Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Awards Three Dispensary Certificates Of Operation

OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today awarded three Dispensary Certificates of Operation to the following entities:

  • Terrasana Labs, located at 656 Grandview Ave., Columbus;
  • Terrasana Labs, located at 1800 E. State St., Fremont; and
  • Terrasana Labs, located at 10500 Antenucci Rd., Suite 200, Garfield Heights.

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MedMen Acquires New York Medical Marijuana Company

CALIFORNIA: MedMen, a Los Angeles-based cannabis management and investment firm, announced today that it has acquired Bloomfield Industries, Inc., one of only five Registered Organizations licensed to operate a medical marijuana business in the State of New York. The acquisition provides MedMen with the opportunity to apply its operational expertise and institutional best practices to one of the largest potential medical marijuana markets in the country.

The transaction occurred through a sale of Bloomfield Industries’ capital stock, thereby allowing Bloomfield Industries to remain as the Registered Organization under the New York State Public Health Law.

Since October of 2016, MedMen has been working with Bloomfield Industries to help streamline operations, improve production capabilities and provide a better overall patient experience. MedMen’s post transaction plan includes the development of a state-of-the-art cultivation and production facility in Utica, as well as applying MedMen’s industry-leading retail model to Bloomfield’s current three pharmacies in Syracuse, Buffalo and Lake Success. Bloomfield Industries also intends to roll out a new pharmacy in Manhattan, making it one of only two medical marijuana pharmacies operating in the city.

“New York is critical to our broader strategy,” said Adam Bierman, co-founder and chief executive officer of MedMen. “We are talking about the fourth most populous state in the country and home to one of the largest, most densely populated cities in the world. We have the opportunity to serve roughly a fifth of that market, perhaps more and we are very excited about this opportunity.”

Massachusetts State Senators In Colorado To Study Marijuana

MASSACHUSETTS: Eight state senators are flying into Colorado this week for a primer on life in a state that has already legalized marijuana, in case Massachusetts voters follow suit this November and lawmakers have to decide quickly how to respond.

They’re poised to see a cultivation facility, tour a marijuana dispensary, and pepper top state, municipal, and law-enforcement officials with questions about the implementation of the voter-approved law. The four-day trip is being arranged and paid for by the New York-based Milbank Memorial Fund, which describes itself as a nonpartisan health policy foundation.

While lawmakers regularly travel to educate themselves about issues of public import, the context for the Colorado trip makes it unusual: Beacon Hill leaders have made clear there is not the political interest or will to pass a legalization bill, but they have floated the idea of tinkering with a legalization law, if it garners sufficient signatures to make the statewide ballot and if voters approve it.

Customers Line Up As Medical Marijuana Goes On Sale In Illinois Today

ILLINOIS: Marijuana is expected to be sold legally in Illinois for the first time in decades Monday to those who have qualified to be among the first patients in the state’s medical cannabis program.

Barring any last-minute glitches, up to eight marijuana dispensaries, including several in the Chicago area, are scheduled to open Monday, after state regulators gave cultivation centers the go-ahead to start shipping the drug to the retailers late last week.

Michael Murphy, of Mokena, was one of about 10 people waiting outside EarthMed, a dispensary in Addison, on Monday morning to purchase their first doses of medical pot. The facility was scheduled to open at 11 a.m.

He said he hopes the drug will relieve headaches he suffers from past concussions playing football and injuries from a car crash, and he hopes it replaces the prescription painkillers he’s been taking.

Hallandale Beach Florida Has Approved Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

FLORIDA: Hallandale Lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill for marijuana decriminalization.  Miami- Dade started the trend with Miami Beach, Key West and now Hallandale Beach has followed suit.

Police will have the option to fine individuals $100 if caught with a 20 grams or less of marijuana instead of jail time.

Florida cities are steaming ahead towards legalizing medical marijuana in 2016

Federal Jury Acquits On 4 Of 5 Pot Charges Against Kettle Falls Five

WASHINGTON:  A pot-growing Kettle Falls family was acquitted on four of the five federal charges against them tonight in a case that was seen as a barometer for how conflicts between state and federal drug laws will be handled.

Rhonda Lee Firestack-Harvey, along with her son Roland Gregg and his wife, Michelle, each were convicted of one count of growing marijuana by a federal jury following a weeklong trail in U.S. District Court in Spokane. They were acquitted of conspiracy, trafficking and firearms-related charges but could still face prison terms of at least five years each on the production charge.

Everyone in Olympia Has a Pot Plan

WASHINGTON: It’s progress that Washington State‘s most high-profile drug war is presently being fought with bills and proposed amendments in the hushed chambers of the Capitol building in Olympia. But it’s still a goddamn mess.

This year, lawmakers are under pressure to reconcile our largely unregulated medical marijuana market with the highly regulated recreational market. But in meetings, they’ve vacillated between Reefer Madness–style hysteria and acting just too tired to deal with complicated policy questions. To make things even more challenging, pot activists are split, arguing for opposite approaches to the markets and accusing each other of being driven by greed.

Meanwhile, new bills are being introduced all the time and things are getting downright strange. “If you’re not there,” says Kari Boiter, a medical cannabis patient and activist, “you’re getting run over.”

In the state senate, two major plans emerged at the start of the session.