Why the Cleveland Clinic Will Not Recommend Medical Marijuana

January 19th, 2019 by admin No comments »

January 18, 2019

As medical marijuana dispensaries began ringing up sales for the first time in Ohio on January 16, the Cleveland Clinic — one of the largest hospitals in the country — issued an official statement rejecting cannabis use for patients.

“As a group of more than 3,500 doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, we decided that we are not going to recommend medical marijuana, and it is not part of our policy,” says Paul Terpeluk, DO, the medical director of the Cleveland Clinic’s employee health services. “There are no rigorous studies that we are aware of showing that medical marijuana is safe. For a patient, safety should be the first concern, and that’s why we’re raising a red flag.”

In a statement published on the hospital’s website, Dr. Terpeluk explained that cannabis is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has a rigorous process for determining the safety and efficacy of medications. Medications green-lighted by the FDA go through extensive trials to establish accurate dosing and to identify side effects.

On the other hand, the Cleveland Clinic does prescribe FDA-approved medications that are based on specific marijuana compounds called cannabinoids. One such drug, Marinol, contains a cannabinoid called dronabinol. Dronabinol is a man-made form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Cancer and AIDs patients may take Marinol to stimulate appetite, reduce nausea, and relieve neuropathic pain.

In June 2018, the FDA for the first time authorized the use of a drug containing a purified extract from

Article source: https://www.everydayhealth.com/marijuana/why-cleveland-clinic-will-not-recommend-medical-marijuana/

Medical marijuana could be available this summer in Louisiana

January 18th, 2019 by admin No comments »

BATON ROUGE, La. – (KNOE) Dr. Richardson, LSU’s Vice President of Agriculture, says GB Sciences is on track to submit its final suitability study to Louisiana State Police on Monday, January 21, 2019. Richardson says medical marijuana could be available to the public this summer.

“We’ve been working closely with the Department of Agriculture and Board of Pharmacy and medical examiners and making sure we’re all on the same page,” said Richardson.

Louisiana law allows medical marijuana for things such as cancer, AIDS, seizure disorders, epilepsy, and other conditions. GB Sciences will grow it. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will regulate it.

“I’m responsible to regulate to make sure they follow state law but also that that state product does not have any adulterants, pesticides to make sure that product is as safe as it can be,” said Dr. Mike Strain.

GB Sciences will harvest it and package it for the nine licensed pharmacies which were appointed by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. There will be one in West Monroe.

“We’re nervous cause we’re close, but we think things are going well,” said Richardson.

More information on medical marijuana in Louisiana can be found here: http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/medical-marijuana/

Article source: https://www.knoe.com/content/news/Medical-marijuana-could-be-available-this-summer-in-Louisiana-504541661.html

First medical marijuana dispensary opens in Bonita Springs

January 18th, 2019 by admin No comments »

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

Conventional drugs haven’t calmed Tobin Judd’s racing mind. The veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder decided to take a different path open to Florida residents — medical marijuana.

“I was taking pure poison before this,” Judd said.

A doctor recommended oral and inhalation cannabis for Judd’s ailment weeks ago, and he sat in a new dispensary waiting for his first prescription.

The veteran hadn’t tried any medical marijuana, but a small dose from a friend convinced Judd to get a medical marijuana card.

“You can actually focus instead of having a racing mind,” he said. “When you can do that, it’s just night and day. There is no other.”

Judd chose Bonita Springs’ first dispensary to buy a vaporizer and the necessary cartridges. The new Curaleaf location was Judd’s closest option.

The Curaleaf dispensary is in a former SunTrust Bank at the southeast corner of Bonita Beach Road

Article source: https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/communities/the-banner/2019/01/18/first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens-bonita-springs/2581105002/

Medical marijuana goes on sale in Ohio, and pain patients wait in line

January 18th, 2019 by admin No comments »

Leaning on her cane, Joan Caleodis stepped gingerly into history on Wednesday as one of the first people to legally purchase medical marijuana in the state of Ohio.

Caleodis, who is 55 and suffers from multiple sclerosis, paid $150 for three containers, each holding 2.83 grams of dried cannabis flowers, at the CY + Dispensary in the town of Wintersville.

“I’m feeling ecstatic,” Caleodis told reporters as other pain sufferers waiting in line applauded. “The patients no longer have to wait for relief. We can get rid of this opioid issue we have in this country.”

Caleodis said she felt even better when she got home and tried out her purchase.

“I was curious and I am very happy with the quality,” she told NBC News. “Some days are worse than others, but I am pretty much in constant pain and right now I am not.”

Joan Caleodis, of Martin’s Ferry, Ohio, center, celebrates being one of the first patient sales of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana program at Cresco Labs CY+ dispensary in Winterville, Ohio on Jan. 16, 2019.Gene J. Puskar / AP

A former state worker who went on disability after 27 years on the job, Caleodis said she was prescribed opioids for pain after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than eight years ago.

“I found myself taking double the amount prescribed and told myself, ‘I’m not going that route’,” she

Article source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/medical-marijuana-goes-sale-ohio-some-hope-it-may-ease-n959551

Gov. DeSantis desires to move forward with smokable medical cannabis

January 18th, 2019 by admin No comments »

By: Jake Stofan | Capitol News Service
January 17, 2019

Office of Congressman Ron DeSantis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) — Nearly 170,000 medical marijuana patients in the state may soon have a new option for how they take their medicine; smoking.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday the state will drop its appeal of a court ruling that threw out the state ban on smoking medical cannabis if the Legislature doesn’t change the law during the first two weeks of March.

When 71 percent of voters approved medical marijuana in 2016, many thought smoking would be an option for patients.

The legislature had other ideas.

“They voted for medical marijuana. They did not vote specifically for what form it comes in,” said then-Representative Elizabeth Porter at a committee meeting in 2017.

Lawmakers’ decision to outlaw smoking spurred Amendment Author John Morgan to file his ‘No Smoke is a Joke’ lawsuit.

“There are 400…500,000 people, sick people today that are counting on this,” said Morgan in July of 2017.

A circuit court agreed with Morgan, ruling the legislature’s ban on smoking was unconstitutional.

The state appealed, blocking the ruling from taking effect, but now, that may change.

Governor DeSantis says he will drop the appeal if the legislature doesn’t change the law to allow smoking by mid-March.

“Whether they have to smoke it or not, who am I to judge that? I want people to be able to have their suffering relieved,” said DeSantis.

Senator Rob Bradley, the author of the law, says DeSantis is on the right

Article source: https://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Gov-DeSantis-makes-major-policy-announcement-on-medical-marijuana-504495182.html

Florida To Announce Legalization Of Medical Marijuana Flower

January 17th, 2019 by admin No comments »

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Last year, attorney John Morgan sued the state of Florida, arguing that banning the smoking of dried cannabis flower for medical purposes is unconstitutional. A judge ruled in his favor to allow for flower sales in Florida. Directly afterward, then-Governor Rick Scott filed an appeal, which prevented flower sales from moving forward until the appeal was resolved in court.

However, the new governor, Ron DeSantis, who took control on January 8, is expected to announce this afternoon that his administration has decided to drop his predecessor’s appeal, which will allow for medical marijuana flower sales by licensed dispensaries in Florida.

After legislation initially failed in 2014, Florida voters approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative on November 8, 2016. Known as Amendment 2, the law authorizes the use of medical marijuana by Floridians with debilitating illnesses.

The law required a super-majority vote of at least 60% to pass, and 71% voted yes. However, lawmakers limited its scope by allowing only oils, sprays, tinctures, edibles and vaping. The vape pods are dispensed in tamper-resistant receptacles.

Smoking cannabis was deliberately excluded as a valid form of medical marijuana consumption because lawmakers expressed concerns that it would pave a slippery slope to allowing recreational use.

“‘Inhalation is a medically effective and efficient way to deliver Tetrahydrocannabinol [THC], and other cannabinoids, to the bloodstream,’ wrote Morgan and his lead lawyer, Jon Mills, a constitutional lawyer and former Democratic House speaker, on behalf of Florida for Care Inc., the non-profit formed to promote the initiative,” Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarabrittanysomerset/2019/01/17/florida-to-announce-legalization-of-medical-marijuana-flower/

Missouri medical marijuana: Should minorities and women get preferential treatment?

January 17th, 2019 by admin No comments »

To Kansas City businessman Dre Taylor, the case is clear for some form of affirmative action in Missouri’s new medical marijuana industry.

Marijuana-related arrests fell disproportionately on black and Latino users for decades, even though studies show white people use marijuana at about the same rate. Taylor said he’s seen firsthand the devastating effects of those marijuana arrests on black families and communities. Now that medical marijuana is going to be legal to use and sell, he figures the government should help ensure those same families and communities aren’t shut out of the economic windfall.

“I’m not asking to rewrite the wrongs,” Taylor said. “I’m just asking what can we do to promote equity in this industry that’s going to produce millions of dollars?”

Two Kansas City legislators have introduced bills that would give minority- and women-owned businesses a slight edge when applying for licenses to grow, manufacture and sell medical marijuana products.

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But their proposals face an uphill climb, both politically and legally.

The constitutional amendment voters approved in November requires Missouri to issue at least 24 licenses to sell medical marijuana in each of the state’s eight congressional districts, for a total of 192.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is still writing regulations and probably won’t decide who gets licenses until the end of 2019. But the department has already accepted more than $2 million in application fees from more than 250 people hoping to start medical

Article source: https://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article224162085.html

Medical Marijuana: Lawmakers split as potential patients keep hope for treatment

January 17th, 2019 by admin No comments »

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Medical marijuana legalization is something many patients are clamoring for in Kentucky, but is there a political will to make it happen?

Some swear it takes away their pain from cancer, relieves nausea and anxiety, and that it takes the place of strong painkillers.

So why not make it legal? Kentucky is in the minority. 33 other states have passed medical marijuana into law, but many in law enforcement, drug treatment, and the state legislature remain opposed. They say marijuana use leads to drugs like heroin and opioids. They want more studies done on who benefits from medical marijuana and how it would be controlled.

WKYT talked two lawmakers who have different opinions on medical marijuana and a Kentucky family that says it’s their last option for a more normal life.

Now in their early 30s and parents of a daughter, Taylor Everett, and his wife Cassie, say their life is dominated by epilepsy and seizures that come with no warning.

“We met when we were 19, in college. That was when she was barely on any medicine,” Taylor Everett says. “I didn’t even know she had seizures.”

Cassie’s medical episodes are so strong, she collapses with no memory of what happened.

“I bite my tongue usually, and I’m very disoriented.” Cassie explains.

During our visit, Cassie talks slowly, struggling a bit like she’s in a fog.

“I’ve seen my wife deteriorate for 11 years on drugs and seizures to where her memory is shot. To where

Article source: https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Medical-Marijuana-Lawmakers-split-as-potential-patients-keep-hope-for-treatment-504450861.html

Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Sandusky

January 17th, 2019 by admin No comments »

SANDUSKY, Ohio (WTVG) — If the line is any indication, there’s no question there is a demand for medical marijuana in Ohio.

“I want to be a part of history. Not gonna lie,” said a man named Tom who lives in Toledo. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

What he’s waiting for are the marijuana flowers or buds sold inside The Forest, a new dispensary located at 1671 Tiffin Ave, Sandusky, OH.

It’s one of only four dispensaries in the state, all of which opened today.

At this point, the flowers of the plant are the only form tested and approved by the state. Some of them were grown in nearby Huron, Ohio, at OPC Cultivation.

That company itself grew out of a need for Jeff McCourt’s mother to treat her rheumatoid arthritis.

“She really wasn’t able to do a lot of the things that she loved doing in her life, playing golf, playing guitar, ” said Jeff, who explained medical marijuana helped his mother control her symptoms when she tried it during a trip to California.

It’s not, however, for everyone.

To even set foot in The Forest, you have to get an Ohio Medical Card from a licensed physician.

Because demand is so high, those with the operating company, Standard Wellness, decided to only dispense one ounce per person during the first week of operations.

After that, it will expand to the maximum 90 day supply, which is roughly 8 ounces for each prescription.

Article source: https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens-in-Sandusky-504448012.html

‘No longer waiting for relief’: Medical marijuana sales begin in Ohio

January 16th, 2019 by admin No comments »

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A Cincinnati veteran was one of the first people to buy medical marijuana in Ohio.
Chris Crook, Zanesville Times Recorder

WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – A veteran with PTSD. A retired government worker and cannabis activist with multiple sclerosis. An Ohio transplant who moved here two years ago for Ohio’s medical marijuana program.

Ohio’s first medical marijuana customers were met with applause, cheers and hugs as they exited dispensaries Wednesday, the first day of legal sales in Ohio.

“I’m ecstatic patients are no longer waiting for relief,” Joan Caleodis said.

Caleodis, 55, was the first patient at CY+ Dispensary in Wintersville, at the eastern edge of the state. Caleodis has spasticity, and cannabis takes away her pain while still allowing her to function. She bought $150 of marijuana Wednesday – three containers each holding 2.83g of dried flowers.

Ohio law doesn’t allow smoking but plant material can be sold for vaporization.

Alex Griffith, 30, was the second patient at CY+. Griffith drove five hours from his home in Delhi Township in Southwest Ohio to Wintersville on Tuesday so he could be among the first to buy legal marijuana. Griffith, a Marine veteran who suffers from PTSD, left the dispensary with a smile and a sense of relief. He often goes days without sleep, and he was looking forward to finally getting a good night’s rest.

“Now that I have medical cannabis I can start living my life and get that quality of

Article source: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/01/16/medical-marijuana-sales-begin-ohio/2583013002/