Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News

Nevada medical marijuana dispensaries could open early 2015
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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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.

Autopsy doc suggests that weed made Michael Brown act "in a crazy way" the night he was shot by police
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

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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.


Marijuana Policy Project on how to improve the Minnesota medical cannabis program for everyone
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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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.


Hey, Jeb Bush: Medical Marijuana Won't Kill Florida's Tourism
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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"Jebby" Bush.

Former governor wants Florida to stay kid-friendly. You know, like Disney World. That's why people shouldn't vote yes on Amendment Two in November. In a statement released yesterday, Dubya's brother put it this way:

"Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire."


Colorado Health Department Discusses Pilot Pot Surveillance Programs, Febreze during Marijuana Workshop
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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The paranoid stoner who seems overly concerned that the government is keeping tabs on his or her movements and behavior is a classic marijuana-user stereotype. But when government organizations like the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment discuss pilot population health surveillance programs that are currently in operation, it's not hard to see why pot-smokers might be a little paranoid -- perhaps justifiably.


Jeb Bush is against medical marijuana legalization in Florida
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and current GOP favorite for 2016, has come out and publicly stated his opposition to Amendment 2, which, if passed, would legalize medical marijuana in Florida.Even with a majority of Floridians polled favoring the measure and with current candidate for governor Charlie Crist coming out in favor of it, Bush released a statement urging people to vote against it.

In his statement, Jeb focuses on how medical marijuana could potentially ruin Florida's "family friendly" image and echoed the anti-marijuana group No on 2's take that legalizing marijuana for medical purposes would lead to weed being made legal everywhere due to these mysterious loopholes they keep referring to.


Santa Ana, California's Great Pot Raid: After years of doing nothing to stop dispensaries from coming to town, the police crack down
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm

It's about 2 o'clock on July 31, a hot and humid Thursday afternoon, and Mike and Scott (who asked to be identified only by their first names) are kicking back in Aloha Community Collective Association. The low-key Santa Ana medical-marijuana dispensary is nestled comfortably in a somewhat-decrepit two-story building just off 17th Street, a couple of blocks from the 5 freeway. Rachel Garcia, a receptionist and budtender, is standing outside the shop. She notices two middle-aged men who look like typical patients approaching the entrance.

Suddenly, several police vehicles and a paddy wagon pull up. Garcia knows in an instant the two men are plainclothes cops. Sure enough, they signal to the arriving convoy by pointing at the dispensary. They command Garcia to go back inside, which she does, immediately informing Mike and Scott that police officers are outside. By the time she starts talking, one of the vehicles is already parked on the dispensary's doorstep, almost blocking the front door.

Colombian President Endorses Federal Medical Marijuana Proposal
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:20 am

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A measure to legalize cannabis for medical reasons in Colombia got a big endorsement yesterday when President Juan Manuel Santos told a drug policy committee that he would like to see the law passed.

Of the law, he says it is "a practical, compassionate measure to reduce the pain, anxiety of patients with terminal illnesses, but also a way of beginning to strip from the hands of criminals the role of intermediary between the patient and the substance that allows them to relieve their suffering."


Oklahoma Governor Wants CBD Research, opposes other forms of cannabis
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said yesterday that she wants state lawmakers to look into allowing clinical trials for marijuana-derived CBD oil for seizure-stricken children in her state. Fallin joins a growing number of conservative politicians to embrace CBD-only treatments in the last year and, if the plan pans out Oklahoma would become the 11th state to allow for high-CBD treatments of some kind.


Oklahoma medical marijuana petition gatherers running out of time
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 8:20 am

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Supporters of Oklahomans for Health say they are about 26,000 signatures away from hitting their goal to get a medical marijuana proposal on the November ballot.

But the going has been slow and time is running out.