Medical Marijuana Center Replaces Mattress Firm

JOLIET, IL – It’s no secret that one of the running jokes in the Joliet area concerns the volume of Mattress Firm stores. At some busy intersections, you can find multiple stores tempting you to buy a new mattress. But now, one Mattress Firm store near the Louis Joliet Mall is going away forever. At Tuesday night’s meeting, Joliet’s City Council approved plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 2903 Colorado Ave.

The vote to approve the special use permit to allow the relocation of an existing medical marijuana dispensary was passed in an 8-0 vote.

The store on Colorado Avenue was built in 1999 as a Mattress Giant store. The adjacent parking lot has 27 spaces. The building of 6,600-square-feet was recently used as a Mattress Firm, but is now vacant. The property features a loading dock for deliveries, the city noted.

Marijuana in Illinois

In 2014, Illinois passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act known as the Medical Cannabis Act, which as a matter of state law, legalized the cultivation, transportation, sale, possession and use of medical marijuana pursuant to certain terms and restrictions, the city council memo states. In Joliet, a dispensary must meet certain criteria with the city in order to open.

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In 2015, 3C Compassionate Care Center got a dispensary license from Illinois and the business has been operating in Joliet at 1627 Rock Creek Boulevard in the Rock Run Business Park, city documents show.

“The owners would like to relocate their facility to the subject site in order to be in a more accessible commercial area rather than in an industrial park,” city of Joliet officials stated. “If approved, the operators would need to follow all regulation and relocation guidelines with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and be in good standing and operate in strict compliance” with the state laws governing the medical marijuana pilot program and Joliet’s ordinances, documents indicate.

 

Courtesy of Patch.com

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Broward County, FL Schools Approve Use of Medical Marijuana on Campuses

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Broward County Public Schools ruled Tuesday that students who need it can take medical marijuana during schools hours and on campus.

  • The medicinal pot, usually in an edible or lotion/oil form, can be administered by a parent or registered caregiver.

 

Students who qualify for medical marijuana can now receive it during school and on campus, the Broward County school board has ruled.

The board’s decision, unanimously approved Tuesday, means kids like Rebecca Hyman, who suffers from dozens of epileptic seizures a day, can now receive medical marijuana at school.

“Broward County Schools took a very unique, bold step to establish policies, they were one of the first school districts to do so,” said Rebecca’s father, Seth Hyman.

Seth Hyman has become a medical marijuana activist, fighting for kids like his daughter. Medical marijuana, he says, cuts the number of his daughter’s seizures by half.

“Any step is a step in the right direction, you have to start somewhere,” he said.

Medical marijuana, which comes in either an edible form or as a lotion or oil, can be administered at Broward schools by either a parent or registered caregiver.

“Many of our students, without the medical marijuana, can’t function in school due to epilepsy,” said school board member Robin Bartleman. “I know many parents personally who have kids who have seizures, and this was very important to them so their children can have an opportunity to attend school.”

Because medical marijuana is still against federal law, Miami-Dade schools do not have a similar policy because the board is afraid of losing federal funding. Broward School’s policy has a provision in it that states if the county is at risk of losing funding, the board can withdraw the policy altogether.

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This Organization is Fighting a Medical Marijuana War for Veterans

After four years in the Marine Corps, Jimmy Johnston gained a family in the service, life perspective and a bad back.

“They gave me an option to choose cannabis or prescription drugs, and I had to tell them no,” explains Johnston.

He said using opioids in recovery would have led him down a dangerous path.

“I’m able to live a productive life after taking a hit or two off a joint. I can’t function after I take a prescription painkiller,” said Johnston.

Johnston is part of the Weed for Warriors Project, a nationwide organization with three chapters in Florida, fighting for veteran rights and education.

“All they want to do is lead productive lives, and they aren’t able because of these heavy burdens of war,” Johnston said.

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Johnston would like to see the Safe Harbor Act Passed. It’s a bill just filed that would allow VA doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to veterans in the 31 states where it is legal. It would also include $15 million in research, including how access to medical marijuana may reduce opioid abuse among veterans.

“The opioids are potentially harmful of course as all medicines are, but marijuana has shown amazing therapeutic benefits. There is zero accredited desk to overdose,” Dr. Gregory Sonn of Iona Cannabis Clinic said.

Sonn said patients who turn to medical cannabis could reduce an opioid demand by a third, at the minimum.

“You have a cellular response, but you don’t have the psychoactive response. So your body feels it, but your mind doesn’t. So you’re not high all day, you’re able to make good decisions and do your job just like the rest of us,” Sonn explained.

Veterans have been pushing lawmakers to reclassify marijuana. According to the DEA, right now marijuana is classified as a schedule one drug, along with LSD and ecstasy. Advocates say this status means there hasn’t been a lot of medical research on the drug.

 

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Molson Coors Bets on Pot With Cannabis-Drink Joint Venture

Molson Coors Brewing Co. is betting on pot by starting a joint venture with Hydropothecary Corp. to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages for the Canadian market.

The partnership between Molson Coors Canada and Quebec-based cannabis producer Hydropothecary will be structured as a standalone company with its own board and management team.  A chief executive officer will be named in the coming weeks.

“We decided entering the cannabis space would provide us with a real growth opportunity,” Frederic Landtmeters, CEO of Molson Coors Canada, said in a phone interview.  After talking with several potential partners, Molson Coors chose Hydropothecary because of its research and development capabilities, its loyal customer base and its strong brand, he said.

The partnership is a first for a major brewer with operations in Canada, where recreational marijuana will become legal on Oct. 17.  Though cannabis-infused edibles and beverages won’t initially fall under the provisions of the law, Molson and Hydropothecary expect those products will become legal sometime in 2019.

‘Trend-Setting’

 

“We view this as a historic milestone as the Canadian cannabis industry looks for innovative ways to enter the beverage industry,” Beacon Securities analyst Douglas Cooper said in a note.  “We expect today’s Hexo/Molson Coors Canada JV to be nothing short of trend-setting for the cannabis industry as a whole.”

Hydropothecary CEO Sebastien St. Louis said the potential market size for cannabis beverages is “staggering.”  He said the deal with Molson Coors will give his company, which is renaming itself HEXO Corp., the opportunity to be a first mover.

“They’re bringing capability as a Fortune 300 company that quite frankly no cannabis company even comes close to replicating,” St. Louis said.

Hydropothecary jumped 15 percent to C$4.89 at 2:02 p.m. in Toronto, while Molson Coors Canada stock rose 5 percent.

Mainstream Interest

Molson Coors will have a 57.5 percent stake in the company and three board seats, while Hydropothecary will hold the remaining stake and two board seats.  The transaction is expected to close before the end of September.  As part of the deal, Hydropothecary will issue warrants that give Molson the right to purchase 11.5 million shares of the cannabis company at a strike price of C$6 ($4.62) a share.

The deal comes as more mainstream companies are showing interest in the cannabis space. Alcohol giant Constellation Brands Inc., the maker of Corona beer, bought a stake in Canadian pot producer Canopy Growth Corp. last year, and cigarette maker Imperial Brands Plc last month took an equity stake in closely held Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies.

The beer makers might be hedging their bets. Sales of alcoholic beverages declined significantly in states that legalized medical marijuana, according to research by the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University.

Molson Coors Brewing CEO Mark Hunter said the Canadian partnership is an opportunity “to incubate and test” products for other markets, including the U.S.

“We believe potentially it’s got really significant potential and we’re going to learn a lot,” Hunter said on the company’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday.  “If other markets start to open up in due course and this becomes federally legal, then we’ll be in a good place at that point in time.”

Canadian Military Will Be Allowed to Smoke Marijuana

Imagine, if you will, Canadian soldiers during the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915 smoking marijuana in the doomsday trenches of World War I rather than gasping for air through the urine-soaked handkerchiefs they used protect their lungs against the German’s poison gas attacks.

Well, we don’t have to tell you that the 1st Canadian Division, rather than “holding the line” against the Germans during this crucial battle, would have suffered a savage blow before the British arrived. Cannabis is a lot of things to many people, but a protective agent against the sidewinding whipping post that is chemical weapons — let’s just say we have not seen any research that leads us to trust its effectiveness.

But this doesn’t mean that Canadian soldiers wouldn’t have been grateful for the freedom to smoke weed to calm their nerves during this tumultuous time. The good new is that if ever another uprising of terror threatens our planetary sanctity and Canadian troops are called into action to support the nation’s allies, they may be well within their rights to fight with a little more THC coursing through their veins than most.

It seems that Canada’s Armed Forces will not have the power to impose a full-blown ban on the recreational use of marijuana once the northern nation takes the leap to legalize later this summer.

A recent report from CBC News indicates that soldiers will likely be held to similar guidelines already in place with respect to alcohol. Only the rules for pot consumption could be more far-reaching, according to Lieutenant General Chuck Lamarre, chief of military personnel.

We will “respect the law,” he told the news source. “But at the same time, I think Canadians are expecting our operational readiness and our ability to do our business must never be compromised.”

Although cannabis will no longer be considered criminal, the Canadian military will still need to keep its soldiers in line. To do this, the new policy will impose certain restrictions on cannabis consumption, the same as it does for alcohol. The current policy on alcohol consumption allows troops and civilian employees with National Defense to drink on their own time. But even booze is even subject to zero-tolerance policies in certain situations. For example: Getting trashed before special operations is not allowed.

Cannabis will be no different, Lamarre says. He admits it would be impossible for the military to ban the herb completely.

“There’s no total ban at this point,” he said. “We can’t do that. If the law says it’s no longer criminal to have it in your possession, it’s not a criminal act. You just can’t ban it outright.”

But not everyone is happy with the idea of Canada’s military forces walking around with THC in their systems. Although he refused to divulge any particulars of this controversy, Lamarre says there has been some discussion about holding certain positions within the military, like pilots and Special Forces, to a total ban. Branch commanders for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Special Forces have been asked to identify specific jobs for which restrictions should apply. It will be a situation where they say, “I need to restrict the following occupations for these periods of time, under these circumstances,” Lamarre explained.

Canada is set to become the second country in the world to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Lawmakers are still hashing out the details of the bill, but legal pot sales could begin around August, according to the latest reports. When this happens, adults, including military service members, will be allowed to purchase cannabis (and eventually edible pot products) from retail dispensaries in a manner similar to beer. The market is expected to become a huge business, raking in $22 billion once it is all set into motion.

But even in a legal climate, Lammarre does not foresee a newfound enthusiasm for getting stoned among military service members. “I don’t anticipate a whole whack of sparking up,” he said.

Until cannabis is officially legal nationwide, the Canadian military will maintain a zero-tolerance policy on the use of marijuana. But even this policy does not stop soldiers from getting high from time to time. The results of random drug screens conducted by National Defense since 2007 indicates that pot is still the military’s favorite illegal drug.

Why We Must Legalize Cannabis Now for the Sake of Public Health

Next week Canada will become the first G7 country to vote to legalize and regulate cannabis.

It joins Uruguay and nine US states, and will probably be followed by New Zealand, which is set to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis in the next three years.

Politicians around the world are waking up to the benefits of regulated cannabis markets to protect their citizens and improve public health.

So, too, are many voices here in the UK. The British Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, the Royal Society of Public Health and the Royal College of Physicians have all made the public health case for reforming our drug laws.

Yet the government lags woefully behind, clinging to a failed model focused on criminalisation, which puts people’s health at risk. It’s time politicians from the major parties stepped up to this public health challenge, as they have done with alcohol and tobacco.

The evidence is clear: prohibition does not work. Last year, 2.1 million people aged 16-59 in England and Wales used cannabis. In an unregulated market, they have little idea of its contents or strength.

Successive studies this year, from drug policy thinktank Volte Face and from Dr Marta di Forti at King’s College London, show that an illicit market left in the hands of criminal gangs is driving up potency and toxicity.

The only way to get a grip on this problem and protect young people is to explore ideas for a regulated market. Only then can we restrict who can buy it and what they can buy, and provide genuine public health information on the risks associated with cannabis.

As it stands, the only people benefitting from a zero-tolerance approach to cannabis are violent gangs and international drug cartels.

A regulated cannabis market would also raise vital funds for the NHS: £1bn annually at a conservative estimate, and possibly much more.

Health Poverty Action’s new report highlights cannabis as an untapped revenue stream for the NHS, calculating that this would pay for every midwife in England, with money left over to fund drug education, harm reduction and mental health services.

Earlier this year, I visited Washington state, where I saw first-hand how tight regulation can work. The Liquor and Cannabis Board, the state regulator, combines strict age limits and health warnings on all packaging with public health awareness campaigns in schools, on social media, and on billboards across the state.

Since legalising the drug in 2014, Washington state has taken $1bn in tax revenues, almost 80% of which is pledged to their health and judicial systems. Opioid dependency is down across the state, child use of cannabis has flat-lined, and Washington state police can now focus on eliminating the remnants of the black market.

The first step for the UK would be to move responsibility for drug policy to the Department of Health and Social Care. We could establish a panel of experts to develop the most effective model for a regulated market and design a cannabis regulatory authority to implement it.

It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s increasingly politically popular too – 53% of people support decriminalisation or legal regulation, with larger majorities among young voters. Politicians of all stripes can afford to be brave on this issue, backed by the evidence.

While governments continue to ignore the wealth of evidence from medical professionals, health experts, drug experts, law enforcement officials and development organisations in order to pursue a failed policy, criminal gangs have exploited the cannabis trade for far too long. It’s time to take back control.

 

Courtesy of The Guardian

VA Allows 1st Veteran to Use Cannabis for Seizures While a Resident in Federal Program

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NEW JERSEY – Robert Zak, a disabled Navy veteran currently residing at a VA residential program funded by federal dollars recently obtained his NJ medical marijuana card for seizure disorder under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

Community Hope, Inc. continues to fulfill their mission to all veterans by fostering the future of wellness in this case, and truly represents the name of their organization Hope 4 Veterans.  By allowing a veteran with a medical card to reside at their program on federal property while being paid by federal funds, and medically accepting his use is an absolute breakthrough.

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Epilepsy and seizures were one of the first debilitating conditions that the state of New Jersey decided to make cannabis available for back in 2010.

In 2016, one of the veterans at the same VA medical center in Lyons was allowed to consume cannabis during a 6-week inpatient stay at a PTSD unit.

The acceptance of medical cannabis for its medical use at the federal level in the treatment of this veteran to honorably help rebuild his life is a game changer for the medical community at large and the cannabis movement overall.

This progression for the medical community supercedes what happened here in Florida, and sets a precedent for future federal/state conflicts when it comes to cannabis as it relates to a person’s health in this country, whether they are a veteran or not.

No human should be denied the medical care they rightfully choose, and under equal protection of the law all citizens should and will be guaranteed that right from now on.

Zimbabwe Just Became the 2nd Country in Africa to Legalize Cannabis Cultivation

The Zimbabwean government this week published a licensing regime that will allow the legal cultivation of cannabis, state-owned newspaper The Herald reported on Saturday.

Growing mbanje, as dagga is commonly known in Zim, will be legal for research and medical use under the new regulations, Statutory Instrument 62 of 2018, “Dangerous Drugs – Production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Scientific Use Regulations.”

Zimbabwe has been considering such partial legalization for the last eight months.

Five-year licences will also clear growers to possess, transport and sell fresh cannabis, cannabis oil, and dried product.

The regulations impose an obligation on the government to consider the risk that dagga could be diverted to illicit use, complaints from police, or objections by local authorities.

Lesotho granted its first licences for marijuana production in September last year, believed to be the first African country to do so.

A South African court ruling in March 2017 provides what is thought to be a viable defense against prosecution for private cultivation and use of dagga.

 

Courtesy of:  Business Insider South Africa 

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