Los Angeles Times, 02 Aug 2016 - State Initiative Draws Fire for Opening Door to TV Commercials. Nearly a half-century after tobacco ads were kicked off television in the United States, an initiative in California would take a first step toward allowing TV commercials that promote a different kind of smoking - marijuana.
The Union, 01 Aug 2016 - A bedridden man facing fines of $1,000 per day for allegedly violating a marijuana ordinance is suing Sutter County. Roy Setzer filed his case this week in Sutter County Superior Court, trying to overturn the penalty imposed by a county hearing officer.
Boston Globe, 31 Jul 2016 - Companies that want to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts are being pressured into paying an unnecessarily high price to follow the letter of the law. The licensing process for dispensaries established under the state Department of Public Health is rightfully rigorous. But the vetting procedures also must be fair. That's not the case with a provision that requires applicants to submit de facto letters of consent from communities where they want to set up shop - the provision is being used by some local officials to elicit unreasonable payments from businesses applying for dispensary licenses. Since voters in 2012 approved legislation allowing marijuana to be grown and sold to treat certain medical conditions, just six dispensaries have opened their doors. Another 174 applications are slowly advancing through the regulatory gantlet. The Globe's Kay Lazar reported last week that one of those applicants, Good Chemistry of Massachusetts, secured an approval letter from Worcester officials only after striking a deal that calls for Good Chemistry to give the city $450,000 over three years, and then dole out $200,000 - plus 2.5 percent of its revenue - in subsequent years. A $10,000 annual contribution to public charities was thrown in for good measure.
Globe and Mail, 30 Jul 2016 - The Globe and Mail tested the potency of edible cannabis products, sold as medicine at Toronto dispensaries. Most did not live up to their claims, raising questions about efficacy and quality The caramel bar, cake pop and freezie all came with a big promise. Although they looked like typical junk food, the products, from cannabis dispensaries in Toronto, were billed as medication. And all were claimed to contain a potent dose of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces the intoxicating effects its users seek for pain relief or to get high.
Hamilton Spectator, 30 Jul 2016 - Owner optimistic it can reopen Sept. 1 if court case goes as planned Brighter Moments Dispensary has turned off the lights - for now. The marijuana dispensary on King Street East near Ferguson Avenue was raided by Hamilton police July 21.
The Press Democrat, 30 Jul 2016 - KELSEYVILLE - This was far from the cocktail-hour networking meetings for cannabis companies, worlds away from sterile laboratories measuring THC levels and the marketing teams channeling a great entrepreneurial push fueled by California's recent embrace of the medical marijuana industry. This was the Lake County wilderness, where an orange peel, a crushed Coca-Cola can and a cairn of rocks marked a footpath leading into the chaparral-covered hills southwest of Kelseyville.
The Palm Beach Post, 30 Jul 2016 - Dispensaries Say Local Officials Wary of New Business. As pot shops start to sprout in Florida, cities are struggling with how - or whether - to regulate the state's new marijuana industry. This week, the state's first medical-marijuana dispensary, operated by Trulieve, opened its doors to customers in Tallahassee. Health officials Wednesday gave the go-ahead to a second group, Surterra, to start distributing its cannabis products. Both marijuana operators have permission to deliver products statewide, and Surterra plans to open a dispensary next month in Tampa.
Washington Post, 30 Jul 2016 - Children's Marijuana-Related Trips to the ER Have Increased in Colorado. WHEN CHILDREN steal cookies from the cookie jar, they usually suffer little more than a scolding. When those cookies contain cannabis, it's a different story: According to a study published Monday, exposure to marijuana among children in Colorado has increased in the two years since the state began selling the drug legally - and so have the emergency-room visits that follow.
Orlando Sentinel, 30 Jul 2016 - TALLAHASSEE - Marijuana was sold legally in Florida for the first time this week since it was outlawed by the federal government in 1937. In a staid Tallahassee storefront more akin to a doctor's office than a head shop, Dallas Nagy, a Tampa-area native with chronic seizures and muscle spasms, plunked down $60 for a non-euphoric strain of marijuana Tuesday.
The Press Democrat, 30 Jul 2016 - California's ground-breaking effort to license medical marijuana growers started with an online anonymous survey this week that got more than 1,000 responses from prospective applicants for licenses that won't be issued until 2018. The survey, conducted by the state Department of Food and Agriculture's Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program, is intended to "help us get a sense of how many of those folks" are interested in licenses, said Jay Van Rein, an ag department spokesman.
The Mail Tribune, 30 Jul 2016 - COMMISSIONERS GET AN EARFUL ABOUT MARIJUANA GROWS A public hearing Wednesday about a proposed tax on the retail sale of marijuana in Josephine County blossomed to include comments about problems with marijuana growing operations.
Globe and Mail, 29 Jul 2016 - RESTRICTIONS ON TESTING RETAIL MARIJUANA PUT PUBLIC SAFETY AT RISK, SCIENTISTS WARN Health Canada's restrictive approach to marijuana safety testing is putting the public at risk, a growing chorus of scientists and activists warns - saying consumers are potentially being exposed to contamination in products that are widely accessible since the federal Liberals took power promising legalization.
The Enterprise-Bulletin, 29 Jul 2016 - Medical cannabis use is very much in the news, but not without some enormous challenges, particularly for the family physician. The government has been forced to provide access and has off-loaded this access to doctors, but Health Canada still says that they have not reviewed the data and refuses to provide approval for use. Now, Ontario doctors have to find a way to deal with patients looking for relief from chronic pain.
Globe and Mail, 29 Jul 2016 - A Globe and Mail investigation is raising alarming questions about the safety of cannabis being sold illegally in unregulated dispensaries. But for the thousands of Canadians who use regulated and tested medical cannabis, there is another urgent issue researchers are scrambling to address: Does it work? Background and regulations
The Scarborough Mirror, 28 Jul 2016 - Let the market decide how many licensed pot shops Toronto should have, some marijuana advocates told Scarborough Councillor Jim Karygiannis this week. Others, represented by the Toronto Dispensaries Coalition, proposed a set of rules (see sidebar) which include mandatory distances from schools and other dispensaries.
Globe and Mail, 28 Jul 2016 - Ottawa says it's dangerous. Dispensaries say it's safe. The Globe subjected unregulated weed to a battery of tests to find the truth Inside a sterile facility, the lab technician holds up a petri dish to show the intricate pattern of bacteria that are quickly multiplying.
Sacramento News & Review, 28 Jul 2016 - I am a 37-year-old mom that suffers from bipolar and major depressive disorder. I am on prescription meds but they don't always work. Sometimes the only thing that will pull me out of a deep, suicidal depression is smoking a pure sativa strain of medical marijuana. I have my recommendation from a doctor and am able to obtain it from dispensaries. However, I live in Rancho Cordova and have realized there are zero dispensaries to be found in my city. City council has deemed that medical marijuana dispensaries are "a public nuisance in that many violent crimes have been committed that can be traced back to the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries, including armed robberies and murders." I did some minor fact checking and found that this simply is not true. ... Are you able to steer me in the right direction of whom to talk to or how to go about getting a city council to change an ordinance? - -Blue Jay
LA Weekly, 28 Jul 2016 - Prescription Drug Rates Drop As More Patients Turn to Cannabis Recent findings show that medical marijuana not only saves state and federal governments millions of dollars on Medicare but it may help curb prescription drug use too. A new study reports that in states where medical marijuana is available, prescriptions for painkillers have dipped drastically.
The Press Democrat, 28 Jul 2016 - Cloverdale this week took the penultimate step to becoming the first city in Sonoma County to impose a local tax on marijuana-related businesses. With medical marijuana becoming more regulated and with the likelihood California voters will legalize pot in November, Cloverdale is looking to capture some of the revenue to bolster its anemic budget.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 28 Jul 2016 - Many Doctors Are Adopting a Risk-Averse Attitude and Want to Wait Until Dispensaries Are Established Health care providers have been slow to embrace the medical marijuana industry even though July 15 was the legal opening date for the state's first dispensaries. The number of doctors certifying medical cannabis patients only climbed slightly over the past six months. There were 88 physicians who certified 14,492 patients as of June 30, up from 79 doctors and 13,150 patients on Dec. 31, according to the state Health Department.