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Hundreds Of Veterans Line Up For Free Marijuana In Show Of Protest

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

DENVER (CBS4) – Hundreds of Colorado veterans waited in a long line in Denver on Saturday for free cannabis products.

The free handouts were set up as a sign of protest to a decision by the state’s health board not to allow post-traumatic-stress disorder as a treatable condition for medical marijuana.

The cannabis giveaway was set up by Grow4Vets founder Roger Martin and Todd Mitchem, CEO of a company called High There! — a sort of social networking tool for pot users.

“We teamed up to get medicial marijuana into the hands of those they say need it most,” Mitchem told CBS4. “You see and hear their stories, you see the way they operate with cannabis versus prescription meds, and it’s a pretty clear picture. I think to deny it because we don’t have research, is really short-sighted.”

“We’re tired of waiting around for the government to do something to help veterans,” Martin said. “We’re losing over 50 American heroes every single day as a result of prescription drug overdose or suicide, and the VA’s position up until this point has pretty much been let’s just keep them in a drug stupor.”

Read More:http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/08/01/hundreds-of-veterans-line-up-for-free-marijuana-in-show-of-protest/


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New York State Department Of Health Announces Five Medical Marijuana Producers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sun, August, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

hash plant cannabisThe New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced the following five companies would be awarded one of the coveted licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana in New York: PharmaCann LLC, Empire State Health Solutions LLC, Columbia Care NY LLC, Etain, LLC, Bloomfield Industries Inc. The announcement came after a competitive bidding process through which forty-three industry groups contended for the five licenses. Each producer is restricted to opening only four dispensaries each, they will only be allowed to produce five strains or brands of medical marijuana, and all products must be in pill, oil or tincture form. The price of the medicine will be set by the Commissioner of Health.

DOH has said that New York’s medical marijuana program will be fully operational by January 2016. Before the program can become operational, the state must also create a system for registering doctors and patients. Since July 2014, advocates have been fighting for an emergency access program to get medicine to the critically ill sooner than the January 2016 deadline. But despite a year of advocacy and passing an emergency access bill in both the Senate and Assembly, to date, not one patient in New York has received medical marijuana.

DOH has said that New York’s medical marijuana program will be fully operational by January 2016. Before the program can become operational, the state must also create a system for registering doctors and patients. Since July 2014, advocates have been fighting for an emergency access program to get medicine to the critically ill sooner than the January 2016 deadline. But despite a year of advocacy and passing an emergency access bill in both the Senate and Assembly, to date, not one patient in New York has received medical marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/new-york-state-department-of-health-announces-five-medical-marijuana-producers/


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Nevada’s First Licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Today

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, August, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

Nevada medical Marijuana dispensariesNevada has had a medical marijuana program in place for quite awhile. There have also been unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada for awhile too. But those dispensaries operated below the radar, and once they were ‘discovered’ they were usually closed down. That all changes today with the opening of Nevada’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Per theReno Gazette-Journal:

Nevada’s very first medical marijuana dispensary, Silver State Relief, is set to open in Sparks this Friday.

Silver State Relief now possesses around 200 plants, brought in from all around Nevada, which they will use to grow future crops. Now that they have purchased the plants, they are not limited by how many they can grow in the future.

Because plants can take months to yield a crop, Swan said his dispensary’s initial offerings will be modest, with around 12-14 pounds of marijuana available on opening day. Patients are allowed to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana per 14-day period, but given that the store will have a slim supply, the dispensary will be limiting purchases to a half-ounce per transaction. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/nevadas-first-licensed-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens-today/


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Medical marijuana firm Potbotics to launch 'virtual budtenders'

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

 

Using cutting-edge technology, Potbotics wants to change how the medical marijuana industry treats patients.

A common criticism of the medical marijuana industry is that a large portion, if not the majority, of patients are just feigning illnesses so they can get stoned legally. Potboticsco-founder David Goldstein doesn’t deny that’s true of some users, but sees much larger problems at play within the industry.

“Right now doctors give a general cannabis recommendation. It’s just a card that says, ‘Cannabis may be beneficial to you.’ There is no followup, no background check into your medical history, there is no real education process. It leads to people abusing the system,” he says.

Read More:http://fortune.com/2015/07/28/potbotics-medical-marijuana/


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Illinois Passes Law Banning Inmates From Using Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, July, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

Citing concerns that local and state detention centers would be forced to distribute medical marijuana to arrestees and inmates, the state of Illinois has passed a law that gives corrections administrators the right to deny prisoners access to cannabis medicine.

Earlier last week, Governor Bruce Rauner put his signature on a bill aimed at eliminating a supposed loophole in the state’s medical marijuana program that some lawmakers worried would have given offenders with a recommendation for medical marijuana permission to use the herb inside the state’s jails and prisons. Of course, the concept of prisoners being allowed to smoke weed scared State Representative Barb Wheeler, the lawmaker responsible for the bill, who made it her mission to ensure “immunity to any law enforcement agency that refuses to give a federally illegal drug” to an inmate. 

Wheeler, who supported the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis pilot program, worried that as the list of qualified conditions swelled to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and migraines, there would be a surge in the state’s patient registry, some of which might eventually end up guests of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/illinois-passes-law-banning-inmates-using-medical-marijuana


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Medical marijuana dispensaries, full legalization pondered by Michigan lawmakers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

LANSING, MI — An evolving bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan could also provide a regulatory framework for full legalization of the drug, according to the sponsor.

State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, has been working on medical marijuana dispensary legislation for several years — a version passed the Michigan House by a wide margin in late 2013 before stalling in the Senate — but recent discussions have led to major changes in the bill.

"I think we've gotten more buy-in from the police groups, because it looks like we need some regulation of marijuana in place before a possible legalization referendum," Callton said, referencing active petition drives seeking to put legalization proposals before voters in 2016.

"If we don't have anything in place, and suddenly it's legal, it's going to be the wild wild west. It's going to be hard to shove Pandora back in the box."

Read More:http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/07/marijuana_legalization_michiga.html


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