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Tina Bernal, left, who uses cannabis to relieve chronic pain, buys a vial of marijuana at Minerva cannabis dispensary in New Mexico. In three states, doctors can recommend medical marijuana rather than prescribing opioids.
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Farmers Struggle as Hemp Harvest Winds Down

November 8, 2019

Ajit Singh strode across his 16-acre hemp field toward a broken-down harvester. He’d been hoping all day that the mechanic now crouched beside the machine could get it back up and running. Like many hemp growers here in Jackson County, Oregon, he was harvesting slowly, facing a mold problem and unhappy with prices offered by potential buyers.

CBD May Be Natural, But Is It Safe?

October 18, 2019

Hemp cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis extract largely unknown a few years ago, has become so popular that some Americans take a spoonful every day. People are vaping CBD, drinking CBD-infused coffee and snacking on CBD-infused chocolates in the hopes of easing their aches, pains and anxiety. 

Cannabis Banking Challenges Go Beyond Pot

October 8, 2019

Marijuana business owners in states that have legalized the drug have struggled for years to access banking services, thanks to conflicts between federal and state law. Now people who grow and sell hemp — a nonpsychoactive form of cannabis — are facing a similar set of problems.  

Dreaming Big for a Risky Hemp Crop

September 16, 2019

As growers across 34 states start to harvest as much as half a million acres of hemp this fall, many newcomers have no idea who will buy their crop or even who will prepare it for sale. 

Where Doctors Can Recommend Marijuana to Replace Opioids

August 13, 2019

Policymakers in Colorado, Illinois and New York now allow health professionals to recommend marijuana instead of addictive, potentially deadly pain pills such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin. Forty-six people in the United States die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids, according to the CDC.

Oregon Marijuana Surplus a Cautionary Tale for Other States

July 11, 2019

Five years after Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, its lawmakers now are trying to rein in production, fearing the state’s big weed surplus will tempt some licensed businesses to sell their products out of state or on the illegal market.  

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