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Aztec moves forward on medical marijuana ordinance

December 13th, 2018

AZTEC — While the state legalized medical marijuana in 2007, the city of Aztec has never had an ordinance in place detailing where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located.

The Aztec City Commission took the first steps to change that Tuesday evening in a 4-0 vote.

Commissioner Sherri Sipe expressed some reservations based on how easy it is for people to get medical marijuana cards. Ultimately she voted in favor of publishing public notice informing residents of the city’s intent to adopt an ordinance.

The Tuesday evening vote does not establish an ordinance. The final vote on adopting an ordinance will come at a future commission meeting after residents have had time to comment on the proposed measure.

If passed, medical marijuana dispensaries would face similar restrictions to businesses that sell alcohol. This means a dispensary could not be located next to a church, daycare or school. Dispensaries will only be allowed in commercial and manufacturing districts.

State allows medical marijuana to be prescribed for 21 conditions

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, there are 21

Article source: http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/aztec/2018/12/12/aztec-seeks-codify-where-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-can-located/2289184002/

Ohio medical marijuana: First dispensary given green light to open

December 12th, 2018

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How Medical Marijuana is grown at Cresco Labs
Albert Cesare, acesare@enquirer.com

A medical marijuana retail outlet in the eastern Ohio village of Wintersville on Wednesday became the first dispensary to receive the green light to open from state regulators. 

Cresco Labs’ CY+ dispensary – near Steubenville, about 240 miles northeast of Cincinnati – was the first of 56 state-licensed medical marijuana retail outlets to receive a certificate of operation from the state after a final inspection late last month.

“Receiving the first approval to operate is a major milestone in the transformation of the cannabis program in Ohio,” said Charles Bachtell, CEO of Chicago-based Cresco Labs. The company also runs a 50,000-square-foot growing and cultivation facility in Yellow Springs.

More: How far would you drive for medical marijuana in Ohio? Wintersville dispensary may be first to open.

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But even with a certificate to operate, the dispensaries can’t start selling medical marijuana until their products have been tested at state-certified testing labs for quality and potency.

So far, none of the five testing labs that have

Article source: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2018/12/12/ohio-oks-first-medical-marijuana-store/2289564002/

Collier commissioners vote down medical marijuana dispensaries — again

December 12th, 2018

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Legalizing medical marijuana sprouted up as a grass roots initiative. Voices are uniting now to convince Collier County to allow dispensaries.
Behind The Headlines Staff

For the second time this year, an effort by Collier County to approve medical marijuana dispensaries failed, dealing another blow to local medical cannabis patients and advocates.

Commissioners on Tuesday were not able to garner the needed four votes to amend Collier’s land development codes to permit dispensaries on land that is zoned to allow pharmacies.

In May, a similar effort failed when commissioners couldn’t muster the required supermajority vote to move forward with code changes. Commissioners voted 3-2 in October to have county staff bring back the amendment needed to approve dispensaries, despite uncertainty about whether a renewed push would net the additional vote required.

As has been the case in the past, commissioners Penny Taylor and Donna Fiala voted Tuesday against allowing the dispensaries. 

Taylor has said the county’s inability to regulate where the dispensaries would go has been a sticking point for her. 

“It’s always been about the zoning,” she said before the vote Tuesday. “Always for me. Never the value of what you take and the importance of it to your health. So I want to make that very clear. But I am not

Article source: https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/12/collier-commissioners-reject-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-again/2289735002/

Ocala gets first medical marijuana dispensary

December 12th, 2018

The law allows the use of medicinal marijuana for cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s and Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

Ocala’s first legal medical marijuana dispensary opened quietly last week along State Road 200, selling an array of cannabis-derived products by prescription only.

Florida voters approved the sale of certain forms of the drug for medicinal use in November 2016 through a constitutional amendment. More than 71 percent of voters were in favor of the measure. But, until last week, the nearest dispensaries to Ocala were in Gainesville or Lady Lake.

Curaleaf took over the location of a former home design store at 1839 SR 200, between Sonny’s BBQ and an automobile graphics business. The Massachusetts-based company hopes to have 22 stores open in Florida by the end of the year. The Ocala location is store No. 18, said Vinit Patel, regional dispensary operations manager.

Inside, the store resembles a boutique retailer with brightly lit display counters and vibrant colors. White is the dominant color, including for staff uniforms, with highlights of neon green. The back wall of the display area features a large sign made of live moss with the company name emblazoned across it.

“Ocala is centrally located. We have the state’s other major markets covered and smack dab in the middle is this beautiful area,” said Patel, about locating a store in the city.

Despite the quiet opening, the waiting area was busy Friday with people filling prescriptions. While there are several Ocala doctors certified

Article source: https://www.ocala.com/news/20181211/ocala-gets-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary

Commissioner: Can’t decide where to put medical marijuana dispensaries

December 12th, 2018

More than two-years after constituents voted to allow medical marijuana in Florida — it is still not going to happen in Collier County. On Tuesday, the Collier County Board of Commissioners decided against the measure by a vote of three to two.

“For now, it’s been fairly evident that dispensaries aren’t coming,” William McDaniel said, a commissioner in Collier County representing District 5.

“The state has tied our hands,” Penny Taylor said, a commissioner in Collier County representing District 4. “We cannot decide where we’re going to put these dispensaries.”

Taylor voted the dispensaries down as she said, it is an issue of local control.

“At this point, if the laws not changed no there’s no chance,” Taylor said.

McDaniel voted in support of the dispensaries. But he said, putting the choice in the Board of Commissioners hands, actually makes the measure more difficult to implement.

“I think the legislature put me in a comprising position,” McDaniel said. “I choose to uphold the constitution of the United States and the state of Florida.”

“A little defeated,” Nick Garulay, founder and CEO of My Florida Green, said about the commissioner decision. “A little disappointed.. but life goes on, onward and upward.”

Garulay leads a medical marijuana advocacy group. It helps patients obtain certification for medical marijuana. He said, they will keep on fighting.

“We’re going to facilitate orders for patients,” Garulay said. “The state does allow delivery for the patient. They can pick it up anywhere, which gives it a little bit of a loop hole.”

But commissioners said, it is up

Article source: https://www.winknews.com/2018/12/11/commissioner-cant-decide-where-to-put-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/

Connecticut doubles number of medical marijuana dispensaries with new approvals

December 11th, 2018

Nine license approvals announced Tuesday doubles the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Connecticut while widening the geographical footprint of the fast-growing program.

The new facilities, spanning the state from Windham to Torrington and Newington to Stamford, bring the number of approved dispensaries to 18. The latest locations are the most aggressive expansion to the program approved by lawmakers in 2012.

“This program has been thoughtfully expanded since the bill was signed in 2012, and medication became available to patients in 2014,” Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull said in a written statement announcing the new facilities.

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Is It Safe to Give People with Alzheimer’s Medical Marijuana?

December 11th, 2018

It seems the research is intriguing enough for some states to allow marijuana use for managing Alzheimer’s symptoms — in some cases, with prior doctor approval.

“I cannot imagine that it would be harmful at all, other than being a little freaky, as long as it’s used safely,” Gary Wenk, a behavioral neuroscience professor at The Ohio State University who has studied the influence of marijuana on Alzheimer’s, told Healthline.

“When high, they’d be more likely to get up and move around, but it could also increase their appetite, which could help. And a lot of older people have a lot of aches and pains — one thing marijuana is clearly good for is inflammation and pain,” he added.

Would he recommend someone with Alzheimer’s try it?

There are a lot of question marks, Wenk said, and those are complicated by the fact that, as an illegal drug under federal law, marijuana’s effects can’t be tested on humans.

“But what we know for certain is that it is not a treatment for Alzheimer’s. I wouldn’t recommend giving it at all,” he said.

Wenk has served on Ohio’s Governor’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee, which advises on such regulations in the state.

He said he gets a lot of emails from spouses or children of people with Alzheimer’s saying they’ve read marijuana could be good for their loved one.

“And I’m the one to blame for that,” Wenk said, citing an article he wrote in 2016 for Psychology Today. “But

Article source: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/should-people-with-alzheimers-be-given-medical-marijuana

New Zealand law to make medical marijuana widely available

December 11th, 2018

New Zealand’s government on Tuesday passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time.

The legislation will also allow terminally ill patients to begin smoking illegal pot immediately without facing the possibility of prosecution.

The measures come ahead of a planned national referendum on recreational marijuana use. The government has pledged to hold the referendum some time over the next two years, but has not yet set a date or finalized the wording.

The new law allows patients much broader access to medical marijuana, which was previously highly restricted. But most patients will have to wait a year until a new set of regulations, licensing rules and quality standards are put in place.

The law will also allow medical marijuana products to be manufactured in New Zealand for both domestic and overseas markets.

Health Minister Dr. David Clark said in a statement the new law will help ease suffering.

“This will be particularly welcome as another option for people who live with chronic pain,” he said.

He said the 25,000 people who are in palliative care with terminal illnesses didn’t have time to wait for the new scheme, and so the law provided a legal defense for them to use illegal marijuana.

“People nearing the end of their lives should not have to worry about being arrested or imprisoned for trying to manage their pain,” Clark said.

But the opposition’s health spokesman, Dr. Shane Reti, said the new law is “lazy and dangerous” because it doesn’t

Article source: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/zealand-law-make-medical-marijuana-widely-59741038

New Zealand law to make medical marijuana widely available

December 11th, 2018

New Zealand’s government on Tuesday passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time.

The legislation will also allow terminally ill patients to begin smoking illegal pot immediately without facing the possibility of prosecution.

The measures come ahead of a planned national referendum on recreational marijuana use. The government has pledged to hold the referendum some time over the next two years, but has not yet set a date or finalized the wording.

The new law allows patients much broader access to medical marijuana, which was previously highly restricted. But most patients will have to wait a year until a new set of regulations, licensing rules and quality standards are put in place.

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The law will also allow medical marijuana products to be manufactured in New Zealand for both domestic and overseas markets.

Health Minister Dr. David Clark said in a statement the new law will help ease suffering.

“This will be particularly welcome as another option for people who live with chronic pain,” he said.

He said the 25,000 people who are in palliative care with terminal illnesses didn’t have time to wait for the new scheme, and so the law provided a legal defense for them to use illegal marijuana.

“People nearing the end of their lives should not have to worry about being arrested or imprisoned for trying to manage their pain,” Clark said.

But the opposition’s health spokesman, Dr. Shane Reti, said the new law

Article source: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/article222938315.html

Medical Marijuana Cards In Ohio

December 10th, 2018

You can now register with the state of Ohio to get a medical marijuana card. Businesses like “Chronic Releaf” on Summit Street in Point Place. The cost is 280 dollars for the certification. You have to have a medical condition that is listed by the state of Ohio. They include Glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Severe and Chronic pain, Seizures, MS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

One mother with young children says she uses medical marijuana for a number of health problems. “I have fibromyalgia, on top of Sjogren’s Syndrome and nerve damage from a car accident.” She says she didn’t want to take the high doses of opiates that her doctor prescribed. “I can’t be so doped up that I can’t take care of my kids. If I have to use it during the day I’m not stoned. I take two hits and it’s enough to relax the muscles enough to ease up the pain.”

The waiting room at “Chronic Releaf” is packed because it’s the day the doctor is in to evaluate patients for the cards. Dr. Ryan Lakin is a physician and an attorney. He owns a company that provides doctors to clincis like “Chronic Releaf” around the country. “Patients come for legitimate medical reasons because they want medical preparations. Marijuana as a recreational drug flows freely on the streets of America. They don’t need to come to see the doctor,” says Lakin.

Article source: https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Medical-Marijuana-Cards-Now-Available-In-Ohio-502398051.html