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States that legalized marijuana have higher rates of mental illness, RTI study says

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For the past 20 years, scientific studies have warned that heavy marijuana use can lead to schizophrenic episodes and psychotic disorders. Now, in the first study of its kind, RTI International in Research Triangle Park suggests marijuana may carry other risks as well. The research organization said Monday that states with permissive medical marijuana laws have significantly higher rates of …

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Medical marijuana NJ: Strict rules and $20k fee, new Central Jersey locations

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Buy Photo The state plan announced Monday to double the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in New Jersey, including basing two more in central Jersey, offers a glimpse at the cutthroat process awaiting potential operators looking to delve into the legal weed business. Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the state Department of Health would begin accepting applications to operate one …

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Still illegal: 10 things medical marijuana patients would not be allowed to do under SQ788

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State Question 788 goes into effect July 26 as Oklahoma implements the medical marijuana program approved by voters. The rules for implementation were posted to omma.ok.gov on July 10 after the board of health approved emergency rules that were required as part of the accelerated 30-day timeline of SQ788 taking effect. Those rules included two controversial amendments that have drawn …

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Michigan’s first licensed medical marijuana facilities in limbo

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Samples of marijuana flowers sit on a counter at Roots Dispensaries, 3557 Wilder Rd. In Bangor Township on Feb. 22, 2018. Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com( Last week the first businesses in Michigan gained approval for licenses from the state’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board — but that doesn’t mean they can use that new license yet to distribute medicine to patients. A total …

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Morning Bell: Medical marijuana and schools

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Good Tuesday morning. Something I’ll be covering in the coming weeks and months is the impact of medical marijuana on schools. I wrote on Monday that the state Department of Education has fielded many questions about the new legalization of medical marijuana and how schools should respond. Some school leaders have concerns that this will lead to an increase in …

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Medical Cannabis Is Now Easier to Access in New York City

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Last week, New York City regulators took some action that every town, city, and suburb should be considering in light of the ongoing opioid crisis— allowing cannabis to be prescribed to anyone who would normally be prescribed opioids for a pain-related condition . Swapping out a plant that’s never killed anyone for opioids, which killed 78 people per day in …

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Gravley named co-chair of study on medical marijuana

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Micah Gravley State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, was recently appointed by House Speaker David Ralston to serve as the co-chair of the Joint Study Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access. The Commission is charged with, among other things, making a recommendation for the potential regulatory infrastructure for creation of an in-state growth/distribution model for medical cannabis. “We are going …