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Ohio: Legislature's Embrace of Medical Marijuana Bolsters Amendment Prospects

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With the approval of H.B. 523 by the Ohio Senate and expected concurrence by the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana on Thursday announced it will move toward the November ballot with the issue of patient’s rights to medical marijuana supported by the Ohio General Assembly.

"This General Assembly has taken a step forward on this issue,” said Aaron Marshall, spokesman for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana. “Their support for medical marijuana speaks volumes for eliminating any remaining biases against allowing doctors to recommend this life-enhancing treatment to patients in need.”

"Our Constitutional amendment builds on the legislature’s work by incorporating national best practices and offers voters an opportunity to enact a law free of the horse-trading inherent in the legislative process," Marshall said. "Our amendment also protects the rights of patients in the Ohio Constitution, not leaving this important issue vulnerable to the reach of special interests."

While the legislative bill clears several important societal and policy-making hurdles, it omits a number of critical issues. They include:

Illinois: Medical Marijuana Program In Danger Of Failure

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By Steve Elliott

Strict rules governing which patients qualify for the Illinois medical marijuana program, seen by some as the most restrictive such program in the nation, mean a low number of approved patients, and this could force some medicinal cannabis businesses to close just as the program is starting to get underway.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has approved only a small amount of illnesses meeting the requirements for using medical marijuana in the state, reports Debra Borchardt at Forbes. Despite the fact that the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board for the program had recommended that 11 additional conditions be added to the list, in September the IDPH refused to expand the list.

The advisory board came back in October with a list of eight conditions; if the new list is approved, it would lead to a much larger number of patients, and would ensure the success of the medical marijuana program and the viability of the businesses. Several chronic pain conditions, osteoarthritis, autism, irritable bowel syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are on the latest list the board has recommended.

Maryland: Consulting Firm Releases Analysis For Opening A Marijuana Dispensary

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With medical marijuana coming to Maryland, experts at Green Rush Consulting have evaluated this emerging market in a new Maryland Market Analysis for the Medical Marijuana Industry. This analysis examines both the latest draft regulations and the potential of the Maryland market.

"With a favorable political climate and more than 50 percent of Maryland residents in favor of recreational marijuana, the Maryland market is full of promise for the medical marijuana industry," according to Green Rush. "This analysis not only estimates the industry revenue potential, but also breaks down the patient population – critical information for opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Maryland."

The Maryland Market Analysis for the Medical Marijuana Industry also summarizes the application process with reference to the critical sections of the current draft regulations.

The GRC team gives applicants a handy reference as they begin preparing for the September application process:

• Comprehensive analysis of Maryland's political climate as it relates to medical and recreational marijuana;
• Descriptions of the qualifying conditions for patients, and a disease-by-disease estimate of the potential patient pool;
• Detailed breakdown of the application process for cultivation centers, processors, dispensaries, physicians, and patients;
• Projections of the revenue potential for dispensaries and cultivation centers; and
• Discussion of the potential future of recreational marijuana in Maryland.

Illinois Considers Expanding Disease List For Medical Marijuana Program

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Illinois residents have petitioned the state to add more than 20 medical conditions to the list of qualifying conditions for the state's medical marijuana program. Among the conditions requested to be added are anxiety, migraines, insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Petitioners identifying themselves as combat veterans of Vietnam and Iraq asked that PTSD be included, according to 269 pages of petitions obtained by Carla K. Johnson at The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. The state redacted the names of petitioners before releasing the documents, to protect patients' privacy.

“I am a Vietnam Vet and can only imagine how things would have been,” wrote one PTSD petitioner. “While visiting in Colorado I had the benefit of trying cannabis in candy form…. and I felt wonderful. No thoughts of violence, self-deprecation, or hopelessness. My life would be different today.”

Illinois law lists cancer, multiple sclerosis and AIDS as qualifying conditions for cannabis, but is more restrictive than most other medical marijuana states. The Illinois Department of Health must approve any additions to the list.

An advisory board of doctors, patients, nurses and a pharmacist is looking over the petitions, and will make a recommendation after a public hearing on May 4. People can submit petitions twice each year, in January and July.

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