Colorado Will Spend $10 Million Marijuana’s Medical Benefits Research

Crisanta Duran (D), a co-sponsor of the bill, told The Huffington Post this news update. “Patients will benefit from this investment and Colorado will become a national leader in developing medical marijuana research.” The bill states the research will help Colorado determine which medical conditions should be added to the state’s current list of eight ailments that make patients eligible for medical marijuana. It will also help physicians better understand the biochemical effects of prescribed marijuana, add to the growing base of knowledge built from several state-funded medical cannabis research programs about proper dosing and possibly allow the state to conduct clinical trials, the bill outlines .

“This bill is exciting because it gives researchers the opportunity to show why and how marijuana works, and to do research that the federal government refuses to conduct,” Mike Elliott of Marijuana Industry Group told Huffington Post. The research will be funded through the state’s $10 million medical marijuana program cash fund. “More information is needed to further understand potential therapeutic uses of marijuana and its component parts,” the Medical Marijuana Health Effects Grant Program bill reads. “Research on the therapeutic effects of marijuana and its component parts could benefit thousands of Coloradans who suffer from additional debilitating medical conditions that do not respond to conventional treatments and are not currently permissible medical conditions for medical marijuana use.”

Colorado legalized marijuana for medical use in 2000. There are currently more than 115,000 patients on the state registry. A number of studies in recent years have demonstrated the medical potential of cannabis. Purified forms of cannabis can be effective at attacking some forms of aggressive cancer . Marijuana use has also been tied to better blood sugar control and may help slow the spread of HIV .

To read more, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/21/colorado-medical-marijuana_n_5365644.html

Medical Marijuana Passed, NY Senate Health Panel Declares

We are, by no means, at the end of the line yet.” Advocates say recent changes to the Senate bill dubbed the Compassionate Care Act which narrows the spectrum of diseases for which marijuana can be prescribed, made the proposal more palatable to opponents.

The newly amended bill sponsored by Savino narrows that to about 20 conditions, including cancer, HIV, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Sen. William Larkin, R-Newburgh, was the lone Republican on the committee to vote in favor of the bill. He said he voted with his conscious to represent some of his constituents that suffer from a rare form of epilepsy that causes them to have multiple seizures a day.

“The Compassionate Care Act is the only legislation that has come before the Senate committee which could provide the families of these children with the relief they are seeking,” the 86-year-old Republican told the Associated Press. While the Senate finance committee is one hurdle, getting it to a vote in the Senate will be another. Due to the power sharing agreement between Republicans and a faction of five Democrats that control the Senate, each leader can block bills from being brought to the floor by using their veto power.

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos has warmed up to the idea, saying he supports medical marijuana use in oil form, but has trepidation about smoking the drug. Savino’s bill would prohibit patients under the age of 21 from smoking the drug.

To read more, visit http://www.sacbee.com/2014/05/20/6418319/medical-marijuana-slated-for-key.html

Update On Medical Marijuana: Minnesota Medical Marijuana Law Passes Major Hurdle

After a series of road-bumps, the Minnesota legislature overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that would legalize some medical marijuana use. The new policy, which is considered the most restrictive in the country, only allows patients to consume cannabis by pills and oils.

To read more, visit http://finance.yahoo.com/news/marijuana-weekly-roundup-minnesota-medical-194420702.html

Can Legalization Of Marijuana Hurt Mexican Drug Cartels?

With marijuana being legal in Colorado and with very lenient medical marijuana laws in other states, the effects are being felt in the Mexican drug cartels and the gangs don’t like it, the Daily Kos reported Sunday. In fact, some pot farmers are no longer planting marijuana. Farmers in the Golden Triangle section of Mexico’s Sinaloa state, which is the country’s most prolific pot growing region, say they are no longer planting pot.

The wholesale price of pot has dropped from $100 per kilogram to less than $25. “It’s not worth it anymore”, Rodrigo Silla, 50, a longtime marijuana farmer, told the Washington Post. He couldn’t remember the last time his family and others in their town stopped growing pot. “I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization”, he added.

The Washington Post reports that some of the cartels have turned to producing cheap heroin since they can’t make much money anymore growing pot. Is it hurting the cartels? Yes. The cartels are criminal organizations that were making as much as 35-40 percent of their income from marijuana, said retired federal agent Terry Nelson. They aren’t able to move as much cannabis inside the US now.

A 2012 study by the Mexican Competitiveness Institute found that American state legalization would cut into the drug gang business and take over about 30 percent of their market.

To read more, visit http://www.examiner.com/article/legalize-marijuana-and-hurt-mexican-drug-cartels-studies-show

Proposed Medical Marijuana Cultivation Site, Infusion Kitchen

“Medical-marijuana card holders need to lock-up the edible items to keep them from children and other people who should not consume them”, Ms. Shields said. “We’re definitely not trying to solicit children to eat it but if a child or anybody sees a brownie or any kind of candy, they’ll eat it. They’ll probably spit it out because it doesn’t taste very good. But people need to lock up their medical edibles the same way they lock up liquor”, Ms. Shields said. A lot of this is being responsible. They can buy a $20 safe at Target and lock up their medical edibles.

Commissioner Robert Schroeder also was concerned about the amount of product the facility would produce, Mr. Esquivias said. During a phone interview May 14, Commissioner Schroeder said he wanted to know what happens to the excess product produced at the facility. He also wants to know more about the smell that could be generated by the facility and whether its presence there would impact any developments being proposed on vacant lots near the proposed facility.

To read more, visit http://arizona.newszap.com/eastvalley/132125-114/medical-marijuana-cultivation-site-infusion-kitchen-proposed-for-apache-junction

Feds: Don’t You Call Marijuana A Medicine

While Ormsby seems to have gotten the second memo, he seems to have missed the first one. “This case is another glaring example of what’s wrong with the federal policy on cannabis,” says Kari Boiter of Americans for Safe Access. “If the Justice Department can continue to aggressively prosecute individual patients without any consequences from the White House, none of these DOJ memos are worth the paper they’re printed on.”

The Harvey trial, which was originally scheduled to start last week, has been postponed until July 28, at which point at least some of Spokane’s eight state-licensed pot shops should be open for business, selling marijuana grown by state-licensed producers like Sean Green. It will be a surreal juxtaposition. The judge overseeing the Kettle Falls Five case recently ruled that the defendants may not so much as mention the reason they were growing marijuana, which under federal law does not matter.

Meanwhile, on their way home from the courthouse, jurors will be able to buy pot from openly operating businesses licensed by the state of Washington, approved by the city of Spokane, and tolerated by the federal government. The seeds of this bizarre situation were planted in July 2012, when the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the Civil Air Patrol that someone was growing marijuana near the Colville Airport.

To read more, visit http://reason.com/archives/2014/05/19/dont-call-it-medicine

A Look At Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Business

Eligibility is determined by a licensed doctor in Nevada after studying the patient’s medical records. Applicants must be at least 10 years old. The Nevada law stipulates medical marijuana can be used by patients who suffer from AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and any medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces significant weight loss, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea or pain. Other conditions are subject to approval by the health division of the state Department of Human Resources.

About 5,600 Nevadans currently have medical marijuana cards. That number is expected to increase dramatically once the dispensaries are in business. OTHER STATES: Medical marijuana is legal in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

To read more, visit http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/05/18/nevadas-medical-marijuana-business-glance/9231111/?from=global&sessionKey&autologin

Medical Marijuana Took A Strange Trip While Heading Towards Minnesota Legislative Approval

“Some children would have been helped by his plan”, Dayton said, “but it went nowhere.” Ironically, even though Dayton said he opposed bills introduced early in the session written to help patients who say nothing else can help them, he was the eventual inspiration for a final deal on medical marijuana that was reached Thursday and passed by the House and Senate Friday. Much like the route taken by a successful Vikings stadium bill, getting medical marijuana to the verge of passing featured many fits and starts, with the concept looking dead at points.

Legislative leaders needed to get involved for the measure to make progress. It all started a year ago, when the 2013 session was nearing an end and Rep. Carly Melin, D-Hibbing, began floating the idea about pushing a medical marijuana bill. Melins inspiration was another Hibbing resident, Amelia Weaver. The girls parents, Angie and Josh Weaver, told the lawmaker about her seizures, up to 50 a day.

To read more, visit http://www.parkrapidsenterprise.com/content/medical-marijuana-took-strange-trip-its-way-minnesota-legislative-approval

Legislature Closing Deal On Medical Marijuana; Voting On Friday

The bill creates a patient registry that will track the health impact of medical marijuana among patients who use it. The bill also establishes a medical cannabis task force that will conduct an assessment for a research program. Patients who want to use medical cannabis would receive certification of their condition from a doctor, physician assistant or advanced practice nurse.

After receiving a patient’s application, the Minnesota Department of Health would enroll the patient in the registry program and issue registry verification. Patients then could obtain medical cannabis at one of eight distribution centers, which would be established by the manufacturers. Patients would pay a fee to help cover program costs. As part of participating in the program, patients would agree to continue treatment for their condition with their health care provider, and agree to provide ongoing reports on their health status.

Manufacturers would be licensed and inspected by the state. They would be the source of marijuana for the program unless Minnesota can obtain an adequate supply of medical cannabis from the federal government by Aug.

To read more, visit http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_25768621/minnesota-medical-marijuana-deal-reached-legislature

NY Senate Prepared To Pass Medical Marijuana For The First Time

But now that the Senate is poised to approve the treatment, there’s a new glitch. Savino’s newest bill has changes that her medical marijuana counterpart in the Assembly isn’t keen on. That means the latest version of the “Compassionate Care Act” could more easily pass the more conservative Senate than the Democratically-controlled Assembly.

Three key changes in Savino’s newest bill: The latest version limits which diseases and conditions could be treated with medical marijuana. “Physicians have too much latitude,” in some other states, like California, Savino told Arbetter. Instead of leaving it up to doctors, the bill lists 20 specific diseases or conditions that a patient must suffer from before a doctor could recommend marijuana as a treatment.

The proposal, though, would create an advisory committee to recommend additions and subtractions to that list of 20 as medical advancements occur. That board could also hear appeals from individual patients denied access to medical marijuana by the state’s health commissioner. People under 21 would not be able to smoke marijuana as a treatment, though a doctor could prescribe the drug in other forms.

To read more, visit http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/medical_marijuana_the_latest_from_albany.html