Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

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Last Thursday, the state was sued over the no smoking provision in the medical marijuana law . Orlando attorney John Morgan, the mastermind and chief funder of the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law, filed a lawsuit challenging a legislative ban on smoking medical marijuana. He is asking the courts to throw out the implementing law, saying legislators are violating the will of the voters by altering the constitutional amendment they approved last November. “Inhalation is a medically effective and efficient way to deliver Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and other cannabinoids, to the bloodstream,” the lawsuit argues. “By redefining the constitutionally defined term ‘medical use’ to exclude smoking, the Legislature substitutes its medical judgment for that of ‘a licensed Florida physician’ and is in direct conflict with the specifically articulated Constitutional process.” Maryland Last Wednesday, regulators approved the state’s 1st dispensary. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission approved a dispensary license for the Wellness Institute of Maryland in Frederick Wednesday. The store began seeing patients Thursday for “pre-orders,” but will not actually have a crop to harvest for several months. Last Thursday, the governor overhauled the medical marijuana commission. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) Thursday overhauled the commission, which had come under fire for its launch of the state’s medical marijuana program. He replaced 6 members whose terms on the 16-member panel had expired and filled 3 vacancies. The new appointments 2X’d the number of minority commissioners from 2 to 4, responding to calls from the Legislative Black Caucus and others to create more diversity in the program. North Dakota Last Friday, the state sought letters of intent from prospective growers and dispensaries. The Health Department last asked prospective medical marijuana growers and dispensary operators to send in letters of intent to apply under the state’s new medical marijuana law. The department said it […]

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