Chris Christie, fending off allegations of political retribution by his aides, offered up his state as a model of bipartisan cooperation. N.H. House effort to legalize pot faces long odds Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00 pm CONCORD, N.H. New Hampshires House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to legalizing up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older, but the measure faces long odds of becoming law. End runs and play action Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00 pm I read an article in which a parent said, Even when your kids say they hear you, you know they dont hear you. And if by chance they do hear you, they dont do what you tell them. Medical use must be first concern with marijuana law Saturday, November 30, 2013 12:00 am The effort to legalize marijuana for recreational use has been booted off the horizon for Maine in the upcoming legislative session, despite considerable movement toward that end, both nationwide and within the state. Portland pot vote is symbolic, so penalties still apply Friday, November 8, 2013 12:00 am Voters in Portland this week legalized marijuana possession, but that doesnt mean residents there can do so without legal consequences. Marijuana regulations should be a state issue Friday, July 19, 2013 1:00 am City councilors in Portland could have decided Monday to legalize marijuana within city limits, but instead chose to put the question to voters this November. Were glad they made the decision to give residents a voice in this decision, rather than make it for them, but we have significant concerns about regulating marijuana town by town. Urban Garden Project Grows Fresh Produce and Opportunity Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:56 am ( NewsUSA ) – Southern California will soon have a new source of locally grown, organic produce, not to mention it will be home to one of the most energy-efficient urban garden systems in the U.S.
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I would jot down ‘delivery of home health care products.’ It’s innocuous but honest.” Medical Marijuana His talk hints at the weird world of the medical marijuana biz. Pot is still illegal at the federal level but legal as medicine in 21 states and as a recreational drug in two. Meanwhile county, city, and town governments are all struggling to regulate an industry that has suddenly transformed from outlaw venture to respectable business. This November, Florida could become the 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana if more than 60 percent of voters approve an amendment to the state constitution. The ballot language removes state criminal penalties for patients who have a “debilitating medical condition,” for their physicians and caregivers, and for any “medical marijuana treatment center” that registers with the state. The amendment specifies that the health department will have six months to set up regulations including a definition of how much pot is an “adequate supply” of marijuana per patient and nine months to start issuing patient identification cards. A “debilitating medical condition” is defined in the amendment to include HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and “other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.” Assuming the amendment passes and there’s a good chance it will, as polls are clocking support between 64 and 78 percent of the vote anyone who starts a medical marijuana business could make an astronomical amount of money.
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Home deliverys getting to be an established practice among medical marijuana dispensaries in Seattle, Liquor Board member Chris Marr said. The board has no control over medical marijuana but doesnt wantrecreational marijuana to followthattrend. No one objected to that change Wednesday, or to most other proposals, such as one that bars stores from taking back marijuana in packages that have been opened or another requiring processors to take back products and sample jars from retailers so they can be properly disposed of.Stores wont be set up to destroy unused or unwanted products. Under the rules, the processors dont have to give a refund forreturnedproducts. Another proposed rule says stores cant sell edible marijuana products that must be kept refrigerated or heated. The Health Department is worried such items could become hazardous if kept at thewrongtemperature. The no-delivery rule cant guaranteesomeone wont try to set up business as a runner, buying from the store and making a delivery to a customer for a fee. Transporting marijuana that way would be illegal, but the boards enforcement officers might not know unless a store complains about someone making repeat purchases or trying to buy more than the amount allowed percustomervisit.
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The new rules for using medical marijuana involve the following: obtaining a prescription from any licensed physicianso access to prescriptions will not be a challenge for a plan member, its not as though they will need to wait to see a specialist; that prescription is forwarded to one of the licensed growers of their choice; producers of medical marijuana will consult with patients with respect to appropriate products and strains; delivery by courier is requiredthere will be not retail access to medical marijuana, and patients will be limited to 150 grams per month of dried buds. Based on a 150 gram per month maximum, some patients could be looking at out-of-pocket costs of $1,800 per month or more than $20,000 per year. This is where plan sponsors may start to find more pressure from members to look at how they will cover medical marijuana under existing drug benefits plans. Here are some of the issues that are on the table for plan administrators, claims processors, plan sponsors and their advisors to consider: Will medical marijuana be covered at all under third-party plans if prescribed by a licensed physician? If so, for what disease states/uses, or will there be any controls over what its allowed to be used to treat? Since medical marijuana will not have a drug identification number because the product cannot be regulated and controlled by Health Canada, how will it be handled by private plans? Will plan administrators issue product identification numbers (PINs)? Will PINs be issued for all licensed growers or just those who have been validated by various third-party payers?
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Biz Send this story to a friend Email address of friend (insert comma between multiple addresses): Your email address: Apr 24, 2014, 4:19pm PDT Updated: Apr 24, 2014, 4:29pm PDT Pier pot? Santa Monica mulling medical marijuana dispensaries Enlarge Photo BUSINESS JOURNAL PHOTO | Marcus R. Donner Coming to a pier near you? The Harlequin strain of marijuana has high levels of Cannabidiol (Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is associated with many therapeutic benefits of marijuana) and is a popular medicinal strain. Email | Twitter To toke or not to toke, that is the question. Thats the one facing the Santa Monica CityCouncil, anyway. A proposed State Senate bill could open the door for regulating medical marijuana dispensaries within the coastal municipality, and city officials are deciding whether to join Los Angeles in allowing pot shops to operate, according to the Santa Monica Mirror .
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Reps. Tim Bishop, Carolyn McCarthy and Gregory Meeks. MORE: Medical pot: Where officials stand | Marijuana laws across the U.S. | DOJ memo on pot Republican State Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick and Democratic Suffolk Legis. William Spencer said they would not support such a measure, though Spencer qualified his answer by saying, “if the conditions, qualifications and methods of delivery can be [strictly] clarified and controlled I would consider supporting it.” Newsday.com’s survey comes after a Quinnipiac poll in February that found 88 percent of New York voters support the legalization of medical marijuana. State legislation has been introduced to make medical marijuana available, but if or when such measures might move forward remains to be seen. In his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spoke about a plan, based on a 1980 drug research law, that he could enact using executive power. The plan would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana through up to 20 New York hospitals and would only make it available for patients with certain diseases, such as cancer.
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Modeled after Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California, CCI offers courses in everything from owning and operating a growing facility to managing a dispensary. There are classes in edibles, legalities and delivery. CCI prides itself on hiring only the most qualified and experienced faculty and staff to teach and work with the students. This school has its finger on the pulse of the future. At the very least, even among those who do not think people should be allowed to casually enjoy the benefits of a puff of marijuana, there is a large number who have enough compassion to realize the value and benefit of medicinal quality marijuana. If the use of the plant can ease someones suffering who is faced with daily pain, side-effects of pharmaceuticals, nerve damage, etc.
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The rules will govern how Illinois’ new medical marijuana law will be implemented. The law will allow patients who qualify to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of pot every two weeks. Earlier this year, the state departments of Agriculture, Public Health and Financial and Professional Regulation proposed 226 pages of rules. They cover everything from requiring 24-hour video surveillance of marijuana businesses to banning drive-through and delivery service. Numerous prospective business operators have criticized the high fees required to open a grow house or dispensary. Regulators didn’t lower any of those fees but raised the requirement for liquid assets to open a grow center to $500,000 from $250,000.
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1, 2011 photo, Harborside Health Center employee Gerard Barber stands behind medical marijuana clone plants at Harborside Health Center in Oakland. A California lawmaker has introduced legislation to regulate the state’s free-wheeling medical marijuana industry. (Jeff Chiu / AP / March 6, 2014) By Patrick McGreevy April 21, 2014, 4:15 p.m. SACRAMENTO — Medical marijuana dispensaries in California would have to get state Public Health Department licenses, and doctors who recommend pot would face new standards for examining patients under legislation supported Monday by a state Senate panel. The measure, supported by members of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, also clarifies the authority of cities and counties to prohibit pot shops within their borders. Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) said his bill is aimed at practices such as one in the Sacramento area where patients have been issued medical marijuana cards after a few minutes talking to a doctor via Skype and with no physical exam. The implementation of medical marijuana laws has been marked by conflicting authorities, regulatory uncertainty, intermittent federal enforcement action and many, many lawsuits, Correa told the panel.
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Sen. Lou Correa (center) and the police are not doctors, but they play them on the Senate floor SB 1262 in its current version would prevent doctors from recommending cannabis to adults under 21, unless it is high in cannabidiol (CBD) a rarity in California. THC not CBD is the main active ingredient in cannabis, and high THC cannabis has been proven to treat pain, nausea, vomiting , irritable bowel syndrome, and a myriad other health conditions. The bill contends that cannabis causes “possible” brain damage, which is an unsubstantiated claim. The US government has patented the molecules in cannabis called cannabinoids because they prevent brain damage. The bill also prevents physicians from recommending butane hash oil the cops scare-word for marijuana concentrates like the kind soundly endorsed by cannabis expert Mark Kleiman at UCLA, and glaucoma patient Whoopi Goldberg, of The View.
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