Monthly Archives: August 2015

N.H. holding public hearing on medical marijuana dispensary

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — State and local officials say they’re hearing little negative feedback in communities that will soon be home to long-awaited medical marijuana dispensaries, although some residents are seeking reassurance about security.

The state and Prime Alternative Treatment Centers of NH are hosting a public hearing on Tuesday evening in Merrimack about plans to build a dispensary in town. It’s the fourth in a series of public hearings by the state Department of Health and Human Services and the three companies it has selected to open the dispensaries.

Hearings have already been held in Peterborough, Lebanon and Plymouth and two more are planned in Manchester and Rochester, all proposed homes for either the dispensaries or marijuana cultivation sites.

Town officials in Merrimack, Peterborough and Lebanon said they’ve heard minimal opposition to the plans. At Peterborough’s public meeting, a high school student expressed concern about the proximity of the proposed cultivation site to the school, town manager Pam Brenner said. Other questions have centered on securing the facilities from break-ins.

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Likely legalization vote prompts action on medical marijuana

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With a ballot initiative on recreational marijuana use likely next year, California lawmakers are finally making a serious run at reining in the state’s medical marijuana industry.

Two bills in the state Legislature would create the first statewide regulations for medical marijuana growers, manufacturers of pot products and distributors.

Voters approved medical marijuana in 1996 but did not create rules for producing and selling it.

AB266 by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Oakland requires numerous state agencies to set up and enforce regulations by 2018. It tasks the California Highway Patrol with deciding when someone is too high to drive and the health department with testing pot products.

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Medical marijuana oil used to treat abused Harvey Co. dog

An unusual and controversial treatment is being used to help a dog shot several times. Last Tuesday, a farmer’s wife found the dog in one of it’s fields in Harvey County.

The dog, named Samson, eventually came under the care of K9 Karma Animal Advocates in Wichita.

Despite the time that has passed, the wounds on Samson are still visible.

“He’s my toughest case ever,” said Jessica Sherwood with K9 Karma. “I’ve never seen a dog this bad still alive.

Sherwood took Samson into her home to help him recover.

She says he was shot at least six times, with bullets still in his shoulder, back and nose. He was shot in the right eye and lost his vision.

There are even visible wounds on his tongue that Sherwood says are from a bullet.

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The Medical Marijuana Industry Could Be in Big Trouble If This Study Is Accurate

arijuana’s influence, both medically and recreationally, is (pardon the pun) growing like a weed. There are currently 23 states (plus Washington, D.C.) that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, while another four states (along with Washington, D.C.) have allowed the federally-illegal drug to be purchased by consumers for recreational purposes.

Although the recreational side of the business offers the most intrigue for states looking to boost their tax revenue and fill budget gaps, medical marijuana is a very close second as it offers the potential to treat a number of chronic and often times terminal conditions.

Medical marijuana takes center stage
One pharmaceutical company leading the charge in marijuana-based research is GW Pharmaceuticals . GW has discovered five dozen cannabinoids from the cannabis plant that it hopes to use to effect positive biological change in patients.

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Medical Marijuana Is Personal For Etain, One Of Five License Winners

The companies that were granted medical marijuana licenses last week by the New York State Health Department are now moving forward, setting up manufacturing facilities and dispensaries. One of the companies is Etain, which has started construction on a growing operation in the Warren County Town of Chester. Etain’s Chief Operation Officer is Hillary Peckham, who says she became interested in medical marijuana after her grandmother was diagnosed with ALS.

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