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How high did Arizona get in 2017 with its medical-marijuana program? Really high

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Arizonan hit new records with its medical marijuana program last year. Arizonans who hold medical-marijuana cards bought 1.3 million ounces of marijuana in 2017 — or, about 86,637 pounds, according to a new report by the state Department of Health Services, which oversees the state’s program. That’s up nearly 50 percent from sales in 2016. Of that, marijuana edibles — …

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Tennessee legislators introduce “Medical Cannabis Only Act of 2018” – Memphis Business Journal

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On Thursday, Jan. 18, Tennessee lawmakers introduced a bill that would legalize medical marijuana. State Sen. Steven Dickerson (R-Nashville) and State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) introduced the "Medical Cannabis Only Act of 2018." In neighboring Arkansas, voters approved the Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016 and will choose cultivator license recipients next month. The bill would allow Tennessee patients with certain …

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Michigan sees few medical marijuana applications so far, only 20 completed

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More than 18,000 people and 678 vendors gathered in Las Vegas for the MJBizCon, a conference all about the cannabis industry. Wochit Buy Photo EAST LANSING – More than 600 people have started the process of getting a medical marijuana license, but only 20 of them have filed completed applications that include approval from local communities for their medical pot …

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More than 60 Ohio medical marijuana companies file appeals over cultivator licenses

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As of Friday, 63 unsuccessful applicants for medical marijuana cultivator licenses have appealed their scores to the Ohio Department of Commerce.( COLUMBUS, Ohio – At least 63 of the 146 companies that didn’t win medical marijuana cultivator licenses plan to appeal the state’s decision through an administrative hearing process. The list of businesses seeking a hearing includes 47 companies that …

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Arizonans Consumed Record 43 Tons of Cannabis in 2017: 50 Percent Higher Than ’16

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Arizonans consumed 43 tons of medical marijuana in 2017. In 2017, patients smoked, ate, vaped, or otherwise consumed more than 43 tons of cannabis products, including flower, edibles, and concentrates. That’s nearly a 50 percent increase over the 29 tons sold in 2016. But it’s not too surprising considering that December 2017 ended with about 153,000 patients, or 34 percent …

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We got into medical marijuana to help people. Now we’re under siege.

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Marijuana is seen for sale at a medical-marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif, on Jan. 1. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) Amy Weiss is a sweat-equity partner in a group that has a license to grow and process medical marijuana in Pittsburgh. Lou Weiss, her husband, is a carpet salesman. We’re deeply unhip 60-year-olds. One of us, Lou, has never smoked pot in his …

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Chronic pain could be added to list of qualifiers for medical marijuana in Illinois

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – At present, there are 41 conditions that qualify a person for a medical marijuana license in Illinois. On January 15, an Illinois judge ruled to add “intractable” or chronic pain to that list. While that’s not set in stone, the state is appealing the ruling; but others are hoping it stands. Alfonzo Butler, a veteran and avid …

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Medical marijuana dispensary opens in North Port

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A medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors Thursday in North Port. For many people in pain, the grand opening of Surterra Wellness on Tamiami Trail is a long time coming. This could be the closest location for patients who live in areas of Southwest Florida that have banned dispensaries. “It’s just nice to be apart, stay within my community and …