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Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana
Chronic pain tops the list of reasons people give when they enroll in state medical marijuana programs, followed by stiffness from multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related nausea.
Local disability boards could approve payments for medical marijuana
Medical marijuana could be covered under some government disability programs, an attorney general’s opinion says, but whether that would jeopardize federal funding for local programs isn’t clear.
Oregon admits lack of oversight of medical marijuana program
How much medical marijuana is in the pipeline in Oregon? The managers of the state’s program concede that they simply don’t know because of lax reporting by producers and a …
Conservative states balk at voter-approved medical marijuana
Pot advocates celebrated the culmination of a yearslong effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis last month when nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana.
Oregon’s medical marijuana program admits to problems
The agency overseeing Oregon’s legal medical marijuana industry conceded in a report Thursday it has not provided effective oversight of growers and others in the industry, creating opportunities for weed …
Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana despite opposition
Oklahoma voters on Tuesday backed the medicinal use of marijuana, overcoming a late opposition campaign from law enforcement and business, faith and political leaders.
Arkansas court clears way for medical pot program’s launch
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing and dismissing a judge’s ruling that prevented officials from issuing the …
Researching medical marijuana for veterans faces more White House hurdles
As scientists try to research the medical benefits of marijuana, a simple problem has emerged: How do you research marijuana if no one can produce it under federal law?
Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway
Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use.
Louisiana governor to Trump: Don’t prosecute medical pot
Louisiana’s governor Tuesday asked President Donald Trump to shield states’ medical marijuana programs from federal prosecutors, urging him to “ensure the safe distribution of this life-changing form of treatment.”
Medical marijuana seen at risk following move by Sessions
When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk …
Washington promises battle with Sessions over legal pot
Washington officials promise fight with federal government on any new policy that leads to crackdown on state’s legalized marijuana operations.
Longtime medical marijuana activist JoAnna McKee dies
JoAnna McKee, a pioneering medical marijuana activist in Washington state, has died at age 74.
Recreational pot dispensary offers drive-thru in Las Vegas
A recreational marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas has opened a drive-thru window.
U.S. didn’t have authority to try Kettle Falls Five for medical pot
Federal prosecutors say they didn’t have the authority to prosecute on medical marijuana charges after Congress cut federal money for those cases in 2014. Four people convicted in Kettle Falls …
Inslee, Ferguson to Sessions: You’re wrong about Washington’s pot system
State leaders try to set U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions straight on Washington pot system.
First medical marijuana dispensary opening in Hawaii
Dispensary sales of medical marijuana in Hawaii are beginning after patients waited 17 years for a legal way to purchase the drug.
Puerto Rico betting on medical marijuana to help ease crisis
Jesus Aponte pushes a door open to reveal hundreds of aromatic, spiky green plants, a crop that Puerto Rico hopes will help it ease a grinding economic crisis by generating …
Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says
A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for …
Washington puts strict limits on pot billboards
New law puts tougher restrictions on marijuana advertising.
Marijuana making its way around circle from legal to illegal to legal
Once legal and unregulated, marijuana has gone from banned by the state and federal government to legal but regulated in Washington while still illegal under federal law.
TSA’s medical marijuana mix-up doesn’t discourage this guy
Cannabis users had a brief but intense moment of euphoria this week after the Transportation Security Administration seemed to give a green light to air travelers to pack medical marijuana …
Washington lawmakers consider allowing medical marijuana in schools
Meagan Holt sat in the front row of a committee hearing earlier this week holding her 4-year-old daughter Maddie in one arm and a syringe filled with cannabis oil in …
Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown
Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections.
Fate of legal marijuana up in air after Senate confirms Sen. Sessions as attorney general
By the end of this week, Washington’s multimillion-dollar recreational marijuana industry may be targeted for federal crackdown.
Marijuana still has no medical value, DEA says
DEA says it won’t take marijuana off national list of most dangerous drugs.
Washington flips the switch on a new medical marijuana system
Washington’s new medical marijuana laws take effect Friday, meaning medical dispensaries will close and many recreational stores will expand into that market.
Marijuana patient sues state after daughter develops MRSA in foster care
Medical marijuana patient, denied custody of daughter, sues state agency after she contracts serious illness in foster care.
Four Idaho kids have qualified to take marijuana-derived epilepsy drug
Four Idaho children are now taking a drug derived from marijuana to treat severe epilepsy under a limited state program, Idaho lawmakers learned Monday, and 18 more kids are being …
State could get 222 more pot stores
OLYMPIA — Washington will likely increase the number of retail marijuana stores to 556, to handle the demand for medical marijuana licenses.
After veto, Idaho moves to allow 25 sick kids access to cannabis-derived drug
Idaho is just weeks away from enrolling up to 25 children with severe epilepsy in a free program to provide them with an experimental, non-psychoactive drug extracted from marijuana, under …
Medical marijuana referendum won’t be on Washington ballot
OLYMPIA – Washington voters won’t be asked this fall if they want to keep changes made this spring to the state’s medical marijuana laws. Organizers of a petition drive to …