Gov. Christie: 'No crisis' because only one medical pot shop open
JERSEY CITY — Gov. Chris Christie said the slow progress of the medical marijuana program in New Jersey, where hundreds of people are waiting to obtain the drug from the state's lone supplier, is not a "crisis."
The Star-Ledger reported today that two years after the Department of Health awarded six nonprofits to grow and sell medical marijuana, only Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair is operating, and its owners said they are not prepared to serve patients from across the state. The five other nonprofits have encountered difficulty finding communities willing to host them, and completing the state's lengthy vetting process.
Christie said the vetting process is tough for a reason.
"You look at what's going on across the country," Christie said, talking about lax enforcement of other medical marijuana programs. "Not going to happen in New Jersey. If they have to go through more regulatory hoops to make sure only the truly sick and suffering get this, then that is what we are going to do."
The nonprofits have struggled to find communities willing to host them. Some have described the state's vetting process as arduous and confusing.
"We will approve new dispensaries as they meet the requirements under the regulations. (Health) Commissioner (Mary) O'Dowd is working hard to get them through the regulatory requirements," Christie told reporters at a press conference in Jersey City.
Christie also took aim against Greenleaf, which has served 114 patients at least once since opening Dec. 6. The remaining 562 registered patients face a two month-long wait before they get their turn.
Read more: http://www.nj.com
Sunset Beach Cannabis dispensary closes for license talks
HUNTINGTON BEACH – The first medical marijuana dispensary to open its doors in Sunset Beach for two years closed Sunday so owners can meet with Huntington Beach officials about acquiring a business license, an owner said.
The dispensary, called Patient Med-Aid after the cooperative that founded it, had been operating without a license since it opened Feb. 4 at a storefront on Pacific Coast Highway near Warner Avenue.
Dispensaries in Sunset Beach had previously been closed by Orange County in January 2011 ahead of the community's annexation by Huntington Beach, which doesn't offer licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries.
But Patient Med-Aid co-owner Marla James said city officials seemed open to discussing that stance in talks that started Friday.
"Even just one dispensary in this area would be very helpful. That's something that's important, and the fact that we are working with the city will help," said James, a medical marijuana user confined to a wheelchair after losing a leg to diabetes.
Read more: http://www.ocregister.com
House Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
The Michigan House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries. The Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center Regulation Act comes on the heels of a Michigan Supreme Court decision that ruled that the transfer of medical marijuana between patients that takes place in dispensaries is not included in the original Michigan Medical Marijuana Act passed in 2008.
Mike Callton (R-Nashville) said dispensaries are necessary in order for patients to have safe access to medicine.
Read more: http://www.pressandguide.com
Spokane puts hold on medical marijuana businesses
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, February, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane City Council approved a six-month moratorium Monday night on new medical marijuana dispensaries.
Councilman Jon Snyder said, "We need a timeout" to consider how new state rules for recreational marijuana sales will affect the medical marijuana business.
The action freezes the number of medical marijuana businesses in Spokane at about a dozen.
Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com
Medical marijuana dispensary is giving away free joints as part of food drive
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, February, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
JACKSON, MI – A medical-marijuana dispensary in Blackman Township is giving away one free joint for every two food items donated for its food drive.
Canna Care, 2000 W. Ganson St., is currently hosting the food drive and plans to donated the collected food to the Salvation Army and Jackson Interfaith Shelter.
Medical marijuana patients will receive a free pre-rolled marijuana joint for every two non-perishable food items they bring into the business.
Read more: http://www.mlive.com
Michigan state rep to introduce bill allowing medical marijuana distribution
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, February, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Here is some hope for Michigan Medical Marjuana patients in need of their meds.
Operators of Michigan's medical marijuana distribution facilities are hiding behind steel doors with peepholes and growing warier than ever of strangers after a state Supreme Court ruling this month turned them into outlaws.
That's the word from marijuana users, cannabis lawyers and operators of facilities called dispensaries and compassion clubs.
"Nobody I know in this state is advertising this service anymore -- it's all going to be word-of-mouth from now on," said Holice Wood, owner of a compassion club where medical marijuana users come to use the drug.
But a bill expected to be introduced Tuesday in Lansing could change how they operate.
State Rep. Mike Callton, a Republican from Nashville in southwest Michigan, is sponsoring a bill that would leave it up to local officials or residents to decide if they want their community to allow dispensaries and clubs -- the terms widely used in other states for shops that distribute medical marijuana.
Read more: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com
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