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Medical Marijuana Advocates Concerned by Illinois Licensing Delay

Medical Marijuana Advocates Concerned by Illinois Licensing Delay

Reuters Health Information By Mary Wisniewski January 30, 2015 CHICAGO (Reuters) – Advocates for medical marijuana in Illinois are concerned that delays in issuing distribution licenses, exacerbated by a change in governors, is keeping the drug from patients who need it. Former Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who supported medical marijuana, left office in January withoutContinue Reading

MDs: Medical Pot Only OK for Sick Kids Failed by Other Drugs – CBS Local

CBS DC (con’t) Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSDC.com/ACA Health News & Information: CBSDC.com/Health Latest News CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation’s mostContinue Reading

Log InRegister – CBS Local

CBS DC (con’t) Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSDC.com/ACA Health News & Information: CBSDC.com/Health Latest News CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation’s mostContinue Reading

Medical marijuana reserved for sickest kids by US pediatric academy – CBC.ca

Medical marijuana reserved for sickest kids by US pediatric academy – CBC.ca

Some parents insist that medical marijuana has cured their kids’ troublesome seizures or led to other improvements, but the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new policy says rigorous research is needed to verify those claims. (Brennan Linsley/Associated Press) With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developingContinue Reading

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs – The Seattle Times

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs – The Seattle Times

Originally published January 26, 2015 at 8:32 AM | Page modified January 26, 2015 at 10:33 AM CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, theContinue Reading

AAP: Decriminalize Weed, But Don’t Legalize It – MedPage Today

Action Points Note that the American Academy of Pediatrics, citing concerns over the effect a criminal record has on adolescents, has called for a decriminalization, but not legalization of marijuana. Be aware that the AAP strongly recommends against marijuana use in adolescents, citing studies which suggest the drug can adversely affect brain development. The AmericanContinue Reading

AAP: Decriminalize Weed, But Don’t Legalize It (CME/CE)

Action Points Note that the American Academy of Pediatrics, citing concerns over the effect a criminal record has on adolescents, has called for a decriminalization, but not legalization of marijuana. Be aware that the AAP strongly recommends against marijuana use in adolescents, citing studies which suggest the drug can adversely affect brain development. The AmericanContinue Reading

‘No Legal Marijuana,’ Pediatricians Say

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has drawn a line in the sand, issuing a sober policy statement reaffirming its opposition to the legalization of marijuana. The tide of public opinion and state laws, however, may be turning against the organization. “The AAP opposes legalization of marijuana because of the potential harms to children andContinue Reading

Pediatricians on medical marijuana: not so fast – CBS News

CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation’s most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Some parents insist that medical marijuana hasContinue Reading

Pediatric Academy Now Says Medical Marijuana May Help Some Ill Kids – NBCNews.com

Pediatric Academy Now Says Medical Marijuana May Help Some Ill Kids – NBCNews.com

Marijuana use should be decriminalized and federal officials should reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous drug to spur vital medical research, the leading group of U.S. pediatricians recommended Monday. In an update to its 2004 policy statement on pot, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also recognized marijuana may be a treatment option for kidsContinue Reading

This Week in Medicine: Healthcare Hearings in Congress; Another Pot Opinion

New federal survey data on seniors’ frailty and on how people economize on drug costs are slated for release this week. On Wednesday, an expert panel will conduct a “colloquy” on why the American healthcare system is so resistant to reform. Trial results will be reported for a new approach to a nagging side effectContinue Reading

Marijuana caregivers, doctors face legislative scrutiny – Chron.com

DENVER (AP) — Two years into recreational marijuana legalization, Colorado is taking a second look at its rules for medical marijuana. The Colorado state Senate starts work Monday on the state’s regulations governing medical pot production and sales. The rules were the blueprint for Colorado’s current recreational pot rules. But the medical regulations expire thisContinue Reading

Cannabis comes to Las Vegas: Answering your burning questions about … – Las Vegas Sun

Cannabis comes to Las Vegas: Answering your burning questions about … – Las Vegas Sun

Brennan Linsley / AP Marijuana and cannabis-infused products are for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Denver. By Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 | 2 a.m. In the coming weeks, the first crops of cannabis will begin blooming in warehouses across the valley, the most tangible sign yet that medical marijuanaContinue Reading

5 things to know about lawmakers’ efforts on marijuana – Washington Times

SEATTLE (AP) – Medical marijuana activists feel like they have their back to the wall as the Legislature tries to rein in an unregulated system that many people believe is unfairly competing with heavily taxed recreational pot sales in Washington state. Hundreds are expected in Olympia on Thursday as lawmakers hold their first big hearingContinue Reading

Kansas lawmakers hope for hearing on medical marijuana bills – News & Observer

Kansas lawmakers hope for hearing on medical marijuana bills – News & Observer

[unable to retrieve full-text content] News & Observer Kansas lawmakers hope for hearing on medical marijuana billsNews & ObserverSupporters of medical marijuana legislation listen to speeches on the topic during a rally on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at the statehouse, in Topeka, Kan. Legislation was filed by both Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, and Rep.Continue Reading

Kansas lawmakers hope for hearing on medical marijuana bills – Rock Hill Herald

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Kansas lawmakers hope for hearing on medical marijuana billsRock Hill HeraldSupporters of medical marijuana legislation listen to speeches on the topic during a rally on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at the statehouse, in Topeka, Kan. Legislation was filed by both Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, and Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita.Continue Reading

This Colorado pot shop made $3.6 million last year – CNNMoney

This Colorado pot shop made $3.6 million last year – CNNMoney

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Toni Fox’s business had the distinction of ringing up Colorado’s first sale of recreational pot one year ago. It was the beginning of an explosion of sales at her Denver marijuana shop, the Despite the impressive growth, Fox said her business isn’t as profitable as it would seem. Since selling marijuana isContinue Reading

New reports give conflicting takes on Colorado marijuana legalization – The Denver Post

The number of people being charged for marijuana possession in Colorado has cratered, while the number of people cited for using marijuana in public has skyrocketed. Those are two of the conflicting takeaways from dueling reports put out this week by groups in favor of or opposed to marijuana legalization. And it shows how theContinue Reading

Marijuana Reforms: Are the Kids Alright? – WVTF

Marijuana Reforms: Are the Kids Alright? – WVTF

As Virginia’s legislature considers a bill to decriminalize marijuana, some critics worry that doing so will send the wrong message to kids who may already view the drug as harmless, and the prospect of legalization sends some parents into a panic. In part three of our series, Sandy Hausman reports on marijuana and kids. Maryland,Continue Reading

SPECIAL REPORT, PART 2: Legal marijuana brings tax boost, but it’s modest – Peninsula Daily

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a three-part series on effects of marijuana legalization in Washington state and Colorado. Legalized marijuana is bringing in tax money, but in the mix of multibillion budgets, the drug is a small boost, not a tsunami of cash. To see the tax implications of legalizing marijuana in ColoradoContinue Reading

Merging the Medical Use Market with the Recreational Market – Marijuana.com

One of the current challenges facing both Colorado and Washington is how to successfully implement a full legalization system along side an existing medical use system. In Colorado, for example, the state elected to permit their existing, licensed medical use dispensaries to be the only dispensaries permitted for the first year (although they were requiredContinue Reading

‘Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom’: TV review – New York Daily News

‘Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom’: TV review – New York Daily News

David Zalubowski/AP “Bud tenders” Maxwell Bradford (back left) and Emma Attolini display buds in the shape of Christmas trees, on sale during the holiday seaspon at a marijuana shop in Denver. Legalizing weed hasn’t fully tidied up Colorado’s garden. On the contrary, this new documentary finds, legalizing recreational marijuana has created all sorts of unintendedContinue Reading

Illinois to allow kids to take medical marijuana – The Detroit News

Illinois to allow kids to take medical marijuana – The Detroit News

CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press 11:02 p.m. EST January 4, 2015 Nicole Gross gives her son Chase his daily dose of marijuana oil. They moved to Colorado a year ago to legally treat him for seizures.(Photo: Brennan Linsley / AP) Chicago — Randy Gross hopes a new law allowing children into Illinois’ medical marijuana programContinue Reading

Big battles ahead over electronic cigarettes’ safety, regulation – SFGate

Victoria Collive, San Francisco Chronicle By Victoria Colliver Published 5:35 pm, Sunday, January 4, 2015 Photo: Michael Short / Special To The Chronicle Image 1/6 gallery_thumbnails_show|article-gallery-5993605|article-gallery-5993605|0 gallery_overlay_open|article-gallery-5993605|article-gallery-5993605|0 gallery_overlay_open_thumbs|article-gallery-5993605|article-gallery-5993605|0 Image 1 of 6 Photo: Michael Short / Special To The Chronicle Manager Sean Trataris smokes an e-cigarette at Vapor Smoke Shop in San Francisco. Manager SeanContinue Reading

Illinois law extends medical marijuana to children, but experts question … – Minneapolis Star Tribune

CHICAGO — Randy Gross hopes a new law allowing children into Illinois’ medical marijuana program will reunite his family, nearly a year after his wife moved to Colorado so their son could receive a controversial treatment to ease his epileptic seizures. Gross lives and works in Illinois. His wife, Nicole, moved with their two sonsContinue Reading

Illinois extends marijuana experiment to children – MiamiHerald.com

Randy Gross hopes a new law allowing children into Illinois’ medical marijuana program will reunite his family, nearly a year after his wife moved to Colorado so their son could receive a controversial treatment to ease his epileptic seizures. Gross lives and works in Illinois. His wife, Nicole, moved with their two sons so theirContinue Reading

Illinois extends marijuana experiment to children – Dubuque Telegraph Herald

CHICAGO — A new law expanding the Illinois medical marijuana program to children is opening a market for an unproven strain of cannabis called Charlotte’s Web and a dark green, weed-fragrant oil made from it. Some parents of children with epilepsy say the oil eases their children’s seizures. The marijuana strain is cultivated by aContinue Reading

Marijuana Promising in Rare Epilepsies, But It’s Still Early

SEATTLE, Washington — A raft of new study results on medical marijuana are promising, but the message from investigators was loud and clear: No real progress can be made in verifying the safety and efficacy of this treatment until randomized controlled trials are carried out. Such trials are about to get under way early nextContinue Reading

First medical license for marijuana, courtesy Massachusetts – Diabetes Insider

First medical license for marijuana, courtesy Massachusetts – Diabetes Insider

If you thought putting up a marijuana dispensary and plantation in Massachusetts was difficult, you might have been right some time back, but not anymore. Yes, you may be surprised but it is true that the State of Massachusetts has at last given approval to a company to grow marijuana and use it for medicinalContinue Reading

Massachusetts Issued its First Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Ever – BostInno

Massachusetts Issued its First Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Ever – BostInno

Image via Creative Commons/ Mark (CC BY 2.0) On New Year’s Eve 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued the state’s first ever medical marijuana Certificate of Registration. The recipient is Alternative Therapies Group, Inc. in Salem, Mass. Not a bad way to kick off 2015. The certificate allows ATG to begin growing andContinue Reading

Marijuana Is At Last Going Legal in the Bay State – Empire State Tribune

How difficult is it to put up a marijuana dispensary and plantation in Massachusetts? If you think it’s going to be a cinch, you’re going to be surprised at what the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is going through. However, the State of Massachusetts has at last given a go signal to a company toContinue Reading

Alternative Therapies gets nod to grow medical marijuana in Massachusetts – America Herald

Alternative Therapies gets nod to grow medical marijuana in Massachusetts – America Herald

Pharma firm Alternative Therapies Group Inc. became the first company to get permission from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to grow marijuana for medical use in the state. Alternative Therapies got approval from the health department on Wednesday to operate a cultivation site at 10 Industrial Way, Amesbury and a dispensary at 50 GroveContinue Reading

Marijuana Dispensary Gets High Sign In Salem – American Live Wire

Marijuana Dispensary Gets High Sign In Salem – American Live Wire

State officials announced yesterday that the first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts has been approved. Specifically, the state Department of Public Health green-lighted a proposal by Alternative Therapies Group (ATG) to open a dispensary at 50 Grove Street in Salem. A spokesman for the Department of Public Health, Scott Zoback, told the press that ATGContinue Reading

Salem (Mass) Prepares For First Marijuana Dispensary – Pioneer News

Salem (Mass) Prepares For First Marijuana Dispensary – Pioneer News

The state Department of Public Health in Massachusetts has approved the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state, which will be in none other than Salem. On Wednesday, state officials announced that the Alternataive Therapies Group proposal to open a dispensary at 50 Grove st has been approved for clinic us to be cultivated atContinue Reading

Mass. approves first medical marijuana dispensary, cultivator – Boston Globe

Comments Print By Felice J. FreyerGlobe Staff January 01, 2015 The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday selected the first company allowed to grow marijuana for medical use, a milestone in the troubled effort to carry out the state’s 2012 medical marijuana law. Alternative Therapies Group Inc. received permission to operate a dispensary atContinue Reading

State gives go-ahead to Salem marijuana dispensary – The Salem News

SALEM — The state Department of Public Health has approved the first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts, and it will be in Salem. State officials announced Wednesday that the proposal by Alternative Therapies Group to open a dispensary at 50 Grove St. has been approved. Marijuana for the clinic will be cultivated at 10 IndustrialContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana Is on Its Way to Salem – Boston.com

Medical Marijuana Is on Its Way to Salem – Boston.com

By Chelsea Rice Boston.com Staff | 12.31.14 | 4:34 PM If all goes well, Salem will have the first medical marijuana dispensary in the state to officially open for business. Massachusetts public health officials Wednesday granted the state’s first certificate of registration for the growth and distribution of medical marijuana to Salem’s Alternative Therapies Group,Continue Reading

Gov. Hickenlooper discusses one year mark of legal marijuana sales – KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

DENVER (AP) – It has been nearly one year since Colorado legalized the sales of recreational marijuana, leading the way for dozens of retail pot shops to open its doors to customers. On Monday morning, Governor John Hickenlooper will be talking about the impact it has had on the state during an interview with NBC’sContinue Reading

Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado – U-T San Diego

Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado – U-T San Diego

FILE – This Sept. 2, 2010 photo shows a marijuana plant as it matures in a grow house in Denver. Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)The Associated Press Share Photo FILE –Continue Reading

Marijuana Users Higher In Colorado – American Live Wire

Marijuana Users Higher In Colorado – American Live Wire

According to a study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported on by the Associated Press and The Denver Post, Colorado now has the second-highest number of regular marijuana users since it legalized the drug. Specifically, approximately 1 out of 8 Colorado citizens over the age of 12 has used marijuana withinContinue Reading

Marijuana use increases in Colorado – HeraldNet

Published: Saturday, December 27, 2014, 12:01 a.m. DENVER — Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study. The Denver Post reports the study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found about 1 out of 8Continue Reading

One in eight people in Colorado have use marijuana at least once a month … – Daily Mail

One in eight people in Colorado have use marijuana at least once a month … – Daily Mail

Only Rhode Island topped the percentage of residents who used the drug It means around 530,000 people smoke marijuana every month The national average is just over four per cent By Associated Press Published: 23:37 EST, 26 December 2014 | Updated: 02:30 EST, 27 December 2014 View comments Colorado emerged as the state with theContinue Reading

Marijuana use has increased in Colorado, study shows – Fox News

Marijuana use has increased in Colorado, study shows – Fox News

Sept. 2, 2014: Marijuana plant as it matures in a grow house in Denver. (AP) DENVER – Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study. The Denver Post reports the study by the National Survey on Drug UseContinue Reading

Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado – Washington Post

FILE – In this Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, file photo, sales associate Matt Hart uses a pair of chopsticks to hold a bud of Lemon Skunk, the strain of highest potency available at the 3D Dispensary, in Denver. Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizingContinue Reading

Marijuana use increases in Colorado, according to new federal survey – The Denver Post

Marijuana use increases in Colorado, according to new federal survey – The Denver Post

In this Denver Post file photo, Dusty Taylor smokes marijuana from a glass pipe in downtown Denver earlier this year. (Andy Cross, Denver Post file photo) As marijuana legalization took hold in Colorado, the estimated percentage of regular cannabis users in the state jumped to the second-highest level in the country, according to new federalContinue Reading

Judge Orders Halt to Smartphone App for Medical Pot Delivery

Judge Orders Halt to Smartphone App for Medical Pot Delivery

Reuters Health Information By Alex Dobuzinskis December 26, 2014 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge in Los Angeles ordered a smartphone application company on Tuesday to stop arranging the delivery of medical marijuana to customers in the city in violation of a ban on such businesses, prosecutors said. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s officeContinue Reading

Judge limits medical marijuana delivery app – Philly.com

The Associated Press Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 7:41 PM LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge has ordered a smartphone application that facilitates the delivery of medical marijuana to stop its activities in Los Angeles and to remove all reference to marijuana delivery within city limits. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien issuedContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana App Told To Keep Off Los Angeles – MMJ Observer

Medical Marijuana App Told To Keep Off Los Angeles – MMJ Observer

Nashville, TN – Los Angeles appears to have no interest in medical marijuana delivery apps. A judge there ordered Nestdrop, a company that provides medical marijuana delivery app, to stop its activities in the city. Additionally, the judge, in a preliminary injunction, ordered the company to pull down all references to cannabis delivery within theContinue Reading

Judge Limits Medical Marijuana Delivery App – ABC News

Judge Limits Medical Marijuana Delivery App – ABC News

A judge has ordered a smartphone application that facilitates the delivery of medical marijuana to stop its activities in Los Angeles and to remove all reference to marijuana delivery within city limits. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien issued the preliminary injunction against Nestdrop on Tuesday, more than a year after City AttorneyContinue Reading

AAN: Still Too Early to Green-Light Medical Marijuana

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) doesn’t advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana to treat neurologic conditions because of the lack of evidence, but it wants researchers to have easier access to these products for study purposes, according to a new position statement. Research to determine the benefits and safety of marijuana-based products “isContinue Reading