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Voters Will Consider Recreational, Medical Marijuana Initiatives

Nine states have legalized marijuana for so-called recreational use since 2012, including eight at the ballot box. Thirty-one states have authorized the drug for medical purposes. Four states have marijuana ballot questions this fall. Here’s a look at them: MICHIGAN …

New Rulings on Medical Marijuana Use Favor Workers

Healthcare worker Katelin Noffsinger told a potential employer that she took medical marijuana to deal with the effects of a car accident, but when a drug test came back positive, the nursing home rescinded her job offer anyway. A federal …

California Marijuana Products Failing Safety Tests

Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards …

Oklahoma’s Proposed Medical Pot Rules Detail Doctor, Patient Parameters

A few things would be banned under proposed emergency rules to regulate medical marijuana in Oklahoma, including dispensaries near schools, indoor smoking in public places and psychoactive gummy bears. Oklahomans voted to legalize medical marijuana Tuesday via State Question 788, …

Pain Medicine Group Cancels Marijuana Training for Doctors

A national medical group Thursday abruptly canceled its plans to train doctors about marijuana for pain relief after a federal agency pulled its funding. The episode highlights an ongoing conflict between federal and state laws on marijuana. The American Academy …

Federal Regulations on Marijuana Could Be Eased

President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation’s legal landscape for pot users and businesses. The federal …

Medical Marijuana Considered in War Against Illinois’ Opioid Crisis

Illinois lawmakers have come up with an unusual solution to combat its opioid crisis, allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana instead of opiates as a way to curb a growing epidemic. Doctors could choose to temporarily prescribe cannabis for patients …

Florida Judge Considers Lifting Stay on Smokable Medical Pot

Floridians who are eligible to receive medical marijuana will still have to wait a long time to access smokable products if a judge lifts a stay. An attorney representing the state’s Department of Health said Monday that even if smokable …

California DOI Approves First Coverage Protecting Landlords Leasing to Marijuana Industry

The first insurance coverage for commercial landlords that addresses risks specific to renting to cannabis businesses, has been approved by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. California Mutual Insurance Company is the first insurer in the state approved to add Lessor’s …

Iowa Medical Marijuana Industry Says Future Remains Hazy

Serious questions linger about the fate of medical marijuana in Iowa as Republican lawmakers find themselves considering an eleventh-hour deal that would expand the program to more patients. The state’s sole manufacturer of medical cannabis oil worries that, once sales …