Medical Marijuana Advocates Hoping To Extend Use

FLORIDA: Calling the state’s issuance of five medical marijuana cultivation licenses inadequate, advocates for patients and nurseries are redoubling their efforts to expand the list of ailments that qualify for treatment with low-potency marijuana.

A non-euphoric strain of marijuana popularly known as ‘Charlotte’s Web’ has been found to effectively treat patients suffering from a severe form of epilepsy. Last year, the Florida Legislature legalized the use of the strain by those patients, as well as people diagnosed with cancer.

Cultivation of Charlotte’s Web is regulated by the Florida Department of Health‘s Office of Compassionate Use, which this week awarded licenses to one nursery in each of the state’s five regions. Roughly two dozen nurseries that had applied didn’t make the cut, and some are considering appealing, arguing the state’s scoring system may have been flawed.

Tallahassee’s leading medical marijuana lobbyists are pledging to help facilitate the appeals while they work to convince lawmakers to add 14 new ailments to the two qualifying conditions currently in the medical marijuana law. Ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to ALS, the added conditions could produce a flood of new medical marijuana patients and a need for more cultivation licenses.

Gov. Jerry Brown Brokering Late Deal On Medical Marijuana Regulations

CALIFORNIA:  Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is crafting the framework for medical marijuana regulations in California, a session-closing play that could end nearly two decades of clashing interpretations and court battles.

With the Legislature scheduled to leave town next week, Brown’s office is said to be bearing down on the details of a compromise medical cannabis measure, legislation that would have implications for the push to place a recreational marijuana legalization initiative on the 2016 statewide ballot.

While Brown’s office is not commenting, legislators and groups with a stake in the issue confirmed over the last week that the Democratic governor’s administration has stepped in to help develop a bill. Last week, legislative leaders stripped the contents of several medical marijuana-related measures and linked them with boilerplate language, establishing a new entry point for Brown’s aides.


Medical Marijuana Group Raises $770,000 To Get On Ballot

FLORIDA:  A group seeking to ask voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana raised more than $770,000 in July, buoyed by contributions from its leader, Orlando attorney John Morgan, according to a newly filed finance report.

People United for Medical Marijuana” raised $770,534 during the month and spent $756,419, as it tries to collect enough petition signatures to get on the November 2016 ballot.

The Morgan Firm PA contributed about $704,000 of the July total, with Coral Gables retiree Barbara Stiefel chipping in another $40,000, the report shows.

Douglas County Puts Marijuana Sales Bans On 2016 Fall Ballot

OREGON:  Voters will decide in 2016 whether to bar marijuana sales in the unincorporated parts of Douglas County.

The county Board of Commissioners unanimously approved two ordinances this week after hearing impassioned testimony from marijuana fans and foes.

The first would bar medical marijuana dispensaries in rural parts of the southwest Oregon county from selling recreational marijuana products; however, it will have no immediate impact because there are no dispensaries in those areas.

The second ordinance will let voters decide if medical or recreational marijuana retail outlets should be allowed in the county’s unincorporated areas — those places outside Roseburg, Sutherlin and other incorporated cities. The vote will take place in November 2016.


Marijuana Legalization Could Be On 2016 Ballot In Michigan

MICHIGAN:  Two measures to legalize marijuana could appear on the November 2016 state ballot after the Board of State Canvassers approved petition wording Thursday.

At least one and possibly two more measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use could still be on their way to the ballot.

The board on Thursday unanimously approved petition wordings for the Michigan Cannabis Coalition and the Cannabis Law Reform Committee, though board members expressed concern that the petition wording for the Cannabis Law Reform Committee — though apparently meeting legal requirements — was too small and narrowly spaced to make it easily legible for members of the public.