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NJ medical marijuana program with edibles up for Assembly vote

May 23rd, 2019 by admin No comments »

TRENTON — With nearly 50,000 patients registered in the New Jersey medical marijuana program, legislators today are expected to push through landmark changes that would make it easier to qualify, purchase and consume cannabis for medicinal purposes. 

The Assembly today is expected to pass the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, which would legalize cannabis-infused edibles and remove the biggest hurdle in the way of patients looking to register for their medical marijuana cards. 

The Senate is expected to vote on the New Jersey medical marijuana expansion bill next Thursday, May 30, before it heads to the desk of Gov. Phil Murphy.

Edibles were part of the original 2009 medical marijuana bill, but then-Gov. Chris Christie line-item vetoed it so that only minors could get edible forms of medical marijuana. 

The lack of edible options pushed patients to become home cooks, extracting oil from raw marijuana in their own kitchens to use as an oral treatment or cooking into food.

Other patients simply decided to leave, uprooting their whole family to seek relief in states with more lax medical marijuana laws, such as California and Colorado.

With the removal of one phrase from the bill — “bona fide relationship” — the Honig Act would completely change the way new

Article source: https://www.app.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/marijuana/2019/05/23/nj-medical-marijuana-program-laws-dispensaries-edibles/3761407002/

Texas expansion of medical cannabis nears finish line after Senate approval

May 23rd, 2019 by admin No comments »

Marijuana advocates were handed an unlikely victory Wednesday after the Texas Senate advanced a bill greatly expanding the list of debilitating medical conditions that can legally be treated by cannabis oil in the state.

Although the upper chamber’s leadership once opposed bills that would relax the state’s pot policies, the Senate unanimously voted in favor of a bill by state Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, that expands the state’s Compassionate Use Program, which currently allows the sale of cannabis oil only to people with intractable epilepsy who meet certain requirements.

The bill now heads back to the Texas House, where lawmakers can either approve the Senate changes or opt to iron out their differences in a conference committee before lawmakers adjourn in five days. Klick did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether she’d accept the Senate changes to her bill.

The version of the bill approved by the Senate would expand the list of conditions that qualify for the medicine to include all forms of epilepsy; seizure disorders; multiple sclerosis; spasticity; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS; terminal cancer; autism and incurable neurodegenerative diseases. The bill also axes a requirement in current statute that says those wanting access to the medicine need the approval of two licensed neurologists, rather than one.

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“This bill is about compassion,” said state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, the Senate sponsor of the bill. “For patients participating in the [Compassionate

Article source: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/05/22/texas-cannabis-oil-access-expanded-senate/

Opinion: Don’t hold your breath for quick NFL action to allow medical marijuana

May 23rd, 2019 by admin No comments »

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Don’t hold your breath if you’re thinking the NFL is on the brink of giving players the green light to smoke their pain away with marijuana.

Go ahead, exhale. This is still going to take a while.

Sure, the league has put a progressive foot forward in striking an agreement this week with the NFL Players Association in the name of holistic health and wellness. There’s a joint committee coming — not joint as in blunt, but joint in that medical experts will be appointed by the league and union — that is charged to study data on several alternative methods of pain management and make recommendations.

In other words, this will be a slow roll.

In the meantime, it’s status quo for players who use marijuana or other Cannabis-laced products to help deal with the physical costs of playing a brutal sport that is often compared to weekly car crashes: Pass your offseason drug test, and you’re effectively cleared to puff during the season.

 And it’s status quo for the NFL’s drug policy. Marijuana is still a banned substance.

How weird. There are 33 states and the District of Columbia that legally allow the use of marijuana

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/columnist/bell/2019/05/22/nfl-medical-marijuana-not-immediate-horizon-players/1197332001/

Augusta councilors to weigh medical marijuana rules

May 22nd, 2019 by admin No comments »

AUGUSTA — A proposal to create a medical marijuana licensing system — tabled last week by city councilors who wanted to see additional measures added to it — goes back to councilors for review Thursday.

The proposed system would regulate medical marijuana caregivers and businesses in the city, banning most medical marijuana activities from zoning districts in the city that are primarily residential.

It would require caregivers who sell to their patients to obtain licenses, and require medical marijuana businesses to have license applications reviewed by city code enforcement officers. That review would require growing operations to be inspected by a master electrician.

“This ordinance would opt in to allowing (medical marijuana caregiver retail stores) and also zone them,” said Kristen Collins, an attorney working for the city, about the proposed new regulations last week, “and it also adds appropriate definitions for all the different types of medical marijuana uses and zones them, as well.”

Mayor David Rollins said the proposed rules were tabled because councilors wanted some corrections made before they move forward. He said there two more readings of the draft ordinance probably still would be needed before it is ready for approval.

Development Director Matt Nazar said in a memo to councilors Monday the corrections requested by councilors had been added to the proposal, and he and Collins also sought to clarify some pieces of the ordinance.

Among the clarifications he noted were that registered caregivers, operating as home occupations, can grow, process and manufacture medical marijuana products in districts where home occupations

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/05/22/augusta-councilors-to-weigh-medical-marijuana-rules/

Adding three retail store medical marijuana dispensaries is proposed in R.I.

May 22nd, 2019 by admin No comments »

But a second provision in the legislation — adding “acute,” or temporary, pain to the list of qualifying conditions for the drug’s use — ran into opposition Tuesday night during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

PROVIDENCE — As Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposal to legalize recreational pot and add six new medical marijuana dispensaries struggles to find legislative support, advocates for more medical pot stores are looking to cover their bets.

They’ve turned their attention to a Senate bill sponsored by Sen. Frank A. Ciccone lll, D-Providence, which has among its co-sponsors Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio.

The bill calls for three new dispensaries that would be retail stores only. (Rhode Island currently has three dispensaries that also grow marijuana.) But a second provision in the legislation — adding “acute,” or temporary, pain to the list of qualifying conditions for the drug’s use — ran into opposition Tuesday night during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Representatives of insurance companies and business groups said adding acute pain to the list of approved conditions would create tremendous confusion and added expense to the state’s workers’ compensation system.

Because the federal government still considers marijuana a controlled substance, private health insurers and government medical assistance programs are exempt from having to reimburse a person for costs associated with using medical marijuana.

But that exemption isn’t included in workers’ compensation laws, said Michael Lynch, a representative of Beacon Mutual Insurance Co., which insures more than 11,700 Rhode Island businesses.

Lynch said he saw the potential of

Article source: https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20190521/adding-three-retail-store-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-is-proposed-in-ri

Trulieve In The Sunshine Economy: Medical Marijuana And Money

May 22nd, 2019 by admin No comments »

Kim Rivers’ dad was a Jacksonville Sheriff’s deputy while she was growing up. For a time, he was working with an undercover narcotics unit.

Today, Rivers leads the largest seller of legal marijuana in Florida, as the CEO of Trulieve.

The company was the first to have medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, and now has the most. Revenues grew 400 percent last year to more than $100 million and sales are expected to more than double this year. It has bought dispensaries in California and Massachusetts, and announced the purchase of a Connecticut dispensary this month.

More than 200,000 Floridians have received the green light from the state to use medical marijuana, and more than 2,200 doctors have the clearance to prescribe the drug to patients. The numbers are growing fast, especially since Trulieve and the other dispensaries began selling smokable medical marijuana in mid-March.

Growing Demand

“The state of medical marijuana in Florida is very robust and it’s growing all the time,” says Rivers. 

Since smokable marijuana was made legal in mid-March, Rivers has seen the pace of new patients pick up. About 10,000 people per month qualify with the state for their active ID card, allowing a qualified doctor to prescribe them marijuana. “We think that there was a stable of patients who simply didn’t see the product that they were looking for on the shelves yet in Florida and waited until that law changed to enter the program.”

Smokable prescription marijuana now is responsible for 30 percent

Article source: https://news.wjct.org/post/trulieve-sunshine-economy-medical-marijuana-and-money

Trulieve In The Sunshine Economy: Medical Marijuana And Money

May 22nd, 2019 by admin No comments »

Kim Rivers’ dad was a Jacksonville Sheriff’s deputy while she was growing up. For a time, he was working with an undercover narcotics unit.

Today, Rivers leads the largest seller of legal marijuana in Florida, as the CEO of Trulieve.

The company was the first to have medical marijuana dispensaries in the state, and now has the most. Revenues grew 400 percent last year to more than $100 million and sales are expected to more than double this year. It has bought dispensaries in California and Massachusetts, and announced the purchase of a Connecticut dispensary this month.

More than 200,000 Floridians have received the green light from the state to use medical marijuana, and more than 2,200 doctors have the clearance to prescribe the drug to patients. The numbers are growing fast, especially since Trulieve and the other dispensaries began selling smokable medical marijuana in mid-March.

Growing Demand

“The state of medical marijuana in Florida is very robust and it’s growing all the time,” says Rivers. 

Since smokable marijuana was made legal in mid-March, Rivers has seen the pace of new patients pick up. About 10,000 people per month qualify with the state for their active ID card, allowing a qualified doctor to prescribe them marijuana. “We think that there was a stable of patients who simply didn’t see the product that they were looking for on the shelves yet in Florida and waited until that law changed to enter the program.”

Smokable prescription marijuana now is responsible for 30 percent

Article source: https://news.wjct.org/post/trulieve-sunshine-economy-medical-marijuana-and-money

How Looser Medical Marijuana Laws Could Bite NY In The Bud

May 22nd, 2019 by admin No comments »

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This photo a guest takes a puff from a marijuana cigarette at the Sensi Magazine party celebrating the 420 holiday in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles (Richard Vogel/AP/Shutterstock)

The Brian Lehrer Show spent three weeks looking at the issues facing marijuana legalization in the tri-state area for a series called Reefer, Managed. Here’s the first of three stories cataloguing some of their findings for Gothamist.

As New York’s legislature struggles to reach a consensus on how to legalize recreational marijuana, some lawmakers are also seeking to expand the state’s existing medical marijuana program, which is one of the most restrictive in the country.

Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried are co-sponsoring a new bill that would allow companies currently registered to grow and distribute medical cannabis products to increase the number of their dispensaries.

“So we need to double the number of dispensaries minimally. We need to add more registered organizations,” Senator Savino recently said on the FAQ NYC podcast. “We need to eliminate conditions as a requirement and leave that up to doctors and patients. We need to lift the restriction on smoking.”

A more relaxed medical marijuana system in New York might make the path to full legalization easier. But in states like California, which went from a lenient medical market to a highly taxed and regulated system in 2018, sales of illicit marijuana are vastly undercutting legal weed, and

Article source: http://gothamist.com/2019/05/21/medical_marijuana_california_beware.php

Medical marijuana, expungement bills pass through Assembly and Senate committees

May 21st, 2019 by admin No comments »

When Senate President Steve Sweeney announced last week that voters would have to decide the marijuana question, it was a victory for the legislature’s sharpest critic of legalization, Sen. Ron Rice.

“I don’t call it a victory. I want to thank the Legislature and the majority who understood that to pass legalization of recreational marijuana would do more harm for minorities and minority communities than good,” Rice said.

While that issue is slated to go on the 2020 ballot, two other issues remain: medical marijuana expansion and expungement of criminal records.

Senate and Assembly committees approved legislation Monday that addresses both. The medical marijuana bill doubles the number of dispensaries in the state from six to 12 and makes it easier for patients to access medical cannabis.

Two other bills deal with the social justice component.

One makes it easier to expunge a criminal conviction for low-level possession. The other says if you’re caught with less than 2 ounces of pot, you get a small fine, like a traffic ticket. That is essentially decriminalization.

It was hard to keep track of the bills Monday.

Word kept going round that they were being held or being amended. Even cannabis industry lobbyist Bill Caruso had trouble keeping up with the script.

“It’s very confusing. I think there are a lot of people that were expecting a vote in March on a broad race bill package that dealt with medical, that dealt with a lot of the answers related to criminal and social justice issues and began down a

Article source: https://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/nj-lawmakers-advance-medical-cannabis-expungement-bills/