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  1. Ron Strider

    Michigan Warns Against 'Temporary Cards' In Medical Marijuana Registration Process

    The state is advising Michigan residents to beware of third parties if they are seeking a medical marijuana registry card. According to a recent announcement from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Michiganders who want to register as medical marijuana patients...
  2. Ron Strider

    MD: Montgomery County Leads State In Number Of Patients Who Can Buy Medical Cannabis

    After about one month of medical marijuana sales in Maryland, Montgomery County leads the state in the number of patients certified to buy the substance. A state database shows that as of Dec. 21, about 10,995 people in Maryland have gotten permission to shop at a medical cannabis dispensary...
  3. Ron Strider

    PA: More Than 10,000 Patients Register For Medical Marijuana

    Some 10,135 patients have registered to participate in Pennsylvania's nascent medical marijuana program so far with 1,188 of them certified by physicians to participate in the program, according to the state Department of Health. "Patients have started to receive their medical marijuana...
  4. Ron Strider

    Few Michigan Cities Decided To Let The Weed Flow

    When Harrison Township votes on its medical marijuana ordinance next month, there is expected to be little opposition to the plan to allow a couple of dozen cannabis businesses into the Macomb County community. "At last check, we had 18 legitimate grow operations in the community. At a...
  5. Ron Strider

    Pot Legalization Could Spell End To California's Medical Marijuana Industry

    When Elias Zaldivar was an 18-year-old college freshman and decided he was in the market for marijuana, he knew just how to get it, and it didn't involve canvassing the corridors of his campus in search of that stoned-out dude who sold pot from his dorm room. Instead, he went straight to a...
  6. Ron Strider

    More Canadians Turning To Medical Pot Despite Lack Of Industry Research

    A disinterested pharmaceutical industry and the conundrum of finding a convincing placebo are just two reasons experts say there has been little quality research into medicinal marijuana. A growing number of Canadians are turning to medical cannabis despite questions about its risks and...
  7. Ron Strider

    CA: Legalizing, Governing Medical, Recreational Cannabis A Long, Complex Process

    It's been 21 years since Californians made it "legal" to use marijuana for alleviating severe medical symptoms by passing Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act. But it took seven more years for Senate Bill 420, the Medical Marijuana Program Act, to be signed into law, allowing patients...
  8. Ron Strider

    NY: How Medical Marijuana Changed My Life - Sort Of

    More than twenty years after I first attempted to quell a migraine headache with a bong hit, I have become a card-carrying medical-marijuana user. Well, not exactly. This is New York State. You can't get actual marijuana, only extracts. This makes it impossible to access what could be my best...
  9. Ron Strider

    New West Ocean City Business Dispenses Warmth, Marijuana

    The term "medical marijuana dispensary" conjures all the coziness of a hospital gown. Denise and Lyndsey Odachowski want to change that. Their mother-and-daughter pharmacy, which deals exclusively in the newly available drug, pops with splashes of green paint and sunny photographs of the...
  10. Ron Strider

    Fix Ohio's Medical Marijuana Licensing Program

    The Ohio Department of Commerce needs to call for a do-over after all of the problems it has had rewarding licenses for growing marijuana under the state's Medical Marijuana Control Program. The trouble began last month when the Ohio Department of Commerce announced a dozen winners of Level...
  11. Ron Strider

    Canada: Little Quality Research Into Medical Marijuana

    A growing number of Canadians are turning to medical cannabis despite questions about its risks and effectiveness as a health product. Marijuana's unconventional journey onto the medical market puts it at odds with more mainstream medications, which typically undergo years of costly scrutiny...
  12. Ron Strider

    RI: Officials Warn Of Large Number Of Medical Marijuana Cultivators

    Rhode Island officials warn many medical marijuana cultivators will fail under the state's current setup. The Providence Journal reports 18 businesses have been approved to sell marijuana to the state's three dispensaries. Another 93 applicants are currently in the process of acquiring a...
  13. Ron Strider

    A Beginner's Guide To Medical Marijuana

    Depending on whom you talk to, medical marijuana (also known as cannabis) is either a panacea for everything from cancer, to chronic pain, to epilepsy or it's a dangerous and illegal drug with no place in medicine. In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, making the Golden State the...
  14. Ron Strider

    Will Legal Cannabis Thrive Or Get Shutdown? 2018 Will Tell

    California's Berkeley Patients Group will be selling recreational cannabis starting at 6 A.M. on January 1st. They'll be kicking off what is sure to be a pivotal year in Cannabis — one way or the other. The industry has been expanding rapidly in sales and geography. North America spending on...
  15. Ron Strider

    KY: Let's Get Medical Marijuana Bill On Gov. Matt Bevin's Desk

    Secretary of State Alison Grimes' New Year's resolution is a bit blunt: Medical marijuana must be legalized in Kentucky to help veterans suffering from PTSD and others who are painfully ill. "This is an issue of which I hoped the commonwealth would have already addressed," Grimes told Courier...
  16. Ron Strider

    South Africa: Would You Allow Your Doctor To Give Dagga To Your Sick Child

    When it comes to kids with cancer, most health care providers say they'd help their patients get medical marijuana. That finding stems from an analysis of survey responses from 288 US doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers and registered nurses...
  17. Ron Strider

    Philippines: 'Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Boost From NBA's Kerr, Towns'

    National Basketball Association (NBA) superstars are endorsing and issuing testimonies on the medical benefits of regulated marijuana use, something the principal author of the medical marijuana bill vowed to cite and present during plenary debates on the measure. Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano...
  18. Ron Strider

    VA In Arkansas Won't Prescribe, Pay For Medical Marijuana

    Although Arkansas voters have approved the sale of marijuana for medical purposes, doctors with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will not be allowed to recommend or prescribe the drug to veterans, and the V.A. will not pay for it. As state officials work on plans to provide marijuana...
  19. Ron Strider

    NY: Veterans Are Pivotal As States OK Medical Pot For PTSD

    It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in November he would sign legislation making New York the latest in...
  20. Ron Strider

    KY: In Meeting With Comer, Many Voice Support For Legalization Of Medical Marijuana

    Dozens of residents across Western Kentucky got up close and personal with U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, this week during his first marathon meeting with local constituents. Comer has a branch office at Madisonville City Hall, and he invited everyone within the 1st Congressional...
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