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Marijuana Lawsuit In Illinois: Courts Order State To Turn Over Secret Applications For Growing ...

The Illinois Department of Agriculture must turn over some of the applications it considered during the time it awarded medical marijuana growing licenses to various bidders, two courts ruled Thursday. The decisions centers on a lawsuit filed in February claiming state regulators may have mishandled the process of granting licenses and have kept the process secret. Turning over some of the applications would give lawyers a chance to review the process, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Meet the man trying to halt marijuana legalization

Kevin Sabet has become synonymous with the opposition to  marijuana legalization in the US. As a former drug policy adviser to the White House and co-founder, with Patrick Kennedy, of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), Sabet has long acted as a major counterpoint to pro-legalization groups like the Marijuana Policy Project and Drug Policy Alliance.

But it's been a rough battle for Sabet and SAM in recent years. Since 2012, four states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana by varying degrees, with Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon allowing retail sales and DC only permitting growing and gifting. The tide of victories appears set to continue: surveys show most Americans, particularly millennials, support legalization.

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The Soldiers who Cultivate Marijuana for Italy

In Florence arrives the cannabis Army: they produce a ton a year, but the demand is growing and the greenhouse could triple production.

FLORENCE - The greenhouse is complete at 250 square meters and 3 meters heigh. The lamps are installed in special frequency, the irrigation system is connected to the computer, the soil is in the plastic pots. Already today the Cra-Cin Rovigo should start a van, escorted, with 100 cuttings in cannabis. The destination is Florence, where the headquarters of the Military Chemical pharmaceutical plant are.

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Medical Marijuana Inc Names New President, CEO

March 19, 2015

Medical Marijuana Inc. finally has a new man at the helm. Dr. Stuart Titus, Ph.D, has been named president and CEO of the publicly traded company, and will also serve as one of the board members.

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PEI medical marijuana users involved in privacy complaints

After a privacy breach that affected thousands of people enrolled in the medical marijuana program, including some from P.E.I., a Halifax law firm wants to launch a class-action lawsuit against the federal government.              

Canada's privacy commissioner ruled earlier this week that Health Canada violated privacy rules in 2013 when it mailed out information to more than 40,000 people enrolled in the medical marijuana program.

The mailouts, which explained changes that were coming to the program, revealed the recipients were receiving medical marijuana.              

Health Canada says it was an administrative error and it's put measures in place to make sure it doesn't happen again.              

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"How Marijuana Could Lift Native American Tribes Out Of Poverty"

by Kira Lerner Posted on March 19, 2015 at 8:00 am Updated: March 19, 2015 at 9:28 am

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Australia: Victorian legal commission issues report on medical marijuana

The Victorian Law Reform Commission has released its issues paper to help guide its recommendations for how the state government might legislate to legalise cannabis use in exceptional medical circumstances.

The government has not asked the commission to report on whether such legislation is desirable ‚Äď that is a matter for the government itself to decide.

Rather, the commission has asked for public submissions to help it consider two questions central to its review: ‚ÄúWho should be eligible to use cannabis for medicinal purposes‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúHow extensive should any Victorian medicinal cannabis scheme be?‚ÄĚ

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Doctor Uses YouTube Parody to Highlight Risk of Opiods

Michael E. Barton, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Sewickley Valley Hospital near Pittsburgh, PA started posting parody videos on YouTube 5 years ago.

Recently his Emergency Department staff helped him create a parody on Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Getting Back Together" -- aptly titled "We Are Never Giving You Drugs in the ER" -- which focuses on the growing issue of prescription drug abuse. Barton said he hopes the message is an entertaining way to highlight the actual addiction issue facing hospitals across the country. The daughter of one of the nurses sang the song.

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Will NY Employees Be Protected from MMJ Firing?

New York’s Compassionate Care Act contains a provision that appears to protect certified medical marijuana patients from enforcement of zero tolerance drug policies in the workplace. The law was widely criticized when it was enacted in July 2014 because it covered so few conditions and specified vaporization as the only legal means of ingestion.

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Judge denies Kamloops man's plea to have seized marijuana plants returned

KAMLOOPS - A provincial court judge has denied a Kamloops man's application to be reunited with 10 medical marijuana plants that were seized by RCMP last summer.

Judge Roy Dickey says he sympathizes with Henry Rhode's plight, but he was breaking the law by having expired licenses and not growing at an approved site.

Dickey criticizes what he calls a "bureaucratic bungle" created by the Conservative government and Health Canada when the country's medical marijuana rules were changed.

He says a new law requiring those with permits to grow medical pot to instead purchase from an approved supplier has left people like Rhode "out to dry."

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