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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.
Walla Walla County moves to ban medical pot operations
Walla Walla county commissioners have voted to expand a ban on pot business operations to include medical marijuana.
Judge rules to reopen marijuana dispensaries immediately
A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Montana’s medical marijuana dispensaries to reopen after a three-month hiatus by ruling that a drafting error in a voter-approved ballot initiative should …
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.
Montana’s medical marijuana law won’t be heard by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal challenging a Montana law that limits medical marijuana providers to selling the drug to a maximum of three patients each.
Medical marijuana backers launch new Montana ballot measure
Advocates for medical marijuana in Montana have begun gathering signatures for an initiative that would ask voters to undo legislation limiting the use of the substance.
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.
Many Montana pot shops to shut down after ruling, group says
Marijuana dispensaries will have at least two weeks to prepare for severe rollbacks to Montana’s medical marijuana law, though most will likely have to shut down, the head of an …
Commercial medical marijuana sales limited by Montana court
The Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that medical marijuana providers should be paid for their services, but it clamped down on commercial sales of the drug by limiting providers to …
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 …
Senate passes pot tax bill
OLYMPIA – Changes to the state’s marijuana taxes and the way they will be spent received final approval from the Senate and were sent to Gov. Jay Inslee Saturday. After …
State House approves taxes on medical marijuana
OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana patients would pay many of the same taxes as recreational pot users under a bill approved Friday by the House. On a 59-38 vote, the House …
Study: Scant evidence that medical pot helps many illnesses
CHICAGO — Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its …