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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 not delay the measure’s implementation.

Post-election, pot is one toke over the stateline for most of Idaho…

Idaho is an island of abstinence on the legal weed frontier. The state shares 77 percent of its border with pot-friendly states, made even friendlier Tuesday with victories for looser marijuana laws in Nevada and Montana. If you add in the 45-mile boundary with British Columbia, where medical pot is legal, 80 percent of Idaho now borders...

Study: Medical marijuana may help curb opioid epidemic

After states pass laws permitting medical marijuana, drivers in those states become less likely to test positive for opioids after fatal car accidents, a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health has found.

Judge orders Illinois to add PTSD to medical marijuana list

Illinois must add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of diseases eligible for medical marijuana treatment, a Cook County judge ordered Tuesday in a sternly worded ruling that also said the state’s public health director engaged in a “private investigation” that was “constitutionally inappropriate.”

Cannabis for back pain puts him in a pickle

Dear Dr. Zorba: I enjoy your radio show. I’m a 56-year motorcycle guy. I had an accident when I was much much younger, and the result has been years of back pain every day — some days good, some days bad. I don’t like prescription pain killers because of side effects. That’s why I’m using cannabis. It doesn’t fog me up; it doesn’t constipate me. But it’s illegal in my state. What to do? — RK from Milwaukee