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Mar 3, 2014 — States are legalizing marijuana even though there's no clear understanding of its impact on health. The drug hasn't been subjected to the kind of rigorous medical research that would find that out.
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Feb 21, 2014 — Danielle Lei, 13, set up her table of Girl Scout cookies outside The Green Cross dispensary in San Francisco and sold a whopping 117 boxes in a single day.
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Jan 16, 2014 — This variety of the drug has very little of the primary component that produces the high. Families have been moving to Colorado to get access to the therapy.
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Jan 5, 2014 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reportedly considering allowing the use of the drug for medicinal purposes. An announcement is expected Wednesday during his annual State of the State address. Medical marijuana is already legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
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Dec 24, 2013 — The use of marijuana for PTSD has gained national attention in the past few years as thousands of traumatized veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan have asked the federal government to give them access to the drug. Marijuana's active ingredient has been shown to calm the brain's fear circuits. Of course, there are drawbacks and side effects to contend with.
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Sep 30, 2013 — The country wants to replace home and small-scale production with quality-controlled marijuana produced by large growers. Officials are tapping in to what they say will be a $1.3 billion medical marijuana market serving as many as 450,000 Canadians.
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Sep 13, 2013 — Colorado has relaxed its marijuana laws, making authentic cannabis easier to come by. Synthetic marijuana that contains man-made chemicals has caused an outbreak of illnesses and hospitalizations across the state.
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Sep 13, 2013 — The Obama administration's decision not to challenge pot legalization in Washington and Colorado is reverberating in states where regulation of medical marijuana has been scant.
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Aug 27, 2013 — Sen. Patrick Leahy is asking the Justice Department to clarify its policy on state marijuana laws that clash with stricter federal rules. Leahy's been seeking answers ever since Washington and Colorado voters approved marijuana for recreational use last year.
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Nov 20, 2012 — Just because medical marijuana is legal where you live doesn't mean your health insurer will deem it worthy of coverage. The feds still classify it as a controlled substance with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, so insurers and employers are wary of paying for it.
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