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Finally, Georgia can grow medical marijuana. Here’s what you need to know.

April 26th, 2019
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Four years ago, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Haleigh’s Hope Act, which made low-THC cannabis oil legal to use by those with certain medical conditions. However, as it was still against the law to buy or grow marijuana in the state, it was virtually impossible to obtain the oil in Georgia. Patients were forced to buy cannabis oil in legal states such as Colorado, then violate federal law by transporting it across state lines. Essentially, medical marijuana was a legal substance that was illegal to obtain.

On April 17, Governor Brian Kemp alleviated some of medical marijuana’s legal purgatory by signing House Bill 324. The law solves a lot of problems for the state’s more than 9,500 registered medical marijuana patients, but there is still a lot that needs to be sorted out before patients will be able to legally get state-sanctioned cannabis oil in their hands. Here’s what you should know:

So what does this law do?
The law makes it legal to produce and distribute low-THC oils in Georgia. It does this by allowing six private companies and two state universities—the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University—to grow marijuana and produce medical cannabis oil in Georgia. Two of the private companies will be able to grow cannabis on up to 100,000 square feet of space, and the other four will

Article source: https://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/finally-georgia-can-grow-medical-marijuana-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

Medical marijuana provisioning center in Buchanan gets state operating license

April 26th, 2019

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‘Our time is running out’: Future of Iowa’s medical marijuana bill up in the air

April 25th, 2019

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MedPharm Iowa held a ribbon cutting at their medical marijuana production facility in Des Moines on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.
Kelsey Kremer, kkremer@dmreg.com

Cheryl Tuttle was thrilled when she first heard there was momentum at the Iowa Capitol to update the state’s medical marijuana program.

Under the existing law, the 63-year-old retired nurse from Urbandale can use capsules, creams and oils containing THC — the chemical that makes recreational marijuana users high — to treat severe back and leg pain caused by arthritis and curvature of the spine.

But Tuttle said the law’s 3% cap on THC in such products prohibits her from getting full relief. She had hoped lawmakers were on the brink of passing a bill that would replace the percentage cap with a gram measurement that could give some products more potency.

Now, with perhaps just days left until this year’s legislative session ends, Tuttle fears lawmakers could wind up further limiting how much THC she can obtain. “I’d probably be better off if they just leave it the way it is,” she said.

There’s nothing funny about today’s marijuana. It killed my son

April 25th, 2019

As attorneys argued over a section of Arizona law that differentiates between marijuana and cannabis, the state’s Supreme Court justices joked about baking pot brownies in their kitchens.

They clearly do not understand how the marijuana industry has irresponsibly manipulated pot into dangerously high levels of potency.

My son could explain it to them. Or he could if he was still with us.

“I want to die,” he wrote before hanging himself at the age of 31. “My soul is already dead. Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my brain.”

Andy wanted to quit. He couldn’t

Andy had been the class clown. He made parties come alive. He helped friends through tough times and served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq.

Then he became addicted to pot, using a medical marijuana card that enabled him to buy enough pot for up to 10 joints a day. That would keep anyone baked all day. He was hospitalized in five mental health hospitals and did two stints of court-ordered mental health treatment.

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He told me that to live, he needed to quit marijuana. He just couldn’t do it.

The marijuana industry doesn’t like to acknowledge people like my son, dismissing his case as an

Article source: https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2019/04/25/medical-marijuana-arizona-supreme-court-andy-zorn/3568234002/

Pioneering Uruguay set to begin exporting medical marijuana

April 25th, 2019

Nueva Helvecia (Uruguay) (AFP)

Already the first country in the world to legalize recreational use of marijuana, Uruguay now aims to go further by becoming the first in Latin America to export it for medicinal purposes.

It’s taken a year to get to this point but in Nueva Helvecia — 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of the capital Montevideo — the first harvest is ready to be sent abroad.

Employees of the US company Fotmer — the only one currently licenced to export — are cutting and drying the plant before it is exported to Europe, Canada and Australia.

In taking this step, Uruguay is joining the ranks of medicinal marijuana exporters dominated by the United Kingdom, which according to United Nations data from 2016 had cornered more than two thirds of the market.

The Netherlands (16.4 percent) and Austria (8.7) are the other major players although a growing number of countries are investing in producing medical marijuana, which is legal in around 30 countries worldwide.

“Uruguay has been visionary,” said Jordan Lewis, 46, one of Fotmer’s owners.

“The market is growing” and Lewis believes Uruguay — a country in which cannabis can be bought in pharmacies — could lead the way.

This year, Fotmer aims to produce six tons of medicinal marijuana but Lewis’s ultimate goal is to reach 400 tons a year in return for a $15 million investment.

It has installed 18 greenhouses in Uruguay covering 30,000 square meters (320,000 square feet).

– Tightly regulated –

The plants can grow to two meters (6.5 feet)high after

Article source: https://www.france24.com/en/20190425-pioneering-uruguay-set-begin-exporting-medical-marijuana

Alabama Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

April 25th, 2019

An Alabama Senate committee approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana on Wednesday, the second major victory for cannabis reform supporters in the state within the span of a week.

The legislation would allow patients 19 and older who are suffering from one of 33 conditions to qualify for medical marijuana and obtain it at licensed dispensaries. It would also establish a commission responsible for licensing cultivators, distributors and retailers and also approving medical cannabis cards for patients.

Conditions that qualify patients for legal marijuana access include addiction, epilepsy, chronic pain, cancer and depression.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill in a 6-2 vote, with three abstentions. It will now head to the full Senate.

“We’re encouraged to see a compassionate medical cannabis bill advancing in Alabama,” Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, told Marijuana Moment. “Passing medical cannabis laws should be a no-brainer for elected officials.”

“We’ve had 20 plus years to see that the laws alleviate suffering and are not causing problems. And there is perhaps no political issue that enjoys such strong popular support,” she said.

Prior to the vote, committee members heard testimony from supporters and opponents, with doctors, advocates and law enforcement weighing in on the legislation.

Medical marijuana dispensaries on Treasure Coast see high demand for smokable marijuana

April 24th, 2019

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Medical marijuana: These Philly docs help seniors with managing chronic pain

April 24th, 2019

420EDx Presents Cannabis in Medicine: How to Talk to Your Parents About Medical Marijuana, with Dr. Ari Greis and Dr. Lynn Bornfriend at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday April 24. The Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tickets: $27 online, $39 at the door. Admission includes light appetizers, non-alcoholic drinks, terpene-infused cocktail samples, and a discounted cash bar. Click for more information.

Article source: https://www.philly.com/news/pain-medical-marijuana-senior-citizens-sleep-ari-greis-420edx-20190424.html

Pot company’s claims lead to a state inquiry over medical marijuana licensing rules | News

April 24th, 2019

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The state Capitol building in Harrisburg. (Tom Downing/WITF)

A top West Coast marijuana firm has been asked to produce records to the Wolf administration in what amounts to a compliance check on whether it is keeping to rules designed to keep one firm from dominating Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana market.

The state Health Department has asked Harvest Health Recreation Inc. to supply any correspondence and other records between the Tempe, Ariz.-based firm’s headquarters and each of seven Harvest-related entities granted dispensary licenses here in the last two years.

Harvest Health created seven separate companies — most of them limited liability companies with different ownership groups — to hold dispensary licenses in regions around the state. All list the same group of officers, and the same home address in Tempe, though that template is used by many of the dispensary license applicants.

The state’s attention was re-focused on Harvest Health by an April 9 press release in which Harvest Health announced its planned acquisition of CannaPharmacy Inc., a company with a medical marijuana presence in several Mid-Atlantic states.

Harvest Health said then that the acquisition, if approved by the necessary state regulators, would allow it to add a grower/processor facility in Reading that was originally licensed to Franklin Labs, a group including one-time Wolf Policy Secretary John Hanger.

On the state’s books, Franklin Labs is still the nominal holder of the Pennsylvania grow license, though in its initial filings with Health, two of Franklin Labs’ principals were listed as indirect

Article source: https://www.witf.org/news/2019/04/pot-companys-claims-lead-to-a-state-inquiry-over-medical-marijuana-licensing-rules.php

Rise Lorain medical marijuana dispensary nearly ready to open

April 24th, 2019

Lorain’s first medical marijuana dispensary will open soon.

On April 23, local officials gathered with Green Thumb Industries staff to cut the ribbon for Rise Lorain, 1920 Cooper Foster Park Road.

The converted bank is almost ready to begin new life as a drug store for people seeking prescribed marijuana products for medical use.

The owners, Green Thumb Industries, also known as GTI, will announce soon the exact opening day.



Rise Lorain, a medical marijuana dispensary of Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, will open soon at 1920 Cooper Foster Park Road, Lorain. On April 23, 2019, local officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting to open the facility.


Article source: https://www.morningjournal.com/news/lorain-county/rise-lorain-medical-marijuana-dispensary-nearly-ready-to-open/article_272c6780-660a-11e9-aed5-ebebdd13db31.html