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Mar

A Marijuana Breathalyzer Might be Hitting the Streets Soon!

One of the major pushbacks that federal marijuana reform faces is the difficulty associated with detecting marijuana on drivers. Marijuana intoxication typically requires a blood test to confirm that the driver has marijuana in their system.

Tougher to detect marijuana than alcohol

Police officers find it much more difficult to detect marijuana on drivers than alcohol. A Durango county police spokesman said that officers will often charge a driver with an alcohol DUI if both alcohol and drugs are suspected because it is the same charge in the eyes of the courts.

Wed
25
Mar

The new ganjapreneurs: welcome to Oregon's hip marijuana dispensaries

You might expect someone running a pot dispensary to have few reservations about legalising marijuana in Oregon, but Lauren Terry is of two minds. “As a manager, I think this business will probably be fine. As a patient, I worry about new taxes. I worry about growers.”

Terry knows the business inside out. But like many working at the retail end of the industry, and many patients, she is nervous about how Salem will reconcile the coming world of legalised recreational sales with Oregon’s large, innovative medical marijuana industry.

Wed
25
Mar

Ohio may legalize pot this year

Peter Thiel's fund gets into pot Ohio has taken a step closer to becoming the fifth state to legalize marijuana.

A group is gathering signatures to amend the state's constitution so that Ohioans can legally consume marijuana for medical and recreational use.

The group, called ResponsibleOhio, needs to collect more than 300,000 signatures to put the amendment to a vote in November.

If voters approve the amendment, Ohio would join Colorado, Washington Oregon and Alaska as states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Washington, D.C., allows recreational use of marijuana, but it's still illegal to sell pot there. Many other states have legalized medical marijuana.

Related: Pot startups cash in on wave of legalization

Wed
25
Mar

Georgia Senate passes medical marijuana bill

A two-year effort to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia may finally succeed, as the Senate passed a likely compromise that would OK a limited form of the drug for disorders including cancer, seizures and sickle cell disease.

Wed
25
Mar

List of medical marijuana centers in NH to be released soon

Gov. Maggie Hassan said the list of organizations allowed to open medical marijuana treatment centers will soon be finalized and released to the public. One of the centers is likely to be in the southwestern part of the state.

During a recent editorial board meeting at The Sentinel, Hassan said she recognizes that medical marijuana advocates and those seeking relief from debilitating diseases have been waiting patiently for the centers to become a reality.

After N.H. legislators legalized medical marijuana in 2013, the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services was charged with sorting through applicants to open four treatment centers across the state, and developing regulations for the centers.

Wed
25
Mar

Law firm draws heat for claiming medical pot legal

A Jacksonville law firm's claim that marijuana is already legal as medicine in Florida has other supporters of medical pot crying foul.

Health Law Services, formally incorporated as IJC Law Group, is telling clients that Florida's alternative health-care laws already say that doctors can prescribe otherwise-illegal drugs such as marijuana if they determine it is the only practical medicine for the patient.

So, the firm argues, Florida does not need to change the law or impose a constitutional amendment to make marijuana a legal treatment.

Wed
25
Mar

Pennsylvania: First of three public hearings held on medical marijuana legalization

A joint public hearing on the legalization of the medical use of cannabis in Pennsylvania was held Tuesday at Pennsylvania Hospital, one of Penn Medicine’s medical facilities. 

The first of three hearings related to the use of medical marijuana, the session focused on the potential medical implications of legalizing medical marijuana, as well as the science behind the use of marijuana in treating various maladies. 

Chairman of the House Health Committee Matt Baker and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Ron Marsico spearheaded the meeting, with Baker presiding over the discussion. 

Tue
24
Mar

Bacteria in bud prompts B.C. medical marijuana firm to recall product

OTTAWA – Hundreds of medical marijuana users in British Columbia have been told the pot they thought could help them might harm them because it’s contaminated with bacteria.

Health Canada says Tilray, a Nanaimo supplier, is telling clients to stop using its Sativa House Blend, Hybrid House Blend and Indica House Blend.

The pot was contaminated with enterobacter, which is not associated with an acute health risk, said Joshua Eades, Tilray’s chief science officer.

He said the company doesn’t know where the bacteria originated.

“We are undergoing a top-to-bottom, rigorous review of our sanitation practices and procedures,” he said. “And we’ll be doing a root-cause analysis to understand what caused these results.”

Tue
24
Mar

Girl who became a face of MN medical marijuana debate dies

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. – An eight-year-old girl whose parents worked to pass legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Minnesota has died from a rare neurological disease causing severe seizures.

Katelyn Pauling's death comes just months before medical marijuana becomes available to families in Minnesota, as the first distribution center opens in Minneapolis on July 1.

"She put a face to the kids that are hurting," said Jeremy Pauling, her father. "She changed a lot of people in a lot of different ways, not only at the State Capitol, but our community and kids in our community. I think they will grow up better because of it."

Tue
24
Mar

Schedule I Ruling Delayed Again – What Does It Mean?

Judge Kimberly Mueller, the federal magistrate who made history by granting defense requests for a five-day hearing on the constitutionality of the continued inclusion of cannabis in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, was originally scheduled to meet with the parties of US v Schweder et al for a status hearing this week — but has delayed that meeting until April 15th.

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