Croatia Legalizes Use Of Medical Marijuana

The health ministry has warned it remains illegal to grow marijuana at home and that medical marijuana can only be prescribed by doctors. The regulations envisage that a patient can receive up to 0.75 grams of THC per month.

CROATIA: Croatia has legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes for patients with illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or AIDS. The legalization formally went into effect on Thursday, but Croatian media reported that no medicines containing THC — the active element in cannabis — have been registered in the country. The health ministry has warned it remains Read the full article…

Rules For Marijuana Shops Debated At Detroit Hearing

The Detroit City Council is considering a proposal that includes a way to license the city's approximately 150 medical marijuana shops. The proposal also has zoning restrictions on how close they can operate near schools, churches and other dispensaries.

MICHIGAN: Concerned Detroiters who cringe at the rapid spread of marijuana dispensaries and medical marijuana card-holders who say they rely on the product for treatment packed a public hearing Monday to debate proposed regulations of the city’s medical marijuana industry. The Detroit City Council is considering a proposal that includes a way to license the city’s approximately 150 medical marijuana Read the full article…

Florida Medical-Marijuana Applicants Foresee Stores, Door-To-Door Service

“We’re really strong financially," Hank said.  "We’ve received or have pledged to us more than $500,000.”

FLORIDA: Eight companies vying to become the first in Central Florida to produce medical marijuana are proposing a wide range of retail options, from one central dispensary with delivery services to more than a dozen retail stores. The Florida Department of Health is reviewing applications to decide which one will be licensed for the Central Read the full article…

Patients in Minnesota Discuss First Months Of Medical Marijuana

The task force overseeing the program met Friday for the first time since it launched this summer, with a sharp focus on the growing pains of Minnesota's new medical marijuana economy — from patient's struggles to afford the medication to the logistical hurdles that come with selling a drug that the federal government still bans.

MINNESOTA: Lawmakers, medical experts and law enforcement officials tracking the launch of Minnesota’s medical marijuana law got an earful Friday of the good and bad stories of the state’s new program. Nearly three months in since medical cannabis went on sale in July, it’s a mixed bag: several parents who report their children’s lives have Read the full article…

Parents Demand Medical Marijuana for Epileptic Kids

The two women are part of a tenacious group of parents and national marijuana advocates demanding that politicians and state legislators legalize medical marijuana treatment for their children, whose medications have had limited success treating seizures and other severe conditions.

PENNSYLVANIA: In room 716 of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 12-year-old Hannah Pallas is motionless, but for an occasional turn of her head and blink of her eyes, following a series of life-threatening seizures. On the same day, 5-year-old Sydney Michaels is down the hall in room 749, waiting to be discharged after 15 grand mal Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Arrests: When Will It End?

By Alice O’Leary Randall  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Some people try to forget the day they were arrested for marijuana possession but, with the hindsight of four decades, I can say it was one of the best things that ever happened to us. It was August 24, 1975 and my husband, Robert C. Randall, and I Read the full article…

How ‘Medical’ Is Marijuana?

opponents say that the real objective of medical marijuana is to make it easier for people to obtain it for recreational purposes.

NEW YORK:  It is becoming easier to get marijuana, legally. In the last 20 years or so, 23 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have passed laws that make it legal to use marijuana for medical treatments. So have some countries, like Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel and Spain. Advocates believe that this has allowed Read the full article…

How Much Does Marijuana Impact Your Driving?

According to the most recent national roadside survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of weekend nighttime drivers, 8.3 percent had some alcohol in their system and 12.6 percent tested positive for THC—up from 8.6 percent in 2007.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A rigorous federal research study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers new data on the effects of marijuana on driving performance. The exact impact of marijuana on driving ability is a controversial subject—and it’s become more important states continue to loosen their drug laws. And, while drunk driving is on Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Feeds Familiar Hopes Of Renewal Around New York State

Some communities are coming to view medical marijuana as a potential economic boon.

NEW YORK:  Don Crawford comes from a long line of Orange County farmers. Though he no longer tends dairy cows, he still cuts hay for the thriving equestrian industry, and cringes at the creep of the suburbs. So when a stranger came to town and announced plans to grow marijuana on the fallow land next Read the full article…

Patients Have Unique Needs That Recreational Marijuana Stores Don’t Serve

Our state needs a system that recognizes and regulates separate access channels for recreational users and for medical patients.

WASHINGTON:  My son Haiden is 6 years old. For him, access to medical cannabis is a matter of life-and-death. Haiden has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. Haiden used to suffer from frequent seizures of all varieties — sometimes more than 100 a day, despite taking five prescription medications, all at the maximum dose Read the full article…