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Doctors press Iowa Senate to legalize medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

This week, doctors and marijuana users and experts explained to Iowa lawmakers how medical marijuana can be beneficial to some patients. Thomas Carlstrom, a retired Des Moines neurosurgeon, said at the committee meetings Wednesday: “I think its time has come. I think the medical uses for marijuana are absolute, they are happening …I think we really need to give serious thought to …

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Florida to vote on medical marijuana legalization in November

In Regulatory, Top Stories by Dave Gordon

With nearly half of the US already legalizing medical marijuana – 20 states and the District of Columbia – one more state may be added to the list. Floridians will have the opportunity to vote on the issue this November, thanks to supporters of a successful petition campaign and a recent court decision. The petition received a whopping 1.1 million …

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New York poised to legalize medical marijuana

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will announce this week plans to loosen the restriction marijuana laws to make the plant available to those with specific illnesses. Cuomo’s initiative will be more restrictive than medical marijuana laws passed in states such as California and Nevada. The plan will allow “just 20 hospitals across the state to prescribe marijuana to …

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Morocco seeking to legalize medical marijuana

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

Lawmakers in Morocco recently debated why the country should legalize marijuana for medical and industrial uses. The discussions, began by one of Morocco’s main political parties, are seen as the first steps to introduce a draft law next year aimed at legalizing the plant, according to media reports. But don’t expect full-out legalization. “We are not seeking to legalize the production of drugs, …

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Why these police officers and lawyers want to end the war on drugs

In Feature Stories by MichaelS

Much of the relief provided by medical marijuana isn’t physical, but ethical: freeing people not only from needing to hide their healthcare, but also worrying about where their medicine originated. At least, that’s the idea. But what if laws against non-medicinal use were what made marijuana such a powerful criminal currency, while licensing trends were actually driving medicinal users back …

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Medical marijuana advocates in Florida hopeful for 2014 victory

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

“We firmly believe that Florida patients will have legal access to cannabis by November 2014,” says  Jodi James, executive director of the Florida Cannabis Action Network, according to media reports. Earlier, Florida lobbied a proposed medical marijuana bill that died in committee early in the 2013 legislative session. But now pro-medical marijuana groups have the power of John Morgan, head of the …