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Canada finalizes rules for medical marijuana; mail-order cannabis coming

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

The Harper government revealed new changes to medical marijuana regulations to be implemented April 2014. Pharmacies are no longer allowed to sell medical marijuana to licensed patients, and instead patients will have to receive their marijuana via mail order. In other versions of the regulations, pharmacies were asked to distribute the product just like other medications, but pharmacists said they …

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Melissa Etheridge: Medical marijuana ‘opened my mind to a new way of thinking about my body’

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Music star Melissa Etheridge says using medical marijuana helped her cope with her breast cancer chemotherapy, and she thinks marijuana legalization should be on the horizon in the U.S., according to her guest editorial on CNN.com. Etheridge says  she turned to marijuana every day during chemo after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. “It gave me an appetite so …

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Medical marijuana advocates in Florida hopeful for 2014 victory

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

“We firmly believe that Florida patients will have legal access to cannabis by November 2014,” says  Jodi James, executive director of the Florida Cannabis Action Network, according to media reports. Earlier, Florida lobbied a proposed medical marijuana bill that died in committee early in the 2013 legislative session. But now pro-medical marijuana groups have the power of John Morgan, head of the …

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Berkeley Patients Group battles with government over medical marijuana

In Feature Stories, Regulatory by Brett Wilkins

Despite a promise made by U.S. President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign that he was “not going to be using Justice Department (DOJ) resources to try to circumvent state laws” governing medical marijuana, the administration is pushing to shut down some medical marijuana dispensaries. In California’s Bay Area, Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), a medical cannabis collective serving patients since 1999, …

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Massachusetts panel approves regulations for medical marijuana

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

On May 8, Massachusetts public health officials approved final regulations for the use of medical marijuana, effective on May 24. The first registered, nonprofit dispensary for medical marijuana could open in January, as MassLive.com reports. The new regulations now propel the licensure process for medical marijuana dispensaries, limits on how much marijuana a patient can generally use, and ways to ensure access to low-income patients. The …