The proliferation of personal yet industrial-scale marijuana farms,
licensed and shielded by health privacy laws, has created a shadow
market in which individual patients are collectively churning out as
much marijuana as some commercial producers - with none of the scrutiny.
Although they operate under the guise of legitimacy, a Globe and Mail
investigation has found that these personal grow-ops are prime
targets for robberies and abuse by organized crime.
As the federal government edges closer to scrapping Canada's
longstanding prohibition against the sale of recreational marijuana,
the country's two-tiered medical marijuanaregime serves as a major
obstacle to one of Ottawa's frequently stated legalization goals: the
elimination of gangsters from a legal marketplace.
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Palm Beach County's first medical marijuana dispensary is now open for
At noon Tuesday, Knox Medical opened the center at 1 South Dixie
Highway in Lake Worth, across the street from Lake Worth City Hall.
The dispensary occupies a former bank building in downtown Lake Worth,
and the interior resembles a dentist or doctor's office. Patients
check in at the foyer and then can proceed to a room with glass
display cases showcasing Knox Medical's products.
Knox Medical CEO Jose Javier Hidalgo said the new dispensary will
improve access to medical cannabis for everyone in South Florida.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday pledged to make
medical marijuana available to patients by May and released a list of
109 approved practitioners statewide.
It also launched the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry,
with instructions on how those interested can sign up. More than
200,000 patients across the state could qualify for medical marijuana
Pennsylvanians with 17 medical conditions are eligible for medical
marijuana patient ID cards.
Those conditions are Lou Gehrig's disease, autism, cancer, Crohn's
disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Huntington's disease,
inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease,
post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord
damage, chronic pain, neuropathies and intractable seizures.
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN
is reported to have said, "Every 19 minutes somebody dies of a
prescription drug overdose. It doesn't happen with marijuana." In the
past Gupta was against legalising medical marijuana in the U.S. but
now he is in favour of it. He sees some benefit for certain types of
The use of medical marijuana (medical cannabis) as a medicine has not
been rigorously tested due to several restrictions. But there is some
evidence to suggest cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during
chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and reduce
chronic pain and muscle spasm.
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On medical marijuana, the public is way ahead of officialdom.
Statewide, 71 percent of Florida voters voted in favor of the medical
marijuana amendment last November. In Flagler County, the margin was
the same. In Volusia County, 73 percent voted to approve.
Overwhelming support. Particularly in a state like Florida which is
known sharp political divisions on most issues. Even so, the
Legislature was so reluctant to pass legislation putting the amendment
into effect that nothing was approved during the regular spring session.
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Thirty-eight percent of the 17,591 patients registered in Hawaii's
medical marijuana program were located on the Big Island.
Recently released data by the state Department of Health indicates the
trend of medical marijuana patients in Hawaii is changing.
Thirty-eight percent of the 17,591 patients registered in Hawaii's
medical marijuana program were located on Hawaii Island, according to
the data released Friday. That's down from 40 percent in March and 42
percent in December.
Meanwhile, the percentage of patients hailing from Oahu has jumped
from 25 percent in December to 29 percent last month, a more than
1,300-patient increase. The Big Island's patient count increased by
about 300 people in that same time, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.
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The medical marijuana industry officially has its guidelines with the
passage of a bill out of the Florida Legislature on the last day of a
three-day special session.
The votes were 29-6 in the Senate and 103-9 in the House. The few no
votes were mostly Democrats who wanted fewer restrictions in the bill,
but also a few Republicans who remain against the idea of medical
marijuana on principle.
Gov. Rick Scott said he "absolutely" will sign the bill. That means
big changes for patients, caregivers, doctors and growers, compared
with the far more limited medical marijuana law passed by the
Legislature in 2014, which resulted in seven grower/dispensers in the
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TEMPLE TERRACE -- Dropping a giant joint in favor of the "USS
Maryjane" seemed to smooth the waters for a pro-marijuana entry in
this year's Temple Terrace Fourth of July Parade.
The new float designed by the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws featured the flag-festooned ship crewed by some
military veterans and painted with the slogan, "Hemp for Victory."
The theme plays off a World War II film from the Department of
Agriculture that praised the nation's hemp farmers for their work in
creating strong ropes from the stalks of marijuana plants for the
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Walk into a medical marijuana dispensary in New Jersey and the first
thing to hit you is the stink.
Weed's scent is a sour blast that seems to reek of citrus, diesel, and
skunk. At the Garden State Dispensary in Woodbridge, Middlesex County,
charcoal air purifiers -- encased in gleaming steel and larger than
jet engines -- are strategically placed through the facility. It's
hard to say whether their presence tempers the odor, which is
generated by thousands of cannabis plants growing under lights in the
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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Saying its time has come, state Sen. Morgan McGarvey
on Wednesday called on the legislature to consider legalizing medical
marijuana to relieve pain and suffering of terminally ill people.
"It's 2017," McGarvey, a Louisville Democrat, told members of the
joint House-Senate Health and Welfare Committee. "I think it's time we
had a conversation about medical marijuana without
Members of the committee took no action on legislation McGarvey is
proposing for the 2018 legislative session but no one spoke against
the proposal and some committee members spoke in favor of the measure
that went nowhere in the past two legislative sessions.
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Two Healing Health locations re-open after fire inspections but only
for existing buyers
Two London marijuana dispensaries are back in business after
temporarily closing this month following a visit from a fire
inspector, but neither of the pot shops are taking on new customers.
Healing Health Compassion stopped selling cannabis at its Dundas
Street store for several days - moving its inventory off site - and
closed its Wonderland Road location after a fire inspector visited the
Dundas shop June 4, prompting fears of a crackdown by city officials.
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Dr. Caroline MacCallum wants doctors to know that cannabis "isn't the
taboo medicine" they might think it is. Not only has she used it
successfully to treat more than 50 conditions, she has also seen how
it has helped her patients stop using prescription opioids.
MacCallum, a specialist in complex pain and cannabinoid medicine, is
the medical director at Green Leaf Clinic in Langley, where she
assesses patients for their eligibility for Canada's Access to
Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations program.
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As was widely foreseen, the Liberals' "Legalize marijuana in as
awkward, truculent, and impractical a way as possible" legislation has
created a whole new industry. I don't mean selling weed, of course: we
had that trade before. I'm referring to newspaper columns, op-eds, and
interviews about how crummy this law is. I have about 120 deadlines in
the next 12 months, and I could use this topic for ... 30? Maybe 40?
For now, let me cover just one aspect of legalization: the issue of
roadside testing for marijuana impairment. The law contains provisions
to permit this, and the constitutional angles are being smacked around
like a tetherball. There seems to be a widespread assumption that
because the law permits on-the-spot testing for impairment, such
testing must be a practically possible thing; a solved problem.
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Province has concerns about pot legalization but next moves remain
MANITOBA - Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says she has "lots of
concerns" with the federal government's new legalized marijuana
legislation tabled Thursday, but won't speculate publicly what
Manitoba's next move will be.
"We want to listen to Manitobans and consult on that," she told
The federal government's proposed law, which sets the minimum age to
purchase marijuana at 18, gives provinces some latitude to increase
that age, but Stefanson declined to say whether she believes 18 is too
young to buy marijuana.
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PARTICIPANTS in the annual 4/20 event at the Manitoba Legislative
Building are likely to be in an even more celebratory mood this year
as the federal Liberal government is poised to introduce legislation
to make good on its promise to legalize pot.
The April 20 bash, which extols the consumption of cannabis -
especially the smoking of it - may also have a more political
undertone as local medical marijuana advocates protest a lack of
consultation by the Pallister government before introducing a bill
last week setting out new rules to deal with cannabis when
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Another week, another massive study by top doctors and scientists
finding limited medicinal value to marijuana. When liberal politicians
such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Vancouver Mayor Gregor
Robertson claim to be implementing "evidence-based" public policy, I
find it odd they have such a blind spot with pot.
A new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,
and Medicine - The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The
Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research - reviewed
10,700 studies on the medicinal qualities of marijuana and concluded
there is "conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or
cannabinoids are effective" for only three conditions: chronic pain in
adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and patient-reported multiple
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Here we go again. Another week, another massive report by top doctors and
scientists finding very limited medicinal value to marijuana. In an age
when liberal politicians such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson claim to be implementing "evidence-based"
public policy, I find it odd that they have such a blind spot when it
comes to pot.
A new report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and
Medicine - The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current
State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research - that reviewed the
results of 10,700 studies on the medicinal qualities of marijuana
concluded that there is "conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis
or cannabinoids are effective" in treating only three conditions: chronic
pain in adults, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and
patient-reported multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms (although there
was "limited" evidence of "clinician-measured" spasticity relief).
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All Newman resident Phillip Blanton wanted to do, he said, was bring some
comfort to his granddaughter, who has stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.
But his California medical marijuana card counted for nothing in Texas,
where the 67-year-old now faces felony drug possession charges.
Blanton was driving to Houston to see 20-year-old Makayla Farley, who's
being treated at the Houston Methodist Hospital cancer center. She's
fighting for her life, he said, has a hard time eating and is always
throwing up. She's on morphine and other drug cocktails for pain. "I was
going to give her Papa's cookies to help with the nausea and pain and to
help her relax."
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Willie Nelson wants his friend Loretta Lynn, who recently revealed that
she tried marijuana for the first time at the age of 84 for her glaucoma
but didn't like it, to give pot a second chance.
"She's got a lot of guts," Nelson said during a recent interview with The
Associated Press in Nashville, Tennessee. "She'll try anything. Maybe I
should help her."
The 83-year-old outlaw country icon actually wants to help a lot of people
give marijuana a try. He's attached his name to a line of legal marijuana
being sold in Colorado and Washington called "Willie's Reserve," after
decades of personally advocating for the legalization of marijuana.
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It took me awhile to perfect the cookie recipe. I experimented with
ingredients: Blueberry, Strawberry, Sour Diesel, White Widow, Bubba
Kush, AK-47 -- all strains of cannabis, which I stored, mixed with
glycerin, in meticulously labeled jars on a kitchen shelf. After the
cookies finished baking, I'd taste a few crumbs and annotate the
effects in a notebook. Often, I felt woozy. One variation put me to
sleep. When I had convinced myself that a batch was okay, I'd give a
cookie to my 9-year-old son.
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