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Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient Numbers Spike

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan medical marijuana town hallWe have new numbers on the growth of Michigan’s medical marijuana patient population- sort of.

According to Crain’s Detroit Business, a respected local magazine, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs reports an increase in the number of medical marijuana patients registered with the state.

“Currently, the state logs 178,629 active, registered medical marijuana patients,” per the Crain’s report. In 2013 that number was 118, 368; in 2012 the patient population was reported to be114,694.

LARA has not posted the annual reports from fiscal year 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, so there is no state document to refer to. The annual reports are required by the language of the MMMA; those reports detail geographic information, patient/caregiver numbers, fiscal data on the Medical Marihuana Program and the nature of the illnesses reported to the state by those patients’ certifying doctors.

In 2014, the number of patients was 96,408 per LARA, a number that was often cited but was highly inaccurate. Michigan instituted a 2-year registry program which meant many people did not have to register in 2014. 2015’s number should have an accurate tally, when LARA issues the data.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-medical-marijuana-patient-numbers-spike/


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Illinois medical marijuana sales top $210K in first week

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, November, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries sold nearly $211,000 worth of medical cannabis to patients in the first week of legal sales, as reported by the Associated Press.

Those figures are pretty high, considering only eight dispensaries are currently operating in the state and less than a quarter of eligible patients have made medical marijuana purchases so far.

 

According to Illinois’ medical marijuana program director Joseph Wright, dispensaries served 806 patients in the first week of sales. Customers purchased approximately 406 ounces of medical cannabis at a price of roughly $450 per ounce.

Read More:http://extract.suntimes.com/news/10/153/7858/illinois-medical-marijuana-sales-top-210-thousand-dollars-first-week


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New Jersey School Becomes First in the Nation to Allow Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, November, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

On the heels of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s signing of a bill allowing smokeless medical marijuana to be administered in schools, a facility in the southern portion of the state has reportedly devised a policy on the matter that will make them the first school in the United States to allow cannabis medicine on school property.

Following a failed lawsuit in which the family of 16-year-old Genny Barbour fought the Maple Shade School District for their epileptic daughter’s right to consume cannabis oil during her lunch period, the Lark School Board, which previously insisted that any form of cannabis on school property would be a violation of the drug-free school zone laws, has announced a new policy that will allow Barbour and students with similar conditions to consume medical marijuana during school hours.

“I’m thrilled that we have been able to reach this point," Susan Weiner, executive director of Larc School, said in a statement. "We're about helping children. I know there are so many kids in this state and across the country who can benefit from this. We're grateful that our legislators recognized it's a sincere need that helps students, because we do see the difference."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/new-jersey-school-becomes-first-nation-allow-medical-marijuana


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Mexico Senator Introduces Medical Marijuana Measure

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A senator from President Enrique Pena Nieto's governing party introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow patients easier access to cannabis-based medicines, a week after a ruling by Mexico's Supreme Court that cracked open a door to recreational marijuana use.

The measure does not propose wholesale legalization of medical marijuana but rather seeks to permit the importation of cannabis and derivatives for medicinal purposes. Domestic pot production would still be prohibited.

"This measure is responding to the urgent need to allow availability of medicines through importation," said Sen. Cristina Diaz Salazar, a member of Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

Addressing about a dozen families of ill children during a news conference in the Senate building, Diaz Salazar said: "We know that this constitutes a hope for all of you to be able to mitigate the pain and suffering of your loved ones."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/mexico-senator-introduces-medical-marijuana-measure


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Texas Veterans Gather At Capitol To Launch ‘Operation Trapped’ A Campaign For Medical Marijuana Program

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, November, 11th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Operation Trapped)

Texas veterans and their supporters gathered in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday, Veterans Day, to announce the launch of a campaign advocating for comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.

Operation Trapped, backed by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, is a veteran-based campaign to build support for legislation allowing access to medical marijuana — a safer alternative to prescription drugs — for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, and other service-related conditions. More information about Operation Trapped is available at http://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/operation-trapped.

“Veterans have sacrificed greatly to serve and protect our nation,” said David Bass of Killeen, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. “It’s time to serve and protect the many soldiers who have returned home with debilitating conditions that would benefit greatly from medical marijuana. The goal of this campaign is to give those veterans a voice and get Texas legislators to listen.”

At the event, the campaign displayed several empty prescription pill bottles it has collected from supportive Texas veterans to represent those who are suffering from serious medical conditions that could be relieved by medical marijuana.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/texas-veterans-launch-operation-trapped-campaign-medical-marijuana/


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US Senate Approves Funding Bill That Allows Veterans To Access Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

ptsd second amendment military veteran cannabis marijuanaThe Senate today passed the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill, which includes language to allow Veterans Administration (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal. The language was included as an amendment in the Senate Appropriations committee in May.

“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor,” said Michael Collins, deputy director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. “It makes no sense that a veteran can’t use medical marijuana if it helps them and it is legal in their state.”

The Veterans Equal Access Amendment was sponsored by Republican Senator Steve Daines of Montana and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. It passed the Committee 18-12 in a bipartisan vote. The funding bill will now be negotiated with the House’s version as part of an omnibus spending bill.

“On this eve of Veterans/Armistice Day where we remember those who served in the military and the treaty agreement to reach peace concluding WWI, we see this victory as a step toward a peace treaty with the government we volunteered to defend with our lives and as a step toward restoring our first amendment rights and dignity as citizens of the United States, ” said TJ Thompson, a disabled Navy veteran.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/us-senate-approves-funding-bill-allows-veterans-access-medical-marijuana/


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