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Legal marijuana is a rapidly-growing reality. Four states, including Oregon and Washington, have legalized recreational use of the drug. Several more – including California – could well do so by the end of next year. Forty states have legalized it in some form for medicinal use.

Medical marijuana and veterans activists plan to march in Olympia Wednesday to celebrate the addition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury to the list of conditions that qualify for medical cannabis in Washington.

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said it’s time for the “Wild West” days of medical marijuana to come to an end.

It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

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Friday morning, a group of Idaho senators will consider a bill to allow parents of children with severe epilepsy to access a treatment derived from cannabis. Idaho does not allow medical marijuana, but the oil has almost none of the chemical that makes pot users high.

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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Idaho lawmakers will introduce a bill Wednesday that will allow people to use some oils extracted from cannabis plants. Idaho currently does not allow any form of medical marijuana. But other states without medical pot have passed exemptions similar to this new bill.

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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.

At a Tuesday news conference, King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg said Washington’s unregulated medical marijuana industry is “unworkable” and “needs to be fixed.

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