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House Passes Banking Fix For Medical Marijuana | News, Sports, Jobs

February 16th, 2019

The House of Delegates on Friday passed House Bill 2538, providing banking services for medical cannabis, with 89 or its 100 members voting in favor. All delegates representing counties in the Northern Panhandle supported the bill. It also is expected to also have broad support in the Senate.

“I’m very happy that it passed,” Delegate Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, said. He is a longtime proponent of medical marijuana legislation. “I hope the Senate takes it up and passes it as well.”

“I think it’s a necessary step forward for implementing our program completely,” said Delegate Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, who also co-sponsored the bill. “Those in West Virginia who are suffering — our cancer patients, our military veterans who have PTSD — have long been yearning for another solution instead of the current one we have, which is a big pharma solution.”

HB 2538 would allow banking institutions to provide competitive bids to the state treasurer’s office to provide services for the state’s medical marijuana program. The selected banking institution would manage the Medical Cannabis Program Fund, where the treasurer’s office would deposit application fees, penalties and taxes collected from the program.

“Currently, none of our financial institutions are allowed or are willing to move forward with collecting deposits as it relates to serving medical cannabis,” said House Banking and Insurance Chairman Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, when explaining the bill in the House on Friday. “It adds a new section of code specifically to deal with the medical cannabis banking issue.”

The

Article source: http://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2019/02/house-passes-banking-fix-for-medical-marijuana/

Teens living in US states allowing medical marijuana smoke less cannabis

February 16th, 2019

The study, published today in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse used the results of an anonymous survey given to more than 800,000 high school students across 45 states to calculate the number of teens who smoke cannabis.

It found that the number of teenage cannabis smokers was 1.1% less in states that had enacted medical marijuana laws (MML) compared to those that hadn’t, even when accounting for other important variables such as tobacco and alcohol policies, economic trends, youth characteristics and state demographics.

“We found that for every group of 100 adolescents, one fewer will be a current user of marijuana following the enactment of medical marijuana laws,” says Dr Rebekah Levine Coley, a Professor of psychology at Boston College, who led the study.

“When we looked at particular subgroups of adolescents, this reduction became even more pronounced. For example 3.9% less Black and 2.7% less Hispanic youths now use marijuana in states with MML.”

As the survey was administered over a period of 16 years, the researchers were able to compare the changes in teenager’s marijuana use in states that adopted MML with those that hadn’t, allowing them to more precisely pinpoint the effects of the legislation. Intriguingly, the study found that the longer the laws had been in place, the greater the reduction in teen marijuana use.

The results shine a light on an important debate taking place in America about the relative benefits and risks of decriminalizing marijuana.

“Some people have argued that decriminalizing or legalizing medical marijuana could increase

Article source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190214191934.htm

Why medical marijuana patients are concerned about their safety

February 15th, 2019
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2019 – 6:49 PM

With opioid deaths up, Maryland looks to medical marijuana as possible treatment

February 15th, 2019
Rachel Chason February 15 at 10:00 AM

Using medical marijuana to help cure opioid addiction may seem counterintuitive.

But a growing number of physicians and patient advocates say marijuana should be added to the list of traditional treatment options, pointing to studies that show it helps reduce opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

A bill being considered by lawmakers in Maryland would make it the fourth state to explicitly legalize the use of marijuana to treat opioid abuse disorder, following Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

The effort is strongly opposed by many in the medical establishment, who say there is insufficient research showing that marijuana is an effective treatment and warn that about 10 percent of cannabis users become addicted to it.

Supporters counter that large-scale research at the federal level is unlikely so long as marijuana remains a Schedule I drug.

Some of the loudest voices in the discussion so far have been members of the medical marijuana industry, who could profit if the bill is passed, and those who work with the three anti-opioid treatments already approved by the federal government — methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone — who could lose clients if people turn to cannabis to treat withdrawal symptoms.


Del. Cheryl Glenn (D-Baltimore), the sponsor of

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/with-opioid-deaths-up-maryland-looks-to-medical-marijuana-as-possible-treatment/2019/02/14/7c6f577a-2ed3-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html

The U.K. Just Got Its First Bulk Medical Cannabis Shipment

February 15th, 2019

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Article source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-15/the-u-k-just-got-its-first-bulk-shipment-of-medical-cannabis

Augusta medical marijuana rules would ban caregivers from residential zones

February 15th, 2019

AUGUSTA — Registered medical marijuana caregivers would have to obtain licenses from the city, have their indoor grow areas inspected by an electrician and, if they live in a zoning district that is primarily residential, move out and relocate to a nonresidential zone or stop growing for their patients within two years, under proposed local medical marijuana rules discussed by city councilors Thursday.

The rules include no provisions for adult use recreational marijuana sales, processing or growing, which means no sales of recreational marijuana would be allowed anywhere in Augusta.

City officials said a majority of councilors already made it clear, including in an informal straw poll in January, they do not want to allow any sales of marijuana in Augusta other than medical marijuana.

State law allows municipalities that don’t want to allow recreational marijuana sales simply not to adopt any rules allowing it.

“You guys don’t have to do anything and you simply won’t be opted in” Matt Nazar, the city’s development director, told councilors Thursday.

The rules discussed by councilors thus would apply to registered medical marijuana caregivers and dispensaries.

Nazar, who drafted proposed medical marijuana regulations that councilors discussed Thursday, said the land use ordinance changes were meant to address the goals councilors expressed, which include allowing medical marijuana registered caregivers to operate in the same zoning districts as other retail, industrial, medical and agricultural businesses are allowed to operate; prohibiting medical marijuana registered caregivers from operating in residential zoning districts, with a two-year “sunset” period to allow such caregivers operating in residential zones to

Article source: https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/02/14/augusta-medical-marijuana-rules-would-ban-caregivers-from-residential-zones/

Georgia bill seeks in-state cultivation, sale of medical marijuana

February 14th, 2019

Legislation filed Thursday would allow medical marijuana oil to be sold to patients in Georgia.

The proposal calls for medical marijuana dispensaries to serve the state’s rising number of registered patients — more than 8,400 so far. The drug would be legally grown, manufactured, tested, tracked and distributed for the first time if House Bill 324 passes.

The bill is the next step for Georgia’s medical marijuana program, which since 2015 has permitted patients to possess and use marijuana with less than 5 percent THC, the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.

But it remains illegal to buy, sell or transport the drug.

State Rep. Micah Gravley, the sponsor of the bill, says that needs to change.

“The problem is that there’s nowhere to purchase the oil here in the state of Georgia,” said Gravley, a Republican from Douglasville. “We know it’s beneficial. We’ve seen seizures reduced, we’ve seen the easing of the effects of Parkinson’s, cancer, (multiple sclerosis), Crohn’s, sickle cell anemia and autism.”

The bill’s prospects are uncertain in the Georgia General Assembly, but the proposal has bipartisan support from members of the state’s Republican majority as well as many Democrats.

If approved, Georgia would join 31 states that already allow some form of marijuana cultivation, according to the Joint Commission on Low THC Medical Oil Access, a group of lawmakers and stakeholders that recommended licensing marijuana growers, manufacturers and dispensaries.

The bill is opposed by those who fear it will eventually lead to outright legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

Article source: https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/georgia-bill-seeks-state-cultivation-sale-medical-marijuana/mwOAJlw8vi2JGynk44nalK/

Georgia bill seeks in-state medical marijuana growing and sales

February 14th, 2019

Medical marijuana oil could be sold to patients in Georgia who are already allowed to use it, according to a bill being introduced Thursday.

The proposal calls for medical marijuana dispensaries to serve the state’s rising number of registered patients — 8,400 so far. The drug would be legally grown, manufactured, tested, tracked and distributed for the first time if the legislation passes.

The bill is the next step for Georgia’s medical marijuana program, which since 2015 has permitted patients to possess and use marijuana with less than 5 percent THC, the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.

But it remains illegal to buy, sell or transport the drug.

State Rep. Micah Gravley, the sponsor of the bill, says that needs to change.

“The problem is that there’s nowhere to purchase the oil here in the state of Georgia,” said Gravley, a Republican from Douglasville. “We know it’s beneficial. We’ve seen seizures reduced, we’ve seen the easing of the effects of Parkinson’s, cancer, MS, Crohn’s, sickle cell anemia and autism.”

The bill’s prospects are uncertain in the Georgia General

Article source: https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/georgia-bill-seeks-state-medical-marijuana-growing-and-sales/mwOAJlw8vi2JGynk44nalK/

Medical marijuana dispensary sales in Maine drop for 2nd year in a row

February 14th, 2019

Sales fell at Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries for the second time in two years, a reflection of increased and sometimes unfair competition, the dispensary owners say.

In 2018, overall sales at the state’s eight licensed dispensaries dropped to $23.5 million, down 4.1 percent from 2017 and 12.8 percent from 2016, when dispensary sales peaked at $26.6 million, according to new state tax data.

Robert Rosso is a state-licensed medical marijuana grower and runs his operation in the Windham area. He shows a handfull of buds, the finished product.

Dispensary owners say the increased competition stems from some patients learning to grow their own plants to use as medicine, while others are browsing the marketplace, shopping at one of Maine’s many caregiver stores or using illegal delivery services. New regulations for medical and adult-use marijuana under consideration by the state will likely impose controls on the non-dispensary providers of cannabis products and help level the playing field.

Until then, the unregulated competition is forcing dispensaries to cut prices, driving down annual revenue even more.

“The market is still capped to only those that have a certificate, and now the number of ‘stores’ people can shop in has increased greatly,” said Sage Peterson, CEO of Canuvo in Biddeford, noting her company’s sales have been flat for the last two years.

Wellness Connection, which runs four Maine dispensaries, has seen a dramatic market change. “We’ve seen many more people

Article source: https://www.pressherald.com/2019/02/13/medical-marijuana-dispensary-sales-drop-for-second-year-in-a-row/

European Parliament Passes Cannabis Resolution, Joins WHO In Supporting Medical Marijuana

February 14th, 2019

Strasbourg / France – May 27, 2012: European Parliament BuildingGetty

Following reports about the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending a rescheduling of cannabis and several of its key components under international drug treaties, the European Parliament voted on Wednesday on a resolution that would help advance medical cannabis in the countries that form the European Union.

While non-binding, the resolution seeks to incentivize European nations to increase access to medical marijuana, prioritizing scientific research and clinical studies. Same as the WHO’s recommendation, the European Parliament’s resolution shows how wide support for cannabis legalization is, but does not change any actual laws on the international or local levels.

“The EU Parliament is just the latest voice to recognize the medical value of cannabis and the benefits of regulation over prohibition,” Tom Angell, Forbes contributor and publisher of Marijuana Moment, told me. “I’m hopeful that the growing chorus in favor of reform will spur action by nations to change their policies and improve access for patients who need this medicine.”

The Details

After evaluating how the European Union could potentially support quality research in relation to marijuana-based medicines, establishing “standards for non-pharmaceutical medical cannabis to ensure consumer safety,” the members of the European Parliament voted on a resolution that calls on the Commission on use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and the states member of the European Union to “address the regulatory, financial and cultural barriers” that stunted

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/javierhasse/2019/02/13/european-parliament-passes-cannabis-resolution-joins-who-in-supporting-medical-marijuana/