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Idaho Lawmakers Hear Testimony On Cannabis Oil

Mar 4, 2015
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Idaho lawmakers Wednesday morning heard more than two hours of testimony on a bill to allow people to treat epilepsy with an oil derived from cannabis.

The oil has very little of the chemical that causes marijuana’s high and is showing promise in controlling seizures in children with severe epilepsy.

Lawmakers on the Senate State Affairs Committee voted to put the bill on hold in order to amend it to satisfy concerns from law enforcement. But lawmakers seemed swayed by parents who made emotional appeals wanting to try the oil as a treatment option.

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The trial began Wednesday in federal court in Spokane for a group of people accused of growing marijuana near Kettle Falls in northeast Washington. The case is seen as a test of federal drug laws, in a state that has legalized recreational and medical marijuana.

In the case known as the Kettle Falls Five, there are now only three defendants. Charges were dropped earlier this month against 71-year-old Larry Harvey, who has been diagnosed with stage five pancreatic cancer. Miller's family members are accused of growing marijuana, which they say was for medicinal purposes.

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Thursday is Medical Cannabis Lobby Day at the Washington Capitol. State lawmakers say this is the year they will rein in the state’s “Wild West” medical pot industry.  But at least one dispensary owner fears he’ll go out of business as a result. And one of his customers – an Iraq War veteran - worries that regulation will price him out of his medication.

In the years before Washington and Oregon legalized recreational pot for adults, thousands of people were convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Marijuana will be among the top agenda items when the Washington legislature convenes Monday.

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Oregon is gearing up for a year-long process of crafting regulations for recreational marijuana.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission Tuesday hired Tom Burns to lead the agency's implementation of Measure 91, which allows adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

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The city of Seattle is developing new rules to license medical marijuana dispensaries and stem their growth.

The city also wants to crack down on illegal marijuana-delivery businesses.

David Mendoza is a policy advisor for Seattle. He’s developing the city’s new medical marijuana rules.
He told the city council today that the Seattle Police Department is looking at seizing marijuana from these businesses, without filing criminal charges.

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Leaders of a marijuana advocacy group launched in Idaho two weeks ago say they have already attracted more than 200 volunteers. New Approach Idaho wants to put a ballot measure before Idaho voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana. The group was formed, in part, by members of similar groups who have failed in their legalization efforts. New Approach Idaho co-founder Bill Esbensen says others have struggled with organization.

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  The big bucks keep pouring into Oregon ballot measure campaigns. The campaign to pass a recreational marijuana law similar to Washington’s got a big financial boost over the weekend. Even the less flashy top-two primary measure is rolling in out-of-state money.

Marijuana Scarce in Wash. Pot Industry

Sep 9, 2014
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Washington’s burgeoning retail marijuana industry is getting off to a slow start. 


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