Many think medical marijuana laws will ultimately lead to adult-use, but this is not necessarily true, and for good reason. The medical industry recognizes that cannabis is a powerful medication and prioritizes its safety and health benefits, while so-called “recreational” or “adult use” cannabis seems to focus more on making money and supporting the pleasurable aspects of the plant.
Interestingly, at CED Clinic, we’re seeing more and more patients come in from the “adult-use.” Whether it’s a desire for comprehensive education (anything we put into our bodies has effects), personalizing a medical plan that considers short-term and long-term impact, or simply having a knowledgeable person to support individual choices and empowerment on an individual journey, we find that our patients enjoy learning and riding the cutting edge of the science of cannabis! http://bit.ly/2INDGY7
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State laws in Florida allow card-holding seniors to use cannabis, but federally-subsidized senior homes must go against status-quo to allow this. The benefits are not being denied, but if they want to participate in Medicare then cannabis use comes with great risk. http://bit.ly/2LmKJZg
Benjamin Caplan, MDSeniors, in assisted living, and Cannabis
Exciting note to Massachusetts medical cannabis patients: Beginning July 1, medical patients will have the opportunity for an “Initial Access Certification” once they have seen their certifying physician. This access is good for 14 days, so patients will no longer have to wait for the state approval process before having access to medication. More info: http://bit.ly/2LmFY1Q
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In a study of 2,970 cancer patients, researchers determined that cannabis as a palliative treatment seems to be well tolerated, effective and a safe option to help patients cope with cancer-related symptoms.
On Monday, the LA City Council decided to allow the city’s original 4 dispensaries to maintain temporary licenses to sell recreational marijuana. The dispensaries were set up in 2003, but in 2016, the council decided that the stores should compete with nearly 100 other dispensaries for just 8 licenses. None of the original stores secured top 8 spots, so now their owners fight to maintain the right to sell cannabis until the 8 other stores open shop.
Despite a poll showing that the majority of New Yorkers support legalization, lawmakers could not agree on a handful of key components of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), thus deciding not to pass the bill.
Training and Practices of Cannabis Dispensary Staff
How much medical training does your local budtender possess? An online survey sent to medical marijuana dispensary staff reported only 55% of staffers had any formal training for their position, with 20% reporting some background in medical/scientific training. The analysis reported that many among the dispensary staff are recommending cannabis choices that are consistent with current evidence, but some are recommending strains that are either ineffective or exacerbate a patient’s condition. The findings of this study stress the importance of consistent and well-regulated training of dispensary staff.