Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard is getting into the medical-marijuana business in Pennsylvania, according to a March 28, 2017, article at Philly.com.
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South Carolina Republicans Co-Sponsor Medical Marijuana Bill
After losing a son to opioid addiction last year, a conservative South Carolina Republican is co-sponsoring a medical marijuana bill in the state’s General Assembly. State Rep. Eric Bedingfield said he believes medical marijuana can help people overcome opioid addiction.
Nebraska Legislative Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill
A Nebraska legislative committee has voted to approve a medical marijuana bill, according to a March 18, 2017, article at Omaha.com. Legislative Bill 622, sponsored by state Sen. Anna Wishart of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed the Judiciary Committee with a 6-1 vote. It will now head to the legislative floor.
Only Universities Can Test Ohio’s Medical Marijuana For First Year
In Ohio, public universities have to test medical marijuana during the first year of the state’s program. Private laboratories are not allowed to do the testing. The law creates a practical problem. Universities do not necessarily want to risk losing federal funding for testing medical marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law.
Illinois Legislators Introduce Recreational Marijuana Bills
Two Illinois legislators have introduced bills to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. However, state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Democrats from the north side of Chicago, said they will not put the bills up for a vote this year. Rather, they will hold hearings on the bills with an eye toward putting them up for a vote next year.
Some Ohioans Want Residency Requirement for Medical Pot Business Licenses
As the Ohio Department of Commerce prepares to give licenses to medical marijuana growers, some entrepreneurs want the state to restrict licensees to only those who live in Ohio. Ohio’s medical marijuana law allows the Department of Commerce to grant licenses to 12 large growing operations and 12 small growing operations.
Actor Patrick Stewart, Medical Marijuana User, Endorses Oxford Study
The recent announcement of Oxford University’s $12.3 million Cannabis Research Plan has attracted the support of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, or at least the actor who portrayed him. Actor Patrick Stewart, also known for his role as Professor X in the current movie “Logan,” released a statement to the Telegraph describing his own success with medical marijuana, which he has used in spray, ointment and edible forms.
Veterans Oppose Prohibition of Medical Marijuana on Arizona’s College Campuses
A veterans group is opposing Arizona’s prohibition of medical marijuana on college campuses, according to a March 14, 2017, article at 12News.com. The veterans’ update on their Change.org petition, posted March 12, 2017, claims the University of Arizona campus police are “ready to lock up medical cannabis patients.”
Braddock, Penn., Looks to Medical Marijuana For Economic Revitalization
A Pennsylvania town that lost its steel industry 25 years ago hopes a new medical marijuana facility will bring economic revitalization. Braddock, Penn., lost its steel industry more than 25 years ago and since has been considered a financially distressed community. But the prospect of a medical marijuana facility is encouraging news for the town.
ResponsibleOhio Founders Want to Start a Medical Marijuana Facility
The founders of ResponsibleOhio, the group that sought to legalize recreational marijuana through a 2015 ballot measure, want to start growing and processing medical marijuana, according to a March 8, 2017, article at Cleveland.com. Jimmy Gould and Ian James are seeking one of 12 licenses available under the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.
Colorado House Committee Limits Number of Home-Grown Marijuana Plants
A committee in the Colorado House has voted to restrict the number of home-grown marijuana plants to 12, according to the Associated Press. The committee voted 11-2 for the limitation. Currently, medical-marijuana users are allowed to have up to 99 plants at home, while recreational users can have six, which can be placed in greenhouses operated by co-ops.
Texas Misses Out on Millions Due to Delayed Start of Medical Marijuana Act
Delays in implementing Texas’s medical marijuana law could be keeping the state from millions in tax revenues, according to Forbes. The Texas Compassionate Use Act became law on June 1, 2015, but it required doctors to write prescriptions for medical marijuana. Two problems stem from that requirement.
Lindy Snider Getting Into Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Industry
Lindy Snider, daughter of the late Pennsylvania business and sports leader Ed Snider, wants to get into Pennsylvania’s fledgling medical marijuana industry. She hopes to build a 125,000 square-foot growing space on the northeast side of Philadelphia. She said her late father, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, would have endorsed medical marijuana as a good business idea.
Colorado Dispensaries Could Get The Right to Deliver
A bill introduced in the Colorado Senate could allow licensed dispensaries to obtain a state endorsement to make deliveries to homes. If passed, Senate Bill 192 would allow residential deliveries of up to one ounce of recreational marijuana and up to two ounces of medical marijuana. Dispensaries would not be allowed to deliver to commercial, public, hotel or dormitory addresses.
Cleveland Cannabis College Opens in Ohio
Ohioans now can get an education in their state’s medical marijuana program. Richard Pine, an Ohio native, has opened the Cleveland Cannabis College. The college will offer courses in horticulture, history, law and other areas related to medical marijuana. Classes will begin in Fall 2017.
Georgia Senate Bill Places New Restriction on THC Levels in Cannabis Oil
The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that would require a reduction in the amount of THC in cannabis oil. Senate Bill 16 reduces the amount of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, allowed in cannabis oil from 5 percent to 3 percent. However, the bill also adds a medical condition, autism, to the eight legal uses of medical marijuana established in 2015.
Poll: Iowans Increasingly Support Medical Marijuana
Iowans are increasingly supportive of medical marijuana. A new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found 80 percent of adult Iowans approve of medical marijuana legalization. Iowa has a medical marijuana program, but it only allows people with epilepsy to use low-THC marijuana oil—and that program will expire during the summer of 2017.
In 2016, Colorado Marijuana Sales Hit $1.3 Billion
In 2016, Colorado sales of recreational and medical marijuana sales combined hit $1.3 billion, according to a Feb. 9, 2017, article by the Associated Press. The figure, drawn from a Colorado Department of Revenue report, shows a steady climb from $699 million in 2014 and $996 million in 2015.
Fungus on Medical Marijuana Might Have Killed Cancer Patient
Fungus on medical marijuana might have killed a young California man fighting a treatable cancer, according to CBSNews.com. Doctors suspect the man could have died because the fungus was able to infect his body due to an immune system weakened by chemotherapy.
Lab Finds Toxic Fungicide on Medical Marijuana in San Francisco Area
A reporter at a San Francisco-area television station sent six samples of medical marijuana to a laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., for testing, and the results have raised some red flags, according to the KPIX website. “Only one of those six had no detectable pesticides,” Dr. Donald Land, a researcher at Steep Hill Lab, said.
Etain to Offer Discounts to Repeat Medical Marijuana Customers in New York
A New York medical marijuana company plans to offer discounts to repeat customers, according to a Jan. 29, 2017, article in the Times Union of Albany, N.Y. With four dispensaries statewide, Etain is one of five medical marijuana providers in the state. The company will begin a tiered system of discounts starting Jan. 31, 2017.
UFC Referee Big John McCarthy Advocates Medical Marijuana
Big John McCarthy, a referee for Ultimate Fighting Championship, recently spoke with Vegas CANNABIS magazine for a Jan. 11, 2017, interview about medical marijuana as an option for fighters in mixed martial arts and for his wife, who has lupus.
Colorado Supreme Court: Cops do Not Have to Return Confiscated Pot
When a drug case fails in Colorado, law enforcement officers do not have to return confiscated marijuana because doing so would be a violation of federal law, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 23, 2017. The decision overruled the Colorado Court of Appeals, which had said Colorado Springs police must return marijuana to Robert Crouse, who was arrested on drug charges on May 5, 2011.
Medicinal Marijuana Advocate Responds to Utah Medical Association
A medical marijuana organization in Utah is speaking out after the state’s medical association said pot does not have medicinal value, according to Good4Utah.com, the website of Salt Lake City’s ABC affiliate. The Utah Medical Association held a press conference on Jan. 17, 2017, to say marijuana is not a medicine.
Washington State Bill Would Allow Medical Pot at Public Schools
The father of a first-grade student in Aberdeen, Washington, could become the catalyst for a change in state law that would allow CBD oil at public schools. River Barclay, 7, needs CBD oil to manage a rare form of epilepsy, but state law will not allow her father to go to the school to administer the dose because medical marijuana is illegal on school property.
New Study Makes Comprehensive Scientific Review of Health Data on Pot
The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has released a 395-page report that looks at a wide range of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of marijuana as medicine. “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids” provides “a comprehensive review of scientific evidence related to the health effects and potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis.”
As Sessions Hearings Begin, Rumors About Shuttering Dispensaries Circulate
As U.S. Senate hearings began on Jan. 10, 2017, for Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-marijuana nominee for Attorney General, rumors about the Drug Enforcement Agency shutting down dispensaries were already circulating.
Some Wisconsin Republicans Warming to Medical Marijuana
Some Wisconsin Republicans who have been opposed to medical marijuana are now warming to the idea of legalizing cannabidiol or CBD oil, according to an article by the Associated Press. Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard said he wants to introduce a bill allowing possession and use of CBD oil, which has proven to help people with seizures.
Idaho Moms For Marijuana Protester Cited in State Capital
Serra Frank was protesting in Boise, Idaho, with Idaho Moms for Marijuana during the second annual New Year’s Smoke Out Protest on Jan. 1, 2016. At 4:20 p.m., she was cited for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, and gave her marijuana to the police, according to Jan. 1, 2016 articles in local media.
Cases of Rare Pot-Related Illness Nearly Double at Two Colorado Hospitals
It sounds like a case from an episode of the television medical drama “House” — some long-term, heavy users of marijuana experience abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. They find relief only by taking hot showers or baths and quitting their marijuana use. But cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome does not portray a disease on television. It is a real disease, and Colorado hospitals are seeing more of it.
New York Hospitals Stuck Between State And Federal Laws on Medical Marijuana
The state of New York allows five companies to dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients, but most hospitals receive federal funds, so they cannot allow patients to use pot medicinally, according to an article in the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y. While several states have approved marijuana for medical or adult use, it remains illegal under federal law.
In Minnesota, Disagreement Over Medical Marijuana for PTSD
In Minnesota, medicinal cannabis companies and the state’s health commissioner disagree with the state Veterans Affairs regarding the use of medical marijuana for PTSD. The controversy centers around the commissioner’s decision to include PTSD among the conditions that qualify for medical marijuana, while Veterans Affairs prohibits its use.
Maine Governor Wants to Get Rid of State’s Medical Marijuana Program
Now that adult-use marijuana is legal in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage wants to get rid of the state’s medical marijuana program. Maine voters passed Question 1, the marijuana legalization referendum, on Nov. 8, 2016, leading LePage to say “we’ve got to get rid of medical marijuana” on a recent interview with a radio show.
Two Tennessee Republican Legislators Introduce Medical Marijuana Bill
Two Republican legislators in Tennessee have introduced a new medical marijuana bill, according to an article in The Tennessean. At an announcement that included supporting comments from singer Gary Chapman, Rep. Jeremy Faison and Sen. Steve Dickerson insisted their bill was not opening the door to adult-use marijuana.
Trump’s Choice For DHS Chief Considers Medical Marijuana Legitimate
Retired U.S. Marine Gen. John F. Kelly will be President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for chief of the Department of Homeland Security. In a recent interview, Kelly said he believes U.S. drug policy should focus on reducing demand, and he also said medical marijuana has a legitimate medicinal purpose.
New York Knicks President Phil Jackson Foresees Changes in NBA Pot Policy
Phil Jackson, president of the New York Knicks, talked about marijuana use and the NBA during a visit to the CBS Sports Network program “We Need to Talk.” Jackson started by talking about his own marijuana use following the back surgery that kept him out of the 1969-1970 season when he was on the New York Knicks team.
In California, Proposition 64 Could Bring Less Tax Revenue Than Once Expected
Medical marijuana patients in California are getting a tax break, and that could mean less money for the state’s coffers. The Board of Equalization recently notified users they do not have to pay sales tax on medical pot if they have both a recommendation from a doctor and the appropriate identification card.
In Arizona, Two Sue Over State’s Medical Marijuana Fees
At the end of 2015, Arizona’s five-year-old medical marijuana program had an $11.5 million surplus. State law says the program can only raise enough “sufficient to implement and administer” the medical marijuana program, so two users are suing over annual identification card fees, which are $150 per patient.
California Could See $1 Billion in Tax Revenue From Legal Marijuana
In California, analysts are saying the state could see $1 billion in tax revenue from marijuana when a new legalization law becomes effective in 2018, according to an article in the International Business Times. The recently approved Proposition 64 prescribes a 15 percent excise tax on adult-use and medical marijuana.
NFL Player Could Appeal Second Suspension For Using Pot For Crohn’s Disease
The NFL is expected soon to give Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson a 10-game suspension for his second use of marijuana, a substance banned under the league’s agreement with the NFL Players Association. But Henderson might appeal the second suspension, which could force the NFL and the Players Association to reconsider their marijuana policy.
Doctor to Open First Tallahassee, Fla., Medical Marijuana Practice
A doctor in Tallahassee, Fla., will open the city’s first medical marijuana practice, according to a Nov. 22, 2016, article in the Tallahassee Democrat. Dr. Joseph Dorn announced his new practice following the Nov. 8, 2016, election in which Floridians approved Amendment 2, allowing medical marijuana in the state.
NORML says Florida City Moratoriums on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will Be Illegal
Now that Florida voters have allowed medical marijuana with the passage of Amendment 2, some cities have placed six-month or one-year moratoriums on medical marijuana shops. But a representative of NORML says those moratoriums will be illegal when Amendment 2 becomes law on Jan. 3, 2017.
In California, County Temporarily Bans Commercial Growth of Adult-Use Pot
In California, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has passed an emergency ban on commercial growth of marijuana for recreational use, according to a Nov. 15, 2016, article at KSBW.com. The ban is a response to California’s Nov. 8, 2016, passage of Proposition 64, which legalized adult-use marijuana in the state.
Marijuana Use Could Contribute to Weakness of Heart Muscle
A new study suggests marijuana use could contribute to a sudden temporary weakness of the heart muscle, according to CNN.com. The type of heart muscle weakness studied, called stress cardiomyopathy, often appears in people going through stress and grief following a break-up or the death of a loved one.
As Massachusetts Votes on Legalization, Rhode Island Governor Plans Ahead
As Massachusetts residents prepare to vote on marijuana legalization, the governor of neighboring Rhode Island is considering the next move for her state’s pot policy, which already allows medical marijuana. If Massachusetts legalizes, Rhode Island will have to look at the issue “harder and faster.”
Oregon Releases Its First Health Alert For Marijuana Laced With Pesticides
An Oregon laboratory discovered a pesticide in two strains of marijuana sold in a dispensary, causing the state to issue its first health alert for tainted marijuana. Between Oct. 15 and Oct. 17, about 130 customers of the medical marijuana dispensary New Leaf bought the tainted marijuana, which was tainted with spinosad.
Utah Gubernatorial Candidate Calls For Legalizing Medical Marijuana
Utah’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate called for legalizing medical pot after his wife pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession. Under current Utah laws, Mike Weinholtz said, doctors have only one option for some conditions: opiates. But his wife was able to enjoy physical activities after using pot.
Florida Debate Reveals Fault Lines on Amendment 2
A debate in Florida revealed the fault lines in public opinion as the state prepares to vote on Amendment 2, a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana. The Oct. 18, 2016, debate in Orlando pitted Amendment 2 supporter John Morgan against drug-addiction expert Dr. Jessica Spencer, according to WTSP.com.
LDS Leaders Want Members to Vote Against Recreational Marijuana
The leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is urging its members in Arizona, California, and Nevada to vote against the legalization of recreational marijuana. The top three leaders in the church made their appeal in a letter, according to KUTV.com, website for the CBS affiliate in Salt Lake City.
Maine’s Medical Pot Growers Split on Recreational Legalization
In Maine, medical marijuana advocates are divided on legalization of recreational pot, according to an Oct. 11, 2016, article in the Bangor Daily News. Residents will vote in November 2016 on Question 1, the ballot question which could legalize recreational pot. The state already has allowed medical marijuana.