Stringent medical marijuana rules proposed in AZ
PHOENIX -- Arizona regulators have posted preliminary rules for users and sellers of medical marijuana intended to make sure only those who truly need pot can get it.
Department of Health Services Director Will Humble said Friday his goal is to avoid practices in other states with less stringent rules.
The rules come more than a month after Arizona voters approved medical marijuana.
Patients seeking pot would need a recommendation from a doctor licensed in Arizona who has either been treating the person for a year or who takes primary responsibility for their care.
The preliminary rules are open to public comment. Final rules will be released March 28, and patients can begin applying for marijuana cards in April.
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MarijuanaDoctors.com Announces Innovative New Features for the Medical Marijuana Industry
MarijuanaDoctors.com-the medical marijuana industry's first online search and booking platform for medical marijuana evaluations-today announced the addition of innovative new features to its website. MarijuanaDoctors.com connects patients with the highest quality network of medical marijuana doctors in the industry, and now also offers new services that streamline and secure the process of gaining legal access to medical cannabis and help physicians expand their practices to serve this growing medical need.
Key New features of MarijuanaDoctors.com's Latest Release:
- Patient Pre-Qualification System: MarijuanaDoctors.com prequalifies patients based on the specific guidelines of each state prior to their marijuana evaluation appointments, ensuring that the doctors in its network only see patients that are qualified to become medical marijuana patients in that state.
- 24-Hour Patient Verification: MarijuanaDoctors.com now offers verification services round the clock to verify patients' status as a qualified and legal medical marijuana patient. This service is essential for patients and saves time and money for physicians by eliminating the need to hire their own staff to handle verifications of their patients' recommendations.
- See Your Own Doctor: MarijuanaDoctors.com now offers "do it yourself" packages that empower patients with the information and resources needed to obtain medical marijuana recommendations from their primary care physicians. These packages include the patient's prequalification data from the site's prequalification system, state-specific legal information for the physicians, a pre-filled stat-specific recommendation letter, and more.
- Recommendation Letter Generator: MarijaunaDoctors.com provides state-compliant, pre-filled recommendation letters for physicians to easily print and sign for each of their patients. This system is available in all twelve states where recommendation letter guidelines exist.
"Our goal has always been to legitimize the medical marijuana industry, and these new features and functionalities will help streamline the process for patients to get safe, legal access to the medicine they need," said Jason Draizin, CEO of MarijuanaDoctors.com. "Each medical marijuana state has set up a system for patients to qualify for cannabis, and we have developed services to simplify that process for physicians, which ultimately helps the patients and helps add a new revenue stream for professionals in the ever-diminishing medical industry."
MarijuanaDoctors.com offers monthly subscriptions to physicians that are looking to expand their practices into the promising medical marijuana industry. Thousands of patients in every medical marijuana state turn to MarijuanaDoctors.com every month for quality physicians who recommend medical cannabis to their patients. The company holds high standards for the doctors allowed to join the site, and individually verifies each medical marijuana clinic and physician in its network.
Medical Marijuana rules Are Too Strict
The Legislature defied Gov. Chris Christie’s latest compromise on New Jersey’s medical marijuana law today, voting to repeal the governor’s rules and requiring the administration to rewrite the regulations. The Senate voted, 22-16, to send the state health department back to the drawing board, giving the Christie administration 30 days to rewrite the rules that now would limit the potency of the drug that could be sold.
Hours after the vote on Sen. Nicholas Scutari’s resolution, the Union County Democrat introduced a new measure demanding the Attorney General rewrite its rules regarding physicians who prescribe marijuana to their patients. The Attorney General’s rules are so strict, Scutari said, that they would discourage many doctors from participating, a possibility he called "chilling." Scutari then called upon the Christie administration to work toward "a real compromise so people who want to be in the business, and sick people who desperately need this medicine can get together in a way that is legal and viable.’’
Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the governor, called Scutari’s "transparent maneuvering pure and simple politics.’’ "It is truly unfortunate that the senator will now further delay providing patients in need with the critical relief already achieved by Governor Christie and Assemblyman (Reed) Gusciora’s bipartisan solution,’’ Drewniak said. "Senator Scutari’s current objections were not even addressed in the original bill" he sponsored.
Medical Marijuana A New Challenge For Schools
Now that Arizona has become the 15th state to approve the use of medical marijuana, Valley school leaders say it will likely fall in the prescription-drug category, and any abuses will be handled the same as other prescription medications. Some districts are talking with California schools to see how they have handled the issue. It was the first state to approve a medical-marijuana law, in 1996.
Medical marijuana will be yet another challenge to schools as they urge students to stay away from drugs, especially since prescription-drug abuse is most common among young people. "We will continue to work with students to understand it's not healthy and not a good lifestyle choice and here's why," said Lorah Neville, director of curriculum for the Chandler Unified School District. "Just because you can get a prescription for something doesn't mean it's safe."
In the Phoenix Union High School District, spokesman Craig Pletenik doesn't foresee any changes in curriculum because medical marijuana is still a drug, prescription or not. Proposition 203, approved by voters last month, prohibits possession and use of medical marijuana on a school bus or school grounds.
Judge Issues Injunction Against L.A.'s Medical Marijuana Law
A judge handed Los Angeles a setback in its faltering drive to limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries, granting a preliminary injunction on Friday that bars the city from enforcing key provisions in its controversial six-month-old ordinance.
The decision, issued by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mohr, leaves the city with limited power to control pot stores, which opened by the hundreds, angering neighborhood activists when city officials failed to enforce a 2007 moratorium.
Near the end of his 40-page ruling, Mohr acknowledged "there is a good chance that a large number of collectives could open once this injunction takes effect," but said his order was warranted because the dispensaries that sued the city are highly likely to prevail in a trial.
The City Council first discussed regulating dispensaries 5 1/2 years ago. At the time, the Los Angeles Police Departmentcould find just four of them. It was five years before the city's ordinance, one of the most complex and convoluted in the state, took effect.
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