Stories about Medical Marijuana


Does pot cause male breast growth? Weed advocates call it a myth, doctors see link

By Melissa Dribben, The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT) on Nov. 29, 2013, at 8:39 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA — As legalized medical marijuana gains acceptance across the country, a long-smoldering question burns a little hotter. In the vernacular, stoners ask, “Do doobies make boobies?” Plastic surgeons phrase it more scientifically. “Does marijuana cause gynecomastia?” Speculation that men who smoke pot are prone to develop abnormal breast tissue …

Study warns of children accidentally ingesting medical marijuana

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times on May 29, 2013, at 9:50 a.m.
As legalized marijuana appears in an increasing number of American homes, so too does evidence of a dark side: accidental ingestion of pot and pot-infused food by young children. The results can be frightening to such children, who often suffer anxiety attacks when they start to feel unexpected symptoms of …

Sullivan mom says she’s sorry son took pot brownies to school

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 01, 2012, at 4:58 p.m.
A local woman arrested Tuesday after her 13-year-old son allegedly brought her marijuana-laced brownies to school and ate them with other pupils said she is trying to get a medical marijuana user’s license. In phone interviews Wednesday and Thursday, Amanda Hiser, 32, said she has lupus nephritis …
Jason David administers oral drops of a medical marijuana tincture that he says has greatly helped control the symptoms of his son Jayden's severe epilepsy in Modesto, California, July 20, 2012.

Medical pot treats boy’s epilepsy, without getting him high

By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times (MCT) on Sept. 17, 2012, at 9:07 a.m.
MODESTO, Calif. — Topamax. Depakote. Phenobarbital. The list goes on. Before Jayden David turned 5, he had tried a dozen powerful medications to tame a rare form of epilepsy. The side effects were devastating. There were grand mal seizures that lasted more than an hour. Hundreds of times a day, …
In this Oct. 22, 2009, file photo, a medical-marijuana user holds a homegrown bud in Portland, Maine.

Medical marijuana muddies debate over organ transplants for drug users

By Anna Gorman, on Dec. 13, 2011, at 9:23 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Norman Smith, who has liver cancer, was placed on the transplant list at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last year. But early this year, doctors removed him because he was using medical marijuana and failed to show up for a drug test. To get back on the list, Smith, …
Paul McCarrier of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine shows a marijuana bud to a Dover-Foxcroft man and his mother on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2010 after the group made a presentation about amendments to the state's medical marijuana law that go into effect at the end of September.

Medical pot farmers seek advice, share tips

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 10, 2011, at 11:22 p.m.
BREWER | A gathering held Wednesday to educate people about amendments to the state’s medical marijuana statute that become law next month brought together a number of people interested in becoming caregivers — those who grow medicinal marijuana for up to five patients. They asked questions like, “If I’m …

Ex-NBA star’s entry into Maine medical pot program triggers lawsuit

By Meg Haskell on July 13, 2011, at 2:48 p.m.
The California-based Berkeley Patients Group, which backed efforts to open four of Maine’s eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, is suing Maine-based Northeast Patients Group and its director, Rebecca DeKeuster, alleging she breached the terms of her employment by using inside information to forge a deal with another investor. The lawsuit, …

Veazie adopts medical marijuana facility rules, finishes budget

By Dawn Gagnon on May 10, 2011, at 10:12 p.m.
Town councilors adopted rules for medical marijuana facilities and completed a $4.7 million spending plan for municipal and school operations in the coming fiscal year during a meeting on Monday night. Both matters were approved after separate public hearings, Town Manager Bill Reed said Tuesday. Veazie’s rules …

Brewer Housing Authority board discusses medical marijuana use by tenants

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 25, 2011, at 7:55 p.m.
The Brewer Housing Authority board discussed medical marijuana use by tenants on Monday afternoon and decided to see what other housing authorities across the state are doing before making any decisions locally. “My question is this: Even though there are a number of states who have approved …

Bill eases Maine’s medical marijuana rules

The Associated Press on April 24, 2011, at 10:01 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill to ease Maine’s regulations on the medical use of marijuana faces a legislative hearing. The Committee on Health and Human Services holds its hearing Monday. Supporters say it expands and protects the rights of patients and caregivers. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Deborah Sanderson …

Medical marijuana facility opens in northern Maine

The Associated Press on April 01, 2011, at 5:34 a.m.
FRENCHVILLE | Maine’s first medical marijuana facility has opened in Frenchville near the Canadian border. WLBZ-TV in Bangor says the Safe Alternatives dispensary on Route 1 is also the first facility of its kind on the East Coast. It looks like a typical house and has no signs. It …

Ordinance covering medical marijuana issues passes in Houlton

By Jen Lynds on March 15, 2011, at 10:16 p.m.
With no opposition from either the public or the Town Council, an ordinance outlining where medical marijuana dispensaries can be allowed in the community passed unanimously Monday evening. During a brief council meeting, all members voted to support the proposed ordinance, which also specified where marijuana can …

Northeast Patients Group sees slight delays in pot clinic openings

By Eric Russell on March 13, 2011, at 6:54 p.m.
BANGOR | The head of Northeast Patients Group, a nonprofit organization formed to operate half of the state’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries, said the recent financial struggles of its California-based investor would not affect plans in Maine. In an interview late last week, Rebecca DeKeuster said she could not …

Houlton medical marijuana hearing Monday night

By Jen Lynds on March 13, 2011, at 5:21 p.m.
The issue has not generated much interest thus far, but a public hearing scheduled Monday during the Town Council meeting will give residents the chance to weigh in on an ordinance outlining where medical marijuana dispensaries could be allowed in the community. The ordinance also will deal …

Frenchville residents turn down medical marijuana ordinance

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 26, 2011, at 4:35 p.m.
  FORT KENT | Safe Alternatives, Aroostook County’s first state-approved medical marijuana growing facility, is up and running in Frenchville with a contact list of close to a dozen people with conditions ranging from terminal cancer to multiple sclerosis requesting the herbal drug. What is lacking, according to Leo …

Maine Medical Marijuana Expo under way Saturday in Portland

The Associated Press on Feb. 26, 2011, at 12:52 p.m.
  PORTLAND | Hundreds of people are expected to attend and 20 to 30 exhibitors will be on hand at this weekend’s Maine Medical Marijuana Expo 2011.   The show is being held Saturday and Sunday at Portland’s Fireside Inn. Exhibitors include grow suppliers, medical marijuana caregivers, dispensary operators, …

Hundreds expected at Portland marijuana expo

The Associated Press on Feb. 26, 2011, at 10:01 a.m.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend and 20 to 30 exhibitors will be on hand at this weekend’s Maine Medical Marijuana Expo 2011. The show is being held Saturday and Sunday at Portland’s Fireside Inn. Exhibitors include grow suppliers, medical marijuana caregivers, dispensary operators, consultants and …

Medical marijuana patient pleads to lesser charge in drug raid case

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 15, 2011, at 10:05 p.m.
SKOWHEGAN | A medical marijuana patient and caregiver whose plants were seized last year by drug agents won’t be sentenced in the case against him as long as he adheres to the conditions of a plea agreement he reached with the state last week. James Fowler, 45, of Pittsfield …

More than 400 Mainers sign up for medical marijuana

The Associated Press on Jan. 02, 2011, at 3:08 p.m.
PORTLAND | More than 400 Mainers applied to the state for permission to be medical marijuana patients under a new state law. Starting on Saturday, Mainers had to be registered with the state before legally using marijuana to ease the painful symptoms of cancer, AIDS and other medical conditions. …
Bruce Carter, co-owner of Nature's Kiss, is taking care of Marijuana on Monday. Nature's Kiss is a major dispensary in metro Denver, selling 200 strains in a facility that is set up like a hybrid between a pharmacy and a living room.

Medical marijuana: Maine learns lessons from Montana

By Meg Haskell on Dec. 17, 2010, at 8:29 p.m.
With the strong support of voters in November 2009, Maine became one of just a handful of states that not only allow the cultivation and possession of marijuana for personal medical use but also make marijuana available in retail settings. Nonprofit storefront dispensaries are preparing to open in eight Maine …
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