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Local Medical marijuana petition drive running strong in Nebraska… – KMTV

July 22nd, 2019 by admin No comments »

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Organizers of a petition drive to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska say they’re hitting their early signature goals with help from an all-volunteer network, but opponents are mobilizing to fight the measure if it appears on the 2020 ballot.

Volunteers have already gathered more than 15,000 signatures in their quest to place the issue before voters in the 2020 general election, and campaign organizers haven’t even started using paid signature collectors, who are generally needed to ensure a successful petition drive.

“We keep picking up momentum, and we feel like we’re hitting our goals,” said state Sen. Anna Wishart, a co-chair of Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws. “Right now, we’ve got people volunteering in many counties across the state. That’s how popular this is.”

The ballot measure would guarantee a constitutional right to buy, use and grow marijuana if a doctor recommends it, with no restrictions on which medical needs qualify. It also would allow users to smoke the drug in homes or other private settings and prevent state lawmakers from imposing an undue burden on access to the drug. If voters approve the measure, users would be allowed to grow an “adequate” supply.

Nebraska lawmakers have rejected medical marijuana bills three times, even though some of the measures would have banned marijuana smoking and imposed tight controls on how much one person can possess. Frustrated with the Legislature’s unwillingness to legalize the drug, activists have shifted their focus to the kind of ballot initiative that succeeded in Utah, Oklahoma

Article source: https://www.3newsnow.com/news/community/vista-semanal/local/medical-marijuana-petition-drive-running-strong-in-nebraska

Utah picks 8 growers for medical marijuana program | Health – Casper Star

July 21st, 2019 by admin No comments »

Darren Johnson, a hemp processor, holds raw hemp that will be used to make CBD oil at his processing facility Wasatch Extraction July 2, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Utah has chosen eight companies to grow cannabis for its medical marijuana program set to open next year. The state’s Department of Agriculture announced the picks Friday. The winners include medical marijuana cultivators with businesses in other states and a family-owned greenhouse in northern Utah. Johnson was one of 81 applicants vying for a medical marijuana growers license in Utah, but not chosen.

Article source: https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/health/utah-picks-growers-for-medical-marijuana-program/article_9b74948a-af97-5076-94a1-9cc17858e115.html

These Eight Companies Will Grow Utah’s First Medical Marijuana

July 21st, 2019 by admin No comments »

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Friday that it will award licenses to grow medical cannabis to eight cultivators.

Agriculture Commissioner Kerry Gibson said in a news release that half of the cultivators already have businesses in Utah. The other four are “out of state but have Utah ties. All grows will be located in Utah.”

The licensees are Dragonfly Greenhouse, Harvest of Utah, Oakbridge Greenhouses, Standard Wellness Utah, True North of Utah, Tryke Companies Utah, Wholesome Ag., and Zion Cultivars.

Two growing sites are planned for Box Elder County and the rest will be located in Weber, Davis, Tooele, Carbon, Sanpete and Washington Counties, though Rigby noted that not all are finalized.

The Department of Agriculture and Food could have awarded ten licenses under Utah law. Andrew Rigby, the agency’s medical cannabis program director, said the decision to only award eight was made “to avoid an oversupply of product, while still maintaining a healthy diversity of cultivators for purposes of competition of product quality and patient pricing.”

“Those are some of the situations that we’ve seen in other states for years now, and we want to avoid that. So it was a delicate balancing act to figure out how many licenses we wanted to issue to ensure that we didn’t run into that problem,” Rigby said.

Christine Stenquist, executive director of the patient advocacy group TRUCE, said she was disappointed that the state did not award all ten licenses.

“We’re not Oregon. We’re not going to see an overabundance” of product, she said, adding

Article source: https://www.kuer.org/post/these-eight-companies-will-grow-utah-s-first-medical-marijuana

How Legal Marijuana Is Helping the Black Market

July 21st, 2019 by admin No comments »

Natalie Fertig is a writer in Washington, D.C., covering cannabis and politics.

When the new marijuana shop opened up just down the street from his own marijuana shop, Greg Meguerian, owner of The Reefinery in Los Angeles, kept an eye on it. When that shop stayed open past the legal closing time of 10 p.m. and sold customers over a quarter-pound of cannabis at once, four times more than the legal limit, Meguerian knew he wasn’t competing with a licensed dispensary.

“It’s so shady, if you look at it,” Meguerian said. “It looks like a shady crack house.”

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The 15 Spot – as the tarp sign hung in front reads – doesn’t appear on Los Angeles’ list of authorized retail businesses. Meguerian and his lawyer reported the illegal dispensary, but it’s still open—and Meguerian is paying a price. He said his sales are down noticeably since his illicit competitor moved in. (Calls to the 15 Spot went unanswered because its phone is disconnected.)

“I told the state, ‘If I lose 20 percent, you just lost 20 percent in taxes.’” He told POLITICO Magazine. “You feel like your words are falling on deaf ears.”

What’s happening to Meguerian is a window into one widespread side effect of marijuana legalization in the U.S.: In many cases it has fueled, rather than eliminated, the black market. In Los Angeles, unlicensed businesses greatly outnumber legal ones; in Oregon, a glut of low-priced legal cannabis has pushed illegal growers to export their goods

Article source: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/07/21/legal-marijuana-black-market-227414

Access to medical marijuana slowly increasing in Monroe

July 21st, 2019 by admin No comments »

STROUDSBURG — Three years have passed since Pennsylvania lawmakers enacted the state’s medical marijuana program, and access for Monroe County participants is slowly increasing. A total of eight physicians were listed Friday afternoon on the state’s roster of approved prescribers for Monroe County.

Here is where the program stands in Monroe County:

Conditions

A new pool of potential patients will soon be eligible for medical marijuana. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced on July 11 two new additions to the list of approved conditions: anxiety disorders and Tourette’s syndrome.

“After a careful review of the medical literature available about these conditions, I have decided to approve this recommendation,” Levine said in a statement. “Patients should consult with their health care provider to see if medical marijuana will be beneficial for them. I do not take this decision lightly, and do have recommendations for physicians, dispensary pharmacists and patients in terms of the use of medical marijuana to treat these conditions. For both conditions, medical marijuana is not first line treatment and should not replace traditional therapies but should be used in conjunction with them, when recommended by a physician.”

Those changes, which take effect no later than July 20, bring the list of approved serious medical conditions up 23 total. Levine also added that medical marijuana would not be recommended for children or adolescents with anxiety disorders, as their brains are still developing. She also warned patients against using the drug while pregnant due to the unknown effects of marijuana on

Article source: https://www.poconorecord.com/news/20190720/access-to-medical-marijuana-slowly-increasing-in-monroe

Concealed firearms, medical marijuana can’t coexist in Florida

July 20th, 2019 by admin No comments »

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Since legalizing medical marijuana in 2016, Florida’s Amendment 2 has seen quite a few legal roadblocks.

Now many residents are realizing how the Constitution’s second
amendment may be clashing with Florida’s relatively new amendment.

For Florida’s more than 200,000 medical marijuana patients, the issue is of special concern since the state currently has the highest number of concealed weapons permit-holders in the country at 2,008,841.

A medical marijuana card flags gun buyers as federally unlawful users
of a controlled substance at the federal level on the Firearms
Transaction Record, also known as Form 4473, which under federal law
must be completed before the purchase of a firearm can take place.

The form asks, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to,
marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, or any other controlled
substance?”

Even with medical cannabis now legalized in 33 states as well as the
District of Columbia, in January 2017 the following message was added in
bold to the packaging of the marijuana: “Warning: The use or possession
of marijuana remains unlawful under federal law regardless if it has
been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes
in the state where you reside.”

A “yes” on the Firearms Transaction Record results in an automatic denial of the federally protected right to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer.

Cannabis and concealed carry

Here’s a look at the state’s population of concealed firearm permit holders and registered medical marijuana patients. Florida’s total population,

Article source: https://www.wfla.com/mobile/concealed-firearms-medical-marijuana-cant-coexist-in-florida/

Louisiana ‘weeks’ away from medical marijuana rollout

July 20th, 2019 by admin No comments »

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Medical marijuana could finally be available for Louisiana’s sickest patients in “the next few weeks,” according to grower GB Sciences’, Vice President John Davis.

“We’re in the process of bottling the final formulations and we’re waiting to put the labels on the bottles that will describe the contents,” Davis said. “That’s how close we are. We’re all aiming for the next few weeks.”

Disputes between the state and its grower over testing practices and logistics repeatedly delayed the program’s roll-out. Now that those disagreements appear to be resolved, pharmacists are prepping for product to hit their shelves soon.

“We’re super excited about this because it’s on the cutting edge of any medication that we’ve dealt with before,” Capitol Wellness owner, Randy Mire, said.

Capitol Wellness is one of nine licensed pharmacies across the state that will dispense marijuana. Specially-licensed doctors may recommend marijuana to patients, who would then receive their dosage from specially-licensed pharmacists at one of the nine state-approved dispensaries.

“Here in Louisiana, we’re seeing a very different approach that has a good viability to become the gold-standard of what medical marijuana programs should look like,” Mark Slaugh, a cannabis consultant for pharmacies across the country, said.

Capitol Wellness hosted a sort of seminar Thursday night (July 18) for local stakeholders to ask GB Sciences’ scientists questions about their dosing research.

“It demonstrates credibility,” Davis said. “It’s not that we’re saying, ‘Hey, here’s some weed. Go use it.’ Instead, we’re saying, ‘Here’s a compilation of all the peer-reviewed medical

Article source: https://www.knoe.com/content/news/Louisiana-weeks-away-from-medical-marijuana-rollout-512965271.html

I wanted to try medical marijuana. My doctors couldn’t help – STAT

July 20th, 2019 by admin No comments »

I managed to get through college in the 1980s without smoking marijuana. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with cancer in the 1990s that I decided to give it a try.

The anti-nausea medicine I was taking to combat the side effects of chemotherapy made me feel like I was going to jump out of my skin and it didn’t banish my queasiness. So I took matters into my own hands and asked a friend for some marijuana. At the time, possessing it or using it was illegal, and there was a stigma around its use. It felt like I had a dirty little secret.

That said, when I smoked it, I felt great. My nausea disappeared, my appetite came back, and I slept like a baby. My two biggest regrets were that I didn’t use it more consistently during my illness and that I hadn’t tried it the first time I had cancer, eight years earlier.

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So when the conversation began about legalizing marijuana for medical use, I was totally on board because I believed it would give people more choices and potentially better relief for their symptoms. I’m still on board, but I wish the people who might benefit from medical marijuana could get helpful information about it from their physicians.

Today, cannabis is legal for medical use in 33 states and the District of Columbia. That sounds great, but it is complicated by the mismatch between state and federal laws and by

Article source: https://www.statnews.com/2019/07/19/medical-marijuana-doctors-no-help/

Medical Marijuana Comes To Utah – Utah

July 20th, 2019 by admin No comments »

Making hard medical decisions is scary. Choosing between different providers, treatments, and insurance plans can leave already sick patients feeling even worse off. Add things like harsh side effects associated with prescription medications, or life-changing diagnosis’ and it’s enough to make any patient desperate to feel normal. 

Chad Thornley can relate. Two years ago, his four-year-old daughter Penelope was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Upon the diagnosis, Mr. Thornley and his wife went to countless doctor’s appointments, all filled with overwhelming talks of radiation and chemotherapy―the “standard procedures” for treating childhood cancers. 

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Radiation therapy is a grueling process, so the pair looked for ways they could alleviate her discomfort. That’s when they discovered medical cannabis―a way to curb some of the side effects associated with her therapy. There was just one problem: Mr. Thornley and his family were living in Utah at the time, and medical cannabis was completely illegal. 

Like other “marijuana refugees” faced with no other options and eager to help themselves or family members, Mr. Thornley made the gutwrenching decision to relocate his wife and daughter to Seattle, Washington for ten weeks while Penelope underwent daily sessions of Proton radiation therapy, assisted by medical cannabis. They liked the hospital in Seattle but they also went for the cannabis. 

During treatment, Mr. Thornley and his wife began introducing Penelope to daily doses of THC

Article source: https://www.utahbusiness.com/medical-cannabis/