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Medical marijuana dispensaries start opening across Bay County

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BANGOR TWP, MI — Take a drive down Wilder Road and you might notice green crosses popping up on buildings: The medical marijuana industry is officially open for business in Bay County. As the state continues to process hundreds of applications required for its Medical Marihuana Facilities Act — a new law that aims to regulate what’s believed to be …

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Torrington, Winsted receive series of medical marijuana dispensary applications

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TORRINGTON — A medical marijuana dispensary may well be on the way to Litchfield County, as the state Department of Consumer Protection prepares to issue at least three licenses to address a rapid increase in patients and demand. The department issued a call for applications in January. Following that request, Torrington and Winsted have received a series of applications in …

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Curcio, subcommittee voting on medical marijuana bill

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Buy Photo A state legislator from Dickson sits on a six-person subcommittee that is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the "Medical Cannabis Act.” The act would establish a “cannabis commission” for the regulation of cannabis-related health care. Rep. Michael Curcio, R-Dickson is a member of the criminal justice subcommittee in the state House of Representatives. The bill is scheduled to …

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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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Lawmakers Consider Fixes For Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program

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Richard Vogel / Associated Press Ohio lawmakers are now weighing in with a proposed fix for problems with the process being used by the state commerce department in the medical marijuana program. Republican Senator Bill Coley says his legislation gives Ohio’s Auditor 30 days to do a full audit of growers’ license applications, then gives the department another month to …

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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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Study links easier access to medical marijuana with reduced number of opioid deaths

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A RAND Corporation study found that legalized medical marijuana was associated with lower levels of opioid deaths only in states that allowed dispensaries and made medical pot easily available to patients. PORTLAND, Ore. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the opioid epidemic in the U.S. kills on average more than 115 people a day. Researchers at the …