Archive for December, 2018

State shuts down medical marijuana operator over pesticide use

December 15th, 2018

Triple M, a medical marijuana operator with dispensaries in Mashpee and Plymouth, has been ordered to close by state health regulators for using pesticides on plants on its Plymouth cultivation facility.

The state Department of Public Health (DPH) on Thursday ordered Triple M to immediately stop selling medical marijuana products and quarantine its inventory, after inspectors determined that marijuana cultivated by the company “could pose an immediate or serious threat to the public’s health, safety, or welfare.”

“The Department of Public Health has issued a cease and desist and quarantine order to [Triple M] while we look into concerns about the use of pesticides at its cultivation facility in Plymouth,” a spokeswoman for the agency said in a statement. “The dispensary is required to suspend the sale of all medical marijuana products until further notice.”

The spokeswoman added that the case had been referred to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, which oversees the use of pesticides in the regulated cannabis industry.

Triple M is the second medical marijuana operator to be shuttered by the state this year over pesticides; the bust follows a similar action in September against Good Chemistry, which operates a growing and processing facility in Bellingham and a dispensary in Worcester.

Triple M, like Good Chemistry, said it had only used natural compounds such as pyrethrins, a class of insect-repelling

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Pro-medical marijuana lobbies spent $95000-plus in the SC Statehouse

December 15th, 2018

As South Carolina lawmakers begin debate again on medical marijuana in the coming weeks, there’s something everyone should know.

Behind every cause there’s hired guns.

A check of lobbyists with the State Ethics Commission shows leading supporters of medical pot hired boosters to push their agenda with legislators in 2018.

Billings for three of the groups ran to more than $95,000 — for just the first six months of this year.

They represent Palmetto Medical Cannabis, the Marijuana Policy Council and the S.C. Compassionate Care Alliance.

For some, the work was lucrative.

Palmetto Medical Cannabis disclosures show they paid four lobbyists $72,500 during the first five months of 2018, which coincides with the Statehouse session. 

That’s $18,125 each to talk up legislation that died when the clock ran out.

The team includes Billy Boan, an influential former state lawmaker who was the House’s chief budget writer, along with lobby veterans Robert Adams, Amber Barnes and Brian Flynn.

Former U.S. Attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles, group spokesman, said PMC involves less then 10 people, most of whom are business-minded South Carolinians interested in the business end of medical marijuana, though he declined to name them.

That includes selling through a pharmacy or dispensary, or testing once medical marijuana becomes legal — something Nettles says is inevitable.

They “wanted to get into that space,” said Nettles, who backs medical marijuana as an alternative to the opioid epidemic.

Another group is the Compassionate Care Alliance, which spent a relatively cheap $3,000 on its lobbyist during the first half of the year.

Founder Jill Swing, a

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Annexation of Westside dispensary forces Helena to revisit medical marijuana code

December 15th, 2018

The Higher Standard, a medical marijuana dispensary on Winston Street, was annexed into the city of Helena along with other Westside properties on Dec. 1. Since city code forbids licensing marijuana-related businesses, the Helena City Commission will consider a motion Monday to suspend that portion of the city code and allow the dispensary to continue operating while a permanent solution is considered.

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Older Americans are flocking to medical marijuana

December 14th, 2018

Shari Horne broke her toes a decade ago, and after surgery, “I have plates and pins and screws in my feet, and they get achy at times,” she said.

So Horne, 66, applies a salve containing cannabidiol, derived from the cannabis, or marijuana, plant. It eases the pain.

The salve didn’t help when she developed bursitis in her shoulder, but a tincture of cannabidiol mixed with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, provided relief.

Using a pipe, she also smokes “a few hits” of a cannabis brand called Blue Dream after dinner, because “I think relaxing is healthy for you.”

Many of her neighbors in Laguna Woods, California, a community of mostly older adults in Orange County, where she serves on the City Council, have developed similar routines.

“People in their 80s and 90s, even retired Air Force colonels, are finding such relief” with cannabis, Horne said. “Almost everybody I know is using it in one form or another” — including her husband Hal, 68, a retired insurance broker, who says it helps him sleep.

In fact, so many Laguna Woods seniors use medical cannabis — for ailments ranging from arthritis and diabetes nerve pain to back injuries and insomnia — that the local dispensary, Bud and Bloom, charters a free bus to bring residents to its Santa Ana location to stock up on supplies. Along with a catered lunch, bus riders get a seniors

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Ohio medical marijuana regulators seek public input on THC nasal sprays

December 14th, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Medical marijuana isn’t yet available in Ohio but the state is considering new ways of administering the drug – specifically through nasal sprays.

Regulators are asking for patients and caregivers to share experiences about the sprays and mists.

Several months ago a member of the public petitioned the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to include the sprays in the list of allowable forms of medical marijuana.

Two Ohio labs could get the OK to test medical marijuana next week

Current allowable forms of medical marijuana include oils, edibles vape oils, patches, lotions, creams, ointments and plant material for vaporizing. Smoking marijuana is prohibited in Ohio law.

On Thursday, Erin Reed, a Board of Pharmacy attorney, told the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee that regulators are trying to research nasal sprays with THC, but haven’t been successful in amassing a lot of information. They’ve reached out to medical marijuana nasal mist manufacturers and others, and haven’t heard back. They are interested in why someone would use a nasal spray as opposed to another allowable form.

First Ohio medical marijuana dispensary gets certificate of operation

Reed said that the researches have gotten some insight recently from caregivers and hope a formal public commenting period will inspire other patients and caregivers to respond.

“We want to encourage people to get us any comments they have – even if it’s anecdotal evidence of efficacy of use,” she said. “If they can tell us how they’re using and under what circumstances

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Fresno is a hot market for medical marijuana dispensaries, says consultant

December 14th, 2018

FRESNO, Calif. – It’s official. Medical marijuana dispensaries can open up shop in the City of Fresno. After months of discussion, Fresno City Council members voted to approve regulations for cannabis businesses.

It’s now up to the City Manager to implement the new policy and create the application needed for cannabis business licensing. With just seven spots available in 2019, there will be tough competition.

420 College is a consulting firm for entrepreneurs seeing green because to get into the cannabis business legally, you need to comply with local regulations.

“Now the ones that been hiding in the shadows can come out into the

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Two Ohio labs could get the OK to test medical marijuana next week

December 14th, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – State medical marijuana regulators announced Thursday they plan to inspect two testing labs next week – including one in Northeast Ohio – which could result in certificates of operations.

The inspections are scheduled at North Coast Testing Laboratories in Streetsboro in Portage County and Hocking College in Nelsonville in Athens County.

Joe Moorhead of North Coast said its inspection is Wednesday.

“We’re comfortable that it’ll go smoothly and we’ll be issued a license on the 20th,” he said.

With the holidays, testing should start in the early weeks of January, Moorhead said.

North Coast has visited virtually all the medical marijuana cultivators in the state, and Moorhead said growers are waiting for North Coast because they have product they want to get on shelves.

The company has been doing environmental testing for about 25 years. In fact, many cultivators have hired North Coast for environmental testing of soil and water.

First Ohio medical marijuana dispensary gets certificate of operation

North Coast will visit cultivators in armored vehicles. Employees will take testing equipment to the grow facilities and randomly test samples from 15-pound batches of marijuana plants.

The state requires it to test for pesticides, toxins, microbials, heavy metals, cannabinoid levels, water and moister content. There must also be a visual inspection of the plants, Moorhead said.

The company will also test concentrates of medical marijuana – including edibles, oils, tinctures and the other forms of medical marijuana allowed in state law.

The company has 16

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DeSantis could take new direction on medical marijuana in Florida | Thumb up

December 13th, 2018

St. Lucie County’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens June 1. GINNY BEAGAN/TCPALM

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Nebraska lawmakers launch push for medical marijuana

December 13th, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. — Two Nebraska state senators will lead a newly formed campaign committee, Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws, for the purpose of running a 2020 ballot initiative to reform marijuana laws in Nebraska.

The committee, lead by Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, both of Lincoln, filed its initial paperwork with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission on Thursday morning.

According to a release, the hope of the committee is to “prioritize the right for Nebraskans to use marijuana for medical purposes.”

“Today is the first step towards establishing a compassionate medical marijuana law for sick and suffering Nebraskans,” said Sen. Wishart, who has been the lead sponsor of medical marijuana bills in the last several legislative sessions. “Thirty-two states have already adopted effective medical marijuana laws, and Nebraska will soon be joining their ranks.”

“Elected officials have had their opportunity to take action and failed,” said Sen. Morfeld, who helped lead the successful 2018 Medicaid Expansion ballot initiative in Nebraska. “Patients cannot wait any longer, and it’s now time for Nebraska voters to decide this issue.”

In addition to Wishart and Morfeld serving as co-chairs, the politically diverse campaign committee includes:

Elizabeth Seacrest, campaign treasurer and registered Independent;

Dexter Schrodt, campaign committee member and registered Republican;

John Cartier, campaign committee member and registered Democrat; and Matthew Schweich, deputy director for the Marijuana Policy Project, a leading national marijuana reform organization. Schweich has helped lead five successful marijuana-related ballot initiatives over the past two election cycles in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and Utah.

The next steps for Nebraskans

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Medical marijuana dispensaries fall one vote short in Collier again

December 13th, 2018


Legalizing medical marijuana sprouted up as a grass roots initiative. Voices are uniting now to convince Collier County to allow dispensaries.
Behind The Headlines Staff

For the second time this year, sufficient approval of medical marijuana dispensaries in Collier County was denied, dealing another blow to medical cannabis patients and advocates.

Commissioners on Tuesday were not able to garner the four votes needed to amend Collier’s land development codes to permit dispensaries on land zoned to allow pharmacies.

In May, a similar effort failed when commissioners couldn’t muster the required supermajority vote to move forward with code changes. Commissioners voted 3-2 in October to have county staff bring back the amendment needed to approve dispensaries, despite uncertainty about whether a renewed push would net the additional vote required.

As they did in the past, Commissioners Penny Taylor and Donna Fiala voted Tuesday against allowing the dispensaries. 

Taylor has said the county’s inability to regulate where the dispensaries would go has been a sticking point for her. 

“It’s always been about the zoning,” she said before the vote Tuesday. “Always for me. Never the value of what you take and the importance of it to your health. So I want to make that very clear.

“But I am not willing to have the rights of people

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