Archive for March, 2019

The Former Uber Man Navigating Europe’s Cannabis Rules

March 25th, 2019

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Medical marijuana in Florida and your health: What you need to know

March 24th, 2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation on March 15 to legalize smokable medical marijuana. Now, people who need medical marijuana have a new way of using it along with the oils, topical lotions, vapes, tinctures and capsules that already were available since 2016.

Here are answers to health questions you may be considering, as a medical marijuana patient or patient-to-be.

Medical marijuana can be used for what health issues?

The most common use for medical marijuana in the United States is for pain control. Marijuana is far less addictive than opioids and appears to ease the pain of multiple sclerosis, and nerve pain in general. Medical experts have called it a fantastic muscle relaxant, and it has been known to lessen tremors in Parkinson’s disease as well as help with fibromyalgia, endometriosis and interstitial cystitis


A highly promising area of research is its use for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans who are returning from combat zones. Medical marijuana is also reported to help patients suffering from pain and wasting syndrome associated with HIV, as well as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

What are the health risks?

Marijuana does have side effects. It can interfere with memory, attention, judgment, balance and cause disorientation, as well as unpleasant thoughts

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Victory for Cathy Jordan, ‘patron saint’ of Florida medical marijuana – Sarasota Herald

March 24th, 2019

Her confidence and persistence are big reasons patients can now smoke cannabis.

Cathy Jordan had just finished dinner and was sitting in her Parrish home one evening last week when her attorney called.

“He said: ‘Well, Cathy, the governor signed the bill. We won,’” Jordan said as she recounted how she learned that smoking medical marijuana was legal in Florida.

After 22 years as one of the leading advocates for medical marijuana in Florida, Jordan finally could claim victory. She never doubted the day would come.

“I always knew we were going to win,” she said.

Jordan’s confidence in the righteousness of her cause, and her persistence, are big reasons why Floridians across the state are now able to smoke medical marijuana. She has long been the face of sick Floridians seeking to use marijuana as a medical treatment.

Sitting in a wheelchair at her kitchen table recently, Jordan relived her long fight, recounting old battles and relishing the final triumph that legalized her daily smoking ritual. Medical marijuana has become her life’s work. It all stemmed from what seemed like a death sentence.

Diagnosed in her 30s with a disease that typically kills people within a few years, Jordan is now 69 and has been smoking marijuana for decades to alleviate the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She believes the drug has helped keep her alive, and that consuming it in a smokable form also is beneficial.

So after Florida voters legalized medical marijuana in 2016 and

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Barbados Is Cultivating A Medical Marijuana Industry

March 24th, 2019

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Caribbean island of Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley recently announced plans to establish a medical marijuana industry project implementation unit. The unit’s mandate will be to establish an administrative framework for a medical marijuana program and bring it to fruition.

Prime Minister Mottley, known for her passionate speeches, mentioned during her administration’s 2019-2020 national budget speech, earlier this week, that the unit’s director will be responsible for galvinizing the project and ensuring that it includes an expansive educational campaign.

Additionally Mottley describes that one of the specific responsibilities of the soon-to-be-established unit will be to facilitate the organization of a medical marijuana authority and Board, which will be jointly responsible for regulating the industry, as well as implementing  bureaucratic procedures.

She told legislators that the island seeks to establish partnerships with experienced investors with knowledge of the sector.

Most likely, Canadian cannabis companies will heed the call and prepare their pitch decks.

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Senate Approves Several Changes to Medical Marijuana Law

March 24th, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Legislation aimed at increasing the number of North Dakota residents who can legally use medical marijuana and making it easier for patients to get the necessary credentials for the drug moved closer to reality Friday with overwhelming Senate approval.

Getting required authorization from doctors and advanced practice registered nurses has been difficult for many patients who want to apply for a state medical marijuana card. The medical community has cited several concerns, including that marijuana is still technically illegal under federal law and that research on its benefits is lacking.

Senators voted 43-0 in favor of removing a requirement in state law that health professionals who certify a patient attest that medical marijuana will actually help that person.

“That particular language, because of the lack of medical research, has created a barrier for some providers,” said Democratic Sen. Kathy Hogan of Fargo.

The change would require providers to certify only that a patient has a qualifying medical condition under state law. The bill also would enable military veterans under the care of Veterans Affairs to use their VA medical records in place of a doctor or nurse certification, since federally employed VA providers would be breaking federal law by certifying a patient.

The House earlier approved a similar bill. The chamber also voted in favor of expanding the number of qualifying medical conditions from 17 to 30, but the Senate version passed Friday on a 42-1 vote would increase the number only to 21.

Senators felt many of the House-approved

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Commentary: U. takes careful steps toward medical cannabis use

March 23rd, 2019

At University of Utah Health, we’ve assembled a task force of physicians, scientists and legal experts to offer evidence-based guidance for all patients and health care providers. In accordance with state law, we determined our providers may issue recommendations for medical cannabis on a case-by-case basis to patients who are evaluated and diagnosed with a qualifying condition, and when a provider determines that the patient could benefit from treatment with medical cannabis.

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Wickliffe medical marijuana dispensary The Botanist sees strong initial response – News

March 23rd, 2019

Medical marijuana has become a legal and viable healthcare treatment option for Ohioans. For The Botanist dispensary, which opened in Wickliffe this past in February, the time since has been a race to establish themselves amid a budding frontier.

“Our grand vision has always been to be the true north of this program,” Botanist co-founder Dave Neundorfer said. 

For Neundorfer, who also owns and operates Willoughby-based cleantech firm Neundorfer Inc., medical marijuana presented a “fascinating opportunity to be part of a brand new market and be one of the first businesses involved in building it.”

His retail interests found a constructive counterbalance in Kate Nelson’s personal history which led her to become one of The Botanist’s fellow founders.

Shortly after graduating from law school with a focus on medical marijuana legislation, Nelson became caretaker to her grandmother who was suffering with stage four bone cancer.

“Towards the end of her life we talked with her doctor to see if medical marijuana would be an option,” she recounts. “His response was ‘well, it could be but it’s not legal here and I don’t know enough about it.’ She passed away shortly afterwards and was never able to find out if medical cannabis could have been an alternative to the morphine she was on.”

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2 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Could Open In Jacksonville Beach

March 23rd, 2019

Jacksonville Beach could get a medical marijuana dispensary as early as this summer, after the city considered banning providers from setting up shop.  Two cannabis industry giants are eyeing properties within blocks of each other.  

Medmen Enterprises and Zen Leaf, a subsidiary the Chicago-based Verano Holding, have both filed applications to open what would be the first dispensary in Jacksonville Beach.

Right now, many patients who live there rely on home deliveries. But at a Jacksonville Beach Planning Commission hearing, MedMen attorney Tara Tedrow said some prefer brick and mortar locations.

“It’s a really good opportunity for patients to have a safe and secure environment, in which they can feel comfortable asking questions, especially as we all know this is a new area in the state of Florida,” she said.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana in 2016 and lawmakers implemented the legislation in 2017, but allowed local municipalities to either regulate dispensaries like traditional pharmacies or outright prohibit them.   

Related: Jacksonville Beach City Council Considering Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

That year, Jacksonville Beach City Council initially voted to ban dispensaries, but backtracked after a public outcry. Among those who advocating for the dispensaries is Ashley Peebles.

“Having dispensaries in a neighborhood creates more jobs, brings people into town, and high security,” he said.  

California-based MedMen Enterprise plans to purchase and renovate the former Thirty Three Clothing store on 3rd Street. It’s waiting on a permit after winning city approval in December. MedMen Enterprise hopes to open by June.

Zen Leaf is also

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Medical Marijuana Businesses Say Patient Drives Are Key To Access, But Lawmakers Want To End It

March 23rd, 2019

The Red Bud Dispensary in Marlow, Okla. looks like an Apple store, with white walls and track lighting. The dispensary is packed with people, but they aren’t here to buy medical marijuana. The dispensary hasn’t technically opened yet, so it doesn’t even have THC products – the mainly middle-aged crowd is standing around empty glass cases. They are here for something else – a doctor’s recommendation.

To get a medical marijuana license in Oklahoma, patients need a recommendation from a doctor — paperwork attesting that, in their medical opinion, a patient would benefit from the drug. However, the crowd at Red Bud probably hasn’t met the doctor that they are paying to see.

“We had like 140 some names on the schedule, and then they are doing walk-ins,” said Renee Harper, owner of Green Hope Wellness clinic in Moore, about an hour and a half north. She brought one of the physicians who rents space from her for this one day, pop-up style event known as a patient drive.

“I was going to bring two doctors but I’m glad I didn’t, I don’t know what I would have done with the other one,” Harper said.

That’s because there isn’t any space. The doctor is seeing patients in what is usually a supply closet, and

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Louisiana Takes a Step Toward Finally Delivering Medical Marijuana

March 22nd, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s agriculture department and a state-sanctioned medical marijuana grower have broken through one of the key regulatory logjams keeping therapeutic cannabis off pharmaceutical shelves and out of patients’ hands.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Friday that regulatory paperwork and background checks have been completed. Finishing that step will allow Louisiana State University’s medical marijuana grower to move fully into a larger growing facility and start ramping up production.

The university and its growing partner GB Sciences said the main production site, completed in October, has five times the marijuana growing capacity of the facility they had been using.

“This is a great day for patients,” John Davis, GB Sciences Louisiana president, said in a statement released by the LSU AgCenter. “Full-scale operations means a consistent and continuous supply of medical cannabis. We are thrilled to move into our main facilities.”

More Hurdles Ahead

Still, product testing and other regulatory hurdles remain to be completed—and growing must expand—before medicinal-grade pot can reach patients eligible for treatment of chronic conditions.

Friday’s announcement came after the relationship between the agriculture department and the LSU AgCenter hit its lowest point this month.

Strain accused the university and GB Sciences of illegally moving their cannabis crop into the primary growing facility without meeting regulatory standards. The AgCenter said Strain’s office had given it permission to move the plants from a temporary pod to two rooms of the main facility. AgCenter leader William Richardson accused Strain of creating unnecessary regulatory

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