Tag: Medical Marijuana States

Florida Health Regulators’ Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Undercut Voter-Approved Amendment

Florida Health Regulators’ Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Undercut Voter-Approved Amendment | NORML

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Proposed rules by the Florida Department of Health to regulate the dispensing of medical cannabis are contrary to the intent of Amendment 2, the ballot initiative approved by 71 percent of voters on Election Day. Specifically, the draft rules would not permit physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to patients with chronic pain – […]

Florida Health Regulators’ Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Undercut Voter-Approved Amendment | The Daily Chronic


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Illinois State Treasurer Urges Trump to Let Banks Work with Marijuana Industry

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Monday sent a letter to President Trump asking for “clear guidance” in allowing banks to do business with the marijuana industry.

Illinois is one of 28 states that allows medical marijuana under a state-supervised program.

Federal law currently prohibits banks from processing money from customers working in the legal marijuana industry, making it difficult for marijuana related businesses to do everything from opening checking accounts to securing loans, while restricting customers to cash-only transactions.  Cash-only transactions can make it difficult for state regulators to properly audit sales, verify that taxes are being collected properly, and invites criminal activity at retail locations.

Frerichs sent Trump a letter Monday encouraging the administration to issue guidelines to assure that “responsible financial institutions will not face penalties or prosecution for conducting business with state-licensed marijuana cultivators and dispensaries,” according to a press release issued by Frerichs’ office.

“Medical marijuana is not right for everyone. However, its positive results for those with debilitating conditions, including Veterans and children threatened by seizures, are undeniable,” Frerichs said. “Updating our banking laws to embrace commonsense change will allow Illinois to properly manage this reasonable program, guarantee uninterrupted access to medical users, and protect financial institutions that serve the industry.”

Frerichs notes that guidance from the new regime is “particularly important” considering Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

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Public Forums Announced to Debate Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules

Public Forums Announced to Debate Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules | NORML

Floridians voted overwhelmingly in favor of Amendment 2 on Election Day, passing the measure intended to regulate the production and dispensing of medical cannabis to any patient who is diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition by their doctor. However, newly proposed rule by the Department of Health seek to significantly amend this legislation in a manner that is contrary to patients’ […]

Public Forums Announced to Debate Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules | The Daily Chronic


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Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules Spell Disaster for Patients

Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules Spell Disaster for Patients | Kate Bell

Tuesday morning, the Florida Health Department released draft rules that are supposed to implement the medical marijuana law approved by 71% of Florida voters. It doesn’t appear regulators actually read Amendment 2, however. Instead, they tried to simply slightly expand the existing, and ineffective, low-THC program. These rules would be a disaster for patients: They […]

Proposed Florida Medical Marijuana Rules Spell Disaster for Patients | The Daily Chronic


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North Dakota Bill Would Delay Medical Marijuana Implementation

North Dakota was one of four states to authorize medical marijuana during the November elections, when over 63% of voters approved Question 5.

Now, a bill introduced in the state legislature seeks to delay the law’s implementation.

Senate Bill 2154 would prevent the state department of health from issuing any applications or licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries until July.

Read the full story at Medical Jane.

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North Dakota Senate Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Delay

North Dakota Senate Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Delay | Scott Gacek

Lawmakers in the North Dakota Senate voted 45-0 on Tuesday to approve a measure that will delay the implementation of a voter-approved law to legalize medical marijuana in the state. North Dakota was one of four states to authorize medical marijuana during the November elections, when over 63% of voters approved Question 5. Senate Bill 2154 would prevent the state […]

North Dakota Senate Unanimously Approves Medical Marijuana Delay | The Daily Chronic


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New Mexico Bill Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program

New Mexico Bill Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program | NORML

Legislation is pending, Senate Bill 8, to amend the state’s medical cannabis program in a manner that would better serve patients’ needs. Specifically, the measure would amend patient possession limits so that qualified persons may possess up to five ounces of herbal cannabis per month, and it would mandate the Health Department to issue identification […]

New Mexico Bill Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program | The Daily Chronic


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Florida’s Amendment 2 Takes Effect

Florida’s Amendment 2 took effect Tuesday, setting in motion a timeline for Florida to fully implement a voter-approved expansion from their currently restrictive program to a more comprehensive medical marijuana program.

As it stands in Florida right now, six dispensaries are allowed to provide low-THC cannabis products to patients who qualify.  But with Amendment 2 taking effect, the clock is now ticking for the Department of Health to expand the program.

  • Within six months, the Department must develop procedures for the registration of patients and medical marijuana dispensaries, or “Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers” as they’re called in the ballot text.
  • Within nine months, the Department of Health must start registering patients and dispensaries.

The Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use posted the following statement on their website:

Amendment 2, and the expanded qualifying medical conditions, will become effective on January 3, 2017. Section 381.986 F.S. remains in effect and the Florida Department of Health, physicians, dispensing organizations, and patients remain bound by existing law and rule. Following Amendment 2’s effective date, the Department is directed to promulgate rules to implement Amendment 2 within 6 months, and to implement those regulations within 9 months.

Florida law permits qualified physicians to order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis for patients diagnosed with certain conditions. There are two types of cannabis products that may be ordered by qualified physicians:

1. Low-THC Cannabis: Patients with cancer or a condition that causes chronic seizures or muscle spasms may qualify to receive low-THC cannabis. Low-THC cannabis has very low amounts of the psychoactive ingredient THC and does not usually produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.

2. Medical Cannabis: If a patient is suffering from a condition determined to be terminal by two physicians, he or she may qualify for medical cannabis. This product can contain significant levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC and may produce the “high” commonly associated with cannabis.

The department recommends speaking to your health care professional to determine if low-THC or medical cannabis products are right for you or your loved one. List of Physicians Who Have Completed the Required Training.

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Thousands of Medical Marijuana Applications Leaked in Nevada

Personal data from thousands of people vying to work in Nevada‘s medical marijuana industry were leaked due to a glitch in the state’s website, which has now been taken offline until security can be restored.

The bug exposed the full 8-page application from nearly 12,000 applicants to anyone with the right web address, according to ZDnet, a tech blog run by CBS news.

The applications included the person’s full name, social security number, home address, citizenship, height, weight, race, eye and hair color.

It is believed that only those applying to become industry workers, not patients, had their data compromised.

The state Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the medical marijuana program, said they would be notifying those affected within the next few days, in line with state law.

Nevada voters authorized medical marijuana in 2000, but dispensaries weren’t included at the time. In 2013, state lawmakers passed legislation allowing dispensaries, with the first dispensaries opening in 2015.

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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program Reaches Important Milestone

HARRISBURG, PA — Full implementation of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is still over a year away, but a significant milestone was reached this week when the Department of Health announced where the state’s dispensaries and cultivation facilities will be located, and that applications will be accepted starting in January.

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy announced that up to twelve grower/processor licensses will be issued across Pennsylvania, and up to 27 medical marijuana dispensaries will be permitted in the first phase of the state’s medical marijuana program.  The application process begins next month.

“I am excited to announce that we’ve reached an important milestone in the program with the release of permit applications on January 17, 2017,” Murphy said in a press release. Applications will be available from the Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov.

The state is divided into six medical marijuana regions, with each region allocated two cultivation facilities. Each region will have a varied number of dispensaries, based on a number of factors, including population density.

“The decision for which counties will be issued permits in this first phase was determined by using the department’s medical data, as well as comments from more than 5,000 patients and nearly 900 potential grower/processors and dispensary applicants,” Dr. Murphy explained.

Not surprisingly, the Southeast Region, which includes Pthiladelphia, will receive the most dispensaries, with ten being allocated. Rural regions of Pennsylvania will receive two.

Philadelphia County, which is made up of the city of Philadelphia, will receive 3 dispensaries.  Montgomery County, comprised mostly of Philadelphia suburbs, will receive two.  Allegheny County, home to the state’s second largest city, Pittsburgh, will also receive two dispensaries.

Here’s the breakdown by region of which counties will receive a dispensary. Unless otherwise noted, one dispensary has been allocated to each:

Region 1 – Southeast

  • Berks County
  • Bucks County
  • Chester County
  • Delaware County
  • Lancaster County
  • Montgomery County – 2 dispensaries
  • Philadelphia County – 3 dispensaries

Region 2 – Northeast

  • Lackawanna County
  • Lehigh County
  • Luzerne County
  • Norhampton County

Region 3 – Southcentral

  • Blair County
  • Cumberland County
  • Dauphin County
  • York County

Region 4 – Northcentral

  • Centre County
  • Lycoming County

Region 5 – Southwest

  • Allegheny County – 2 Dispensaries
  • Butler County
  • Washington County
  • Westmoreland County

Region 6 – Northwest

  • Erie County
  • Mckean County

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill, Senate Bill 3, was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016, and took effect on May 17, 2016.  The program will offer medical marijuana in non-smokable form to patients who are residents of Pennsylvania and under a physician’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition, and is expected to be fully implemented by 2018.

More information about the medical marijuana program is available at www.health.pa.gov.

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