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Study: Medical-marijuana laws lower prescription drug usage

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People with Medicaid coverage who live in states with medical marijuana laws are less likely to take medications commonly prescribed to treat conditions like nausea, pain, and depression, according to a new study. The research , published last week in Health Affairs , looked at nine conditions and found reductions in prescriptions of medications used to treat depression (13%), nausea …

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Medical marijuana regulations a vote from governor’s desk

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HELENA — Montana lawmakers were a vote away Monday from sending the governor a bill that creates licenses, fees and regulations for medical marijuana distributors. The bill endorsed by the Montana House attempts to regulate the medical marijuana industry after voters last November approved lifting restrictions that severely limited distribution of the drug. The measure requires state officials to track …

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Medical marijuana providers seek first chance at retail sales in Maine

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AUGUSTA — Medical marijuana dispensaries and caregivers are quietly lobbying state lawmakers to allow them to sell pot to recreational users before retail cannabis stores open in Maine next year. Later this legislative session, lawmakers are likely to consider bills that could give segments of Maine’s well-established medical marijuana industry a potentially lucrative toehold in the recreational market. Supporters hope …

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Pinellas County to consider rules for medical marijuana

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The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will consider new rules for growing, processing and selling medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county. [Washington Post] CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission is slated to vote Tuesday on an ordinance to establish rules for growing, processing and selling medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county. But before the vote, commissioners …

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Medical marijuana regulations 1 vote from governor’s desk

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HELENA (AP) — Montana lawmakers were a vote away Monday from sending the governor a bill that creates licenses, fees and regulations for medical marijuana distributors. The bill endorsed by the Montana House attempts to regulate the medical marijuana industry after voters last November approved lifting restrictions that severely limited distribution of the drug. The bill must pass a final …

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The fight isn’t over for Florida patients using medical marijuana

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FLORIDA (WWSB) – Medical Marijuana is legal for thousand of patients in Florida thanks to the passing of Amendment 2, but for many the fight isn’t over. South Sarasota Mom, Debbie Ezelle’s 14-year-old Alexis is non-verbal and suffers from seizures, a metabolic disorder and autism. For years she has relied on several prescription medications, but with the expansion of medical …

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Miami’s First Public Pot Dispensary Opens as Miami Beach Considers Three Spots for Legal Weed

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Up in Tallahassee, state legislators are doing everything they can to undermine medical marijuana in Florida. Voters backed medical pot by more than 70 percent in November, and yet lawmakers responded by inviting the same guy who spent millions trying to defeat the measure to help write the new rules . But despite all those statehouse shenanigans, medical pot dispensaries …