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Litigation proceeds over medical marijuana licensing

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COLUMBUS — A lawsuit that could endanger the timeline for Ohio’s rollout of its fledgling medical marijuana program will forge ahead despite proposed legislation to give the state a chance to correct licensing flaws. Would-be cultivators armed with provisional licenses “may have their shovels in the ground. That’s not our problem,” said Jimmy Gould, chief executive officer of CannAscend Ohio, …

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Advisory board looks at recommending sale of flower for medical marijuana patients

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Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana dispensaries only began distributing product a week ago, but the state may soon move to expand access and choices for patients by allowing medical marijuana plant sales for vaporization and by increasing the number of qualifying medical conditions. Pennsylvania currently limits medical cannabis to be sold as pills, oils, topicals, tinctures, liquids and other forms used for …

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Medical marijuana use continues to grow in NH

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PLYMOUTH, N.H. — In the nearly two years since medical marijuana dispensaries first opened in New Hampshire, the program has grown significantly, and the list of qualifying conditions is expanding. Kaylee Huckins, 43, said she has had to deal with intense pain from bladder disease. She tried standard medications, but nothing seemed to work, and there’s no cure. "Nobody had …

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Rothman Institute in Philly will study medical marijuana for pain

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Buy Photo Marijuana grows in a warehouse facility at Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge, N.J.. New Jersey is considering legalizing all forms of cannabis in 2018 for adult recreational use, including the smokable flower. The Rothman Institute at Jefferson , one of the nation’s largest orthopedic practices, announced Thursday it would collaborate on a study to investigate the benefits of …

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Medical marijuana advocate faces drug charge in Oklahoma

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MCALESTER, Okla. – A medical marijuana advocate from Colorado is facing a felony drug charge after an Oklahoma traffic stop. The McAlester News-Capital reports Regina Nelson of Boulder faces one count of marijuana possession with intent to distribute. Nelson’s adult son and a fellow advocate were also arrested Sunday after the Oklahoma Highway Patrol stop near McAlester. All were released …

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Lawmaker seeks pause to fix medical marijuana flaws

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Glass City Alternatives secured a special use permit to use this building at 3209 W. Sylvania Ave. in Toledo to sell medical marijuana. COLUMBUS — A newly introduced bill would block Ohio’s award of final licenses for medical marijuana growing facilities, processors, and testers while it fixes flaws with the way it has scored applications. But the bill, introduced by …

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Do medical marijuana laws reduce opioid overdoses? A new study adds a layer of nuance.

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As the opioid crisis deepens in many places across the country, an increasing number of researchers and advocates are looking at legal marijuana as a possible solution. But a new study suggests that the connection between the two is more complicated than previously understood. The study, which was published online this month by the Journal of Health Economics, makes two …