Register Citizen, 02 May 2016 - Bill Awaits Governor's Signature HARTFORD - The Senate gave final passage to a bill Friday that would give children under the age of 18 access to non-smokeable medical marijuana. The bill passed the Senate 2311 after more than three hours of debate.
Dayton Daily News, 01 May 2016 - More than a token, but something short of tokin': That's the Ohio General Assembly's task in trying to craft a bill legalizing Ohioans' use of medical marijuana. The science may or may not be there, at least not entirely. But what looks like a public consensus seems to be. And that consensus is that marijuana's chemical components can help Ohioans fighting certain illnesses or enduring, say, chemotherapy.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 May 2016 - When the 1849 Gold Rush hit, it wasn't the miners who got rich. The businessmen who sold blue jeans and pickaxes amassed the real fortunes. When Gov. Wolf signed a medical marijuana bill into law on April 17, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 01 May 2016 - With Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Coming Soon, the Debate Shifts to Decriminalizing Some Drugs Thirteen years after Hawaii legalized medical marijuana, the state is finally forging ahead with licensing marijuana dispensaries, issuing licenses to eight applicants on Friday. As it has in other states, that policy shift could usher in a new era of social norms. Back in 1973, Oregon was the first state to decriminalize small amounts of cannibas for recreational use. Four decades later, Oregon voters said yes to legalizing marijuana, as Colorado and Washington had already done in 2012. Twenty states and Washington, D.C., have decriminalized marijuana possession.
The Chatham Daily News, 30 Apr 2016 - Leamington greenhouse accounts for 10% of Canada's medicinal marijuana production Aphria, a Leamington greenhouse facility, is more heavily secured than you would expect, with locks, security cameras, and fingerprint-scanning devices at every door.
Washington Post, 30 Apr 2016 - Congress Should Create a New Federal Research Classification for Scientists. JUNE 30 could be a red-letter day for federal policy on marijuana: The Drug Enforcement Administration has promised to decide "in the first half of 2016" whether to change the drug's status under the Controlled Substances Act. At present, it is on Schedule 1, meaning it has "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse" and is among "the most dangerous drugs . . . with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence," according to the DEA. Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin and ecstasy; and for many people, including those who have petitioned the DEA to "reschedule" pot, marijuana simply doesn't belong in that category-because it isn't that dangerous, and because, they argue, it has medicinal uses.
Kelowna Capital News, 29 Apr 2016 - As part of the Kelowna Capital News' ongoing series looking into various aspects of medicinal marijuana, reporter Kevin Parnell interviewed naturopathic doctor Chris Spooner, who operates a naturopathic clinic in Vernon and is now working alongside Lift Resource Centre, which provides information to patients about medicinal marijuana. Spooner has been in practice for 16 years. He acquired a bachelor of science in biology from the University of Victoria before attending the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.
Northern News, 29 Apr 2016 - A longtime local advocate for users of medical marijuana failed to convince a Superior Court judge in Timmins that drug charges police laid against him were unconstitutional. Robert Neron argued in his own defence that recent federal court rulings, including a decision in February striking down the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations in Canada, was directly applicable to his own case.
Metro, 29 Apr 2016 - Old marijuana shop is not in compliance with new rules One of Vancouver's oldest medical-marijuana dispensaries is vowing to defy the order to lock up shop by midnight Friday after being refused under the city's new regulatory regime.
Chicago Sun-Times, 29 Apr 2016 - Illinois lawmakers have a solid shot of passing a law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana - and of seeing Gov. Bruce Rauner actually sign that legislation. Lawmakers last year sent Rauner a bill to make possession of up to 15 grams of pot a ticketable - rather than a criminal - offense, but Rauner vetoed it, saying it would allow people to carry too much pot and that stiffer fines than $55 to $125 were warranted.
Porterville Recorder, 29 Apr 2016 - The Tulare County Sheriff's Department arrested a Los Angeles obstetrician-gynecologist on Tuesday for illegally issuing medical marijuana recommendations. Dr. Howard Ragland was taken into custody for two felony warrants which were issued after an investigation by the Sheriff's Tactical Enforcement Personnel team.
Kingston Whig-Standard, 28 Apr 2016 - Veterans, civilians and first responders seeking relief from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress and other ailments through cannabis will have a new option for help next week. Set to open Monday on Discovery Avenue in Kingston's east side, Marijuana for Trauma Inc.'s new Kingston branch is to be the company's largest in Ontario.
Chilliwack Times, 28 Apr 2016 - They just won't go away. Those behind Chilliwack's first medical marijuana dispensary-which opened on March 19, was fined by city hall from day one, shuttered by police on April 5, reopened April 15, and then raided again April 18-are coming to city council on Tuesday.
Vancouver Courier, 28 Apr 2016 - The oldest medicinal marijuana dispensary in Vancouver cleared a big hurdle Wednesday in its battle to keep its doors open for its 6,000 members and continue operating on Commercial Drive. The B.C. Compassion Club, which was founded in 1997 and moved to Commercial Drive in 1998, won its appeal Wednesday from the Board of Variance, overturning an earlier decision by the city that ruled the dispensary was too close to two schools to operate under the city's new regulations for pot shops.
The Record, 28 Apr 2016 - As I took the first draw on my vaporizer this April 20th, I found myself shaking my head, marvelling at the fact that I am now a user of marijuana for medical purposes. Having been diagnosed in early 2015 with a rare condition known a desmoid fibromatosis, I underwent a life-saving surgery to fix my bowels, which had burst as a result of a fast growing tumour. Weighing in at 11.34 kilograms (25 pounds), the tumour, while non-metastasizing, had all the markings of cancer and was thus treated like cancer. My recovery is being followed closely by a fantastic team of doctors at the Grand River Cancer Centre.
Dayton Daily News, 28 Apr 2016 - Patients, Caregivers Say Pending Ohio Bill Has Numerous Flaws. Even if Ohio lawmakers act swiftly on pending legislation to legalize pot as medicine, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana leaders on Wednesday said they'll keep pushing to put a constitutional amendment before voters this fall.
Barrie Examiner, 28 Apr 2016 - Medical Marijuana Not Only Viable Business, But Helps Those In Need Farmers' plants are sprouting up a little more green than red in Leamington, Ont., these days. Once colloquially called the ketchup capital of Canada, many farmers in the southern Ontario town were left holding their empty tomato baskets when Heinz Canada moved its business south of the border in 2014, putting 750 people out of work.
Beach-Riverdale Mirror, 28 Apr 2016 - Cannabis dispensaries are - for lack of a better way to put it - springing up like weeds near Danforth and Chester avenues. In the last six months, four marijuana retailers have opened their doors along the strip.
Sacramento News & Review, 28 Apr 2016 - Is there a recommended type of cannabis for relieving glaucoma? - -DIC Good question. People have used marijuana to treat the symptoms of glaucoma for years. In fact, Robert Randall, the first person to receive medical marijuana from the U.S. government, suffered from glaucoma. Elvy Musikka, one of the four people left on the program, also uses cannabis to treat glaucoma.
Reno News & Review, 28 Apr 2016 - A Down and Dirty Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Nevada It took me a grand total of about two hours and less than $70 to get my medical marijuana card. And then I was able to go to a dispensary, buy pot, and smoke it-fully compliant with Nevada law.