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More questions than answers as first medical marijuana licensing meeting draws huge crowd

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So just how lucrative is the medical pot business? Apparently plenty, given one man allegedly offered to pay $20,000 a month in bribes to Garden City officials for a dispensary permit and $150,000 to state officials for a grow license. Detroit Free Press Buy Photo LANSING — The first meeting of Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Board drew a huge crowd …

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Changes coming for New York’s medical marijuana program

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The state Department of Health is boosting New York’s medical marijuana program to meet growing demand. Related: New York medical marijuana program improving, but will it ever reach full potential? Effective immediately, doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can register online and certify patients the same day. Officials say that will help streamline and simplify the registration …

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Pa. defends choice of one medical marijuana grower

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Buy Photo ED HILLE/Staff Photographer Pennsylvania health officials are defending awarding a license to a Scranton-based medical marijuana grower whose Minnesota-based affiliate is under scrutiny. ED HILLE / Staff Photographer HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania health officials are defending their decision to award a coveted medical marijuana grower’s permit to a firm whose affiliate in Minnesota had two former executives charged this …

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Maryland regulators want to deny license to medical cannabis firm

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Maryland medical marijuana regulators took steps Monday to deny a license to one of the 15 companies picked to grow the drug, saying there was a "reasonable likelihood" the firm would not properly safeguard the medicine. In voting to tell MaryMed LLC that it would not receive a final license, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission cited concerns about MaryMed LLC’s …

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Cincinnati moves forward on medical marijuana cultivation

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Ohio legalized medical marijuana in June, 2016, but some communities are moving to ban its cultivation and sale. Wochit (Photo: MARTIN BERNETTI, AFP/Getty Images) Cincinnati took a step toward embracing the medical marijuana industry Friday, breaking with several Ohio communities that have already voted to ban its cultivation and sale. A proposal allowing medical marijuana cultivation and processing in manufacturing …

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Medical marijuana advocates file to get it on the Utah ballot in 2018

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SALT LAKE CITY — Advocates for medical marijuana have filed the necessary paperwork to get the issue before voters in 2018. In an emotional news conference on Monday, patients and advocates tearfully described how medical cannabis could provide help and support. They expressed frustration that the Utah State Legislature so far has done very little, and now believe a ballot …

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Thousand Oaks City Council to consider allowing medical marijuana dispensaries

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At the Thousand Oaks City Council’s March 28 meeting, resident Nancy Chappell urged the council to take a responsible, middle path on the city’s commercial marijuana policies. MIKE HARRIS/THE STAR Recent surveys have found that a majority of Thousand Oaks residents favor the city reversing its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and deliveries. The City Council will consider doing so …

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Utah supporters of medical marijuana expect to begin drive toward 2018 ballot on Monday

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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Debbie and Monte Hoskins of Tremonton pose for a portrait at Ditta Caffè in Salt Lake City. When the couple lived in Colorado, Monte Hoskins tried medical marijuana for a 20-year-old back injury. Debbie Hoskins is a core member of a social media education group called Utah Residents for Medical Cannabis, which plans …