A majority of Florida voters support legalization of recreational marijuana, a new poll says.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 55 percent of Florida voters back legal possession of small amounts of recreational pot, compared with 41 percent who oppose it.
The results show a split along generational lines, something also reflected in national numbers. Florida voters under 30 are the most supportive of legalization, with 72 percent favoring legalization of small amounts of recreational marijuana and 25 percent opposing. Fifty-nine percent of Floridian voters 65 and older oppose legalization, while 36 support it.
The survey is another positive measure for the legalization movement, which has had some recent momentum. A Gallup poll last October reported that 58 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization, including two-thirds of adults under 30. After passing legalization by 2012 ballot measures, Colorado and Washington this year became the first two states to implement a statewide legal cannabis trade. Alaska and Oregon will both vote on legalization ballot measures in November.
The poll also comes just days after The New York Times editorial board announced its support for the end of the federal prohibition on marijuana.
Florida will vote on a 2014 ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana, and Monday’s survey suggests extremely strong support for medical use in the state. Eighty-eight percent of Florida voters support legalizing medical marijuana, compared with just 10 percent who oppose it. And 71 percent of the state’s voters said they would support having a medical marijuana dispensary in the town they live.
The survey was conducted July 17-21 with 1,251 registered Florida voters. The margin for error is plus or minus 2.8 points.
BRANFORD >> Bluepoint Wellness of Connecticut, one of six state-approved dispensaries of medical marijuana, will be selling products in September, said its manager, Nick Tamborrino.
The site, situated behind Planet Fitness at 469 E. Main St., will open “probably around the last week in August,” but only for counseling with the pharmacists on hand and to “complete all the necessary required forms,” Tamborrino said.
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Bluepoint Wellness and the other dispensaries will serve the 2,000 patients who registered with the state Department of Consumer Protection. The registered patients may legally consume products, including brownies, cookies, e-cigarette liquid and pills, made at the state’s four wholesale growing facilities.
Bluepoint will buy its products from Theraplant in Watertown, at least at first. “They’ll be the first to market,” Tamborrino said. “Right now they’re anticipating mid- to late September for the first supply.”
Tamborrino, a pharmacist for more than 13 years who worked as a hospital pharmacist for eight years, said Bluepoint will appear more like a medical office than a retail store — what Tamborrino calls a “hybrid model” — and will provide counseling services from the pharmacists on staff in addition to selling cannabis products.
“It’s not required by the state but it’s something we plan on implementing to improve quality of care,” Tamborrino said.
In a move that could trump state legislative actions in Pennsylvania and across the nation, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry is on Monday introducing a bill to nationally legalize a marijuana-based oil that has been shown to reduce seizures in children with debilitating epilepsy.
The conservative York County Republican made the announcement Monday morning at a press conference where he was joined by the president of the national Epilepsy Foundation and advocates that included the mother of Colorado girl Charlotte Figi, whose successful treatment with cannabidiol oil has inspired a national movement.
Joel Stanley, one of the creators of the “Charlotte’s Web” strain of marijuana used to treat Figi, was also present for the introduction announcement of Perry’s bill, the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014.”
The bill would give children and adults with epilepsy and other seizure disorders access to the oil (called CBD) for treatment by removing CBD oil and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, Perry said.
The marijuana plant and its derivatives and extracts are currently banned for medical and recreational use at the federal level and in most states, including Pennsylvania.
The bill doesn’t legalize all forms of marijuana, such as smoking, for medical use, Perry said.
‘Therapeutic hemp’ is that which has no more than .3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive chemical which causes the ‘high’ from marijuana.
The plants used in the oil are grown to be high in CBD, which is credited for the reduction in seizures, but low in THC.
Perry said earlier this year he had been swayed to legalize the oil treatments after several meetings with district parents whose children have uncontrolled seizures for which traditional pharmaceuticals were either ineffective or caused life-threatening side effects.
Many of those parents became unlikely lobbyists for marijuana after seeing Charlotte Figi’s story on a special report from CNN.
Among them are Matt and Angela Sharrer of Tyrone Township, Adams County, who attended Monday’s press conference with their 10-year-old daughter, Annie Sharrer.
Despite their families’ generations-long roots in the midstate, the couple said they had considered moving to Colorado so they could have legal CBD treatments for Annie, who suffers between five and 30 seizures per day and one more severe seizure about once per week, Angela Sharrer said Friday.
Only one of the numerous medications they tried actually managed the seizures, but the side effects were so severe she was hospitalized with an inflamed pancreas when she was only 8 years old, Sharrer said.
The cognitive gains that were made during the time of reduced seizures were mostly lost when Annie had to be taken off the medication and they returned, Sharrer said.
“I could see how (having fewer seizures) made her just a brighter and happier kid overall…she was learning and retaining information better,” Sharrer said. “It’s the little things, like going to the refrigerator and being able to sign for a drink. There was some communication, then the seizures returned. And that’s very hard to see, because Annie has to work hard for everything she’s able to do.”
The story of Charlotte, who went from having 300 grand mal seizures a week to having only two or three per week, brought hope for a treatment that could actually give Annie’s brain a break long enough for her learn and retain new skills and be a happier child, Angela Sharrer said.
Like numerous other families, the Sharrers began pushing legislators, attending forums, and showing up at the state Capitol for rallies.
Sharrer, speaking Friday before details of Perry’s bill were announced, showed guarded optimism about the prospect of federal legalization.
She said parents who’ve fought for legalization have seen gains and setbacks, setting them on an emotional rollercoaster not unlike the one caused by the seizures.
A pilot program Gov. Tom Corbett promised as parents were preparing to stage a sit-in in his office hasn’t progressed, she said.
And legislation is slow, she said, citing the crawl of Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1182, a state legalization bill she and her husband support.
Perry’s bill will be assigned to a committee, where a passing vote will be required before it can be forwarded for consideration by the entire House.
The Congressman reiterated his opposition to recreational marijuana, saying the bill is intended to address a specific need.
“…these children and individuals like them deserve a chance to lead a healthy and productive life and our government shouldn’t stand in the way,” he said.
Medical marijuana producers attempting to woo doctors
Representatives of licensed medical marijuana companies are being sent to doctors’ offices as part of the push to get hesitant physicians to prescribe the drug more often.
It’s a development that has dismayed Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, the president of the Canadian Medical Association, who says that a largely unproven treatment is now being thrust upon doctors, leaving them caught between at least some patients looking to score drugs and the vendors looking to peddle them.
“I’m actually quite frightened,” he said.
Francescutti said some of Canada’s 13 licensed marijuana producers are operating in the same way that pharmaceutical companies do.
“They’ve got product they have to move. So they’ve hired the best advertising firms,” he said. “Now, they’ve got very professional, well-dressed men and women knocking on doctors’ offices.”
That’s a problem for Francescutti, at least in part, because he doesn’t think medical marijuana has been put through stringent enough testing. Frankly, he said, there is a lack of medical evidence that marijuana products are effective.
“There would have to be a clinical trial for its effect on depression, for its effect on joint pain. You’d have to have probably a thousand trials that would have to be repeated,” he said. “If marijuana is so magical, then how come the trials aren’t out there?”
Francescutti acknowledged that one of the reasons those trials may not have been done previously could have been a lack of funding: “That could be part of it.”
Tweed, Canada’s first publicly traded medical marijuana producer, has hired three “academic detailers” to visit doctors’ offices.
Mark Zekulin, executive vice-president of the Smiths Falls-based company, said they are “out there hitting the pavement, introducing who we are.”
He said doctors get a lot of visits from many different pharmaceutical companies, but said “we’re a little different.” He said most doctors are receptive and interested in learning more.
Tweed’s director of business and medical development, Chris Murray, said there is a lot of apprehension from doctors in terms of the “hard sell from pharma reps.”
“We are not out there putting a hard sell on medical marijuana,” said Zekulin. “There is information out there, and we’re not making it up. It’s to make doctors aware of that information. How they want to integrate it into their practice is up to them.”
Neil Closner, CEO of MedReleaf, a Markham, Ont.-based licensed marijuana producer, said his company does not hire sales reps, though representatives attend conferences and events that physicians attend.
“I don’t feel that this is something we want to be pushing on physicians,” he said.
However, Dr. Alykhan Abdulla, president of the Academy of Medicine Ottawa, which represents Ottawa physicians at all levels of government, said he believes more than 90 per cent of physicians would be hesitant to prescribe medical marijuana.
“The average family doctor has never learned how to prescribe medical marijuana. It’s not taught in medical school,” said Abdulla, who said he has prescribed the herb.
He said companies are not only sending representatives to lobby doctors, but also making calls, writing emails and sending faxes. He receives two or three of these every week.
“These people have an agenda, they want to sell it, they want to make money,” said Abdulla. “They’re not pushy. They’re professional people. … They’re trying their best, but it’s the wrong way to approach it.”
When it comes to clinical trials, MedReleaf alone has 20 clinical trials underway. It also draws data from a partner company, Tikun Olam, which has treated thousands of patients under Israel’s medical marijuana system.
After seeing that data, many doctors “end up walking away converted,” said CEO Closner.
Tweed is not developing formal trials, but is building a database based on the chemical contents of its various marijuana strains and feedback from patients and doctors.
But Francescutti said the industry as it stands now has “got nothing to do with medicinal properties. It’s got everything to do with people wanting to smoke dope.”
He said that the court system was “conned” into thinking that marijuana has significant health benefits. It was the courts that said patients should be given access, and it was then Health Canada that “dumped” this responsibility onto doctors, he said. It’s akin to “legalized dope-pushing,” he said.
Francescutti said his position on medical marijuana has resulted in hateful, threatening emails.
“This is a fringe element,” he said, adding some doctors feel intimidated not only by marijuana company reps but by patients themselves.
Francescutti described a scenario with a male patient, 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, approaching a “tiny, little female” doctor who had recently immigrated to the country.
“He says to you, ‘I want marijuana,’” said Francescutti. “Do you think you’d feel intimidated?”
He said he received a call from “a physician exactly like that,” who told him she was terrified. “She said, ‘Here’s this big man in my office threatening me that if I didn’t give marijuana to him there would be consequences,’” said Francescutti.
“What started out as a cute little story about marijuana is turning into a frickin’ nightmare,” he said. “We just need one doctor to get killed over this, then it would make a great movie. I hope it’s not me. I hope it’s not any doctor. Or reporter.”
Barring extensive clinical study, “Maybe the best thing that could happen is Trudeau gets elected and he legalizes it,” said Francescutti.
He said he doesn’t think that would be the right thing, but it would take the problem out of doctors’ hands.
“We’d have a doped-up nation,” he said. “We’d probably have an increase in the sales of chips, so I guess I’d buy some stocks in chips and nachos. That’s about the only good that would come of this.”
Medical marijuana users concerned about drug supply
Health Canada says there are no supply issues
A medical marijuana user in Amherst, N.S., says he’s concerned about the supply of the drug after waiting almost a month to get a prescription filled.
Sam and his wife Tanya are among the roughly 40,000 Canadians with an authorization to possess medical marijuana. Their last names are being withheld for safety reasons.
Health Canada radically changed the rules for medical marijuana on April 1, moving approved production from a cottage industry of thousands of loosely regulated growers to a commercially competitive sector, with an anticipated 50 larger companies shipping high-quality weed in dozens of strains.
So far, only 13 licensed suppliers have made it to the finish line, listed on Health Canada’s website as authorized marijuana sources for patients who have their doctor’s approval to use cannabis for pain and other symptoms.
Sam, who has a variety of health issues including degenerative discs and glaucoma, said 13 suppliers is not enough.
“I think that there’s a shortage of legal medical marijuana in the country right now,” he told CBC News.
Tanya smokes marijuana to give her an appetite and control chronic pain. On May 31, she ordered 180 grams from the Peace Naturals Project, one of the 13 federally-licensed medical marijuana production companies.
She didn’t get anything until almost a month later on June 27 — and she only got 30 grams. The company has promised to refund the balance.
Sam said trying to get the marijuana has been a struggle.
“We’re arguing and fighting with them, practically begging with them to send us medication when they had the money already,” he said.
Sold out in 30 seconds
Mark Gobuty, the CEO and founder of the Peace Naturals Project, has apologized to the couple and said a production issue resulted in a five-day blackout on medical marijuana sales, which created a pent-up demand.
“We’d normally sell out in three hours. Normally we put up two to 2.5 kilos every day and three, four hours it will sell,” he said.
“It went from that to six minutes to the fastest we sold 2.5 kilograms — under 30 seconds.”
Although the Peace Naturals Project shows all strains are sold out, Gobuty said his company is meeting demand. He said they sell out and restock every day. but the company is also expanding its production by building new facilities.
Gobuty said the company has an expansion area ready for production, but is waiting for Health Canada to approve it.
In September, Health Canada was sorting through 156 applications — but the number tripled by February this year and then doubled in just the next three months.
‘I don’t know where he’s getting it from’
Meanwhile, business newcomers have said they’re frustrated by the inability of Health Canada to process their applications in a timely way, as their leased space gathers dust and their investors become impatient.
Health Canada told CBC News there are no supply issues.
“Health Canada closely monitors the market. Licensed producers have produced sufficient supply to meet current and anticipated demand,” said Sara Lauer, a spokeswoman for Health Canada.
Sam and Tanya said the delay in getting her prescription filled meant he had to buy marijuana illegally.
Tanya said every time Sam goes out the door, she’s on “pins and needles” until he returns.
“I don’t know where he’s getting it from. He doesn’t know where he’s getting it from. We don’t know what kind of people we’re dealing with,” she said.
The couple said it’s easier — and cheaper — to buy illegal marijuana than it is to purchase medical marijuana.
They say the current system isn’t working for them and they’d like to see medical marijuana sold at pharmacies, just like other prescription drugs.
Toronto’s first referral-only medical marijuana clinic opens its doors
Toronto’s first referral-only medical marijuana clinic opens its doors
TORONTO, July 14, 2014 /CNW/ – Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic), Toronto’s first referral-only prescription cannabinoid and medical marijuana clinic, announced it opened its doors today. CMClinic, located at Yonge and Eglinton, is dedicated to helping patients find effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions through the use of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana.
CMClinic only accepts patients who have been referred to the clinic by their physician or medical specialist. These patients have typically exhausted traditional first-line treatment options. The clinic enables physicians, who may be unfamiliar with prescribing cannabinoids and medical marijuana, to help their patients access this alternative therapy. The physicians at the CMClinic have been researching and developing best practices in order to provide patients and physicians with the information necessary when deciding to use medical marijuana.
“When prescribed correctly and under the supervision of knowledgeable physicians, prescription cannabinoids or medical marijuana can play a meaningful role in a patient’s treatment plan, effectively managing symptoms and improving quality of life,” said Dr. Danial Schecter, Executive Director of CMClinic. “We are pleased to be able to serve and educate, doctors and patients.”
Patients and physicians interested in learning more about CMClinic or obtaining a patient referral form should visitwww.cmclinic.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic)
Cannabinoid Medical Clinic (CMClinic) is dedicated to helping patients find effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions through the use of prescription cannabinoids and medical marijuana, educating patients, physicians and the community and advancing research in the medical marijuana field. Patients and physicians interested in learning more about CMClinic or obtaining a patient referral form should visit www.cmclinic.ca or email email@example.com.
Peachland medical marijuana application rejected
Peachland council refused to support a temporary use permit for a medical marijuana production plant in Paradise Valley.
The land is in the Regional District of Central Okanagan, and the RDCO sought comment from the adjacent government. The property owner at 4715 Paradise Valley Dr., a four-hectare property, wants to set up a legal grow-op, but the plan doesn’t meet regional district zoning bylaws that require a minimum size of eight hectares for this type of use.
The plan is to buy land to the north, which would give more than enough to meet requirements.
But the proposal also does not meet setback requirements of 30 meters from property lines. There’s a single family home and an accessory building on the property, and the owner wants to renovate the accessory building for medical marijuana growing, but it’s only 26.4 m from a south line.
Camp Okanagan Resort also sits nearby.
“The apparent conflict of these two land uses is a concern to staff,” director of planning Cory Gain said.
Another concern is that Trepanier Creek forms part of the eastern boundary, which makes the property within Peachland’s watershed. Staff expressed worries about how this type of land use might impact the watershed, and what effects might result from irrigation, any chemical additives, water and wastewater recycling.
Coun. Vern Moberg, who has come out in favour of medical marijuana operations, said he doesn’t like this one. “It’s too close to the RV park and where kids play,” said Moberg.
Fortin also said she’s not opposed to such a facility in general, but would not vote in favour of this one because it doesn’t meet bylaw requirements.
Coun. Peter Schierbeck toured the building and pointed out the applicant would buy more land to meet requirements. The operation would employ about 20 people and jobs are needed by Peachland, he said.
“I’m totally confident that if they get the licence to grow, it would operate under all the restrictions of Health Canada,” said Schierbeck.
It’s very hard to turn back the pages, if a temporary use permit is allowed, Coun. Eldon Kerbes said.
“There’s a real need for additional marijuana production facilities,” Coun. Terry Condon said.
“It’s an under-used and under-appreciated product, but this doesn’t even meet the minimum standards.”
Coun. Eric Hall said that in general he supports business, but this is the least likely type of business that would warrant relaxation of rules.
The final decision will be made by the regional district.
GrowBLOX enters Florida Medical Marijuana Market through new subsidiary, GB Sciences
GrowBLOX Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB: GBLX) a medical marijuana research and development company, is pleased to announce it has entered the Florida Medical Marijuana Market through its new subsidiary, GB Sciences Florida, LLC. With nearly 20 million residents, Florida is poised to be the biggest medical marijuana market outside of California. The National Cannabis Industry Association estimates medical marijuana will be a $785 million industry in Florida with multiple economic opportunities. In November, Florida voters will decide if they should allow widespread sale and use of medical cannabis by saying “yay” or “nay” on The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, commonly known as Amendment 2. Early polls show that voters are likely to approve the ballot as all expectations are for a landslide approval. If and when Florida approves the bill, it will become the first state in the Southeast to do so.
Furthermore, GrowBLOX Sciences recognizes Florida’s high standards for quality in medical marijuana cultivation as a perfect match for their GrowBLOX™ cultivation technology. GrowBLOX CEO, Craig Ellins, said, “In an effort to safeguard Florida’s medical marijuana patients, Florida’s legislators have crafted some of the country’s most stringent quality standards when it comes to the safety and efficacy of the medical marijuana grown in their state. They want medical solutions, and that’s exactly what our GrowBLOX™ does, it makes medicine.”
The GrowBLOX™ cultivation chamber is uniquely designed to produce medical marijuana with consistent potency from harvest to harvest. Medical marijuana grown in our GrowBLOX™ is also completely shielded from harmful pesticides, insecticides, and other pollutants. This provides medical marijuana patients with peace of mind knowing that they are receiving the same quality and quantity of active compounds within our medicinal marijuana with each use. Mr. Ellins made this comparison, “Think of when you buy a bottle of over the counter medication. Whether you buy that medication in New York or Texas, you know that you are getting the exact same medication no matter where or when you buy it. That is the idea behind the GrowBLOX™ cultivation system. Plants grown through other grow conditions will have harvest to harvest inconsistencies. We want our customers to know that they are getting the same medicine each and every time.”
GrowBLOX Sciences, Inc.
Zoning Changes For Medical Marijuana
Wallaceburg could soon be home to a medical marijuana facility.
Tatro Properties Ltd. owns warehouses on Base Line in Wallaceburg and has recently been granted a zoning amendment to allow another company to lease the space and grow medical marijuana.
In a report presented to municipal officials, Tatro Properties says a third party is interested in leasing a vacant space to create a production facility.
The unknown company must be granted a licence by Health Canada before any production can start in Wallaceburg.
The warehouse that would be used for the facility is 178,000 sq. ft. and is one of three buildings on the lot.
Olympic medalist snowboarder Ross Rebagliati taps into surge in medical marijuana
Marijuana gave Olympic medalist Ross Rebagliati a measure of notoriety. Now the budding Canadian entrepreneur is betting the same drug will give him a shot at redemption.
Mr. Rebagliati, who briefly lost his snowboarding gold at the 1998 Winter Games in Japan after testing positive for marijuana, is building up a weed “branding and licensing” company he hopes will rise on a wave of demand for legal pot investments.
“I don’t want it to be like Nagano where it was two minutes one day and then it defined me for the next 16 years,” said Mr. Rebagliati, 42, chief executive of Green & Hill Industries Inc., a company that operates under the brand name Ross’ Gold and trades over the counter on the U.S. OTC Pink market. “This is something that’s here to stay.”
Mr. Rebagliati is tapping into a surge in interest in medical marijuana, which spiked in April when the Canadian government moved to commercialize production. That’s sparked a “dot-bong” boom, or “green rush,” reminiscent of the late ’90s dot-com era or the gold rush in the Klondike a century earlier.
Hundreds of companies have applied to Health Canada for licences to grow and market medical pot, attracting the likes of former British Columbia Premier Mike Harcourt and John Turner, the former Canadian prime minister who is now a director of a wannabe commercial grower. Still others are seeking to provide related services such as marketing, security, lighting and financial advice.
“It’s gone from non-existent in the legitimate market to one that could be potentially worth several billion dollars in a span of 12 to 24 months,” said Khurram Malik, the Toronto-based co-head of research at Jacob Securities Inc., which is seeking business from weed companies looking to go public.
Mr. Rebagliati plans to build a business based on his reputation as an elite athlete and a cannabis “aficionado.”
Medical marijuana rules OK’d by Illinois committee
CHICAGO – An Illinois legislative committee approved rules Tuesday for the state’s medical cannabis program, which means would-be growers and retailers can soon apply for permits and get the new industry started.
A state law enacted last year authorized a four-year pilot project that will expire in 2017, but so far, not a single marijuana seed has been planted. Now that the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules signed off on the regulations, state agencies that are running the program can start posting applications for a limited number of grower and retailer permits.
Starting in September, patients will be able to apply for a required medical cannabis registry identification card. The Illinois Department of Public Health plans to take applications from patients with last names starting with A through L in September and October, and M through Z in November and December.
Patients will pay $100 a year to apply for a medical marijuana card. Disabled people and veterans will pay $50 annually.
Morgan said interested patients should start talking with their doctors about the program. The Illinois State Medical Society is helping its physician members learn about the law and medical uses of marijuana.
Patients receiving treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals will have a somewhat easier time getting a medical marijuana card. VA doctors, as federal employees, aren’t permitted to recommend controlled substances, so the state’s rules spell out that veterans getting VA care won’t need a doctor to sign off on their application.
Fantino undecided on future of veterans’ medical marijuana program
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino has yet to decide the future of his department’s medical marijuana program, including whether the benefits the government provides veterans should be capped.
A proposal to do so has been in front of Fantino for just over a month. The department recommended setting upper limits for veterans who are on the pot program of five grams per day and $9 per gram.
Only a handful of Canada’s veterans receive help from the government to pay for medical marijuana: about 188 in the last 12 months, according to Veterans Affairs. But it is almost triple the number of veterans in the program in 2012.
A cap could become another flashpoint between the Conservatives and veterans who feel the government isn’t taking care of them.
“With the changes, if they do go through, it’s not going to affect the old veterans because they’re not using marijuana. It’s the new veteran that’s using it. If they do come in with these caps, it’s major anxiety,” said retired corporal Ryan Edwards, who uses marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and pain from a back injury.
Edwards said he started using marijuana while still serving, turned on to it by a fellow soldier. The 38-year-old said he has reduced his dosage from 20 grams a day to 10 grams, but isn’t looking forward to Veterans Affairs possibly cutting his coverage to five grams a day.
Internal briefing notes outline the department’s belief based on medical research that five grams a day is enough “for the treatment of pain based on observed consumption and effect.” If Veterans Affairs won’t cover the costs of marijuana for medical purposes, Edwards said he worries veterans may “go to the street to get their marijuana.”
In April, Health Canada changed the rules for the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Rather than the government approving requests for medical marijuana, it was left to doctors to prescribe it and patients to purchase it from licensed growers.
That change meant that Veterans Affairs no longer purchased marijuana from Health Canada. Rather than a fixed cost, Veterans Affairs will be subject to market prices — just as the number of veterans applying for marijuana benefits increases.
In late April, department officials recommended limits.
“Minister Fantino will take the necessary time and care to review the Veterans Affair marijuana policy, however at this time no decision has been taken,” spokesman David Pierce said Monday.
Pierce said the minister “believes smoking and using marijuana represents a serious health risk and can be harmful to health. Furthermore it is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada and Health Canada does not endorse or promote its use.”
Most provincial regulatory bodies caution their members about prescribing marijuana, while Quebec limits prescriptions to research projects. Much of that has to do with what the Canadian Medical Association argues isn’t enough research to show how much marijuana is a safe amount for a patient to take.
Edwards and other veterans who use marijuana swear by its efficacy.
“You just can’t have bureaucrats arguing with the doctors who prescribe medicine,” said Ian Bailey, a veteran whose 20 grams a day to deal with PTSD is currently covered by Veterans Affairs. “If my doctor thought I was abusing my medication, she wouldn’t sign my licence.”
WA State’s retail marijuana market could get off to rough start
Shortages could spike prices to $25 per gram
SEATTLE (NEWS1130) – Washington State is handing out its first retail marijuana business licenses today, with a handful of stores set to open tomorrow. But there are a few wrinkles that still need to be worked out.
Store owners are scrambling to get set up and Corwin Haeck with KOMO News Radio points out some of them aren’t exactly seasoned entrepreneurs.
“Some of them are novices in the business. Others are big-time entrepreneurs with a lot of experience. So, we’ll have to see. As far as inventory, you’ve heard rumblings of shortages… that’s a possibility. It also means the prices of the recreational marijuana could be a lot higher than perhaps some buyers are expecting.”
Haeck adds expected short-term supply issues of legal pot could result in prices spiking up to $25 per gram, double what the state says it should cost.
“That’s a problem for the state because one of the main ideas behind recreational pot was to earn some money for the state. And if the cost is too high for the consumer, maybe those consumers will stick with the black market or the medicinal marijuana dispensaries,” he tells us.
Three hundred and thirty-four business licences have been granted. But there are a lot of local bans and moratoriums, which means it may take some time before all outlets are open.
Marijuana shortage seen ahead of Washington state retail pot rollout
(Reuters) – His glass pipes are on display and final regulatory hurdles nearly cleared, but the biggest concern for Cannabis City owner James Lathrop as he opens his Seattle pot shop this week is the possibility of running out of mind-altering bud in a matter of hours.
“What do you do when your shelves are empty? Do I just send everybody home? Do we try and stay open? I can’t pay people if we aren’t selling anything,” said Lathrop, who expects to become one of Washington state’s first legal marijuana retailers this week as the state issues licenses.
The state is poised on Monday to become the second after Colorado to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana to adults, under a heavily regulated and taxed system that voters approved in November 2012. Stores could begin operations as early as Tuesday, with up to 20 expected to open statewide.
While Colorado, where regulated retail sales rolled out fairly smoothly in January, is collecting millions of dollars per month in tax revenues, Washington has charted a glacial and more halting path to market.
Pot regulators, business owners and analysts say pot could sell out in Washington within hours or days at the few shops slated to open on Tuesday. That is largely because of limited harvests by licensed growers and processors, or because they failed to clear regulatory hurdles to get their product to market.
Washington is also grappling with a backlog of hundreds of would-be growers who still need to be screened by overwhelmed investigators with the state Liquor Control Board, agency spokesman Brian Smith said.
The board has so far licensed fewer than 80 growers statewide, out of more than 2,600 applicants. And only a fraction of their pot — roughly 560,000 square feet is in production, or about 10 football fields’ worth — has gone through required lab-testing. Many harvests won’t be ready by early July.
“There is a gold rush mentality. Many didn’t read what it would require to get a license. … We didn’t expect 7,000 applicants,” Smith said of the number of interested growers, processors and retailers.
Cannabis City’s Lathrop could find only one grower ready to ship on July 8, opening day, and plans to suggest customers stick to a 2-gram limit to stretch his supply.
Shoppers looking to get high on Tuesday could see a gram selling at $15-$30, said Dominic Corva, executive director of Seattle’s Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy.
Novelty-seekers and tourists might pay $25 or $30 per gram – roughly twice the current price at weakly regulated medical dispensaries. At those prices, heavy users will stick with neighborhood dispensaries or drug dealers, Corva said.
Even as legal retail operations roll out, dozens of cities have enacted pot moratoriums or outright bans. Also, no stores will carry popular “edibles,” such as pot-infused brownies, because no processor has been cleared to operate a cannabis kitchen.
Investors and regulators remain hopeful the market will ramp up in the coming months as more growers, processors and retailers come on line.
But at least one grower expects it will take much longer.
“It’ll be at least three to five years before we meet the demand,” said Bob Leeds, co-owner of Seattle-based Sea of Green Farms, which got its license to grow and process pot in March.
On a recent afternoon, Leeds’ employees were huddled around a table packing palm-sized baggies with pot strains like Dutch Hawaiian, Space Needle and Double Purple Doja. They were inching toward the 36,000 bags as well as hemp-paper cigarillos they will ship to stores statewide.
Leeds said he charges stores about $3,000 to $4,500 per pound, or $7 to $10 per gram before local, state and excise taxes, and any retail mark-up. He predicts stores will sell out within hours of opening on Tuesday.
“There won’t be any more until weeks from now,” he said. “We’ll have our second crop in July.”
Ex-New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson named CEO of Nevada-based marijuana company
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A Nevada-based startup that plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday.
The announcement came as Cannabis Sativa Inc. said it had acquired marijuana research business Kush while company officials work to navigate changing state laws on marijuana and potential challenges from the federal government, which still views marijuana as a controlled substance.
Johnson said he hoped to expand Cannabis Sativa into a major marijuana business and intends to work out of New Mexico to help develop products that are legal in states like Colorado and Washington.
“I generally believe this is changing the planet for the better,” said Johnson, who will be paid $1 a year and receive equity in the company. “It also is a bet on the future … We think we have the creme de la creme of marijuana products.”
Johnson, who owned a construction company that helped build Intel Corp.’s Rio Rancho, New Mexico, plant before entering politics, said the company will make marijuana-based oils aimed at helping children with epilepsy. The two-term governor also said it will make cough drop-like products for recreational use.
“Couple of things hit you when you try the product. One is, wow, why would anybody smoke marijuana given this is an alternative?” Johnson said. “And then secondly, it’s just very, very pleasant. I mean, very pleasant.”
In addition, Cannabis Sativa announced Tuesday it named Kush’s founder, Steve Kubby, as its chairman.
Kubby was the 1998 Libertarian Party nominee for California governor.
The company still is working to determine what its limitations are under federal law, which is in conflict with Colorado and Washington, Johnson said.
However, Johnson said he’s betting more states and the federal government eventually will allow recreational use of marijuana.
“I think in 10 years, for the most part, the U.S. will legalize marijuana,” Johnson said. “And what the U.S. does, so does the world.”
A big hit! L.A.’s first-ever marijuana farmers’ market draws thousands
Toke-happy Angelenos braved the heat and long lines to check out cultivators’ wares at a pot farmers market — the first of its kind in the city — near downtown L.A. this weekend.
It was reefer madness at Los Angeles’ first-ever marijuana farmers’ market.
Thousands of potheads crammed into a warehouse east of downtown over the weekend to sniff, size-up and, in some cases, sample a heady array of pot products from local growers, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Shoppers had to flash ID and a medical marijuana card to gain access to the Boyle Heights warehouse, which was open for biz on Friday and Saturday.
Inside, vendors manned booths offering jarfuls of stinky buds of every strain, along with THC-infused treats, sweets, oils and other products.
And prices were kind — up to 70% off what local dispensaries sell for, the market’s executive director told the Times.
“Fifteen dollars for this?” one shopper raved, toting a small bag of high-quality buds.
“Now where are you going to get this for $15?” he said.
Organizers said they planned to hold the cannabis market every week, barring any intrusion from the police or city officials.
While legal in California, medical marijuana is outlawed by the federal government.
Last month, New York became the 23rd state to allow patients access to marijuana medicine — but not in its smokable form.
More than 5,000 people attended the California Heritage Market on Friday and Saturday, an official said, leading to lines stretching around the block.
It was hot, too, with temps in the mid 80s.
Toking was off limits, but some vendors offered brownies and balms for sampling.
One buyer said top-shelf products and smiley service made it worth the wait.
“Here you can tell they know their buds,” Saul Miranda, 19, told the Times.
Vancouver issued two marijuana store licenses
By Sue Vorenberg, Columbian features reporter
Published: July 7, 2014, 11:05 AM
Two Vancouver marijuana stores received their licenses from the Washington State Liquor Control Board at 2:30 a.m. Monday as part of the first group of 24 stores to get them around the state.
After approval, stores and their processors or producers must file a manifest for transporting product to the store location. After a 24-hour quarantine, the product can be transported and once received, it can be sold.
Main Street Marijuana, 2314 Main St., plans to open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, said Ramsey Hamide, a manager.
The store has, as of Monday morning, secured 10 pounds of marijuana for opening day, with other shipments coming later in the week, Hamide said.
New Vansterdam, 6515 E. Mill Plain Blvd., plans to be open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, said Brian Budz, one of the owners.
“We have the clock ticking and we’re moving forward,” Budz said.
A total of 334 licensees have applied to the state for retail stores, but many are not yet prepared to open. The board has approved six stores in Vancouver, including the two that have been licensed.
The board said that locations receiving licenses were selected with consideration of population, geographic dispersion and the individual applicant’s readiness to be licensed.
Supporters deliver signatures needed to get marijuana legalization on D.C.’s November ballot
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) – Holding two boxes full of petitions, members of the Cannabis Campaign for Legalizing Marijuana in D.C. walked into the Board of Elections headquarters just seven hours before the 5 p.m. deadline to get an initiative on the November ballot Monday.
In the boxes were twice the number of petition signatures needed to get their initiative on the ballot.
“This is just about the residents having the right to live freely in their homes; to not fear the police are going to break down their door,” said campaigner Adam Eidinger.
It’s called Initiative 71, and it would allow a D.C. resident to possess up to 2 ounces for personal use, and to grow up to six plants and legally give marijuana away, though not to sell it.
As for how district residents would vote on the measure, most people ABC7 talked to Monday said they would vote yes.
“It’s pretty convincing to me that drug arrests disproportionately affect young black men, and so that’s a pretty good argument for legalization,” said resident Derek Musgrove.
“We can put those resources to better use; we can add tax revenue,” said resident Brandon Farris.
The cannabis promoters watched as Board of Elections workers hand-counted the petition sheets. At least 22,400 of the signatures must be valid, which is why they said they over-collected and gathered around 57,000, in the case some are found to be invalid.
Campaign organizers told ABC7 news partner WTOP that it took less than 75 days to collect the thousands of signatures.
Not everyone supports the legalization of marijuana in D.C., though.
“You’re putting something that’s not pleasing to God in your body, and it leads you to do other things – crime, your actions, everything,” said resident Sharon Jackson.
And on Capitol Hill, committee chairman John Mica held up a fake joint expressing his concerns. Another Republican, Maryland Congressman Andy Harris, got D.C.’s weaker marijuana decriminalization law killed in committee – meaning, legally lighting up in D.C. is by no means a certainty.
Medical marijuana? Most Pennsylvanians approve
Written by Jack Tomczuk, Contributing Writer
A vast majority of Pennsylvanians favor legal medical marijuana according to a recent Franklin & Marshall College poll.
The survey found that 84% of registered voters in Pennsylvania have no problem with an adult using medical marijuana if recommended by their doctor. This comes after a bill has been formed and sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee to legalize medical marijuana for the “seriously ill.”
Of those that support medical marijuana, a majority (59%) strongly favor its use while only 12% of respondents are opposed.
Unfortunately for marijuana proponents, however, the support of medical marijuana in PA has yet to transfer to significant support for legalization. Just 35% favor legalization while 57% are opposed.
Balancing the Budget
Additionally, when it comes to budgetary issues, 39% of voters want the state government to cut spending and raise taxes in order to balance the budget.
Meanwhile, three in ten (30%) of Pennsylvanians want to see spending cuts to state programs and services in order to balance the budget. Just 12% support only an increase in taxes.
This information comes in the midst of the budget battle in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Corbett refused to sign the budget passed by the state legislature because it did not include significant pension reform.
The poll included interviews with 502 Pennsylvania voters by Franklin & Marshall College from January 23rd to June 29th. The survey’s margin of error is plus-minus 4.4%.
Florida holds first hearing on medical marijuana rules
TALLAHASSEE — The race to cultivate and distribute marijuana for a limited medical use began Monday when state regulators opened a day-long hearing on draft rules for the new law to allow non-euphoric, non-inhalable cannabis to be developed.
The standing room only crowd in the Tallahassee hearing room was chock full of some of Tallahassee’s most prominent lobbyists as well as growers from Israel, Colorado and California, and farmers from throughout the state as regulators work to enact the law passed last spring by lawmakers.
The plan is to create a statewide lottery, whose eligible participants would include the 41 eligible nurseries and representatives of doctors who also want to get on the cannabis train.
The mother of Charlotte Figi, the Colorado girl whose parents worked to get the low THC strain of marijuana, was also in the crowd, as was Joel Stanley, the marijuana grower who developed the “Charlotte’s Web” strain.
The proposed criteria is strict: the plants must adhere to the formula of no more than more than .8 percent THC or less than 10 percent CBD – or all of the product would be destroyed. Growers must inventory their plants, cuttings and seeds daily or be subject to penalty. Chemical additives must be screened and carefully controlled and the entire operation must be under lock and key.
The potential industry has already spawned a rush of businesses waiting to strike it rich in Florida. The law is intended to help patients with severe epilepsy and other muscle diseases, as well as patients with cancer, but an amendment pending on the November ballot would allow for medical use of the plant for a much broader array of ailments.
Regulators hope that the process they put in place this summer for the limited strain could be a blueprint for the wider law if voters approve it. It requires that a license will cost $150,000 and the grower must post a bond of $5 million. The investment also involves immense security and technology, including a requirement that growers fingerprint and screen their employees.
The law envisions growers becoming store owners, creating a series of dispensaries in each region of the state. The proposed rules suggest their stores be open at least 30 hours a week, and no later than 10 p.m. and the products they sell are limited.
Several people testified that room must be made in the rules to allow the growers to get to the product without being subject to federal crimes for possession of the illegal drug. Others warned about the requirement that the growers be able to offer their product in any region of the state so as to allow price competition.
“Essentially you’re creating not an oligopoly but a monopoly in that region,” said Bill Pfeiffer, a former state administrative law judge. He also suggested that one dispensing organization can offer it in multiple locations within a region.
“I think the Legislature has made it very clear they can offer it statewide or regionally as determined by the department.”
Stanley, one of the five brothers who developed the Charlotte’s Web strain in Colorado, said that there are many misconceptions that abound about the special strain. Every plant is unique and it is important to retain that genetic composition to obtain quality control, he said.
“What makes Charlotte Web particularly special is it does have that track record,” he said.
He noted that the agricultural practices are important, as some applicants will be able to produce the strain more quickly and safely than others.
“If five make it through a lottery process and they all qualify under the applicants qualifications within the rules, they are still going to have extremely different levels of teams that they’ve assembled to prove that they can put this product out in bulk but also safely,” he said.
Louisiana Bar Association backs marijuana sentencing reform
The Louisiana State Bar Association has endorsed efforts to reduce the sentence for simple possession of marijuana from a felony to a misdemeanor charge.
The association passed a resolution to support reducing sentences for possession of small amounts of marijuana from a felony to a misdemeanor during its annual meeting in Destin, Fla. last month. The group’s proposal is very similar to an unsuccessful bill introduced by state Sen. JP Morrell, D-New Orleans, during the 2014 legislative session.
Bar Association president Larry Shea told The News-Star that the state’s spending on marijuana prosecution and incarceration is a concern of the organization, given the state’s limited financial resources. The bar association is calling for the cost of pursuing marijuana charges to be put toward more serious offenses.
Current law punishes possession of marijuana — from a single joint up to 60 pounds — with a $500 fine and six moths in jail (a misdemeanor) for a first offense, a $2,500 fine and five years in jail for a second offense (a felony) and a $5,000 fine and a 20-year jail term for a third offense (a felony).
Morrell and the Bar Association’s proposed change would bring all marijuana sentences for possession of small amounts of the drug down to a misdemeanor level, even when they involved repeat offenders.
While the Bar Association’s resolution is helpful, Morrell said it is likely marijuana sentencing reform efforts will continue to be stymied until the Louisiana District Attorneys Association or Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association bends on marijuana sentencing. Both groups came out against Morrell’s bill to lighten marijuana sentences this spring.
The state Senator said every other state in the region, including Texas, already has lighter sentences for possession of small amounts of marijuana than Louisiana does. “We don’t discriminate between a small amount [of marijuana] for personal use and a large amount. … No other state around us has this law this way,” said Morrell.
Gov. Cuomo signs medical marijuana bill
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York has officially become the 23rd state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Governor Andrew Cuomo put the pen to paper and signed the law at 1 p.m. Monday. It’s been a long road to the historic chapter for patients suffering from extreme pain.
The state legislature voted overwhelmingly last month to legalize the drug to alleviate pain and other symptoms for some severely ill patients. People in a lot of pain won’t be able to use medical marijuana for at least 18 months.
Sharon Faraci, with the Breast Cancer Network of Western New York, is urging the governor to make medical pot available sooner.
Smoking medical pot isn’t allowed under the law, it will only be available in other forms like creams. Every legal sale would be taxed seven percent. Health insurers wouldn’t be required to provide coverage.
It would be prescribed for serious conditions like cancer, HIV/ AIDS, parkinson’s, MS, nervous system damage or as added by the Department of Health.
If at any point the governor doesn’t like how the program is running he can suspend it. The bill expires in seven years. The governor says it’s a balanced law.
Legal marijuana retailers stocking up in Washington state
Canadians will be allowed to buy and use pot, but can’t bring it back across the border
Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licences today with a middle-of-the-night email alerting pot-shop proprietors that they’ll finally be able to open for business.
A year and a half after voters chose to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the licences mean about two dozen retailers will be allowed to start selling recreational marijuana on Tuesday.
But high demand and a shortage of supply are expected to limit the number of people who actually are able to legally buy the pot. So far, there has only been a limited harvest by licensed growers who have had a slow start in the heavily regulated system.
Any Canadians in line will be allowed to buy and use the legal bud, but they can’t bring it back across the border.
Meanwhile, the wife of one of Canada’s biggest marijuana advocates, Mark Emery, said the U.S. is making some gains in the area of pot legalization, but a lot more work has to be done in both countries.
Mark Emery will finish a five-year prison term in the U.S. on Wednesday for selling marijuana seeds by mail order to customers south of the border. But Jodie Emery said it could take until later this summer for her husband to be deported back to Canada
“Mark is happy to see that his mission is being accomplished in the United States with a lot more work to do, but back home in Canada, we’ve got a huge amount of work to do to get rid of the Harper government and undo the enormously expensive devastation they’re causing,” she said.
Jodie Emery said that with the growing legalization of pot in the U.S., her husband plans to continue his fight to legalize marijuana when he returns to Canada.
Meanwhile, store owners in Washington state are gearing up for opening day on Tuesday.
“We’re pretty stoked,” said John Evich, an investor in Bellingham’s Top Shelf Cannabis, in a 2:30 a.m. Pacific time interview with The Associated Press.
“We haven’t had any sleep in a long time, but we’re excited for the next step.”
Randy Simmons, the state Liquor Control Board’s project manager for legal marijuana, said Sunday night that the first two dozen stores were being notified so early to give them an extra few hours to get cannabis on their shelves before they are allowed to open their doors at 8 a.m. Tuesday — an opening that’s expected to be accompanied by high prices, shortages and celebration.
The issuance of the retail licences marked a major step that’s been 20 months in the making. Washington and Colorado stunned much of the world by voting in November 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, and to create state-licensed systems for growing, selling and taxing the pot.
Sales began in Colorado on Jan. 1.
It remained unclear how many of the pot-shops being licensed in Washington planned to open on Tuesday. Officials eventually expect to have more than 300 recreational pot shops across the state.
At Cannabis City, which will be the first and, for now, only recreational marijuana shop in Seattle, owner James Lathrop worked into the night Sunday placing no-parking signs in front of his building, hoisting a grand-opening banner and hanging artwork before he turned his attention to his email — and the official notification that he was a licensed marijuana dealer.
“I’ve had a long day. It really hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said early Monday. He’s also planning to hold off on opening his store until noon on Tuesday.
“Know your audience: We’re talking stoners here,” he said. “I’d be mean to say they need to get up at 5 a.m. to get in line.”
Health Canada is struggling to process a mountain of applications for licences to grow medical marijuana as the country experiences a “greenrush” of firms wanting to grab a piece of the coming boom.
The department had received 858 applications as of late last month, and new ones were coming in the door at an average of 25 a week.
The application frenzy has drawn basement growers, well-heeled entrepreneurs with pharmacy expertise and even struggling junior mining firms trying to find a lucrative new business line.
Health Canada radically changed the rules for medical marijuana on April 1, moving approved production from a cottage industry of thousands of loosely regulated growers to a commercially competitive sector, with an anticipated 50 larger companies shipping high-quality weed in dozens of strains.
Prices are being set by the free market, and Health Canada is imposing no limit on the number of sanctioned indoor weed farms, as long as they can pass regulatory muster.
They’re dealing with a situation they weren’t prepared for. … there’s something really out of whack
Officials began accepting applications for grow licences a year ago, but the initial trickle of forms has turned into a torrent.
In September, Health Canada was sorting through 156 applications — but the number tripled by February this year and then doubled in just the next three months.
So far, only 13 licenced suppliers have made it to the finish line, listed on the department’s website as authorized marijuana sources for patients who have their doctor’s approval to use cannabis for pain and other symptoms.
Meanwhile, business newcomers say they’re frustrated by the inability of Health Canada to process their applications in a timely way, as their leased grow-space gathers dust and their investors become impatient.
“They’re really an unfortunate bureaucracy under siege,” says Umar Syed, president of Toronto-based CannMart Inc., which has been patiently waiting for a distribution licence since October.
“They’re dealing with a situation they weren’t prepared for. … there’s something really out of whack.”
Syed, with a background as a clinical pharmacist, has had previous positive dealings with Health Canada. But he says the underfunded agency is suddenly struggling with a “tsunami” of applications, leaving his company and others in limbo.
“We’re all dressed up and nowhere to go.”
Syed’s comments echo those of other applicants, who declined to go on the record for fear of jeopardizing their chance at a licence.
“They keep moving the goal posts,” one West Coast-based applicant said of Health Canada’s evolving review process.
The new regime has also been hit with two curve balls: a British Columbia court injunction in March that allows medical users accredited under the old system to continue to use home-grown pot for now; and two recent recalls of medical marijuana from licenced companies producing under the new system, for reasons of quality.
A spokeswoman for Health Canada did not respond directly to questions about the department’s ability to handle the massive influx of licence applications.
But Sara Lauer said of the 858 received as of May 20, 370 were returned as incomplete, 149 were refused and 30 withdrawn.
That still leaves 289 applications stacked in the department’s inbox for review, which is time-consuming.
“Before a licence is issued … producers must demonstrate how they meet extensive personnel security checks, physical security requirements, record-keeping equipment, and quality control requirement,” Lauer said.
“The review process includes a file review followed by site inspections. The licensing process is rigorous, considering the quality standards required and the risk of diversion of cannabis to the illicit market.”
The potential market is huge. Health Canada estimates medical marijuana sales will hit $1.3 billion annually by 2024, with some 450,000 registered users.
Under the old rules, more than 30,000 patients were authorized to possess medical marijuana. An estimated 500,000 Canadians currently use cannabis for medical purposes — acquired from all sources, official and illicit — based on survey projections from 2012.
Lauer says 5,120 patients have signed on with licenced producers under the new system, and there is sufficient supply to meet anticipated demand.
Even so, Health Canada has stockpiled some 500 kilograms of dried marijuana from its original supplier, Prairie Plant Systems, and has imported another 100 kilograms from The Netherlands. The department has also held discussions with Israel about possible imports.
About 60 strains of commercial marijuana are currently on offer from sanctioned suppliers, most priced at between $8 and $12 a gram. Medical users typically consume between one and three grams daily.
One Year of Tokin Tuesday
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