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Vancouver Becomes First Canadian City To Approve Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

vancouver bc medical marijuanaMedical marijuana dispensaries are technically illegal in Canada according to the federal government there, but that hasn’t stopped medical marijuana dispensaries from popping up all over Vancouver. I saw something similar happen throughout Oregon prior to the Oregon Legislature passing a bill to license and regulate them. Medical marijuana dispensaries are not going away in Canada, which is something that the Vancouver Council realized when it approved a measure today that would license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver. Per theMontreal Gazette:

Vancouver council Wednesday passed rules regulating marijuana pot shops, instituting high licence fees and rules around where the shops can be located.

Struggling to balance the fact that marijuana is illegal in Canada while Vancouver has witnessed an explosion of at least 100 “medical marijuana” shops, a divided council approved rules to license the shops, under strict conditions.

In passing the rules, however, they amended the regulations to give compassion clubs a major break in licence fees, dropping it to $1,000 a year from $30,000 for all others.

Underpinning the city council’s decision to regulate pot shops is the argument that the city is not trying to legalize marijuana, but rather regulate businesses operating in Vancouver. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/vancouver-becomes-first-canadian-city-to-approve-medical-marijuana-dispensaries/


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At Salem medical marijuana dispensary, a sense of relief

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 24th 2015 by THCFinder

SALEM — It was 40 minutes past 10 a.m., and already roughly two dozen patients waited in line. They had come for the start of business Wednesday at Alternative Therapies Group, the first dispensary to sell marijuana for medical use in Massachusetts. Patient number one was a gray-haired man with a walker.

Access to the dispensary is by appointment only. A police officer stood by the entrance to the old brick factory building, and a private security guard checked off patients’ names from a clipboard as they waited under crystal blue skies.

Voters in November 2012 overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in a statewide ballot initiative. But the awarding of dispensary licenses quickly became mired in controversy under the administration of Governor Deval Patrick, with questions about conflicts of interest and political favoritism. The system, stalled for months as patients grew increasingly frustrated, was recently revamped and streamlined by Governor Charlie Baker’s administration.

Now, nearly three years after the vote, medical marijuana is legally available to the 18,000 people who, according to state records, have the required physician certifications.

Read More:https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/06/24/patients-line-first-medical-marijuana-dispensary-opens/ocV8KMa9oVpYNvAhZwhqWJ/story.html


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California Senate Moves To End Discrimination Against Medical Marijuana Patients Seeking Organ Transplants

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 23rd 2015 by THCFinder

california medical cannabisThe California Senate approved AB 258, the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, earlier today by a margin of 31-1.  AB 258 prohibits discrimination against medical cannabis patients in the organ transplant process, unless a doctor has determined that medical cannabis use is clinically significant to the transplant process. Medical cannabis patients in California are routinely removed from the organ transplant waiting list if they test positive for cannabis use – even legal doctor-recommended medical cannabis.  AB 258 was authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and sponsored by Americans for Safe Access (ASA).

“AB 258 is about fundamental fairness and compassion. Legal medical cannabis patients should never face a choice between their doctor-recommended medicine and a life-saving organ transplant,” said Don Duncan ASA’s California Director. “AB 258 will help the law catch up with science, which has shown that medical cannabis patients are just as likely to benefit from an organ transplant as other patients.”

On June 15th over 200 patients and advocates participated in the ASA California Citizen Lobby Day, which focused on educating lawmakers about AB 258 and other medical cannabis legislation. During the lobby day ASA began a postcard campaign to encourage Governor Jerry Brown to support AB 258.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/california-senate-end-discrimination-medical-marijuana-patients-organ-transplants/


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White House Lifts Research Restrictions on Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, June, 22nd 2015 by THCFinder

Uncle Sam is finally offering researchers a more assessable approach to studying the medicinal benefits of marijuana. On Monday, the Obama Administration announced that it would no longer force the scientific community to endure some of the bureaucratic red tape that has prevented many of them from studying the potential health benefits of the herb for nearly 20 years.

In an official notice, which is expected to be published on Tuesday, the White House said that it is eliminating the necessity for researchers to undergo a separate Public Health Service Review—a process that has been required since 1999 as part of the approval requirements for marijuana research. 

Reports indicate the decision was made to eliminate this obstacle because the current politics surrounding medical marijuana have overshadowed the necessity for these guidelines.

“The Obama Administration has actively supported scientific research on whether marijuana or its components can be safe and effective medicine,” Mario Zepeda, a spokesperson for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), told The Huffington Post. “Eliminating the Public Health Service review should help facilitate additional research to advance our understanding of both the adverse effects and potential therapeutic uses for marijuana or its components.”

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/white-house-lifts-research-restrictions-medical-marijuana


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1st Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary gets OK to sell amid concerns about testing standards

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, June, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

A Salem medical marijuana dispensary is the first to receive permission to sell marijuana - after obtaining a temporary waiver from the state's strict testing guidelines.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has said it will reconsider its medical marijuana testing standards. Advocates and experts knowledgeable about the testing process say Massachusetts' current standards are stricter than those in other states and difficult to meet.

"We carefully considered the initial testing results and we will review the standards going forward," said Dr. Monica Bharel, commissioner of the Department of Public Health. 

The reconsideration of testing standards is yet another hurdle for the state's troubled medical marijuana process. Although voters voted for medical marijuana in 2012, the licensing progress has been marred by delays and missteps.

Read More:http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/first_medical_marijuana_dispen.html


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Oregon starts campaign to teach what's legal with marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, June, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

As Oregonians prepare to enter the new world of legal marijuana, the state wants folks to know a few things.

With the slogan, "Educate Before You Recreate," The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has launched a public education campaign to put across the message that although it will be legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess and use marijuana starting July 1, it is not yet legal for anyone but medical marijuana patients to buy it - including bringing it back from across the border in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is already legal.

The $350,000 campaign includes paid ads, an official website (www.whatslegaloregon.com ) with a PowerPoint presentation, and posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

WHAT'S LEGAL?

Under Measure 91, starting July 1, anyone over 21 in Oregon can possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana, such as dried buds at home and up to one ounce outside the home. You can consume marijuana at home or on private property. You can grow up to four plants per residence at home out of public view. You can make brownies and other edible products at home and receive them as gifts. And you can give away marijuana and receive it as a gift.

Read More:http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Oregon-starts-campaign-to-teach-whats-legal-with-marijuana-308054721.html


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