Archive for January, 2019

Parents whose children use medical marijuana find roadblocks with local school districts

January 31st, 2019

Cleveland, OH (WEWS) — A finger wag and a stern look is all Paige Frate is able to communicate to a dog that just won’t stop licking everything in sight. She also needs an iPad to communicate because she’s not able to talk after years of seizures related to her Dravet Syndrome.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatments

Paige has been on Epidiolex for two and a half months trying to reduce the number of seizures she has everyday. It’s the first FDA -approved drug that has purified marijuana in it. Approving Epidiolex was a big step for the FDA, and it’s cut Paiges’ seizures down dramatically while helping her sleep a little bit more.

“When she first started taking the medicine, we actually saw some progress in that area [sleeping],” said Paige’s mother Kristina. “That’s high on my list of things I’m trying to accomplish.”

A few cities away, Lola Kibler is improving in a similar way after taking Epidiolex too.

“Her brain doesn’t short-circuit, which is pretty much what a seizure is,” said Lola’s father, Khristian.

The only difference between the two girls is which one would be able to take Epidiolex at school.

Lola’s family says they haven’t encountered any issues regarding Epidiolex so far, but Paige is in the Riverside Local School District.

Kristina says Paige takes Epidiolex before and after school, but if her needs change, Paige might need to take

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Illinois will allow some patients to substitute medical marijuana for opioid prescriptions

January 31st, 2019

A first of its kind program involving medical marijuana and opioids starts Thursday in Illinois. The program lets certain patients substitute medical marijuana for opioids before they are ever even given an opioid prescription.

In August of last year, then Governor Bruce Rauner signed the program into law. It`s called the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. The goal is to try and reduce opioid overdose deaths in Illinois by giving patients who qualify the option to use medical marijuana instead.

“It is a big deal. It`s been a long time coming. Patients have been waiting for this day,” said Christine Karhliker with HCI Alternatives about the program.

She believes it`s going to be a major breakthrough. HCI was the first medical marijuana dispensary in the metro-east opening in Collinsville back in 2016.

Karhliker expects many new patients on the horizon.

“I think it`s going to make a difference to the people that don`t want to be on opioids and haven`t been able to break away. It`s going to give them some relief and they`re going to realize I don`t have to have this heavy prescription with all these side effects,” said Karhliker.

Here the program specifics. You have to be 21 years old and an Illinois resident. A patient has to be certified by a physician as someone who has or could have received a prescription for opioids but instead can use medical marijuana. Patients also must have a two by two passport-like photo, a copy of their driver`s license or state ID, proof of an Illinois address, and a $10 payment.

Karhliker explained,

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Florida doctors have a lot of discretion when prescribing medical marijuana

January 31st, 2019

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, Action News Jax

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Florida lawmakers address smokable medical marijuana | News

January 31st, 2019

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (The News Service of Florida) – Whether Florida lawmakers will do away with the state’s prohibition against smoking medical marijuana remains up in the air, despite an ultimatum issued by Governor Ron DeSantis. 

Saying they failed to heed the will of voters, DeSantis this month ordered lawmakers to eliminate a ban on smokable medical marijuana and, if they don’t comply, threatened to drop the state’s appeal of a court ruling that found the prohibition violated a 2016 constitutional amendment. 

But, addressing reporters Wednesday during an Associated Press pre-legislative session gathering, House Speaker José Oliva and Senate President Bill Galvano raised doubts about whether the governor will get what he wants. 

Speaker Oliva expressed concern that allowing patients to smoke the marijuana treatment amounts to a de facto authorization of marijuana for recreational use. 

“The discussion that is being had now is, basically, we want recreational marijuana,” said Oliva. “We want to call it medicine, because if you call it medicine we have some cover, so that’s what we would like.” 

The constitutional amendment, approved by more than 71 percent of voters, legalized medical marijuana for patients with a broad swath of debilitating conditions.  

The House is concerned about issues

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Medical marijuana smoking ban remains up in the air in Florida

January 30th, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Whether Florida lawmakers will do away with the state’s prohibition against smoking medical marijuana remains up in the air, despite an ultimatum issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Saying they failed to heed the will of voters, DeSantis this month ordered lawmakers to eliminate a ban on smokable medical marijuana and, if they don’t comply, threatened to drop the state’s appeal of a court ruling that found the prohibition violated a 2016 constitutional amendment.

But, addressing reporters Wednesday during an Associated Press pre-legislative session gathering, House Speaker José Oliva and Senate President Bill Galvano raised doubts about whether the governor will get what he wants, at least in terms of legislation.

DeSantis gave lawmakers until March 15 to act, just 10 days after the 2019 legislative session begins. The short timeline already injects uncertainty into the issue.

New York recreational marijuana plan overhauls medical cannabis too: What to know

January 30th, 2019


Andrew Cuomo lays out plan to legalize marijuana in New York
Jon Campbell,

Drastic changes to New York’s medical marijuana program are tucked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to legalize recreational pot.

From abolishing strict patient eligibility rules to permitting homegrown cannabis for medical use, the once anti-marijuana governor has seemingly conceded to many pro-cannabis demands.

Notably, some of the existing medical marijuana companies in New York, which spent millions of dollars lobbying Cuomo and state lawmakers, pushed key aspects of the legislation, called the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act.

USA TODAY Network New York reviewed the legislation and interviewed cannabis industry insiders, revealing the expansive scope of marijuana reforms being debated in Albany.

Homegrown risk and reward

Medical marijuana patients could get a special permit to grow up to four cannabis plants at home under the legislation.

Patient advocates pushed homegrown cannabis to counteract the licensed dispensaries that can charge hundreds of dollars per month, depending on dose and illness.

Yet Jeremy Unruh, an executive at PharmaCann, one of 10 medical marijuana companies licensed in New York, said prices reflected the cost associated with treating serious diseases like cancer and HIV.

“These products are also formulated correctly and to what I would call pharmaceutical standards, which is what you want people with compromised immune systems taking into their bodies,” he said.

Unruh acknowledged homegrown cannabis would reduce costs but raised concerns about it reaching the black market, known as diversion.

Measure allowing medical cannabis in public schools advances

January 30th, 2019

Anthony Brick, whose confidence defies his tender age of 11, told state lawmakers Tuesday that he hasn’t been to public school for almost two years.

Anthony has a state license to use medical marijuana to treat a neuropsychological condition. But state law prohibits public schools from allowing students to use the drug on campus. This combination of circumstances has led to his being home-schooled while his peer group goes on without him.

“I miss my friends,” he told members of the Senate Public Affairs Committee. “I miss seeing all of them. All of them have probably been missing me, too.”

Anthony might have a better chance of going back to school in Estancia after the committee voted 6-0 to advance a bill granting school districts the power to let students use prescription marijuana.

Senate Bill 204, by Sen. Candace Gould, R-Albuquerque, would remove the threat of criminal prosecution or penalty for possession or use of cannabis on school grounds and buses. The proposal allows for possession, storage and administration of cannabis for students with medical licenses to use the drug.

The bill calls for adult school personnel to administer medical marijuana to the student. Another section of the proposal states that employees will not be disciplined if they refuse to do that.

But the proposal also gives school districts the option of continuing to ban medical marijuana on campus.

Gould said Anthony’s situation is a vivid example of a child suffering because medical marijuana is outlawed in public schools, and many families are in the same quandary.


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George Papadopoulos joins board of medical marijuana startup | TheHill

January 30th, 2019

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos on Tuesday announced that has joined the board of advisers of a medical marijuana startup company. 

The company, C3 International, is the maker of Idrasil, a pill version of medical marijuana. 

Papadopoulos said in a tweet that Idrasil “will assist in weaning Americans off the deleterious opioid epidemic.”

“Very excited to join the Board of Advisors of C3 International, inc. is a revolutionary product that will assist in weaning Americans off the deleterious opioid epidemic that is affecting thousands, and killing hundreds, of Americans every single day. New thinking,” he wrote on Twitter.


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Ohio Hoping New Medical Marijuana Law Will Ease Its Opioid Crisis

January 29th, 2019

Mark Farrar, 27, who lives in East Cleveland, grew up in a physically and emotionally abusive household. In his despair, turned to heroin at age 19.

“It wasn’t a pleasant childhood. My father was abusive,” Farrar, who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), told Healthline.

He started using in 2011.

“From there it just grew, and it became all I could focus on,” he said.

But after an eight-year battle to get off heroin, he’s been clean for nearly a year. All because of medical marijuana, he said.

Farrar regularly drives with a friend to a marijuana dispensary in Michigan to get his medical marijuana prescription.

He hopes to get his medicine in Cleveland soon so he will no longer have to make the trek.

Farrar is working now and has a girlfriend.

“I feel great. I’m living a normal life now and I do not feel opioid withdrawal. I feel better about myself,” he said.

Farrar just put down a deposit for an apartment and is saving up for a car.

“I still live in East Cleveland, the poorest part, where there is nothing but drugs and druggies. I can’t even walk down the street without getting offers for drugs. I am moving to a better part of town at the end of the month,” he said.

Farrar tried Alcoholics Anonymous, but it didn’t work for him.

“With AA, you can’t do anything else,” he said. “But I found along the way that low doses of THC help me tremendously. It

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Frustration, few timelines on Louisiana medical marijuana

January 29th, 2019


CBS has rejected a medical marijuana commercial for 2019’s Super Bowl. Buzz60’s Tony Spitz has the details.

BATON ROUGE — Frustrated Louisiana patients waiting for medical marijuana to appear in regional pharmacies received updates Monday on the lengthy regulatory and testing process, but few timelines for when they’ll gain access to medicinal-grade pot to treat chronic conditions.

Previous estimates of when medical marijuana would be available have come and gone. As the state nears the four-year mark since creating the framework for dispensing therapeutic cannabis, the latest estimate for availability seems to be summer, maybe.

Katie Corkern lobbied lawmakers for years in support of medical marijuana, showing up during debates with her son in his wheelchair and pleading for a drug that his neurologist says could help control his seizures.

She told those gathered at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s public meeting with the state-sanctioned growers, the universities overseeing the production facilities and other regulators that more than 1,300 days have elapsed since that law was passed in 2015.

Her son Connor, who attended Monday’s meeting with her, was 8 years old at the time. Today, he’s 12 — and she said he’s had 15 hospital stays in the interim, many of those for seizures.

“We’re waiting, and Connor doesn’t deserve this. Neither do the citizens that you all don’t get to

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