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Montel Williams launching new medical marijuana line
TV personality Montel Williams is kicking a new weed-based business venture into high gear.
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Marijuana clients prompt recusal of Ohio medical board chief
The head of Ohio's state medical board says he won't participate in establishing rules for certifying doctors under Ohio's new medical marijuana law after taking on lobbying clients associated with the budding industry. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The head of Ohio's state medical board says he won't participate in establishing rules for certifying doctors under Ohio's new medical marijuana law after taking on lobbying clients associated with the budding industry. Records reviewed by The Associated Press show Mike Gonidakis recently acquired two out-of-state marijuana-related clients, Denver-based Marijuana Policy Group and Scottsdale, Arizona-based Pharm LLC, a medical marijuana grower. Gonidakis, who also serves as president of the anti-abortion group Ohio Right to Life, confirmed his recusal in an interview with the AP. He said neither client has business before the medical board, but he wants to avoid even the appearance of a conflict. Mike Gonidakis  "The only thing that the medical board's doing is setting rules for doctors, and I'll be recusing myself on that," he said. Ohio's medical marijuana law takes effect Thursday. It's the second time in a month Gonidakis has said he'll step aside to avoid any appearance of a conflict on the 12-member board. He also said he won't vote on any abortion clinic-related complaints before the board. In August, groups representing doctors, consumers and women sought Gonidakis' removal as president, citing his alleged conflicts. The request has so far gone nowhere. Under Ohio's new medical marijuana law, the medical board will have one of its highest profile roles in recent memory. The law empowers the panel to determine procedures for doctors to get certified to recommend cannabis to patients, to set conditions for eligibility and determine how often certifications must be renewed. The commission also will set reasons a certification might be revoked or suspended, standards under which those actions could be lifted and minimal standards of care when recommending treatment with medical marijuana. Gonidakis, an attorney, said recusals on the physician-dominated board -- and on most state boards and commissions, for that matter -- are commonplace. Under guidance from the Ohio Ethics Commission, recusals include not only abstaining from votes but also from discussions or deliberations on the matter in which a board member seeks to avoid a conflict. Gonidakis was appointed to a five-year term on the medical board by Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2012 as a representative of consumers.
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License of pot-friendly Illinois doctor placed on probation
CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois physician has reached an agreement with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation that limits his ability to make pot recommendations. In 2015, Illinois regulators contended Dr. Bodo Schneider charged patients for pot recommendations at offices in southern Illinois and suburban Chicago without a ...
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Nevada marijuana official wants same treatment for medical, recreational products
The state official who oversees Nevada’s medical marijuana industry said Wednesday that he doesn’t see the need to treat the recreational product any differently except when it comes to taxes.
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Weed bouquets now available for the stoner significant other
You won’t find this popular Valentine’s Day bouquet at the florist. California couples are trading flower stores for marijuana dispensaries this year to buy their significant others weed bouquets, according to KTVU. Pot shops looking to cash in on the holiday are selling arrangements for stoners that include cannabis, along with more traditional options such as roses and lavender....
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N.J. migraine, chronic pain patients seek OK to use medical marijuana
For the first time in the history of the seven-year-old New Jersey medical marijuana program, a health department panel will consider adding chronic pain and other ailments to the list of about a dozen conditions that qualify a patient to use cannabis in the state.
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Daniel Ragussis to Direct Berner’s Marijuana Crime Thriller ‘Packs’
Rapper/marijuana mogul Berner has hired Daniel Ragussis, writer/director of “Imperium,” to direct the upcoming crime thriller “Packs” about the rise of “designer” marijuana, Variety has learned exclusively. Francisco Ordoñez will write the screenplay based on a story by Berner, also known as Gilbert Milam, Jr. Berner will be financing the development and production of the film... Read more »
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Parker latest community to impose 12-plant limit per household on pot grows
Parker this week became the latest Colorado community to place a cap on the number of pot plants that can be cultivated at a residence, a move town officials said is necessary to reduce odor complaints and ensure grows do not cause electrical overloads and dangerous chemical storage.
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Measure M would give L.A.'s legal marijuana industry the comprehensive oversight it needs. Vote yes
Californians may have voted to make recreational marijuana legal under state law in November, but details about who can grow, make and sell pot products, as well as where pot businesses can put down roots, are still being decided. Those decisions are weighty indeed, considering the market’s potential...
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Trump's Justice Department may crack down on thriving pot industry, but is it too big to jail?
Marijuana mogul Seibo Shen is accustomed to fighting – but it is usually on the Jiu Jitsu mat, where the undefeated 40-year old prefers to engage completely baked. “You know that movie ‘Drunken Master’?” he said, nodding to the cult film about a martial arts master whose secret weapon is inebriation....
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Weed 101 classes held and Colorado officials are the teachers
Colorado agriculture officials this week briefed officials from about a dozen states — some that have legalized weed, others that joked their states will legalize pot “when hell freezes over” — to go over the basics of marijuana farming and swap stories about regulating a crop that the federal government still considers illegal.
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Oregon cities setting rules after opting in to legal pot
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Some 30 counties and cities in Oregon approved some type of marijuana businesses in last week's election. When voters legalized recreational marijuana two years ago, the communities opted out. But many switched it up this month, voting to allow at least some form of the pot ...
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Leader of Maryland's black lawmakers outraged by medical marijuana plan
The leader of Maryland's Black legislative caucus was outraged Friday that medical marijuana regulators would select potential dispensary operators while the process is mired in controversy. Black lawmakers felt they already had grounds for a Civil Rights fight because firms owned by African-Americans...
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Taxes get higher on newly legalized pot as California cities and counties move to take their own cut
As the marijuana industry celebrates the passage of an initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in California, more sobering news came from local elections, where voters in 37 counties and cities — including Long Beach, San Diego and San Bernardino — approved ballot measures imposing separate...
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Arkansas lawmakers weigh launch delay, taxes for medical pot
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are considering delaying the launch of the first medical marijuana program in the Bible Belt as well as an effort to impose additional taxes on the drug as they work on legislation implementing a medical pot measure voters approved this month. The ideas ...
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Few doctors sign on to recommend medical marijuana in Maryland
Just 1 percent of the 16,000 doctors who treat patients in Maryland have signed up for the state's medical marijuana program, and two of the largest hospital systems in the state have banned their physicians from participating.The lack of enthusiasm threatens to undermine the fledgling program...
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'Someday' could be closer if NFL wants to move ball on marijuana issue
League can advance ball on marijuana issue as alternative to pain management.         
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Snyder signs ‘landmark’ medical pot reforms
Gov. Rick Snyder signed medical marijuana bills to regulate dispensaries and clarify the legality of edible products        
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Company that didn't win medical marijuana license sues state commission
A company that was bumped out of the running for one of Maryland's lucrative medical marijuana grower licenses is suing the state commission that issues the permits, throwing the already delayed program into further uncertainty.Bethesda-based GTI Maryland contends that the Maryland Medical Cannabis...
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Gone to pot: Weed smoking rises among US middle aged, seniors as teen use declines
Parents in the United States are now more likely to regularly smoke weed than their teenage children in an ironic role reversal, according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Sheriff: Medical marijuana bills may aid criminals
But medical marijuana patients lawyer says Oakland County sheriff is engaging in ‘reefer madness fear-mongering’        
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Philly mulls home delivery of medical marijuana

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Black caucus pledges to halt Maryland medical marijuana licensing
The Legislative Black Caucus plans to use any means necessary to stop Maryland's medical marijuana commission from issuing final licenses until more are awarded to minority-owned businesses."We will not be accepting crumbs," Del. Cheryl Glenn, chair of the caucus, said Friday at a forum in Annapolis....
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