January 2018

A Cook County judge has ordered the Illinois State Department of Health to add intractable pain to the department’s list of conditions that allow patients legal access to medical cannabis. Health Department Director Dr. Nirav Shah had twice previously refused to add the condition to the list. In 2016, the now-defunct Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board […]

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More Georgia voters than ever support changing state law to allow harvesting and distribution of medical marijuana, according to a poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Over three-quarters of those surveyed said Georgia’s medical marijuana program should be expanded, an increase from previous years. This year’s AJC poll showed that 77 percent want greater access to medical marijuana, […]

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Lehigh Valley, meet cannabis vape pens, tinctures, capsules and Rick Simpson Oil. There’s going to be a learning curve for many seeking relief as Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program gets rolling, and that’s where places like Keystone Canna Remedies come in.  Keystone, at 1309 Stefko Blvd. across from Just Born Quality Confections in Bethlehem, held its grand opening […]

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A state consultant has determined that there are grounds to conclude that minorities are at a disadvantage in Maryland’s fledgling medical marijuana industry. The state’s medical marijuana commission has awarded 15 licenses to growers, but none of them to a minority-owned business. The General Assembly is considering a bill that would create five new licenses […]

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Legalizing marijuana is going to be a huge issue in 2018 gubernatorial races. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File Take, for example, the candidates for governor from both major parties who held press conferences to discuss ending cannabis prohibition in the past week. On Monday, New York Republican gubernatorial hopeful Joel Giambra unveiled a proposal to legalize marijuana and […]

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As recreational marijuana sales ramp up throughout the Bay Area, could the newly legal drug end up creating an unexpected type of high — in our real estate market? Researchers looking at the impact of legalized recreational marijuana on Denver’s home prices found a surprising trend: dispensaries that began selling recreational marijuana had a “large […]

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Predicted binding poses for active cis-azo-THC-3, shown as sticks with magenta carbon atoms (A); and for active trans-azo-THC-4, shown as sticks with purple carbon atoms (B). [Reprinted from M.V. Westphal et al., J. Am. Chemical Soc. 139, 18206 (2017), with the permission of ACS Publications.] Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, has been enjoyed […]

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a friend who totally believes that if you make a wish on New Year’s Day, your whole life can change. I do not believe in fairy tales. I believe in honest hard work and commitment. Meanwhile, my friend goes on and on about how she made this wish and all the […]

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