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Chronic pain could be added to list of qualifiers for medical marijuana in Illinois

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – At present, there are 41 conditions that qualify a person for a medical marijuana license in Illinois. On January 15, an Illinois judge ruled to add “intractable” or chronic pain to that list. While that’s not set in stone, the state is appealing the ruling; but others are hoping it stands. Alfonzo Butler, a veteran and avid …

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Raimondo budget seeks dramatic increase of medical marijuana dispensaries

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Changes would add $5.1 million in revenue to state next year, and would add ‘acute pain’ to the list of qualifying medical conditions, making people eligible for temporary medical marijuana cards after things such as dental work, sprained ankles and broken bones. For the second time since she’s been in office, Governor Raimondo is using the budget to propose sweeping …

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Medical marijuana dispensary opens in North Port

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A medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors Thursday in North Port. For many people in pain, the grand opening of Surterra Wellness on Tamiami Trail is a long time coming. This could be the closest location for patients who live in areas of Southwest Florida that have banned dispensaries. “It’s just nice to be apart, stay within my community and …

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Medical marijuana zoning ordinance approved

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Medical Marijuana ordinance Ardmroe>> After months of discussion, Lower Merion Board of Commissioners approved its new ordinance governing some of the details as to where and how medical marijuana facilities can be located in the township. Under the ordinances, medical marijuana dispensaries could be located in C1 and C2 commercial areas, the MUST district, portions of the City Avenue District …

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Rep. Bishop introduces medical marijuana research bill

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Rob Bishop has introduced the bipartisan Marijuana Effective Drug Study Act in the House of Representatives. The MEDS Act (H.R. 4825) “is aimed at creating a reasoned and responsible environment where the best minds may be able to analyze and examine something about which we know very little,” according to a statement released by Rep. Bishop’s office …

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2 Tennessee Republicans introduce medical marijuana bill

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(WSMV file photo) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee, but only in oil-based products. Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville and Rep. Jeremy Faison of Cosby announced the bill’s filing Thursday amid wide support for medical marijuana in state polls. The lawmakers believe the change could benefit 65,000 Tennesseans. Patients …

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Florida Supreme Court Disbars Medical Marijuana Lawyer

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawyer was disbarred Thursday for telling clients it was OK to possess, use and grow marijuana for medical use — more than two years before Florida approved medical marijuana. The Florida Supreme Court said in its order that some of Ian Christensen’s clients were arrested and some lost their jobs because of his bad …

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Nebraskans could vote on medical cannabis under constitutional amendment proposed by Lincoln lawmaker

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Saying Nebraska leaders have failed to act, a state senator has introduced a constitutional amendment that would put the question of medical cannabis before voters this year. Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln introduced the amendment Thursday, saying Nebraskans who find that cannabis eases their pain and suffering should not be forced across state lines or be treated like criminals. “Tens …