Medical Marijuana

Salem City Council allows early recreational pot sales

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, September, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

SALEM, Ore. - The Salem City Council voted 8 to 1 Monday night, to allow "early sales" of recreational marijuana. Mayor Anna Peterson was the only member to vote no.

The decision will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational pot to customers 21 years and older from October 1 through December 31.

At the city council meeting, some voters expressed frustration that the early sales period was even up for debate. Others were angry that council only gave the public two days notice that it would be on Monday's agenda.

"You guys are like the Amazon Prime of Marijuana policy making," said blogger, Brian Hines, during  public testimony.

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Soon Oregon Will Not Allow Out Of State Medical Marijuana Patients Or Growers

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, August, 31st 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Oregon Herald)

For awhile now Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) has had a distinction that no other state’s medical marijuana program has – it allows non-Oregon residents to become a patient or grower in the program. There are multiple states that recognize out of state medical marijuana cards, but Oregon will allow you to become a patient in Oregon (but has never recognized out of state medical marijuana cards). There are not a lot of out of state patients in the OMMP, but there are some nonetheless. Per Oregon Live:

Beginning Jan. 1, the Oregon Health Authority will stop issuing cards to patients without Oregon addresses. The rule is a response to a law passed this year by the Legislature requiring in-state residency.

Medical marijuana growers, who supply the dispensary market as well as individual patients, will also fall under new residency requirements. Starting July 1, new medical marijuana growers have had to demonstrate that they’ve lived in Oregon for two years.

According to the latest Oregon Health Authority data, about 71,000 people are registered as patients; about 1,900 have addresses outside of Oregon. The bulk of patients living outside of Oregon come from California, Idaho and Washington, according to state statistics. The list includes, famously, the singer Willie Nelson.

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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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