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Prescott Valley Commission To Discuss Medical Marijuana
The Prescott Valley Planning and Zoning Commission will re-discuss zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation when the panel meets Monday evening. The Community Development Department has revised a draft ordinance as a response to comments and statements made at the December 13th study session. The staff will prepare the ordinance due to the statewide approval of the proposition 203 which allows the use of medical marijuana. The ordinance is 7 pages long and proposes regulations and also calls for non-profit organistations to operate dispensaries.
The ordinance states that dispensaries must be located in commercial areas and must be at least 500 feet from each other as well as residential areas, schools, churches, parks and other public building and facilities. The ordinance will also limit the total area of the said dispensaries to no larger than 1,000 square feet and the dispensaries must be located within a permanent building. The ordinance would also allow infusion facilities which involves preparing marijuana for the use of cooking, blending and other means within the dispensary.
Marijuana cultivation facilities or in other words places to grow medical marijuana would be allowed in C-3 districts and inside dispensaries.The 500-foot distance requirements also would apply to cultivation facilities. Cultivation sites could cover a maximum of 3,000 square feet in floor space. The ordinance also contains provisions for caregivers to grow marijuana in C-3 districts. The Medical Marijuana Policy Project estimates 65,000 people in Arizona will be registered medical marijuana users by the end of this year. An estimation says that Prescott Valley would have as many as 835 registered users based on the town's population.
Mobile Medical Marijuana Dispensary Hits the Streets in San Francisco
Lifted Health and Wellness (aka Lifted420) is literally the buzz around San Francisco. The new company delivers a selection of high-quality, low-priced medical marijuana products to their patient-members' doors on environmentally friendly electric scooters.
"We offer one-hour delivery to member-patients' home, office, or other convenient location," said William, founder of Lifted Health and Wellness. "We offer at least ten different types of premium grade medicinal marijuana-and post daily specials on our website and Facebook that feature different combinations of cannabis varieties."
Lifted's delivery service was developed to address the needs of cancer patients, the elderly, people living with HIV or MS, and others who may have challenges getting around town; but William notes that most of Lifted's clients simply prefer the convenience and safety of home delivery.
"There have been incidents of people staking out San Francisco pot dispensaries and robbing patients as they leave," said William. "Delivery is a much safer option."
To ensure compliance with city and state laws, prospective members must produce proper documentation before they can become members: a current medical marijuana recommendation from a certified health professional and a current California State ID.
Lifted is also environmentally responsible. They cultivate the medicines they sell to ensure it is 100% organic, green, and grown in a sustainable manner. Factories that produce their indoor-grown varieties are powered from solar panels lining their roofs. Delivery by electric scooters also helps protect the environment.
About Lifted Health and Wellness
Lifted Health and Wellness is a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary committed to serving member-patients' needs with the highest level of compassion and professionalism. They provide the finest quality medicinal marijuana by cultivating the marijuana themselves and delivering it to their patient members within the hour.
San Francisco Medical Marijuana Doctor Offers Three Rules of Medical Cannabis Use
Greenway Medical Marijuana Physicians Evaluations' Medical Director, Dr. Arif Khan advises his patients to follow three rules in order to benefit from medical cannabis. Dr. Khan, a cannabis-knowledgeable physician, works with Greenway patients to find the right combination and method of medical marijuana use to address their specific symptoms.
"Cannabis is a complex medication with a spectrum of benefits, and safe therapeutic use requires selecting strains (Indica v. Sativa) and moderating dosage, depending on each patient's medical condition," said Khan.
Dr. Khan's Three Rules of Medical Cannabis Use are:
Rule #1: Question the Dispensary
Patients need to question their dispensary about the various types of medical marijuana and the elements of each strain. The characteristics of cannabis vary depending on where it was grown, and how it was grown (indoor or outdoor / in hydro, soil, or organic). The dispensaries should know the answers.
Rule #2: Make it Personal
Patients need to use the appropriate strain of cannabis for the medical condition. What friends or family are using may not be effective for the patient. For instance, Sativa is generally not a good choice for patients suffering from insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, or anxiety. For these conditions, Indica is typically a better choice.
If a patient is suffering from depression, Indica strains could potentially bring on more severe symptoms. Patients should discuss Indica-Sativa hybrids with Dr. Khan and their local dispensary provider.
Rule #3 Timing and Dosage
The type of cannabis patients need in the morning may be completely different from what they need in the evening. For instance, patients suffering from morning nausea, midday stress, or evening relaxation require different delivery methods and strains of medicinal marijuana.
Medical marijuana can be ingested, smoked, vaporized, drank, taken in a capsule, and applied topically as a salve or ointment. Patients suffering from localized pain may benefit more from applying cannabis salves and other topical treatments rather than ingesting or smoking cannabis.
For asthma sufferers, smoking is out of the question, so they should try taking their medication in the form of a drink, tea, tincture, or other edible form.
Illinois Legislature Shoots Down Medical Marijuana Bill
The Illinois House on Thursday narrowly voted down the authorization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill would have allowed people suffering from chronic pain or nausea caused by certain debilitating conditions to be prescribed a potent dose of cannabis to alleviate the symptoms. It fell four votes short of passage. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, pledged to continue pushing toward legalizing the illicit herb. "I am going to continue to press on, on this particular piece of legislation, or some version of it until I pass it," Lang said. "Next year, the year after, I’m a young man. I'll be here awhile."
For Jaime Clayton, a Grafton man who has coped with AIDS for 22 years, approval of the measure has been "a long time coming." He participated in a clinical trial of medical marijuana at the University of California San Francisco in 2002 and has been an advocate ever since. A study said trial participants enjoyed increased appetite and weight gain without weakening their immune systems. "A little bit of relief, a little bit of compassion … that's the selling point," Clayton said. The bill would have established a three-year pilot program for Illinois. Opponents say legalizing marijuana for medical purposes would send the wrong message to youth, potentially serving as a gateway drug.
Use Of Video In Medical Marijuana Exams Called Into Question
MISSOULA, Mont. -- A medical marijuana provider being criticized for using teleconference exams says it is following the law.
The Montana Board of Medical Examiners banned the use of video for medical marijuana exams in November, concluding that certification for marijuana use requires a full, in person assessment with a doctor.
Jean Branscum, The Executive Director of the Montana Board of Medical Examiners says the conclusion to limit video teleconferencing is a clarification of a decision in May to set certain standards of care for medical marijuana patients. "When it comes to a standard of care of physicians who are certifying individuals for medical marijuana, that requires a hands-on physical examination by a physician and they indicated that the exclusive use of teleconferencing methods to certify individuals does not meet this level of care."
News reports have surfaced that the Montana Caregivers Network in Missoula continues to use video exams.
A representative of the Montana Caregivers Network told NBC Montana tonight that its physicians only use teleconferencing for follow-up appointments, not for initially issuing a medical marijuana card. The network also says the follow-up video exams are necessary for patients living in rural areas.
Branscum says though physicians are expected to fulfill a standard of care they were trained with, there is no official position from the Montana Board of Medical Examiners on the use of video in follow-up appointments for medical marijuana patients.
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