Detroit Free Press – A bill that would allow for the growing of pharmaceutical-grade marijuana and sale at pharmacies in Michigan passed the state Senate on Wednesday on a 22-16 vote. The bill was lauded by supporters as a way to guarantee a safe, tested product for medical marijuana users. But opponents said it did nothing to address shortfalls in Michigan’s current medical marijuana law and would outsource production from home growers to out-of-state corporations.
Arizona Daily Star – Medical marijuana users have no constitutional right to grow their own drug, a trial judge has ruled. Judge Katherine Cooper of Maricopa County Superior Court threw out a challenge by two men to a provision in the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act that says only those living farther than 25 miles from a state-regulated dispensary can cultivate the plants. She said there is no basis for their claim that the provision limits their health-care rights. But Cooper left the door open for the men to raise a separate challenge that the 25-mile rule amounts to a violation of their rights under constitutional provisions guaranteeing everyone equal protection of the law. She said, though, they have yet to make a case for that claim.
Northland’s News Center – Some Minnesota lawmakers are hoping the state could soon join 18 other states that have legalized medical marijuana. The UMD Center for Ethics and Public Policy sponsored a panel discussion Monday night on the proposed law that would allow people to purchase small amounts of marijuana from non-profit dispensaries across the state, with a doctor’s recommendation. The Minnesota bill, introduced in St. Paul this spring, is being carried by Representative Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) and Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis).
WBUR 90.9 – As Massachusetts lays the groundwork for medical marijuana, new clashes between the state law and a continuing federal ban on marijuana use are emerging. Hospitals, hospice care organizations and nursing homes are weighing the balance of serving their patients and protecting billions of dollars in federal funding. Here’s the dilemma: Towards the end of long forms that authorize federal payments to hospitals, an executive has to certify that yes, the hospital is in compliance with federal law. But that statement would not be true if patients at the hospital are using marijuana for medical purposes and a doctor at that hospital is helping them.
Q-13 Fox – Some fear the legalization of marijuana in Washington could diminish the state’s medical marijuana industry significantly. Green Ambrosia, in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is about to close down despite a profitable year. The store has marijuana edibles and merchandise and a loyal patient base, but it all comes down to location. But by the end of this weekend, Green Ambrosia will stop seeing green. When pot became legal in Washington it came with a lot of rules, specifically one that regulates how far these businesses can be from schools, churches, playgrounds and parks.
Associated Press – Five years after Michigan voters legalized marijuana use for medical purposes, lawmakers say it’s time the drug is brought into the fold of the health care industry so patients can buy it at their corner pharmacy. A bill approved last week by a Senate committee would pave the way for the production and sale of “pharmaceutical-grade” cannabis. The measure essentially would create a second medical pot system in the state, one that proponents say would not interfere with the existing law under which patients can grow their own pot or obtain it from caregivers. “Marijuana, if it’s to be medical marijuana, should be held to the standard of medical safety, dosage predictability,” said Sen. Roger Kahn, a Saginaw Township Republican and cardiologist. “Our medical marijuana (law) does neither of those. Yet it uses the word the word `medical’ predominantly or prominently in its claims.” Kahh is sponsoring legislation, now pending on the Senate floor, to move marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug in the same category as heroin and other drugs with no accepted medical use to a Schedule 2 drug like cocaine and morphine that are addictive but also used for medicinal purposes. The reclassification could not occur without federal approval.
Forbes – Right now the City of Oakland is making a bit of history by legally challenging the federal government’s right to shut down a Bay Area medical marijuana dispensary. Along with gay marriage and Obamacare, it’s one of at least three significantly newsworthy issues that involve ongoing tension between federal and state powers.
CBS Chicago – Before you know it, selling weed in Illinois will be legal as the state’s medical marijuana law takes effect in January. It’s expected to rake in $60 million the first year.
New York Times – Marijuana has been used medically, recreationally and spiritually for about 5,000 years. Known botanically as cannabis, it has been called a “crude drug”: marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals from 18 chemical families. More than 2,000 compounds are released when it is smoked, and as with tobacco, there are dangers in smoking it.
NBC Bay Area – New rules that would clamp down on medical marijuana in San Francisco have some advocates of the drug hopping mad, according to reports.