Archive for July, 2019

Concealed firearms, medical marijuana can’t coexist in Florida

July 20th, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Since legalizing medical marijuana in 2016, Florida’s Amendment 2 has seen quite a few legal roadblocks.

Now many residents are realizing how the Constitution’s second
amendment may be clashing with Florida’s relatively new amendment.

For Florida’s more than 200,000 medical marijuana patients, the issue is of special concern since the state currently has the highest number of concealed weapons permit-holders in the country at 2,008,841.

A medical marijuana card flags gun buyers as federally unlawful users
of a controlled substance at the federal level on the Firearms
Transaction Record, also known as Form 4473, which under federal law
must be completed before the purchase of a firearm can take place.

The form asks, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to,
marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, or any other controlled
substance?”

Even with medical cannabis now legalized in 33 states as well as the
District of Columbia, in January 2017 the following message was added in
bold to the packaging of the marijuana: “Warning: The use or possession
of marijuana remains unlawful under federal law regardless if it has
been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes
in the state where you reside.”

A “yes” on the Firearms Transaction Record results in an automatic denial of the federally protected right to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer.

Cannabis and concealed carry

Here’s a look at the state’s population of concealed firearm permit holders and registered medical marijuana patients. Florida’s total population,

Article source: https://www.wfla.com/mobile/concealed-firearms-medical-marijuana-cant-coexist-in-florida/

Louisiana ‘weeks’ away from medical marijuana rollout

July 20th, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Medical marijuana could finally be available for Louisiana’s sickest patients in “the next few weeks,” according to grower GB Sciences’, Vice President John Davis.

“We’re in the process of bottling the final formulations and we’re waiting to put the labels on the bottles that will describe the contents,” Davis said. “That’s how close we are. We’re all aiming for the next few weeks.”

Disputes between the state and its grower over testing practices and logistics repeatedly delayed the program’s roll-out. Now that those disagreements appear to be resolved, pharmacists are prepping for product to hit their shelves soon.

“We’re super excited about this because it’s on the cutting edge of any medication that we’ve dealt with before,” Capitol Wellness owner, Randy Mire, said.

Capitol Wellness is one of nine licensed pharmacies across the state that will dispense marijuana. Specially-licensed doctors may recommend marijuana to patients, who would then receive their dosage from specially-licensed pharmacists at one of the nine state-approved dispensaries.

“Here in Louisiana, we’re seeing a very different approach that has a good viability to become the gold-standard of what medical marijuana programs should look like,” Mark Slaugh, a cannabis consultant for pharmacies across the country, said.

Capitol Wellness hosted a sort of seminar Thursday night (July 18) for local stakeholders to ask GB Sciences’ scientists questions about their dosing research.

“It demonstrates credibility,” Davis said. “It’s not that we’re saying, ‘Hey, here’s some weed. Go use it.’ Instead, we’re saying, ‘Here’s a compilation of all the peer-reviewed medical

Article source: https://www.knoe.com/content/news/Louisiana-weeks-away-from-medical-marijuana-rollout-512965271.html

I wanted to try medical marijuana. My doctors couldn’t help – STAT

July 20th, 2019

I managed to get through college in the 1980s without smoking marijuana. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with cancer in the 1990s that I decided to give it a try.

The anti-nausea medicine I was taking to combat the side effects of chemotherapy made me feel like I was going to jump out of my skin and it didn’t banish my queasiness. So I took matters into my own hands and asked a friend for some marijuana. At the time, possessing it or using it was illegal, and there was a stigma around its use. It felt like I had a dirty little secret.

That said, when I smoked it, I felt great. My nausea disappeared, my appetite came back, and I slept like a baby. My two biggest regrets were that I didn’t use it more consistently during my illness and that I hadn’t tried it the first time I had cancer, eight years earlier.

advertisement

So when the conversation began about legalizing marijuana for medical use, I was totally on board because I believed it would give people more choices and potentially better relief for their symptoms. I’m still on board, but I wish the people who might benefit from medical marijuana could get helpful information about it from their physicians.

Today, cannabis is legal for medical use in 33 states and the District of Columbia. That sounds great, but it is complicated by the mismatch between state and federal laws and by

Article source: https://www.statnews.com/2019/07/19/medical-marijuana-doctors-no-help/

Medical Marijuana Comes To Utah – Utah

July 20th, 2019

Making hard medical decisions is scary. Choosing between different providers, treatments, and insurance plans can leave already sick patients feeling even worse off. Add things like harsh side effects associated with prescription medications, or life-changing diagnosis’ and it’s enough to make any patient desperate to feel normal. 

Chad Thornley can relate. Two years ago, his four-year-old daughter Penelope was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Upon the diagnosis, Mr. Thornley and his wife went to countless doctor’s appointments, all filled with overwhelming talks of radiation and chemotherapy―the “standard procedures” for treating childhood cancers. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Radiation therapy is a grueling process, so the pair looked for ways they could alleviate her discomfort. That’s when they discovered medical cannabis―a way to curb some of the side effects associated with her therapy. There was just one problem: Mr. Thornley and his family were living in Utah at the time, and medical cannabis was completely illegal. 

Like other “marijuana refugees” faced with no other options and eager to help themselves or family members, Mr. Thornley made the gutwrenching decision to relocate his wife and daughter to Seattle, Washington for ten weeks while Penelope underwent daily sessions of Proton radiation therapy, assisted by medical cannabis. They liked the hospital in Seattle but they also went for the cannabis. 

During treatment, Mr. Thornley and his wife began introducing Penelope to daily doses of THC

Article source: https://www.utahbusiness.com/medical-cannabis/

Would-be medical marijuana dispensaries seek zoning permits in St. Louis

July 19th, 2019

{{description}}

Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items.

Article source: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/would-be-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-seek-zoning-permits-in-st/article_a362fcb7-b941-5f76-b225-16bd34c9e115.html

New medical marijuana dispensary in N.J. expected to open Wednesday

July 19th, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: The billion-dollar medical marijuana, hemp and legal weed industries offer an economic opportunity unrivaled in modern N.J. history. NJ Cannabis Insider features exclusive, premium content for those interested in getting in on the ground floor or expanding their operation. View a sample issue.

Garden State Dispensary of Woodbridge has received a health department permit to open a new medical marijuana retail shop in Union Township, and anticipates opening for business as soon as Wednesday, officials confirmed Friday.

Assistant state Health Commissioner Jeff Brown, who oversees the state’s medical marijuana program, told NJ Advance Media his office has delivered the permit allowing the U.S. Route 22 East satellite dispensary to open in Union County.

“Everything is good on our end,” Brown said.

Aaron Epstein, general manager for Garden State, confirmed the second retail location is expected to open “imminently.” The dispensary’s board of directors is tentatively looking at a Wednesday grand opening, he said.

false

Garden State, which opened five years ago in an old electronic big-box store on U.S. Highway Route 1 north, would be the first of the six original medicinal marijuana dispensaries to open a second retail location.

With 50,000 patients, the demand

Article source: https://www.nj.com/marijuana/2019/07/new-medical-marijuana-dispensary-in-nj-expected-to-open-wednesday.html

I wanted to try medical marijuana. My doctors couldn’t help

July 19th, 2019

I managed to get through college in the 1980s without smoking marijuana. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with cancer in the 1990s that I decided to give it a try.

The anti-nausea medicine I was taking to combat the side effects of chemotherapy made me feel like I was going to jump out of my skin and it didn’t banish my queasiness. So I took matters into my own hands and asked a friend for some marijuana. At the time, possessing it or using it was illegal, and there was a stigma around its use. It felt like I had a dirty little secret.

That said, when I smoked it, I felt great. My nausea disappeared, my appetite came back, and I slept like a baby. My two biggest regrets were that I didn’t use it more consistently during my illness and that I hadn’t tried it the first time I had cancer, eight years earlier.

advertisement

So when the conversation began about legalizing marijuana for medical use, I was totally on board because I believed it would give people more choices and potentially better relief for their symptoms. I’m still on board, but I wish the people who might benefit from medical marijuana could get helpful information about it from their physicians.

Today, cannabis is legal for medical use in 33 states and the District of Columbia. That sounds great, but it is complicated by the mismatch between state and federal laws and by

Article source: https://www.statnews.com/2019/07/19/medical-marijuana-doctors-no-help/

Imports of medical marijuana into Germany surge in second quarter

July 19th, 2019

Photo by Stefan Widua on Unsplash

Germany imported almost of 2,500 kilograms (roughly 5,500 pounds) of medical cannabis flower for pharmacy dispensing during the first half of 2019.

That’s almost as much as the country imported in all of 2018, a sign that the expected growth in the market is coming to fruition.

Member of Parliament Kirsten Kappert-Gonther tweeted the fresh data on Tuesday, citing the Health Ministry’s response to her written question.

In May, the federal government replied to a different query from other members of parliament stating that 765 kilograms had been imported in the first quarter.

The latest numbers would mean that total imports in the second quarter of 2019 surged to 1,733 kilograms, setting a quarterly record since the inception of Germany’s medical marijuana program.

Unlike Canada and other jurisdictions that regularly provide standardized statistical information about the cannabis industry, data in Germany is harder to come by.

Exact numbers about the quantities imported can typically be found only by tracking down replies of the executive government to parliamentarians.

Germany is the largest federally regulated medical cannabis market in the world outside North America and will depend exclusively on imports to supply its market at least until the end of 2020.

Current imported quantities suggest that the domestic grows contracted by the German government – which total 2,600 kilograms per year for a period of four years – will not be

Article source: https://mjbizdaily.com/german-imports-of-medical-marijuana-surge-in-second-quarter/

Oklahoma medical cannabis businesses prepare for ‘necessary’ rules

July 18th, 2019

Oklahoma medical marijuana companies are on the verge of facing new regulations that will increase compliance costs.

Expanded costs are expected in a wide range of operations, including:

  • Seed-to-sale tracking and package labeling.
  • Product testing.
  • Waste management.

The regulations require MMJ businesses to have installed inventory tracking systems by late August and devote more resources in general to compliance.

How businesses handle the changes could in part determine which ones survive an expected market shakeout, experts said.

“From the get-go, we were the Wild, Wild West,” Oklahoma cannabis attorney Sarah Lee Parrish said. “I think we still are, but now we’re becoming a little less wild – maybe the Wild West.”

Indeed, the Oklahoma market has developed like no other across the country. For example:

  • Business license applications were available just 30 days after voters legalized medical cannabis in June 2018, with relatively few restrictions in place in the beginning.
  • By last fall, Oklahoma had issued 1,100 business licenses, and the market was off and running. The number of business licensees has more than quintupled since.
  • MMJ sales in the fiercely competitive market are projected to reach $140 million-$180 million in 2019, the first full year of market operations, according to the 2019 Marijuana Business Factbook.

The new regulations are the result of the passage last spring of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, or the so-called “Unity Bill,” and a number of “trailer

Article source: https://mjbizdaily.com/oklahoma-medical-cannabis-businesses-prepare-rules/

State Health Officials Preparing for More Medical Marijuana Access

July 18th, 2019

On July 15, 2015, the Colorado Board of Health rejected a petition to add post-traumatic stress disorder as a medical marijuana condition, to the vocal dismay of a packed room of veterans and medical marijuana patients. Fast-forward four years, and not only is PTSD now an approved medical condition, but the board is preparing to usher in one of the most expansive sets of MMJ rules that Colorado has seen in over a decade.

Because of laws passed during the recent legislative session, the board doesn’t really have a choice.

Like PTSD’s addition as a qualifiable medical marijuana condition in 2017, autism spectrum disorder and any condition for which opioids are prescribed gained medical marijuana treatment approval at the Colorado Legislature. In order to secure that approval, advocates used lawmakers to bypass the state’s preferred way of adding new conditions, which was to petition the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. (The CDPHE has rejected all such attempts.)

“We’re here today to propose revisions to the medical use of marijuana regulations in order to align with the following bills, which have been passed and sign by Governor Polis as a part of 2019 session,” Natalie Riggins, director of the CDPHE medical marijuana registry, told the board at its July 17 meeting. “There’s a lot of bills, and a lot changes.”

Emboldened by the election of Jared Polis, a cannabis-friendly governor, advocates pushed the legislature this year to not only add new conditions eligible for medical marijuana,

Article source: https://www.westword.com/marijuana/colorado-health-officials-preparing-for-more-medical-marijuana-access-11414656