Aug 042015
 August 4, 2015
Michigan's Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Saving Lives, But Could Save More

A new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research reveals states with active medical marijuana dispensary systems are cutting 7% of illegal opioid deaths annually- but states with legalized dispensaries cut that rate by 20%. The working paper titled, ‘DO MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS REDUCE ADDICTIONS AND DEATHS RELATED TO PAIN KILLERS?’ was written by David Powell, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Mireille Jacobson. It was published on the NBER website in July of 2015. Powell and Pacula work for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California; Jacobson works at the University of California – Irvine. All three are credited as being

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Aug 022015
 August 2, 2015
Florida Poll: Over Two Thirds Of Voters Would Vote 'Yes' On 2016 Medical Marijuana Initiative

Florida came very close to passing a medical marijuana legalization initiative during the 2014 Election as I’m sure most readers of this blog are well aware. That initiative polled very well leading up to the election, but due largely to a very negative (and many would say outright misleading) opposing campaign funded almost entirely by Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon Adelson funds a lot of conservative political efforts. When the dust settled, the initiative failed by just two percent (58% total). A new effort has been underway in Florida for 2016, led by the same people behind the 2014 effort. They have

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Aug 022015
 August 2, 2015
Which States Recognize Out Of State Medical Marijuana Cards/Patients?

Almost half of the states in America have legalized medical marijuana, and that doesn’t include states that have passed CBD-only legislation. More and more states are looking into legalizing medical marijuana every year, and in states that have already legalized, there are more and more people becoming medical marijuana patients. Most medical marijuana states do not recognize out of state medical marijuana cards/patents. They require that the person be a citizen of that state, and have a valid medical marijuana designation in that state. But there are a handful of states that recognize out of state patients. This is important to

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Aug 012015
 August 1, 2015
New York State Department Of Health Announces Five Medical Marijuana Producers

The 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

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Aug 012015
 August 1, 2015
Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel Approves Autism

These tired eyes saw a marvelous thing today. They saw hope restored. Fathers high-fived with their children. Old men shed tears. Strangers embraced as if friends. Autism was recommended to be included in the list of illnesses covered under the protections of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Although there still remains one hurdle to be cleared, this vote was the most crucial moment in the process of adding this illness to the list of conditions covered by the Act. Forty people erupted in applause and cheers when the announcement was made. I saw children, who could not possibly appreciate the

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Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015
Nevada's First Licensed Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens Today

Nevada 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 the Reno 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

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Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015
NIDA Director Says Cannabidiol (CBD) Is A 'Safe Drug'

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Nora Volkow, believes that cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” Volkow made the comments in an op-ed published by The Huffington Post. Volkow further acknowledged, “[P]reliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.” Preclinical studies have documented CBD to possess a variety of therapeutic activities, including anti-cancer properties, anti-diabetic properties, and bone-stimulating activity. Clinical and observational trials have documented the substance to possess anxiolytic, anti-psychotic, and anti-seizure

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Jul 302015
 July 30, 2015
Big Vote On Autism And Medical Marijuana Tomorrow In Michigan

Multi-talented Michigan attorney Michael Komorn is calling on families of children with autism to attend a crucial vote of the Medical Marihuana Review Panel on July 31st. The Panel is considering whether to recommend approval of a petition to add autism to the list of medical conditions that can qualify a patient for the use of medical marijuana in Michigan. Under Michigan’s rigorous standards, a child must obtain two certifications from physicians that the patient may receive palliative care from the application of marijuana medicines. Komorn is putting his money where his mouth is. For families that have autism and

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Jul 302015
 July 30, 2015
Advocacy Group Launches The Truth About Medical Marijuana Educational Series

This morning Americans for Safe Access (ASA) launched the Truth About Medical Marijuana educational website and accompanying event series. The Truth About Medical Marijuana will focus on emerging issues in the area of medical marijuana, including understanding the research behind the medicine, emerging policies issues surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and consumer safety issues. During each of the next three months, event hosts will focus on these issues and prepare attendees to share that information with politicians and key decision makers, as well as providing tools to counter misinformation in the media. “With the majority of Americans living in states that allow

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Jul 302015
 July 30, 2015
Harborside Health Center Outlasts US Attorney Melinda Haag

On Wednesday U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag from Northern California announced her departure, effective September 1. Since 2011 Ms. Haag shuttered more than 600 state-compliant medical cannabis dispensaries by threatening to seize their leased properties from landlords. Haag claimed she launched her actions because the properties were less than 1000 feet from a school, park or playground. Haag’s crusade largely ended in July of 2012 after she targeted Harborside Health Center, which she admitted was not close to a sensitive site. Harborside fought back in state and local court, and won multiple decisions that have allowed it and other state-compliant dispensaries

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