A Louisiana House committee voted Thursday (April 5) in favor of a
proposal to expand the use of medical marijuana to treat people with
chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and glaucoma. The bill
cleared committee with an 8-4 vote.
HB 579, sponsored by Rep. Edward James, D-Baton Rouge, met some debate
before the vote. Opponents questioned whether there was enough medical
research establishing medical marijuana as an effective treatment for
people with chronic medical conditions.
A 2016 law allowed the use of medical marijuana to treat certain
conditions, including HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease, muscular dystrophy
and epilepsy. James' bill would add glaucoma, severe muscle spasms,
intractable pain and PTSD to the list.
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A company that planned to open a medical marijuana dispensary south of
downtown Orlando is challenging the city's ordinance regulating such
businesses, alleging it violates state law.
Surterra Florida, which operates five dispensaries statewide, filed
the suit in Orange County Circuit Court last week and is asking a
judge to rule Orlando's law is "invalid and unenforceable."
Tallahassee Attorney William Hall, who filed the suit, is also seeking
a temporary injunction to keep the city from enforcing the law while
the court rules.
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Cure Oahu, backed by a local private investment group, opened with 10
strains, including top sellers Master Kush, Da Glue, Sour Chem and
Sunset Mango. The dispensary in the former Bank of Hawaii branch
building at 727 Kapahulu Ave. said there was heavy demand for indica,
sativa and hybrid flower strains as well as tinctures and lozenges,
which sold out shortly after opening.
The 5,434-square-foot building has had a major makeover with a
high-tech, 2,400-square-foot open lobby and dispensing area with two
private consultation booths and large electronic tablet stations where
customers can browse through information and choose from a variety of
strains. Patients are also able to register and order products online
before coming into the dispensary.
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Joe Redner, Tampa's outspoken strip club owner and lung cancer
patient, is confident he'll be able to legally grow his own marijuana
plants soon, after stating his case in trial before a state circuit
court judge on Wednesday.
Redner, 77, made his case against the Florida Department of Health in
a Tallahassee courtroom Wednesday on why he has a constitutional right
to grow his own marijuana plants. Leon County Circuit Judge Karen
Gievers is expected to rule on the case next week.
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This summer, millennials, their anxious parents and users from
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to Bay Street will get what they long
believed was their right - the opportunity to toke up legally.
That will be a seminal societal event (pun intended). However, what is
attracting less attention than it should are breakthrough discoveries
about how non-psychoactive cannabis extracts can alleviate suffering
and treat diseases that afflict hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Legalization of a substance for recreational purposes and medical
studies should be unrelated issues. But since they are based on the
same plant, legal prohibitions and social stigma have held back
research, thereby prolonging the suffering of patients and costing
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FRANKFORT -- Four law enforcement officials and a doctor urged state
lawmakers Tuesday to say no to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana.
For more than an hour, opponents of House Bill 166 told members of the
House Judiciary Committee the ills they see in it.
Their predictions about passage of the measure included an increase in
crime, creation of trafficking problems along the state's borders, an
enhancement of economic and social costs, temptations of children to
use marijuana and uncertain physical outcomes over long-term usage.
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FRANKFORT -- Kentucky lawmakers shelved Wednesday a controversial bill
to legalize medical marijuana, but supporters of the measure pledged to
continue their fight.
Some backers of House Bill 166 were in tears after the House Judiciary
Committee voted 14-4 to "pass over" the measure. That's a procedure to
put off voting on the bill until a later date.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, said it's doubtful
the proposal will be revisited in this year's legislative session but
"anything is possible."
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Psychologists point to 'compelling evidence' of cannabis' potential
Apart from the #Metoo maelstrom and the housing crises in Toronto and
Vancouver, few things stir up Canadians more than marijuana, which its
promoters claim is the cure for everything from glaucoma to brain disease
Should private outlets sell recreational marijuana? Is it more
enjoyable to smoke or swallow cannabis? Will I get rich on pot stocks?
Is it possible to remove the criminal underground from Canada's $6
billion-a-year cannabis industry?
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Drug may do more harm than good, say critics
VANCOUVER * There is little to no research to support the supposed
benefits of medical cannabis, and what evidence exists suggests that
using marijuana as medicine may do more harm than good, family
doctors' associations across Canada are telling their members.
A trio of advisories prepared by the Alberta College of Family
Physicians has been distributed to more than 32,000 clinicians,
summarizing the scientific literature, or lack thereof, around
"One thing that was quite consistent was adverse events," said Dr.
Mike Allan, a professor of family medicine at the University of
Alberta in Edmonton. "And the benefits, even if they're real, are much
smaller than what people might anticipate."
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Have they opened Pandora's box? Some Deerfield Beach city leaders
worry that's what they might've done by allowing marijuana
dispensaries in the city.
They're now trying to stop medical dispensaries from clustering
citywide by keeping them out of commercial areas that also have homes,
as well as setting rules to stop them from opening next to one another.
Mayor Bill Ganz said he doesn't want the city to become known as the
place to buy pot, even if it's just the medical kind that doesn't get
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Medical marijuana is now available in Maryland. Here's what you need
to know about it.
Medical marijuana is now available in Maryland, more than four years
after the General Assembly passed a law legalizing it.
Standing up the industry -- with growers, processors, dispensaries and
doctors -- took longer than expected. The law needed to be tweaked,
rules needed to be written and legal battles needed to be fought over
who won licenses.
Here's what prospective users need to know about medical marijuana.
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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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Maryland began the sale of medical marijuana to residents in pain on
Friday, ending years of delays by embarking on a program that features
some of the most liberal policies in the nation on who can qualify for
the prescribed cannabis.
Dozens of people stood outside a licensed dispensary in Montgomery
County, Potomac Holistics, where owners began making sales soon after
receiving their first shipment Friday afternoon.
"You can tell there's a buzz, and we're excited for so many reasons,"
Askinazi said. "We're giving care to people who need it."
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Motacan Compassion Society is exempt from business licence
requirement, operator argues
A medical marijuana dispensary is suing the City of Abbotsford in an
effort to remain open and avoid paying thousands of dollars in tickets.
Motacan Compassion Society, which operates a storefront location in an
alley off Montrose Avenue in downtown Abbotsford, says it is exempt
from bylaws requiring a business licence due to its not-for-profit
In a petition filed last week in B.C. Supreme Court, "principal
operator" David Smith claims Motacan is a registered society that
provides "reasonable access to medical cannabis to members of the
society on a highly subsidized basis."
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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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