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Drug Policy Alliance: Marijuana reform ‘is not a laughing matter’ in 2013

This year at Netroots Nation, Raw Story was asking 5 Questions of various panel speakers, exhibitors and attendees about issues you didn’t hear addressed on the main stage. Ask a Netroots attendee who is most interested and likely to be affected by marijuana policy reform, and chances are they’ll evoke…

Brain scans reveal marijuana-like medicine could effectively treat PTSD

Marijuana-like medicines that lack the plant’s psychoactive properties can be used to effectively treat some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers at New York University Langone Medical Center explain in a study published Tuesday in the scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry. Using brain imaging technology, researchers studied the CB1 receptors…

Maryland Senate votes to legalize medical marijuana

Maryland is set to become the 20th state to legalize marijuana for medical uses after lawmakers in the state’s senate voted Monday 42-4 in favor of setting up a state-run commission that grants licenses to distribute the drug to approved patients. HB 1101 cleared Maryland’s lower chamber on March 25…

Czech pharmacies begin selling medical marijuana

Medical marijuana legally went on sale Tuesday in pharmacies across the Czech Republic for patients suffering from cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or psoriasis. The new law does not foresee health insurance coverage for marijuana, touted by some as a medical miracle drug. The prescription-only drug formally became legal on…

New Michigan laws further restrict availability of medical marijuana

New laws in Michigan that took effect Monday requires doctors who recommend medical marijuana to conduct a full patient examination, complete with an face-to-face evaluation, a review of the person’s medical history, other prescription medications and a follow-up visit to ensure the drug is working. The laws also require that…

Gov. Chris Christie: Slow progress on New Jersey medical marijuana isn’t ‘crisis’

Gov. Christie: "No crisis" because only one medical pot shop open (via NJ.com) JERSEY CITY — Gov. Chris Christie said the slow progress of the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, where hundreds of people are waiting to obtain the drug from the state’s lone supplier, is not a “crisis.”…

Florida cops raid disabled activist hours after she’s linked to marijuana bill

Law enforcement officials in Florida say that it’s a coincidence that the home of wheelchair-bound activist was raided just hours after her name was linked to an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state. In a report about how the support for medical marijuana could effect the governor’s race…

Nevada state senator to push dispensary bill amid confusing medical marijuana law

A Nevada state senator announced that he would push legislation to create a system to regulate for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries, reported the Las Vegas Sun. His announcement came after a hearing on medical marijuana during which legislators from both parties agreed that changes to the law needed to be made,…

Arizona may let police destroy wrongfully seized medical marijuana

Medical marijuana worth hundreds of thousands of dollars that was wrongfully seized from licensed patients and dispensaries may be on the burn pile in Arizona soon, if a state lawmaker has her way. Senate Bill 1441, which would authorize police to destroy any marijuana that comes into their possession, cleared…

New Jersey bill looks to give organ transplants to medical marijuana patients

A bill introduced to the New Jersey legislature this week seeks to enshrine medical marijuana on a list of drugs authorized for use in soon-to-be transplant patients, resolving a legal roadblock that’s cropped up more and more often as states reform their drug policies. The bill, A765, was put forward…

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