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Lawmakers Working To Define Medical Marijuana Future In Michigan

(WLNS) – Lawmakers are still considering measures to define the future of medical marijuana in Michigan.

Legislation discussed in the senate Wednesday aims to eliminate some of the legal gray areas, but critics say lawmakers are focusing on the wrong issues.

Medical marijuana in the state of Michigan has a complicated track record. It was approved for medical use by voters in 2008, but dispensaries became illegal under a 2013 Supreme Court case.

Yet we still see them in Michigan cities.

“How the process works is law enforcement will take a report, they provide that report to the prosecutor’s office, and the prosecutor’s going to decide whether they’ll authorize charges,” said Matt Newburg, criminal defense attorney.

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Bill could expand medical marijuana in Iowa

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ELDRIDGE, Iowa (KWQC) — The bill introduced in Des Moines on Monday could change the lives of many patients. It would allow medical marijuana for those with chronic diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, AIDS, glaucoma, hepatitis C, crohn’s disease, colitis, ehlers-danlos syndrom, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Navajo Lawmaker Firm on Stance Against Legalizing Marijuana

A lawmaker on the country's largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe's stance against legalizing marijuana.

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie says legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use contradicts Navajo values and tradition.

His bill introduced this week comes in response to an announcement last year by the U.S. Department of Justice to allow American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana within certain guidelines.

Navajo lawmakers can take action on Yazzie's bill after a public comment period.

Yazzie has said legalizing marijuana would drive up crime rates and drug addiction on the vast reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

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Longview Republican files marijuana legalization bill

Conroe Police Department Public Information Officer Dorcy Riddle stands amongst 10 to 20,000 marijuana plants waiting to be cut down by authorities Aug. 21, 2013, in Conroe, Texas. Investigators found the plants, but no suspects, through undisclosed procedures with the help of different agencies. They plan to cut them down and incinerate them after they're dried. (AP Photo/ Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, filed a bill Monday to legalize marijuana by removing all mention of the drug from state statutes.

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Germany's Greens for Cannabis Legalization

Berlin: There is movement in the debate on the legalization of cannabis. The Greens now submit a design that protects children, possession and regulated trafficking - and the State also brings taxes.

The Greens want to legalize cannabis - under strict conditions and for adults only. It was necessary to create a controlled and regulated system that protect children and young people under 18 years of age.

Green Party Vice Katja Dörner stated at the presentation of the draft "Cannabis Control Act."

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Growing opposition in Ohio to legalizing marijuana

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, OH – The debate on legalizing marijuana continues.

Just one day after a group pushing to legalize weed filed a new version of a proposal to get it passed, there is now a growing movement to stop them in their tracks.

The organization Responsible Ohio, has raised  more than 35 million dollars to put the controversial topic on the November ballot.

And just this week, resubmitted a new version of its proposal to Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine.

Bolander says, “We know that marijuana is in our communities now, we know that it’s accessible, but it’s not safe.”

But opponents say making it legal would be just as dangerous.

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STUDY SAYS CANNABIS TREATS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

A new study published by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabinoid receptor activation – something done naturally by cannabis – may provide a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints and tissues.

“Recent studies have suggested immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2R) activation”, states the study’s abstract.  Despite these recent studies, researchers say that the connection between these cannabinoid receptors and rheumatoid arthritis has been much less observed, leading them to conduct this study.  According to their researchers, data suggests that “CB2R may be a potential therapeutic target of RA [rheumatoid arthritis].”

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Marijuana gets lift as 2016 presidential race takes shape

WASHINGTON — Early signs indicate that marijuana entrepreneurs may have little to worry about as the 2016 presidential campaign takes shape, with some top-rung hopefuls warming to the idea of letting states decide whether to legalize recreational pot.

On the Republican side, those potential candidates include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, both of whom have admitted to using the drug during their younger years, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has said he was no “choir boy” in college.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she never experimented with marijuana but appears open to the idea of allowing states to legalize it.

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Jurors in Florida Marijuana Case Accept Medical Necessity Defense

A man suffering from anorexia successfully argued that he needs cannabis to stay alive.

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Texas Republican Mounts Pro-Marijuana Campaign, Bible in Hand

Did God give us marijuana for a reason?

It sounds like a stoner question, but a conservative Christian lawmaker in Texas is arguing that since God made cannabis, the government should regulate it like any other plant.

State Representative David Simpson of Longview introduced a bill Monday that would remove any mention of marijuana from Texas law, and set the plant to be regulated like tea or tomatoes. If Simpson’s bill passed, it would place sales and property taxes on buyers and growers, respectively, but it wouldn't be marked up with a so-called sin tax.

“The plant is good. God made it, and it wasn’t a mistake that government needs to fix.”

State Representative David Simpson

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