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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana

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A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. “When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke,” he tells Fresh Air ‘s Terry Gross. But then the palliative care specialist began to look seriously into the issue, and his mind began to change: “I’ve come to …

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Elizabeth Warren Urges Feds To Support Research On Medical Marijuana’s Benefits

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The federal government has a “responsibility” to facilitate sensible research into marijuana’s medical benefits, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and seven other senators urged in a letter issued last week to multiple federal drug and health officials. “While the federal government has emphasized research on the potential harms associated with the use of marijuana, there is still very limited research on …

Seattle council OK’s plan to close medical-marijuana businesses

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The Seattle City Council approved a plan to shut down medical marijuana businesses that have opened since January 2013. Green cross signs will become more scarce in Seattle under a plan adopted by the City Council Monday. The city will force medical-marijuana businesses that opened Jan. 1, 2013, or later to shut down by next July as part of a …

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The World’s Largest Medical Marijuana Dispensary vs. One Rogue Prosecutor

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This story was originally published on July 6, 2015. Here’s the original writeup: Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California, is the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, serving nearly 200,000 patients and distributing $25 million in cannabis per year. It does so out in the open, under the auspices of California law and Oakland’s regulatory regime. Federal prosecutors, however, …

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Cannabis ambassador’ joins group of 43 operators looking for coveted license to legally sell marijuana in New York

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Handout Josh Stanley, self-proclaimed “cannabis ambassador,” is pushing hard for a coveted license to sell medical marijuana in New York. Josh Stanley, self-proclaimed “cannabis ambassador,” is pushing hard for a coveted license to sell medical marijuana in New York. But he carries some baggage: the state of Colorado charged a weed company he used to own with not keeping track …

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Pot money changing hearts in Washington

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History of marijuana in America 41 photos In the first year, $70 million in tax revenue has been generated statewide from marijuana sales. The Washington State Liquor Control Board , which oversees the state’s cannabis industry, reports that dispensaries sold more than $257 million worth of marijuana. Chip Boyden, who owns a medical marijuana dispensary in Tucson, Arizona, jumped at …

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California Has Finally Stopped Denying Organ Transplants to Medical Marijuana Users

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Nearly 19 years after her liver transplant, Yamileth Bolanos is no longer afraid of taking the medical marijuana that helps her get through the day. Bolanos said her transplant doctors originally told her that if she used marijuana, she would be ineligible for an organ transplant if her liver failed again. “I could be at the end of my warranty …

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House Republicans say no to allowing federal studies of medical marijuana

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Medical marijuana is now sold in nearly half of all states, and even one red state has legalized it for recreational use. Veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are clamoring for access to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Loosening pot laws polls better in three swing states than any 2016 presidential candidate. But House Republicans have so far declined to …