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Weed And The Other Kind Of Weed

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A Kansas City nurse is helping patients navigate the world of medical marijuana. Also, local home gardeners fight on behalf of native plants, which are bringing bees, butterflies and some unwanted code enforcers to their front yards.

Medical marijuana is opening the door to pain relief and reduced anxiety for many Missourians. But not everyone knows whether or how it can help them.

April Hatch is a registered nurse and member of the Society for Cannabis Clinicians and the American Cannabis Nurses Society. She answered some of those questions on KCUR’s Up to Date with Steve Kraske.

More home gardeners in Kansas City are deciding to fill their yards not with grass, but with native wildflowers — which are better for the environment. But that’s put some of these homeowners in conflict with their neighbors and the city. KCUR reporter Carlos Moreno brings us this story.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Byron Love and edited by Maria Carter and Lisa Rodriguez.

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As a newscaster and a host of a daily news podcast, I want to deliver the most important and interesting news of the day in an engaging and easily understandable way. No matter where you live in the metro or what you’re interested in, I want you to learn something from each newscast or podcast – and maybe even give you something to talk about at the dinner table. You can email me at nomin@kcur.org and find me on Twitter @NominUJ.
As an on-demand producer, I am focused on using my skills and experiences across multiple digital applications, platforms and media fields to create community focused audio, video and on-demand products for KCUR Studios. The media that I produce aims to inform, entertain and connect with the Kansas City metro area as we continue to learn from each other. Email me at byron@kcur.org.