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Read Allen Peake’s appeal to expand Georgia’s medical marijuana program

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State Rep. Allen Peake. AJC/Bob Andres. State Rep. Allen Peake is the unquestioned godfather of Georgia’s medical marijuana program, but his measure to expand the initiative this year seemed doomed before a late compromise between House and Senate lawmakers saved it. House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved that deal on Tuesday , which expands the list of conditions eligible for the program, …

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Why New Jersey’s medical marijuana gets a ‘C’ grade

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ThinkStock A new report by Americans for Safe Access, a non-profit cannabis advocacy group, gives New Jersey a grade of “C” for its medical marijuana program. “The largest problem for New Jersey is actually the lack of civil protection, as well as a pretty restrictive conditions list,” said Steph Sherer, the executive director of Americans for Safe Access. She said …

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Would Legalizing Medical Marijuana Help Curb The Opioid Epidemic?

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(Reuters Health) – In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows. Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana was permitted for medicinal purposes, the analysis found. …

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Nebraska bill allows medical marijuana use

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When people hear the term medical marijuana user, they often conjure up images of stoned smokers lazily wasting away the day after feigning injuries or anxiety. But the reality is something far different. At a recent hearing for State Sen. Anna Wishart’s bill to legalize medical cannabis in Nebraska, testimony came from an Iraq war veteran, a former Nebraska soccer …

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More time sought by residents to consider medical marijuana plan in Holyoke, though no opposition voiced

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3/28/17 – HOLYOKE – Whitney Simmons of Springfield, Massachusetts speaks in favor of a proposal by GTI Massachusetts NP Corp. to open a medical marijuana cultivation and processing facility at 28 Appleton St. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in a public hearing at City Hall. Simmons is co-owner of The Carve Beauty Bar hair salon at 67 Lincoln St. in …

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Medical marijuana bill reaches Senate floor

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes failed in the House of Delegates, but is now gaining traction in the Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 386 Tuesday 13-3 and sent it to the Senate floor where it faces an uncertain future. The committee approved the bill after hearing testimony from former state legislator Lisa Smith, who …

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Georgia closer to medical marijuana expansion

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Georgia is a step closer to expanding the state’s medical marijuana registry to patients who have six new diagnoses or who are in hospice. “While this bill does not go as far as many of us would like, it does add six more conditions to the already successful program in our current law and this will allow many more hurting …

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Medical marijuana bill moves forward in state House

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One of six plans to regulate medical marijuana moved forward in the state House on Tuesday after the first hearing for any of the plans. The bill includes some of the strictest controls on Florida’s nascent medical marijuana industry of any plan offered by the Legislature. It would initially limit growers to only the seven currently in existence, and bans …