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Nevada lawmakers approve plan to reallocate 11 unclaimed medical marijuana licenses

CARSON CITY, Nevada — Nevada senators have approved a plan to reallocate medical marijuana licenses that were never claimed.

The Senate Finance Committee passed SB276 on Friday. The bill was presented by Democratic Sen. Tick Segerblom and Republican Sen. Patricia Farley.

The bill would reallocate 11 medical marijuana licenses that were designated for rural counties but never claimed, and offer eight of them to Clark County businesses. One license each would go to unincorporated Washoe County, Reno and Sparks.

Lawmakers approved regulations for the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana in 2013, although voters legalized medical pot in 2000.

 

 

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May

Lucas Co. sheriff against legalization of marijuana

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - Multiple groups have been efforting getting marijuana legalized in Ohio, but not everyone is in favor of legalization.

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp says he's worked hard to fight drug abuse in the county since he took office.

He even started a program called Drug Abuse Response Team (DART). With DART, sheriff's deputies are responsible for working with drug addicts and those who have overdosed to get them into rehab and help them recover.

The sheriff says legalizing marijuana would only hurt his efforts since many see marijuana as a gateway drug to more dangerous drugs like heroin.

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15
May

50th Ward alderman supports medical marijuana — somewhere else

Far North Side Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) doesn’t want a medical marijuana dispensary approved by the state to open near a large West Ridge neighborhood park.

“I do support medical marijuana — I want to make that clear — but I’m concerned about the location,” the alderman said.

Her vocal opposition comes as 420 Capital Management, the company with a state license to open to the dispensary at 6501 N. Western Ave., needs to win a crucial city zoning permit allowing the medical marijuana shop to open.

Silverstein said the store on Western would be too close to Warren Park, located less than a block north.

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May

Clearlake kills ban on marijuana cultivation

The Clearlake City Council has rescinded its ban on all marijuana cultivation in the face of a lawsuit and a successful signature-gathering campaign that required the city to either drop the ordinance or place it on the ballot.

Instead, it will amend the previous ordinance — which allowed between six and 12 pot plants, depending on parcel size — to make it easier for police to enforce. The revision will include limiting the number of plants that can be grown to six plants per household under the premise that it’s better to “keep it simple, stupid,” City Councilwoman Joyce Overton said.

Medical marijuana advocates Friday were celebrating the Thursday night vote overturning the ordinance, adopted in late February.

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15
May

Marijuana programming removed from Colorado Springs radio station, but will remain online

Management of a month-old Colorado Springs radio station dedicated to all things marijuana said technical problems Friday forced it to substitute other types of programming, but assured that all-things-pot programming would return Saturday.

But a few hours later, KHIG-AM owner Mike Knar sent an email to say the marijuana format has gone up in smoke, at least at 1580 AM.

He said the station's format is changing to include "lively music, a shopping show and information and news under the new moniker KFCS - Colorado Springs Own."

The KHIG format will continue online, he said, because that's how most of the audience tunes in.

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May

Marijuana peddlers busted vending at Farmer's Markets

GLENDALE, Arizona — Glendale police have arrested several people accused of conducting illegal marijuana sales at so-called farmers markets.

Approximately four weeks ago, the Glendale Police Department received complaints of suspicious activity related to the 7Ten Club at Camelback Road and 51st Avenue. Police said the club has been hosting “farmers markets” twice a week where vendors and customers transact marijuana.

Detectives conducted surveillance and undercover operations that included 18 illegal marijuana transactions during which they purchased marijuana from vendors.

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15
May

Healthcare Exec to CMS: Stop Micromanaging Quality

Having fewer quality metrics for plans to meet would work better.

WASHINGTON -- Medicare would work a lot better if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would stop micromanaging quality measurement, a healthcare executive said Friday.

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15
May

Cannabis medicine helping pensioner

A LOCAL pensioner who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS) has spoken about how a cannabis-based medicine has changed his life. The 81-year-old former police officer, who lives in a rural part of the Omagh district is understood to be have been the only person in the Western Trust to have been prescribed the drug Sativex. John (not his real name) said the oral spray has changed his life. He has called for the treatment to be funded for other MS sufferers. “It has changed my life considerably. “It definitely worked for me and I recommend it to anybody in the same position.” Made from two different strains of cannabis, Sativex is used to treat spasticity due to multiple sclerosis and is also in development for treating cancer pain.

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May

Massachusetts Medical marijuana rules overhauled

Massachusetts health authorities moved Friday to dramatically overhaul the process for granting licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries, aiming to streamline the process and remove politics.

Regulators from the administration of Governor Charlie Baker said the revamped licensing strips away the subjectivity and secrecy that had tainted the system under former governor Deval Patrick’s tenure. Controversy surrounding the previous system sparked more than two dozen lawsuits, leaving patients without any dispensaries 2½ years after voters approved marijuana for medical use.

 

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Cannabis-extract pills 'not effective' for dementia symptoms

'Cannabis pills 'do not help dementia sufferers',' reports The Daily Telegraph. Previous research suggested one of the active ingredients in cannabis – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – can have effects on the nervous system and brain, such as promoting feelings of relaxation.

In this study, researchers wanted to see if THC could help relieve some of the behavioural symptoms of dementia, such as mood swings and aggression.

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