Washington Post, 30 Jul 2016 - Children's Marijuana-Related Trips to the ER Have Increased in Colorado. WHEN CHILDREN steal cookies from the cookie jar, they usually suffer little more than a scolding. When those cookies contain cannabis, it's a different story: According to a study published Monday, exposure to marijuana among children in Colorado has increased in the two years since the state began selling the drug legally - and so have the emergency-room visits that follow.
Orlando Sentinel, 30 Jul 2016 - TALLAHASSEE - Marijuana was sold legally in Florida for the first time this week since it was outlawed by the federal government in 1937. In a staid Tallahassee storefront more akin to a doctor's office than a head shop, Dallas Nagy, a Tampa-area native with chronic seizures and muscle spasms, plunked down $60 for a non-euphoric strain of marijuana Tuesday.
The Press Democrat, 30 Jul 2016 - California's ground-breaking effort to license medical marijuana growers started with an online anonymous survey this week that got more than 1,000 responses from prospective applicants for licenses that won't be issued until 2018. The survey, conducted by the state Department of Food and Agriculture's Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program, is intended to "help us get a sense of how many of those folks" are interested in licenses, said Jay Van Rein, an ag department spokesman.
The Mail Tribune, 30 Jul 2016 - COMMISSIONERS GET AN EARFUL ABOUT MARIJUANA GROWS A public hearing Wednesday about a proposed tax on the retail sale of marijuana in Josephine County blossomed to include comments about problems with marijuana growing operations.
Globe and Mail, 29 Jul 2016 - RESTRICTIONS ON TESTING RETAIL MARIJUANA PUT PUBLIC SAFETY AT RISK, SCIENTISTS WARN Health Canada's restrictive approach to marijuana safety testing is putting the public at risk, a growing chorus of scientists and activists warns - saying consumers are potentially being exposed to contamination in products that are widely accessible since the federal Liberals took power promising legalization.
The Enterprise-Bulletin, 29 Jul 2016 - Medical cannabis use is very much in the news, but not without some enormous challenges, particularly for the family physician. The government has been forced to provide access and has off-loaded this access to doctors, but Health Canada still says that they have not reviewed the data and refuses to provide approval for use. Now, Ontario doctors have to find a way to deal with patients looking for relief from chronic pain.
Globe and Mail, 29 Jul 2016 - A Globe and Mail investigation is raising alarming questions about the safety of cannabis being sold illegally in unregulated dispensaries. But for the thousands of Canadians who use regulated and tested medical cannabis, there is another urgent issue researchers are scrambling to address: Does it work? Background and regulations
The Scarborough Mirror, 28 Jul 2016 - Let the market decide how many licensed pot shops Toronto should have, some marijuana advocates told Scarborough Councillor Jim Karygiannis this week. Others, represented by the Toronto Dispensaries Coalition, proposed a set of rules (see sidebar) which include mandatory distances from schools and other dispensaries.
Globe and Mail, 28 Jul 2016 - Ottawa says it's dangerous. Dispensaries say it's safe. The Globe subjected unregulated weed to a battery of tests to find the truth Inside a sterile facility, the lab technician holds up a petri dish to show the intricate pattern of bacteria that are quickly multiplying.
Sacramento News & Review, 28 Jul 2016 - I am a 37-year-old mom that suffers from bipolar and major depressive disorder. I am on prescription meds but they don't always work. Sometimes the only thing that will pull me out of a deep, suicidal depression is smoking a pure sativa strain of medical marijuana. I have my recommendation from a doctor and am able to obtain it from dispensaries. However, I live in Rancho Cordova and have realized there are zero dispensaries to be found in my city. City council has deemed that medical marijuana dispensaries are "a public nuisance in that many violent crimes have been committed that can be traced back to the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, including armed robberies and murders." I did some minor fact checking and found that this simply is not true. ... Are you able to steer me in the right direction of whom to talk to or how to go about getting a city council to change an ordinance? - -Blue Jay
LA Weekly, 28 Jul 2016 - Prescription Drug Rates Drop As More Patients Turn to Cannabis Recent findings show that medical marijuana not only saves state and federal governments millions of dollars on Medicare but it may help curb prescription drug use too. A new study reports that in states where medical marijuana is available, prescriptions for painkillers have dipped drastically.
The Press Democrat, 28 Jul 2016 - Cloverdale this week took the penultimate step to becoming the first city in Sonoma County to impose a local tax on marijuana-related businesses. With medical marijuana becoming more regulated and with the likelihood California voters will legalize pot in November, Cloverdale is looking to capture some of the revenue to bolster its anemic budget.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 28 Jul 2016 - Many Doctors Are Adopting a Risk-Averse Attitude and Want to Wait Until Dispensaries Are Established Health care providers have been slow to embrace the medical marijuana industry even though July 15 was the legal opening date for the state's first dispensaries. The number of doctors certifying medical cannabis patients only climbed slightly over the past six months. There were 88 physicians who certified 14,492 patients as of June 30, up from 79 doctors and 13,150 patients on Dec. 31, according to the state Health Department.
SF Weekly, 28 Jul 2016 - Marijuana can make life better for some of the more than 5 million Americans afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, but despite an encouraging new study, it remains a long shot as an antidote to the brain disorder that claims about 85,000 lives a year, experts say. Some assisted living facilities and physicians in Sonoma County are quietly administering medical marijuana to patients - with consent from legally responsible parties - for behavioral management, quelling aggression and agitation in people who are losing recognition of their surroundings.
Tucson Weekly, 28 Jul 2016 - From Marijuana Strains to Blows on Big Pharma Best Trains for productivity We often hear about marijuan being great for increasing appetite, sex drive, and helping us sleep better. These things are amazing, but sometimes what is really need is a kick to make us more active and get more done. Here are a few marijuana strains that help people become more active and get more done during the day.
Penticton Herald, 27 Jul 2016 - Osoyoos Is Moving Towards Outright Ban on Dispensaries Medical marijuana activist Grant Bruce appeared before Oliver town council on Monday seeking a second chance. After the Town of Osoyoos in June shut down the Starbuds marijuana dispensary he operated there, he's now hoping to find a friendlier environment for such an operation in Oliver.
Terrace Standard, 27 Jul 2016 - The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine wants more citizens to share their thoughts on its proposed medical marijuana bylaw, and will offer another public hearing on the matter this fall after a recent one was sparsely attended. A public hearing in Terrace July 19 had less than 10 residents show up and a hearing the following night in New Hazelton was attended by only one person.
The Mail Tribune, 27 Jul 2016 - Critics Call the Assertion an 'Opinion,' and Author Admits It's A 'Guess' Medical marijuana growers in Oregon are producing far more product than they or their customer-patients can consume, feeding a black market that doesn't appear to be going away soon, according to a controversial new report.
Osoyoos Times, 26 Jul 2016 - The Town of Osoyoos is currently in the process of passing a bylaw that will in effect ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The zoning bylaw is seen as temporary. Not surprisingly, members of the public are divided and even town council, which tends to govern by consensus, is split on the issue.
The New Mexican, 26 Jul 2016 - To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high. A study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.