Update for Cali! (Week of 11/22)

Things are happening in California to position the success rate of marijuana business in 2018.

 

Please click the links below for the latest update from the BCC(Bureau of Cannabis Control)

I love this fact sheet: SUPER DUPER HELPFUL

http://www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/bcc_fact_sheet.pdf

Full PDF version :

http://www.bcc.ca.gov/law_regs/bcc_prop_text_reg.pdf

Florida expands medical marijuana program

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a broader medical marijuana system for the state, following through on a promise he made earlier this month. Lawmakers passed the measure (Sb8A) in a special session after failing in their regular session that ended in May to implement a constitutional amendment legalizing the drug, which was supported by 71 percent of voters last year. Under the constitutional amendment, patients with a host of conditions can buy and use medical marijuana. Among the conditions that qualify for the drug: cancer, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma and epilepsy. The new law also sets in motion a plan to license 10 new companies as growers by October, bringing the statewide total to 17.
It allows patients to use cannabis pills, oils, edibles and “vape” pens with a doctor’s approval, but bans smoking.

“The constitutional amendment was passed overwhelmingly, and I’m glad the House and Senate were able to come together for a bill that makes sense for our state,” Scott said earlier this month. Lawsuits are likely to follow. John Morgan, the Orlando trial lawyer who bankrolled the constitutional amendment’s campaign, has promised to sue over the smoking ban, and Tampa strip club magnate Joe Redner said he will file a suit because people cannot grow their own plants. “Great Scott,” Morgan said Friday after hearing that Scott signed the bill. “It’s a no-brainer. Gov. Scott wants to run for U.S. Senate. If he didn’t sign this bill, he couldn’t run for dog catcher.

“It’s not perfect. I’m going to sue for the smoking but I know there are sick people who will see relief starting in July.’’ The marijuana law was among 38 bills Scott signed Friday afternoon.

Arkansas Update! Get ready residents !

 

By TAFI MUKUNYADZI, Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ medical marijuana industry will ramp up in the next week, with the state poised to accept applications from potential patients, growers and distributors.

Beginning Friday, the state Medical Marijuana Commission will accept applications from those hoping to grow or supply marijuana, while the Health Department will take applications from those hoping to benefit from the first marijuana-as-medicine program in the Bible Belt. The application periods will run until Sept. 18.

State officials expect anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 people to seek permission to use the drug for a number of health problems. It will cost $50 to apply and permits must be renewed yearly.

Potential patients must submit written certification from a physician to obtain a registration card, demonstrating that the doctor has fully assessed the patient’s medical history. The application must show that there’s an established physician-patient relationship and that the patient has a certain qualifying medical condition.

All applicants must have a driver’s license or state-issued ID card, and those under age 18 need the consent of a parent or guardian to apply.

Family Council president Jerry Cox, who opposed the medical marijuana plan, fears that some may try to “game” the system and obtain marijuana even if they don’t have one of the 18 medical conditions listed in the law. The health issues include intractable pain, cancer, glaucoma, a positive HIV/AIDS status, hepatitis C, Tourette’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder and severe nausea.

Cox said intractable pain and severe nausea are conditions that are difficult to medically prove and that doctors have to take patients at their word when recommending them for medical marijuana. He said that state lawmakers could’ve placed more restrictions on medical marijuana, like blanket bans on edibles and smoking.

Delaware House panel approves marijuana legalization bill

DOVER, Del. – (AP) – A bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Delaware has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The legislation, which was released Wednesday by a House committee and now goes to the full House for a vote, regulates and taxes marijuana in the same manner as alcohol.

The bill doesn’t allow people to grow their own marijuana but allows adults over age 21 to legally possess less than an ounce of marijuana for personal use.

The legislation would create a commission to regulate, license and tax the marijuana industry, allowing licenses for up to 40 retail stores.

Consumers would pay an excise tax of $50 an ounce, while businesses would pay an application fee of $5,000 and a $10,000 licensing fee every two years.

Florida Amendment 2 – Full Text

The following is the complete text of the amendment that would be added to the state constitution if Florida Amendment 2 is approved on
November 4, 2014.

1 ARTICLE X, SECTION 29. Medical marijuana production, possession and use.

1.1 (a) PUBLIC POLICY.
1.2 (b) DEFINITIONS.
1.3 (c) LIMITATIONS.
1.4 (d) DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT.
1.5 (e) LEGISLATION.
1.6 (f) SEVERABILITY.

ARTICLE X, SECTION 29. Medical marijuana production, possession and use.

(a) PUBLIC POLICY.
(1) The medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or personal caregiver is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under Florida law except as provided in this section.
(2) A physician licensed in Florida shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under Florida law for issuing a physician certification to a person diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition in a manner consistent with this section.
(3) Actions and conduct by a medical marijuana treatment center registered with the Department, or its employees, as permitted by this section and in compliance with Department regulations, shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under Florida law except as provided in this section.

(b) DEFINITIONS.
For purposes of this section, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings:
(1) “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.
(2) “Department” means the Department of Health or its successor agency.
(3) “Identification card” means a document issued by the Department that identifies a person who has a physician certification or a personal caregiver who is at least twenty-one (21) years old and has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana.
(4) “Marijuana” has the meaning given cannabis in Section 893.02(3), Florida Statutes (2013).
(5) “Medical Marijuana Treatment Center” means an entity that acquires, cultivates, possesses, processes (including development of related products such as food, tinctures, aerosols, oils, or ointments), transfers, transports, sells, distributes, dispenses, or administers marijuana, products containing marijuana, related supplies, or educational materials to qualifying patients or their personal caregivers and is registered by the Department.
(6) “Medical use” means the acquisition, possession, use, delivery, transfer, or administration of marijuana or related supplies by a qualifying patient or personal caregiver for use by a qualifying patient for the treatment of a debilitating medical condition.
(7) “Personal caregiver” means a person who is at least twenty-one (21) years old who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana and has a caregiver identification card issued by the Department. A personal caregiver may assist no more than five (5) qualifying patients at one time. An employee of a hospice provider, nursing, or medical facility may serve as a personal caregiver to more than five (5) qualifying patients as permitted by the Department. Personal caregivers are prohibited from consuming marijuana obtained for the personal, medical use by the qualifying patient.
(8) “Physician” means a physician who is licensed in Florida.
(9) “Physician certification” means a written document signed by a physician, stating that in the physician’s professional opinion, the patient suffers from a debilitating medical condition, that the potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for the patient, and for how long the physician recommends the medical use of marijuana for the patient. A physician certification may only be provided after the physician has conducted a physical examination of the patient and a full assessment of the patient’s medical history.
(10) “Qualifying patient” means a person who has been diagnosed to have a debilitating medical condition, who has a physician certification and a valid qualifying patient identification card. If the Department does not begin issuing identification cards within nine (9) months after the effective date of this section, then a valid physician certification will serve as a patient identification card in order to allow a person to become a “qualifying patient” until the Department begins issuing identification cards.

(c) LIMITATIONS.
(1) Nothing in this section shall affect laws relating to non-medical use, possession, production or sale of marijuana.
(2) Nothing in this section authorizes the use of medical marijuana by anyone other than a qualifying patient.
(3) Nothing in this section allows the operation of a motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft while under the influence of marijuana.
(4) Nothing in this law section requires the violation of federal law or purports to give immunity under federal law.
(5) Nothing in this section shall require any accommodation of any on-site medical use of marijuana in any place of education or employment, or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place.
(6) Nothing in this section shall require any health insurance provider or any government agency or authority to reimburse any
person for expenses related to the medical use of marijuana.

(d) DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT.
The Department shall issue reasonable regulations necessary for the implementation and enforcement of this section. The purpose of the regulations is to ensure the availability and safe use of medical marijuana by qualifying patients. It is the duty of the Department to promulgate regulations in a timely fashion.
(1) Implementing Regulations. In order to allow the Department sufficient time after passage of this section, the following regulations shall be promulgated no later than six (6) months after the effective date of this section:
a. Procedures for the issuance of qualifying patient identification cards to people with physician certifications, and standards for the renewal of such identification cards.
b. Procedures for the issuance of personal caregiver identification cards to persons qualified to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana, and standards for the renewal of such identification cards.
c. Procedures for the registration of Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers that include procedures for the issuance, renewal, suspension, and revocation of registration, and standards to ensure security, record keeping, testing, labeling, inspection, and safety.
d. A regulation that defines the amount of marijuana that could reasonably be presumed to be an adequate supply for qualifying patients’ medical use, based on the best available evidence. This presumption as to quantity may be overcome with evidence of a particular qualifying patient’s appropriate medical use.
(2) Issuance of identification cards and registrations. The Department shall begin issuing qualifying patient and personal caregiver
identification cards, as well as begin registering Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers no later than nine months (9) after the effective date of this section.
(3) If the Department does not issue regulations, or if the Department does not begin issuing identification cards and registering Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers within the time limits set in this section, any Florida citizen shall have standing to seek judicial relief to compel compliance with the Department’s constitutional duties.
(4) The Department shall protect the confidentiality of all qualifying patients. All records containing the identity of qualifying patients shall be confidential and kept from public disclosure other than for valid medical or law enforcement purposes.

(e) LEGISLATION.
Nothing in this section shall limit the legislature from enacting laws consistent with this provision.

(f) SEVERABILITY.
The provisions of this section are severable and if any clause, sentence, paragraph or section of this measure, or an application thereof, is adjudged invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction other provisions shall continue to be in effect to the fullest extent possible.

Medical marijuana debated in Kentucky for PTSD

CourierJournal.Com

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Decades after the war, Vietnam veteran Danny Belcher tells of still waking at night with visions of dead friends and bodies hanging in trees. That’s when he reaches for his marijuana pipe.

“I realize it’s just a nightmare,” he said. “I will light that pipe up. I’ll be a criminal. I’ll go back to sleep.”
Advocates of medical marijuana, like Belcher, returned to Frankfort on Thursday, urging state lawmakers to lift legal restrictions on the drug for treating post-traumatic stress disorder.

The testimony to the Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection was the latest in a series of legislative hearings this year on allowing cannabis for health conditions such as pain and cancer symptoms.

Belcher told lawmakers that he became a “down in the gutter drunk” after returning from the war and later was prescribed a myriad of powerful drugs for PTSD that did more harm than good.

He said marijuana eventually helped him break free of alcoholism and get off the prescriptions.

“If it gives us a quality of life back, why not do it instead of drugging these veterans up and destroying their liver, their lifestyle,” he said. “Let them have a quality of life where they can be productive citizens again.”

Still, clinical and psychiatric experts from the Louisville Veterans Affairs Medical Center are cautioning lawmakers over a lack of controlled drug trials and clinical evidence for treating PTSD patients with marijuana.
They testified Thursday that there are no statistics showing whether veterans who have been treated with the drug in other states are doing better than those receiving conventional medicine.

“A lot of veterans anecdotally will say that it does help with calming them down and with sleep … but research just isn’t there yet,” said Mary Sweeney, a staff psychologist and specialist in PTSD and substance use disorder for the Louisville VA.

Two bills to permit medical marijuana in Kentucky died in committee during the 2014 General Assembly session. But lawmakers enacted another measure that allows trial use of cannabis oil to treat seizures in children.

Advocates hope it’s a sign that medical marijuana will fare better in the legislature next year. But opponents have raised concerns over a lack of studies on the drug and argue that medical arguments are a veil for recreational use.

Meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs reports that diagnosis of PTSD among veterans has been climbing for a decade due largely to combat trauma, grief and military sexual abuse.

More than 350,000 veterans are believed to suffer from the disorder nationwide, including about 18,500 in the network that serves most of Kentucky and Tennessee along with portions of other states.

Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, who chairs the Senate veterans committee, said he maintains an open mind on the issue and called the hearing a fact-finding effort.

He also predicted that medical marijuana will eventually become legal in Kentucky even though it faces an “uphill battle” in the legislature.
But “the devil is in the details,” he said. “And I don’t know what the details are.”

Courant.Com – Connecticut pharmacists meet to discuss medical marijuana program

By MATTHEW STURDEVANT
5:05 pm, June 25, 2014

SOUTHINGTON — Pharmacists preparing for the advent of Connecticut’s medical marijuana industry gathered Wednesday to talk about the clinical aspects of dispensing medicine* that has no federal approval nor the guidelines that go along with it.

The roughly 175 people in attendance also included doctors and some owners of state-designated businesses in medical marijuana — four producers to grow it, six dispensaries to sell it.

So far, about 2,000 patients are registered with the state to buy medical marijuana when it becomes available, said one speaker, John Gadea, a pharmacist and director of the Drug Control Division within the state Department of Consumer Protection, which regulates medical marijuana.

Just when medical marijuana will become available still isn’t exactly clear. Previously, officials had said the dispensaries could open sometime this summer. Some growers interviewed Wednesday, however, said their products would not be ready until later in the year.

The symposium touched on the many gray areas that face physicians and pharmacists when it comes to administering herbal medicine in a highly regulated pharmaceutical fashion. It also addressed some concerns about who should be using medical marijuana.

In Connecticut, a patient must have one of the 11 debilitating medical conditions — cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to nervous tissue in the spinal cord or intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease or post-traumatic stress disorder.

From a consumer’s perspective, buying marijuana will be similar to visiting a doctor’s office, said Nick Tamborrino, a pharmacist who owns Bluepoint Wellness of CT, a Branford dispensary. He will keep regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

“So, patients make appointments,” Tamborrino said. “You’ll be seated in the waiting room. You’ll get called in by one of the pharmacists. You’ll get brought to a counseling room. That’s where we’ll go over a thorough medication history on you … make sure your treatment goals are met.”

Before even walking in the door of a dispensary, a patient will have to be certified by a doctor to use marijuana. Then, the patient must register with the state the dispensary where he agrees he will buy marijuana.

Featured speakers Wednesday came from the Center for Drug Discovery at Northeastern University; the Yale School of Medicine; the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids in Montreal; and other places.

Canada has had federally licensed cannabis producers for years who cultivate marijuana for patients. Mark A. Ware, executive director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, has studied the dosage and administering of medical marijuana in Canada.

Pharmacists generally agree that marijuana has a lot of variability, so properly dosing medical marijuana for patients is an imprecise process.

In terms of dosage of the active ingredients TCH and CBD, Ware said, medical marijuana typically has 1 percent to 19 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and 1 percent to 17 percent CBD (cannabidiol).

“In Connecticut, where you have standard producers and people who are regulated to do this, I think this goes a long way to ensuring that these patients are now getting product from quality-controlled sources,” Ware said.

Marijuana will be available in many forms, but Ware addressed dosing for marijuana that would be smoked.

An average joint is half of one gram, he said. Most studies suggest that the average medical user consumes about 2 grams each day, and about 80 percent of users consume between 1 and 3 grams daily, Ware said.

“It sounds like a lot. People say, ‘Four joints a day, that person’s stoned all day long,'” Ware said. But much of the THC is lost in the “combustion” process, and only some gets absorbed — 20 to 50 milligrams by a patient.

Clinicians should be watchful if a patient is using more than 5 grams per day, which is about 10 joints, Ware said.

* the writer chose to use the word drug , I replaced it with medicine.
Full article here