Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
Colorado has had legal adult sales of cannabis for just shy of 11 months now and tax figures are showing that locals and visitors love spending cash on cannabis.
Medical marijuana patients paid more than $31.3 million for ganga and ganja-infused product in September, netting the state $908,630 in taxes. Recreational sales were at just over $30.5 million during the same period, which means that MMJ sales outpaced recreational sales that month. In fact, sales of recreational pot dropped in September, down about $2.4 million from August. Denver saw the lion's share of recreational sales, with $14,491,206 sold in September.
There are still places in Colorado without dispensaries, believe it or not -- but fewer of them every month. In October, a medical marijuana dispensary license was granted to a store in Tabernash, and several other licenses were allotted in municipalities that have established dispensaries -- including recreational cannabis shops for those of you planning to visit the Mile High City and Colorado.
An Anaheim Hills-based doctor who practices out of a medical marijuana clinic and goes by "Dr. J" (get it?) has been court-ordered to stop practicing medicine while he is out on bail for the alleged sexual assault of a female patient. But here's the deal with Dr. Sri Jayantha Wijegunaratne: He's already out on a bail in a separate case that accuses him of having defrauded Medicare by prescribing powered wheelchairs to patients who did not need them.
Let's back this puppy way up: Federal prosecutors claim Wijegunaratne prescribed powered wheelchairs, at a cost of about $2,800 each, to six patients who did not need them. His chosen medical equipment supplier billed Medicare, got reimbursed and paid the physician kickbacks, according to the feds. Bong Blotter has more.
When combined with radiation therapy, low doses of THC and CBD helped to kill high-grade glioma masses, among the most aggressive brain cancers there is, according to a report from St. George's University in London.
Researchers say the THC and CBD made the cells more receptive to the radiation and that the tumors shrank up to 90 percent of their original size.
Former Kent County jail Sgt. and medical marijuana patient Timothy Bernhardt, who is being charged along with three other corrections officers for possessing medical marijuana brownies, has died. According to the family's attorney, Bernhardt died Sunday morning. The cause of death has not been disclosed.
Bernhardt was set to be sentenced for "maintaining a drug house" after being busted with pot brownies. As we told you last week, marijuana concentrates are illegal in Michigan, which courts there have taken to include marijuana-infused butter.
According to state courts, Michigan medical marijuana laws technically don't allow for edibles made from concentrated cannabis, which includes infused butter. It's a stupid loophole that any medical marijuana advocate should be closed, but in the meantime cops and courts are still using it to hang patients and caregivers out to dry.
Medical marijuana patients in Maryland will soon be able to finally actually access medical marijuana as the state approved medical cannabis rules Thursday.
But it has taken the state forever - and left patients languishing - to get this far. And patients will still have to wait until 2016 to access any buds.
October 8, 2013 was a bad day for Scott Waselik. After being stabbed in the chest by his roommate, Kevin Rios, Waselik had to drive to a local police station for help. Once there, he gave the police his home address - reluctantly, he says - before being whisked off to a local hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, the cops were raiding his home, not only to arrest Rios but to charge Waselik with possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
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Thankfully, a judge this week has some common sense and ruled that the cops didn't have the right to go into the home in the first place and has tossed out all of the evidence against Waselik.
Florida voters overwhelmingly approved of medical marijuana (58% to about 42%) but lost because they needed to get 60%. And yet the Anti-Amedment 2 people claim a victory when they clearly don't have the majority opinion on their side.
Amendment 2 may have missed narrowly missed the 60 percent voter threshold needed to pass a constitutional amendment, but main sponsor John Morgan has already announced he'll place another medical marijuana amendment on the ballot in 2016. This time, there's an even better chance it will pass.
Florida voters failed to get enough "yes" votes for medical cannabis yesterday by about two percentage points. Voters approved the bill overwhelmingly, with 58 percent for the measure and only 42 percent against it. But a 60 percent approval rating was needed to pass Amendment 2.
Amendment 2 supporters were disheartened but promised to run the measure again in the future.