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Tasmania to green light cannabis farming

Tasmania is set to give the green light for Australia’s first legal medical marijuana grower, in what is expected to be the start of a new industry for the state. Capital Mining, a failed explorer with a plan to transform itself as the second ASX-listed cannabis company, has struck a deal that puts it in line…


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Pro-marijuana group submits first draft of ballot question

A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts has submitted an initial draft of a proposed ballot question to the state attorney general’s office. Bay State Repeal said the question would allow adults 21 or older to purchase the drug from licensed sellers while also taking steps to ban sales to…


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Idaho Governor Vetoes Limited Medical Cannabis Oil Bill

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has vetoed a bill that would have allowed parents of children with intractable seizure disorders to possess cannabis oils and other orally administered medical marijuana extracts that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) but low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In a veto message sent to the state Legislature on Thursday, Otter said that while he sympathizes with the families coping…


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Chris Christie vows to ‘crack down’ on marijuana as president

Chris Christie would “crack down and not permit” legalized marijuana if elected president, he told conservative Iowa radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday. The pledge from New Jersey’s Republican governor, who is openly teasing a bid for the White House, would be a departure from President Barack Obama, who has made clear that while he…


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Director of N.J. medical marijuana program resigns

The director of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program — who was hired with fanfare 3-1/2 years ago to manage what was widely criticized as slow and disorganized effort — has quietly resigned, the state Health Department confirmed Thursday. A retired lieutenant and 26-year-veteran of the State Police, John O’Brien left April 4, health department spokeswoman…


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Northern Ireland gets broadcast from pro-cannabis party

Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol (Cista) party has enough candidates in Northern Ireland to qualify for a five-minute slot on television. Northern Ireland is to have its first-ever party political broadcast by a party campaigning solely for reform of Britain’s drug laws on Thursday night. The Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol party (Cista) has registered…


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Iowa Senate OKs medical marijuana, but likely dead in House

The Iowa Senate voted Wednesday to pass a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for ailing Iowans, although the proposal faces strong resistance in the Republican-controlled House. “Sick and suffering Iowans are asking for our help,” said Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, the bill’s floor manager. He said the proposal would create a safe, legal,…


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CNN: 10 diseases where medical marijuana could have impact

Dr. Sue Sisley noticed an unexpected trend among her patients. The psychiatrist works with veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. Many don’t like how they feel on all the meds they take to manage their anxiety, sleeplessness, depression and the flashbacks. “There’s just a few medications on the market that…


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GEORGIA: Cannabis Oil Legal Under New Law

Medical marijuana in the form of cannabis oil will likely become legal in Georgia on Thursday. Those with the proper license would be allowed to possess up to 20 ounces of the oil once Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signs the bill into law. The law would make it legal to possess cannabis oil, which would…