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Medical marijuana dispensaries, full legalization pondered by Michigan lawmakers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

LANSING, MI — An evolving bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan could also provide a regulatory framework for full legalization of the drug, according to the sponsor.

State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, has been working on medical marijuana dispensary legislation for several years — a version passed the Michigan House by a wide margin in late 2013 before stalling in the Senate — but recent discussions have led to major changes in the bill.

"I think we've gotten more buy-in from the police groups, because it looks like we need some regulation of marijuana in place before a possible legalization referendum," Callton said, referencing active petition drives seeking to put legalization proposals before voters in 2016.

"If we don't have anything in place, and suddenly it's legal, it's going to be the wild wild west. It's going to be hard to shove Pandora back in the box."

Read More:http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/07/marijuana_legalization_michiga.html


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In Major Shift, Israel Will Begin Selling Medical Marijuana at Pharmacies

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

Israel's Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman announced on Monday that medical marijuana will now be available at pharmacies with a prescription. 

According to the Times of Israel, cannabis will be prescribed and supervised liked narcotic medications—and the move will ease pressure on overcrowded dispensaries. 

“Today pharmacies give out all kind of drugs, including narcotics such as morphine, and it’s done in a perfectly orderly fashion," Litzman said. "So marijuana will be handled the same way. It will be prescribed and monitored by the same standards as other medications.”

In addition, the decision will allow more doctors to prescribe cannabis—a practice that had been reserved only for special Ministry of Health appointed physicians  and had been criticized for its bureaucratic obstacles. 

MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) thanked Litzman for his "revolutionary" decision. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/major-shift-israel-will-begin-selling-medical-marijuana-pharmacies


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Colorado legislators working to draft marijuana DUI bill

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER - Driving high and driving drunk carry the same charge in Colorado, and that's a problem for those who want to track the impact, if any, of legalized marijuana on the safety of the state's roads and highways.

It's impossible to break out state-wide statistics about the number of convictions for driving under the influence of marijuana or other drugs. The charges and convictions are all lumped together under the same impaired driving statute.

That's a problem, says Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, who will propose a bill in the 2016 legislative session to enable marijuana-related driving offenses to be tracked.

 

"The motivation is really to be able to have a real discussion with real numbers and real data," Keyser said. "If this is a problem we definitely need to address it, but right now we can't even say if it's a problem."

Read More:http://gazette.com/colorado-legislators-working-to-draft-marijuana-dui-bill/article/1556258


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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Round Table Open To The Public

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

pennsylvania john hanger marijuana governor candidateOn August 13, 2015, the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce will host an open round table regarding the possible legalization of medical cannabis in the state of Pennsylvania.

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, a Medical Cannabis Round Table will be held at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Ellwood City Municipal Building. The event, sponsored by the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce, will present viewpoints from both sides of the issues. The Chamber remains neutral on the topic, but is presenting the information so that individuals and businesses have a better understanding of the issues.

Lori Hilliard, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, explains, “We’ve been approached by various individuals and businesses who have had questions about the issue of medical cannabis and weren’t sure where to go to get accurate information. Earlier this year, Pennsylvania state senators approved State Senate Bill 3, which would legalize marijuana for medical applications. In fact, it passed with a 40-7 vote. It will soon go to the House for approval. There are strict limitations regarding how medical cannabis can be used and how it will be regulated, but many people aren’t sure of the details or how it will be monitored. In order to help people understand what’s happening and how it may affect them, we decided to host a round table.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-round-table-open-to-the-public/


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Bay Area Pot Company Sends Doctor To Your House

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

A Bay Area medical marijuana company is hoping to turn the industry on its head, by sending the doctor and the pot right to your doorstep.

"Meadow is medical marijuana on demand," said David Hua. His website, GetMeadow.com, is a one-stop shop for legal cannabis.

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, making the Golden State the first to allow medical use of marijuana. Since then, 22 more states, the District of Columbia and Guam have passed similar laws.

In August of 2013, the federal government relaxed drug enforcement in states where marijuana is regulated. The move opened the door for businesses like Meadow to operate legally.

Meadow's newest program is called Cannabis MD. They send a medical doctor to your door to talk about cannabis.

"Typically, I'll come in, introduce myself to the patient, we'll sit down and I'll talk to them quite a bit about what they are looking for relief from," said Dr. Dan Price.

Read More:http://abc7news.com/health/bay-area-pot-company-sends-doctor-to-your-house/876999/


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How ‘Medical’ Is Marijuana?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

It is becoming easier to get marijuana, legally. In the last 20 years or so, 23 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have passed laws that make it legal to use marijuana for medical treatments. So have some countries, like Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel and Spain.
 
Advocates believe that this has allowed many with intractable medical problems to receive a safe and effective therapy. Opponents argue that these benefits are overblown, and that advocates ignore the harms of marijuana. Mostly, opponents say that the real objective of medical marijuana is to make it easier for people to obtain it for recreational purposes.
 
Both sides have a point. Research exists, however, that can help clarify what we do and don’t know about medical marijuana.
 
A recent systematic review published in The Journal of the American Medical Association looked at all randomized controlled trials of cannabis or cannabinoids to treat medical conditions. They found 79 trials involving more than 6,400 participants. A lot of the trials did show some improvements in symptoms, but most of those did not achieve statistical significance. Some did, however.
 

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