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Georgia Senate passes medical marijuana bill

A two-year effort to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia may finally succeed, as the Senate passed a likely compromise that would OK a limited form of the drug for disorders including cancer, seizures and sickle cell disease.

Wed
25
Mar

Pennsylvania: First of three public hearings held on medical marijuana legalization

A joint public hearing on the legalization of the medical use of cannabis in Pennsylvania was held Tuesday at Pennsylvania Hospital, one of Penn Medicine’s medical facilities. 

The first of three hearings related to the use of medical marijuana, the session focused on the potential medical implications of legalizing medical marijuana, as well as the science behind the use of marijuana in treating various maladies. 

Chairman of the House Health Committee Matt Baker and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Ron Marsico spearheaded the meeting, with Baker presiding over the discussion. 

Tue
24
Mar

Can medical marijuana be banned from the workplace? The answer is a bit hazy, expert says

Can a private employer stop employees from bringing doctor-prescribed marijuana to work?

Sorry, human resources managers, the answer just isn't as clear as you'd hope. That's according to Jim Reidy, an attorney tackling employer questions regarding drugs at the Society for Human Resource Management conference in Washington on Tuesday.

"It's evolving. That's why this topic is really hot for employers right now," Reidy said.

While employers may have federal law and even local smoking bans on their side, the legal answer to that question hasn't been completely resolved if an employer allows other prescriptions to be taken at the workplace, Reidy said.

Tue
24
Mar

Maine Voters Could Face Two Marijuana Legalization Initiatives on 2016 Ballot

AUGUSTA, Maine - The group that launched successful efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in Colorado and Alaska is officially taking steps to do the same in Maine.

Today supporters of the Marijuana Policy Project submitted a draft initiative that they hope to qualify for the 2016 statewide ballot.

This is the second citizens' initiative to propose legalizing pot next year. Both measures have some similarities and some big differences. Both plans would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over and also allow adults to grow small amounts for personal use. Both also call for a tax.

Tue
24
Mar

Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

Recreational marijuana has been legalized in four states, but that doesn't mean it's a tested consumer product. Some of those potent buds are covered in fungus while others contain traces of butane, according to an analysis of marijuana in Colorado.

Last May, after people began getting sick from edible marijuana products, the state of Colorado began requiring all products to be tested. Washington has mandated testing too, with a detailed checklist of items to analyze, including potency, contaminants, moisture and microbiology.

Tue
24
Mar

Senate's old guard just says 'no' to pot overhaul

When it comes to overhauling pot policy in the U.S. Senate, the young pols are running headfirst into the old guard.

A high-wattage trio of junior senators — Democrats Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand plus GOP presidential contender Rand Paul — is mounting an ambitious effort to have the federal government bless the use of marijuana in the 24 jurisdictions (23 states and the District of Columbia) that have voted to legalize the drug for medical purposes. Their legislation would also allow banks to handle transactions involving marijuana and force the federal government to recognize that marijuana has a medical use, rather than lumping it in with heroin and LSD.

Tue
24
Mar

Colorado Sold Nearly 5 Million Marijuana Edibles in 2014

The state's marijuana overseers issued their first annual report

Colorado just got its first year-long batch of data on the state’s grand experiment with legal marijuana. In the first annual report on supply and demand, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division disclosed on Friday that 4.8 million edible marijuana products and nearly 150,000 lbs. of marijuana flowers were sold in 2014.

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Tue
24
Mar

5 Stunning Comments From President Obama Regarding the Potential Legalization of Marijuana

Just when marijuana supporters thought things couldn't get any better, last week brought incredible news.

On Tuesday, March 10, three Senate members introduced a bill that would make medical marijuana legal on a federal level and free legal medical marijuana users from the potential for federal prosecution.

Tue
24
Mar

Turkey’s synthetic cannabinoid consumption spiked 200 percent last year

The United States has said in a new report that Turkey's consumption of bonsai, or synthetic cannabinoid, surged a staggering 200 percent last year.

Tue
24
Mar

Seeking the Facts on Medical Marijuana

­Dr. Mark Ware, with a marijuana leaf image projected on his hand, is the director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids. March 23, 2015 Claudia Dreifus A CONVERSATION WITH

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, but scientific research into its appropriate uses has lagged. Dr. Mark Ware would like to change that.

Dr. Ware, 50, is the director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids and the director of clinical research of the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of McGill University Health Center. Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for 16 years, and Dr. Ware, a practicing physician, studies how his patients take the drug and under what conditions it is effective.

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