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Clinic that screens, monitors medical marijuana patients opens in Pekin

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PEKIN — Caprice Sweatt moved back to central Illinois “to shout loud and proud” about mounting proof that medical marijuana relieves pain and other illness symptoms better and more safely than opiate drugs. Stephanie Groutage of Canton said her 9-year-old son went from 25 to 35 epileptic seizures an hour to apparently none after he began ingesting cannabis oil. “I …

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East Lansing eyes new rules for medical marijuana facilities

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EAST LANSING — City officials are considering ordinance changes that would allow commercial medical marijuana facilities. East Lansing City Council could consider a draft ordinance in December and set the subject for a public hearing sometime in January, Mayor Mark Meadows said. The possible ordinance change was discussed Tuesday during a discussion-only meeting of the East Lansing City Council. The …

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Apopka puts 6-month hold on medical marijuana distribution

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Medical marijuana distribution is on hold in Apopka through the end of May. City leaders Wednesday night approved the moratorium by a 3-2 vote. Several business owners tried to dissuade Apopka commissioners from imposing the temporary pause. Glen Treadwell, a Sorrento nursery owner who hopes one day to grow the substance, said the city’s delay could keep the drug from …

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Florida’s medical marijuana: What’s next

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FILE – In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, Nikki Lastreto trims "little buds" from last season’s harvest at her home near Laytonville, Calif. California’s lopsided U.S. Senate is nearing a historic end and voters are pondering a long list of ballot questions that could legalize marijuana, end the death penalty and slap cigarette smokers with a $2-a-pack tax …

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Medical Marijuana Supporters Claim Florida Health Department Clouding Rules

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Proponents of Florida’s medical marijuana amendment say the state heath department is clouding the rules just days after voters passed the measure . "We know the legislature is really on board. They take notice of a 71.3 percentage vote by the population and they have assured us they are listening to the voters," attorney Gerry Greenspoon said. But it would …

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Eugene Monroe remains hopeful NFL will change rules over use of medical marijuana

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USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero breaks down all the Week 10 action. USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Mitch Stringer, USA TODAY Sports) One of the most outspoken proponents of marijuana as an alternative to painkillers for NFL players says he views votes in several states last week to legalize the drug as another sign that stigmas are diminishing and people are …

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Estero halts approval of medical marijuana dispensaries

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ESTERO, FL – Even though Lee County voters joined voters across Florida passing the Second Amendment making medical marijuana legal, the Estero Council voted to keep medical marijuana dispensaries out of the village for at least a year. The council unanimously approved the decision, and residents don’t like the move since the state already approved the amendment. Mary Magruder worried …