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Changes likely in medical marijuana code

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A container of marijuana at a medical marijuana grow facility, whose operators asked it not be identified, in Colorado Springs on Feb. 14, 2012, where Chaz Moore purchases medicinal products. Colorado police say they face a troubling predicament in determining whether medical marijuana grows are legal or illegal. They have asked the Colorado General Assembly to address that issue in …

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Medical marijuana booming as Nevada Legislature begins

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(Photo: Getty Images/Hemera) Demand for medical marijuana in Nevada is expected to double this year as dispensaries open and state lawmakers discuss potential patchwork legislation for the budding industry. For starters, the number of medical marijuana cardholders in Washoe County jumped more than 65 percent in 2014. “One thing we have been able to do is look at other states …

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Prosecutors ‘Don’t Want The Jury To Hear The Truth’

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Bizarre legal circumstances and a stubborn justice system have boxed non-criminals into the prospect of 10-year jail sentences for simply following state rules in regards to cultivating and utilizing plant medicine for their own use. Perhaps their main transgression has been to be too transparent; the hallmark of honest people trying to do the right thing in their quest to …

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Canada’s fledgling medical marijuana industry hit by series of setbacks

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Almost a year after the federal government revamped the way medical marijuana is produced and distributed in Canada — moving from home-based operations to large-scale commercial ones — the fledgling industry continues to encounter growing pains. A trial is set to begin next month in Federal Court that will hear patients argue that the price of marijuana charged by commercial …

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Medical marijuana needs better guidance, doctors say

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Two New Brunswick doctors are speaking about the challenges of prescribing medical marijuana. Since April, it can be prescribed by any licensed physician with just a simple form, but few doctors are prescribing it in the province. The medicine has shown promise for helping people suffering from conditions including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, but because marijuana has been illegal for so …

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Federal ad policy impedes doctors, medical marijuana growers say

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Licensed medical marijuana producers say federal advertising rules pertaining to the drug are impeding their ability to adequately inform doctors and patients of treatment options. In November, Health Canada issued warning letters to 20 licensed producers about their advertising practices, telling them they had until Jan 12, 2015, to come into compliance with prohibitions against the advertising of cannabis laid …

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Canadian lawyers scent profit as medical marijuana industry prepares to go legit

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Most conversation between two lawyers that include the word “marijuana” also involve other words such as “charges”, “defendant” and “sentencing”. But when Hugo Alves, a partner at Bennett Jones – one of Canada’s largest corporate law firms – chats about the drug with his associate, Michael Lickver, they are more likely to be discussing investment opportunities, exports and quality control. …

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Doctors, insiders react to changes to Canada’s medical marijuana program

In Feature Stories, Regulatory by Chris Riddell

Major changes have come to the medical marijuana program in Canada as of April 1, and Canadians are voicing their opinions on what the new rules mean for patients. We spoke to a Canadian physician who shared his take on Health Canada’s new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), and let medical marijuana firms and Health Canada respond to his …