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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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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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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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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