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Republican House Majority Upholds State Marijuana Laws

In an unexpected alliance that has left even marijuana advocates stunned, Republicans in the GOP-dominated house found themselves siding with Democrats, voting in an amendment that effectively bars the federal government from interfering with state laws allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The motion, which was passed on the strength of a 219-189

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More States Expected To Legalize Marijuana In 2014

At the time of this writing (May 2014), more than twenty states in the U.S. have already legalized marijuana in some fashion, most of them for medical marijuana purposes. Even some of the most conservative states in the country have legalized cannabis, and two states – Colorado and Washington – have gone the extra step

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Minnesota Legalizes Medical Cannabis…With Restrictions

In a surprising change of policy that have many rejoicing – and just as many dismayed – Minnesota lawmakers have agreed to the legalization of medical cannabis in the state, albeit with certain restrictions. Convinced in part by the clamor of parents of sick children who would benefit from medical marijuana, lawmakers passed legislation on

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Marijuana In The U.S. – Legal By The End Of The Decade?

With no less than twenty states having already legalized marijuana – two of them even for recreational use – some may wonder what the future holds for the country's marijuana industry. Not every state in the union has legalized cannabis of course, but several are expected to follow the ‘legal’ states in the coming years

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Insurance May Not Cover Medical Marijuana In British Columbia

Even as the medical marijuana movement gains ground, obstacles and challenges crop up and threaten to undermine the wider spread acceptance of cannabis into mainstream medicine. To date, no less than 23 states and Washington DC in the United States have passed legislation that effectively legalized marijuana for medical use. Two of these – Colorado

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New Legalization Aims To Bring Order To California’s Medical Marijuana Industry

In the confusion that has come to characterize California’s medical marijuana program, any form of legislation that attempts to regulate the industry is seen by many as a means to bring some order to the chaos. One democratic assembly member in particular, Tom Ammiano from San Francisco, has expressed optimism about the latest of several

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Pot Dependence Determined By Smoking Style

The mechanics of pot dependency has long been a mystery to medical science, but the results of new study may have just brought us one step closer to figuring who becomes dependent on cannabis and why. While it would seem that people who use more potent varieties of cannabis have a higher risk of become

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Canadian Doctors Take On More Responsibilities In Marijuana Prescriptions

At the time of this writing, doctors across Canada will have been on the verge of assuming a larger role in dispensing medical marijuana. In fact, the new guidelines implemented by the government will essentially make Canadian physicians the sole arbiters for providing users access to marijuana. The problem is, not all doctors are exactly

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More Intensive Studies Required To Support Marijuana’s Health Benefits

Medical marijuana has come into widespread prominence over the past few years, and even formerly hardened critics are now softening their stances on what is proving to be a most controversial drug indeed. At present, twenty states and the District of Columbia have voted to allow the use marijuana for medical purposes to some degree,