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Australia legalizes medical marijuana cultivation

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Medical marijuana © Mario Anzuoni / Reuters Australia has allowed “fit and proper” individuals and entities to cultivate medicinal cannabis crops under strict government license and guidelines in an effort to substitute imports with “domestic supply.” The commencement of the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016 on October 30, 2016, marks a milestone for Australia’s medicinal cannabis prospects. The new regulations …

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Lawsuit: Maryland medical marijuana panel illegally ignored race of applicants

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Dr. Greg Daniel hopes to create a medical marijuana business that would convert an old factory in Easton into a growing and processing facility, and set up a dispensary near the BWI airport. (Erin Cox / Baltimore Sun) Another losing applicant for a coveted medical marijuana license has sued the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, arguing the panel illegally ignored the …

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Washington D.C. Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana Reciprocity with Other States

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WASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2016) – A bill working its way through the Council of the District of Columbia would allow patients with valid medical marijuana cards from other states to access medicinal cannabis in D.C. Passage would take another step toward effectively nullifying federal prohibition in practice. Cnc. Yvette Alexander introduced B21-0210 , the Medical Marijuana Reciprocity Amendment Act of …

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Ohio medical marijuana advocates left off advisory panel; officials say rules process will be transparent

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A committee that will make recommendations for the state’s medical marijuana program will have its first meeting Tuesday, but advocates are already skeptical the group will take patients concerns to heart. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the Vern Riffe Center in Columbus, the state pharmacy board announced Thursday. …

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Medical marijuana’s benefits don’t outweigh dangers of legalization

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YORK — Marijuana was approved in Maine for medical use in 2009. I am one of a small but growing number of physicians in the state to issue certificates to patients with qualifying conditions. In my practice, I have witnessed marijuana’s positive effects on a variety of disease states. While cannabis holds an important place in my doctor bag, I …

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Hillary Clinton has pro-medical marijuana voters locked in

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Hillary Clinton gestures to supporters at a campaign rally in Pueblo, Colorado, U.S., October 12, 2016. Election Day could bring legal weed in five more states, doubling the places in the United States where Americans can recreationally use marijuana . A majority of Americans believe cannabis should be legalized for recreational use. But until now, the presidential candidate whom marijuana …

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Estero to consider rules for medical marijuana

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(Photo: thegoodphoto, Getty Images/iStockphoto) Estero wants to weed out shoddy medical marijuana dispensaries before they take root in the village. If Floridians approve Amendment 2 on Nov. 8 and give patients with debilitating conditions access to the drug for treatment, Estero will enact rules to protect property values and public safety, Councilor Katy Errington said. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Estero …

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Does Legalization Affect Medical Marijuana? The Lesson of Washington

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This election, there are five states voting on marijuana legalization. They are all states with existing medical marijuana programs. Depending on what you consider a “medical marijuana state”, that is… Some in the medical marijuana community are fighting to defeat these legalization measures. Many of them cite the example of Washington State as a lesson for what happens to medical …