Archive for March, 2019

Hunter: After years of delay, Iowa House expands medical cannabis

March 31st, 2019

I have the greatest job in the world.

One of the best parts of my job is being able to talk to people all over the state of Iowa about a wide range of issues. Whether it is education, the environment, taxes or any number of concerns, you can be sure that Iowans have an opinion — and it is usually a well-informed opinion.

But over the past couple of years I have talked to scores of people on one particular subject. Their stories broke my heart while at the same time gave me hope for the future.

I spoke to a mother whose son has a particular form of epilepsy. He was having over 500 seizures per day and nothing his mother was doing seemed to help. She tried a whole range of doctors and a myriad of medications but nothing appeared to cut down the number of seizures or their severity. Then she tried cannabidiol, the oil derived from the marijuana plant. Her son now has less than 100 seizures per day and the severity of those seizures has been greatly decreased.

I also talked to a Marine Corp veteran who had served two tours of duty in Iraq. Because of the trauma he had suffered during his tours of duty, he had developed post traumatic stress disorder. He was seeing doctors, talking to specialists and taking his medicine but nothing seemed to help. He was

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P&Z to Hold Medical Marijuana Workshop | Pacific

March 31st, 2019





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4 Reasons Medical Marijuana Stocks Are a Smarter Play Than Recreational Pot Stocks

March 31st, 2019

The marijuana industry has been practically unstoppable in recent years, with that momentum carrying over into 2019. Through the first three months of the year, the broad-based Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF has risen by approximately 60%.

According to Wall Street investment banks, this is an industry forecast to grow at a double-digit annual pace for years to come, with some analysts pegging annual global sales at between $50 billion and $75 billion by the end of the next decade. Presumably, with growth this robust, it’s going to lead to some hefty gains for investors.

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Marijuana stock investors should be prepared for a wild ride

But investing in the marijuana industry probably isn’t going to be as cut-and-dried as you’d think. Canada, the first industrialized country in the world to legalize recreational weed, is contending with multifaceted supply issues. The ongoing ramp-up of production from growers, packaging shortages, and regulatory red tape associated with Health Canada’s cultivation license application process, are all reasons our neighbor to the north has sold just under $153 million in cannabis stores between Oct. 17 (the date adult-use pot became legal for sale) and Jan. 31. Mind you, analysts foresee up to $6 billion in Canadian sales by 2022, but the country is possibly on track for less than $500 million in sales in its first year of adult-use legalization.

California, the fifth largest economy in the world by gross domestic product, and the supposedly largest “legal” weed market in the

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Medical marijuana oil bill clears Georgia Senate

March 31st, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill that would allow the in-state production and sale of low-potency medical marijuana oil passed the Georgia Senate on Friday, just two days after the proposal was limited significantly in committee.

The Senate voted 44-8 to pass the measure, which grants a sharply reduced number of licenses to grow and sell the product than the original proposal would have authorized.

The bill still closes a loophole created by the state’s 2015 medical marijuana law that allows patients to possess the drug but provides them no legal avenue to obtain it.

Current state law allows individuals with 16 specific conditions, including cancer, seizure disorders and Parkinson’s disease, to possess the drug.

The bill’s author, Republican Rep. Micah Gravley of Douglasville, previously said the revised version has “many, many problems,” but noted on Friday that he proud of the Senate vote and that the bill, in its current form, has the potential to provide access to a safe oil for patients.

“I am very hopeful,” Gravley said.

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Supporters say patients need access to a crucial medicine without breaking the law. Critics worry that legalizing medical marijuana could lead to legalizing recreational marijuana, which Gravley disputes.

Later in the day, at Gravley’s request, the House disagreed to the Senate’s version of the bill. Gravley hopes to reach a compromise in a House-Senate conference committee.

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Medical marijuana dispensary in Cuyahoga Falls welcomes, educates visitors

March 30th, 2019

While the exterior of Cuyahoga Falls’ new Herbology medical marijuana dispensary, with its shaded windows and keypad entry system, was designed for security, there was warmth and welcome inside for attendees at the store’s open house Saturday.

“This is probably the only time the community will get to see the inside of the dispensary,” said Adam Brezak, general manager of Herbology at 1220 Bucholzer Blvd. “We’ve seen some community folks come in, but it’s mostly been patients.”

The store won’t be open to the general public, Herbology Chief Executive Officer Matt Darin said. Only those with state-issued medical marijuana cards can get in.

Attendees found the staff very welcoming and helpful, which Brezak said was one goal of the event.

“A lot of the focus is education,” he said. “We try to get folks the education they need.”

The community was welcoming to the medical marijuana store as well, said Mahja Sulemanjee, director of marketing for Herbology, which has dispensaries in 10 states.

“We’ve had a lot of support from the chamber,” Sulemanjee said. “They actually helped us really break down the stigma. If the chamber says we’re OK, we’re in the cool crowd.”

Over the years, Darin said, communities have become more receptive to medical marijuana dispensaries than in the past.

“Over time, we have seen communities that have resisted wanting to have these businesses in their communities,” he said. “Several years ago, it was a lot harder. They weren’t allowing them in conventional retail areas. They had to be back in industrial areas.”


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FL medical marijuana dispensary offers drive-thru service

March 30th, 2019

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla.– There’s a new spot in South Florida where medical marijuana users can pick up their prescriptions without even getting out of their car.

Curaleaf opened their doors about a week ago along 72nd Avenue and about 54thStreet off the Palmetto in Miami. They are trying to spread the word about their drive-thru feature.

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Curaleaf is the only medical marijuana dispensary in South Florida that can sell through a drive-thru.

The managers say customers are already using the drive-thru on a daily basis.

This is Curaleaf’s third location in Miami-Dade. They said customers were requesting a drive-thru to make it easier for those who have serious conditions and have trouble getting out of the car to get their medicine.

As long as patients are properly registered in the medical marijuana user registry and have the proper doctor’s orders, they can get their medicine from the window.

“We have many patients who could not come in and we have to walk out to service them in their cars,” said Michael Costa, the regional dispensary operations manager for Curaleaf. “Now patients have the ability to come get their order from our drive-thru.”

There is also security at each location. Members of the NBC 6 crew who visited Curaleaf to cover this story had to have their pictures taken and needed

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Medical marijuana program may expand

March 30th, 2019

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Members of a New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board on Friday recommended adding opioid addiction as a qualifying condition for the state’s medical marijuana program. Health Secretary Kathy Konkel has indicated she plans to approve the recommendation. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

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SANTA FE – New Mexico might not be joining some other Western states in legalizing recreational marijuana use – at least not yet – but the state’s medical cannabis program could undergo some big changes in the coming months.

A bill awaiting final action on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk would allow for the use of medical marijuana in schools, while also extending the length of an approved patient identification card from one year to three years.


In addition, members of the state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommended on Friday via a 4-0 vote adding opioid addiction as a qualifying condition in the state’s program.

The board made a similar recommendation twice before – in 2017 and 2018 – but it was rejected both times by former Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher, an appointee of ex-Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican. Martinez also vetoed a 2017 bill that sought to add opioid addiction as a qualifying condition for getting a medical marijuana license.

The outcome is expected to be different this time around, because Lujan Grisham, a Democrat who took office in January, directed

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Lawmakers consider bill to allow medical marijuana use for some

March 30th, 2019

However, this bill would create the CARE Act and allow someone with a qualifying condition to apply for a medical cannabis card. The card with allow patients to use medical marijuana without committing a crime. It would apply to people with at least 32 conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV.

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Medical marijuana bill allowing stronger medications contradicts stance of state’s expert panel

March 29th, 2019


MedPharm Iowa held a ribbon cutting at their medical marijuana production facility in Des Moines on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.
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Iowa House members who voted this week to allow the sale of stronger medical marijuana products said they were following the advice of physicians on a state board — even though that board voted unanimously last fall not to recommend the change.

The House’s action prompted the resignation this week of a physician who serves on the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Advisory Board.

Des Moines neurologist Wendy Zadeh was among eight board members who voted in November 2018 to maintain the state’s 3% cap on THC, the chemical that can make marijuana users high.

In her resignation letter to Gov. Kim Reynolds, Zadeh said she felt the board’s advice was being misrepresented. Her resignation came Wednesday, one day after the Iowa House voted 96-3 to advance legislation that would replace the 3% cap with a per-person limit of 25 grams of THC in a 90-day period.


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NJ marijuana legalization: Gov. Murphy, don’t put politics ahead of suffering kids

March 29th, 2019


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By November 2017, despite the marathon surgeries and endless rounds of chemotherapy, Jake Honig’s rare form of brain cancer had begun spreading throughout his body. The 7-year-old from Howell came home for hospice care with a slew of painkillers to relieve the pain and nausea.

“Unfortunately those medications did extremely little if anything for his symptom control,” dad Mike Honig recalled. “In fact, the side effects were so brutal and barbaric, it was hard to watch.”

Desperate, Jake’s parents turned to medical marijuana.

“He went from not being able to take a sip of water, let alone eat food, to eating four meals a day,” Mike Honig said. “He went from agonizing pain where he couldn’t walk, to where he was playing with his sister and watching movies and laughing.”

This is a story all New Jerseyans should hear, because the Legislature’s canceled vote March 25 on full-scale marijuana legalization was more than a buzzkill for recreational weed users. It was a failure to help ailing children like Jake, whose name was on the medical marijuana reform bill that Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney shamelessly tied into the package. 

“Coupling these things, it’s destructive,” said state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, one of the sponsors of the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. “There’s a moral problem here. We’re withholding

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