Suburbs brace for medical pot sales, patients wait for state to approve it

Katherine Rasmussen, of Hainesville, who said she is undergoing chemotherapy for lupus and multiple sclerosis, was charged in May in Lake County with misdemeanor possession of cannabis.

ILLINOIS: Local leaders in far northwest suburban Huntley were taken aback when a man showed up at a Village Board meeting last month and announced he wants to open a warehouse in town to grow marijuana.

Suburbs brace for medical pot sales, patients wait for state to approve it

Katherine Rasmussen, of Hainesville, who said she is undergoing chemotherapy for lupus and multiple sclerosis, was charged in May in Lake County with misdemeanor possession of cannabis.

ILLINOIS: Local leaders in far northwest suburban Huntley were taken aback when a man showed up at a Village Board meeting last month and announced he wants to open a warehouse in town to grow marijuana.

Seattle's marijuana problem: Pets getting stoned

Pets Poisoned by Legal Pot

WASHINGTON: When marijuana was legalized, dog owners like Sam Reich never thought people smoking pot would affect her pooch. But that is exactly what veterinarian Dr. Beth Guerra is seeing inside Renton’s Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services clinic. “We are seeing quite an uptick with marijuana toxicity with mainly dogs, but occasionally cats,” Guerra said. Read the full article…

First Large Public Health Study of Medical Marijuana Use in Young Adults to Begin with NIH Grant to Drexel

Dr. Stephen Lankenau, an associate professor in the Drexel University School of Public Health

PENNSYLVANIA: Drexel University has received a grant for a five-year study of medical marijuana and its impact on drug use and physical and psychological health among young adults in Los Angeles. It is the first large-scale NIH project funded to directly investigate medical marijuana use among young adults aged 18 to 26.

Buying Pot For My 11-Year-Old

11 year-old medical cannabis patient Natasha

I am standing in line in one of our state’s legal pot clubs, which sells marijuana to anyone with a doctor’s letter of recommendation. The “patients” look similar to the customers in a middle-market liquor store. There are a preponderance of frat boys and surfer dude-types, women with tattooed shoulders and piercings and a few Read the full article…

Walter Rubel: Medical marijuana horror stories up in smoke

Medical Marijuana

NEW MEXICO: Essie DeBonet was 61 years old when she attended the New Mexico House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee in 2006, but she appeared to be much older. Frail and unsteady, DeBonet was clearly gravely ill.

A Link Between Marijuana, Schizophrenia Is Tenuous

"Samuel T. Wilkinson's attempt to tie marijuana to mental illness is reefer madness all over again."

NEW YORK: Samuel T. Wilkinson’s attempt to tie marijuana to mental illness (“Pot-Smoking and the Schizophrenia Connection,” WSJ op-ed, July 2) is reefer madness all over again. The evidence indicating a causal relationship between marijuana consumption and mental disorders is “neither very new, nor by normal criteria, very compelling,” according to research published in the journal Read the full article…