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MA: Cost of “flawed” medical marijuana process

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two years after Massachusetts’ medical marijuana law went into effect, not one dispensary has opened. The 22News I-Team discovered what’s gone wrong and how much it’s cost us.

Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has revamped the medical marijuana process and new applications will begin to be accepted on June 29th.

18,512 patients have been certified to receive medical marijuana in Massachusetts.  The state has reviewed and approved 9150 patient registrations.  Two years after Governor Deval Patrick implemented the law, there isn’t a single dispensary open.

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08
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Illinois: Gov. Rauner appoints new medical marijuana director

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed an attorney from his staff to direct the state's medical marijuana program.

Rauner's office on Friday announced Joseph Wright has been named to head the program. He's currently assistant general counsel in the governor's office.

Wright succeeds Bob Morgan, who stepped down last month to go into private law practice.

Wright has already been working with the state agencies involved in the medical marijuana program as a liaison to their legal teams. He's also helped the governor's office with Freedom of Information Act requests.

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07
Jun

Marijuana Industry Struggles Against Tough Politics

Colorado’s effort to tax marijuana as a means to help the state budget never materialized, at least financially, slowing expansion of industries supported by the drug. As attempts to approve marijuana’s use in other states and cities falters, these industries face unexpected road blocks.

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07
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New Zealand: DHB delays treatment application for teenager in coma

Alex Renton, 19, of Nelson is in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital while his family fights to get him medicinal marijuana.

The bureaucratic delay in treating a teenager in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital is bordering on unethical, Labour MP Damien O'Connor says.

Alex Renton, 19, of Nelson, has been in hospital since early April and remains in "status epilepticus",  a kind of prolonged seizure.

Capital & Coast District Health Board decided late on Friday to apply to the Ministry of Health for approval to use a marijuana extract to treat him.

His mother, Rose Renton, is begging the Government to approve treatment for her son, who has already endured more than 20 medications that have not worked.

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07
Jun

Plan to expunge records of marijuana lawbreakers should go up in smoke

Even if we were inclined to support the legalization of marijuana in Ohio – we aren’t – a companion initiative that would result in the expungement of criminal records stemming from marijuana convictions is a definite deal-breaker for us. We have long opposed the cleansing of court records because we strongly believe there must be consequences to breaking the law.

In the May Democratic primary for mayor of Struthers, The Vindicator chose not to make an endorsement because both the candidates, Danny Thomas Jr. and Ronald A. Carcelli, had their criminal histories wiped clean.

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06
Jun

New Poll Shows Majority Of Arizonans Support Ending Marijuana Prohibition

PHOENIX — An independent poll released Wednesday shows a majority of Arizona residents support ending marijuana prohibition.

The Behavior Research Center’s latest Rocky Mountain Poll found 53% of Arizonans support making possession of a small amount of marijuana legal for personal use. Just 39% are opposed. Support outpaced opposition in all three of the geographical areas that were surveyed: 53-38 in Maricopa County; 47-43 in Pima County; and 58-38 in Rural Arizona. The survey of 701 Arizonans was conducted from April 29-May 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8%.

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06
Jun

Tanzania police seize more than ten ton of marijuana

Police in northern Tanzania on Saturday announced to have confiscated 12.4 tons of marijuana, the biggest seizure of the illicit drug of the year in the East African nation.

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06
Jun

ITALY: PRISON STUDY: 60% OF PRISONERS USED DRUGS

About 60% of inmates in Italian prisons use drugs, 33% of cannabis, 40% cocaine and about 5% of amphetamines.

The figure emerged during the XVI National Congress of the Italian Society of Medicine and Health Penitentiary which was held in Cagliari, addressing the theme "If the patient is also held".

Inmates who show a lower consumption of drugs are in Slovenia, Romania and Croatia.

 

This article has been translated from its original in Italian

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06
Jun

Romania appears on all international drug trafficking routes, old and new

Romania appears on all international drug trafficking routes say specialists at the highest level of the European Union. At the annual conference of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction held this week in Lisbon, Romania was represented by Antena 3.

Sonia Simionov, was the only Romanian journalist invited to take part in the declarations relating to the latest data from the European market and drug trafficking.

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06
Jun

International Summit Highlights Contradictions in Drug Policy Debate

An international drug control summit in Colombia has again placed the contradictions in rapidly changing thinking on drug policy at center stage, as calls for drug users and producers not to be criminalized clashed with plans to increase efforts to tackle drug cultivation. 

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