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Maine lawmaker wants kids to have more access to medical marijuana

1/9/18--According to the Associated Press, Republican politician Deborah Sanderson has proposed a bill that would allow children to be prescribed medical marijuana. Sanderson’s perceived bill mentioned the child would need to have a strong relationship with the medical provider in order to receive the plant as treatment. The incumbent law permits the child’s  caregiver to possess and supervise the allocation of medicinal cannabis at the child’s school, provided that it remains in a non-smokable form. Read

Medical marijuana dispensary opens joint in Harvard Square

12/31/17--Healthy Pharms Inc., a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary, is the first medical marijuana dispensary ever to hit Harvard Square. The Cambridge location marks the second dispensary run by Healthy Pharms, a Georgetown, Mass.-based business that cultivates and processes its own marijuana. Read

Philly hospitals, medical schools jockey for marijuana partners

12/19/17--Six Pennsylvania medical schools have struck deals to partner with marijuana growers, according to industry insiders. Those include Drexel, Temple, and Thomas Jefferson Universities, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). The potential revenues, and opportunities for research, have spurred smaller schools and independent hospitals to jockey for arrangements of their own. Read

Helping settle the marijuana and alcohol debate

12/11/17--Data on purchases of alcoholic beverages in grocery, convenience, drug, or mass distribution stores in US counties for 2006-2015 was gathered to study the link between medical marijuana laws and alcohol consumption, in addition to focusing on settling the debate between the substitutability or complementarity between marijuana and alcohol. Read

Could Ohio, other states lose exemption from marijuana prosecution?

12/10/17--A little-known federal budget amendment that protects growers, processors, sellers, and the professionals who work with them might expire this year at the behest of the Trump administration. Now known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, the measure prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from enforcing federal law against medical marijuana in places where it's legal, as it's been in Ohio since last year. Read

Medical marijuana providers, patients raise concerns about proposed Montana regulations

12/1/17--More than 100 medical marijuana patients and providers from around Montana attended a public hearing on the proposed rules at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services offices to raise concerns about proposed new regulations for their industry. Many said the rules will put too great a burden on providers, especially those serving fewer patients. Read

Friday appears to be the day medical marijuana will go on sale in Maryland

12/2/17--Maryland’s medical marijuana is set to go on sale bringing relief to patients who have waited nearly five years for access to the drug — and have hundreds of dollars available to pay for it. Dispensaries were scheduled to receive the first pot shipment on Friday, and at least two out of 10 licensed stores planned to open their doors to patients later that day. They are Potomac Holistics in Rockville and Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Cumberland, near the Pennsylvania border. Read

Who won Ohio’s big medical marijuana grow licenses? 5 things to know

12/1/17--The last of Ohio's 24, highly sought-after medical marijuana cultivation licenses were awarded Thursday, ending months of anticipation but leaving many applicants and industry observers with more questions about the process. The Ohio Department of Commerce winnowed 185 applicants down to 24 winners -- 12 level I licenses for up to 25,000 square feet of grow space and 12 level II licenses for up to 3,000 square feet. Read

Hawaii medical school cannabis seminar includes doctor’s advice about who shouldn’t use MMJ

11/24/17--The medical school at the University of Hawaii held its first seminar on medical marijuana with a panel of doctors and lawyers discussing the drug and the regulations governing its use. At the recent event, the panel shared highlights of research on the topic to an audience of about 150 people consisting mostly of health professionals. Read

Does medical marijuana really work? The truth behind the buzz.

11/21/17--More research is needed to determine if medical marijuana really works. However, there is a possibility that more research may not provide all of the highly sought-after answers. Some—or maybe all—of the benefits found in randomized controlled trials of marijuana could be nothing more the product of expectations and the placebo effect. It may not work as well as studies suggest. In fact, it may not work at all. Read

Cuomo signs off on medical marijuana use for PTSD on Veterans Day

11/11/17--In honor of Veterans Day, Gov. Cuomo signed legislation allowing medicinal marijuana to be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. The bill allows military veterans, police officers, and firefighters, as well as survivors of domestic violence, access to the state’s burgeoning marijuana dispensary system. Read

State to move forward with new medical marijuana rules

10/24/17--After a yearlong delay, Governor Charlie Baker’s administration said it will move forward with a series of improvements to the state’s medical marijuana program, drawing praise from dispensaries and patients who said the changes are overdue. The new rules are meant to ease the regulatory burden on dispensaries and make it easier for patients to get access to medical marijuana. Read

Beavercreek Twp. OKs medical marijuana cultivation

11/6/17--Beavercreek Twp. Trustees approved growing and processing medical marijuana. Knox Medical has applied to the state for a level 1 cultivation facility. If Knox Medical’s license application is approved, they will be the only cultivation and processing facility in the township, as trustees have approved no more than one such facility to be built. Read

Here are the first 11 sites approved for growing medical marijuana

11/3/17--Ohio has chosen its first 11 growers for its medical marijuana program. These companies will get provisional licenses but can't immediately begin growing marijuana. They must first get their businesses operational and have a state team visit their facilities. Read

More than 2,000 people sign up for Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program in the first week

11/3/17--The Pennsylvania Department of Health says more than 2,000 people signed up for the state's new medical marijuana program just days after launching. A health department spokesman said that the registrations include patients and caregivers. Qualifying conditions include AIDS, autism, cancer, chronic pain, and Crohn's disease. Read

Marijuana farms approved for Akron and Canton

11/4/17--The state of Ohio has approved two small-scale marijuana farms in Akron: Galenas LLC and Fire Rock Ltd. The companies were the first in line to apply under the city’s new regulatory rules for the budding medical marijuana business. Elsewhere in Northeast Ohio, the Ohio Department of Commerce approved future grow sites in Ravenna, Canton, and Oberlin. Read

Oberlin chosen for marijuana cultivation site

11/3/17--A marijuana cultivator from Cleveland has been awarded a license to grow medical pot in Oberlin. In May, Oberlin Councilman Kelley Singleton, who is very excited about the news, pushed the Council to pass a resolution supporting medical marijuana businesses in the city’s industrial park, the zoning of which is compatible with the cultivation, testing, and processing of marijuana. Read

Men bombard Pennsylvania gynecologist for medical marijuana

11/3/17--Dr. Liang Bartkowiak, a Pennsylvania gynecologist, says she has been inundated with calls from men trying to set up appointments after hearing she was permitted to prescribe medical marijuana. Based on the calls she's been getting, Bartkowiak said she thinks many people misunderstand what the law allows. Read

Laid-back Hawaii’s strict approach to marijuana

11/3/17--After 16 years, medical cannabis patients in the state can finally buy pot from dispensaries. But there’s a lot of fine print. The litany of restrictions might seem odd for a state that’s solidly Democratic and is known—or at least stereotyped—as being easygoing and fun. As more and more states legalize marijuana, Hawaii’s cautious attitude shows just how much the definitions of “legal” can vary. Read

This is where Southwest Ohio’s only pot farm will be

11/3/17--Ohio officials released a list of cultivators who received a license to grow medical marijuana, and the only place in Greater Cincinnati that made the cut is in Monroe. Hemma LLC will be located on Edison Drive near Rivertown Brewery & Barrell House in the Butler County city, according to documents filed with the state. Up to a dozen larger grow sites are expected to be announced later this month. Read

Medical use of cannabis officially legal in Poland

11/2/17--Under the new regulations, cannabis from imported plants can be used to make prescription drugs at Polish pharmacies. This kind of medicine will, however, have to be first registered with the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products. The Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber said that pharmacists are ready to make cannabis-based prescription drugs, and they will also have access to special courses if they require further training. Read

Senate proposal would allow smoking medical marijuana

11/2/17--Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, filed the bill (SB 726) for consideration during the 2018 legislative session, which starts in January. Lawmakers in June passed a measure to carry out a November 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. The measure bars smoking marijuana while allowing patients to use cannabis through other means, including vamping. Read

Pennsylvania launches medical marijuana patient registry

11/2/17--Pennsylvania launches medical marijuana patient registry with an easy sign-up process, but patients will still have to wait six months for their medicine. The launch of the patient registry is part of the state’s steady implementation of the 2016 law. Read

Arkansas marijuana regulators face lawsuits over biz license rejections

10/31/17--Applicants seeking to open medical marijuana businesses in Arkansas are suing the commission overseeing the proposals. The lawsuits were filed last week and placed under seal in Pulaski County. They allege the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission wrongly assessed hundreds of applications last month when it rejected bids for failing to meet minimum requirements. Read

Michigan welcomes mega medical pot growers, but Legislature wants more limits

10/30/17--While the state of MIchigan has given the green light to mega growers of medical marijuana, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers wants to put the brakes on big grow operations. A bill introduced last week would limit growers to only two licenses at a single medical marijuana facility and only allow one grower to operate a facility. Read

University of Pittsburgh researchers hope to participate in medical marijuana clinical research studies

10/23/17--Pennsylvania is angling to become a national leader in medical marijuana research in conjunction with offering treatment to patients in need. Some patients will be asked to participate in clinical trials once Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program becomes fully operational, and there's also a good chance the University of Pittsburgh will conduct some of the research. Read

State collects about $380,000 from medical marijuana tax

10/21/17--State leaders say they have collected about $380,000 in the first three months of a new tax on medical marijuana providers. The new tax took effect July 1 as part of Senate Bill 333, a major medical marijuana reform state lawmakers approved earlier this year. The money raised will be used to operate a marijuana tracking system and other new regulatory programs for the industry. The tax will drop from 4% on all providers’ gross sales to 2% on July 1, 2018. Read

Peru passes bill to legalize medical marijuana

10/20/17--President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski proposed a new measure to legalize medical marijuana in Peru. The bill was passed with a 68-5 vote in favor of allowing cannabis oil, not flowers, to be grown and distributed for medical purposes. Ruling party lawmaker Alberto Belaunde said that the regulations would be written within 60 days. The new rules will establish how cannabis oil should be produced and commercialized. Read

Two companies will pitch efforts to sell medical marijuana in Youngstown

10/14/17--Holistic Health Partners LLC and another unnamed company are seeking licenses to sell medical marijuana in Youngstown, Ohio. The decision will ultimately be made by state officials. The law permits 12 Level 1 growers statewide for up to 25,000 square feet of growing space with a potential expansion up to 75,000 square feet, and 12 Level 2 growers in Ohio to cultivate up to 3,000 square feet. Read

Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana industry takes a hit from hurricane

10/14/17--Puerto Rico’s fledgling legal marijuana industry is struggling to recover as the devastation delivered by Hurricane Maria may have crippled what could have been a potential economic savior for an island $74 billion in debt. Yet, despite millions of dollars in damage, the island’s medical marijuana companies are starting to make a comeback; 20 of 29 medical marijuana dispensaries have reopened. In the first two weeks after the storm, only four dispensaries could fill prescriptions. Read

Florida health clinics not signing up to approve medical cannabis

10/13/17--More than 1,000 doctors are qualified to treat patients with marijuana, according to the latest figures from the Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use. However, while the number of Polk County doctors qualified to treat with marijuana is slowly rising, the county’s largest medical centers seem to be opting out. According to Renee Petro, co-founder of CannaMoms, the shortage of doctors eligible to recommend marijuana statewide allows some doctors to charge unreasonable fees to patients. Read

How a 12-year-old girl could help end weed prohibition in America

10/10/17--Twelve-year-old Alexis Bortell uses a cannabis oil called Haleigh's Hope to prevent life-threatening epileptic seizures. Wise and articulate beyond her years, Bortell is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the federal government, and her attorneys argue that the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which classifies cannabis as illegal, infringes upon various constitutional rights. Read

Lawsuit targets medical marijuana expansion

9/21/17--Three companies that got state approval last month to produce medical marijuana in Orange and Ulster counties face a legal hurdle as they develop their plans: a lawsuit by five existing medical-marijuana businesses that aims to stop the expansion of their fledgling industry. Read

State moves toward more medical marijuana licenses

9/20/17--State health officials have issued an emergency rule outlining the application process for new medical-marijuana vendors seeking to receive licenses in two weeks. The new rule, effective immediately, outsources the evaluation of the applications to “subject matter experts,” requires “blind testing” of the applications, and includes a detailed application form — all departures from the Department of Health's previous medical-marijuana regulations that spawned a series of legal and administrative challenges. Read

How long will it take Pa. to respond to medical marijuana request? Years, state says

9/20/17--Pennsylvania took about three months to process, review, and award medical marijuana permits earlier this year. However, in a legal filing, the Department of Health requested two years to review the records again and respond to PennLive's public records appeal seeking unredacted copies of several of the most heavily redacted applications. According to the department, the initial review "took far less time because there was more staff involved in the reviews and the information reviewed was only that not already redacted by the applicants." Read

All-in-one medical marijuana facilities to be allowed under new rules

9/21/17--A new medical marijuana facility licensed by the state will be able to grow, process, and sell medical marijuana at the same location, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced. The legislature last year passed legislation to legalize and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, but left some particulars up to the departmental rulemaking process. Read

Tight deadline, flood plain pose problems for marijuana dispensary

9/18/17--Bay LLC, operating as Cure PA, plans to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the Fort Washington Office Park. However, a main concern is that the property sits in the floodplain conservation district and would need zoning relief. At the street, the property is 9 feet under water, but it slopes up to 4.5 feet under water in the back. The existing structure, which sits at the rear of the property, will be renovated and raised 4.5 feet. Although this is a major undertaking, significant improvements would be made to the street front, including hardscaping and benches. Read

University of Maryland pharmacy school cancels plans to train medical marijuana workers

9/18/17--After consulting with the Maryland attorney general’s office, the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy canceled plans to offer training for those who work in the medical marijuana industry amid legal concerns. The classes, initially scheduled to start in August, offered basic and advanced certifications in areas including cultivation, manufacturing, dispensing, laboratory standards, and assessment. It’s unclear whether the courses might be offered in the future. Read

High number of applications for Arkansas medical marijuana

9/18/17--Would-be growers and distributors of Arkansas' initial medical marijuana crop have flooded a state office building to submit applications. Agency spokesman Scott Hardin said that before noon, the office had distributed paperwork to more than 100 groups or individuals. A state commission will review applications after the names of companies and individuals have been removed, then select five growers and 32 distribution sites. Read

This country is tapping into the lucrative marijuana industry that could make Africa rich

9/18/17--Lesotho has become the first African country to grant a license for medicinal marijuana. The country’s decision to view marijuana as a source of national revenue rather than petty crime marks a shift in a region where marijuana is widely used and regularly exported across borders. The first of its kind, it’s unclear how many ordinary people could benefit from the legally manufacturing project, but it could become a model for the rest of the continent to tap into the lucrative global marijuana industry. Read

Federal drug agency asks R.I. for medical marijuana patient data

9/15/17--The National Marijuana Initiative, an arm of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which reports to the White House, contacted the Rhode Island Department of Health seeking data from 2012 to 2016 on the number of patients in the program, as well as patients' age, gender, and a breakdown of the medical conditions under which they qualified. The move has alarmed some who question why the federal government, which has at times appeared to be antagonistic towards the drug, is interested in the information. Read

Legal pot in Mexico: Everything you need to know

9/14/17--This summer, Mexico legalized medical marijuana, or more specifically, "pharmacological derivatives of cannabis" to be regulated and studied by the Ministry of Health. In an article, Rolling Stone presents what you need to know about Mexico's marijuana program, and where it might go from here. Read

Glitches threaten to slow down Pa.’s medical marijuana process

9/14/17--Roughly six months from a projected rollout, Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program continues to negotiate glitches and snags that threaten to slow down the potential for thousands of patients to secure long-awaited medications. In the latest set back, the state's Office of Open Records reprimanded the Department of Health for failing to do its job. Open Records said the department failed to "act in good faith" in its handling of the application procedure, which resulted in large portions of applications being redacted, seemingly arbitrarily. Read

Ohio medical marijuana program faces much work with one year to go

9/8/17--In exactly one year, Ohioans with qualifying health conditions are, by law, supposed to be able to buy medical marijuana. However, the 24 growers won’t be picked until November, and there is much work to be done by the one-year deadline, including building secure indoor growing facilities; growing and harvesting marijuana crops (which takes 13 to 14 weeks); processing marijuana into approved products; testing products for purity, quality and content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); distribution to dispensaries; and then sale to customers. Read

Suit to halt Pa. marijuana program may cause ‘pain, agony, & death’

9/11/17--If Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is delayed, “people will be forced to needlessly endure excruciating pain, agony, and, in some cases, death,” according to State Sen. Daylin Leach, prime sponsor of the 2016 law legalizing medical cannabis in the state. Leach (D., Montgomery) pleaded with an aspiring medical marijuana grower to back down from a lawsuit that could potentially shut down the program before it even launches. Read

Strip club nets San Bernardino’s first cannabis dispensary permit

9/7/17--More than nine months after residents voted to allow medical cannabis businesses in town, city officials have approved a dispensary permit for the location now occupied by Flesh Showgirls, owned by Randy Welty, who’s been involved in marijuana dispensaries and legalization initiatives throughout Southern California for years. This permit, however, has since been appealed, according to city spokeswoman Monica Lagos. Read

Hocking College to put in bid to become Ohio pot research facility

9/6/17--Hocking College is expected to apply to become a research facility and testing laboratory for medicinal cannabis in Ohio. Hocking is also developing an entirely new curriculum and degree specialization in laboratory science, Hocking President Betty Young announced. One new major that will be offered by the college, in cannabis lab technology, will be the first of its kind in the country. Read

Department of Health ordered to release information about medical marijuana panel

9/1/17--The Pennsylvania Department of Health so far has chosen to conceal the identities of members of the review panel that scored the first round of applications for medical marijuana grower/processor and dispensary permits earlier this year. But, the agency that administers the state Right-to-Know Law ordered the health department to disclose the names, job titles, and employers of the panel members to a PennLive.com reporter who requested the information in May. It’s the first notable rejection of numerous actions the department took to obscure the medical marijuana permitting process. Read

Ohio changes medical marijuana dispensary distribution: Lake, Geauga and Portage counties

9/1/17--Lake, Geauga, and Portage counties will have two medical marijuana dispensaries among them, according to updated maps released by the Ohio Pharmacy Board. Meantime, Ashtabula, Trumbull, and Mahoning counties - which were proposed to have three dispensaries - will now have two. The changes came after the Pharmacy Board considered public feedback on its plan, said board spokesman Cameron McNamee. The Northeast Ohio changes were the only ones to the dispensary plan, which allows for 60 stores across the state. Read

Benton doctor starts growing medical marijuana practice

8/29/17--While many at clinics in central Arkansas are still weighing the pros and cons of medical marijuana, Dr. Roger Tilley of Benton has jumped in and says he's never turning back. Dr. Tilley has run Saline Medical Group since 1980. In the month that he's been writing the certifications, Dr. Tilley has seen more than ten patients, young and old, with qualifying conditions ranging from arthritis to intractable or incurable pain to PTSD. Patients bring Dr. Tilley medical records from their primary care physicians and $250 in cash. If everything checks out, he gives them his signature. Read

American Legion adopts resolution supporting medical marijuana

8/24/17--The American Legion adopted a resolution urging the federal government to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, adding to the group’s efforts to get cannabis in the hands of veterans it could help. The resolution was authored by American Legion member Rob Ryan who said he’s heard from veterans “over and over and over again” who use marijuana as an alternative to addictive opioids. Read

Vacaville moves forward with marijuana regulations

8/23/17--After hearing a small group of speakers for and against marijuana, Vacaville city council members expressed ideas for what they want to see in marijuana-related land-use ordinances and regulations. The council told staff to come forward with a new moratorium on marijuana sales or cultivation in town as quickly as possible to give city staff time to research and come up with marijuana regulations later this fall. Read

Medical marijuana growers, more sought for state work groups

8/23/17--The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation is forming five stakeholder work groups to provide policy suggestions on a new law that will license medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan. A series of medical marijuana changes passed into law last year aimed to clear up legal gray areas within the original law, which voters initiated in 2008. Part of the package specifically authorized medical marijuana dispensaries. Read

Proposal would shut down all medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan

8/23/17--A proposal by a member of the state's Medical Marijuana Licensing Board has dispensary owners worried about their ability to get a license. Board member and retired Michigan State Police Sergeant Don Bailey said dispensaries should close their doors until the state makes license applications available. Bailey's proposal could not force dispensaries to close, but if they don't it would prevent them from getting a license this winter. Read

Marijuana question to be on Fort Collins ballot

8/23/17--Fort Collins voters will once again make a call regarding marijuana. The City Council agreed to place a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot that, if approved, would allow the council to change the city’s regulations on medical marijuana without seeking voter approval. City officials said the change is needed to help Fort Collins keep pace with regulatory changes at the state level. Under current city code, voters must approve changes in medical marijuana regulations. Read

Can medical marijuana revive Israel’s kibbutz movement?

8/16/17--As the business manager of Kibbutz Elifaz, Eilon Bdila is a big believer in the herb, although he has no personal interest in marijuana. Bdil sees medical marijuana as a unique opportunity to revive his remote Negev community. Elifaz is one of dozens of kibbutzim – and hundreds of local companies — seeking to join Israel’s new medical marijuana industry. After decades of stagnation, the collectives are betting that the move can revitalize their finances and even their way of life. Read

How a 13-year-old girl may have inspired Pennsylvania to legalize medical pot

8/16/17--Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that allows medical marijuana use, and Pastor Shawn Berkebile of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Abbotstown, Pa., believes that the story of Annie Sharrer, who suffered from epileptic seizures beginning at the age of 9, played a role in passing medical marijuana legislation in the state. Today, Berkebile says Annie, now 13, has controlled seizures, an improvement from what she used to experience. The use of medical marijuana remains controversial, but Berkebile hopes Annie's story can shine a light on a potential benefit of its use. Read  

Montana has nearly 18K medical marijuana patients

8/11/17--Montana has registered 10,000 medical marijuana patients since voters approved a ballot initiative that repealed a law that limited each provider to three patients. The state has added an average of 1,300 registered patients each month so far this year, and the Department of Public Health and Human Services now has more than 17,800 patients registered. Read

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association launches

8/10/17--A coalition of leaders in health care, agricultural, and legal sectors forms the basis of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association, which will be overseen by a seven-member board of directors, according to a news release. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association will be the voice for medical marijuana cultivators, distributors, and businesses that serve the industry in the state. Read

State gauging interest in medical marijuana lab testing

8/9/17--North Dakota health officials are gauging interest among laboratories in the state in testing medical marijuana. The Health Department earlier this summer sought letters of intent from groups and businesses interested in producing or dispensing medical marijuana and it received nearly 100 responses. Health officials hope medical marijuana can be available to patients by late spring or early summer next year. Read