Friday, November 3, 2017

"Pot watch: A roundup of recent news from the world of weed"

From the Wisconsin Gazette:

Pot Watch
From The Associated Press

Feds boot disabled medical pot user

A family in Skowhegan, Maine, is searching for a new place to house their developmentally disabled 34-year-old son after he was evicted from a federally funded group home for using medical marijuana to help calm seizures. The man’s mother told the Portland Herald that a doctor prescribed the marijuana to help control symptoms of a neuromuscular disease from which he also suffers.

Vermont count: 5 dispensaries and 4,600 patients

Vermont officials have awarded a fifth medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation license to an applicant that will have locations in St. Albans and Bennington. The Times Argus reported the Waterbury-based PhytoScience Institute would start dispensing medical marijuana within six months after it gets full approval. The Vermont Department of Public Safety said there were 4,609 patients registered for medical marijuana as of Aug. 24. State law will allow for a sixth dispensary when there are 7,000 registered patients.

Use it, don’t smoke it

The board of supervisors of Louisiana’s Southern University’s has selected a vendor to run its medical marijuana program. Lafayette-based Advanced Biomedics, LLC, will be licensed to grow pharmaceutical-grade marijuana for patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, wasting syndrome, seizure disorders, epilepsy, spasticity, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. Under the law, marijuana can be available in medicinal oils, pills, sprays and topical applications, but cannot be sold in a form that can be smoked.

Was the judge high?

Kentucky’s ban on medical marijuana has survived an initial court test, with a judge ruling the state has good reason to “curtail citizens’ possession of a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug.” Twenty-nine other states have legalized marijuana in some way, the most common being for medical purposes. While Kentucky lawmakers have embraced hemp — the fibers of the plant that are used to make rope, clothing and other products — and other uses for the cannabis plant, they have resisted a number of proposals that would let people use marijuana as medicine.


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