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Lotus Health LLC is currently preparing patients to receive medical marijuana when it becomes available for use. Albert Cesare, [email protected]

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Lotus Health LLC partners, from left, Michael Spivak, Nurse Practitioner, Tearea Roland, Nurse Practitioner, and Dr. Naila Goldenberg, Endocrinologist, stand inside the Lotus Health LLC on June 26, 2018, in Mason. (Photo: Albert Cesare/The Enquirer)Buy Photo

One doctor answered an ad on Another was wowed by a patient’s treatment in Michigan.

These Greater Cincinnati doctors were intrigued enough by the healing potential of medical marijuana that they signed up to be some of Greater Cincinnati’s first medical marijuana doctors.

Nineteen doctors so far in Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties are among the 139 statewide to be certified to recommend medical marijuana by the Ohio Medical Board. Each month, the board will announce new certifications. A doctor must have a clean license and undergo continuing education to apply to recommend. 

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Tearea Roland, Nurse Practitioner, speaks to a patient

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A panel voted unanimously Tuesday to send a proposed November advisory referendum on medical marijuana to the Sauk County Board for final consideration next week.

But the board’s Executive and Legislative Committee opted to adjourn before considering additional referendums on gun rights and abortion, which also were on its agenda. The panel is expected to take up those matters next month.

All of the proposals under consideration Tuesday were drawn up by a handful of supervisors who opposed ballot questions on nonpartisan redistricting and campaign finance that the board recently approved.

They said the board shouldn’t authorize advisory referendums on state and national issues, as other Wisconsin counties and municipalities have done. But since the board already has gone down that road, the supervisors have said, equal consideration must be given to all issues voters are passionate about.

Supervisor Tim McCumber of Merrimac, one of the supervisors who put forth the new referendums on gun rights, abortion and medical marijuana, has said his true aim is to show that progressives have

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State regulators are investigating allegations that a politically connected medical marijuana grower in Maryland illegally used pesticides in growing cannabis plants that were later harvested for sale to patients.

Three former employees at the Anne Arundel County growing center of the cannabis producer ForwardGro made the allegations in sworn statements sent to the General Assembly last week by a newly formed association of companies in the medical marijuana business that oppose pesticide use in growing the plants.

Ashley Colen, president of the Maryland Ethical Cannabis Association and the holder of a dispensary license, said she stopped selling products from ForwardGro’s plants after learning of the allegations. Colen, co-owner of the Ash+Ember dispensary in Centreville on the Eastern Shore, said some of her customers reported side effects such as burning eyes and throats.

“This is about patient safety, not about money,” she said. “We’re supposed to be looking out for the patients.”

Colen said she has discussed the allegations with Joy Strand, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

A commission spokeswoman, Jennifer White, said the agency is

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The Medical Marijuana Commission has awarded cultivation licenses to the top five applicants after the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision on a medical marijuana lawsuit finalized.

In June, the Arkansas Supreme Court paved the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing and dismissing a ruling by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen that stopped the state from issuing the cultivation licenses on the basis that it was unconstitutional. The state’s highest court said the judge didn’t have the jurisdiction to make this ruling and scrapped it, allowing the MMC to award the top five applicants their licenses while the unsuccessful applicants received denial letters.

However, the DFA said the Arkansas Supreme Court’s ruling could not be considered final for two weeks. Now, the injunction that halted the commission from issuing the licenses has been officially lifted.

The companies that were awarded licenses include Natural State Medicinals Cultivation, Bold Team, LLC, Natural State Wellness Enterprises, Osage Creek Cultivation and Delta Medical Cannabis Company, Inc.

While it appears these five groups can start building and

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