Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News

American Cannabis Company is counseling potential Minnesota pot producers
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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They won't say who, but the American Cannabis Company is counseling a group of "Minnesota-based entrepreneurs" who want to become manufacturers of the new state-sanctioned medicine.

ACC got off the ground last year in Colorado, working with local applicants, but has since expanded to include clients across the U.S. and as far as the eastern seaboard of Canada. Trent Woloveck, the company COO, says his team will be tasked with meeting Minnesota regulatory standards while "bringing what our best practices are from these more mature markets."

Read more about ACC's vague announcement over at the Minneapolis City Pages.


Iowa cancer patient recently convicted for growing herb takes vacation in pot-friendly Oregon
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Benton Mackenzie in court.

Benton Mackenzie doesn't have much time left. The angiosarcoma eating away at his blood vessels and leaving fist-sized tumors on his skin is in the final stages. He's in pain. It's why he chose to grow cannabis at his parent's Iowa home where he lives with his wife. It was worth the risk, a risk that ultimately led to his conviction for cannabis cultivation earlier this month along with his wife.

Without much strength or time left, though, Mackenzie wants to be comfortable. So he's travelled from Iowa to Oregon where he can legally purchase cannabis with a doctor's recommendation. It's likely a last trip for Mackenzie, his wife and their son. And one he is already enjoying.


From home-brewed to lab tested; cannabis extracts are on the cusp of curing cancer
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8:20 am

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It has long been known that the various compounds (cannabinoids) found within the cannabis plant have amazing healing capabilities, particularly when it comes to fighting cancer.

The American mainstream media finally began to catch on after Dr. Sanjay Gupta went primetime on CNN with his groundbreaking documentary, simply titled WEED. Almost overnight, the acronym "CBD" had entered households and vocabularies who would otherwise never consider any form of cannabis.

Florida CBD-only medical marijuana bill isn't enough for some parents of epileptic children
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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High-CBD oil.

Paula Crews, a suburban mom with short black hair, dumps a stick of butter into a double boiler and stirs in her secret ingredient. Her 24-year-old son, John, waits expectantly at the white Formica counter in their West Broward kitchen, watching while his mom mixes the butter into a pot of melted chocolate. Finally, she pours the candy into a rectangular mold and puts it in the fridge to cool. A few minutes later, John pops a piece of his mother's creation into his scruffy face. In about a half-hour, the frat-boy archetype in a Guy Harvey T-shirt will be comfortably numb from the marijuana baked inside the homemade candy bar.

"And that's how you make chocolate with canna-butter," Crews concludes proudly. "That's my son's medicine."

Like parents of other epileptics, Crews was hopeful last month when Gov. Rick Scott signed the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, a bill that makes a mild strain of weed available to medically suitable patients like John. But many of the Republicans who supported the measure now admit they hope the law helps stall a full medical pot reform initiative on this November's ballot. Broward-Palm Beach New Times has the full story.


Judge: Arizona medical marijuana patients can sell herb to other medical marijuana patients
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Arizona's medical-marijuana law is so vague, the state can't prosecute patients who sell pot to other patients, a Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled.

The offbeat, July 2 ruling and dismissal of a criminal case by Judge Richard Fields has the potential to open up all sorts of entrepreneurial opportunities for Arizonans to sell marijuana legally.

If it survives an appeal, that is.


Public pot petition fails in San Jose, majority of dispensaries to shut down
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

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In an era of 24-hour cable news, non-stop talk radio, and a never ending list of politically flavored blogs, it is easy to be overwhelmed by it all. Planes are going down over Russia, bombs are being dropped in Gaza, and back at home, Republicans and Democrats bide their time bickering over gay marriage and contraception coverage.

It's enough to make people want to just tune out altogether, and unfortunately, they are in droves. This manufactured apathy for all things "political", trickles down from global, to national, to state, and ultimately to local politics; and can have dire real-world consequences in the community.

The city of San Jose, in northern California's Bay Area, is realizing this sad reality the hard way when it comes to medical marijuana. There, as in many Californian municipalities, the local City Council has turned a tuned-out public against its own best interests when it comes to weed.


Here's what to expect at the upcoming Minnesota medical cannabis meetings, open to the public
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Minnesota's new 23-person medical cannabis task force has two public meetings coming up.

The first of which, scheduled July 31, is intended mostly as a meet-and-greet for the task force members who will be tasked with evaluating the medical cannabis program. The second one on Aug. 8 is supposed give members a better glimpse into what they'll be doing for the next six months.

Chicago hospital wants to become state's first legal medical marijuana dispensary location
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Officials at Chicago's Swedish Covenant Hospital say they want to be the first legal medical marijuana dispensary in the state. Illinois approved a medical cannabis "pilot program" in 2013, allowing for hospitals in the state to act as legal pot dispensaries. So far, none have shown much interest and medical cannabis sales aren't likely to begin until next year at the earliest.

"We have professionals who very much would like to prescribe those drugs, we have the system in place to manage it and we have the patient population that needs it," Marcia Jimenez, director of intergovernmental affairs for Swedish, told the Sun-Times. "It just made a lot of sense.


Illinois Governor expands medical cannabis access to epileptic kids and adults
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Kids suffering from severe seizure-causing conditions and diseases will be able to access medical cannabis soon thanks to a law signed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday.

Illinois already has a medical cannabis program in place, but seizures did not qualify a patient for a medical cannabis recommendation. Will the new bill, children as well as adults will have increased access to the plant.


Colorado marijuana demand to reach 121.4 metric tons and 90 percent of pot sold in ski towns goes to tourists
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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This times 121,400,000.

The demand for cannabis in Colorado this year has been stronger than anticipated, according to a recent state study on the industry.

A report filed by the state's Marijuana Policy Group predicts that the demand for pot by adults 21 and over to reach around 121.4 metric tons this year. That's 31 percent higher than previously estimated by the Colorado Department of Revenue.