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NJ medical marijuana: Better than Ibuprofen?: Editorial

April 22nd, 2019


Over 40,000 patients are registered with the New Jersey medical marijuana program, which has expanded the list of qualifying conditions under Gov. Phil Murphy.
Mike Davis, @byMikeDavis

Gov. Phil Murphy’s attempt to bundle legal recreational marijuana, medical marijuana and expungement for past marijuana offenses into a single package of bills may have seemed like a good strategy at the time.  But so far it has failed to push legalization of recreational weed — a harder sell than medical marijuana — across the finish line. 

Murphy and the sponsors of legalized marijuana say making all three aspects of the weed issue part of the same package is essential. But it has prevented the state from moving forward with expansion of its medical marijuana program, which, when properly regulated and administered, may be worthwhile. If the Legislature again fails to give Murphy the votes needed for passage of the weed legalization package next month, Murphy has threatened to consummate the medical marijuana piece of it by executive order.

Medical marijuana has been used to relieve symptoms for certain conditions. But Murphy may have overreached on the latest medical marijuana bill, which would expand

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Armed with new law, medical cannabis program plans moving forward – WV MetroNews

April 22nd, 2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Treasurer’s Office hopes to have a request for proposal (RFP) issued within the next month with the goal of hiring a financial institution to handle the money associated with the state’s medical marijuana program.

State lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year, House Bill 2538, signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice, that opens the door for additional financial organizations, like credit unions, to bid for the job. Traditional banking companies have shown lukewarm interest in handling marijuana money because of the questions surrounding the legality of marijuana.

Gina Joynes, deputy treasurer/communications, told MetroNews last week the proposed RFP is currently under legal review. The plan is to put the RFP out and then score the proposals once they are submitted.

Meanwhile, the state Office of Medical Cannabis is getting things into place with plans to move forward once a financial institution is hired.

“The banking institution will house the Medical Cannabis Fund that will be a home for the permitting fees and taxes derived,” Jason Frame, director of the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis, told MetroNews.

Frame has started the process of hiring additional staff, clerical workers and inspector, that will allow the state to move more quickly with the medical cannabis permits once the banking vendor is hired.

“The numbers (of new employees) will vary depending on the number and distribution of permitees we end up with. Again, at this point, we don’t know for sure the number of applications we will receive,” Frame said.

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Michigan village wants to sell land to medical pot industry

April 21st, 2019

KALKASKA, Mich. — A northern Michigan village whose president wants the community to be a pioneer in the medical marijuana industry is planning to sell a portion of its taxpayer-owned land, possibly for the cultivation of cannabis.

Kalkaska leaders voted this month to list nearly 10 acres for sale within the industrial district, which is already zoned for medical marijuana businesses, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.

Village officials also hired real estate brokers to help market the properties to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry. Officials hope the property sales will boost the village’s coffers following costly legal settlements.

Ian Bertram, a real estate broker partnering with Kalkaska, said he’s already in talks with a buyer who’s interested in building a medical marijuana cultivation facility in Kalkaska.

The village is a growing market that’s going to “pioneer the way for quite a few towns,” Bertram said.

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N.J. medical marijuana patients win huge protections from being fired for flunking a drug test

April 21st, 2019

New Jersey workers can’t be fired if they flunk a drug test because they are medical marijuana patients, a state appeals court has ruled.

The case is likely to reverberate in workplaces for years to come because a state appeals court says medical marijuana patients — as long as they are not using the drug or under the influence at work — are protected by the state Law Against Discrimination.

There are 45,000 registered patients in the program with about 2,000 joining every month, according to the state Department of Health.

“The sweeping effect is you can no longer say, ‘You (tested) positive — you are outta here,’ ” said Maxine “Mickey” Neuhauser, an employment expert with the Newark office of the Epstein Becker and Green national law firm.

“There had been a general belief that since marijuana is illegal under federal law, employers would not have to accommodate its use by employees, even if they had a prescription for it and using it legally under state law,” Neuhauser said. “This appellate case very strongly came down in the opposite direction following the lead of other states confronted with the same issue.”

The March 27 state Appellate decision is based on a discrimination lawsuit filed by Justin Wild, 41, a man diagnosed with cancer who was fired from his director’s job at the Feeney Funeral Home in Ridgewood in 2016.

Wild did not tell his employer he was enrolled in the medicinal marijuana program until after he was

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Group pushes for medical marijuana on unofficial day dedicated to the substance

April 21st, 2019

A bill in the Nebraska state legislature calls for the legalization of medical marijuana, but some are taking the initiative a step further with a ballot petition.

Thirty-three states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. On Saturday, a day many associate with the substance, some members of the group “500 Millennials of Omaha” gathered to say Nebraska should be next.

“I’m a proponent of it,” ‘500 Millennials of Omaha’ founder Mickey Manley said. “There’s literally thousands of people who benefit greatly from the use of marijuana and are able to get off prescriptions.”

Manley was one of several people who signed a petition to get medical marijuana on the next ballot. He believes it could help raise money through tax revenue to help the economy and prevent people from leaving the state.

“It’s something on everyone’s radar, something everyone’s talking about,” Manley said. “You want an opportunity to do it? This is it.”

Manley is supportive of LB 110, a bill in the Nebraska legislature that would legalize medical marijuana, but he believes a ballot measure could do more.

“For infrastructure, for educational purposes, we can make sure it goes to the right places and the more freedom to do that, in my opinion, is the best way to go,” Manley said.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, in January, wrote that he would not sign any bill that authorizes medical marijuana. He argued more research needs to be done on the subject and that he will not gamble with the health and safety of the people of

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Could medical marijuana be legal in Texas soon?

April 21st, 2019


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LSU begins medical marijuana-related research

April 20th, 2019

Louisiana State University’s first medical marijuana-related research dollars are paying for work aimed at treating epilepsy.

GB Sciences, the contractor hired by the LSU AgCenter to grow therapeutic cannabis, provides $500,000 annually for marijuana-related studies, on top of its other payments to the university agricultural facility.

The first research dollars from the contract will help finance ongoing studies done by AgCenter researcher Chris Green. He’s using zebrafish to help develop treatments for people who have epileptic seizures.

The AgCenter says Green will expand that work to study the possibility of using parts of the cannabis plant to treat epilepsy. He’ll use compounds extracted from the plant flowers and buds that don’t produce the marijuana “high” caused by THC.

Medical marijuana is under production in Louisiana and hasn’t yet reached patients.


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Fatal work injuries decline in states with medical marijuana laws

April 20th, 2019

The widespread adoption of medical marijuana laws may be having an unexpected effect: making workplaces safer.

Several states have adopted medical marijuana laws in the last several years. A recent study seems to suggest that states with such laws saw a subsequent drop in the number of workplace fatalities among young adult workers.

The study, by economists Mark Anderson of Montana State University, Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado, and Erdal Tekin of American University in the October 2018 issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy, looked at how fatal workplace injuries changed after states adopted medical marijuana laws.

The biggest result that they found was a 19.5% decrease in fatal work injuries among 25- to 44-year-old workers in states that adopted medical marijuana laws, after controlling for various demographic and economic factors. While the analysis found a smaller reduction in fatalities for older and younger workers (and for the entire pool of workers overall), after the adoption of medical marijuana, those results fell below the standard of statistical significance.

The authors suggested that a possible reason for the decline in fatal work injuries for young adult workers could be a result of medical marijuana use as a substitute for more dangerous drugs like alcohol and opioids. They wrote, “because the use of alcohol at work is associated with a substantial increase in the risk of injury, and because non-habitual opioid use slows

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Number of medical marijuana dispensaries open in Bonita Springs expected to grow

April 20th, 2019


Curaleaf medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors in Bonita Springs on Thursday, January 17.
Alex Driehaus, Naples Daily News

Tuesday’s opening of Trulieve in Bonita Springs marks the third medical marijuana dispensary to debut within city limits — and four more are on the way.

Trulieve joins Curaleaf and Surterra Wellness Center in the rapidly growing dispensary market in south Lee County.

Bonita Springs opened its doors to dispensaries in March 2018, and companies have scrambled to get a foothold in the area.

“This is one of our most successful locations,” said Vinit Patel, regional dispensary operations manager of Curaleaf. “This is a relatively affluent area with many people searching for medicinal cannabis.”

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Medical marijuana: Kentucky must proceed with caution

April 20th, 2019

When Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke out in February in favor of the medical use of cannabis, he did so urging compassion for those with debilitating conditions who find therapeutic relief from cannabis. America’s physicians share this compassion for our patients, which is why we are advocating for research and caution when considering the use of cannabis for medical reasons.

It’s understandable that patients in Kentucky want to be able to help ease their medical conditions if they have been unsuccessful in finding a prescription medication that does so.

However, for those of us in the medical field, we must be a part of the discussion on Kentucky joining the other 33 states that allow the medicinal use of cannabis. The public must be aware that there have been no placebo-controlled double-blind studies demonstrating the cannabis plant to have enough benefit and absent risk sufficient to be acceptable as a medicine. 

Lawmakers might be split on the issue as they consider medical cannabis legislation, but the medical community knows that the delivery systems of any compound from cannabinoids or the cannabis plant must be subjected to our nation’s pharmaceutical approval process, which is grounded in well-designed and executed clinical research.

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It has been proven through clinical research and medical literature that inhaling burnt plant matter, or smoking, is not a safe drug delivery system. Cannabis, cannabis-based products and cannabis delivery devices should be held to the

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