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The future of another legislative attempt to allow medicinal cannabis manufacturers and dispensaries in Iowa is uncertain, with some legislators skeptical about whether the next steps to pass a bill will happen.(Photo: Special to the Press-Citizen) The future of another legislative attempt to allow medicinal cannabis manufacturers and dispensaries in the state is uncertain, with […]

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WASHINGTON – Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., along with a bipartisan group of 24 senators and representatives, on Friday urged President Obama to remove barriers to research on medical marijuana and facilitate new medical research on cannabis and its derivatives. “Twenty-three states have passed laws establishing medical cannabis programs […]

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The identity of a Napier mother who delayed telling medical staff her daughter had eaten cannabis oil will remain a secret. The woman, who was sentenced on Friday to 12 months’ supervision, stood in Napier District Court’s dock dabbing at her eyes with her lips trembling as Judge Geoff Rea recounted what happened last July […]

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A Napier woman has today been sentenced to 12 months supervision after choosing not to tell medical staff her then 11-month old daughter had become sick because she had eaten cannabis oil. The woman will remain unnamed after Judge Geoff Rea made a permanent order suppressing her identity because it could “revictimise” her baby. Last […]

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Cannabis oil / iStock A Napier woman has today been sentenced to 12 months supervision after choosing not to tell medical staff her then 11-month old daughter had become sick because she had eaten cannabis oil. The woman will remain unnamed after Judge Geoff Rea made a permanent order suppressing her identity because it could […]

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For neuroscientist Chuanhai Cao, the problem with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug can be summed up in two words: dead mice. Cao, a researcher at the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, uses transgenic mice to study the effect of the marijuana component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on […]

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An elderly, disabled veteran faces life in jail because cannabis laws are insane. The New York Times editorial board, in a piece about “outrageous sentences for marijuana,” takes a look at Lee Carroll Booker, 75, who faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole after being caught growing 30 or more cannabis plants in […]

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The Legislature is moving toward adjournment, and although it may be difficult, we are going to make a real run at finishing up by our self-imposed deadline, or at least pretty close to it. There were several positive signs this week, as there were retirement parties and speeches. Also, several major policy bills were either […]

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