Proposed Oklahoma medical marijuana rules ban indoor smoking, THC-laced gummy bears ...

A few things would be banned under proposed rules to regulate medical marijuana in Oklahoma, including dispensaries near schools, indoor smoking and psychoactive gummy bears.

Oklahomans will vote Tuesday on State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana. Opponents have argued it represents a backdoor effort to allow recreational marijuana use, because it doesn't lay out specific health conditions marijuana could treat and has relatively generous limits on the amounts patients could possess.

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No gummies or edibles allowed as Utah gets set to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients

The state of Utah is moving forward with plans to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients granted a "right to try" it.

Under a series of laws passed by the Utah State Legislature earlier this year, terminally ill patients will be able to take medical-grade cannabis. The legislature has ordered the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow the marijuana and distribute it.

Agriculture officials have been crafting rules after an initial phase of public feedback. Another round of public feedback will take place later this year when the rules are formally published for medical cannabis and industrialized hemp.

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Jamaica: Gov't moving apace to develop medical marijuana industry

Jamaican Minister Audley Shaw said, "time is not on our side" when referring to the country's efforts in boosting its marijuana industry.

Audley Shaw, Jamaica's Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries vowed Thursday to waste no more time in guaranteeing benefits from the ever-expanding global medical cannabis or medical marijuana industry.

“Time is not on our side,” he stressed while addressing the Agricultural Technology Symposium, which was convened under the theme 'Sustained Growth in the Agriculture Sector with Science and Technology Engineering.'

The event was hosted at the Isratech Jamaica Limited Group of Companies in Jamaica's Manchester Parish and saw the participation of the Jamaica Institute of Engineers.

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Australia's first medicinal cannabis clinic set to open

The first of 10 medical cannabis clinics to be launched in Melbourne will open later this year with approval from the state and federal government. 

New legislation allows doctors to prescribe cannabis treatments which will be available to adults and children, Herald Sun reported. 

CannaLife founder Helen Lyon predicts the number of patients, who will be approved to legally use medical marijuana, is expected to grow significantly with the opening of the clinic in 2016. 

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Key marijuana drug approval looms as cannabis goes mainstream

GW Pharmaceuticals, which has spent 20 years developing medicines from cannabis, is hoping for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) green light by June 27, after winning support from an advisory panel in April.

Some parents already use cannabis to help children with severe forms of epilepsy, but such therapy is not monitored or licensed.

Scientists told a briefing in London on Thursday that new research was unlocking the potential of certain cannabis compounds.

 “We’ve learnt a huge amount about cannabis,” said Valerie Curran, head of the clinical psychopharmacology unit at University College London. “It is still early, but it is proving a treasure chest of potential medicines.”

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Mexico opium poppy growers turning to marijuana

Opium poppy growers in southern Mexico who helped fuel the U.S. heroin epidemic say prices for their product have been driven so low - apparently by the use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl - that they are turning in desperation back to another crop they know well: marijuana.

Beset by poverty and joblessness, farmers in the hills around the Guerrero state hamlets of Tenantla and Amatitlan say that prices for opium paste - which oozes from the bulbs of poppies after they're cut - have fallen so low they don't even pay for the cost of planting, fertilizing, irrigating, weeding and harvesting the raw material for heroin.

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Mothers in labor are using cannabis to manage pain during birth

With cannabis legalization and use on the rise, mothers are beginning to consider the potential for CBD and THC as useful birth aids and delivery pain medication for their babies in place of Pitocin, epidurals and other traditional birthing drugs.

When Kelley started to feel contractions, she dropped a “bath bomb” in her tub and slid in, letting the warm water and the THC and CBD from the cannabis mixed into the bomb relax her body and hasten the arrival of her child, as midwives have reportedly been doing in the delivery of babies for centuries.

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Bill introduced to allow marijuana in public housing in legal states

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has introduced a bill in Congress that would allow marijuana in public housing in states with legalized cannabis. Current regulations forbid all forms of cannabis, including medical marijuana, in all federally assisted housing. Norton’s bill, House Resolution 6152 (H.R. 6152) would apply to residents of both public housing and those in the Section 8 housing program.

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Arkansas Supreme Court clears medical marijuana program blockade

In a major ruling for Arkansas’ medical marijuana program, the state’s Supreme Court threw out a ruling that effectively blocked Arkansas’ five approved cultivators from receiving licenses. Today’s Supreme Court decision should put an end to months of legal challenges from the losing applicants who argued the licensing process was unfair. And patients are hoping it means that Arkansas’ program can finally launch.

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MedMen’s Planned New Store Location in Las Vegas Approved by Clark County

MedMen Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQB: MMNFF) (“MedMen” or the “Company”), a leading cultivator, producer and retailer of state-sanctioned cannabis in the U.S., announced today that the anticipated location for a new MedMen store in Las Vegas has received land-use and zoning approval by the Clark County Board of County Commissioners. The store is expected to be located at 4503 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169, near major casinos such as the Hard Rock Hotel, the Thomas and Mack Center and Las Vegas International Airport.

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Here's the 6000-year history of medical marijuana

Since the early 20th century, the use of cannabis for any purpose fell out of favor by both regulators and Western culture at large.

In the United States, a wave of regulations made access to cannabis more difficult starting from the late 1900s, ultimately culminating in the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which effectively made cannabis use a federal offense. Meanwhile, prohibition in Canada lasted for 85 years until being lifted by recent developments.

Interestingly, however, this recent period of 20th century opposition is actually just a small speck in the wider 6,000-year timeline of cannabis. After all, the plant has been widely regarded for its therapeutic potential for many millennia by different cultures around the world.

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Budding friendship: Doctor credits dispensary owner for cannabis education

Since 2011, Dr. Rav Ivker has seen nearly 8,000 medical marijuana patients at his holistic medicine practice in Boulder. Over that same period, Ivker has been in steady contact with David Threlfall, owner of Denver dispensary Trill Evolutions and Boulder's Trill Alternatives, meeting regularly to exchange information gathered from MMJ patient feedback.

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Travelling with medical marijuana? What the TSA want you to know

Medical marijuana was supposed to make life easier for people with chronic pain, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, and other conditions.

And it has, as long as you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal… and you stay there.

But if you decide to leave your state — or the United States — you could end up facing a dizzying array of legal consequences.

These range from being asked to dump your weed at the airport, to having to deal with local law enforcement, to getting a prison sentence (in certain countries with a hardline stance against marijuana).

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Aurora Cannabis to spin out U.S. assets into separate company

Canadian shareholders will receive 1 share in new company for every 20 Aurora shares they own.

Canada's second largest cannabis company plans to place its U.S. assets into a new separate company that will focus on investing in the cannabis and real estate sector there.

TSX-listed Aurora Cannabis said Wednesday it plans to distribute units of its subsidiary Australis Capital Inc. to shareholders in the near future.

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Maine Supreme Court: Workers’ compensation does not cover medical marijuana

Maine’s Supreme Court handed down a ruling today that the state’s workers’ compensation system does not cover the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The ruling is yet another instance where federal prohibition is creating problems for states with legal cannabis programs.

Tuesday’s ruling stems from a workers’ compensation case involving an employee with the Twin Rivers Paper Company, LLC. Gaetan H. Bourgoin suffered a back injury on the job with the company. Bourgoin then received a medical cannabis recommendation to treat the related back pain. An initial order required the company to pay for its employee’s medical marijuana. But the Supreme Court ultimately sided with the employer’s objections.

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A higher calling: How Israeli marijuana research changed the world

As much of the world debates how to address marijuana use, the vast majority of American states have legalized it or allow it for medical purposes. Global pharmaceutical companies and hospitals seeking effective treatments using cannabis should look to Professor Raphael Mechoulam, a scientist at Hebrew University. Mechoulam, a pioneer in the field, was the first to isolate, analyze and synthesize the major psychoactive and non-psychoactive compounds in cannabis and has developed a number of revolutionary marijuana-related treatments. 

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The 10 best marijuana dispensaries in Detroit

The history of marijuana decriminalization in Michigan is combative. As a Rust Belt state, we’re not the most progressive hood around, but we take what we got and make the best of it. Michigan voters first agreed to a medicinal marijuana ballot proposal in 2008. What a great November that was. Seriously.

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Texas Republican party supports marijuana decriminalization and reclassifying cannabis at federal level

While the Democratic Party in major states like New York has come out in support of marijuana legalization in recent months, the Republican Party continues to stay silent on the issue. But now one state's GOP is taking a major stand on the issue, writes Joseph Misulonas.

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Medical marijuana drive-thru coming to Florida

Medical marijuana patients will have a new option to get their pot.

Curaleaf, which has pot retail outlets in Miami-Dade and Lake Worth, will be adding a new store with a drive-thru option in Palm Harbor just northwest of Tampa. The company says it’s the first dispensary in Florida with a drive-thru.

The marijuana dispensary will open Tuesday and have a ribbon cutting at the store, 35388 US Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor.

The idea behind the drive-thru is to make it easier for patients who may have physical challenges getting into the store because of their disabilities and medical conditions, said Lindsay Jones, president of Curaleaf Florida.

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After law change, Greek medicinal users hope to enter cannabis business

Konstantinos Syros turned to cannabis 26 years ago after a motorcycle accident left him with deformed arm and debilitating pain that conventional treatments could not assuage. For years he had to buy it illegally. Now, he plans to grow it himself.

Greece legalized cannabis for medical use last year, and in March this year it lifted a ban on growing and producing it, in the hope of drawing foreign investment into the sector.

The law permitting Greeks to grow cannabis has come as a relief to patients, who say that lifting the ban on using it was only half the battle, as long as it remained hard to get.

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UK: 'Expert panel' set up to look at prescribing medicinal cannabis

The government has announced measures which could make it easier for people to access medicinal cannabis.

At the moment, it is almost impossible for anyone to get it on prescription, despite cannabis oil having proven benefit in controlling epileptic seizures. In the House of Commons today, Home Office minister Nick Hurd MP announced an expert panel to look at the scientific benefits of cannabis medicine, and any individual applications.

It will be made up of clinicians, led by chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, Mr Hurd said.

He said the high profile cases of Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley had ‘highlighted the need for the Government to explore the issue further and our handling of these issues further’.

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Michigan bans the tern 'dispensary,' opts for 'medical marihuana provisioning center' instead

Michigan has banned the use of several words commonly associated with cannabis dispensaries. One of which is the term "dispensary" itself, writes Calvin Hughes. 

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Medical marijuana: If Ohio won't let you burn it, how do you use it?

Some say medical marijuana is a misnomer, including some local officials and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.  

“People keep saying ‘medical marijuana’ and there’s no such thing,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director, Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services board of Montgomery County. “It isn’t like you can just go into a place and find a strain of marijuana that is medicinal.” 

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Virginia receives 49 applications for the state's first 5 medical cannabis licenses

Virginia has received 49 applications from medical-cannabis companies hoping to be among the first to set up shop in the state, giving officials plenty of options as they prepare to hand out five licenses this summer.

The applications, which required a $10,000 filing fee, were due last week to the Virginia Board of Pharmacy, which is planning to issue licenses to allow one medical cannabis oil dispensary in each of the state’s five health service areas.

Several participants said the number of applications was slightly higher than they expected, indicating a strong interest from local entrepreneurs and established industry players looking for a foothold in Virginia.

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Canada: AgMedica Bioscience Inc. Granted Sales Amendment for Riverview Cultivation Facility

CHATHAM, ONTARIO - June 15, 2018 – AgMedica Bioscience Inc. ("AGMEDICA" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Health Canada issued an amended licence to AGMEDICA to permit sales of dried medicinal cannabis products from its Riverview Cultivation Facility in Chatham Ontario.

This is another critical milestone in the growth of AGMEDICA. The expedited nature of the sales amendment comes 12 months after construction started and just 6 months after being granted their cultivation licence at the Riverview Facility. These significant achievements accelerate the timeline to revenue generation and are a direct result of the dedication and efforts of the entire team.

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These are the top 4 marijuana stocks with international expansion plans

As cannabis legalization spreads across the North American continent, industry insiders and pot stock investors alike look to diversify their portfolios in the global marijuana trade. With Canada on track to become the first G7 nation to legalize both recreational and medical cannabis nationally, overcrowding in the market is becoming an issue for stakeholders on all sides. It’s the reason why cannabis companies are starting to look for more opportunities internationally. These are the top four marijuana stocks with international expansion plans:

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Some marijuana convictions could disappear if voters approve legal pot

 

Untold thousands of Michiganders could be in line for a second chance if voters decide to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the Nov. 6 election.

In some other states where recreational use of marijuana has been legalized, voters or lawmakers have decided to make it easier for people convicted of marijuana crimes to get their records expunged or sealed. And Michigan could be on the same path if a bill introduced last week by state Rep. Sheldon Neeley gets a hearing and is passed.

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Mum's bid for cannabis oil decision to help treat epileptic son

A desperate mum says it would be "unconsiderably cruel" to further delay a decision on whether or not her little boy can use cannabis oil to treat his rare form of epilepsy.

Hannah Deacon, from Kenilworth, is campaigning to obtain a special licence to allow her son Alfie to use the illegal medicine to reduce the number of life-threatening seizures he suffers.

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Canada: ‘Avoid using sativa/indica terminology’

There is perhaps no debate in the world of cannabis more contentious than that of species. The genus Cannabis sativa L. is the only official species, but the cannabis industry is using other terms as indica and hybrid to promote their varieties. Associate Professor Sean Myles from the Canadian Dalhousie University recommends avoiding the use of these terms as a recent study has demonstrated that current labelling of varieties as sativa and indica does not reflect any meaningful genetic identity.

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New study suggests marijuana users have a decreased risk of Atrial Fibrillation and in-hospital mortality

Once upon a time smoking marijuana was considered to be completely detrimental to your health and to be avoided at all costs. Now medical experts are beginning to backtrack a little.

A new study involving more than one million patients has demonstrated that marijuana users actually had a decreased risk of both atrial fibrillation (AFib) and in-hospital mortality following a heart attack. Results of which were presented at the Heart Rhythm Society’s 39th Annual Scientific Sessions last month.

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8 out of 10 New York doctors support medical marijuana

A new study printed in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research finds widespread support for the medical marijuana use among licensed doctors from New York. Investigators from the University of New York discovered that 71% of practicing doctors in the state are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.

In the survey covering the whole state of practicing doctors, the researchers discovered that 76% admitted to having patients who acknowledged having used cannabis for medical purposes at some point. In addition, 50% said that they had patients who asked them about cannabis during last year.

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Rhode Island: Compassion center cuts in House budget benefit monopolies over patients

Buried under mounds of drama surrounding the House budget proposal, up for a vote on the floor Friday afternoon, those considering opening a medical marijuana dispensary in the state can find bad news and a rate hike to make your head spin.

The House has stubbornly rebuked Gov. Raimondo’s previous proposal to increase the number of dispensaries in the state from 3 to 15, and it has raised the licensing fees those current dispensaries are required to pay from $5,000 to $250,000—an increase 50 times over.

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The "Green Rush" - is this new age prospecting?

In multiple countries, lawmakers are de-criminalising or legalising the substance. Essentially, the world is changing its mind on cannabis. That’s led to a so-called ‘green rush’. Market forecaster Arcview estimates that retail cannabis sales will total $10 billion in 2018, and will rise to $24.5 billion by 2021. It projects a total global market worth $57 billion by 2027. 

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The sacred plant: The medicine and politics behind marijuana

Learn how medical marijuana could work for you from doctors, scientists and survivors in this new free docuseries.

Most Americans support medical marijuana, but few know how to use it and/or how to explain its benefits to a skeptical loved one. That’s where The Sacred Plant comes in. This docuseries hears from doctors, scientists and survivors who attest to the life-saving effects of cannabis, and the tragic realities of marijuana prohibition.

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Republicans reject marijuana research for Veterans Bill

Many veterans organizations have called on Congress to allow their members to use medical marijuana to treat injuries and conditions sustained in combat. But it appears Republicans won't even allow researching whether that's a good idea, writes Joseph Misulonas.

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Colorado's bold new medical marijuana law for students

In Colorado, House Bill 1286 was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper, allowing school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students with a medical marijuana card if their parents have a written agreement with the principal. According to The Denver Post Hickenlooper agreed to sign the bill because medical marijuana would not “end up in the hands of other students.” He had spoken to parents and children who receive medical marijuana and found their “reasoning and advocacy very compelling.”

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More marijuana in Texas? Why that question is lighting up Republicans

What's red, white, blue — and green — all over? This year it's the Republican State Convention. Thousands of Republicans gathering here this week for their every-other-year state convention are tackling issues ranging from abortion to guns. And marijuana.

At this most conservative gathering — where many delegates proudly wear their red, white and blue — some are calling for medical marijuana to be available to more Texans.

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Resolution calls for Congress to admit to drug war failures

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives that would acknowledge the war on drugs has failed. Watson Coleman filed the measure, House Resolution 933, on Tuesday. More than two dozen additional Representatives have also added their names as sponsors of the legislation.

Watson Coleman noted that the government is addressing the current opioid crisis differently than previous drug issues.

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how to break into Europe's untapped cannabis markets, according to the experts

With a rapidly changing and geographically inconsistent legal landscape for cannabis in Europe, defining an optimal market entry strategy can be a serious challenge for licensed producers in North America and other countries hoping to wheel and deal in Europe. Still, the market is there and ready for conscientious producers to make their mark, writes Brandon Hicks. 

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U.S. Senate links Department of Justice funding with medical marijuana protections

For the first time ever, the U.S. Senate will link funding of the Department of Justice with a provision that protects states with legalized medical marijuana, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies approved a bill funding the Department of Justice for 2019 with a provision that none of the funding can be used to go after medical marijuana businesses in states where it is legal.

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Canada: Are the House and Senate poised for a showdown over pot?

The head of the Independent Senators Group says the Senate is ready to hear the government's reasons for rejecting senators' amendments to cannabis legislation — but the Red Chamber also could be ready to push back.

"The initial reaction without question is one of disappointment," Sen. Yuen Pau Woo told host Chris Hall today on CBC Radio's The House.

Woo said senators tried not to undermine the core purpose of the government's Bill C-45 — to create a legal market for recreational cannabis.

However, the government's rejection of several key amendments — which it still hasn't fully explained — could turn the bill into a political ping-pong ball, bouncing between the Senate and the Commons.

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Medical marijuana passes by a landslide in SC Democratic primary

South Carolina Democrats gave medical marijuana a landslide victory Tuesday, with 82 percent declaring in an advisory vote that doctors should be allowed to prescribe the drug.

The question “Do you support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?” was approved by Democrats in all of the state's 46 counties during Tuesday's primary.

The nonbinding ballot initiative is the latest boost for legalized medical marijuana, which has been embraced by key committees in both the S.C. House and Senate.

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Aurora Cannabis to be lead investor in Choom Holdings private placement

Aurora Cannabis Inc. ("Aurora" or the "Company") (TSX: ACB) (OTCQB: ACBFF) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) announced today that it intends to complete a $7 million investment in Choom Holdings Inc. ("Choom") (CSE:CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF), whereby Aurora will receive 9,859,155 common shares from Choom's treasury, priced at $0.71 per share (the "Transaction"), representing an 8% ownership interest.

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Canada: How do employers accommodate cannabis in the workplace?

Legal recreational cannabis coming into effect in Canada has left a lot of employers feeling unprepared with how to deal with employees using marijuana at work.

Lorenzo Lisi and David Reiter, Partners at Aird & Berlis LLP spoke at the O’Cannabiz Conference and Expo in Toronto last week in a panel called Cannabis in the Workplace: Policies, Planning to Avoid Liability and Industry Stigma. The discussion provided insight on how to manage cannabis consumption in the workplace and how to accommodate those who require cannabis for medical use.

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Florida's medical marijuana patients still prevented from smoking cannabis

 

Despite a judge’s favorable ruling last month, Florida’s medical marijuana patients remain legally prohibited from smoking cannabis.

On May 25, Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers said the Florida legislature’s ban on smoking medical weed was unconstitutional and gave the state a Monday deadline to establish a distribution system for dispensaries. Floridians voted by a 71 percent margin in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana with a constitutional amendment that included no restrictions on modes of consumption.

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Oklahomans to decide in two weeks on providing medical marijuana access

 

Oklahoma voters will decide on Tuesday, June 26, on State Question 788 — a statewide voter-initiated measure that permits doctors to use their discretion to recommend medical cannabis to patients.

Under the proposed plan, licensed medical marijuana patients may cultivate up to six mature plants, and may possess personal use quantities of marijuana flower, edibles, or infused concentrates.

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Uruguay struggling to meet demand for legal marijuana

Laura Andrade recently walked out of a pharmacy in Uruguay cursing loudly because she couldn't buy legal pot.

The wine sommelier had taken a bus since pharmacies in her neighborhood don't sell the drug, but a pharmacy employee told her to come back the next day. "I work, I can't come here every day," she complained. "Today, I'll have to buy from an illegal dealer. I have no choice. This system is crap. It's useless!"

Marijuana went on sale in Uruguay last year under a 2013 law that made it the first nation to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. But the country is still working out how to meet demand in its effort to undercut drug traffickers who control the black market.

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9 Craziest conditions that can be treated with marijuana

When it comes to medical marijuana, there are a number of conditions and diseases we know it can treat. But there are also some bizarre medical situations where cannabis may also be able to help, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Here are the nine craziest conditions marijuana can actually treat:

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CBD is a schedule 1 drug? My shooting pain wonders why.

The first time I felt my left pinky go numb was last November. We’d been driving for hours on a roadtrip in Nova Scotia, and as I had done for all car rides in the past decade or so, I was knitting. I remember running my finger down the interior of the car, down my face, across the cold metal of my needles, and feeling the brutish clumsiness of a limb waking up after being pinned in a strange position during sleep. I can still picture my right hand pinching that pinky, right at the tippy top of my finger, and the sharp grip of fear, realizing I felt absolutely nothing.

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Samantha Stoner From Mindful Paws takes us inside the complex industry of marijuana for dogs

Mindful Paws is a company that makes CBD-infused dog treats for people to buy for their furry friends.

Samantha Stoner is the owner of Mindful Paws, and we talked to her about how she got into the industry and why Mindful Paws is different than other companies in the industry, writes Nick Hilden.

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