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Florida Senate starts shaping up medical marijuana plan

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More growers, access to treatment for snowbirds and greater flexibility in the relationship between patients and doctors are among the items likely to be included in a Senate proposal to carry out a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November to broadly legalize medical marijuana. The Senate Health Policy Committee held a workshop Wednesday on the implementation of Amendment 2, …

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Utah group starts medical marijuana ballot initiative push

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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Mark Madsen listens as Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, asks some questions about SB259, that would legalize medical marijuana in Utah, on the Senate floor, Monday, March 2, 2015 Medical marijuana advocates have already taken preliminary steps to get an initiative on next year’s ballot. Stenquist, who also leads a medical marijuana …

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Medical marijuana advocacy event Thursday

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Cathy Stevens never intended to become a medical marijuana crusader. “I’m from the ‘Just Say No era.’ This is not something I saw myself as, but you’ll do anything for your child,” Stevens said. The Greenville mother has been advocating for the medical use of the drug for the past year. Her 7-year-old daughter Halle has mitochondrial disease which causes …

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Senate ‘Scared,’ Tennessee Medical Marijuana Effort Dies

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NASHVILLE, TN — Medical marijuana has the State Senate paranoid, according to the House sponsor of a bill which would establish a framework for medical pot in Tennessee. Rep. Jeremy Faison, Republican of Cosby, took the bill off-notice and said it was headed for a summer study task force to be appointed by House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. …

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Utah group starts medical marijuana ballot initiative push

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Medical marijuana advocates in Utah are planning to try to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would allow the drug to be used for treatment. Advocates say they’re done waiting for state lawmakers, who have rejected passing a broad medical pot law during the last three consecutive sessions. Medical marijuana advocate Christine Stenquist says the legislature’s decisions …

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It’s marijuana day in Florida’s Capitol

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Florida’s new medical marijuana market will start to take shape Wednesday as a panel of senators workshops five proposals to put the voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing the drug into place. The Senate Health Policy committee, chaired by Tampa Republican Sen. Dana Young, will consider issues related to the five proposed bills and hear public comment, the first step toward passing …

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Ben Pollara: Medical marijuana implementation for the 29, 48 … or 71 percent?

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Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues claims to have polled Floridians on whether they want marijuana legalized. They do not. Undisclosed interests hired a political consultant, who then hired Donald Trump ‘s pollster to ask the same question. They got the same answer: 48 percent oppose legalization, while 46 percent support it. I have two questions that don’t necessitate public opinion research …

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Medical marijuana backers get small victory

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TOPEKA – Medical marijuana legalization proponent Rep. John Wilson, D-Lawrence, took a baby step instead of the full stride. A Wilson amendment was added Tuesday to a drug-related bill in the House that would ensure early access to a cannabis-derived drug currently being considered for approval by the Federal Drug Administration. It has no THC content, which is the chemical …