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Chronic pain, PTSD amount to half of need for medical marijuana use in Pa.

June 18th, 2019 by admin No comments »

Half of all medical marijuana permits issued in Pennsylvania are for severe or chronic pain.

That’s one finding from data obtained by Transforming Health as the result of a Right to Know request. The Department of Health data breaks down the 105,613 medical marijuana permits issued in Pennsylvania since Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf legalized medical cannabis in 2016.

Post-traumatic stress disorder accounts for 14 percent of those permits, the second most-commonly requested qualifying medical condition.

Neuropathies – conditions that affect the nervous system – are the third most-common qualifying condition, making up about 9 percent of applicants. Cancer and remission therapy make up 8 percent of certifications.

Three percent of applications — 3,334 people — sought medical marijuana to treat opioid use disorder that hasn’t responded to “conventional therapeutic interventions,” or as a supplement to other therapies.

The breakdown of conditions lines up with what other medical marijuana states have seen, said Gail Groves Scott, manager of University of the Sciences Substance Use Disorders Institute.

“Pain is usually the number one medical condition,” Groves Scott said, pointing to public data from Minnesota, which she said has a similar medical cannabis program.

The usefulness of medical marijuana to treat PTSD is less clear, Groves Scott said. “There isn’t any high-quality evidence,” she said, citing a 2017 National Academy of Science Medical Cannabis report.

However, lack of clinical studies is common problem when seeking medical cannabis as a treatment, she said. Marijuana remains a Schedule 1 illegal substance, which makes it

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Young adults who live near medical marijuana dispensaries use more often

June 17th, 2019 by admin No comments »

Young adults who live in neighborhoods with more medical marijuana dispensaries use marijuana more frequently than their peers and have more-positive views about the drug, according to a new RAND Corporation study.

The associations were strongest among young adults who lived near dispensaries that had storefront signs, suggesting that regulating such advertising could be one strategy if policymakers were concerned about curbing use of marijuana. Based on research from this same project, the city of Los Angeles adopted an ordinance in 2018 to restrict some storefront and billboard advertising.

The study, which examined a group of people aged 18 to 22 who lived in Los Angeles County in 2016-17, is the first to show that storefront marijuana signage is extremely influential and substantially magnifies the associations between higher density of medical marijuana dispensaries with greater use of marijuana and positive views about the drug. The study is published online by the journal Addiction.

“Our findings suggest that as the marijuana retail outlets become more visible and more numerous, they may influence the way that young adults perceive and use marijuana,” said Regina Shih, the study’s lead author and a senior behavioral scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization.

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, with 33 states now having some type of medical marijuana law. In addition, California and nine other states allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use.

Although research supports some medicinal benefits of marijuana, youth who frequently use marijuana are more likely to

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New York marijuana: What to know about growing cannabis, medical marijuana manufacturing

June 17th, 2019 by admin No comments »


Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke to reporters Monday, June 3, 2019, about whether he believes an agreement on legalizing marijuana can be reached before the legislative session ends June 19.
Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief

New York’s recreational marijuana battle sits on the front line of a generational war over American cannabis laws. As debate heats up, USA TODAY Network New York is compiling answers to key questions about legalized cannabis.

Medical marijuana companies are poised to grow more cannabis in New York whether recreational pot is legalized or not.

Throughout the state, new cannabis grows have broken ground, and medical marijuana manufacturing expansions are underway to meet growing demand.

So far, the cannabis industry infrastructure boom, which currently supplies more than 101,000 certified patients, has largely been fueled by the addition of opioid replacement and chronic pain as qualifying conditions in recent years.

But now that lawmakers are pushing greatly expanded access to medical marijuana, as well as adult-use recreational pot, many existing cannabis companies in New York are priming for even more production.

Meanwhile, New York farmers are hoping marijuana could be their next cash crop despite the cannabis industry competition. They are vying for a chance to supply what is expected to be a recreational pot marketplace between $1.7 billion and $3.5 billion.

The New York

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Will Texans give up gun rights to get medical marijuana? Federal government says they have to

June 17th, 2019 by admin No comments »

As of the end of May, 750 people had registered for the state’s medical marijuana program. Advocates estimate the list of eligible people could expand to 1 million under the new law.

State Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, a nurse who authored the bill and supports gun rights, said the Legislature can’t address the gun issue because it runs up against federal law.

She also said she’d be surprised if any person authorized to use medical marijuana under the law were buying new firearms. She wrote the bill to be very narrow about which kinds of patients could use medical marijuana — mostly people with seriously debilitating illnesses.

“These are very sick people,” she said. “People with spasticity have mobility issues. People with ALS over time will become ventilator-dependent. They’re not going to go out and buy guns.”

But Rick Hardcastle, a rancher and former Texas lawmaker, said there are people who meet the threshold of the new law who will still want to exercise their Second Amendment right.

“If you’re in your 20s and 30s and you have MS or Parkinson’s, you may not be through buying guns,” he said.

Hardcastle, who has multiple sclerosis, said he has more guns than most “women have shoes.” He said he plans to be first in line to get a prescription for medical marijuana under the new expansion because he’s experimented with hemp oil and found that it’s given him some relief.

But, he said he doesn’t plan on buying more guns and hesitates to criticize the federal restriction because

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Medical Marijuana Bills, Including A N.H. ‘Home Grow’ Option, Head to Governor

June 17th, 2019 by admin No comments »

The New Hampshire Legislature is sending a handful of medical marijuana bills, including one that would allow limited “home grow” of cannabis for qualified patients and caregivers, to Governor Sununu. 

The “home grow” option has long been debated in the Granite State, and before the state’s therapeutic cannabis law went into effect more than five years ago.

Another bill would establish a procedure for the annulment of arrests or convictions for possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less of cannabis, if it occurred before Sept. 16, 2017 — the date “decriminalization” of marijuana took effect. Sununu supported that decriminalization, but he opposed efforts this year to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. 

Lawmakers embraced a change in how the medical marijuana law was set up back in 2013. That bill seeks to eliminate the three-month time-frame for a provider-patient relationship.

One bill would authorize the state Department of Health and Human Services to collect certain data related to the therapeutic cannabis program. There are more than 7,100 people enrolled in the medical marijuana program now.

One bill would allow physician assistants to authorize the use of the drug for patients, while yet another clarifies where a second medical marijuana dispensary may be located within a geographic area.

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The current landscape of Oklahoma’s medical marijuana laws and what’s to come

June 16th, 2019 by admin No comments »

On June 26, 2018, about 507,000 Oklahomans voted yes on State Question 788, legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

The initiative for the legalization of medical marijuana began as a petition by a group called Oklahomans for Health. The group gathered around 67,000 signatures to have their volunteer-written state question put on the ballot.

When SQ788 passed, voting Oklahomans passed what is being called the most progressive medical marijuana laws in the United States. Once SQ788 passed, Oklahoma’s Medical Marijuana Authority had 60 days to set up a program.

Once set up, by 5 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2018, more than 1,500 applicants applied for the multiple medical marijuana licenses available. By 8 a.m. on Aug. 27, over 2,100 applicants. By Dec. 31, over 36,000 applicants.

Most applicants were applying for a patient license, but applicants could also apply for a temporary license, caregiver license, dispensary license, processor license and commercial grower license.

Currently, having an Oklahoma patient license allows you to possess three ounces of marijuana on your person, six mature marijuana plants, six seedling plants, one ounce of concentrated marijuana, 72 ounces of edible marijuana and eight ounces of marijuana at home. The cost of acquiring a patient license is $100, or $20 if on Medicaid. Oklahoma’s possession limits are 6.5 times felony limit in Colorado.

Oklahoma is also the only state that does not have qualifying conditions for patient licenses.

A caregiver license is for people who take care of homebound patients. This could be an elderly patient or a young child and anyone in

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Mount Clemens grants medical marijuana licenses for Gibraltar, Kaatz sites

June 16th, 2019 by admin No comments »

Mount Clemens has long been known as Bath City for its rich history related to mineral baths as well as Macomb County’s entertainment capital.

But the county seat may be in line for a new moniker in the next few years, as a medical marijuana destination spot in Macomb County.

Mount Clemens recently awarded licenses for a processing center at the former Gibraltar Trade Center on North River Road near Interstate 94 and a retail facility for the former Kraatz Flowers shop on Groesbeck Highway, north of Cass Avenue.

“We decided to get into it and took a whole year to study the issue, to find out as much as we could about the industry,” said Mayor Barb Dempsey. “There is a need for medical marijuana, and if it helps people, then absolutely, let’s do it.”

The former site of Kraatz Flowers on Groesbeck Highway between a Taco Bell restaurant and the now-closed Big Boy will be occupied by a medical marijuana retail sales center.


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Small medical marijuana providers decry court ruling favoring Lionheart

June 16th, 2019 by admin No comments »


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University of Florida taking lead on medical marijuana study

June 16th, 2019 by admin No comments »

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – The University of Florida (U-F) will take the lead on a study monitoring the effects of medical marijuana.

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