Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
Would-be legal medical cannabis users in Iowa say the state's CBD-only medical cannabis program isn't meeting their needs.
It isn't necessarily surprising to hear, considering the program never allowed Iowans to grow cannabis to make the oil, nor does it allow them to even purchase oil in Iowa. Instead, they have to get permission from the state to travel outside of Iowa, purchase the medicine, then illegally transfer it across state lines back home, 32 ounces at a time.
On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, our colleagues at the Riverfront Times Richard Stulz, Lac Qui Parle county attorney, in hopes of speaking with him about why he decided to press charges against Angela Brown, the Madison, Minnesota woman who gave her ailing teenage son medical marijuana oil to (effectively) treat symptoms stemming from a traumatic brain injury.
But Stulz, unfortunately, isn't in the mood to talk about it. Their calls weren't returned, and that appears to be the case for other reporters who have reached out to him as well.
Week after week, we report on headlines and stories regarding the many, many potential health benefits there are to responsible cannabis use. From epilepsy to cancer, and from ADD to PTSD, cannabis, in many cases we are told, can possibly cure them all.
Reactions to these headlines usually bounce back and forth between the anti-cannabis crowd saying something like, "No way..." to the pro-pot people saying, "Holy shit!" But the results of a study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine have merged the two reactions into a pretty universal reply of "No shit!"
The first state-legal medical cannabis dispensary in Connecticut opened yesterday evening, though they didn't actually have any herb to dispense.
Prime Wellness of Connecticut in South Windsor opened last night, though it was more of an open house. Patients and the public were invited in to check out the facilities and meet with the growers.
When Arlin Troutt was sentenced in February 1996 for a marijuana-selling conspiracy, a crowd of supporters came to the Minneapolis federal courtroom to cheer him on.
The Arizona resident and former frontman for a line of hempwear affiliated with country singer Willie Nelson had been convicted of conspiring to transport and sell about 250 pounds of marijuana. Then 46, Troutt railed against the government's anti-marijuana policies to the judge, extolling the plant's value as "food, fuel, fiber, and medicine."
His lawyer told the press the speech probably added 19 months to Troutt's sentence of eight years, one month. Troutt, now 64 and living in Gold Canyon, is still fighting the Man in the name of cannabis. He vows to appeal an administrative law judge's August 12 ruling that upholds a state rule prohibiting medical-marijuana patients from growing marijuana within 25 miles of a dispensary.
Congrats, Travers Narcotics team: you raided a marijuana dispensary that wasn't trying to hide what they were doing and have prevented patients from accessing state-legal cannabis they use as medicine.
Cops raided the Magic Buds Medical Cannabis store in Wexford County, Michigan Tuesday, taking cash, business and patient records along with the stock of medical cannabis. The raid came after a judge ordered the shop to close last month for operating against state laws that prohibit dispensaries.
A proposed law that would have established policing of marijuana dispensaries statewide was essentially killed in the California legislature last week.
Dale Gieringer, state coordinator of California NORML, says it's now time to take the matter directly to voters. He envisions the possibility, in 2016, of an initiative that would ask you to approve both the legalization of recreational marijuana and the creation of a regulatory framework for all pot retailers. That could mean having the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control act as police for medical and recreational shops. More at the LA Weekly.
Legal marijuana will be sold here soon.
Nevada's head of the state medical marijuana program says that, pending local approval, medical marijuana dispensaries could open in "early" 2015.
But first, the state will have to grant licenses. Yesterday marked the last day Nevada medical marijuana business hopefuls could drop off applications. Roughly 370 people applied, and out of that 66 will be chosen.
There is so much speculation surrounding the killing of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite eyewitness accounts, a federal investigation by the Justice Department, and three separate autopsies, there is still no common consensus as to what exactly happened that fateful day.
Much like in the case of the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, there seems to be a go-to formula that the defenders of the shooters tend to roll out each time we face one of these tragedies, and it seems to always paint the dead victim as a dangerous pothead.
Earlier this month, high-ranking folks from the health department staffers gave an all-day presentation about pot. They urged the public to take a look at the first draft of rules governing the program, as well as the application for growers, and be honest.
In response, the DC-based Marijuana Policy Project, whose lobbyists played a key role in getting legislation passed here, submitted a six-page critique. The goal, writes Robert Capecchi, a deputy director, should be to avoid regulating the growers out of business while offering protections for patients and the facilities that produce the medicine.