Some raise concerns about out-of-state, reciprocal patients in the time of COVID-19

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic the New Mexico Department of Health approved rules that put into practice a state law allowing medical cannabis patients from other states to buy, possess and use medical cannabis in New Mexico.

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Medical cannabis qualified patient bill heads to governor’s desk

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A bill that would limit enrollment in the state’s medical cannabis program to New Mexico residents passed the House and is on its way to the governor’s desk. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque would change the definition in the states medical cannabis law to specify that a qualified medical cannabis patient must be a resident of New Mexico. Continue reading Medical cannabis qualified patient bill heads to governor’s desk at The NM Political Report.

Pennsylvania: Medical Marijuana Patients Protest for Better Protections, Lower Prices

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Lehigh Valley NORML, and medical cannabis patients from across Pennsylvania, will hold the second in a series of monthly protests at the Department of Health (PaDOH) headquarters on Forster St. “Patients First: Fixing Medical Marijuana in PA” will commence on Wednesday November 13, 2019 from 08:30 AM-5:00 PM. These events offer a voice to the large number of registered medical marijuana patients who are deeply dissatisfied with the current program.

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Bill grows medical cannabis program

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More New Mexicans would qualify for medical marijuana, and the 70,000-plus patients already in the state’s medical cannabis program would have to deal with less paperwork under legislation approved by the state Legislature and sent to Gov. Continue reading Bill grows medical cannabis program at The NM Political Report. Quick Reads 2019 Legislative Session Bill O'Neill Jerry Ortiz y Pino medical cannabis Medical Cannabis Program Nate Gentry

Pennsylvania: Health Officials Expand Medical Cannabis Access Program

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Pennsylvania health officials have expanded the pool of patients eligible to receive medical cannabis access. The State Health Department Secretary publicly announced on Thursday that patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders and/or Tourette’s syndrome will be eligible to receive recommendations to legally access medical cannabis products. John Fetterman called the changes “a truly powerful expansion” of the state’s program.

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Texas NORML: Patient Lobby Day Recap

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In the Texas State Capitol Building, dozens of patients joined us to ask their legislators to coauthor legislation that makes the Texas Compassionate Use Program more inclusive and effective. HB 1365 (authored by Rep Lucio, III) and SB90 (authored by Sen Menendez) would allow patients with debilitating conditions access to medical cannabis to therapeutically treat the symptoms of their condition.

Patients In Florida Can Finally Smoke Medical Cannabis

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Newly sworn-in Governor Ron DeSantis officially ended the statewide ban on smokable forms of medical cannabis in Florida, making good on the promise he made to patients. In doing so, medical cannabis patients are finally legally permitted to smoke dried cannabis flower if their doctor recommends that specific method of administration. Previously, it was illegal for patients to smoke their cannabis medication, according to the law.

Medical cannabis qualified patient bill has one last stop before the governor’s desk

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A bill aimed at limiting who can enroll in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program was approved in committee Monday morning and now has one more stop before the governor’s desk. The bill would change the law to allow only New Mexico residents who have a qualifying condition to get a medical cannabis patient card. Continue reading Medical cannabis qualified patient bill has one last stop before the governor’s desk at The NM Political Report.

New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

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The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act essentially would give peace of mind to lawmakers, regulators, 149,000+ workers, and the millions of patients and consumers who are dependent on the normalization of lawful marijuana markets. To date, these statewide regulatory programs are operating largely as voters and politicians intended.

Louisiana: Governor Signs Bills Into Law Facilitating Expanded Cannabis Access for Patients

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John Bel Edwards has signed a series of bills into law greatly expanding patients ability to access medical cannabis products. Late last week, the Governor signed House Bill 819, which expands the discretion of physicians so that they can recommend cannabis therapy for “any condition” that he or she “considers debilitating to an individual patient and is qualified through his [or her] medical education and training to treat.” Democratic Gov.

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Bill: Protect transplant patients who use marijuana

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Oregon lawmakers may tighten restrictions on the state’s organ transplant centers to ensure they don’t discriminate against patients based on marijuana use. Responding to Nosse’s bill, the state’s major transplant centers disputed turning patients away based on marijuana use. “No No transplant candidates are turned away from the OHSU Transplant Program because they use marijuana,” said Tamara Hargens-Bradley, a spokeswoman for the Portland research hospital. SALEM, Ore.

Patients Frequently Substituting Cannabis For Anti-Anxiety Drugs

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Patients authorized to legally use medical cannabis frequently substitute it in place of benzodiazepines, according to a pair of new studies published this week. In the first study , Canadian researchers assessed the relationship between cannabis and benzodiazepines in a cohort of 146 patients enrolled in the nation’s medical marijuana access program.

State job opportunities limited for medical cannabis patients

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Updates to the law ranged from relatively simple definition changes to more significant changes like allowing consumption areas for cannabis patients. But the parts of the law that are supposed to protect patients from losing their jobs solely for being a patient in the program may also be hindering the nearly 79,000 cannabis patients in New Mexico from getting a job with the state. Earlier this year, New Mexico legislators and Gov.

Protections for cannabis patients don’t extend to those on house arrest

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But many medical cannabis patients and patient advocates believe the state should solve problems with the state’s Medical Cannabis Program first. Many in the medical cannabis community have publicly expressed concerns about producer plant limits, social inequalities within the program and testing standards. Continue reading Protections for cannabis patients don’t extend to those on house arrest at The NM Political Report.

Medical cannabis qualified patient bill moves to the House

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A Senate bill that would specify that only New Mexico residents are eligible to enroll in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program is headed to the House. The bill he sponsored last year, among other changes to the state’s medical cannabis laws, removed the words “resident of New Mexico” from the definition of a qualified patient and replaced them with “person.” Continue reading Medical cannabis qualified patient bill moves to the House at The NM Political Report.

Medical cannabis qualified patient clarification bill breezes through committee

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The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted in favor of a bill that would specify that only New Mexico residents can enroll in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program. Jerry Ortiz y Pino’s SB 139, which Ortiz y Pino said is an attempt to “clarify” that a qualified medical cannabis patient must be a resident of New Mexico. Up until last year, the statutory definition of a qualified patient included the words “resident of New Mexico.”

61 Tons of Medical Marijuana Consumed in Arizona Last Year

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The Arizona medical marijuana program reached a record breaking high in 2018 with patients consuming nearly 61 tons of cannabis products, according to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program Report released by the state Department of Health Services on Monday, January 14. pounds being consumed by registered patients. AMMA went into effect on April 14, 2011, and the program has grown like a weed in the nearly eight years it has been running. Program Growth.

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Medical cannabis patient asks judge to allow cannabis on house arrest

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The attorney and state lawmaker Jacob Candelaria, on behalf of his client Joe Montaño, filed a writ of mandamus, or a request for a ruling, in state district court, asking a judge to order Bernalillo County to allow those in custody to use medical cannabis if they are part of the state’s program. Continue reading Medical cannabis patient asks judge to allow cannabis on house arrest at The NM Political Report.

Bill would protect cannabis patients who live on federal trust land

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A New Mexico state senator is trying for a second time to pass a bill that would protect medical cannabis patients who live on tribal land. Benny Shendo, D-Jemez Pueblo, said his SB 271 would protect patients from federal law enforcement scrutiny. “We Shendo said he hopes that an agreement between the state Department of Health and tribal leaders will at least lower the chances of federal charges for medical cannabis patients who live on tribal land. “We

Study: Daily Cannabis Use Among Pain Patients Associated with Less Non-Prescription Opioid Use

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Patients suffering from persistent pain conditions who frequently use cannabis are far less likely to use non-prescription opioids, according to longitudinal data published in the journal PLOS One. A team of investigators from Canada and the United States assessed drug use trends in chronic pain patients over a multi-year period (June 1, 2014 to December 1, 2017).

Clinical Trial: Cannabinoid Administration Via a Metered-Dose Inhaler Is Safe and Effective for Chronic Pain Patients

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The delivery of precise doses of THC via an inhaler is associated with pain mitigation in patients with neuropathy and other complex pain conditions, according to clinical trial data published in the European Journal of Pain. A team of Israeli researchers conducted a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of a novel, metered-dose cannabis inhaler in 27 patients with chronic pain.

NORML Testifies to End Employment Discrimination of MMJ Patients in DC

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On Wednesday, September 25th, 2019, NORML testified at the DC Council Committee on Labor and Workforce Development in support of B23-0309 , the “Medical Marijuana Program Patient Employment Protection Amendment Act of 2019”, which seeks to expand workplace protections for medical cannabis patients in the District of Columbia.

Washington, DC: City Council Approves Workplace Protections for Medical Cannabis Patients

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District council members have enacted legislation — Act Number A23-0114: The Medical Marijuana Program Patient Employment Protection Temporary Amendment Act — to protect qualified patients from workplace discrimination. ” To date, 15 states provide workplace protections for medical cannabis patients.

Patients get turned away as Utah’s medical cannabis program faces backlog of applicants

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SALT LAKE CITY — On the first day that it opened, Dragonfly Wellness served 16 qualified medical cannabis patients. They are cancer patients, people with glaucoma and other ailments that qualify them to get medical cannabis, said Hoang Nguyen, a manging partner at the medical cannabis pharmacy. “It’s just, we don’t have patients right now. “Why is it taking so long to get patients through?” Fox 13 Utah report.

Two Weeks In, Louisiana’s Medical Marijuana Program Is Thriving

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NEWS Ruling Opens New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program To Out Of State Patients

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MRR report reports…A judge has ruled that New Mexico’s medical marijuana program is open to people from outside the state who qualify based on a medical condition. The final ruling Thursday by Judge Bryan Biedscheid responds to a petition by two Texas residents and the Arizona-based CEO of the largest chain of medical cannabis dispensaries in New Mexico in his capacity as a patient with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cannabis companies offer compassion programs to offset CBD costs

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100,000 Pennsylvania Marijuana Patients

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This week, there will be 100,000 Pennsylvania patients approved by their doctor for a marijuana card. It may be the fastest growing program of any state in the country relative to how new it is. We have seen astounding success in our patients who are coming in for their renewals. Patients are coming off of. The post 100,000 Pennsylvania Marijuana Patients appeared first on Nature's Way Medicine ®.

Pennsylvania’s Medical Cannabis Program Celebrates First Birthday , 116K Patients With 1000 Physicians Approved To Certify Patients

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Quietly Pennsylvania’s medical program has been put into play and although the market isn’t a CA or CO if the numbers are extrapolated from the patient base it’s a new steady tax revenue for the state and even better so for the likes of Canopy, Aurora et al. More than 116,000 Pennsylvanians have registered as patients. Nearly 1,000 physicians have been approved to certify patients to participate in the program, according to the Department of Health.

France: Minister Signs Free Medical Cannabis Decree For Patients

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The French Minister of Solidarity and Health has signed a decree specifying how a small-scale pilot program will be supplied with medical cannabis that ultimately … Read More.

Ohio Medical Cannabis Patients Rejoice As Edibles Will Soon Be Available

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The first medical cannabis product manufacturing license was just awarded in Ohio, giving patients in the program a reason to celebrate. It’ll open up the choices patients have available to them and they can purchase their medical marijuana to treat their condition,” said Executive Vice President of Grow Ohio Justin Hunt. “We A patient would have to use the dried flower material that they buy from the dispensary to make cannabutter or a tincture at home.

Bill to Provide Greater Access for Virginia Medical Cannabis Patients Succeeds

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SB1719 allows “registered agents” for those patients physically unable to pick up or receive delivery of their medical cannabis, like those in hospice, assisted living facilities, and those who rely on home healthcare providers. “This law will ensure that patients who may be physically incapable of picking up these life-changing medicines on their own will have access to them from throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Marsden, of Fairfax County.

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Fifty Thousand Patients Approved for MJ Cards in Pennsylvania

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50,000 Pennsylvania Patients Approved for Marijuana Cards! Pennsylvania physicians have approved over 50,000 patients in Pennsylvania since the start of the marijuana program earlier this year. The post Fifty Thousand Patients Approved for MJ Cards in Pennsylvania appeared first on Nature's Way Medicine ®. industry medical marijuana News Pennsylvania 50000 approved fifty fifty thousand marijuana cards milestone news number pa patients pennsylvania

Fake Cannabis Certification Scheme Claims Another 350 Missouri Patients

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Ganjapreneur reports… An additional 350 Missouri cannabis patients have been identified as having received fake physician certifications for the state’s medical cannabis program; the scheme has … Read More.

NJ Announces Medical Marijuana Program Rule Changes

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On May 13th New Jersey’s Department of Health (“DOH”) amended it Medicinal Marijuana Program Rules, N.J.A.C. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order #6 tasking the DOH with reviewing all Medicinal Marijuana Program (“Program”) aspects to expand access and eliminate bureaucratic barriers. – removing “psychiatric evaluation requirement” as a condition of physician certification of minors as qualifying patients.