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FLORIDA’S FIRST MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY WILL OPEN NEXT WEEK

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 22nd 2016 by THCFinder

It has been two years since Florida Governor Rick Scott put his signature on a modest bill legalizing low-THC cannabis products for the state’s seriously ill patients, an act that spawned more trials and tribulations than productivity, causing many of the people who qualify for the program to abandon all hope. However, the wait for medicine is apparently over – the state’s first medical marijuana dispensary is scheduled to open next week.

On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Heath gave permission to Trulieve, the state’s chosen cannabis company of the north, to begin selling medical marijuana in its Tallahassee dispensary and making deliveries to patients all over Florida. The dispensary will reportedly provide those people who qualify for participation in the program with non-smokeable cannabis products ranging from capsules to vapor liquids.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/floridas-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-will-open-next-week/


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Reefer Madness! Medical Marijuana Is Already Saving $165M Per Year For Medicare

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

This news will give anti-marijuana crusaders fits.

 

A new study in the journalHealth Affairs looked in great detail at prescription drug usage in U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana. Researchers Ashley Bradford and David Bradford collected Medicare data for the period 2010-2013 to answer two questions: are patients choosing marijuana instead of prescription drugs for conditions that marijuana might treat, and what has been the overall effect on Medicare spending?

 

The bottom line: In 2013 alone, when 17 states had legalized medical marijuana, Medicare saved over $165 million. A simple extrapolation suggests that if all states legalize marijuana, annual savings could be triple that amount, $500 million. (Obviously this extrapolation is over-simplified: It depends on the actual populations of those 17 states, and it only considers Medicare. Commercial healthcare plans may save far more.)

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2016/07/18/reefer-madness-medical-marijuana-is-already-saving-165-million-in-medicare-costs/#5358a8f7eb6b


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Rescheduling Pot: Bad For the Nation’s Cannabis Industry, Good For The State of Illinois?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 19th 2016 by THCFinder

This article is written by Bob Morgan, health care Special Counsel at law firm Much Shelist. For more articles from Bob Morgan, visit www.muchshelist.com/attorney/bob-morgan.

By now you have all heard the rumors that the federal government may change cannabis from a Schedule I drug to Schedule II under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.

This would be the biggest thing to happen to Cannabis since Nixon decided he wanted a statement on marijuana that “just tears the ass out of them” 45 years ago.

There are hundreds of questions that will need to be answered if that decision occurs, as alluded to in this April DEA letter to the US Senate. But let’s focus on one question that could dramatically impact the Illinois medical cannabis program – what if cannabis can legally be transported across state lines?

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/rescheduling-pot-bad-for-the-nations-cannabis-industry-good-for-the-state-of-illinois/


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Senators Grassley and Feinstein Introduce Bill to Exempt Certain Medical Cannabis Patients From Federal Prosecution

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, July, 18th 2016 by THCFinder

Washington, D.C. – This past week, the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S. 3269) was introduced in the United States Senate, which would ease research barriers and create exemptions from federal law for certain medical cannabis patients. The bill was introduced by four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee – Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tom Tillis (R-NC). Much of the bill is focused on allowing for institutions of higher education or manufacturers to register with the federal government in order to conduct research on cannabis (marijuana) or cannabidiol (CBD), but it’s the “Safe Harbor” provision that is drawing the attention of medical cannabis patients.

The Safe Harbor provision would exempt pediatric patients with intractable epilepsy and their parents/legal guardians from the penalties of the Controlled Substances Act for the possession and pediatric use of CBD. Patients with conditions other than intractable epilepsy would be excluded, and no amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are permitted.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/senators-grassley-and-feinstein-introduce-bill-to-exempt-certain-medical-cannabis-patients-from-federal-prosecution/


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Arkansas Will Be Voting On Medical Marijuana This November

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, July, 17th 2016 by THCFinder

This week, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed that the measure, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, had submitted enough signatures from voters in the state to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

The measure would allow for medical cannabis to be produced, tested, and distributed to patients diagnosed by a physician. Qualifications for accessing a medical marijuana card is specified as a patient having one of over 50 qualifying conditions that can be bought at one of the 38 licensed nonprofit care centers. In order for patients to grow their own marijuana, they must receive a ‘hardship certificate’ that states they do not live a reasonable distance from one of the care centers.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/arkansas-will-be-voting-on-medical-marijuana-this-november/


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Law Enforcement Group Endorses California’s Proposal for Legalization

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, July, 15th 2016 by THCFinder

CALIFORNIA – The group, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) recently announced their endorsement of California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

The initiative will be on the ballot this November under Prop 64, and is set to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adults. Additionally, Prop 64 would increase privacy protections for medical marijuana patients who have required medical marijuana identification cards, allow courts to re-sentence many prisoners serving time for marijuana offenses, and re-designate or dismiss many marijuana offenses from the criminal records of those who have already served out their sentences. Tax revenue from marijuana sales would be allocated for bolstering communities that have been disparately impacted by the War on Drugs, most notably communities of color. Tax revenues would also be given to law enforcement agencies to improve detection of impaired drivers.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/law-enforcement-group-endorses-californias-proposal-for-legalization/


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