The program is off to a slow start: Only 150 physicians have completed the required registration with the state, and only eight of 20 dispensaries expect to open on Thursday. The remaining 12 dispensaries are expected to open by month’s end. “Our pharmacists are ready,” said Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care NY, which intends to open its first dispensary this week near Manhattan’s Union Square, followed by other locations in Suffolk, Clinton and Monroe counties. “Our product is ready. It’s been tested by the state and validated.” To receive medical cannabis a person must have one of several qualifying conditions, obtain certification from a physician registered with the program and apply for a registry identification card from the state’s Department of Health. The drugs will come in the forms of capsules and oils and tinctures that can be vaporized or used in inhalers. The names of the physicians able to authorize the drug are being withheld by the state. The Department of Health announced Tuesday it would soon post a list of those physicians willing to be publicly identified. The state’s cautious approach was intended to address concerns about the risk that marijuana would be diverted for recreational uses. “Our program ensures the availability of pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana products for certified patients and establishes strict regulatory controls to protect public health and safety,” state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Tuesday. Many patients and advocates of medical marijuana have expressed frustration not only with the 18-month implementation period but also with restrictions on the number of dispensaries and types of qualifying conditions.
In contrast to the legal dispensaries in the city that include only a sales area, the dispensaries in the county are expected to also feature large indoor cultivation rooms for growing marijuana. The opportunity to cultivate and sell on the same site might be part of whats prompted the sudden sharp increase of dispensary applications in the county, medical marijuana attorneys and county officials said. Other potential contributing factors, they said, could be new state medical marijuana laws that took effect Jan. 1, expectations California voters may approve recreational marijuana use this year and more investors entering the industry based on recent momentum. Lance Rogers, a local attorney who represents one of the county marijuana applicants, said industry insiders are surprised by the recent rush of projects in the county, which has a relatively strict medical marijuana ordinance that some have described as prohibitive. The ordinances land-use and zoning restrictions limit the number of eligible properties countywide to roughly 40, and the law takes the unusual step of having the Sheriffs Department play a key role in approving dispensaries and inspecting cultivation areas. “Its one of the most restrictive and conservative ordinances in the state and many critics view it as a de facto ban,” Rogers said. “So with all of these moving forward, I think were seeing lemonade being made out of lemons.” Rogers said one area where the county law is looser than many jurisdictions is allowing cultivation, suggesting that may be whats motivating the surge. New state laws approved last fall, the first time Sacramento has comprehensively addressed medical marijuana since state voters approved it in 1996, say businesses approved for cultivation by local governments will have priority for state cultivation licenses when they become available. Sheriffs Detective Michael Helms, who oversees dispensary approvals for the county, said the new state law has been a key motivating factor.
All of them are expected to be up and running by the end of the month. Eight dispensaries across the state are scheduled to open on Thursday, in locations including New York City and Albany, health officials said. The program is strictly limited to patients with very serious and terminal illnesses, including cancer, HIV and AIDS, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. Unlike the all other states that allow medical marijuana, except Minnesota, the program prohibits marijuana for smoking. It only allows the drug to be sold in liquid or oil form for vaporizers and inhalers or capsules taken orally. It also prohibits the cultivation of plants by patients. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP/FileMarijuana is harvested in California. In addition, New York requires a four-hour mandatory training course for physicians before they can certify patients, a requirement not mandated by other state programs, according to theNational Conference of State Legislatures. Medical researchers have applauded New Yorks conservative approach.
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The Department of Health announced Tuesday it would soon post a list of those physicians willing to be publicly identified. The states cautious approach was intended to address concerns about the risk that marijuana would be diverted for recreational uses. Our program ensures the availability of pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana products for certified patients and establishes strict regulatory controls to protect public health and safety, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said Tuesday. Many patients and advocates of medical marijuana have expressed frustration not only with the 18-month implementation period but also with restrictions on the number of dispensaries and types of qualifying conditions. Julie Netherland, deputy state director for the Drug Policy Alliance, said her organization also is concerned that many patients may have to wait longer for medication because of the delay in opening all 20 dispensaries. Even with 20 dispensaries there were going to be problems with patient access, she said. Im sure every state program has a period of working out the kinks. But for us this just reveals some of the problems with the program. The larger question here is are patients going to have access to medicine. The program cannot be declared a success until that happens. The states Department of Health has asked the five companies selected to produce and dispense the medication to develop a delivery option to get it to patients who cannot travel to one of the open dispensaries.
Now the state Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering a new wave of licenses that could double the number of Tacoma marijuana stores. Liquor board director Rick Garza said Tacoma could see another eight licensed stores as the agency selects established and well-behaved medical stores from a pool of applicants that have so far eluded official regulation. The latest round of licenses is spurred by the Legislatures move last year to bring medical marijuana shops under the regulatory framework built for recreational marijuana. In working to merge the two markets, the state Liquor and Cannabis Board has raised the statewide cap on marijuana retail licenses from 334 to 556. It distributed those extra 222 slots to areas without bans on pot businesses. Despite a pending moratorium, Garza said the agency plans to issue Tacomas full allotment of retail marijuana licenses. Those applications weve received, we will process those, Garza said. They (the businesses) will need to comply with the local jurisdictions (zoning laws). The citys moratorium is intended to allow the city Planning Commission time to suggest changes to the citys land use and nuisance laws. Tacomas current rules were written with the assumption that the city would have only eight stores and might need to be adjusted now that more are coming, city officials say. Theres been concern about aggregating marijuana stores and creating a pot district, Planning Commission chairman Chris Beale said.
A simple premise Alaska voted to commercialize recreational marijuana use in 2014. In the months following the legalization vote, businesses popped up claiming to give away marijuana. They asked people to make a donation for the product, essentially swapping the word buy with donate. Three of those businesses are today facing felony drug charges. Alaska Green Angels was created partially in responseto what McKenzie called predatory practices against medical marijuana users. We strongly felt that there were individuals out there kind of acting with a real mercenary attitude toward the sickest people, McKenzie said. It all just kind of coalesced to answer this need. The Green Angels started with a created by McKenzie last winter. The premise is simple. Post a need for cannabis and one of the members with marijuanawill respond. Soon, the groups numbers ballooned. While they used to know every member, those days are long passed, Tara said.
Twenty-three states have legalized some form of medical marijuana. Ward said it is Kentucky’s turn. “I think there is a chance we could pass a simple bill that said marijuana could be added to the list of controlled substances that could be prescribed by medical professionals,” Ward said. Last year, the bill made it through the Health and Welfare Committee in the House, but did not make it to a floor vote. Opponents said despite the medical benefits, there are still concerns about the abuse and recreational use. House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a medical marijuana bill last year. That measure stalled, but Stumbo says he would pursue it again this year if there’s a chance for passage. During last year’s campaign, Gov. Matt Bevin said he would support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Ward hopes his organization will help push the bill further this year.
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Hemp, Inc., for example, could possibly provide hemp seed to farmers.” The NV Department of Agriculture requires any hemp research project to use certified seed in which Hemp, Inc. could be the potential supplier. Per the NV Department of Agriculture, “A certified hemp research project must use certified seed. An applicant may request that the Department import certified seed. If the Department agrees to request the importation of seed, the applicant agrees that: the Department is not liable for and does not warrant that the seed is fit for any purpose; the applicant will pay in advance 100% of the costs associated with the importation of such seed, plus $1.00 per pound of seed; and, any seed that is not used will become the property of the Department without charge or reimbursement required.” Aside from possibly supplying certified seed to growers in Nevada, there are potentially many more opportunities for Hemp, Inc. ( OTC PINK : HEMP ) in the state of Nevada since hemp cultivation has been legalized. “Whether we end up growing industrial hemp, joint venturing, funding, producing hemp fiber with our portable decorticating machines, producing CBD’s, or engaging in any other possible, profitable business venture, Hemp, Inc. is already positioned to be the driving force and avant garde of the industrial hemp movement in our corporate headquarters state of Nevada, as 2016 progresses.” “Even though Hemp, Inc.’s direction has shifted towards more advanced processing in the milling line with its multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in Spring Hope, North Carolina , the company is one of the best sources for premium hemp materials,” noted Perlowin. A leader in the industrial hemp industry, Perlowin was recently honored with the Jack Herer Cannabis Hemp Award in recognition of Hemp, Inc.’s “Major Achievement in the Hemp Industry”. Producer and Co-Creator of the Jack Herer Cannabis Awards, Michael Whalen, recognized Perlowin and Hemp, Inc. as having a major impact within the industrial hemp industry as one of a handful of people paving the way for others “as this multi-billion dollar industry unfolds after being suppressed for decades.” The awards ceremony was held to not only benefit and bring awareness to the hemp industry, but awareness to the industry in Las Vegas, Nevada.