Medical Marijuana

Ohio Veterans Consider Lawsuit For Medical Marijuana Discrimination

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 14th 2016 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaGov. John Kasich signed, House Bill 523- a plan to legalize medical cannabis, into law making Ohio the 25th state to approve its use.

Veterans across the state of Ohio are optimistic their state is well along their way to full cannabis legalization and the creation of a robust medical program, but there is more work to be done to ensure everyone has equal access under the law.

“The direct effect of passing this legislation is that thousands of Ohio veterans and disabled citizens still do not qualify for the required certification under the bill’s stringent medical condition process,” said Jake Cabrera Chief Organizer of Ohioans to End Prohibition (OTEP/Legalize2016) and the president of Central Ohio NORML,

“Many Ohioans feel like they are in a ‘hollow place,’ but recognize the war is not close to being over with the passage of this bill,” added Cabrera, who rallied thousands of veterans across Ohio to collect signatures for the bill.

As a result of the whirlwind, petition, approval & passage of the Ohio legislation, the medical cannabis community still has work to do to prevent looming medical ethics violations. Not included within Ohio’s newest legislation are true protections for medical patients, such as veterans, who consume cannabis. Employers, including the Ohio government, can drug test & fire cannabis patients removing their ability to qualify for unemployment compensation.

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Colorado’s April 2016 Marijuana Sales Crushed Every Previous Month

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 13th 2016 by THCFinder
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Colorado cannabis dispensaries saw April retail sales surge 58 percent over April 2015 to reach $117 million according to Boulder-based BDS Analytics, a firm that tracks retail cannabis sales nationwide. That smashed the previous monthly record of $101 million set last December. The adult-use or “recreational” channel rose 81 percent to $77 million, while medical outlets climbed 28 percent to $41 million.

A massive snowstorm that dropped 1 to 4 feet of snow on the state April 15-18 failed to suppress Colorado consumers’ enthusiasm for 4/20. The week culminating in that iconic, unofficial pot holiday reached $34 million in retail sales, a 44 percent increase over the same period one year earlier. April 20 itself garnered $7.3 million, crushing the previous daily record of $6.1 million set on the tax holiday of September 16, 2015, and rising 53 percent over April 20, 2015.

Every significant category contributed to April’s robust growth, with retail dollars and units sold rising substantially across the industry. Edibles rose 83 percent over last April to $13 million, flower grew 38 percent to $67 million, and concentrates reached $27 million on a red-hot 133 percent growth. Concentrates’ share of dollars sold rose from 15 percent last April to 23 percent this April. All of that share was stolen from flower, which declined from 66 percent to 58 percent over the same period.

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Rhode Island: House Budget Would Significantly Change Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, June, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

rhode island medical marijuana dispensaryImportant news out of Rhode Island. See the legislative alert I received below:

In February, Gov. Gina Raimondo proposed an annual state budget that included several amendments to Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program, including hefty new fees that alarmed patient advocates. On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee approved a budget proposal with many of Gov. Raimondo’s medical marijuana amendments, but with far lower fees.

Major provisions of Article 14 Sub A include:

— Patients and caregivers who grow medical marijuana would be required to purchase $25 “tags” for each plant from the Department of Business Regulation. Low-income and disabled patients would be exempt from paying the fee but would still need to acquire tags.

— Patients would no longer need to designate compassion centers as “caregivers” and would be permitted to purchase medical marijuana from all compassion centers.

— Cooperative cultivations (when two or more cardholders grow together) would be required to obtain a license from the Department of Business Regulation. The department would also begin issuing licenses to large-scale cultivators that would sell medical marijuana to compassion centers.

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Marijuana Use May Be OK With Some Life Insurance Companies

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, June, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

If you smoke marijuana and you’re shopping for life insurance, chances are you can find a company that won’t penalize you for your habit, but you may have to weed out several insurers to find the best policy.

Eighty percent of the 148 underwriters who were surveyed by reinsurer Munich Re at the Association of Home Office Underwriters annual conference last year said their company factors marijuana use into its decisions on how to price policies and whether to offer coverage. Yet, of those, 29 percent classify marijuana users as nonsmokers, potentially allowing them to qualify for the best nonsmoker rates.

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NFL Player DeAndre Levy Speaks Out In Support Of Medical Marijuana Reform

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, June, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

deandre levy marijuanaNFL player Eugene Monroe, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, has been on a mission to change the NFL’s harmful policy on marijuana. I say it’s harmful because marijuana prohibition in the NFL is limiting the forms of treatment and medicines that players can use. Instead of being able to use medical marijuana, which is now legal in 25 states (many of which have an NFL team), players are pressured into using harmful painkillers that often lead to addiction, are harmful to a person’s body, and often times aren’t effective.

That’s not to say that if a player wants to avoid using medical marijuana, and prefers painkillers, that they can’t use them. I’m not advocating for allowing medical marijuana, but prohibiting other medicine in the process. What I’m saying, and what I hear Eugene Monroe saying, is that players should be able to choose for themselves. There should be no taboo when it comes to cannabis, and considering the promising research that is already out there, the NFL should be at the forefront of cannabis research to see how it can help players.

That message appears to resonate with at least one other current NFL player. DeAndre Levy, who plays for the Detroit Lions, had the following to say about medical marijuana research for NFL players, per Detroit Free Press:

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Minnesota: Do You Or Does Someone You Know Suffer From PTSD?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

PTSD is a brutal thing to deal with. Those that suffer should be allowed to use medical marijuana if it works for them. If you live in Minnesota, do your part and contact your elected officials and urge them to push for adding PTSD to the list of conditions that qualify for Minnesota’s medical marijuana program. See the legislative alert that I received below:

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a life-threatening illness that can cause anguish and biochemical changes in the brain. Sufferers have found that medical marijuana can alleviate the effects of this disorder and help patients lead healthier lives, yet Minnesota’s medical marijuana program does not include PTSD on the list of approved disorders. Luckily, the law established the floor and not the ceiling for the program, which is why right now the Department of Health is accepting petitions for additional conditions as well as for new delivery methods.

MPP is partnering up with local allies to submit petitions to add PTSD as a qualifying condition and marijuana flowers as a delivery method. We need patients who suffer from the disorder to get in touch with us and join our petition. We are also seeking doctors who have experience with PTSD or who would like their patients to be able to use marijuana in its natural form. If this sounds like your physician — or if you are a supportive physician — please connect with us and get involved. Petitions must be in by the end of July, so the clock is ticking!

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