Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Publishes Updated MMJ Patient & Caregiver Numbers For September 2020

OHIO:  The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today published updated patient & caregiver numbers for July 2020. These numbers include:

  • 181,566 Recommendations
  • 140,409 Registered patients
    • 9,756 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 10,290 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 765 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 115,155 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 15,854 Registered Caregivers

For the full list of program numbers, please visit the Program Update page.

Terrapin Announces Plans For Hoboken Dispensary

Begins local process for medical cannabis with community impact plan

NEW JERSEY: Terrapin has announced plans to open a medical cannabis dispensary in Hoboken, with a social equity community impact plan that has the support of the community’s nonprofit sector.

Minority-owned Terrapin has plans to open a dispensary in Hoboken at 86 River St. After nearly three years of outreach to the community, Terrapin is ready to begin the local zoning process, preparing paperwork to move through local zoning boards. Terrapin wanted to wait until it had the support of the North Jersey community before making any announcements.

“As always, Terrapin is focused on planting local roots,” said Chris Woods, the founder, owner and CEO of Terrapin. “We are so thankful to our partners in the Hoboken community who have welcomed us with open arms. We are excited to serve these communities as responsible corporate actors in meeting the needs of cannabis patients, while also leaving a positive community footprint.”

An expanded cannabis industry means potential for long-lasting community partnerships. As part of its commitment to local North Jersey communities, Terrapin has identified several nonprofits and organizations to work with to create a beneficial footprint for its neighbors. Much of the focus is on diversity in workforce and economic development.

Nonprofits and organizations Terrapin partnered with include: 

  • WomenRising, a Jersey City-based nonprofit that assists women and families in North Jersey with counseling, economic development and advocacy. Terrapin has pledged to assist in creating an employment pipeline by connecting WomenRising alumni to potential employment opportunities within Terrapin. Terrapin also has pledged financial support to the organization.
  • Oasis, A Haven for Women and Children. The Paterson organization’s mission is to change the lives of women and children by breaking the cycle of poverty through compassionate programs designed to feed, clothe, educate and empower women and children in need. Terrapin will work on an employment pipeline with the organization, while providing volunteers in the form of directors to develop mentorships and training.
  • Project Help, a group dedicated to serving homeless veterans in northern New Jersey. The nonprofit has been able to expand services to include financial support and legal assistance. One initiative Terrapin has pledged to support is to assist veterans suffering from PTSD. There has been a strong nexus between medical cannabis legalization and assisting veterans, and Terrapin would like to see that momentum grow. Terrapin helped to launch VetForce in Pennsylvania, a security firm for the cannabis industry. Terrapin has plans to assist with a similar program in New Jersey where veterans run security for the cannabis industry.
  • Hudson Pride Center, the LGBTQ+ Community Center for Hudson County. Hudson Pride offers a variety of health, support and social services to the LGBTQ+ community. Hudson County has the largest LGBTQ+ population in the State of New Jersey and Terrapin has long stood as an ally to this community. We will work to educate the local community about the medical efficacy of cannabis, especially for conditions that might be relevant to the LGBTQ+ community, like anxiety and HIV/AIDS. Terrapin will also work with the group on a jobs pipeline.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). Terrapin has entered into a Labor Peace Agreement with the Union to avoid labor disputes and to promote harmonious labor relations.

“Terrapin recognizes that partnerships between the business and nonprofit sectors create synergies which benefit individuals and the larger community,” said Roseann Mazzeo, S.C., WomenRising Executive Director. “Workforce development is critical to our mission of assisting women and their families to achieve self-sufficiency and live safe, productive and fulfilling lives. We look forward to working with Terrapin in developing additional opportunities to support this mission.”

Social equity job fair 
Terrapin also has plans for a job fair with an emphasis on social equity. Terrapin will model the program after a similar event the company held in Michigan, where Terrapin provided resources to socio-disadvantaged communities looking for access to a new cannabis industry. Drawing upon our experience with Color of Cannabis, Terrapin will place a focus on diversity as it establishes operations in Hoboken.

Color of Cannabis provides technical business support, mentorship training, and partnerships for people of color and stakeholders negatively impacted by cannabis prohibition. The group will oversee a social equity informational session and resume-building workshop for Terrapin in New Jersey, holding the event virtually if COVID-19 prohibits in-person gatherings. Those who attend the informational session will receive valuable resume-building and interview tips to improve chances of employment. Participants will be encouraged to attend a Terrapin job fair and Color of Cannabis will screen resumes to ensure diversity in hiring.

Support from community leaders 
Terrapin partnered with several high-profile figures in the Hoboken community, including Joseph Castelo, a second-generation descendant of Galician Spanish immigrants who dreamed about building up the community that gave him and his family so many opportunities. Joe, a filmmaker and entrepreneur, has provided fundraising platforms and events for GLAAD, The Water Project, the Boys and Girls Club, and he has donated to numerous local charities. Antique Bar and Bakery, the Hoboken restaurant Joe co-owns, donates food to the community’s homeless shelter. Antique’s senior employees and Joe have also mentored local youth interested in pursuing careers in the restaurant business. Joe himself has extended employment opportunities to ex-inmates, an exercise that has been tremendously successful.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with Chris Woods and his team at Terrapin,” Castelo said. “Terrapin’s culture aligns strongly with our commitment to serving the local community. We are thrilled to enter into a partnership to work with Terrapin to bring more opportunity and diversity to Hoboken’s workforce, while also offering access to patients who need medical cannabis. We look forward to a long relationship.”

Accountability
Terrapin has established several boards to reflect a commitment to Hoboken. The volunteer-based advisory boards include counseling on community impact, workforce development, and medical cannabis efficacy. The boards will convene at least twice a year to ensure that Terrapin is remaining true to its mission of positively impacting the local community, while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of medical cannabis.

Terrapin’s history as a pioneer
Founded in Boulder, Colo. in 2009 as one of the first licensed medical marijuana providers in the country, Terrapin has led the industry as a pioneer. Expanding to New Jersey serves as a homecoming for founder Chris Woods, whose family resides in the state. What started as a one-man business in an office park in South Boulder has blossomed into a national company with more than 300 employees.

Terrapin operates six dispensaries and four cultivation/processing facilities in Colorado. In addition to its Colorado operations, Terrapin operates a licensed grower/processor medical marijuana facility in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, and it recently launched a medical cannabis grower facility in Grand Rapids, Mich.

“We have a proven track record that ensures that we will fit in with the fabric of this community,” Woods added. “The relationships we have developed with the community allow us to serve as a responsible partner who is invested in the future of Hoboken and North Jersey.”

Curaleaf Opens New Cannabis Dispensary In Clearwater, Florida

New Location Marks Curaleaf’s 29th Storefront in Florida and 89th Nationwide

FLORIDA: Curaleaf Holdings, a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the United States and one of the largest cannabis operators in Florida, announced today that it has opened a new dispensary in Clearwater, Florida, marking its 29th retail location in the state.Curaleaf Clearwater, located at 2082 Gulf to Bay Boulevard, will carry a wide range of Curaleaf and Select brand products. Select, known as America’s #1 cannabis oil brand now available in 12 states, launched earlier this month in Florida with Select Elite Live, the brand’s new enhanced live resin product, which combines high-quality THC oil and live resin high-terpene extract. The company also recently launched the first-to-market Curaleaf sublingual tablets. The Clearwater location is the first of three new medical dispensaries the company plans to open in the market this quarter.

“Curaleaf remains committed to the Florida market and its patients by providing high-quality medical cannabis products and new consumption formats that make cannabis accessible for all,” said Joe Bayern, President at Curaleaf. “We are thrilled to open Clearwater and support the health and wellness needs of more Floridians.”

Florida’s continued growth in patient registration makes it one of the nation’s fastest-growing medical cannabis markets in the country. Currently, there are over 394,000 medical patients enrolled in the Florida program – about 1.8% of the state’s population – with approximately 5,000 new patients joining each week.

In response to COVID-19, Curaleaf continues to implement new policies and procedures, including curbside services and contactless and cashless payment through approved credit and debit card services, to keep patients, customers and employees safe during this time. To see Curaleaf’s dispensary locations in Florida, please visit www.curaleaf.com/locations/#florida.

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Publishes Updated MMJ Patient & Caregiver Numbers For February 2020

OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today published updated patient & caregiver numbers for February 2020. These numbers include:

  • 102,200 Recommendations
  • 88,306 Registered patients
    • 6,545 Patients with Veteran Status
    • 6,018 Patients with Indigent Status
    • 506 Patients with a Terminal Diagnosis
  • 64,932 Unique patients who purchased medical marijuana (as reported to OARRS by licensed dispensaries)
  • 9,793 Registered Caregivers

For the full list of program numbers, please visit the Program Update page.

Kirkpatrick Named Director Of Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma native Travis Kirkpatrick is the new director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. Kirkpatrick has served as interim director for the last 90 days. Health Commissioner Gary Cox said he made the decision based on Kirkpatrick’s leadership at the authority over the last few months.

“We are excited about the leadership of Travis and his focus on being an efficient and effective organization that serves the citizens of the state,” said Cox. “During his three months, Kirkpatrick has reopened the call center, which is now handling approximately 300 calls a day, hired a compliance manager to ensure the dispensaries across the state are in compliance with state laws, and worked to open the lines of communication with the business community and the patients.”

Kirkpatrick praised the staff for its passion and dedication saying “that is something that drives me every day as I seek to innovate and lead us toward the goals we have been provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health leadership and the Governor. My goal is to continue to work with the patients, dispensary owners and growers as this authority meets the guidelines set out by the voters and by the Legislature.”

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority was created by a vote of the people, July 26, 2018.  The state question allowed for both licenses to sell and to purchase medical marijuana with a physician’s certification. Additional regulatory authority was written into the “unity bill” passed by the legislature just months before Kirkpatrick’s arrival. There are currently more than 246,000 patient, caregiver, grower, processor, dispensary, and transportation licenses for marijuana in Oklahoma, all handled by OMMA.

Beneficial Medical Cannabis Goes Mainstream With Online Seed Sales

Cannabis is widely considered a medical plant because of the many significant health benefits it brings. It has long been used for medicinal purposes worldwide, and has become a very popular trend in the United States, which has resulted in its legalization in more than 30 states.

Internationally, more and more countries have legalized cannabis consumption due to its therapeutic and medical use. In fact, there has been a lot of research that has demonstrated the benefits that can be obtained by consuming it. One of its main benefits is that it helps eliminate pain, especially chronic pain. Also, smoking cannabis can lead to the complete elimination of the need for more harmful drugs.

Likewise, its use is effective in: possible treatment of glaucoma, since it helps relieve intra-ocular pressure, helping to control epileptic seizures in children and young people, minimizing the development of breast cancer, it has beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases, the treatment of post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia, among others.

Cannabis is a plant that offers many benefits, but it also has a potential for risk and negative effects. Like all medications, safety depends on the way it is used. It should be noted that some users report that cannabis use impacts concentration and memory. However, based on studies, it is known that these negative effects are not permanent and disappear after you stop using it.

Given the potential of the benefits that can be obtained with its use, it is no wonder that cannabis use is widespread today. In addition to the thousands of dispensaries that have sprouted across the US, many patients are also growing their own. It is easy to buy seeds online, a way to quickly and safely acquire the best cannabis and with the best degree through discreet delivery methods.

Currently, the purchase of medical cannabis is legal in 33 states, and its online purchase has become popular in several of these states. First Step: Learn about the laws that govern your country and region to verify that it is legal to order, before you to make your purchase from the comfort of your home.

Tilray Exports First-Ever Shipment Of Medical Cannabis Allowed Into Israel

CANADA: Tilray, a global pioneer in cannabis research, cultivation, production and distribution, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Canndoc Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of InterCure Ltd., through its wholly-owned subsidiary Tilray Portugal Unipessoal Lda., to export a wholesale shipment of up to 2.5 tonnes of medical cannabis from Portugal to Israel. The shipment, which will arrive early this month, is the first medical cannabis import allowed into Israel.
  
“We at Canndoc are driven by the mission of meeting patients’ needs and improving their quality of life,” says Ehud Barak, former Israeli Prime Minister and Chairman of the Canndoc Board of Directors. “With a supply shortage of medical cannabis in Israel, it’s incredibly important to partner with a trusted company like Tilray to import and distribute GMP-certified medical cannabis to physicians, pharmacies and patients across the country.”
 
Brendan Kennedy, Tilray’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “To be able to import medical cannabis into Israel for patients in need is truly a historic moment not only for Tilray, but the whole industry.” He continued,  “We’re incredibly honored to help increase patient access in Israel while becoming the first to ship medical cannabis into the country. Israel represents our fifteenth export country and the second shipment from our EU Campus in Cantanhede, Portugal.”
 
Founded in 2008 in Herzliya, Israel, Canndoc is an IMCA (Israeli Medical Cannabis Agency) permit holder for the manufacturing of medical cannabis in Israel and is the country’s first public company in the field. Canndoc has been active for more than 10 years in researching, developing, cultivating and marketing medical cannabis to thousands of patients under a wide range of medical indications approved by Israel’s Ministry of Health.
 
Tilray has a pioneering track record as a company committed to making pharmaceutical-grade medical cannabis products available to patients in need around the world. Tilray was the first licensed medical cannabis producer to successfully export medical cannabis from North America and import medical cannabis products into the EU in 2016.
 
In addition to the Tilray-Canndoc Israel supply agreement and to further support the Israeli medical cannabis market expansion, Tilray has also agreed to purchase up to 5 tonnes of GMP-certified whole flower from Canndoc beginning in mid-2020. If future Israeli regulations allow, the whole flower will be shipped to Tilray’s Portugal facility and turned into GMP-certified finished product to distribute across Europe.  Otherwise, the whole flower will be developed into finished medical cannabis and distributed as a Tilray-Canndoc branded GMP-certified finished product in Israel to further support local supply needs.

Ohio Board Of Pharmacy Awards Dispensary Certificates Of Operation in Cincinnati, Maumee & Carroll

State_of_Ohio_Board_of_pharmacy_logo2COHIO:  The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today awarded Dispensary Certificates of Operation to the following entities:

  • Verilife, located at 5431 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati;
  • Bloom Medicinals, LLC, located at 1238 Conant St., Maumee; and
  • Ohio Provisions, located at 3560 Dolson Ct., Carroll.

The interactive map of Dispensaries with Certificates of Operation will be updated within the next 48 hours.

Ohio Board of Pharmacy Awards Dispensary Certificate Of Operation In Cleveland

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OHIO: The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy today awarded a Dispensary Certificate of Operation to Rise, located at 1222 Prospect Ave. E., Cleveland.

The interactive map of Dispensaries with Certificates of Operation will be updated within the next 48 hours.

A Family of Pioneers In Cannabinoid Medicine Host Their First Seminar In Portland, OR

OREGON: An Introduction to Endocannabinology is the first seminar presented by Doctors Knox, a family of physicians pioneering the fields of endocannabinology and cannabinoid medicine.

Through their seminar series, the Knox doctors seek to share their expertise in the endocannabinoid system and the use of cannabis as medicine with other key cannabis industry stakeholders to ensure mutual success across the industry.

At this inaugural seminar, attendees will receive a world-class orientation to the endocannabinoid system and cannabis as medicine from this family of subject matter experts. Additionally, the event offers 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for healthcare professionals in the fields of pharmacy, nursing and medicine.

At the completion of An Introduction to Endocannabinology, attendees will be better prepared to engage meaningfully with the cannabis industry, whether discussing endocannabinoid health with colleagues, answering patients’ questions about cannabis use, assessing cannabis product quality, or advocating for sensible cannabis policy. 

The seminar takes place on Saturday, August 3rd from 9 am – 12 pm at Jupiter NEXT Hotel, located at 900 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214. The event will also be live streamed for remote viewers.

What’s on the agenda?

8:30-9:00 Registration + Coffee Bar

9:00-9:15 Welcome + Gratitude

9:15-10:15 An Introduction to Endocannabinology: Past, Present, and Future

10:15-10:30 Q&A

10:30-10:45 Break + Sponsor Marketplace

10:45-11:45 The Doctors’ Roundtable

11:45-12:00 pm Q&A + Conclusion

12:00-12:30 Sponsor Marketplace

Interested parties can register to attend in-person or via live stream at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-doctors-knox-event-an-introduction-to-endocannabinology-tickets-63452161122