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Number of medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island skyrockets

Historic Benefit Street in Providence, R.I.  Wikipedia/Public Domain
Jennifer Bogdan ~ Providence Journal ~
The number of patients enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program has exploded in the past two and half years, more than doubling from 4,849 in 2013 to 11,620 today.
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Another medical use for pot: Healing broken bones

Georgia families pick up state's first medical cannabis cards

State of Georgia MMJ Card: Photo: CBS46.com
BROOKHAVEN, GA (CBS46) - For the first time, Georgia families are picking up state-issued cards that allow them to legally possess cannabis oil as a treatment for certain medical conditions.
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Number of registered medical pot users in Minnesota surges in first week

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State officials expect enrollment to keep growing; 276 patients are already certified.
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Colorado board votes no on allowing medical pot for PTSD

Dr. Ray Estacio, a member of the Colorado Board of Health, confers with Deborah Nelson, board administrator, during testimony to add post-traumatic disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana during a hearing before the board in Denver. (David Zalubowski, AP)
Electa Draper~ Denver Post ~

Colorado declines to become 10th state to include condition in medical marijuana program.

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Charlotte's Web hemp oil being being shipped to Iowans

Now 25, West Des Moines resident Margaret Gaer was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome eight years ago but has been fighting the seizures that come with the disease since she was born. In an effort to help their daughter any way they can, Sally and her husband Steve Gaer have turned to cannabis oil for treatment. (Brian Powers/The Register)
A Colorado company that has gained national attention for developing “Charlotte’s Web” hemp oil for epilepsy patients has started mailing it to customers in Iowa.
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Pot Pill May Bridge Gap Between Marijuana And Medicine

A Boulder marijuana company says its capsules are a breakthrough for medical marijuana patients. Photo: CBS4 Denver
BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – A Boulder marijuana company says it has a new breakthrough for medical marijuana patients — a marijuana capsule that looks and acts more like traditional pharmaceuticals.
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Charlotte's Web marijuana could be grown in Florida

Florida state map/medical marijuana
Sheldon Gardner ~ St. Augustine Record
A local nursery is being considered for a license from the state’s health department,  to grow a cannabis strain that’s been used to treat a variety of medical ailments.
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How medical marijuana could literally save lives

 Bear Westerlind, an employee at the medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack, displays different types of marijuana flowers sold at the shop in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)
A new study looks at the potential, positive impact of medical marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain.
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PTSD And Cannabis -- Can Researchers Cut Through The Politics To Find Out Whether Weed Works?

The study of marijuana as a possible treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder has faced a number of hurdles. Here, a production assistant examines marijuana plants. Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Following years of bureaucratic hurdles, the first Food and Drug Administration-approved, randomized controlled trial on cannabis and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is set to begin this summer.

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See inside one of Minnesota's first medical marijuana stores

Minnesota state map with marijuana leaf
When medical cannabis goes on sale for the first time in Minnesota next week, the stores that sell it will have decidedly clinical atmospheres.
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Medical marijuana: good evidence for some diseases, weak for others

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Andrew M. Seaman ~ Reuters ~
 Moderate- or high-quality evidence supports the use of marijuana for some medical conditions, but not for others, according to a fresh review of past research.
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New Zealand teen treated with cannabis oil 'breathing on his own' in hospital

Image of New Zeland teenager Alex Renton/TVNZ

TVNZ.co.nz ~

The family of a New Zealand teenager, who has been in a coma for weeks, believes cannabis oil could save their son – but they need a law change.
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Demands on Dispensary Workers Grow With Advances in Medical Marijuana Research

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Medical marijuana dispensary workers in Humboldt County, Calif., scramble to stay knowledgeable and up-to-date about their rapidly-changing industry
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Marijuana Dispensaries In B.C. Have An Image Problem

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This week saw the start of a public hearing in Vancouver on the proposal to regulate marijuana dispensaries. 
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Impatient for Minnesota medical marijuana

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Esko, Minn., teacher Jess Blake is confident medical marijuana will lessen the nausea that comes with treatment for the brain tumor she was diagnosed with in September.
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Georgia opens medical cannabis registry

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Maggie Lee ~ The Telegraph ~

ATLANTA -- A few hours before Georgia’s medical cannabis registry opened Tuesday morning, the legislator who created it cursed the federal prohibition that makes it necessary.

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Georgia to issue first medical marijuana cards this week

Image of sick kids in Georgia that will be able to legally get medical cannabis when cards are issued
“Tomorrow is going to be a good day,” in an exclusive interview about the launch of Georgia’s medical marijuana cards. 
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Delaware Marijuana dispensary to open June 26

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Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary will open on June 26, more than four years after lawmakers and Gov. Jack Markell first legalized pot for medicinal use.
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“You've got to hold it in your lungs longer, George.” A lot of people remember the famous comment by actor Peter Fonda in Easy Rider.
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