess the effect of legalizing marijuana on…

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Cannabis business convention comes to Boston

BOSTON (AP) — More than 250 exhibitors and 100 experts are descending on Boston this weekend to discuss the country’s burgeoning marijuana industry. The New England Cannabis Convention is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Hynes Convention Center The programming will cover medical marijuana, cannabis business strategies, innovation in growing and marketing, and more. Highlights include a discussion of Massachusetts’ established agricultural industry and how local family farmers may be able to enter the…

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Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program hobbled by lack of products to sell

PHILADELPHIA—Too much demand. Not enough supply. Less than two weeks after it was launched, Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is a victim of its own success. The two open marijuana dispensaries in the Philadelphia region reported Friday that they had sold out of most medicines and might not be restocked until after March 15. “We have no inventory,” said Chris Visco, co-owner of the TerraVida Holistic Center in Sellersville, Bucks County. “We took a shipment on…

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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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