Most people in the cannabis industry know Oklahoma is going through a Wild West phase right now. The state’s loose medical marijuana regulations have sparked a chaotic dispensary boom. As of last week, there were more than 1,600 dispensaries serving 161,000 registered MMJ patients.
Despite the federal prohibition on all cannabis use, 35 states have legalized its use for medicinal purposes. An estimated two to three million patients nationwide are currently enrolled in those states’ medical cannabis programs. The federal government is also relaxing its approach to regulation and enforcement as the pool of patients on medical marijuana expands.
Courts have historically found marijuana-positive drug tests sufficient grounds to terminate an employee or refuse to hire someone. Employers were safe to move forward without worrying about whether the individual was approved to use medical marijuana or if an employee was actually impaired while at work.
Now, however, many states and local jurisdictions are enacting or considering anti-discrimination laws that prohibit employers taking adverse action against employees for failing a drug test, even if the employer has a zero-tolerance policy in place.
As Grimes sang, "Keep your cancer home, dear," Pontoriero sat up and looked at him. After the song, she spoke up, and called the song offensive, saying it implied the township has banned the use of medical marijuana.
"It's offensive to me as a Stage 4 cancer victim," said Pontoriero, who has been battling a rare oral cancer for two years. "I don't want anyone watching who may be a cancer victim to think they cannot partake in medical marijuana." You can watch the exchange below; it begins 1 hour, 49 minutes into the meeting.
The country is moving forward with legalization at a record pace — but what that actually means can vary wildly from state to state. Some that are “medically legal” consider limited access to CBD to be enough, while others allow full recreational use, offering all forms of THC-rich, psychoactive products to anyone over 21. And then there’s Alabama. Here, a breakdown of what’s legal, what’s not, and where you should be looking next.
Chemistree quickly moved to become a multi-state operator (MSO) by establishing the Sugarleaf brand in California through a strategic collaboration with a cannabis processing company in Humboldt County.
A key driver of the local medical marijuana movement is not where you might expect it. When Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Lambert Center for Medicinal Cannabis Education and Research launched in spring 2016, it not only helped to legitimize the study and ultimate treatment of patients by alternative means, but it provided a platform for new doctors to explore this relatively new branch of study. Today, Jefferson is providing patients with guidance about medical marijuana and training a new generation of medical professionals to navigate what this means for the future.
Rest assured that the cash that patients pay at local medical marijuana dispensaries doesn’t end up under a mattress.
“We do have a bank,” said Jimil Wilson, chief financial officer for Maitri Medicinals, which operates Fayette County’s only state-approved medical marijuana dispensary in Uniontown.
So does Washington County’s only medical marijuana dispensary, The Healing Center in Washington.
Gather up all the people legally allowed to smoke marijuana in Florida and they would be the state’s seventh largest city, with more people than Tallahassee, Fort Lauderdale or Cape Coral.
But the 212,000 people on Florida’s medical marijuana patient registry cannot get health insurance to cover the cost of their medicine.
“Our constitution recognizes that marijuana is medicine, and if it is in our constitution then companies that provide health insurance to Florida patients should be covering it,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told the Democrat.