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Md. report supports help for minorities in medical marijuana business

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ANNAPOLIS (AP) — Data on discrimination in Maryland’s overall economy provides "a strong basis in evidence" to support helping businesses owned by women and minorities in the types of industries relevant to the state’s fledgling medical marijuana industry, a state report released Wednesday said. The report, released by Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration, was conducted by Jon Wainwright, an economist and …

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Canada’s Aurora to sell medical marijuana to Italy

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(Reuters) – Canada’s Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Thursday its German unit Pedanios won a contract to supply medical marijuana to the Italian market. Aurora, Canada’s second largest pot producer, will export medical cannabis into Germany through Pedanios, which will supply the Italian market through the Italian Ministry of Defence. Cannabis-based medicines are legal in several European Union countries including …

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Roadside drug testing won’t be random, won’t target medical marijuana, police say

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ANN ARBOR, MI – No, police say, they aren’t randomly selecting drivers to try out their new roadside drug testing pilot program. They aren’t targeting medical marijuana users either, just trying to make sure they aren’t driving impaired. Those were two points law enforcement officials attempted to convey during the latest session of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office community education …

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Freetown hears proposal for medical marijuana dispensary

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FREETOWN — Representatives from two medical marijuana dispensaries came together Tuesday to present an official proposal to the town. “Our patients don’t fit the stereotypes or misconceptions. Every patient first visits their doctors. They then come to our dispensary with specific conditions to resolve. These conditions usually deal with pain,” said Jacques Santucci, one of the founders of Wellness Connection, …

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Sarasota OKs zoning changes to allow medical marijuana dispensaries

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Cannabis operations would be allowed in the city’s downtown core SARASOTA — Concerned that state legislation has preempted their ability to regulate medicinal marijuana dispensaries, Sarasota city commissioners have approved a plan to change zoning codes, paving the way for those prescribed the drug to obtain it locally. Commissioners on Tuesday night unanimously approved changing the zoning codes in four …

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Illinois Pain Patients Must Have Medical Marijuana Access, Judge Rules

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An Illinois judge overturned the decision of Dr. Nirav Shah (above), director of the State Department of Health, who had twice rejected intractable pain as a qualifying condition. (Mike Groll/AP) A Cook County judge has ordered the Illinois State Department of Health to add intractable pain to the department’s list of conditions that allow patients legal access to medical cannabis. …

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AJC poll: Georgians back medical marijuana expansion

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Bottles of medical marijuana that Janea Cox uses to treat her daughter Haleigh, 7, at their home in Forsyth, Ga., on Feb. 17, 2017. Haleigh suffers from Lennox Gastaux Syndrome, a form of severe epilepsy. Georgia’s medical marijuana law, authored by State Rep. Allen Peake, bears her name. Haleigh’s Hope Act legalizes the possession of cannabis oil for people suffering …

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Will Congress help or hurt medical marijuana?

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Should marijuana be rescheduled? Since President Donald Trump’s administration rescinded the Cole Memo on Jan. 4 , legal marijuana industries in states like Colorado have been thrown into uncertainty. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in his new guidance, basically said that federal prosecutors ought to exercise ordinary discretion when it comes to marijuana-related activities, prioritizing crimes that involve distribution to …