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Medical Marijuana for Autism Is Denied In Michigan

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

safer michigan marijuanaThese tired eyes, which were filled with hope four short weeks ago, are now closing in disgust. The state of Michigan has denied allowing doctors to recommend marijuana for the treatment of autism.

On July 31, a panel of mostly doctors voted to add autism to the list of conditions qualifying one to use medical marijuana in Michigan. They weighed the evidence compiled by the petitioner Lisa Smith’s team and evaluated the character of the testimony they heard from parents of sick children and medical professionals.

They read peer-reviewed studies. National tests. Pages and pages of clinical notes from doctors who are currently using marijuana-derived medicines to treat children with autism. The panel, whose sole job is to decide which illnesses to add and which to deny, said add autism.

One administrator without any medical degree has decided they are wrong. Autism Denied.

Sorry, kids.

In a statement that was neither letter nor memorandum, newly appointed Director of the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Mike Zimmer, cited written concerns from medical doctors but ignored their actual vote. He cited specifics of the petition in his denial, like the use of the term “autism.”

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Pioneer Pot States Have Collected More Than $200 Million In Marijuana Taxes

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

The first two states to legalize recreational marijuana have collectively raked in at least $200 million in marijuana tax revenue, according to the latest tax data -- and they're putting those dollars to good use.

In Colorado, after about a year and a half of legal recreational marijuana sales, the state has collected more than $117 million in excise taxes from both the recreational and medical marijuana markets, according to the most recent data from the Colorado Department of Revenue. 

Washington state got a slower start. Its retail shops didn't begin selling recreational marijuana until July of last year, but they are keeping pace with Colorado's. About $83 million in excise taxes have already been collected in the year since sales first began, according to the most recent tax data from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

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Legal Medical Marijuana Is Finally Being Grown In Illinois

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 24th 2015 by THCFinder
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Illinois’ medical marijuana program has faced a lot of delays. Illinois’ medical marijuana program is also not that big. The last stat that I heard was that there are 2,800 or so medical marijuana patients in Illinois now. I think that number would have grown faster, but considering that there is literally no way to legally obtain medical marijuana right now in Illinois, I’d imagine a lot of people have just been waiting. Legal safe access is one step closer in Illinois, as it sounds like seven cultivators have been given the green light to start growing plants. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Illinois has given final permission so far to seven medical cannabis cultivation centers to begin growing MMJ, bringing the industry a big step closer to the start of sales.

The seven sites that have received the green light so far are PharmaCann, GTI, Nature’s Grace and Wellness, In Grown Farms, Ataraxia, and two by Ace, according to the Associated Press. The centers are spread all over the state, with only one near metro Chicago. The other six are scattered across more rural parts of Illinois.

Eleven more cultivation centers have received initial approval but haven’t yet gotten clearance to begin growing, the AP reported.

Now it’s time to see how many medical marijuana patients there will really be in Illinois when the dust settles. Patients who apply now and jump through all of the hoops will be able to make purchases at about the same time these cultivators are harvesting. There have been a lot of concerns about the low patient counts in Illinois, and rightfully so. If people think that business opportunities are bad, image how crappy things are for patients, especially those that don’t qualify under current rules which are very strict. Illinois’ medical marijuana program needs a lot of work. Contact your legislators and make them aware of that fact.

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Marijuana Commerce Blossoms, But Challenges Abound

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

As marijuana prohibition falls in one state after another, cannabis sales are shifting from street corners to storefronts as opportunists line up to cash in on what optimists say is the biggest investment opportunity since the dot-com boom of the turn of the century.

Investors of all varieties are starting to look at marijuana as less of a stoner's fad and more of a serious business venture. The industry totaled $2.66 billion in U.S. sales in 2014, up 74 percent from $1.53 billion the year before, according to the ArcView Group, a cannabis industry investment network.

Business insiders said they expect the market to expand to many times its present size as more states legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

Already the cannabis trade has not only brought in millions for dispensary owners and cultivators, it's also created a thriving ancillary market, driven job growth and boosted property values, marijuana advocates claim.

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First marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas area opening Monday

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, August, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

Fifteen years after medical marijuana was legalized in Nevada, Clark County’s first retail dispensary plans to open to the public Monday.


Euphoria Wellness, 7780 S. Jones Blvd., will begin selling to patients at 10 a.m. Monday. To help contend with expected high demand, only 250 people who have pre-registered will be allowed to buy marijuana and cannabis-infused products on each of the first two days.

On Wednesday, the dispensary will be open to any licensed cardholder, of which there are about 9,500 statewide. Medical marijuana cardholders from other states also will be able to shop at Nevada dispensaries.

Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana in 2000, but no system for distributing the drug through retail outlets was set up, meaning patients had to grow their own marijuana. In 2013, the Legislature approved new laws allowing for marijuana dispensaries, growing facilities and testing labs.

The opening of Euphoria Wellness has been two years in the making after repeated delays because of bureaucratic red tape and trouble acquiring cannabis to sell in the store.

The dispensary passed its inspections and initially wanted to open earlier this year, but a clash with county regulators over a plan to acquire its initial supply of marijuana from cardholders who had grown their own plants led to a deadlock that kept the store closed .


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When Will Medical Marijuana Be Available In New York?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, August, 20th 2015 by THCFinder
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Medical marijuana patients in New York have been waiting a long time for safe access to medical marijuana. After a very long wait, medical marijuana was legalized in limited forms in New York. But since New York doesn’t allow home cultivation, patients had to wait until cultivation and distribution licenses were awarded, which was a drawn out process. Now that licenses have been issued, patients are still without medicine, and while cultivation companies have until January to get their product to patients, many are worried that the deadline will not be met. Per Marijuana Business Daily:

Some stakeholders in New York are already voicing concerns about whether or not medical cannabis will be available for purchase in January, as required by state law.

A mother with a severely epileptic daughter told one NBC affiliate that there’s “no way” MMJ will be ready for sale in New York if the medicine has to be grown and manufactured in-state, given that one of the license winners has said that its manufacturing plant won’t be up and running until December.

The same mother is also worried that the licensees may not fully understand what type of medicine is really needed by patients, since the state only allows non-smokable MMJ.

She said that the co-founder of a licensed medical cannabis company she spoke to told her that medicine would be in the form of “sprays, sub-linguals (oil drops) and a vaporizer,” but that what she needs are concentrated oils or capsules for her seizure-stricken child. 

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