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The Cannabist | JUN 6, 2017
It`s the first new qualifying condition added under the state`s medical marijuana law since it was implemented in 2001
 After years of lobbying by veterans, Colorado adds PTSD as medical marijuana condition
Alicia Wallace
Post-traumatic stress disorder is now a qualifying condition for doctor-recommended medical marijuana in Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed Senate Bill 17 into law. The bill opens the doors for Colorado residents to receive a doctors OK to use medical marijuana in the treatment of PTSD symptoms. Its the first new qualifying condition added under the states medical marijuana law since it was implemented in 2001. The states eight other qualifying conditions are: cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, cachexia, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, and se....
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The Oregonian | June 5, 2017 | WASHINGTON
 Medical pot might be helpful for veterans, says Veterans Affairs chief


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THE WASHINGTON POST
After Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin delivered his State of VA speech, his problem-plagued department was, unexpectedly, connected to two highly contentious political issues - medical marijuana and climate change. Shulkin didnt mention either controversy during his prepared remarks, delivered in the White House briefing room Wednesday for increased exposure, but they were raised in back-to-back questions from reporters. Each is a delicate issue for the physician Shulkin. Hes a scientist devoted to improved care for veterans and a top official in a Trump administr....
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Marijuana Business Daily | June 6, 2017
 Prosecution of marijuana attorney could impact industry, fellow lawyers say


John Schroyer
he week before Memorial Day, California lawyer Jessica McElfresh was charged with multiple felonies by the San Diego County district attorney. Her alleged wrongdoing? Conspiracies to commit a crime and obstruct justice and manufacturing a controlled substance. But a number of cannabis industry attorneys have another word for the charges: retaliation. The reason, they say, is simple. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis was embarrassed that her office lost in court to McElfresh when a judge ruled the DA must return $100,000 to James Slatic and his family. The money was confis....
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Smell the Truth | May 31, 2017
 New York could soon allow women to use medical marijuana for period pain


Oscar Pascual
New York lawmakers believe its time to let women treat menstrual cramps with the help of cannabis. The New York Assemblys Health Committee passed an initiative last week to add dysmenorrhea the medical term for severe period pain to the states list of approved conditions that qualify for medical marijuana use, reports Newsweek. This is a womans health issue and for years women have suffered in silence. Theres Midol. You can take Advil, but really nothing more, said Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal to Newsweek. Men have really been [the ones] whove run state hous....
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The Oregonian | May 25, 2017
 Study: Marijuana compound helps some kids with severe epilepsy
Extensive clinical trials involving marijuana have been limited because of its federal classification as a controlled substance.
Extensive clinical trials involving marijuana have been limited because of its federal classification as a controlled substance.
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THE ASSOCI@ED PRESS
A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot`s possible health benefits. ``This is the first solid, rigorously obtained scientific data`` that a marijuana compound is safe and effective for this problem, said one study leader, Dr. Orrin Devinsky of NYU Langone Medical Center. He said research into promising medical uses has been hampered by requiring scientists to get special licenses, plus legal constraints and false notions of how r....
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The Washington Post | May 12 | ST. PAUL, Minn.
 Iowa looks to team up with Minnesota for medical marijuana
Potter and Linley Sanders  AP
Top state lawmakers are trying to work out a system allowing Iowa residents to start buying medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota, a novel arrangement that could raise issues with the federal government. Iowa could join more than two dozen states with medical marijuana programs under a bill awaiting Gov. Terry Branstads signature. That legislation would expand a limited 2014 law, allowing more patients to buy the low-dose medication from in-state dispensaries by December 2018. But in the meantime, Iowa residents could look to Minnesota. A provision of the bill spe....
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Smell the Truth | May 12, 2017
 California AG ready to defend legal marijuana from feds


Oscar Pascual
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is ready to deal with any federal actions that would interfere with his states legal pot laws. In an interview with Politico Californias David Siders and Carla Marinucci on Wednesday, Becerra said he wont back down to the possibility of a federal crackdown, should U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions take any action against both the recreational and medical marijuana laws in place. I would love to see Jeff Sessions come to California and tell us were not going to move forward on cannabis. Something tells me that its not gonna happ....
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The Denver Post | MAY 9, 2017
The draft rules drew mixed reactions from industry professionals who are anxious to finally have uniform guidelines but believe the state included unnecessary testing that will drive up the price of cannabis
 What changes are coming to how California tests medical marijuana?
Brooke Edwards Staggs
The Bureau of Marijuana Control on Friday released a plan to make cannabis safer for patients, with rules for all medical marijuana legally sold in the state to be independently lab tested starting next year. The 46 pages of regulations lay out everything from what clothing lab technicians can wear when collecting cannabis samples to what level of pesticides marijuana can contain. The draft rules drew mixed reactions from industry professionals who are anxious to finally have uniform guidelines but believe the state included unnecessary testing that will drive up the pric....
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The Weed Blog | MAY 8, 2017
 What is the DUI Limit for Marijuana in States Where Its Legal?


TWB
What is the DUI limit for marijuana in states where its legal? As everyone is aware, recreational cannabis is now fully legal for adults up and down the West coast, as well as in Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine, and D.C. Psychoactive marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes in twenty other states, and counting. Critics of legalization have complained that there will inevitably be a spike in drugged driving in these green states, due to increased availability and reduced social stigma. The numbers do not necessarily prove naysayers predictions correct at least n....
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The Washington Post | MAY 5, 2017
ONDCP oversees drug addiction treatment efforts in communities, raising questions about whether federal approach to opioid epidemic will be focused on public health or law enforcement
 Report: White House plans to slash funding for fed Drug Control Policy office
Peter W. Stevenson
On Friday, Politicos Dan Diamond reported that the White House will gut funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the executive branch agency coordinating efforts to fight the opioid epidemic that has swept through rural areas of America over the last few years. And if you navigate to the Office of National Drug Control Policy website, its not much of a website. The homepage reads: Check back soon for more information. Diamond reports that Trumps proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for the office by 95 percent, drastically cutting staff and completely ....
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The Daily Cronic | May 4, 2017
 Congress 2017 Budget Plan Reauthorizes Protections for State Medical Cannabis Programs


Paul Armentano
Spending legislation approved in the past 24 hours by members of the US House and Senate reauthorizes language protecting state-sanctioned medical marijuana and industrial hemp programs. The President is expected to sign the budget bill into law imminently. Specifically, Section 537 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, states that no federal funds may be appropriated to prevent any [state] from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.. That language, initially passed by Congress in 2014, i....
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Marijuana Business Daily | May 2, 2017
 Medical cannabis businesses get breathing room after Congress extends key protections


Bart Schaneman
Congress decision to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes key protections for legal medical marijuana businesses is a clear sign the federal government will take a hands-off approach to the MMJ industry at least in the near term. As a result, medical cannabis businesses can enjoy a level of certainty for at least six months. Thats welcome relief for medical marijuana operators given the new Trump administrations mixed messages about cannabis policy. But recreational marijuana businesses are still operating in limbo, as the protections dont extend to the adul....
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Marijuana Business Daily | May 2, 2017
 Medical cannabis businesses get breathing room after Congress extends key protections
Bart Schaneman
Congress decision to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes key protections for legal medical marijuana businesses is a clear sign the federal government will take a hands-off approach to the MMJ industry at least in the near term. As a result, medical cannabis businesses can enjoy a level of certainty for at least six months. Thats welcome relief for medical marijuana operators given the new Trump administrations mixed messages about cannabis policy. But recreational marijuana businesses are still operating in limbo, as the protections dont extend to the adul....
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Smell the Truth | May 1, 2017
 Mexico nears legalization of medical marijuana


(image:David Downs)
Oscar Pascual
Building from a series of rapid marijuana law reform sweeping Mexico, the countrys lawmakers have now voted to approve marijuana use for medicinal purposes. Mexicos Lower House of Congress passed a bill on Friday to legalize cannabis for both medical and scientific needs, reports the Associated Press. The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes, the Lower House stated on its website. The bill pa....
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