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Hash Bash crowd: 'Free the weed'

ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 3 (UPI) -- Those gathered for the 40th annual Hash Bash at the University of Michigan chanted "free the weed" as speakers touted the drug's purported medical benefits.

Washington closes down medical pot outlets

SEATTLE, March 25 (UPI) -- Cities in Washington have moved to shut down at least 35 medical-marijuana dispensaries, a move initiated in part by a little-noticed memo, authorities said.
Thieves target medical marijuana trash bin

Thieves target medical marijuana trash bin

COLORADO SPRINGS, March 8 (UPI) -- A Colorado woman said thieves are taking trash from a medical marijuana business's garbage container and dumping it out on a nearby trail.
Police, organizers discuss pot convention

Police, organizers discuss pot convention

PONTIAC, Mich., July 30 (UPI) -- Police in Michigan said they have scheduled a meeting with organizers of a planned cannabis convention to discuss concerns about illegal activity at the event.

Police concerned about pot convention

PONTIAC, Mich., July 28 (UPI) -- Police in a Michigan city said a planned 3-day marijuana convention raises a number of legal issues.

U.S. to allow medical pot for some vets

DENVER, July 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will permit use of medical marijuana at its hospitals and clinics in states where it is legal, an official said.
City approves marijuana farm plan

City approves marijuana farm plan

OAKLAND, Calif., July 21 (UPI) -- An ordinance approved by the city council will allow large-scale marijuana farms in industrial areas of Oakland, Calif., a city council member said.

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.
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Medical Marijuana
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.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Medical Marijuana."
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