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Chris Christie: Medical marijuana programs are ‘a front for legalization’

Christie says medical marijuana programs are ‘a front for legalization’ (via NJ.com) TRENTON — Following reports that New Jersey’s medical marijuana program is suffering from low enrollment, Gov. Chris Christie called the program and similar programs across the U.S. “a front for legalization.” New Jersey passed its medical marijuana…  …

Sheldon Adelson and GOP donors jump into Florida battle on medical marijuana

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – The stakes are getting higher – politically and financially – in Florida’s heated campaign over a November referendum to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. The latest financial reports by the two main groups fighting the legalization of medical marijuana show a total of…

New Mexico court upholds insurance coverage for medical marijuana

By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) – An injured mechanic who uses medical marijuana as pain treatment can have his former employer and the company’s insurer reimburse him for the drug, a New Mexico appeals court ruled. The state’s Court of Appeals voted unanimously on Monday to uphold…

Minnesota lawmakers approve limited legalization of medical marijuana

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Minnesota lawmakers on Friday approved legalizing medical marijuana in pill or liquid form for a limited number of patients suffering from severe or fatal illnesses. Minnesota senators voted 46-16 and representatives 89-40 to approve the measure with bipartisan support and send it to Governor Mark Dayton, who…

California county tries to ban pot farms as medical weed businesses thrive

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California’s cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly…

Medical marijuana to soon be available in Colorado via vending machine

Coloradan’s got a glimpse at the ease with which they will be able to purchase medical marijuana in the future, as the first vending machine designed to specifically dispense the herb was unveiled Friday night in Avon, CO. Called the ‘Zazz’, the machine will dispense marijuana-based edible goods, however customers…

Popular GA medical marijuana bill dies over objection to treating children with autism

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Georgia died last night after a late move requiring insurance coverage for treatment of autism in children derailed its passage. Despite overwhelming support for the bill in both houses, the General Assembly adjourned for the 2014 session without reaching agreement between the House…

Alabama lawmakers approve bill legalizing medical marijuana use

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A medical marijuana bill unanimously passed both the Alabama House and Senate on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley, who has said he will sign it into law. The measure makes it legal to possess only a prescribed…

Economic high: Colorado made $3.5 million in pot tax in first month since legalization

Marijuana sales in Colorado brought in $3.5 million in tax revenues and fees in the first month retail pot outlets were allowed, the western US state said Monday. The figure included $2.9 million in taxes for recreational and medical marijuana in the month of January, and nearly $600,000 in fees,…

Georgia House approves medical marijuana for treating severe seizures

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – A Georgia measure that would legalize use of a liquid, non-intoxicating form of marijuana for patients with severe seizure disorders has been passed by the state House of Representatives with wide support. Lawmakers approved the legislation on Monday in a 171-4 bipartisan vote, and…

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