Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News

New York health department reminds you that "synthetic marijuana" isn't marijuana is stupid and dangerous
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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New York City emergency rooms are seeing an outbreak of synthetic smokable drug-related illnesses, according to the city's health department.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a warning on Sunday urging people not to buy or use "synthetic cannabinoids," which are often sold at head shops under names like K2, Spice, and Green Giant. The agency says it's gotten reports of 15 fake weed-related emergency room visits over the past two days, concentrated in East Harlem, Central Harlem and Chelsea.

Florida really, really wants legal medical marijuana access
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:20 am

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As we reported yesterday, 88 percent of Florida voters polled say they support medical marijuana. That number is among the highest medical pot has ever polled in any state, and our friends at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times point out that it's freakishly high for a poll in the Sunshine state:

"Floridians have been supporting the idea of legalized medical marijuana since the idea of it getting onto the ballot was brought up. With each successive poll, Florida has shown a growing support for medical weed. Now the latest Quinnipiac poll released Monday gives us the clearest picture to changing attitudes. According to the survey, nearly 90 percent of Floridians polled say they back the legalization of medical marijuana."

Read the rest of the local angle at the Miami New Times and the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.

Internet deputy attempts to sabotage medical marijuana Facebook group
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 9:20 am


The narks of the social media have reared their ugly heads and set their crossed-eyed sights on purging Americans' newsfeeds of vital information regarding the medicinal properties of marijuana. To be more specific, there is some meathead Ivy Leaguer who considers himself an "Internet Deputy," fighting from behind his computer to shutdown an established Facebook group dedicated to spreading the good word of patients medicating with cannabis oil.

Santa Ana, California begins pot crackdown anew
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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According to a Santa Ana Police Department investigator, 17 medical marijuana dispensaries were visited by police in the past week. 42 tickets were issued to dispensaries operating in violation of the city's 2007 ban on pot clubs, three of which--Wax City, Emerald, and Wax-R-Us--have now closed. The operation came in the wake of a July 15 city council meeting in which councilmembers voted to appropriate $500,000 for ongoing anti-pot enforcement actions.

Iowans not happy with CBD-only medical cannabis program, want laws expanded
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

Toke of the Town 2014.

The Iowa legislature this past session approved a bill legalizing high-CBD oil for children with chronic siezure conditions. The law was approved but the roll-out hasn't happened yet, and families are still waiting on the green light to buy the oil out-of-state and bring it home.

It's a program that some are saying is already a failure due to being so limited, and several groups say they want the program expanded to include the use of all medical cannabis - including the bill's sponsor.

Latest Florida poll shows medical cannabis is pretty much a done deal
Monday, July 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

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A measly ten percent of Florida voters think the medical use of marijuana should remain illegal. The rest, for the most part, agree that toking up to relieve pain and suffering should be a right every Floridian should have.

A Quinnipiac University study released this week shows that 88 percent of voters want to legalize medical cannabis. Even senior citizens, who make up one of the largest anti-pot demographics in many other states, support the measure 6 to 1.

Rand Paul submits bill to protect state medical marijuana patients and providers from feds
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:20 am
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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul this week stood up for state medical marijuana rights, filing an amendment to Sen. John Walsh's jobs bill that would allow the 33 states with some form of legalized medical cannabis to "enact and implement laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical use" without the feds intervening.

Minnesota picks Michelle Larson to head state's medical pot program
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

Use this, you'll feel better.

Minnesota's Department of Health finally made its pick to head up the new medical cannabis program wednesday, choosing department vet Michelle Larson to lead the program as it prepares to launch over the next year. Larson comes to the program after nearly a decade with the department, and while she won't have any say on new policy, she will help guide the shape and logistics of the cannabis program, which is set to go into effect in July 2015. There isn't that much information out there about Larson, but what we do know is this: She's been working in the state's Department of Health since 2004 in varying capacities, starting as a planner and working her way up to deputy director. In her latest role, she's primarily focused on two big issues: obesity and tobacco use.

Want to know more? Check out the Minneapolis City Pages.

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


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

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.