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New Mexico Secretary of Health Again Refuses to Add Opioid Use Disorder to Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions

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New Mexico Secretary of Health Again Refuses to Add Opioid Use Disorder to Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions | Drug Policy Alliance

SANTA FE, NM — On Friday, September 7th, the New Mexico Department of Health announced that Secretary Lynn Gallagher would not allow people suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) to qualify for medical cannabis in New Mexico. This is the second time the Medical Advisory Board’s (MAB) recommendation to add opioid use disorder was denied; […]

New Mexico Secretary of Health Again Refuses to Add Opioid Use Disorder to Medical Cannabis Qualifying Conditions | The Daily Chronic

 

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Report: Marijuana Retailers Aren’t Magnets for Serious Crimes

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Report: Marijuana Retailers Aren’t Magnets for Serious Crimes | NORML

SAN DIEGO, CA — State-licensed marijuana retailers are not magnets for serious criminal activity, according to a six-month analysis of law enforcement data conducted by the Voice of San Diego newspaper. Reporters reviewed emergency calls between January and June 2018 – the first six-months during which state-licensed retailers were permitted to operate within the city. Investigators determined that relatively few […]

Report: Marijuana Retailers Aren’t Magnets for Serious Crimes | The Daily Chronic

 

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Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program

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Delaware Adds Two Qualifying Conditions to Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

DOVER, DE — Democrat Governor John Carney has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of patients eligible to access medical marijuana in Delaware. House Bill 374, which took immediate effect, expands the statutory definition of a “debilitating medical condition” under the state’s medical cannabis law to include glaucoma and “chronic debilitating migraines.” An earlier version of […]

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First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced in Senate

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First Ever Veterans-Focused Medical Bill Introduced in Senate | NORML

WASHINGTON, DC — Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Wednesday introduced legislation, The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, to expand and facilitate medical cannabis access to military veterans suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, and other serious medical conditions. Under existing regulations, VA doctors are not permitted to fill out the mandatory paperwork […]

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These Four States Will Vote on Marijuana in November

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These Four States Will Vote on Marijuana in November | Phillip Smith

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana since 2012, but all of those states have been in the West or the Northeast. This year, with marijuana legalization on the ballot in Michigan as well as North Dakota, legal weed could make a heartland breakthrough. Similarly, medical marijuana’s rise to acceptance continues, and […]

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Risk of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms

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Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Risk of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms | NORML

CHICAGO, IL — Males with a history of cannabis use are far less likely than non-users to suffer from lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), according to data published in the journal Urology. Investigators with the University of Chicago assessed the relationship between cannabis use and LUTS in a nationally representative sample of men between the ages of 20 and 59. […]

Study: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Risk of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms | The Daily Chronic

 

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Florida Governor’s Opposition to Medical Marijuana Hurts His Senate Bid

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Florida Governor’s Opposition to Medical Marijuana Hurts His Senate Bid | NORML

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Republican Governor Rick Scott‘s failure to expeditiously implement Florida’s voter-approved medical cannabis law hurts his support among voters, according to polling data compiled by StPetePolls.org for FloridaPolitics.com. Nearly half of voters polled (49 percent) said that they are “less likely” to support Scott’s US Senate candidacy because he “opposed medical marijuana” legalization, and because “his administration […]

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Congressional Leadership Strips Provisions Facilitating Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans

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Congressional Leadership Strips Provisions Facilitating Medical Marijuana Access for Veterans | Justin Strekal

Lawmakers have removed language from pending federal legislation that sought to facilitate veterans’ access to medical cannabis in jurisdictions that regulate it. The decision to strip out the Veterans Equal Access Amendment flies in the face of the horrific medical realities that our nation’s heroes who are desperate to mitigate. This move thwarts the will of the […]

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NORML PAC Announces New Slate of Congressional Endorsements

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NORML PAC Announces New Slate of Congressional Endorsements | NORML

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Political Action Committee (NORML PAC) has announced their most recent slate of bi-partisan reelection endorsements for incumbent members of the United States House of Representatives. “There was more momentum behind federal marijuana law reform in 2018 than in any previous year, and that is in no […]

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New York: Brooklyn DA to Vacate Thousands of Past Marijuana Convictions

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New York: Brooklyn DA to Vacate Thousands of Past Marijuana Convictions | Paul Armentano

BROOKLYN, NY — Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez at a press conference today announced his intent to vacate over ten thousand low-level marijuana convictions. Though state lawmakers decriminalized minor marijuana possession offenses in 1977, possessing small amounts of cannabis “in public view” remains a criminal misdemeanor. City police have made several hundred thousand arrests since the late 1990s for violation of the […]

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