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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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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Medical marijuana dispensary in Edwardsville approved to accept patients

EDWARDSVILLE — State officials Wednesday gave approval to the first medical marijuana dispensary in Luzerne County. Justice Grown Pennsylvania is the fifth dispensary statewide approved for operation by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, said Abbe Kruger, chief executive officer of the company. Medical marijuana won’t be available until mid-March, so until then Justice Grown will be holding weekly educational sessions at its dispensary at 7B Gateway Shopping Center in Edwardsville. “Our main purpose now that we…

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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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