Medical Marijuana

2:32pm

Tue August 12, 2014
Shots - Health News

Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 3:23 pm

Workplace drug testing for marijuana may need updating in light of changing laws, a case before the Colorado Supreme Court suggests.
Kai-Huei Yau MCT/Landov

A car accident crushed Brandon Coats' upper spine when he was 16, leaving him unable to walk. His muscles still spasm, disrupting sleep and causing pain.

"If I'm out in public it's embarrassing," Coats says. "It's always uncomfortable. If I smoke marijuana, it almost completely alleviates it" — more, he says, than other prescriptions.

Coats smokes at night, and says he was never high when answering customer calls at Dish Network. "I was really good at my job," he says.

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5:00am

Thu July 3, 2014
Agriculture

Forget Knee-High, Colorado’s Hemp Crop Is Waist-High By The Fourth Of July

Hemp stalks shoot up on research plots in rural Boulder county.
Credit Ben Holmes / Centennial Seeds

An old saying among farmers is that you want your corn to be “knee-high by the Fourth of July.” That adage doesn’t necessarily apply to Colorado’s newest cash crop: industrial hemp. Unsurprisingly, considering the ubiquitous nickname given to hemp’s cousin marijuana, the plant grows like a weed.

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12:43pm

Fri May 30, 2014
Marijuana

U.S. House Passes Pro-Medical Marijuana Amendments

Brett Levin Flickr - Creative Commons

A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives passed three amendments to an appropriations bill that could change how the government deals with medical marijuana and industrial hemp in Colorado and other states where the practices are legal.

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11:24am

Tue May 20, 2014
Shots - Health News

Poll: Yes To Medical Marijuana, Not So Much For Recreational Pot

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 6:50 am

Total of responses exceeds 100 percent because of rounding.
NPR-Truven Health

Minnesota has become the 22nd state to loosen restrictions on use of marijuana, with its legislature approving the sale and use of medical marijuana on May 15. Other states, including Florida, are considering similar measures.

These changes are happening fast, and we were wondering how people feel about this seemingly inexorable push to decriminalize pot, so we asked, in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll.

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6:00am

Wed April 16, 2014
Marijuana

When Marijuana No Longer Sells Itself Branding Steps Up

At The Farm in Boulder, Colo., the decor and store exterior are so inviting, owner Jan Cole says some customers come in thinking they're at a specialty grocer, not a marijuana store.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC

For years in Colorado, the thought has been that pot will sell itself. Now that it’s legal, marijuana businesses are realizing they’ll need to carve out niches and reach out to new buyers to survive in a very competitive marketplace.

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