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In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card you must have at least one chronic condition. My husband has two chronic conditions, MS for the last 40 years and now severe pain in his back caused by spinal stenosis and arthritis unable to treat. Still he must apply for this card every year for $260. This is wrong. His conditions will last the rest of his life. Maybe have a re-assessment in five years but every year is silly. Some have chronic pain temporarily and I can see the re-application for these people on a yearly basis.

This law needs to be re-evaluated. Besides paying the yearly fee and perhaps finding a product which will help him won’t be cheap I’m sure and he has to maintain his supplemental and prescription drug plan as well which is expensive. $260 puts a burden on people for this reason. Taking prescription drugs for pain can damage your kidneys and marijuana doesn’t. We haven’t decided yet to get the card or not. Mainly because of the cost every year.

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new program at Philadelphia’s Rothman Institute was introduced Friday night in Center City at “The Future Is Now: Medical Cannabis Reception.”

Philadelphia leaders, healthcare providers, and others were in attendance.

“We’re basically educating the public about a new medical cannabis program at the Rothman Institute and our efforts to study cannabis for the treatment of pain,” explains Rothman physician Ari Greis.

He calls this a “pilot program” with a major goal in mind.

“We have a pretty devastating opioid crisis that’s effecting our communities,” says Greis, “and so we’re looking for effective and safer alternatives to treating pain.”

Greis tells KYW Newsradio that, despite the program being in it’s very early stages, many patients have expressed interest so far.

Rothman Institute is partnering with Franklin BioScience.

“We can’t recommend, prescribe, or give patients cannabis in a research study,” said Greis. “We need a third party who is willing to make cannabis accessible to patients, so we can study the effects on their condition.”​

“We can actually collaborate together to get the necessary research done to be

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PHOENIX — Sometime next year, medical marijuana users could get a guarantee of sorts that the drugs they are buying are as good as they’ve been promised.

And they’ll know if it has mold, disease-causing bacteria or other adulterants.

With only three lawmakers in dissent, the Senate voted Thursday to require the state Department of Agriculture to test what’s being sold at the state-regulated dispensaries around the state. SB 1420 now goes to the House.

But two other measures dealing with medical marijuana met a different fate.

State Rep. Vince Leach, R-Tucson, was unable to get sufficient votes for HB 2066, which would have allowed state health officials to use some of the money collected from medical marijuana patients in fees for programs to create and publicize messages aimed at youth about the “dangers of marijuana.”

The idea angered state Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott, who pointed out that voters made marijuana legal for medical use in 2010. He called such an education program “a back-door way to try to

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GRANT COUNTY, Oregon — Grant County voters will to make the decision as to whether they will keep the current ban on recreational marijuana sales and activities, or do away with it.

“We received the required number of signatures—we exceeded the number,” said Haley Olson who led the ballot initiative. “It’s going to be on the ballot in May; it is Ballot Measure 12-71.”

Recreational marijuana sales and activities have been legal statewide since 2015. Information about the upcoming May 15th election is available on the Secretary of State’s webpage. Those with questions or concerns regarding their voter’s status or to register should contact the Grant County Clerk’s office.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A longtime Kasich administration staffer has a new job advising Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana program, but few details were available Friday about what he will do in the new role.

Mark Hamlin, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s chief of staff, will take a senior policy position at the Ohio Department of Commerce, which is one of three state agencies overseeing the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program, Taylor spokesman David Hopcraft confirmed Friday. The Department of Commerce is responsible for the cultivation, testing and processing portions of the medical marijuana supply chain.

The department has come under fire in recent months over reports it unknowingly hired a felon with a drug conviction to help score applications and for how it handled that and other concerns about the scoring process. Last week, six unsuccessful cultivators sued the department, alleging it did not follow its own rules during the scoring process.

Hamlin was the lead staff person on Kasich’s “common sense initiative,” a state effort to work with businesses and state agencies to cut red tape in rules and regulations. Much of Ohio’s

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