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Attempts to mix medical marijuana, NASCAR make for bumpy rides

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Two unrelated events this week more than a thousand miles apart involving NASCAR and medical marijuana stirred the pot. . Wednesday, a Pennsylvania company encountered opposition as it sought permission to use land leased from Pocono Raceway , where two NASCAR Cup Series races take place each year, to grow and process medical marijuana. The company’s president is a part …

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DPS draws fire on medical marijuana licensing

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Shortly after the Texas Legislature authorized limited use of medical marijuana in 2015 to treat people with intractable epilepsy, the Department of Public Safety’s chief financial officer projected the agency would need to license 12 dispensaries to meet the needs of some 150,000 people across the state who suffer from the condition. Two weeks ago, DPS granted conditional approval for …

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Economic impact of medical marijuana grow operations could be revealed Monday

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Companies that want to cash in on growing medical marijuana in the valley are vying for approval to begin operations in the city of Youngstown. Youngstown Ward 4 City Councilman Mike Ray joined WFMJ Weekend Today on Saturday to explain what he and his fellow council members expect to hear when they gather to listen to proposal …

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Calls Growing Louder for Special Session on Medical Marijuana

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It’s been a little over a week since state lawmakers reached an impasse over legislation to regulate medical marijuana , but one state lawmaker is helping lead the charge to tell legislators their work with medical cannabis isn’t over just yet. On Friday, Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, penned a letter to Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, calling for a …

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Retirees on St. Pete Beach have big plans for the medical marijuana industry

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Tom Murphy, 71, and Michael Welch, 79, are two of the founders of Gulf Coast Canna Meds, a burgeoning medical marijuana company in St. Petersburg that wants to distribute cannabis products to patients in Florida. ST. PETERSBURG — While Florida politicians have butted heads over how to regulate the growing medical marijuana industry this year, Tom Murphy and Michael Welch …

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Medical Marijuana Update

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Last Friday, President Trump threatened to ignore congressional protections for medical marijuana. Congress moved to protect medical marijuana by including in its stopgap federal spending bill a provision barring the Justice Department from using federal funds to go after the drug in states where medical marijuana is legal, but now, President Trump says that does not=t matter. Even though President …

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Sales lagging for Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries

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Patricia Rosi, CEO of Wellness Connection of Maine, surrounded by marijuana plants in the drying room at Wellness Connection of Maine. Maine’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries reported their 2016 sales grew by 5.3%, slowing considerably from 46% growth reported a year earlier. The Portland Press Herald , citing data from Maine Revenue Services, reported that dispensaries reported $24.8 million in …