Amy Stalker says she had more control over her own health when she
lived in Colorado, where marijuana can be legally prescribed as
medicine. Stalker now lives in Kentucky, where medical use of
marijuana is banned.
A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday against Gov. Matt Bevin and
Attorney General Andy Beshear that called for the legalization of
medical marijuana in Kentucky.
In his opinion, Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate wrote that the
Kentucky Supreme Court clearly established in a 2000 decision
involving actor and hemp activist Woody Harrelson that the General
Assembly has the sole discretion under the state Constitution to
regulate the use of cannabis in the state. The courts do not have the
authority to intervene, Wingate wrote.
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Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery -- who temporarily moonlighted as a
medical marijuana lawyer -- held a news conference in the state
Capitol in which he accused a Bethlehem company of threatening to
destroy the law with a lawsuit.
Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery -- who temporarily moonlighted as a
medical marijuana lawyer -- held a news conference in the state
Capitol in which he accused a Bethlehem company of threatening to
destroy the law with a lawsuit. (Steve Esack)
Prior to passage of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana law, politicians
and advocates spoke with compassion about how it would provide
alternative care to the sick and infirm.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Seemingly learning from past mistakes, state health
officials have issued an emergency rule outlining the application
process for new medical-marijuana vendors seeking to receive licenses
in two weeks.
The new rule, published Wednesday and going into effect immediately,
outsources the evaluation of the applications to "subject
matter experts," requires "blind testing" of the
applications, and includes a detailed application form --- all
departures from the Department of Health's previous medical-marijuana
regulations that spawned a series of legal and administrative challenges.
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Just a couple of years ago, discussions of how to deal with marijuana
in the Inland Empire were limited. Now, several Inland jurisdictions
are considering opening up to marijuana businesses, an overdue
development given the failure of prohibition and the anticipated
availability of commercial sales of marijuana in 2018.
Late last month, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to
move forward with plans to draft regulations for marijuana businesses
in the county's unincorporated areas. The move came after an ad-hoc
committee of Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and Chuck Washington concluded
that regulating and taxing marijuana "would enable the County to
better manage an already growing and uncontrolled industry," as
opposed to simply banning marijuana.
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Members of the Mass. State Police performed a sobriety test on a
driver in Chicopee in 2011.
The state's highest court on Tuesday limited which evidence can be
used in court to prosecute drivers suspected of operating under the
influence of marijuana, handing a victory to civil rights advocates in
a closely-watched case.
Under a unanimous ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts
police officers can no longer cite their subjective on-scene
observations or sobriety tests to conclude in court testimony that a
driver was under the influence of marijuana.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A federal anti-drug program has asked Rhode Island
- -- and more than two dozen other states where medical marijuana is
legal -- to turn over data about patients in the program.
The move has alarmed some who question why the federal government,
which has at times appeared to be antagonistic towards the drug, is
interested in the information.
The National Marijuana Initiative, an arm of the High Intensity Drug
Trafficking Area program, which reports to the White House, contacted
the Rhode Island Department of Health in August seeking data from 2012
to 2016 on the number of patients in the program, as well as patients'
age, gender and a breakdown of the medical conditions under which they
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The Boston Freedom Rally was on Boston Common on Saturday.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to Boston Common this
weekend for the 28th annual Boston Freedom Rally - the first time the
marijuana festival has been held since voters approved a ballot
referendum last November legalizing the drug for recreational use.
As of Saturday morning, about 7,400 people indicated on Facebook that
they plan to go to the rally, organized by the Massachusetts Cannabis
The festival, which began Friday, is scheduled to be held from noon to
8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday according to its Facebook page.
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A pay-to-play system has developed between state-licensed cannabis
operators and municipal governments across the country for local
zoning. The same model has quickly materialized in Pennsylvania, and
now one town has gone too far.
Muhlenberg Township in Berks County was trying to squeeze a dispensary
- - Franklin Bioscience LLC - for 5 percent of its annual profits.
The issue was revealed when the Pennsylvania Department of Health
released a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer from medical-marijuana
program director John Collins to the company's CEO, Andrew Weiss,
allowing the dispensary to relocate after getting pressured for the
cash. Collins wrote:
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California companies would be prohibited from selling marijuana
edibles made in the shape of a person, animal, insect or fruit under a
measure given final legislative approval Thursday and sent to the
governor for consideration.
"We are trying to protect children," said Assemblyman Rudy Salas
(D-Bakersfield), who authored AB 350.
Lawmakers said marijuana edibles have been made in the past to look
like gummy bears or miniature pineapples. In April, some middle school
students in San Diego got sick after a classmate sold them
marijuana-laced gummy bears.
The state plans to begin issuing licenses for the sale of recreational
marijuana to people 21 and older in January, so lawmakers have
introduced several bills aimed at preventing pot from being marketed
Democrat Larry Krasner, the front-runner to become Philadelphia's next
district attorney, says he supports city-sanctioned spaces where
people addicted to heroin can inject drugs under medical supervision
and access treatment, a move advocates see as a promising step toward
making the city the first in the U.S. to open such a site.
His Republican opponent, Beth Grossman, says she's open to discussions
on the matter.
For those on the front lines of the heroin crisis in Philadelphia,
both are encouraging stances in a political arena where the idea can
still be dismissed out of hand. But recently, cities across the
country have begun to consider the possibility of instituting
supervised injection sites; several nations, including Canada, have
used the approach for years.
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Two initiatives that would amend Detroit's medical marijuana ordinance
to allow dispensaries to open near liquor stores, and grow facilities
to operate legally, will appear on the November ballot, after a Wayne
County circuit judge's ruling earlier this week.
If approved by voters in November, the changes could have a
wide-reaching impact on the city's budding marijuana industry.
Detroit corporation counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell told the Free Press
that the city respects the right of voters to decide but concerns have
been raised about the measures, particularly the one that would impact
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Just six days after her 28-year-old son died from a heroin overdose,
the president of the Pennsbury school board wept as she thanked her
colleagues for unanimously approving an ambitious new $149,000
antidrug program aimed at fighting an opioid epidemic that has ravaged
young grads in their Lower Bucks County community.
"Thank you all for doing this - now more than ever it means the world
to me," a tearful Jacqueline Redner said immediately after the vote.
After a decadelong battle with addiction, her son Josh was found dead
in a motel room on Sept. 13.
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He was licensed to grow hemp in Kentucky. Police say they found
Kentucky officials are reviewing a case that could result in a former
sheriff being kicked out of the state's pilot program to grow
industrial hemp after he was charged with cultivating marijuana.
Former Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman is thought to the first
participant in the hemp program to be arrested for allegedly growing
marijuana, hemp's psychoactive cousin.
Peyman has been approved to grow hemp since 2015, the year after he
lost reelection and left office, according to the Kentucky Department
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Federal interference with Pennsylvania's medical-marijuana program
would "force more suffering on some of our most vulnerable
constituents," Gov. Wolf said in a letter to Rep. Charlie Dent (R.,
Pa.), who serves on the House Appropriations Committee.
Wolf is alarmed that Congress could eliminate a provision in an
appropriations bill that for four years has prohibited federal
agencies from cracking down on the implementation of state-approved
The states considered the provision, known as the Rohrabacher
amendment, as tacit protection that gave them permission to launch
their cannabis programs.
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With Pennsylvania teetering on the edge of another budget cliff, it is
immensely clear to me that we must get creative in finding long-term
revenue solutions to prevent total financial collapse.
Last month, as a short-term fix to the state's cash-flow woes, I
cosigned a $750 million loan from Treasury's Short Term Investment
Pool. That loan cost the state $141,000 in interest.
What's more, Treasurer Joe Torsella is forecasting the state's general
fund balance will hit negative $1.6 billion by mid-September. This is
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Any day now, medical marijuana will legally start to grow in the state
It will be planted, grown and processed on a 10-acre parcel of land in
Schulenburg, a small community east of San Antonio, now that the
company that owns the property -- Cansortium Texas -- has received the
state's first license to do so.
The low-level cannabidiol will be sold, under a 2015 law, to help
Texans with intractable epilepsy if federally approved medication
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Former Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman was involved in a
marijuana-growing operation and possessed enough anabolic steroids to
indicate he was trafficking in the drug, Kentucky State Police have
A detective for the state police Drug Enforcement/Special
Investigations unit for the eastern half of the state arrested Peyman
at his farm south of McKee Wednesday at 4:44 p.m. after serving a
search warrant, according to the citation.
The citation said the warrant was the culmination of an investigation
in which 61 marijuana plants had been found earlier growing at
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As Tennessee lawmakers begin discussions about possibly allowing
medical marijuana in Tennessee, the top-tier candidates seeking to
replace Gov. Bill Haslam have vastly different opinions.
While legalizing medical marijuana in Tennessee has been brought up in
the legislature several times in recent years, House Speaker Beth
Harwell, who announced her run for governor in July, made headlines
when she said she was open to the idea.
Last month, Harwell said a treatment using marijuana for her sister's
back injury caused her to reconsider whether the Volunteer State
should embrace medical cannabis, the Associated Press reported.
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A sleeper issue has emerged among DFL candidates in the 2018
governor's race: Marijuana.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, state Reps. Erin Murphy, Tina Liebling
and Paul Thissen, and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz all support legalizing
marijuana for recreational and not just medical use. Among the major
DFL candidates, only State Auditor Rebecca Otto declined to do so.
"When you confront the reality of the cost of criminalization vs. the
benefits of legalization, I think the benefits outweigh the costs,"
said Coleman, whose campaign approached the Star Tribune to discuss
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Opioid use by American men may account for one-fifth of the decline in
their participation in the U.S. labor force, according to a study by
Princeton University economist Alan Krueger.
"The opioid crisis and depressed labor-force participation are now
intertwined in many parts of the U.S.," Krueger, who was chief
economist at the Treasury Department in the Obama administration,
wrote in the study released Thursday at a Brookings Institution
conference in Washington.
Krueger's study linked county prescription rates to labor force data
from the past 15 years, concluding that regional differences in
prescription rates were due to variations in medical practices, not
health conditions. In previous research, he found that nearly half of
men in their prime worker ages not in the labor force take
prescription painkillers daily.
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In 2016, rates of marijuana use among the nation's 12- to
17-year-oldsA dropped to their lowest level inA more than two decades,
according to federal survey data released this week.
Last year, 6.5 percent of adolescents used marijuana on a monthly
basis, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
That represents a statistically significant drop from 2014,A when the
nation's first recreational marijuana shops opened in Washington state
The last time monthly teen marijuana use was this low was 1994,
according to the survey.
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Not long ago, a supporter of mine visiting from California dropped by
my Capitol office. A retired military officer and staunch
conservative, he and I spent much of our conversation discussing the
Finally, I drew a breath and asked him about an issue I feared might
divide us: the liberalization of our marijuana laws, specifically
medical marijuana reform, on which for years I had been leading the
charge. What did he think about that controversial position?
"Dana," he replied, "there are some things about me you don't know."
He told me about his three sons, all of whom enlisted after 9/11.
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Educating lawmakers and the general public will be a key component of
the recently formed legislative committee tasked with tackling medical
marijuana, according to one of the legislators heading up the panel.
"I think one of the goals is to make sure that the people and the
advocates and the patients are aware of what we're doing and make sure
that they give feedback to their elected officials," said Sen. Steve
Dickerson, R-Nashville, who along with Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby,
are heading up a legislative committee to study the issue.
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Singer Olivia Newton-John has used medicinal marijuana during her
battle with breast cancer and plans to promote the drug this week to
raise money for her wellness and research center.
"I will do what I can to encourage it. It's an important part of
treatment, and it should be available," Newton-John, who announced a
second battle with breast cancer in May, told News Corp. Australia.
"I use medicinal cannabis, which is really important for pain and
healing," she said. "It's a plant that has been maligned for so long,
and has so many abilities to heal."
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Gov. Chris Christie is growing impatient with the Trump administration
over its delay in declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency.
Christie said during an interview with MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on
Tuesday night that too many lives are being lost to drug overdoses for
a formal declaration to wait any longer.
"I think it's time for the president and White House staff to get on
this and for the president to demand that they get the papers in front
of him so he can sign it," Christie said.
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It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions has run into some
problems in his crusade against the marijuana. While the new
Department of Justice administration has long been mounting pressure
against the marijuana industry, the latest suggestion from the Task
Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety is to, well, do nothing.
The subcommittee was announced months ago and tasked with developing a
legal avenue for Session's marijuana crackdown. However, the
Associated Press reported the group "has come up with no new policy
recommendations to advance the attorney general's aggressively
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths
"the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and
social workers to "create and foster a culture that's hostile to drug
Sessions spoke to the annual conference of the National Alliance For
Drug Endangered Children. He said preliminary data show nearly 60,000
overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2016, the highest ever.
"Our current drug epidemic is indeed the deadliest in American
history. We've seen nothing like it," said Sessions.
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More state spending, legislation and debate on Ohio's drug crisis
don't appear to have made a dent as the statewide death toll from
accidental drug overdoses soared last year to 4,050, a 33-percent jump
Fentanyl, the deadly opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin, is
increasingly to blame for overdose deaths, with fentanyl and its
derivatives accounting for 58.2 percent of the deaths, up from 37.9
percent in 2015. There were 3,050 overdose deaths in 2015.
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Attendees of the annual marijuana "Freedom Rally" on Boston Common
laughed during last year's event.
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The administration of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is expected to
green-light the 28th annual marijuana "Freedom Rally" on Boston Common
in September, a year after organizers of the smoky, weekend-long bash
had to sue the city to get a permit.
This year's incarnation of the long-running celebration of cannabis
culture, which draws thousands of marijuana enthusiasts, is scheduled
to begin Sept. 15. It will be the first to take place since voters
legalized recreational use of the drug last November.
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BOSTON -- Marijuana legalization opponents will outnumber supporters
four to one on the new commission that will spearhead the state's
efforts to get a legal marijuana industry up and running by next
summer and then regulate the newly legal market.
Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday appointed Britte McBride, a
lawyer with experience working for the attorney general's office, the
state Senate and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security,
to the newly minted Cannabis Control Commission, and joined Gov.
Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg in agreeing on two picks
to round out the five-person panel.
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The explosion that wounded me during a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan
in 2010 left me with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic
stress. In 2012 I was medically retired from the Marine Corps because
of debilitating migraines, vertigo and crippling depression. After a
nine-year career, I sought care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
At first, I didn't object to the pills that arrived by mail:
antidepressants, sedatives, amphetamines and mood stabilizers. Stuff
to wake me up. Stuff to put me down. Stuff to keep me calm. Stuff to
rile me up. Stuff to numb me from the effects of my wars as an
infantryman in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stuff to numb me from the world
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In a decision that could change the way future medical marijuana
permits are awarded in Pennsylvania, the state has ordered the Pa.
Department of Health to reveal the identities of the panelists who
determined the winners to grow and distribute cannabis products.
The Pa. Department of Health in June awarded 12 permits to grow and
process marijuana and 27 permits to distribute the medicines in a
process that many of the unsuccessful applicants criticized as
A secret panel, comprised of about a dozen Pennsylvania state
employees, reviewed and scored hundreds of lengthy applications for
the potentially lucrative business permits, following a model
originally set by New Jersey. Other states have followed different
selection processes. Ohio, for example, hired an Atlanta-based
consultant to determine its winners, according to Cleveland.com.
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The Trump administration announced Friday that the president has
tapped Rep. Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control
In Congress, Marino has worked to expand access to treatment for
people struggling with opioid addiction.
The 64-year-old Republican congressman lives outside Williamsport,
Pennsylvania, and is a former county prosecutor who served as U.S.
attorney in Pennsylvania's Middle District under President George W.
Marino was an early supporter of the president and the first
Pennsylvania congressman to endorse Trump in the presidential primary
contest. He had previously withdrawn his name from consideration in
May, citing a family illness.
Ten bills aimed at regulating marijuana were shelved Friday by state
lawmakers, giving California's new Bureau of Cannabis Control time to
finish its own rules before lawmakers pile on with additional
The bills held by the Senate Appropriations Committee without comment
would have further regulated where pot can be used, how marijuana is
marketed, the trademarking of products and would have required the
state to produce a consumer guide.
The actions come as the state Bureau of Cannabis Control is preparing
to begin issuing licenses and regulations for the growth, transport
and sale of marijuana for medical and recreational use starting Jan.
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Opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Florida naturally comes with
a lot of red tape.
Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance at the federal
level, despite the 29 states that have legalized it for recreational
or medicinal use in recent years. That makes it nearly impossible for
banks to fund marijuana distributing companies, which in turn makes it
hard for those companies to sign a lease for a store or warehouse or
even get insurance.
But one Orlando area community bank is willing to take on the
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Steven Hoffman, a veteran corporate executive and consultant, was
named the chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, the
newly created agency that will usher in an era of legal marijuana use.
The appointment Thursday by state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg makes
Hoffman, a 63-year-old Lincoln resident, the state's top marijuana
regulator. He will hire the commission's executive director and other
staff, and oversee the writing of new rules to govern marijuana
cultivators, processors, and both medical and recreational
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A Wrentham church has launched an unusual campaign to raise awareness
of the toll opioid abuse has taken in Massachusetts.
Signs marked "#2069" - the number of opioid-related deaths reported
statewide for 2016 - have shown up in yards around the region thanks
to the efforts of Trinity Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Ron Tibbetts said he was the first to admit "we at Trinity
Church were unaware of the crisis." Then, the church's outreach
committee met with the S.A.F.E. Coalition, a Franklin-based group that
deals with substance abuse issues.
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The Food and Drug Administration has determined that illicit drug
ecstasy is a "breakthrough therapy" for post-traumatic stress disorder
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly referred to as ecstasy,
could now have a faster pathway to pharmaceutical approval in the US,
reports Science Alert.
The goal of these trials is to determine how effectively the drug
treatment can be for those suffering from PTSD.
The PSTD research trials will include 200 to 300 participants, and the
first trial will begin to accept subjects in 2018.
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Not one of the growers had any prior experience cultivating the plant,
which grows so quickly it's nicknamed "weed." So some problems were to
be expected. However, nobody anticipated one complication.
"We had some projects that really did everything right, but were
completely overrun by weeds," -- real weeds, said Russell Redding, the
state's Secretary of Agriculture. "You'd have fields that were
beautifully green, but overwhelmed by unwanted species."
Sometimes knowledge is hard-won, even in a state with a long history
of cultivation dating back to the colonial era and more than a dozen
school districts named "Hempfield."
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When it comes to buying pot for pleasure, Fresno won't be on the
Retail marijuana dispensaries and other businesses related to
recreational use of marijuana will be barred from setting up shop in
Fresno after the City Council voted 4-3 Thursday to prohibit such
Proposition 64, approved by California voters in November 2016,
legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana. It also
legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting Jan. 1,
2018 -- but gave cities and counties the authority to regulate or
prohibit commercial cannabis operations in their jurisdictions.
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An explosion in a house Wednesday night in Redford Township seriously
injured three people, and police suspect it involved an explosive
marijuana processing operation.
The three people in the house when the explosion occurred, at 8:15
p.m. on the 20100 block of Woodworth, were hospitalized with
life-threatening injuries, according to a news release from Redford
A neighbor told the station she saw three men run out of the house and
"their clothes were melted off of them" after the explosion, according
to a report from Fox 2 Detroit (WJBK-TV). .
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I was truly amazed when I heard that Beth Harwell, erstwhile
gubernatorial candidate and reefer madness maven, said she was "open"
to medicinal cannabis here in Tennessee.
This is a major reversal of policy for Ms. Harwell.
What changed her mind? She says her sister's positive experience with
state legal medicinal cannabis products in Colorado while recovering
from a broken back made her rethink the issue.
Thousands of Tennesseans have, for years now, been asking Ms. Harwell
and her fellow Republicans for a medical cannabis program, as can be
found in 29 other states so far, to treat illnesses such as my wife's
multiple sclerosis. For years now, our pleas have fallen on deaf
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After decades of dodging law enforcement and fighting for
legalization, U.S. marijuana growers face a new challenge: low prices.
From Washington to Colorado, wholesale cannabis prices have tumbled as
dozens of states legalized the drug for recreational and medicinal
uses, seeding a boom in marijuana production.
The market is still tiny compared with the U.S. tobacco industry's
$119 billion in annual retail sales, but the nascent cannabis business
has grown to more than $6 billion a year at retail, according to data
from Euromonitor International Ltd. and Cowen & Co..
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Seeking to crack down on the suppliers behind the state's lethal
opioid crisis, Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed a broad
legislative package that would create a new manslaughter charge for
drug dealers whose product causes a death.
Under Baker's plan, dealers would face a mandatory minimum of five
years for selling any drugs that result in a fatality.
"When illegal drug distribution causes a death, laws that were
designed to punish the act are inadequate to recognize the seriousness
of the resulting harm," Baker wrote in a letter to state lawmakers in
support of the legislation. "In order to ensure that accountability,
this legislation establishes enhanced penalties that directly target
those who cause death by illegally selling drugs."
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The Inland Empire has its first licensed medical marijuana dispensary,
with Green America now open for business in Perris.
"This is the first time that patients will be able to purchase their
products from a permitted dispensary," said Mark Douglas, chief
executive of the nonprofit that runs Green America. "This is a
historic day not just for Green America Inc., but for the city of
Perris and all of the Inland Empire."
The move comes after more than 77 percent of Perris voters in November
approved Measure K, an initiative put on the ballot by the Perris City
Council to remove the city's ban on marijuana businesses. The measure
permits dispensaries in industrial and commercial zones, with strict
rules on record keeping, buffers from schools and more.
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Drug dealers convicted on federal trafficking charges received the
stiffest sentences from federal court judges last year in the Midwest
and the Southeast.
But the longer sentences are more driven by the type of drugs common
in different states rather than judges in one region being tougher on
drugs than counterparts elsewhere.
In many states with longer average sentences, methamphetamines were
the most prevalent drugs in these federal cases, according to a USA
Today Network analysis of U.S. Sentencing Commission data.
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Hampden and Wyman Park residents took their concerns about a proposed
medical cannabis dispensary to City Hall on Wednesday, as Baltimore
City Council members weigh whether to put zoning restrictions on the
In Baltimore -- as well as other jurisdictions -- some residents have
been surprised to learn about proposals for the dispensaries. Just one
dispensary in the state has earned a final state license, but dozens
more across the state have preliminary licenses they hope to finalize
in the coming months.
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To weed or not to weed? That is the question for Michigan's
As the state board that will regulate Michigan's new medical marijuana
law begins to craft the rules that will govern the multimillion dollar
industry, the state's cities, townships and villages must decide
whether they want in or out.
As they are making their decisions, local officials are being
bombarded with phone calls from people who want to gain a foothold in
the medical marijuana business and are promising untold riches for the
communities that let them in.
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Northampton County's drug forfeiture program netted $132,000 last
year, the district attorney's office announced.
Northampton County's drug forfeiture program seized more than $132,000
in the past year, on par with other years despite heightened scrutiny
of the practice nationwide.
In the fiscal year ending June 30, the program brought in $122,000 in
cash, plus $9,900 from the sale of forfeited vehicles, District
Attorney John Morganelli announced.
The proceeds represented an increase from the $112,000 averaged in the
four previous years. But they were well short of the program's record
in fiscal 2011, when $283,000 was seized.
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Lansing - A member of a state board charged with creating new rules
for the virtually unregulated medical marijuana industry on Monday
called for all existing dispensaries to be shuttered until official
licenses can be doled out.
But the board tabled the issue until the Bureau of Medical Marijuana
Regulation and the office of Attorney General Bill Schuette can weigh
in after retired State Police sergeant David Bailey raised the idea.
Anxiety quickly rippled through the boardas second public hearing as
people lined up to express fear and anger that they would have to
resort to the black market to find medical marijuana.
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