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Federal Ban Is Barring Medical Marijuana Access For Veterans

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Lee served 19 years with the Army and National Guard where he came into regular contact with environmental pollutants on the Kuwaiti border. He found himself allergic to nearly all prescription drugs when he returned home in 2003 and soon became bound to a wheelchair. Doctors prescribed him heavy doses of morphine, but the treatment brought him to “a dark …

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Head regulator of state medical marijuana industry short on experience

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(Photo: Special to the Democrat) Who is Christian Bax? Bax, 32, is director of the Office of Compassionate Use in the Department of Health. It is a three-person agency set up to oversee the licensing of dispensaries and the registration of patients and doctors under the state’s Compassionate Use Act. He oversees an industry that is estimated to be worth …

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Medical marijuana faces July 1 expiration unless legislators act

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A long, strange journey for cannabidiol in Iowa Medical marijuana is displayed in Los Angeles, California, U.S. August 6, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo The birth of Iowa’s medical marijuana program in the Legislature was remarkable and dramatic, and ever since has remained one of much political intrigue. That continues this year as lawmakers face a critical deadline that, if not …

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Editorial: Why Virginia should look at medical marijuana

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So when retired Roanoke Circuit Court Judge Richard Pattisall came to see us recently, we naturally listened. When he suggested that Virginia should legalize medical marijuana, that definitely got our attention. After all, here’s a man who’s sent people to jail for drug offenses. Pattisall had a very particular reason for why he thinks Virginia should take this step, one …

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Medical marijuana proposed for state

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CHARLESTON — Bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate to legalized marijuana for medicinal use in West Virginia. SB 386 and House Bill 2071 would authorize the use of pharmaceutical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions. In the Senate, Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, is one of 12 senators sponsoring the bill. In the House, three delegates have sponsored …

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Maryland makes a hash of its medical marijuana program

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MARYLAND’S ROLLOUT of its medical marijuana program has been called “ one of the slowest ” of the 28 states that allow it. Approved about three years ago, the program is still months away from being operational and that might be optimistic. The length of time, one would hope, means there was careful planning and follow-through — but sadly, that …

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Federal Ban Is Barring Access To Medical Marijuana For Veterans

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LISTEN TO TLR’S LATEST PODCAST: By Steve Birr Medical marijuana laws are expanding in states across the U.S., but veterans are still struggling to access programs due to the continued federal ban on weed. A growing chorus of veteran groups are petitioning the government to ease restrictions on federal marijuana policy. The continued classification of marijuana as a dangerous substance …

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Medical cannabis could be available in Cumberland in July

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CUMBERLAND — The owner of a medical cannabis dispensary on Cumberland’s West Side said medicine could be available to patients by July. Dr. Sajal Roy, co-owner of the Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary, 100 Beall St., said Friday progress continues on the dispensary, which is expected to open in June. “We are doing well,” Roy said. “Right now, it looks like …