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Nevada: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Offering Patient Orientation July 13

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With medical marijuana currently being a hot topic of discussion in Nevada, The+Source medical marijuana dispensary, located at 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd., will hold an educational orientation and seminar about the variety of benefits and uses of medical cannabis for patients at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

The dispensary is giving patients the opportunity to learn from its in-house director of medical education, Dr. William Troutt, who will lead the orientation to educate attendees both new and pre-existing about the benefits of medical cannabis.

The+Source invites the public, along with medical marijuana cardholders and non-holders, to learn more about the medical aspects of marijuana. The+Source will continue its mission to educate community residents with the opening of their second location this summer at 9480 S. Eastern Blvd..

More information about the upcoming orientation can be found online at www.thesourcenv.com.

New York: Report Finds Too Few Patients Can Access Medical Marijuana

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77% of Patients and Caregivers Surveyed, Who Accessed the Program, Say They Cannot Afford the Medicine They Need

Advocates Call On New York Legislature to Pass Bills to Increase Patient Access to Medical Marijuana

The Drug Policy Alliance on Monday issued a report assessing the first four months on the state’s medical marijuana program. The report is in response to demand for information in the face of the absence of all but the most limited public information from the New York State Department of Health. The report, the first systematic assessment of the program so far and its impact on patient access, found patients and caregivers face significant barriers to accessing medical marijuana.

On January 7, New York became the 23rd state to rollout its medical marijuana program. The law, which was passed in June of 2014, took eighteen months to implement and has been criticized as being one of the most restrictive and burdensome programs in the country.

Since the program was launched, patients and advocates have been frustrated by numerous barriers to accessing the program, including difficulty finding participating physicians, trouble accessing dispensaries and medication, and affordability.

Ohio: Medical Marijuana Signature Drive Suspended

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Ohioans for Medical Marijuana on Friday evening, "after considerable discussion," suspended a drive to place an issue on the November 2016 Ohio ballot.

"We make this decision with a heavy heart as we will surely disappoint our many volunteers, supporters and patient-advocates who invested considerable time and effort in our movement," said Brandon Lynaugh, campaign manager for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana. "It had become increasingly clear following the state legislature’s passage of a medical marijuana law on Wednesday that our ballot issue campaign had arrived at a critical juncture.

"With several hundred thousand signatures collected thus far, one option for our movement would have been to continue to pour our resources into obtaining the additional signatures needed to put the issue before voters," Lynaugh said. "But the reality is that raising funds for medical marijuana policy changes is incredibly difficult, especially given the improvements made to the proposed program by the Ohio General Assembly and the fact that the Governor is expected to sign the bill.

Maryland: More Cultivation Licenses Could Avoid Medical Marijuana Shortage

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A cannabis consumer advocacy and watchdog organization with offices in Maryland has issued a report ahead of the state's anticipated summer rollout of their medical marijuana program, asking policymakers to increase the amount of cultivation licenses.

After reviewing and analyzing consumption data in states with legal marijuana programs, and comparing that data to the potential number of patients, the Cannabis Consumers Coalition (CCC) calculated a potential shortage of 41,066 pounds, even if plants are grown under ideal conditions.

Maryland expects 125,000 patients to register, about 15,000 more than are registered in Colorado, which has hundreds of cultivation facilities. Maryland has a higher population than Colorado, and allows for more medical conditions to qualify for medical marijuana authorizations. In addition, Maryland accepts out-of-state patients.

These factors could result in several thousand more people registering as medicinal cannabis patients. "In comparison to Colorado, which has about 600,000 less people than Maryland, 15 cultivation centers seems very low," according to the CCC.

The report assumes that the currently allowed 15 cultivation licenses will be for substantially sized cannabis grows that are consistently high-yielding. Maryland hasn't issued licenses, so there's no way of knowing the square footage of proposed cultivation centers.

U.S.: Medical Marijuana Patients Deliver Petition Demanding DEA Head's Firing

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100,000+ Petition Signers Outraged That Obama Administration Official Called Medical Cannabis a "Joke"

A group of medical marijuana patients and their supporters on Friday delivered more than 100,000 petition signatures demanding the resignation or firing of the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after he called the medical use of cannabis a "joke."

The petition -- http://change.org/nojoke -- has more than double the amount of signatures garnered by an earlier petition that helped lead to the ouster of the previous DEA head, who also opposed medical marijuana. The current petition was started just two weeks ago.

“There is no doubt in my mind that my son Jagger is still alive today because of medical cannabis," said Sebastien Cotte, who participated in the petition delivery. "Cannabis has tremendously decreased the pain and seizures caused by his mitochondrial disease, while improving his quality of life. For our family, that’s no joke.”

Numerous scientific studies show that marijuana is beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of serious conditions like cancer, AIDS, epilepsy and many others.

"My mom uses medical marijuana to deal with the severe pain caused by multiple sclerosis,” said Tom Angell, founder and chairman of Marijuana Majority, the organization that started the petition. “This issue is not a laughing matter for her and millions of other people who have seen the benefits of cannabis for themselves."

U.S.: National Cannabis Patients Wall Passes 18,000 Members

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The National Cannabis Patients Wall, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to change the perception of medical cannabis and its legislation, and humanize the perception of its patients, on Tuesday announced that it has exceeded 18,000 members.

"We endeavor to help patients find support, encourage and support activism while educating the public about medical cannabis and its advantages while raising funds to build display walls to represent patients from every state," said founding Executive Director Dana Arvidson of The Wall. "One of our primary goals is to assist patients in every state to reverse the prohibition of cannabis this year, and to end the needless suffering, before more people die.

"We work daily to assist the repeal of marijuana prohibition, opening the door to common sense regulation," Arvidson said.

According to Arvidson, The Walls' patient support group welcomes patient questions and offers loving support during times of trial and celebration. "We provide patients with a place to gather with others that feel the same way," Arvidson said. "It truly helps when a Patient knows they are not alone in their struggle.

"We also share patient's stories of healing or their search for healing, and many times their struggle for legalization in states denying them legal access," Arvidson said. "We also do our best to connect them with appropriate doctors and dispensaries in their area."

California: Santa Cruz County Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ban Repealed

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A historic vote in medical marijuana history took place on Wednesday at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors meeting. The County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to repeal Ordinance 5201, the ban on cannabis cultivation, and approved appointments to a 13-member Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee.

This outcome is a result of the recent successful referendum spearheaded by Responsible Cultivation Santa Cruz (RCSC), with the help of Cannabis Advocates Alliance, which overturned the cannabis cultivation ban with more than 11,000 signatures.

The new 13-member panel of the Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee will work together until December 23 to create a policy framework for regulating medical cannabis in Santa Cruz County.

"The Supervisors want a committee of community members to develop recommendations that, protect our neighborhoods, protect our environment, and ensure that there is an adequate supply of medical cannabis for those that have a doctor's recommendation," wrote Supervisors John Leopold and Zach Friend.

The ordinance that was overturned would have allowed a patient/caregiver to cultivate only on a space 10 feet by 10 feet, and required the garden to be on the property where the patient/caregiver resides. The ordinance also would have allowed only a single collective to operate in the entire county.

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Canada: Free Online Resource Introduced For Medical Marijuana Patients

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MarijuanaMedInfo Inc. on Wednesday introduced www.MarijuanaMedInfo.ca a free, online resource for patients and healthcare professionals. The website provides scientific, clinical, regulatory, reimbursement and access information on the medical use of marijuana.

"The new Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations simplified the process for patients and physicians and removed some barriers to access" said Dan Rego, president of MarijuanaMedInfo. "What has been lacking is the provision of an educational initiative on the clinical use of cannabinoids for healthcare professionals and the public."

MarijuanaMedInfo.ca is designed to allow visitors easy access to published medical information on the use of marijuana for medical purposes, sorted by condition or disease. Information is provided around all aspects of medical cannabis use in Canada including the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, the Guidelines of the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, the Licensed Producers and the strains of medical marijuana available, coverage/ reimbursement of drug costs, medical marijuana clinics, routes of administration, precautions and warnings, as well as the medical document Healthcare professionals must complete.

Additional educational materials focused at healthcare professionals managing medical cannabis can be obtained at no cost.

New York: Community Groups, Elected Officials Sponsor Forum On Medical Marijuana Program

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Tuesday, February 3 Forum Will Address Concerns with Proposed Regulations, Including Access for Low Income Patients

Patients, community members, providers and elected officials will join together on Tuesday, February 3, to discuss New York’s medical marijuana law and provide community feedback on the state’s recently introduced draft regulations that will shape New York’s medical marijuana program.

The event is being held at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, the poorest county in the state, where providers have raised significant concerns that the medical marijuana program could leave low income communities behind. The event is free and open to the public.

The forum is being hosted by BOOM!Health, VOCAL New York, Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and Compassionate Care NY, along with other community organizations and elected officials. It will educate the community on the draft regulations released in December and provide a space for the community to discuss what is needed to improve the system to ensure any qualified patient -- regardless of ability to pay -- can access medical marijuana services.

What: A community forum to discuss New York’s medical marijuana program

When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Hostos Community College C Building, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY 10451

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