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Medical marijuana booming as Nevada Legislature begins

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(Photo: Getty Images/Hemera) Demand for medical marijuana in Nevada is expected to double this year as dispensaries open and state lawmakers discuss potential patchwork legislation for the budding industry. For starters, the number of medical marijuana cardholders in Washoe County jumped more than 65 percent in 2014. “One thing we have been able to do is look at other states …

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Israeli medical marijuana creates buzz but no high— will it go global?

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Israel has been an early pioneer in the field of medical marijuana and continues to lead in research focused on developing unique cultivars and targeting them to specific disorders. Although many government regulatory agencies reject any efficacy whatsoever for cannabis medicine, citing the standard pharmaceutical drug/clinical trial process for any compounds that may prove beneficial (e.g., Sativex), the obvious way …

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Prosecutors ‘Don’t Want The Jury To Hear The Truth’

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Bizarre legal circumstances and a stubborn justice system have boxed non-criminals into the prospect of 10-year jail sentences for simply following state rules in regards to cultivating and utilizing plant medicine for their own use. Perhaps their main transgression has been to be too transparent; the hallmark of honest people trying to do the right thing in their quest to …

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Health Canada puts medical marijuana firm under further RCMP review

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Health Minister Rona Ambrose is concerned about the controversy surrounding CEN Biotech, and the company’s application to become Canada’s largest medical marijuana producer is being sent back to the RCMP for further investigation, her office said. “The allegations against this company are deeply concerning,” Ms. Ambrose’s spokesman Michael Bolkenius said in an e-mailed statement to The Globe and Mail on …

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Study: Patients Get More Relief From Medical Marijuana Than Painkillers

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I always say that the best medicine is the medicine that works and is safer. That is almost always the case when it comes to medical marijuana compared to pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals almost always come with harmful side effects, and have led to a lot of death and misery across the globe. Sadly, marijuana opponents would rather have patients using those …

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Canada’s fledgling medical marijuana industry hit by series of setbacks

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Almost a year after the federal government revamped the way medical marijuana is produced and distributed in Canada — moving from home-based operations to large-scale commercial ones — the fledgling industry continues to encounter growing pains. A trial is set to begin next month in Federal Court that will hear patients argue that the price of marijuana charged by commercial …

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Medical marijuana needs better guidance, doctors say

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Two New Brunswick doctors are speaking about the challenges of prescribing medical marijuana. Since April, it can be prescribed by any licensed physician with just a simple form, but few doctors are prescribing it in the province. The medicine has shown promise for helping people suffering from conditions including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, but because marijuana has been illegal for so …

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Pediatricians on medical marijuana: not so fast

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CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation’s most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Some parents insist that medical marijuana has cured their kids’ troublesome seizures …