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Category: Tokers | Posted on Thu, June, 25th 2015 by THCFinder


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At Salem medical marijuana dispensary, a sense of relief

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

SALEM — It was 40 minutes past 10 a.m., and already roughly two dozen patients waited in line. They had come for the start of business Wednesday at Alternative Therapies Group, the first dispensary to sell marijuana for medical use in Massachusetts. Patient number one was a gray-haired man with a walker.

Access to the dispensary is by appointment only. A police officer stood by the entrance to the old brick factory building, and a private security guard checked off patients’ names from a clipboard as they waited under crystal blue skies.

Voters in November 2012 overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in a statewide ballot initiative. But the awarding of dispensary licenses quickly became mired in controversy under the administration of Governor Deval Patrick, with questions about conflicts of interest and political favoritism. The system, stalled for months as patients grew increasingly frustrated, was recently revamped and streamlined by Governor Charlie Baker’s administration.

Now, nearly three years after the vote, medical marijuana is legally available to the 18,000 people who, according to state records, have the required physician certifications.

Read More:https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/06/24/patients-line-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens/ocV8KMa9oVpYNvAhZwhqWJ/story.html


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Vancouver Becomes First Canadian City To Approve Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

vancouver bc medical marijuanaMedical marijuana dispensaries are technically illegal in Canada according to the federal government there, but that hasn’t stopped medical marijuana dispensaries from popping up all over Vancouver. I saw something similar happen throughout Oregon prior to the Oregon Legislature passing a bill to license and regulate them. Medical marijuana dispensaries are not going away in Canada, which is something that the Vancouver Council realized when it approved a measure today that would license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver. Per theMontreal Gazette:

Vancouver council Wednesday passed rules regulating marijuana pot shops, instituting high licence fees and rules around where the shops can be located.

Struggling to balance the fact that marijuana is illegal in Canada while Vancouver has witnessed an explosion of at least 100 “medical marijuana” shops, a divided council approved rules to license the shops, under strict conditions.

In passing the rules, however, they amended the regulations to give compassion clubs a major break in licence fees, dropping it to $1,000 a year from $30,000 for all others.

Underpinning the city council’s decision to regulate pot shops is the argument that the city is not trying to legalize marijuana, but rather regulate businesses operating in Vancouver. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/vancouver-becomes-first-canadian-city-to-approve-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/


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New York State to Require Strict Dosing Rules for Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, June, 25th 2015 by THCFinder

When New York State releases the five much-coveted licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana next month, a series of strict requirements on dosing will be part of the package, unlike the majority of states with legal medical cannabis.

“We’ve had legal cannabis for over 17 years in California, and we have zero usable clinical data, because it’s got to be pegged to a dose,” Andrei Bogulubov, executive vice president of Long Island-based PalliaTech, told the New York Business Journal at last week’s Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in New York City.

PalliaTech seems to be prepared for New York’s strict rules with its patented PT 1000 medical device—a smokeless, single-dose delivery system, capable of metered dosing of plant and cannabinoid oils. The PT 1000, which cost $2 million to develop, is also designed to ensure the dose never combusts, a key factor for patients, Bogulubov explained.

“Doctors do not give you a bag of heart medicine in powdered form and say, ‘See how this works.’ They have to treat to the dose response curve,” Bogulubov said.

Bogulubov believes that dosage requirements could lead to a new era of marijuana big data that could change the way we think about cannabis.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-york-state-require-strict-dosing-rules-medical-marijuana


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