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Was Big Pharma Behind Colorado’s Rejection of Medical Marijuana for PTSD?

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Thinkstock Washington’s voters legalized recreational marijuana the same day that Colorado’s did, but so far that state has been far behind Colorado in creating the infrastructure for the new industry. Far behind in most ways, that is: Last week the Colorado Board of Health again rejected adding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can …

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren signs onto letter highlighting need for more medical marijuana research

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A woman smokes a marijuana cigarette at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco in 2010. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) (File photo | Associated Press) Millions of Americans are now eligible for medical marijuana, thanks to its legalization in 23 states, including Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. But research on the health effects of marijuana remains in …

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Senators Probe Obama Administration on Medical Marijuana Research

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Josh Long – Blog Eight Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Monday inquired into what the Obama Administration is doing to facilitate medical marijuana research at a time when nearly half the states in the country have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. In a letter addressed to the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services, White House’s Office …

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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana

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A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. “When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke,” he tells Fresh Air ‘s Terry Gross. But then the palliative care specialist began to look seriously into the issue, and his mind began to change: “I’ve come to …

Seattle council OK’s plan to close medical-marijuana businesses

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The Seattle City Council approved a plan to shut down medical marijuana businesses that have opened since January 2013. Green cross signs will become more scarce in Seattle under a plan adopted by the City Council Monday. The city will force medical-marijuana businesses that opened Jan. 1, 2013, or later to shut down by next July as part of a …

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The World’s Largest Medical Marijuana Dispensary vs. One Rogue Prosecutor

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This story was originally published on July 6, 2015. Here’s the original writeup: Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California, is the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, serving nearly 200,000 patients and distributing $25 million in cannabis per year. It does so out in the open, under the auspices of California law and Oakland’s regulatory regime. Federal prosecutors, however, …

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Pot money changing hearts in Washington

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History of marijuana in America 41 photos In the first year, $70 million in tax revenue has been generated statewide from marijuana sales. The Washington State Liquor Control Board , which oversees the state’s cannabis industry, reports that dispensaries sold more than $257 million worth of marijuana. Chip Boyden, who owns a medical marijuana dispensary in Tucson, Arizona, jumped at …

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California Has Finally Stopped Denying Organ Transplants to Medical Marijuana Users

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Nearly 19 years after her liver transplant, Yamileth Bolanos is no longer afraid of taking the medical marijuana that helps her get through the day. Bolanos said her transplant doctors originally told her that if she used marijuana, she would be ineligible for an organ transplant if her liver failed again. “I could be at the end of my warranty …