Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News

Florida Medical Marijuana Is Actually Not Done, According to Latest Poll
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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As we enter the final stretch for elections, news had been quite somber for the passage of medical marijuana. After a year of strong initial polling that indicated Amendment 2 would be pushed through by voters, recent weeks have shown that the initiative was in danger of falling short and failing to pass. One pollster even said medical marijuana in Florida "is done."

But a new poll conducted in the past week by public opinion research firm Anzalone Liszt Grove -- called one of the most reliable pollsters by FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver -- shows that Amendment 2 is still very much alive and, according to this data, will pass come November 4.


Anti-Pot Doctor Implies Weed May Have Contributed to Death of Cop-Shooting Victim Michael Brown
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Did marijuana contribute to -- and perhaps even cause -- the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police officer caused weeks of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri? That's the implication of a blog post by Dr. Christian Thurstone, an addiction specialist who's also a major player in Project SAM, a national organization fighting to prevent greater access to cannabis.

Project SAM has already distanced itself from Thurstone's post after initially hyping it, following a Twitter spat with marijuana reformers. Meanwhile, Thurstone's position echoes previous suggestions by Christine Tatum, his wife and co-blogger, that pot may have played a role in the Boston Marathon bombing and the Columbine and Aurora theater shootings. Denver Westword has more.


Arizona D.A. Seeking Felony Charges for College Student Caught With a Half-Gram on Campus
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Andre Maestas, from Facebook.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office (yes, that Maricopa County) is prosecuting a college student with a medical-marijuana card for felony possession of less than a gram of weed.

Andre Lee Juwaun Maestas, a 19-year-old Arizona State University student, could end up with a felony on his record, probation and stiff fines because of the March discovery of about .6 grams of marijuana and some smoking paraphernalia in his dorm room.


Arizona Medical-Marijuana Patients Still at Risk for DUI Conviction, Appeals Court Confirms
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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Medical-marijuana patients are still at risk for a DUI conviction simply for having trace amounts of THC in their bloodstreams, the state Court of Appeals confirmed on Tuesday.
In a 3-0 ruling with disclaimers by one judge, the court upheld the conviction of a Mesa man despite an apparent exception for such prosecutions in the voter-approved, 2010 medical-pot law.

Arizona, if you haven't heard, has a zero-tolerance law against drivers with marijuana metabolites in their veins, medical card or not. Our May 2013 feature article, "Riding High," covered how it was possible for patients or illegal cannabis users to be convicted for DUI even when impairment wasn't a factor, and even when the only metabolite found was carboxy-THC, a molecule known to be inactive.

Seattle Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Told to Get Licenses that Don't Exist
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

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The city of Seattle has sent letters to about 330 medical marijuana shops telling them that they have to get licensed by the state or face penalties if they don't shut down. The rub? There is no state license for them to obtain.

According to Seattle PI, the City of Seattle has rules that force any marijuana business with more than 45 plants or 72 ounces of herb on hand to get a license. Seattle has suspended the rule for the most part, but the letters seem to indicate a shift is coming.


Docs To Tell Federal Court that Washington D.C. Should End War on Cannabis
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

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A federal judge will hear arguments from several high-profiled doctors in California next week on why the government should consider dropping their failed war on cannabis.
Their main point: scientific evidence shows that marijuana is not the harmful drug the feds say it is and cannabis has no place on the list of Schedule I substances like heroin and LSD.

Kurtis Hanna Petitions Minnesota Board of Pharmacy Over Contradictory Cannabis Laws
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Last time we checked, cannabis was still a Schedule I narcotic in Minnesota. Why? Because, according to the statute, it has, like heroin, "A high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision."

At least the last of those two is false. Minnesota is in the midst of establishing a medical cannabis program and 21 other states, plus D.C., have their own on the books. Other states, like Utah, allow for the use of CBD-rich oil to treat certain ailments.


Las Vegas Council Close to Medical Marijuana Dispensary Vote
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Las Vegas city leaders could give the final nod for medical pot dispensaries to begin operating in the city by next week, though at least one councilmember says they should wait for further guidance from the state.


Pennsylvania House Refuses to Address Medical Marijuana Proposal
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Sorry, Pennsylvanians in need of pain relief, suffering from seizures, wasting away from chronic nausea and dying of cancer or AIDS, you're going to wait until next year at least for your state to allow you to access medical cannabis.

The State House of Representatives yesterday made it clear they aren't going to vote on a medical marijuana proposal that has already been approved by the state Senate. House leaders say they have too many issues with the bill and need to hold hearings to iron things out - things they can't accomplish by the end of today, when the legislature adjourns.


Recreational Marijuana Sales Outpace MMJ in August as Colorado Sets Another Pot Record
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8:20 am

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In August, recreational cannabis sales outpaced medical sales in Colorado for the second month in a row, with rec topping medical by about $730,000 en route to total sales of $32,999,068. All told, the state saw more than $65 million in pot sold in August. That beat the old record by about $4 million.

From those sales, the state collected $935,807 in medical pot sales taxes and $4.26 million in recreational pot sales tax in August. That brings the total sales tax revenue from recreational sales to more than $22 million so far this year.