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Medical marijuana patient wins employment discrimination suit in Rhode Island

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A Rhode Island fabrics company violated the state’s medical marijuana law when it refused to hire a card-carrying patient who couldn’t pass a drug test, a state Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday. Christine Callaghan sued Darlington Fabrics Corp. for compensatory and punitive damages in 2014 after the company said her medical marijuana usage precluded it from offering her a paid …

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West Chester may be site of medical marijuana grow operation

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WEST CHESTER TWP. A West Chester Twp. business owner has informed officials he wants to open a marijuana cultivation business here, but says he won’t force the issue if the township decides to ban such businesses. David Haley told trustees Tuesday that he wants to locate in the township because he already owns a pharmaceutical business here and thinks West …

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Adam Putnam calls for special session on medical marijuana

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam is a candidate for governor in 2018. OCTAVIO JONES | Times Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Republican candidate for governor Adam Putnam wants state lawmakers to come back to Tallahassee in a special session to finish the work on medical marijuana that they started but didn’t finish earlier this month. "I think that it’s …

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Report: Medical marijuana could poach more than $4B from pharma sales annually

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If the United States legalized medical marijuana for conditions such as chronic pain, anxiety and seizures, cannabis could siphon more than $4 billion annually from the nation’s pharmaceutical industry, a new study hypothesizes. The report expected to be released Wednesday by New Frontier Data, a provider of data and analytics to cannabis businesses, is intended to show how cannabis could …

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Florida judge backs two more medical marijuana licenses

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In a long-awaited decision, an administrative law judge Tuesday called for the state to issue two new licenses to medical marijuana operators, saying competing businesses —- which lost out to another operator selected by Florida health officials in 2015 —- were virtually tied. Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham’s recommended order came months after a hearing in the matter and …

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Medical marijuana backers say Missouri library denied them meeting room

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ST. LOUIS • The Rolla Public Library didn’t allow a Phelps County man to hold a meeting in one of its rooms because he advocates for legalizing medical marijuana, according to a lawsuit filed here by the ACLU. The Rolla Public Library director denied Randy Johnson’s request to reserve a room there because of his political views, according to a …

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State confirms new timeline for medical marijuana as dispensaries harvest first crops

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Photo: Pono Life Sciences Just months after eight Hawaii companies were given the go-ahead to begin growing medical marijuana, the first crops are being harvested and we’ve learned the first dispensaries could be open this summer. This new timeline comes as a key hurdle that’s slowed the process has been cleared, but it’s not the only challenge that lies ahead. …

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Hopes are high for legal pot in Michigan

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It’s on. Last week the Board of State Canvassers approved the language for a petition by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. That means if the CRMLA can gather 252,523 valid signatures in a six-month window by May 30, 2018, the question will be placed on next year’s November ballot for voters to decide. Wasting no time, a coalition …