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Mon
14
Jan

Bill would allow use of marijuana at schools

A bill proposed by state Rep. Brian Blake of Aberdeen would allow marijuana on school campuses for students who require aid for medical conditions.

The state Legislature convenes today.

House Bill 1060 aims to permit students to consume medical marijuana on school property, aboard buses and while attending school-sponsored events.

Students would have to meet the demands of state law RCW 69.51A.220, which requires that health care professionals must authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Minors would receive treatment with the approval of their guardians.

Mon
14
Jan

Labeling bill tops Oklahoma medical marijuana agenda

The Oklahoma Legislature’s top two voices on medical marijuana are hoping to quickly pass testing rules this session before moving on to more controversial issues.

Sen. Greg McCortney, an Ada Republican who co-chaired a medical marijuana working group that met ahead of the session, said testing and labeling will be the first priority because the state doesn’t have a framework for making sure smokable marijuana isn’t contaminated.

“We cannot guarantee the safety of the products being sold in Oklahoma, and well, that is obviously not a good thing,” he said.

Mon
14
Jan

Medical marijuana may finally be on its way in West Virginia

Medical cannabis is supposed to be available in the Mountain State on July first, but federally charted banks have declined to accept any of the money in fear they'd be violating federal drug and banking laws.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says that technically that is possible, but its unlikely there would be any prosecutions.

So, the Legislature can set up a financial transaction system to handle medical marijuana payments and fees.

"Number one, federal law prohibits medical cannabis. But, number two, there is a very clear non-enforcement policy of federal law that's been in place for a number of years. And in fact in 30 states we have not discovered that there's been any enforcement action," said Atty. Gen. Patrick Morrissey, (R) West Virginia. 

Fri
11
Jan

Most Kansans not legally cleared to grow hemp

The Kansas Department of Agriculture says although hemp is now federally classified as a crop, Kansans can't grow it yet.

Only farmers selected by the state for its research program will be allowed to grow hemp. The state's regulations for industrial hemp are headed for a public hearing on Wednesday. That's when hemp growers will have the opportunity to talk to lawmakers about their concerns.

After the hearing, farmers can apply for the industrial hemp license and pay a $1,000-per-acre fee for farming. That fee is something Rick Gash is planning to bring up at Wednesday's hearing.

"The seed is not cheap. If you're growing for CBD, you could be paying $8,000 a pound, and it takes three pounds at minimum per acre, so, $24,000 an acre," Gash says.

Fri
11
Jan

Cleveland Clinic will not recommend medical marijuana to its patients

Within days, medicinal products containing marijuana could be in the hands of Ohio patients.

According to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, 4,964 patient recommendations have been submitted through the registry in four weeks. Of those recommendations, 3,575 people have activated their registry card.

One provider who will not be recommending medical marijuana to its patients is Cleveland Clinic.

Fri
11
Jan

Can medical cannabis help alcoholics stop drinking for good?

Could cannabis be a helping hand to alcoholics? If possible, it could be a watershed moment for themany as 33 million Americans who struggle with alcohol use disorder. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive drug in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that approximately 88,000 Americans die as a result of excessive alcohol use each year.

Fri
11
Jan

No weed-and-wine tours in Ohio. Medical marijuana dispensaries will be off-limits to most

Marijuana tourism has become an industry unto itself in states such as Nevada and California, where marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use.

Some travel agencies even offer cannabis getaways to Denver, Las Vegas and other cities, where party buses heading to dispensaries for cannabis tours have become a common sight.

Marijuana retail outlets have even teamed with restaurants and wineries to offer "weed-and-wine'' or "eats-and-edibles'' tastings in on-site consumption lounges.

But the party stops at Ohio's border.

Fri
11
Jan

Donation money from Calgary Cannabis Club refused by cancer foundation

Cannabis may be legal in Canada but its stigma has not been eliminated entirely. This seems to be especially true when an organization in Alberta recently turned down a donation from another.

Members of the Calgary Cannabis Club raised $6,000 in honor of a former member Rick Beaver who passed away in November following a long battle with cancer. Beaver used cannabis to ease some of the symptoms associated with the bladder and esophageal cancer he experienced later in life.

Fri
11
Jan

Former big pharma CEO pleads guilty to bribing doctors to prescribe opioids

If you somehow don't think that Big Pharma is an evil entity pushing dangerous drugs on the American people to maximize profits, then this story will probably change your opinion, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Thu
10
Jan

First Ohio medical marijuana sales expected next week – if all goes according to plan

 

Ohio's first medical marijuana sales could happen at the end of next week – provided everything happens as planned.

Medical marijuana has been grown and harvested, and one dispensary is ready to open its doors. But all marijuana flower and products must be tested for potency and contaminants by an independent lab before they can be sold. 

Two testing labs have received final certificates of operation from the state. Both were collecting samples from some of the 29 state-licensed marijuana cultivators on Wednesday.

Hocking Technical College's testing lab received its certificate of operation Tuesday. Lab director Jonathan Cachat said the lab could have results back to cultivators by mid-week next week.

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