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Maine: School Board Allows Students Medical Marijuana On School Property

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The school board in Auburn, Maine, this week voted to allow students to be administered medical marijuana while on school property.

Maine voters legalized medicinal cannabis back in 1999, reports Crystal Haynes at Fox 25.

Effective immediately, students in Pre-K through high school who are authorized to use medical marijuana can be administered cannabis on school property by a parent or caregiver. The policy prohibits smoking, most most children who are authorized to use cannabis use edible extracts or tinctures.

Auoburn Superintendent Katy Grondin said school districts must make sure medical marijuana doesn't interfere with education. "It's what the doctor and the family decides is in the best interest of the child," she said. "We're not getting involved in it medically."

Morgan Fox of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) said laws that allow access to medical marijuana while in school are about providing kids with the medicine they need to be able to attend at all. "These kids, just because they're sick, shouldn't have their education interrupted," he said.

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Advocates Rally At State Capitol

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

More than three dozen medical marijuana patients and advocates rallied at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Thursday as a legislative committee held a hearing on a bill to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana.

The attendees said that Governor Deval Patrick's administration needs to expedite the process for licensing and opening medical marijuana dispensaries so that they can have safe access, reports Philip Marcelo at the Associated Press.

The advocates, organized by the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, said that the state is dragging its feet in registering dispensaries; it's been more than 100 laws since state law mandated that the process begin. While 20 applicants have been given provisional dispensary licenses, according to Massachusetts Department of Public Health spokesman David Kibbe, none have final approval.

Kibbe said he's still in the process of verifying the applications, and claimed that the department is trying to achieve the "appropriate balance" between safe access for patients and public concerns.

Massachusetts also needs to increase the number of patients to whom individual caregivers may sell marijuana, according to the group.

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients Will Have Home Delivery Option

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Massachusetts' medical marijuana dispensaries plan to start home delivery service to patients next year. At a conference last week, the director of the state's medicinal cannabis program, Karen van Unen, said dispensaries had been encouraged to offer the home delivery service as an option for patients.

"Home delivery is an important aspect of the program because not all communities will host dispensaries, and extensive travel can be prohibitive for patients undergoing rigorous chemotherapy treatments, living with disabilities such as paralysis, or suffering with conditions such as ALS or MS, said Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance Executive Director Matthew J. Allen, reports Zeke Wright at Go Local/Worcester.

Massachusetts on January 31 announced preliminary approval of 20 dispensaries. All of the dispensary applicants granted provisional licenses have said they plan to offer home delivery, van Unen said this week. A second round of provisional licenses is expected to be announced in early June.

Eight unsuccessful dispensary applicants were invited to update their proposals for one of four counties -- Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Berkshire and Franklin -- which still are without plans for a dispensary.

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