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Medical pot: from ballot to regulated industry

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The medical marijuana industry is poised to explode with new state regulations and taxes on the dispensaries that will sell the weed. Kathleen Gray/Detroit Free Press (Photo: Roxana Gonzalez, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Nov. 4, 2008 : Michigan voters pass a ballot proposal by a 63%-37% margin to allow the use of medical marijuana. May 2012: State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, introduces …

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Should your insurance company pay for medical marijuana?

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Cannabis in Canada may soon be a go-to prescription Recent court rulings in Canada and the U.S. could set a new precedent for insurance companies to pay for doctor-prescribed medical marijuana. In the last few months, in consideration of the addictive potential of opiates and relatively few safety concerns over marijuana, judges in both the U.S. and Canada have ruled …

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Marion doc on probation allowed to continue seeing patients seeking medical marijuana

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The state has placed on indefinite probation the license of a medical doctor who runs a clinic in Marion that advertises it is sympathetic to patients seeking access to the state’s medical marijuana program. Dr. Bodo Schneider’s clinic also specialized in pain management, but his patients receiving prescription pain medication must be transferred to another health care provider under the …

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Fort Smith adjusts to medical marijuana laws

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Fort Smith officials are rolling with the changes that come with the state’s new medical marijuana laws. There are proposed bills in the state legislature that could make changes to Arkansas’ medical marijuana laws. As of now, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment allows cities, towns and counties to make "reasonable zoning regulations" applicable to places that grow or dispense medical …

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Tennessee Needs Medical Marijuana Because Drug Prescriptions ‘Are Killing Us,’ Lawmaker Says

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Medical marijuana won’t be legal in Tennessee anytime soon after a House Representative’s bill, which aimed to legalize cannabis use for people suffering from certain conditions such as cancer, HIV and epilepsy, failed to get Senate support. The bill, HB0495, was considered dead for the year after the state’s House Health Committee rejected the measure following discussion. Rep. Jeremy Faison, …

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District court says medical marijuana businesses can donate to campaigns

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CHICAGO (WLS) — The U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois struck down a law preventing licensed Illinois medical marijuana businesses from making contributions to candidates, PACs and political committees. The plaintiffs in the case were two Libertarian candidates for office. Their attorneys argued that Illinois’ ban was unconstitutional because the state banned contributions from the medical marijuana …

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Sturbridge Planning Board OKs medical marijuana dispensary

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Telegram & Gazette Staff @CraigSemon STURBRIDGE – After butting heads with selectmen, Newton-based Heal Inc. has received a special permit and site plan approval to build the town’s first off-site medical marijuana dispensary. On Wednesday, the Planning Board voted 6-0 to grant a special permit for the dispensary at 660 Main St. In addition, the Planning Board voted 6-0 to …

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Senate Advances Medical Marijuana Bill

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Sen. Richard Ojeda is the lead sponsor of the medical cannabis bill. A Senate committee has advanced a bill to create a medical marijuana program in West Virginia, despite the committee chairman’s vote against it. The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee took up Senate Bill 386 Friday morning, the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act. Sen. Ron Stollings is a …