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Tilray Gets DEA OK To Import Medical Cannabis Study Drug For Clinical Trial At University Of California San Diego Center For Medicinal Cannabis Research

CANADA: Tilray has announced that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has granted approval to import a cannabinoid study drug into the United States from Canada for a clinical trial at the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR) examining its safety, tolerability and efficacy for Essential Tremor (ET).

Agreement represents major milestone recognizing medical cannabis as a conventional medicine for patients in need

Tilray is providing a cannabinoid formulation for the trial in capsule form, which will allow researchers to test an investigational drug product containing two active ingredients extracted from the cannabis plant, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Dr. Fatta Nahab, a board-certified neurologist and director of the Functional Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disorders Lab at the UC San Diego Health’s Movement Disorder Center, will serve as the principal investigator for the study. It is expected to begin in early 2019 with financial support from Tilray and the International Essential Tremor Foundation.

“Tilray is proud to support this crucial research,” says Dr. Catherine Jacobson, Director of Clinical Research at Tilray. “If this study can identify cannabinoids as a potential treatment for patients suffering from essential tremor, we can conduct further research and potentially provide alternative effective methods of relief for the high numbers of patients with ET.”

Essential Tremor is a neurological movement disorder characterized by involuntary and rhythmic shaking. ET has extremely high prevalence rates; 0.4% of the general population suffer from ET, and that figure rises to 4.6% to 6.3% among those 65 and older. Essential Tremor can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life, causing embarrassment, social withdrawal, disability, and loss of occupation. Many patients do not experience relief with the current drugs on the market or find the side-effects of these drugs to be unbearable.

San Diego’s West Coast Cannabis Tours Officially Opens Doors

CALIFORNIA: West Coast Cannabis Tours (WCCT), a San Diego-based cutting edge authority of cannabis tourism, bringing a one-of-a-kind experience to open minded individuals and community members in the greater Southern California region, this week announced their exciting and education-based tours are now officially accessible to individuals.

“We want to bring professional awareness to a natural remedy that has been proven to contribute to sustainable health and happiness,” said Todd Green, founder and owner of WCCT. “Cannabis contains properties to potentially benefit everyone. Our clients will be able to enjoy cannabis in a contemporary fashion for a unique outing that friends and family are welcome on.”

As part of the new website and business launch, WCCT is hosting their first event this October 21st, called the Intro to Cannabis: Limo Bus Tour. As a three-venue tour with a licensed dispensary, glass blowing demonstration, and a cooking and edibles demo, the Intro to Cannabis tour is designed to share the positive benefits of cannabis while providing information on how products are made and used today.

“Our events are suitable for cannabis enthusiasts, as well as newcomers interested in learning more about the industry,” said Todd. “We are incredibly excited to be officially open for business, and are encouraging everyone to spread the word on our cannabis commitment here in SoCal.”

The Intro to Cannabis tour is $99 per person.

WCCT sets itself apart from the competition by providing unique offerings and fun-oriented activities for helping guests to rediscover cannabis and even visit apothecaries full of cannabis-containing products.

San Diego Medical Marijuana Dispensary Hit With $1.8-Million Fine

CALIFORNIA:  A Pacific Beach medical marijuana dispensary has been hit with a $1.8-million penalty for operating outside of San Diego‘s zoning regulations, the largest fine against a dispensary in city history.

That more than doubles the total amount of dispensary-related judgments the city has collected to date.

On Nov. 20, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled against SoCal Holistic Health Inc. and the company’s president, Ryan Murphy. Besides the penalty for operating illegally, Taylor also issued a permanent injunction against the dispensary and its president, prohibiting them from having a dispensary anywhere within city limits.

“The judges are sending a message, and so are we: Marijuana dispensaries can either follow the law or they will pay a high price for their actions,” City Atty. Jan Goldsmith said in a statement Wednesday.

 

San Diego Scientist Clears Haze On Medical Marijuana

CALIFORNIA:

When voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical pot. There was only one problem. Scientists still hadn’t firmly established marijuana’s effectiveness as medicine.

Some state legislators wanted to change that. They approached UC San Diego psychiatrist Igor Grant.

“My recommendation was, look, establish a center to study this,” said Grant, who’d previously looked into whether moderate marijuana use causes long-term brain damage (conclusion: it doesn’t).

“It’ll cost you some money but these studies have not been done before,” he told the legislators.

Soon, Grant found himself in charge of the new state-funded Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

 

San Diego Greenlights First Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary

CALIFORNIA:  An appeal of a conditional use permit granted to a San Diego State University business professor to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Otay Mesa was unanimously denied by the city’s Planning Commission today.

In October, a city hearing officer granted a conditional use permit to David Blair to open A Green Alternative in a 1,400-square-foot space in a strip mall at 2335 Roll Drive, near the Brown Field airport. It was the first permit for a legal dispensary to be granted by the city.

The hearing officer’s ruling was appealed by Barbara Gordon, a North County drug prevention specialist.

Blair applied for the permit under rules established by the City Council earlier this year. The regulations require prospective dispensary owners to go through a lengthy permit application process, and also specify zoning and distances to keep the operations away from residences, schools, churches and the like.

More Marijuana Dispensaries In San Diego To Close

CALIFORNIA:  San Diego law enforcement leaders said Tuesday they’re stepping up efforts to close illegal marijuana dispensaries following a rash of citizen complaints and the discovery of weapons at a shop in the Mount Hope neighborhood. 

Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the SDPD has been receiving numerous complaints of pot shops operating illegally in the city. Even though the city has succeeded in closing two or three weekly, she estimated that around 40 are still in business.

At one shop shut down this fall, police found three handguns and 4.59 grams of rock cocaine, according to authorities.

“When a dispensary operates illegally in our neighborhoods, the city has no control over who is involved, what they do at the dispensary, and how they operate the dispensary,” Zimmerman said.

Pot Smokers Sue San Diego, Say Long Drives To Dispensaries Pollute Air

CALIFORNIA:  Medical marijuana smokers in San Diego say the city has forced their pot shops to locate in remote areas and that means the drives to and from will increase air pollution — and ultimately, harm their lungs.

The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has filed a lawsuit, saying the city is violating the California Environmental Quality Act, United Press International reported.

The suit names as defendants the Coastal Commission and the city of San Diego and claims the zoning laws put in place for marijuana dispensaries means patients have to actually get in their cars to drive to the remote locations — and the additional drive times will only increase the city’s air pollution levels.

On top of that, some patients, perhaps those without cars, will now have to grow their own marijuana plants, an activity that further contributes to global warming, the suit says, UPI reported.

 

 

 

San Diego City Council Passes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Regulations

CALIFORNIA:  The San Diego City Council on Tuesday passed regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego that will limit the establishments to no more than four per council district.

The 8-1 vote, with Councilman Mark Kersey dissenting, sets zoning and operating restrictions for collectives.

The panel has addressed the issue numerous times since California‘s Compassionate Use Act was approved by voters more than 17 years ago.

Zoning and operating guidelines passed in 2011 were rescinded after medical marijuana advocates collected enough signatures to force council reconsideration.

 

 

San Diego Drafts Ordinance To Give Marijuana Dispensaries Clear Rules To Operate Legally

CALIFORNIA: Medical marijuana has been argued for years in San Diego, but operating dispensaries within city limits remains illegal 17 years after Californians passed the Compassionate Use Act.

A draft ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego is slated to go before the City Council in February, according to Interim Mayor Todd Gloria.

Public vetting of the proposed restrictions was recently completed, according to Gloria.

“Essentially, what I think it is is a reasonable balance between the communities and the need for safe access,” Gloria said Thursday at his weekly media briefing. “This will result in a handful of collectives in the community that are operating under very strict guidelines that they don’t currently necessarily have to follow.” [Read more…]

San Diego Files Complaint To Shut Down North Park Medical Marijuana Dispensary

CALIFORNIA: The San Diego City Attorney’s Office Code Enforcement Unit filed a civil complaint in Superior Court to force a medical marijuana dispensary in North Park to shut down because it was operating illegally under city zoning laws, it was announced Friday. [Read more…]