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Advocates of medical marijuana scored another small victory this week in Richmond. 

A Senate committee voted to allow cancer patients to use an oil derived from the cannabis plant - a medication that can already be used, legally, in patients with epilepsy.  Studies suggest cannabidiol may help to fight breast, colon, brain, lung and other cancers while reducing the side effects of conventional chemotherapy. 

The news pleases one Virginia woman who is anxious to have legal access.

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The SEC Primary, or Super Tuesday, is upon us – that’s when Virginians will take to the polls to select both Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. A new poll revealing what voters in the Commonwealth are thinking in the weeks before March 1st.

The poll was conducted out of the Roanoke College Institute for Policy and Opinion Research before the Iowa Caucus took place. More than 500 voters were interviewed – and Institute Director Harry Wilson says, Virginian’s aren’t feeling too good about their options:

“We’re not viewing any of the candidates favorably”

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After a tragic event, such as the murder of a young girl, as we saw in Blacksburg last week, how does the healing happen?  For Gil Harrington, it’s come from directing the power of her grief after her own daughter was murdered, toward founding an organization that’s become a national movement. 

Gil Harrington is a former nurse whose life changed in 2009 when her daughter Morgan was murdered in Charlottesville. So she knows of what she speaks.

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Business Magnate and Inventor Elon Musk is a man known for his work on transportation of the future, be it space travel or electric vehicles.  His latest quest is something called a “Hyperloop,”  a new kind of super-fast transportation that’s still in the design stage.  At a competition of prototypes this past weekend, Virginia Tech’s entry showed well.  

Some Hokies came home happy from the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition, after taking fourth place out of more than 115 student design teams. Daniel Kimminau is the project manager for Hyperloop at Virginia Tech.

A fight to get access to lifesaving medication enters its second year at the state capitol.  It may be an uphill battle in this conservative state-- because the medication is derived from marijuana.

Last year, Virginia passed a law allowing Beth Collins to give her teenaged daughter, who suffers from severe epilepsy, the one substance that’s successfully treated her seizures -- an oil that comes from marijuana.

“I put it in a tiny dropper, put it under her tongue. Three times a day, she doesn’t like the taste, but it works,” said Collins.

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