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Fresno is a hot market for medical marijuana dispensaries, says consultant

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Video FRESNO, Calif. – It’s official. Medical marijuana dispensaries can open up shop in the City of Fresno. After months of discussion, Fresno City Council members voted to approve regulations for cannabis businesses. It’s now up to the City Manager to implement the new policy and create the application needed for cannabis business licensing. With just seven spots available in …

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Pequannock’s Hillview Med lands investors in quest for medical marijuana license

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Ken VandeVrede, of Gro-Rite Garden Center & Florist and CEO of Hillview Med in Pequannock discusses applying for license to farm medical marijuana. Jai Agnish, Staff Writer, @jaiagnish PEQUANNOCK — Supermarket and liquor store entrepreneurs have pledged an investment to a potential marijuana farm and dispensary called Hillview Med. owned by a member of the family that operates Gro-Rite Center. …

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Iowa marijuana manufacturer says it is ‘committed’ to medical program

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Local and state officials and others gather for the Thursday groundbreaking of the Iowa Relief plant in Cedar Rapids. The plant will produce medical marijuana starting in July at its facility at 1420 26th Ave. Court SW. The business is the second one in Iowa to be licensed to grow and produce medical marijuana products. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette) CEDAR …

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Fresno City Council approves medical marijuana, stores now coming to town

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The council voted Thursday morning 5 to 2. City leaders say the ordinance provides regulations and zoning areas for cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing and retail businesses. Seven medicinal retail outlets will open during the first nine months of the cannabis operation. The city says at that point seven additional retailers will have the opportunity to be approved for either medicinal …

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New Zealand legalizes medical cannabis, makes it widely available

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The government agreed to make medical marijuana available to more patients over time Marijuana consumption is common throughout New Zealand, but police do not mess with the small-time offenders. It is the illicit trade that consumes the majority of their focus. New Zealanders have been campaigning for years for legal access to cannabis medicine, and their persistence has finally paid …

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Maryland medical cannabis regulators plan hearing on rules many fear threaten competition

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Marijuana monopolies? Lawmakers fret over emergence of national cannabis companies making deals in Maryland. (Baltimore Sun) State regulators have scheduled a public hearing to address concerns that national cannabis corporations are trying to dominate Maryland’s medical marijuana market by skirting rules designed to prevent a few firms from controlling the burgeoning industry. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announced that its …

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Utah voters passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana. The Mormon church helped derail it.

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A number of high-profile ballot initiatives passed in conservative and swing states in 2018. Legislators are now trying to undo and undermine them. CREDIT: George Frey/Getty Images It took Christine Stenquist years to find something to take the edge off of her chronic pain. Bedridden for a decade and a half after a massive seizure, she suffered from nausea triggered …

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Columbia Care opening Lehigh Valley’s third medical marijuana dispensary Monday

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Columbia Care Pennsylvania is opening the Lehigh Valley’s third dispensary Monday, at 3025 Tilghman St. in South Whitehall Township. (Andrew Wagaman / THE MORNING CALL) One of the nation’s most prominent medical cannabis businesses is opening a dispensary next week in South Whitehall Township just beyond Allentown city limits. Columbia Care Pennsylvania’s dispensary at 3025 Tilghman St. will begin accepting …