Colorado Preparing To Spend $9 Million On Medical Marijuana Research

COLORADO:  More than a decade after voters here first said marijuana could be medicine, Colorado is preparing to embark on the largest state-funded effort to study the medical benefits of cannabis.

Under a bill signed this year by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the state health department will give out about $9 million in grantsin the next five years to researchers for marijuana studies. Most importantly, the research is expected to include clinical trials on the kinds of marijuana products actually being used in Colorado — something that federally funded studies on marijuana have lacked.

“Our intent is to be rigorous scientifically, but to also act with some expediency because these are products that a large percentage of our population is using today,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, the executive director and chief medical officer of the health department. “We want to make sure that what’s happening out there in everyday practice isn’t harming people.”

Nearly 20 years after California became the first state in the U.S. to pass a medical marijuana law, the research on marijuana’s health effects is still largely polarized.

Washington Medical Marijuana Business Tests Advertising Limits

WASHINGTON:  A Port Angeles-based medical marijuana company’s new advertising strategy is turning heads — and raising questions about cannabis marketing.

The business, called Chronically On Time, deploys an individual dressed in a green bear suit to advertise the company’s MMJ delivery service. “Buddy the Bear” stands on the sidewalk of busy streets, wearing a sandwich board with a promotional message while waving to passing cars.

Some locals feel that the mascot could appeal to kids, but the business owner said that is not the intent.

“We’re after the older crowd,” owner Liz Beavers told Seattle’s King 5 News. “People just need to be honest with kids. It’s a marijuana delivery service. It’s medicine.”

The Medical Cannabis Finish Line Is In Sight

image011By Shawn DeNae

The stage is set, the contenders are in place and we either cross that finish line by legitimizing medicinal use, cultivation and dispensing of medical cannabis in law or it’s finished all together.

 

A dedicated group striving to protect medical cannabis access in Washington State gathered on Thursday as starters in a sprint.  Kari Boiter, the Americans for Safe Access National Advocate of the Year, lead the discussion with bullet strength detail.  [Read more…]

For Berkeley Jews, Medical Cannabis Is Ethical Imperative

CALIFORNIA: If you want to traffic in stereotypes, Elie Green, Ramona Rubin and Daniel Kosmal — the founders of Doc Green’s, which makes healing cannabis ointments and lotions — look pretty much like what you might imagine when you hear, “Berkeley-based medical marijuana collective.”

That is, of course, until they open their mouths and tell you they’re observant Jews.

“It’s been interesting dealing with [appearances at] weekend festivals,” says Rubin, 36, over an almond milk latte at a Berkeley café. “Being shomer Shabbos, it means just working on Friday and Sunday … it’s a constant balance between serving our own religious needs, doing keruv [outreach], telling people about what we’re doing with cannabis and how it could help them.”

The company’s co-founders, who have been producing lotion made from marijuana plants grown in Northern California and selling the product online and through dispensaries for more than four years, say the average customer is an older person who suffers from chronic pain such as sciatica. [Read more…]

For Berkeley Jews, Medical Cannabis Is Ethical Imperative

CALIFORNIA: If you want to traffic in stereotypes, Elie Green, Ramona Rubin and Daniel Kosmal — the founders of Doc Green’s, which makes healing cannabis ointments and lotions — look pretty much like what you might imagine when you hear, “Berkeley-based medical marijuana collective.”

That is, of course, until they open their mouths and tell you they’re observant Jews.

“It’s been interesting dealing with [appearances at] weekend festivals,” says Rubin, 36, over an almond milk latte at a Berkeley café. “Being shomer Shabbos, it means just working on Friday and Sunday … it’s a constant balance between serving our own religious needs, doing keruv [outreach], telling people about what we’re doing with cannabis and how it could help them.”

The company’s co-founders, who have been producing lotion made from marijuana plants grown in Northern California and selling the product online and through dispensaries for more than four years, say the average customer is an older person who suffers from chronic pain such as sciatica. [Read more…]

Buzzkill: Medical Marijuana Popularity Threatens Legal Pot Push in Washington State

WASHINGTON: Washington state’s new law legalizing pot is hitting a major snag from an unlikely source — medical marijuana.

There is growing concern among state officials that as long as medical marijuana is largely unregulated and untaxed, its popularity will cut into the tax revenue expected when pot legally goes on sale for recreational use in 2014. [Read more…]