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Elderly man evicted over medical marijuana hits another snag

A 78-year-old New York man who was evicted from federally subsidized housing because he uses medical marijuana for pain said Tuesday that the conflicting state and federal pot laws that left him homeless are now threatening his medical care.

Hemp supporters cheer crop’s inclusion in farm bill deal

Hemp’s supporters are cheering a final agreement on the federal farm bill that would legalize the crop that’s making a comeback in Kentucky.

Canada’s Aurora Cannabis buys Mexico’s Farmacias Magistrales

Aurora Cannabis Inc. of Edmonton, Alberta, said Monday it has signed a letter of intent to acquire all outstanding shares of Mexico’s Farmacias Magistrales SA.

Medical pot is next draw for scientist behind blockbuster drugs

A medical pioneer whose research breakthrough on inflammation led to the creation of some of the world’s top-selling drugs is embracing medical marijuana.

Mitch McConnell used a hemp pen to sign farm bill legalizing the crop

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell signed off on the final version of the 2018 Farm Bill on Monday . . . and he used a pen made of marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, to so do.

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Michael Fields Agricultural Institute executive director Perry Brown inspects an industrial hemp plant for signs of mold, decay and pests, while harvesting the quarter-acre for research at their location in East Troy, Wis., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

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Here’s the final 2018 farm bill that could legalize hemp

The final text of the 2018 Farm Bill was released on Monday, and industrial hemp legalization made the cut. Votes to send the legislation to President Trump’s desk are expected this week.

FILE - This Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 file photo shows blankets of frost known as trichomes on a budding marijuana flower at SLOgrown Genetics in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, California. Three California agencies released proposed regulations Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, for the state's marijuana industry including deliveries that will become permanent next month after state lawyers finish their review of them. Law enforcement groups and cities with marijuana bans unsuccessfully fought against it. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel,File)

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Feds call for even more marijuana research after hosting cannabis workshop

Federally funded research into marijuana seems to be escalating, with one government agency recently posting a roundup of current “cannabinoid-related funding opportunities” for studies investigating the plant’s therapeutic potential.

John Flickner, 78, holds his medical marijuana vaporizer inside a Niagara Falls, N.Y., homeless shelter, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Although he has a prescription, the wheelchair-bound Flickner was evicted from a federally subsidized housing facility that has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs, highlighting the conflict between state and federal marijuana rules. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

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Trump official wants to ‘legally permit’ medical marijuana in federally-subsidized housing

A Trump administration official said on Sunday that she is working to resolve conflicting federal and state marijuana laws as it applies to residency in federally-subsidized housing.

FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, store manager Stephanie Hunt poses for photos with a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, an Altria brand, at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh. Altria is diving into the Canadian cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Toronto-based medical and recreational marijuana provider Cronos Group. The investment from Altria Group Inc., would give it about 45 percent ownership of Cronos. Altria will also pay another $1.4 billion for warrants of Cronos Group that if exercised, would give the Altria a 55 percent majority ownership of Cronos. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Tobacco farmers, already switching to hemp, may look at cannabis

For some tobacco farmers, the future may be in cannabis.

Drew Milburn, the chief operations officer of Vertical, in one of his company’s buildings in Needles, Calif., Nov. 27, 2018. The company is creating cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facilities in the town. “Lots of cities welcomed us with opened arms, but very few cities finished it with a hug,” Milburn said. (Joe Buglewicz/The New York Times)

A struggling desert town bets its future on pot

The City Council in the solidly Republican community of Needles, California, has approved 81 permits for cannabis businesses since 2015.

FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, a laboratory manager holds a cannabis sample in Oakland, Calif. Utah lawmakers are expected to meet Monday, Dec. 3, and pass changes to a voter-approved ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, a plan that was announced as a broad compromise but has since generated backlash. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Medical marijuana advocates in Utah challenging new law in court

Medical marijuana advocates in Utah are suing to block a compromise agreement legalizing the drug, saying it wrongly guts a measure approved by voters.

FILE - In this April 12, 2018 file photo, nugs of marijuana await packaging at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company near Shelton, Wash. Michigan clears a threshold Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. In the Nov. 6 election, voters by a wide margin endorsed recreational use by adults who are at least 21. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Michigan marking 1st day for legal, recreational pot

Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes.

FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, a laboratory manager holds a cannabis sample in Oakland, Calif. Utah lawmakers are expected to meet Monday, Dec. 3, and pass changes to a voter-approved ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, a plan that was announced as a broad compromise but has since generated backlash. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Law enforcement seizes more than $1 million in pot

Authorities say they seized about $1 million worth of marijuana product and plants from three Colorado warehouses.

Commuters ride in a subway during the morning rush hour, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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Lawmakers might use legal marijuana taxes to fix New York’s subways

New York’s subway system could get a much-needed upgrade if the state opts to fully legalize marijuana, according to a new report.

A grower inspects a cannabis plant at a craft grow operation outside of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, on Nov. 8, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Ben Nelms/Bloomberg

Cannabis shorts gain after Tilson conference despite expense

For those who think cannabis stocks are over-valued, it’s getting expensive.

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock makes a point during a news conference in Denver. Officials in Colorado's largest city say they are working on a plan to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. A spokeswoman for Denver's mayor said city officials are working with the local district attorney's office to determine the right approach. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Denver officials want to erase low-level marijuana offenses

Denver officials are planning to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state.

Letesha Case holds her daughter Aurora Case, 2, as they sit next to their sign Monday Dec. 3, 2018, at the Utah state Capitol in Salt Lake City. Lawmakers in conservative Utah passed sweeping changes Monday to a new voter-approved medical-marijuana ballot measure under a planned compromise that secured the support of the influential Mormon church but sparked a backlash from advocates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah patients can use medical pot, but concerns still loom

The first license for a private dispensary in Utah must be awarded by June 2020, though authorities are aiming to do it faster.

The Utah Legislature goes into session Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers are meeting to consider changes to a voter-approved ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana in a move that has generated backlash among supporters of the pot measure. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah lawmakers approve medical pot changes, despite concerns

Lawmakers in conservative Utah passed sweeping changes Monday to a new voter-approved medical-marijuana ballot measure under a planned compromise.

FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, a laboratory manager holds a cannabis sample in Oakland, Calif. Utah lawmakers are expected to meet Monday, Dec. 3, and pass changes to a voter-approved ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, a plan that was announced as a broad compromise but has since generated backlash. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Alzheimer’s added as qualifier for medical marijuana in Minnesota

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says there is “some evidence” that marijuana improves the mood, sleep, and behavior of people with Alzheimer’s.

FILE - In this June 6, 2018 file photo, a marijuana plant grows at El Piso Cannabis Club in Montevideo, Uruguay, the first nation to legalize the pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez inaugurated an industrial laboratory for the production of cannabis-based medicine. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

Minnesota man with 471 pounds of marijuana sentenced

Mark Anthony Berg told the trooper he had been in Las Vegas and drove through Denver on his way back to Minnesota.

Cannabis plants grow in a greenhouse in Ontario. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Cole Burston.

Local pot ban petition in Washington state may head to voters or court

The group trying to overturn a local ban on marijuana businesses in southeastern Washington state may take legal action after their voter petition was rejected.

FILE - In this April 12, 2018 file photo, nugs of marijuana await packaging at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company near Shelton, Wash. Michigan clears a threshold Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. In the Nov. 6 election, voters by a wide margin endorsed recreational use by adults who are at least 21. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Michigan to be first Midwest state to allow recreational pot

Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes.

FILE - In this March 8, 2018, file photo, the sunsets on the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. After months of fierce debate and campaigning, Mormon church leaders, state lawmakers and the governor all opponents of the initiative reached a compromise with medical marijuana advocates in which they agreed on parameters for a law that suited all sides. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Utah lawmakers to vote on medical-marijuana compromise

Supporters of the compromise, including the influential Mormon church, say it will still give access to suffering patients while ensuring marijuana stays out of the hands of children and blocking any possibility of broader legalization.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute executive director Perry Brown inspects an industrial hemp plant for signs of mold, decay and pests, while harvesting the quarter-acre for research at their location in East Troy, Wis., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette via AP)

New Mexico approves rules for industrial hemp cultivation

Farmers in New Mexico will be allowed to grow hemp beginning next year.

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2015, file photo, Alaska Cannabis Club CEO Charlo Greene prepares to roll a joint at the medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage, Alaska. A credit union is launching a pilot program to begin serving marijuana businesses in Alaska, giving the cash-only industry a financial option after banks shunned the industry. Credit Union 1 announced Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, its move comes with no political or moral position. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Lawmakers to meet Monday to alter marijuana ballot measure in Utah

Utah state lawmakers will meet Monday in a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a medical marijuana law passed by voters in the midterm election.

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First medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Iowa

Iowa doctors can certify patients with one of several debilitating medical conditions. Patients who are certified can then go to one of the five dispensaries to receive cannabidiol products.

FILE - This April 18, 2017, file photo shows pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes at GoodSinse Marijuana retail and cultivation facility in Fairbanks, Alaska. A credit union is launching a pilot program to begin serving marijuana businesses in Alaska, giving the cash-only industry a financial option after banks shunned the industry. Credit Union 1 announced Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, its move comes with no political or moral position. (Eric Engman/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP, File)

Alaska credit union to serve marijuana businesses

Most banks and credit card processors in the United States won’t service marijuana businesses because of the federal prohibition on marijuana.

Northampton, MA - 11/09/2018- ] Gummies containing THC are also sold at NETA, (New England Treatment Access) in Northampton, Mass. NETA will be one of two pot shops to start selling recreational marijauna in the upcoming weeks. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (Metro)

6 Florida students hospitalized after eating THC gummies

Six Florida middle school students were treated at a hospital after eating THC-infused gummy candies while in gym class.

Dallas Matuszek fills an order for a customer at Sweet Relief in Astoria, Ore. on Nov. 12, 2018. Astoria has a growing number of marijuana stores, but they're also part of a trend toward consolidation, as many shops try to weather a weak market, sometimes taking on outside investment capital. (Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian via AP)

New medical marijuana rules in Michigan allow home delivery

Michigan lawmakers approved permanent medical marijuana licensing rules on Tuesday, including a provision to allow dispensaries to deliver the drug to cardholders’ homes.

Planet 13 is a Las Vegas marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world’s largest.

Vegas is now home to the ‘world’s biggest’ weed store. Of course it is

Planet 13 feels like someone put an upscale jewelry store inside a night club. The floor lights up when you step on it. Massive screens play trippy 3-D images.

FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, a marijuana plant is shown in Oregon. Rampant overproduction in Oregon's market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50 percent drop in prices, according to state economists. That widely documented collapse has been tough on farmers and retailers, but a boon for consumers. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

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Marijuana dispensaries reduce local opioid overdose rates, study finds

The study found that counties with dispensaries experience 6 to 8 percent fewer opioid overdose deaths overall and 10 percent fewer heroin overdose deaths.

FILE - In this June 6, 2018 file photo, a marijuana plant grows at El Piso Cannabis Club in Montevideo, Uruguay, the first nation to legalize the pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez inaugurated an industrial laboratory for the production of cannabis-based medicine. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)

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A main ingredient in beer used to be marijuana’s ‘sister,’ study shows

Your favorite bud and brew have a bit more in common than you might think.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks about his new book, 'Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance', at a George Washington University/Politics and Prose event, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Bernie Sanders blasts marijuana prohibition in new book

US Senator Bernie Sanders said he’s still “thinking about” a possible run for the presidency in 2020, and if he does run, it’s a safe bet that marijuana reform will be one of his priorities.

 Northampton, MA - 11/20/2018- ] Jason Owen, 47, of Northampton pays for his order of recreational marijuana products from NETA in Northampton on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Ohio credit union confirms plans to do business with marijuana companies

Wright-Patt Credit Union confirmed Monday that the company will offer what it called “limited banking services” to legally licensed medical marijuana businesses.

Leicester, MA, 11/20/2018 -- A customer purchases vape cartridges at the opening of Cultivate, one of the state's first two pot shops. This the first day the store can sell recreational marijuana to adults 21 and older. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 21potopen Reporter:

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Using marijuana doesn’t cause youth behavioral problems, study finds

Several studies have linked behavioral problems among young people to marijuana use. But what comes first — the chicken or the egg?

FILE--In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Diana Calvert, River City Retail Marijuana Dispensary manager in Merlin, Ore., stocks the shelves with product. Regulations and paperwork are driving up costs for financial institutions serving marijuana companies doing business in states with legal pot sales (Timothy Bullard/The Daily Courier via AP, file)

Maryland medical marijuana sales surpassing forecast

Medical marijuana sales in Maryland are surpassing a previous forecast and could reach $100 million this year.

FILE--In this Oct. 25, 2018, file photo, New Mexico gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks to an audience including many unionized state workers in Santa Fe, N.M. Now governor-elect, Lujan Grisham says she will review state laws that prevent some medical marijuana patients in New Mexico from getting certain jobs because of drug tests. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Job barriers hit some New Mexico medical marijuana patients

Some medical marijuana patients in New Mexico are finding a hard time getting jobs in places like Los Alamos National Laboratory thanks to federal requirements on drug testing and a lack of flexibility for applicants.

File-This May 8, 2014, file photo shows retail marijuana growing at 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver. Regulations and paperwork are driving up costs for financial institutions serving marijuana companies doing business in states with legal pot sales, a cannabis banker told a conference in Las Vegas. Sundie Seefried told hundreds of cannabis trade show attendees at MJBizCon last week that a subsidiary of her Colorado credit union had to file more than 7,000 reports with regulators on behalf of 220 cannabis-related member companies. She compared that with 226 reports required for 33,000 regular members of her Partner Colorado Credit Union.

N.J. lawmakers advance bill legalizing marijuana

New Jersey would join 10 other states and the District of Columbia if it legalizes recreational cannabis.

Tulo, a police service dog trained to detect drugs, in Rifle, Colo., Nov. 13th, 2018. Drug-sniffing dogs that are trained to detect marijuana raise questions about probable cause where pot has been legalized, and that’s forcing some into early retirement. (Ryan David Brown/The New York Times)

In states where pot is legal, some police dogs are losing their jobs

As states and cities loosen their drug laws, the highly trained dogs their police departments use to sniff out narcotics can’t always be counted on to smell the right thing.

People waited in line for the opening of Cultivate.

Recreational marijuana sales begin in Massachusetts, first on the East Coast

Massachusetts’ first two recreational marijuana dispensaries opened to long lines and lots of buzz.

Above: Double Dutch Soda medical marijuana at Cultivate Holdings in Leicester. The medical marijuana dispensary will start offering recreational sales Tuesday.

Massachusetts marijuana stores to open Tuesday

The Cannabis Control Commission has issued “commence full operations” notices to pot shops in Leicester and Northampton.

Sean Azzariti, a former Marine who served in the Iraq war and has post-traumatic stress disorder, smiled in 2014 as he became the first customer to buy retail marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver.

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Whatever happened to the guy who made the first legal recreational marijuana purchase in the US?

Five years ago, Marine Corps veteran and marijuana advocate Sean Azzariti made history by buying an eighth-ounce of Bubba Kush cannabis flower and a packet of pot-infused truffles.

FILE- This Nov. 3, 2010, file photo shows U.S. Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, on a television screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange a day after the midterm elections. The S&P 500, the stock market’s benchmark index, has climbed in the 12 months after each of the midterm elections going back to 1946. That’s 18 elections, many of which ended up shuffling the balance of power in Congress. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Marijuana startup backed by John Boehner goes public in Canada

The cannabis startup backed by former Speaker of the House John Boehner is set to become one of the most valuable companies in the US weed industry.

FILE- In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against the sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple, at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. After months of fierce debate and campaigning, Mormon church leaders, state lawmakers and the governor all opponents of the initiative reached a compromise with medical marijuana advocates in which they agreed on parameters for a law that suited all sides. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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Mormon church faces potential lawsuit over medical marijuana opposition

A lawyer representing patients and advocates has formally notified the Mormon church to preserve records ahead of a potential lawsuit concerning its alleged attempts to undermine the measure.

An attendant weighs marijuana at the Far West Holistic Center dispensary, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Detroit. Michigan voters have made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters passed a ballot measure Tuesday that will allow people 21 or older to use the drug. North Dakota voters decided recreational pot wasn't for them, Missouri voters passed one of three unrelated measures legalizing medical marijuana and voters in Utah were also considering a medical marijuana proposal. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Pot banking takes off in US as women forge path around ban

A federal prohibition on marijuana has locked US banks out of an industry surging toward $75 billion in sales. Who’s catching that money?

Dallas Matuszek fills an order for a customer at Sweet Relief in Astoria, Ore. on Nov. 12, 2018. Astoria has a growing number of marijuana stores, but they're also part of a trend toward consolidation, as many shops try to weather a weak market, sometimes taking on outside investment capital. (Colin Murphey/The Daily Astorian via AP)

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The DEA just got scolded over its marijuana eradication program

The Drug Enforcement Administration provides about $17 million each year to help its partners get rid of illegal cannabis grows. But it’s not clear if that money is serving its purpose.