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Medical marijuana user wins daughter custody battle

In Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A Spokane County Superior Court judge decided to give custody of a 16-month-old toddler to her Washington father, a medical marijuana user who has been fighting to prove his medicine doesn’t interfere with his parenting duties. The judge said said the state can’t require Billy Fisher to take inpatient chemical dependency treatment as a condition of gaining custody of his young daughter. …

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Washington gives $110,000 grant to educate doctors on medical marijuana

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

The state Attorney General’s office recently donated a $110,000 grant to help healthcare providers learn about marijuana’s pain-relieving properties. Receiving the funds is the University of Washington’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, which proposed “using the hoped-for grant to train doctors, nurses, naturopaths and other healthcare providers how to use marijuana in a way that scientific research supports,” according to media reports. …

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Washington approves medical marijuana necessity

In Top Stories by David Silverberg

Washington residents arrested on marijuana charges can argue they needed it for medical reasons, even if they didn’t follow the requirements of the state’s medical marijuana law, the Washington Supreme Court said recently. In a 5-4 opinion, the justices said voters did not get rid of the “medical necessity defense” when they passed the medical marijuana law in 1998. Thus, anyone arrested …

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U.S. Senate Committee to review marijuana laws in September

In Regulatory, Top Stories by David Silverberg

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced recently that the Committee will hold a hearing next month on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws, according to a release. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 10, at 10 a.m. ET Leahy has urged the Obama administration to determine its enforcement policy in light of several states …