Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
It was a surprisingly sparse crowd that gathered in the Broward College South campus' Performing Arts Center on Tuesday to watch United For Care's Ben Pollara and Drug Free Florida's Javier Correoso debate Amendment 2 and the legalization of medical marijuana.
Yet, the passions that are being inflamed over this issue were ever present, particularly among the crowd of mostly pro-medical marijuana.
A plan that would have limited Colorado caregivers to just ten patients that would have cut off the supply of high-CBD oil to hundreds of epileptic and sick children in the state was killed by the state Board of Health yesterday.
BruceRauner.com Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, who would have vetoed the Illinois medical marijuana laws.
Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner wouldn't have allowed medical pot in Illinois had he been governor over this past term. Since he's not governor, though it's easy for him to sit back and play armchair quarterback when it comes to medical cannabis and criticize the current administration for following through with the will of the people and their elected officials.
But medical marijuana is legal, and now Rauner says he would milk it for all he can. His latest idea? Give out grow and dispensary licenses to the highest bidders, effectively cutting out small business owners and giving preferential treatment not to those who care about patients and medicine, but those who purely see dollar signs in the new industry.
There's a legal challenge over how licenses might be doled out for growers cultivating a special, high-CBD strain of medical marijuana, which doesn't make users high and which has already been approved via state law.
Two Florida plant nurseries have sued to replace a proposed lottery system with a more rigorous, merit-based approach.
photo by William Breathes.
The debate for legalizing medical marijuana has been traveling throughout Florida the past few weeks, and now it's making its stop in our neck of the woods. United For Care and Drug Free Florida will be going head-to-head before the public in Broward, in a town hall debate this morning. The debate, scheduled to start at 11 a.m. today at Broward College, at the Judson A. Samuels South Campus Performing and Cultural Arts Center, is being held a month prior to the gubernatorial debate happening at the college.
Things could get interesting as United For Care campaign manager Ben Pollara is set to debate the folks from Drug Free Florida, which has recently begun attack ads on medical cannabis. More at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.
With the vote a mere two months away, the No On 2/Drug Free Florida people are decidedly taking it strong to the hoop with their TV airtime buys, trying to get their message across to as many people as possible. The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo reports that Drug Free Florida is putting in $1.6 million in TV ads for the first week of October, and are promising more to come after that.
United For Care campaign manager Ben Pollara released a statement on Drug Free Florida's planned TV ads:
"It's no surprise Drug Free Florida Committee is making such a large buy so far out from Election Day. When your basic position runs completely counter to public opinion, millions in misleading advertising is the only strategy available. But no amount of advertising can overwhelm the basic facts. Floridians know the benefits of medical marijuana are real, and the people of this state are deeply compassionate. We believe the overwhelming majority will vote to make sure patients no longer have to risk incarceration for listening to their doctors and seeking relief from debilitating diseases and medical conditions."
Positive tests for pot have increased by about 20 percent in Colorado from 2012 to 2013, according to Quest Diagnostics, a company responsible for a huge number of work-related drug testing across the country.
But the director of the drug testing branch of Quest says it's too early to draw any conclusions from the data, though it's easy to draw a parallel between the increase in positive pot tests and the legalization limited amounts of pot to adults 21 and up. Sales of cannabis to adults didn't start until January of 2014, so that would not factor into the data.
Flickr/Hammerin Man. The Seattle Medical Marijuana Ambulance, still easily the coolest of all medical marijuana ambulances.
L.A city voters last year decided to shut down a vast majority of the medical marijuana businesses in town, and the City Attorney's office says many of them have indeed closed their doors. But a new anti-marijuana, federally-funded study by UCLA social welfare professor Bridget Freisthler suggests, at least, that shutting down pot shops might just put the whole business on the road.
You read that right: the government paid someone to "discover" that, if you close down legal storefronts where people access their medicine, they are going to have someone deliver it or drive to get it from someone's house.
Health care professionals from all over the country are gathering in Denver through Thursday for the Marijuana for Medical Professionals Conference at the 1770 Sherman Street Event Complex. Yesterday's speakers covered a range of topics, including a care provider's duty to the patient, the difficulties in dosing and detailed discussions about how marijuana behaves in the brain and the body.
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Dr. Sue Sisley was about to conduct some of the most important cannabis research in the United States when she was abruptly fired from her job at the University of Arizona this past June for what she says (and what clearly appears to be) purely political reasons.
Our cohorts at the Phoenix New Times have done an amazing job looking into what happened and, more importantly, what is in store for Sisley's study that looks at how military veterans can use cannabis to help treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.