FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Brandon Emmett grew up around marijuana. His first job was turning compost on a marijuana farm for $5 an hour. He later moved to trimming and then cloning plants. His uncle was also a grower.


 

The dangers of marijuana preached at his public high school in Oregon never rang true. The marijuana users Emmett knew were decent people.

“I have always been part of the cannabis culture,” he said. “People talk about ‘Reefer Madness.’ I just know that that is not true.”

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AMANDA BOHMAN ~ Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Nearly 13,500 signatures are needed for medical marijuana in North Dakota to be up for vote and Ray Morgan has no doubt they'll get there.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Show-Me Cannabis, the group pushing for legalization of pot, hopes an online commercial campaign will drum up support for medical marijuana.

The goal is to get a medicinal marijuana measure on the November 2016 ballot.

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FAIRBANKS — Alaska is on track to be the first state in the nation to allow for the consumption of marijuana in retail stores in which it is purchased.

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Families desperate to get access to a medicinal oil derived from marijuana urged legislators to legalize it at a tearful hearing Tuesday.

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Earlier this month a group of women in Oregon's marijuana industry came up with a plan to donate baskets complete with turkeys and the fixings for a Thanksgiving Day meal for 20 needy families in Eugene.

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ATLANTIC CITY — Two days after lawmakers held the first public hearing discussing the idea of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey, the top four leaders of the state Legislature were split along party lines on how the state should approach the issue.

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The man who led the for-profit marijuana-legalization amendment that Ohioans soundly defeated on Nov. 3 says the campaign made two major mistakes: limiting growing sites to 10 owners and using the pot-head mascot Buddie.

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A Garden City mother who faces five marijuana-related charges waived her preliminary hearing Monday when she found out the state wanted her 11-year-old son to testify against her, according to a Facebook post by her defense attorney.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An advisory panel cautioned Wednesday against expanding Minnesota’s medical marijuana program to include patients suffering chronic pain starting next year.


 

The recommendation from the panel’s medical experts to Department of Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger is not a final say — it’s up to Ehlinger to make the decision by Jan. 1. But five of eight panel members voted against the possible expansion, arguing that there’s limited evidence of marijuana’s efficacy in treating pain and noting physicians’ reluctance to using the drug as a treatment.

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The Associated Press

There’s been lots of debate over the past few days about the political wisdom of going ahead in Michigan with a couple of ballot campaigns after similar efforts suffered big defeats last week in Houston and Ohio.


 

OH to MI? Apples to oranges

Let’s begin in our neighboring state where The Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative was trounced last Tuesday. That loss (64.1 percent to 35.9 percent) quickly got many political watchers wondering what the consequences would be on possible marijuana initiatives here in Michigan.

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ZOE CLARK & RICK PLUTA ~ Michigan Radio

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A Farm Bill passed by Congress last year included an amendment granting states and universities the right to research hemp. Several states have since started research projects, but Kentucky is at the forefront, experimenting with creating a new industry around this plant. NewsHour's Christopher Booker reports.


 

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Up to 25 Idaho children with persistent seizures will soon have access to an experimental drug derived from marijuana, but experts say far more children could benefit from the treatment.


 

An April executive order from Gov. Butch Otter is allowing the very limited use of the non-psychoactive drug. Otter signed the order after vetoing less-restrictive legislation that would have allowed the marijuana extract to be used in children with severe seizure disorders.

The Idaho program allows 25 children to use the extract, cannabidiol, or CBD oil. But estimates of the number of children who meet the requirements number as high as 1,500 or more, though experts say it's hard to know for sure because the state doesn't track the number of children with epilepsy.

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The Associated Press

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Voters cast their ballots in Ohio on Tuesday, in a referendum to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.


 

It would also allow doctors to write prescriptions for medical marijuana.

In Alabama, both types of marijuana are still illegal, but a cannabis derivative is being tested to treat epilepsy.

CBD Oil comes from marijuana, contains no hallucinogens, and is being tested by UAB in a medical study to see how epilepsy patients react to the treatment.

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Jake Berent ~ WSFA