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Toronto site of Medical Marijuana Expo

TORONTO, July 16 (UPI) -- Organizers of Toronto's International Medical Marijuana Expo say they want to attract people tired of taking pharmaceutical drugs with adverse side-effects.

Long Beach, Calif., considers pot tax

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 6 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in Long Beach, Calif., say they're weighing a measure that would allow voters to decide whether to levy a 5 percent tax on medical marijuana.

Walmart sued for medical-marijuana firing

DETROIT, June 30 (UPI) -- A Michigan man who legally uses medical marijuana is suing Walmart for firing him after he tested positive in a drug test, records show.

Minister miffed at NAACP pot prop blessing

SACRAMENTO, June 29 (UPI) -- At least one clergyman says he is irked the California chapter of the NAACP has endorsed a state ballot measure that would legalize the use of marijuana.

A growing business: Marijuana in Michigan

LANSING, Mich., June 21 (UPI) -- Entrepreneurs in Michigan turning to the burgeoning medical marijuana business are finding a steady, modest income, observers said.

Pot legalization on track in Detroit

DETROIT, June 17 (UPI) -- Possession of small amounts of marijuana on private property could soon be legal in Detroit, organizers of a legalization effort said.
Hundreds of marijuana outlets to close

Hundreds of marijuana outlets to close

LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- More than 400 medical marijuana outlets in Los Angeles are expected to close because of a new law that bans them from being near schools and parks, police said.

Hundreds of LA pot dispensaries must close

LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) -- More than 400 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles must close by Monday under a new city ordinance that withstood a legal challenge.

Judge: Los Angeles can close pot shops

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge has rejected an attempt by lawyers for medical marijuana patients to block a city ordinance regulating dispensaries, observers report.
Union signing up marijuana workers

Union signing up marijuana workers

SAN FRANCISCO, May 28 (UPI) -- A labor union is organizing medical marijuana workers in Oakland, Calif., a move likely to aid efforts in the state to legalize marijuana, analysts say.

2 medical pot stores firebombed in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont., May 10 (UPI) -- Two medical marijuana stores were firebombed and vandalized in Billings, Mont., authorities and owners said.

Drug charges against volunteers stayed

TORONTO, May 3 (UPI) -- Trafficking charges against volunteer workers at a Toronto medical marijuana club have been stayed, although its owner still faces charges, authorities said.

Judge upholds city marijuana bans

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge has ruled two California cities can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, despite a challenge by the disabled.

City sues medical marijuana group

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 23 (UPI) -- A California community is suing a medical marijuana collective for opening in defiance of a city ban on pot dispensaries, officials said.
420 events include smoke-in, hotel party

420 events include smoke-in, hotel party

BOSTON, April 20 (UPI) -- Marijuana enthusiasts in Boston and Los Angeles said 420 events Tuesday included a smoke-in at a university and a hotel party.
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Washington floated into history Tuesday, becoming the first state, with Colorado, to reject federal drug-control policy and legalize recreational marijuana use. Initiative 502 was passed 55 to 45 percent, with support from more than half of Washington's counties, rural and urban. Voters in Washington, Montana, Colorado and Massachusetts voted to legalize marijuana. Washington State promises to give almost $2 billion dollars tax money received for five years to support of substance abuse, education, health care and research programs. UPI /Jim Bryant
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Medical cannabis (also referred to as medicinal marijuana) is the use of cannabis and its constituent cannabinoids such as THC as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy. The Cannabis plant from which the cannabis drug is derived has a long history of medicinal use, with evidence dating back to 2,737 BCE.

Although the extent of the medicinal value of cannabis has been disputed, it does have several well-documented beneficial effects. Among these are: the amelioration of nausea and vomiting, stimulation of hunger in chemotherapy and AIDS patients, lowered intraocular eye pressure (shown to be effective for treating glaucoma), as well as general analgesic effects (pain reliever).

Synthetic cannabinoids are available as prescription drugs in many countries. Examples include Marinol, available in Germany and the United States, and Cesamet, available in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and also in the United States.

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