Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News

Florida medical marijuana activist questioned by Child Protective Services on anonymous tip
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

A Florida woman was abruptly visited by Florida Child Protective Services last week on an anonymous tip that she had been administering marijuana to her son, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy.

Turns out, Renee Petro was not administering any marijuana to her 12-year-old son, Branden. Petro has, however, been an outspoken advocate for medical marijuana. The real crime, it would seem, was the intrusion of CPS agents arriving at her home to interrogate her 9-year-old daughter and the nurse who takes care of Branden.

Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary crackdown now targeting landlords
Monday, March 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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Los Angeles has had a contentious relationship with medical marijuana dispensaries for years that culminated last year with Proposition D, which banned all but 135 dispensaries in the city, shut down hundreds of shops.

But not all of them closed quick enough, prompting the Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer to begin filing criminal complaints with dispensary landlords and building owners - more than 120 since September of last year.

Virginia voters mixed on marijuana law reform according to latest poll
Monday, March 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Virginia is for medical marijuana lovers, with 84 percent of registered voters polled in a recent Quinnipiac University Polling Institute study saying they want legal access for sick Virginians.

But support for medical marijuana doesn't equal support for the recreational use of cannabis, with 46 percent of people in the same poll agreeing that adult use be tolerated. That could shift in the next few years, however. Seventy-one percent of voters aged 18 to 29 said they want to legalize cannabis.

Minnesota governor suggests medical pot patients buy their herb on the street
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Gov. Mark Dayton.
During a private chat at the Governor's Residence with medical marijuana supporters earlier this month where the governor sounded a pessimistic note about medical marijuana's prospects this session, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton did indicate there's still a way those who want it can get it.

Why, just buy it on the street! It's not like pot is super hard to find on the black market these days anyway, right? And even if you're arrested with some, the punishment is only a petty misdemeanor.

Minneapolis City Pages has the full story.

Michigan bill would (re-)legalize medical marijuana edibles
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

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Michigan'medical marijuana laws are pretty screwy. Namely: edible forms of marijuana aren't covered under the laws. Patients have to smoke it or vaporize it. At least, that's the ruling from the state Supreme Court who clearly had no freaking idea what they were dealing with.

All of that seems like it's about to change based on the overwhelming approval of a Michigan state House bill re-legalizing edible forms of medical cannabis.

Colorado health department wants to limit caregiver plant counts and patient access to meds
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

The Colorado Department of Public Health is looking to limit the number of patients that private medical marijuana caregivers can serve, as well as put a cap on the number of plants an individual may grow. Currently, caregivers can serve more than five patients by applying for a "medical necessity" waiver from the CDPHE and plant counts can be increased from just six with a doctor's recommendation, which is often the case with patients who make their own concentrates or edibles.

Minnesota governor shifts opinion daily on medical cannabis
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:20 am

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.

During a WCCO radio appearance yesterday, Gov. Mark Dayton characterized the likelihood of any medical marijuana legislation being signed into law this year as between "slim and none." He lamented that "the advocates who want to be able to smoke leaf marijuana... are not interested in carrying [a medical pot bill] forward on a more limited basis ... We'll work on it next session."

Well, what a difference 24 hours makes.

Maryland medical marijuana reform bill heads to Senate floor
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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Access to medical marijuana is one step closer in Maryland as the state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee approSved a measure allowing doctors to recommend medical cannabis in that state as well as allowing licensed growers to produce the plant at licensed treatment centers.

Oregon medical marijuana shops open under new regulations but some fear closure anyway
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon are nothing new, but for the first time they are opening under new state regulations that require state licenses of the shops before they can sell even a gram of herb.

That's good news for patients, but it's also bad news for some dispensary owners as the new laws also allows communities to ban marijuana centers outright by May 1. The Oregonian reports that at least one dispensary has a state license to operate, but might not be able to open their doors for at least a year.

Utah legalizes CBD, but won't let anyone actually grow cannabis
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

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Utah parents of children suffering from severe seizure disorders can now obtain CBD-based medicines for their children thanks to a bill signed into law yesterday by Gov. Gary Herbert.

The only catch: the parents can't purchase the oil anywhere in Utah, nor can they grow plants to make the oil themselves. Instead, Utah lawmakers are forcing the families to travel out of state, purchase the oil, then break federal and local laws bringing it back home with them.