Medical-Marijuana Patients Don’t Always Know What They’re Getting

The vast majority of people given drug tests before Madison County District Court hearings come up positive, and that’s creating a problem for the court system.

WASHINGTON: Jessica Tonani, a Seattle biotech executive, has what she calls a “broken stomach.” Put politely, she doesn’t digest food properly, which can cause vomiting, nausea and severe weight loss. She’s had multiple surgeries, tried all the recommended treatments for her disorder and sits twice weekly for intravenous infusions. Tonani, 38, decided several years ago to Read the full article…

Washington’s Pot Label Rules Could Ease Problems

"You're telling these people, 'Here is a Reese's peanut butter (cup) look-alike. It's got 100 milligrams of THC in it. Cut it into 10 pieces,'" said Meg Collins, an executive at Good Chemistry, a Denver-based chain of marijuana shops.

WASHINGTON: When recreational marijuana stores open in Washington next month, state officials know many customers will be unfamiliar with the strength of the newly legal drug. They hope strict rules on labeling and packaging will help avoid some of the overdose problems recently reported in Colorado, the only other state where recreational marijuana use is legal. Read the full article…

South Portland Council Opposes Marijuana Legalization

South Portland City Councilors unanimously passed a resolution Monday night opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana.

MAINE: Portland became the first city on the East Coast to legalize recreational use of marijuana last November, but city councilors in a neighboring community say they don’t want the drug to be legalized there. South Portland City Councilors unanimously passed a resolution Monday night opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana. The resolution is non-binding, Read the full article…

Big Tobacco Planned Big Marijuana Sales In The 1970s

Public health researchers scanned 80 million pages of digitized company documents for keywords such as, “marijuana,” “cannabis,” “reefer,” “weed,” “spliffs,” and “blunts.” The results, published Tuesday in the Milbank Quarterly, reveal a long history of maneuvers toward marijuana-laced products.

Tobacco executives anticipated the legalization of marijuana as early as the 1970′s — and they wanted a piece of the action, according to newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives. Public health researchers scanned 80 million pages of digitized company documents for keywords such as, “marijuana,” “cannabis,” “reefer,” “weed,” “spliffs,” and “blunts.” The results, published Tuesday in the Milbank Quarterly, reveal Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Legislation Continues Through NY Legislature, Waiting To Head To Senate Floor

Advocates cheered as the New York State Assembly approved a medical marijuana bill that would  permit patients to possess small amounts of marijuana to treat approved medical conditions.

NEW YORK: The fate of a medical marijuana bill remains up in the air in New York State. The State Assembly has approved a version that would allow patients to obtain the drug for medical treatment, while a similar measure remains hung up in the State Senate. Advocates cheered as the New York State Assembly approved Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Licence Applications Pile Up At Health Canada

The application frenzy has drawn basement growers, well-heeled entrepreneurs with pharmacy expertise and even struggling junior mining firms trying to find a lucrative new business line.

CANADA: There’s no business like grow business. Health Canada is struggling to process a mountain of applications for licences to grow medical marijuana as the country experiences a “green rush” of firms wanting to grab a piece of the coming boom. The department had received 858 applications as of late last month, and new ones were Read the full article…

Oregon House Backs medical Marijuana Amendment

Prosecutors will dismiss a total of 50 pending cases involving marijuana-related activities that will be legal when the new law becomes effective for possession and cultivation July 1, 2015.

OREGON:  The U.S. House narrowly passed a bill early Friday morning that would block the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws — but it wasn’t a close vote when it came to the Oregon congressional delegation. All five Oregon representatives voted for the amendment, including the lone Republican in the delegation, Greg Walden.  He Read the full article…

South Africa Parliament Introduces Bill To Legalize Dagga

Last year Oriani-Ambrosini was diagnosed with stage four, inoperable lung cancer, which forms the background to this bill.

SOUTH AFRICA: The Medical Innovation Bill, a bill to legalize Cannabis in South Africa for medical, economic and industrial purposes, was introduced in parliament today. The bill was submitted by Member of Parliament, Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini from the Inkatha Freedom Party. The Medical Innovation Bill aims to make provision for innovations in medical treatments by legalizing Read the full article…

Why Republicans Are Slowly Embracing Marijuana

the bulk of the action with marijuana legalization has been at the state level, with most members of Congress hesitant to express support

CALIFORNIA: After years of voting down almost every proposal championed by pot legalization advocates, the House made a surprising move this week, approving a measure that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from busting state-licensed medical marijuana operations. The action in the GOP-dominated House reflected a continued shift in thinking on the issue for lawmakers Read the full article…