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Medical Marijuana Bill Stays Alive in NY Assembly

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May 28, 2014
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The New York Assembly voted yesterday to pass the Compassionate Care Act that would legalize medicinal marijuana. The Democratic led group has passed such a bill before, only to see it get voted down by the Senate. The Senate has a competing bill that is waiting review by the Finance Committee. If both bills pass, they will need to be combined and the differences between the two resolved. The legislative session ends June 19th, so time is running out for the bill to be voted on. The finance committee will not confirm if they will add it to their agenda before the session ends. Video provided by TheStreet


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Florida Senate Approves Charlotte's Web Strain of Cannabis

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Minnesota Comes One Step Closer to Medicinal Marijuana

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TheStreet (May 7, 2014) — The Minnesota Senate approved a medicinal marijuana bill on Tuesday and the bill will now to go the House, which is expected to review a more restrictive version of medicinal marijuana legislation on Friday. The vote was bipartisan and overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing medicinal marijuana. Governor Mark Dayton (D) originally said he was opposed to the measure, but now sounds like he will listen to the patients who want their doctors to be able to offer this alternative medicine. Video provided by TheStreet
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