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Carbondale traffic stop nets 160 bags of heroin

CARBONDALE — City police seized 160 bags of suspected heroin and arrested two men following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.

Christopher Bandelt, 21, 36 N. Church St., and Victor McKinney, 19, listed as homeless, were taken into custody Wednesday after police stopped the red Dodge Neon they were occupying. A search of the car yielded three bricks of suspected heroin, which amounts to 150 bags of the drug. A 10-bag bundle of heroin also was discovered in the car, police said.

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Pot-license “points” systems in Aurora, Thornton invite legal scrutiny

Cities and towns in Colorado have devised all sorts of ways to decide how many pot shops can open and where, but two communities using a points-based system to evaluate and select prospective recreational marijuana businesses — Aurora and Thornton — are running into legal hot water.

Aurora is facing a lawsuit alleging that it didn’t follow its own rules for ranking pot shop applicants for the two dozen licenses it issued. Thornton, which has four available licenses for recreational…

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Can Decriminalizing Marijuana Lead to Higher Wages? Study Says Yes.

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IRVINE, CA — Reducing criminal penalties for marijuana offenses is associated with greater overall employment and higher wages, according to data compiled by economists at the University of California.

Researchers at the Economic Self-Sufficiency Research Policy Institute at the University of California at Irvine assessed the relationship between statewide marijuana decriminalization laws and labor outcomes.

Authors reported that decriminalization is…

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Alcohol, tobacco interests eyeing Michigan marijuana market

By John Schroyer

At a time when Michigan’s medical marijuana regulations are being written – and adult-use proponents are finalizing a legalization measure for the 2018 ballot – representatives from the alcohol and tobacco industries have had a seat at the negotiating table.

It’s not yet clear how the alcohol and tobacco interests will be involved in the marijuana business.

But there are signs the tobacco industry is at least eyeing the retail end of the market. And MJ industry officials have…

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Lowe to present cancer research findings at Harvard summit

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Jamaican cancer research scientist Dr Henry Lowe will be heading to Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, this weekend, to participate in the 2017 Global Health Catalyst Summit.He is expected to discuss his research findings on cannabis and cancer.

Dr Lowe will also participate in the innovative partnerships/collaborations in curbing the growing global burden of noncommunicable diseases like cancer.

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Vermont man grew pot because he thought it’d be legal soon, police say

ST. ALBANS, Vt. — Vermont police have arrested a man who acknowledged growing marijuana to prepare for possible statewide legalization of the drug.

St. Albans police say they came across Michael Marshall while investigating a hunting violation. Marshall fled into a house after a confrontation with police, and then consented to a search of the residence. Police say they then found and seized 13 full-grown marijuana plants and 27 smaller plants.

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New studies shine light on cannabis consumers’ spending habits

America’s legal marijuana market topped $6.5 billion in 2016 and is projected to grow to $24 billion by 2025, yet data-driven insights into consumers have remained elusive.

Two new studies are shining a light on the cannabis consumer, providing insight into actual purchase behavior as the industry prepares for four new state recreational markets, including California, and six new medical markets expected to come online in the next eight months.

As the legal recreational and medical cannabis…

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Judge remands marijuana dispensary suit to QA Circuit Court

CENTREVILLE — U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Motz dismissed a federal claim against Queen Anne’s County after a hearing April 13 in Baltimore.

Hippocratic Growth and two other companies are suing the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners to allow a medical marijuana dispensary at 101 Drummer Drive, Grasonville.

The judge found the plaintiffs “did not have a property/vested right,” attorney Kevin…

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Colorado House votes to bar cops from helping with federal marijuana crackdown

DENVER — Colorado may prohibit law enforcement officers from assisting in a potential federal marijuana crackdown.

The state House voted 56-7 Wednesday to bar public employees from assisting federal agents in “arresting a Colorado citizen for committing an act that is a Colorado constitutional right.”

The Colorado bill doesn’t specifically mention marijuana. But sponsors say it is inspired by threats that federal authorities may try cracking down on the marijuana industry. Federal…

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PA gets hundreds of applications for medical cannabis licenses

Pennsylvania has received hundreds of applications from entrepreneurs interested in obtaining cultivation and dispensary licenses under the state’s new medical marijuana program.

In a live-streamed press conference, state regulators said Wednesday they had received more than 500 packages containing one or more grower or dispensary applications. The winners are expected to be announced by the end of June.

State regulators said 258 applications have been processed. They included 132…

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Canada legalization chief: Let black-market MJ growers join

The chair of the Canadian government’s marijuana legalization task force believes black-market growers should be allowed to participate in the country’s new recreational cannabis industry.

Such as move could affect business opportunities. The federal government’s proposal stipulated that newer, smaller cultivators would be given an opportunity to participate in the nation’s new rec industry, although existing licensed medical marijuana producers would get first dibs on the new…

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State of the Leaf: Sacramento Sees 500% Drop in Cannabis Arrests

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Arkansas

It’s regulation by legislation in Arkansas as lawmakers cobble together the rules that will govern the state’s nascent medical cannabis program. There is a ton of new laws. Literally dozens of them.

“They did some crazy things, but it wasn’t anything that would affect the overall stability or the overall ability to get medicine, marijuana to the patients,” said David Couch, who led the campaign for the November ballot measure that legalized medical cannabis in the state.

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West Virginia Governor Signs Limited Medical Marijuana Measure Into Law

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice (D) signs Senate Bill 386, the Medical Cannabis Act, on April 19, 2017. The Governor was joined for the bill signing by two of the initiative’s primary supporters, Senator Richard Ojeda (D-Logan) and Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha), as well as Senator Mike Woelfel (D-Cabell) and Dr. Rahul Gupta the State Health Officer and Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health. (image/Office of the Governor)

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Cannabis use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia

A new study points to cannabis as a trigger for schizophrenia. The research finds that smoking pot or using cannabis in other ways during adolescence may serve as a catalyst for schizophrenia in individuals already susceptible to the disorder.

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In a first, drug use eclipses alcohol in fatal crashes

By Ashley Halsey Iii, The Washington Post

For the first time, statistics show that drivers killed in crashes are more likely to be on drugs than drunk.

Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, eclipsing the 37 percent who tested above the legal limit for alcohol, according to a report released Wednesday by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

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Do medical marijuana laws promote illicit cannabis use and disorder?

Illicit cannabis use and cannabis use disorders increased at a greater rate in states that passed medical marijuana laws than in other states, according to latest research. The new study is among the first to analyze the differences in cannabis use and cannabis use disorders before and after states passed medical marijuana laws, as well as differentiate between earlier and more recent periods and additionally examine selected states separately.

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Colorado lawmakers pass bill adding PTSD to MMJ conditions list

The Colorado Legislature has approved a bill that would add post-traumatic stress disorder to its list of medical ailments that qualify patients for medical marijuana, a move that could provide a shot in the arm to the state’s MMJ industry.

The state Senate signed off on the measure Tuesday, and the bill now heads to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has not yet indicated if he will sign it into law.


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What the cannabis industry can learn from the natural products business: Q&A with Loren Israelsen

By Bart Schaneman

Loren Israelsen feels the cannabis industry’s pain.

For more than three decades, he’s been dealing with regulatory and commercial issues in the global dietary supplement industry, including labeling and being viewed as a fringe business. Israelsen is the president of the United Natural Products Alliance.

The Salt Lake City-based trade association represents more than 100 natural products, dietary supplements and related companies. He’s watched firsthand the issues that arise…

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Medical marijuana, genital mutilation & corpse abuse bills work through Texas legislature

Texas Capitol in Austin. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Here is the latest on some of the bills currently being considered by the Texas legislature.

Texas advocates push longshot pot bills with veterans, moms

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Medical marijuana advocates in Texas are playing up support from non-traditional sources to push longshot legislation easing pot laws in the country’s largest conservative state.

Conservative Christian mothers of autistic children and veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder rallied outside the state…

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Creating standards for cannabis industry gets ASTM International board approval

ASTM International, a century-old standards organization, gave the official go-ahead to establish a standards-writing committee for the cannabis industry, officials announced Tuesday.

ASTM’s board of directors approved the formation of Committee D37, a group that will develop standards for cannabis, its products and processes, officials said. The committee, reported on by The Cannabist in March, is scheduled to hold its first meeting on June 11.

“This committee will help meet a need for…

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Colorado bill adding PTSD to medical marijuana list heads to governor’s desk

A bill to add PTSD to the list of Colorado’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions is headed to the governor’s desk.

The Colorado Senate on Tuesday voted 32-2 to re-pass Senate Bill 17, which was amended in the House.

What’s happened to this point:

The state House on Friday passed SB 17 by a vote of 39-25, with one member absent. The vote came a day after the bill was amended in second reading to add a stipulation that one of the two recommending physicians required for minor patients be…

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Houston indoor farming co. agrees to acquire San Antonio co. to focus on medical cannabis

Houston-based Indoor Harvest Corp. will acquire San Antonio-based Alamo CBD LLC to create a company focused on medical cannabis, according to a press release. The companies first announced they were working on a potential deal at the beginning of the year.

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Colorado Lawmakers Pass Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Approximately 8 million adults suffer from PTSD, including many military veterans. (WikiMedia Commons/USMC)

DENVER, CO — Lawmakers in the Colorado legislature have passed a measure to add post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in the state.

The measure, Senate Bill 17, will now be sent to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper for final approval.  It was approved

Previous attempts to add PTSD to the conditions that qualify a…

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Oregon marijuana company fined $5,300 over butane explosion

Oregon regulators fined Higher Level Concentrates $5,300 for workplace safety violations following a butane-extraction explosion last year that landed one man in a Portland burn ward.

The Oregonian reported that Oregon OSHA fined the extraction company, which is based in in Astoria, for failure to:

  • Ventilate the building
  • Have an adequate electrical system
  • Obtain city permits


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The accident occurred last October, when, according to a lawsuit, William “Chris” West was handling butane…

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Montana close to enacting medical cannabis rules

A bill that would create a seed-to-sale tracking system, licenses, fees and regulations for Montana’s medical marijuana industry is one vote away from moving to the governor.

The Montana House gave preliminary approval to a bill to regulate the medical marijuana industry after voters last November approved lifting restrictions that severely restricted sales of MMJ by dispensaries. The Senate already approved SB 333, which now must pass a final House vote before it goes to the governor.


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Marijuana bill moving to full Florida Senate

– Florida patients wouldn’t have to wait 90 days to purchase marijuana if doctors recommend the treatment, under a proposal on its way to the Senate floor for a vote.

The possibility of a 90-day requirement remains one of the biggest patient-focused differences between House and Senate measures crafted to carry out a constitutional amendment — overwhelmingly approved by voters in November — that legalized marijuana for a broad swath of people with debilitating medical…

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Texas Medical Marijuana Supporters Push for Hearings on Critical Legislation

Medical marijuana supporters outside the Texas capitol on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (Heather Fazio)

AUSTIN, TX — A group of patients, caregivers, and medical professionals gathered at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to allow hearings on critical medical marijuana legislation.

The group called on House Public Health Committee Chairman Four Price and Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Charles Schwertner to schedule hearings on HB 2107…

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CANNABIS WEARS CALIFORNIA’S AGRICULTURE CROWN

With warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters, it is no surprise that California produces more than two-thirds of all the fruits and nuts and one third of all the vegetables grown in the United States. In fact, all told, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, California’s agriculture industry is worth approximately $47 billion dollars—that’s more than 11 percent of the national total. But it’s not oranges or lettuce that are raking in the most cash in the state; it’s cannabis.

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Washington Lawmakers Send Marijuana Reform Bill to Governor

OLYMPIA, WA — Lawmakers in Washington state have sent a comprehensive marijuana reform bill to the desk of Governor Jay Inslee (D), making several changes to the state’s cannabis regulation policies.

The bi-partisan Senate Bill 5131 was sponsored by Sens. Anna Rivers [R] Steven Conway [D], and received overwhelming support in both chambers of the legislature.

Among the notable changes made by SB 5131 is a provision that makes it legal for adults 21 or older to share up marijuana…

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Ohio issues applications for medical cannabis growers

Prospective medical marijuana growers can start applying for a license in Ohio now that the state has begun issuing applications for one of 24 available MMJ cultivation permits.

The Ohio Department of Commerce plans to issue up to 12 licenses for large grows totaling as much as 25,000 square feet of growing space and another dozen for small grows ranging up to 3,000 square feet.


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Colorado Supreme Court sides with Northglenn on local controls for marijuana licensing

Northglenn City Council—had the right to deny a medical marijuana license because the new dispensary was deemed superfluous, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.

The state’s highest court ruled that Northglenn’s code—language listing criteria such as “number, type, and availability” of existing medical marijuana centers when considering new applications was not “unconstitutionally vague.”

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Mnuchin Comments on Federal National Mortgage Assctn Fnni Me(OTCMKTS:FNMA) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp(OTCMKTS:FMCC)

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently commented on mortgage-finance giants, Federal National Mortgage Assctn Fnni Me(OTCMKTS:FNMA) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp(OTCMKTS:FMCC), and noted that overhauling the mortgage financing system is crucial.

 

Mnuchin stated, “We are committed to working with the House and the Senate on having a reform package that makes sure that we promote necessary liquidity in the housing markets.” However, the Treasury Secretary noted that the overhaul isn’t a focus in…

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Denver marijuana shops get green light to stay open until 10 p.m.

Denver marijuana licensees on Monday received permission from the city to keep their stores open until 10 p.m. — a move the industry says will help it compete with businesses in some neighboring cities.

Stores that offer recreational or medical marijuana sales (or both) will get the option to adjust their hours beginning May 1. Denver has 218 storefronts, making up the lion’s share of stores in the metro area.

The City Council approved a change to the city’s allowed sales hours —…

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Gov. Branstad to likely sign medical marijuana bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — Governor Branstad says he’ll likely sign the medical marijuana bill into law.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signs a bill into law on Feb. 17, 2015. (Courtesy: Office of the Governor of Iowa)

The bill expands access to medical cannabis to people with more than a dozen conditions.

It passed the Senate. But its fate was uncertain in the House. During his weekly news conference Monday, Branstad said he was pleased the legislature reached…

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Oregon signals more inspections of marijuana cultivation sites

An adviser to Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown said state inspections of cannabis cultivation sites will become more frequent now that additional facilities have been licensed.


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Speaking with local officials in southwestern Oregon, Jeff Rhoades didn’t offer any details about how inspections would be increased, the Grants Pass Daily Courier reported.

According to the newspaper, only 13 cultivation sites were inspected last year in Josephine County – where Grants Pass is the county seat – out…

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The Cannabist honored with journalism awards for health, business coverage

There are scores of stories to be told about the evolution of marijuana legalization in America, and cannabis journalism is receiving mainstream recognition.

The Cannabist’s Alicia Wallace, who covers national business and policy matters along with Colorado-based topics, has received multiple honors for her in-depth reporting in the past year. The Denver Post, which oversees The Cannabist, also picked up a number of awards for topical marijuana coverage.

Wallace, who worked on The Denver…

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Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Opens in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD — After lengthy delays, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has opened up the patient and caregiver registry for the state supervised medical marijuana program.

Starting Monday April 24, open enrollment for all patients and caregivers is available on the agency’s website.

The registry was opened in a three-phase roll-out earlier this month. Previously, patients and caregivers with last names starting A through L could only register in the week beginning…

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Mayor Hancock: Denver to review 4/20 event that left Civic Center in “disrespectful state”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday ordered a city review into rampant fence-hopping, public pot-smoking and slow trash cleanup that left Civic Center in a “disrespectful state” during and after last week’s 4/20 celebration.

Delivering his most forceful critique of the annual event, Hancock said the city’s inquiry could yield penalties for organizers and affect how the event unfolds in future years.

“Our parks and public spaces are held in the public trust. … When you leave…

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Second New York medical cannabis firm launches home delivery

Vireo Health, one of the five licensed medical marijuana companies in New York, rolled out home delivery for its patients late last week, reportedly the second in the state to do so.


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Vireo, which first obtained permission from the state in January to deliver medical cannabis instead of requiring patients to pick up purchases at storefront dispensaries, has launched its service by offering deliveries in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, as well as in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long…

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Chili peppers and marijuana calm the gut, study suggests

You wouldn’t think chili peppers and marijuana have much in common. But when eaten, both interact with the same receptor in our stomachs, according to a new paper. The research could lead to new therapies for diabetes and colitis, and opens up intriguing questions about the relationship between the immune system, the gut and the brain.

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Genetic factors may contribute to adverse effects produced by synthetic cannabinoids

Synthetic cannabinoid abuse is a growing problem in the US. New discoveries tied to genetic factors that increase a person’s risk for experiencing the most dangerous effects of these drugs could lead to more effective treatments and antidotes.

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A Veteran Returned Home With PTSD And Pain, So He Became A Medical Marijuana Patient

Leo Bridgewater is a 42-year-old father of two, a veteran who served three tours of duty in the Army and a former Defense Department contractor who worked as a specialist in microwave and satellite communications in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s also a medical marijuana patient who uses the plant to manage the trauma he sustained as a result of his service.

“I have an uncle who was special forces in Vietnam ― he was into the medicinal value of cannabis, and he is also someone who I counsel with on a regular basis. It was through his…

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Smoke-in demonstration leads to arrest of four marijuana activists

We can do this again.” Twenty-nine states and the District allow for the use of medical marijuana. Recreational marijuana is allowed in the District, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington.

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Alaska orders Anchorage marijuana club to shut down

Marijuana businesses in Anchorage, Alaska, have for years now been pushing the envelope of what’s acceptable by state regulators, and recently they got another answer on one thing that’s not: cannabis social clubs.

The only club in Anchorage, Pot Luck Events, which has been operational since 2015, was ordered to close by the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office (AMCO), which said the business was illegal and was risking the wrath of the U.S. Department of Justice, TV station KTUU…

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Just Say “No” to Taxpayer Funded Medical Marijuana Raids

Since 2014, the Department of Justice has been prohibited from using taxpayers’ funds to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states that regulate its medical use.

But that could all change this week as Congress decides how to fund the federal government for the remainder of this fiscal year. 

At issue is a provision known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which maintains that federal funds can not be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state…

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Looking for B2B Customers? See a Doctor

Doctor working on a virtual screen. medical technology concept. pulseWhere are you putting your B2B budget, time and energy for the rest of the year? You might want to consider checking in with a doctor or two.

Forbes.com recently looked at five booming sectors B2B marketers should consider when looking for new places to focus energy and budget this year, and the medical sector is a significant target audience.

Not surprisingly, augmented reality and virtual reality were high on the list for where to allot budget dollars,  for the way they can help brands immerse potential customers in an experience with…

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Medical Marijuana Still About A Year And A Half Away In Ohio

(Cleveland) – If you’ve been wondering when medical marijuana will be available in Ohio, it’ll be a while. That’s because only the basic framework is in place for the state’s medical marijuana program, which, under state law, doesn’t have to be fully in operation until September 8, 2018.

A commission run jointly by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, the Ohio Medical Board, and the Ohio Department of Commerce is still establishing the rules.  There will be specific rules for cultivators, processors, testing labs, dispensaries,…

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This 11-Year-Old Boy Is The UK’s First Medical Cannabis Patient

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A young boy in Northern Ireland will be the first in the UK to legally use medical cannabis. 11-year-old Billy Caldwell from Castlederg has a rare and severe form of epilepsy. Now, he finally has the chance to access a simple and safe medicine that may save his life right in his hometown. To his mother, Charlotte Caldwell, this news seems almost too good to be true.

The UK has its first medical cannabis patient

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POT BOOM: Less Cheech and Chong and more doctors and lawyers at medical marijuana expo in Pennsylvania

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories on medical cannabis and how its legalization will impact Pennsylvanians.

PITTSBURGH >> It’s been a year since Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill making medical marijuana legal in Pennsylvania – planting the seeds of capitalism in a new industry.

Now one of the biggest signs that this industry could be about to explode was seen Friday along the banks of the…

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World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo

NBC10’s Alicia Lozano attended the World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania over the weekend. During her time there, she spoke with Jake Eerie as he made a glass water pipe, State Senator Daylin Leach about why he believes recreational marijuana will come to Pennsylvania, State Senator Mike Folmer about his experience using cannabis-based treatments during chemotherapy and Delaware mother Janie Maedler about how cannabis-based medicine helps her 11-year-old daughter cope with seizures.

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