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Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services ~ azdailysun.com ~
 
PHOENIX -- If some Arizona nurses get their way, medical marijuana will become available as early as next year to treat everything from arthritis and autism to Tourette's syndrome and traumatic brain injury.

Heather Shuker comforts her daughter Hannah, 12, after a series of seizures. Photo: Lex Talamo, News21
Jayson Chesler and Alexa Ard, News21 ~ via USAToday.com ~
 
Research on marijuana’s potential for medicinal use has been hampered for years by federal restrictions, even though nearly half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana in some form.

Lisa Smith of Van Buren Township, whose son Noah, 6, is autistic, asked Michigan to add autism to the conditions that qualify for medicinal pot. Image: Ed White, Associated Press
Bill Laitner ~ Detroit Free Press ~

Medical marijuana was OK’d by Michigan voters with a 63% yes vote in 2008, yet implementation is always controversial.

Cannabis oil extract 3.5 grams in oral syringe with package container. Image: Stephen Charles Thompson via Wikimedia Commons.
 
Last month, the Texas Department of Public Safety released proposed rules for growing, manufacturing and dispensing cannabis oil.

Cannabis plant at a Denver facility. Image: WeedWorthy.com
 
A new study suggests that marijuana users have a lower body mass index than non-users.

Cannabis buds on display in a Denver dispensary. Image: WeedWorthy.com
 
With the widespread availability of marijuana in recent years thanks to its legalization in a growing number of states, there has been increasing concern about the long-term health consequences on teens who might be able to get easier access to it illegally.

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