R.I.'s second medical marijuana dispensary gets OK
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
PROVIDENCE — Now, there are two medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island.
On Wednesday afternoon, the state Department of Health announced that it has issued a registration certificate to Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Portsmouth, meaning that it has received the green light to sell marijuana to patients in the state medical marijuana program.
“We are thrilled to finally get it and the Department of Health has been a big help in the process,” said Seth Bock, co-owner of the dispensary.
Greenleaf becomes the second marijuana dispensary in the state. Last month, the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center, at 1 Corliss St., in Providence, got its registration certificate and opened for business on April 19.
Marijuana generally takes about 16 weeks to grow and harvest, so both dispensaries have bought marijuana from licensed caregivers and patients across the state. As of last week, there are 5,467 patients and 3,592 caregivers participating in the program.
Slater has about 850 registered patients, while Greenleaf hopes to have about 200 customers to start.
This week, Greenleaf has opened its doors at 1637 West Main Rd., from 2 to 6 p.m. each day, but they have not been permitted to sell marijuana to patients. Greenleaf’s building is just 2,800 square feet, about a fifth the size of the much larger Slater center.
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Group urges Portland to consider legalizing marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, May, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
PORTLAND, Maine (NECN) - Lead by the Portland Green Party, supporters of legalizing marijuana made their way into City Hall to hand in more than three thousand signatures.
Advocates say it's time to treat marijuana like alcohol. Regulate it, tax it, and make it legal. David Boyer, of the Marijuana Policy Project says "marijuana does not make someone a bad person, just as a glass of wine after work doesn't make someone a bad person."
Proponents say it's a waste of money and valuable police resources to go after marijuana users. They believe it fills jails with non violent offenders who end up with tainted public records that follow them for years.
Lawmakers in Augusta have been tackling a bill that would legalize marijuana statewide, but it was rejected in committee. It's unlikely it will pass the full legislature, so Portland residents will probably be the first to decide whether marijuana should be legal for adults
If it passes the ordinance would also present challenges to law enforcement since marijuana possession would still be against state and federal law. Supporters want that to change too, but believe Portland is a good place to start.
Most Docs OK With Medical Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
WEDNESDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Three-quarters of doctors who responded to a survey about medical marijuana said they would approve the use of the drug to help ease pain in an older woman with advanced breast cancer.
In a February issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors were presented with a case vignette, as well as arguments both for and against the use of medical marijuana. Doctors were then asked to decide whether or not they would approve such a prescription for this patient.
The results now appear in the May 30 edition of the journal.
Seventy-six percent of the 1,446 doctors who responded said they would give the woman a prescription for medical marijuana. Many cited the possibility of alleviating the woman's symptoms as a reason for approving the prescription.
"The point of the vignette was to illustrate the kinds of patients that show up on our doorstep who need help. This issue is not one you can ignore, and some states have already taken matters into their own hands," said Dr. J. Michael Bostwick, a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Bostwick wrote the "pro" side for the survey, but said he could've written the "con" side as well, because there are valid arguments on both sides of the issue.
"There are no 100 percents in medicine. There's a lot of anecdotal evidence that this is something we should study more. Forgive the pun, but there's probably some fire where there's smoke, and we should investigate the medicinal use of marijuana or its components," Bostwick said.
Marijuana comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It's a dry, shredded mix of the plant's leaves, flowers, stems and seeds. It can be smoked as a cigarette or in a pipe, or it can be added to certain foods, such as brownies.
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