Medical marijuana industry rapidly grows mainstream

March 30th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »


Becky DeKeuster is executive director of the Northeast Patients Group, a dispensary that provides medical marijuana to Maine residents in Portland, Bangor, Thomaston and Augusta. | MCT

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WASHINGTON — The medical marijuana industry is beginning to show its age.

After humble California beginnings in 1996, 15 states and the District of Columbia now have legalized marijuana use for ill patients who have a doctor’s recommendation.

Medical marijuana has been found to help with chronic pain, nausea and other symptoms of diseases including cancer, muscular dystrophy and AIDS. Nearly 25 million Americans

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