Maryland medical marijuana dispensaries run out of pot in opening week

Maryland’s medical marijuana dispensaries finally opened this week after years of delay, but many are running out of the drug as limited supply is struggling to keep up with high demand.

Five of seven licensed dispensaries that started selling the drug in recent days say they’ve either completely or almost run out of flower – the raw part of the marijuana plant that is smoked or vaporized. The other two are limiting sales to a small group of preregistered patients.

Kannavis in Frederick County sold out of flower on its opening day Saturday, but still has pre-filled cartridges that can be attached to vaporizing pens. Like other dispensaries, Kannavis is banking on additional marijuana shipments before this weekend, and is keeping its patients updated on its Facebook page, website and email list.

“It’s all in a flux. We don’t have confirmation of anything at this point and that’s just the nature of the rollout of this industry,” said owner Jane Klink. “I wish we had something carved out in stone.”

Allegany Medical Marijuana Dispensary, one of the first two shops to open Friday, expected to run out of its remaining products Wednesday after serving about 150 patients. Most high-demand products including tinctures and creams have yet to arrive.

“It’s a very tense situation,” said general manager Mark Van Tyne. “It’s a learning curve, and there’s a lot of growing pains going on right now.

In Montgomery County, two dispensaries ran out of flower early this week and are awaiting the next shipments. Potomac Holistics in Rockville, which made its first sales Friday evening, closed temporarily Monday and then reopened Tuesday. One of the store’s owners, Bill Askinazi, said that the store was stocked with vape pens and tablets and that about 500 patients have come through since the opening.

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Adrian Twp. delays decision on medical marijuana facilities

Lonnie Huhman Daily Telegram Staff Writer @lenaweehuhman

ADRIAN TWP. — Adrian Township has again opted not to take a stance in regard to medical marijuana facilities, in effect blocking them from opening for now in the township.

At Monday’s meeting, township supervisor Jim Koehn put forth a proposal to potentially opt-out of allowing medical marijuana facilities within Adrian Township. He said that, earlier this year, the majority of the township board was not in favor of allowing these facilities, so this would have been an official stance.

Koehn said he thought the board should discuss an opt-out proposal after he read an article put out by the Michigan Township Participating Plan. He said the article made him wonder if by not taking an official stance the township could open itself up to litigation by a party wanting to establish a medical marijuana facility in Adrian Township.

According to its website, the Michigan Township Participating Plan, which was formed in April 1985 under the enabling legislation known as Public Act 138, provides a stable insurance market for governmental entities who, up to then, were paying exorbitant prices for limited coverage, or in some cases, were being forced to go without coverage in key areas.

In the article by Dustin Drabek, a MTTP Risk Control Field representative, Drabek wrote: “I understand entities have been informed in the past, that by not addressing medical marijuana, you are essentially not participating with the medical marijuana industry.

“This is true to some degree, but completing the referenced letters will provide formal documentation that cannot be debated or misunderstood. A fear amongst the professional community is participants of the remedial marijuana movement will use the lack of documentation to show the entity does not have a formalized process in place. The entity could then potentially expose themselves or

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Tallahassee judge will hear black farmer's challenge to Florida's medical marijuana law

click to enlarge A Leon County circuit judge will hear arguments Thursday on a request for a temporary injunction to block the Florida Department of Health from carrying out part of a new law that calls for issuing a medical-marijuana license to a black farmer.

Judge Charles Dodson will hear an injunction request by attorneys for Columbus Smith, a black farmer from Panama City who filed the lawsuit in September. Smith alleges that the law is what is known as an unconstitutional “special law” because it is so narrowly drawn that only a handful of black farmers could qualify for the highly coveted license.

The law, passed during a June special session, was designed to carry out a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida.

The law specified that one license go to a black farmer who had been part of settled lawsuits about discrimination by the federal government against black farmers. It also said that the black farmer who receives a license would have to be a member of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association-Florida Chapter.

The lawsuit said Smith meets the qualification of being part of the litigation about discrimination against black farmers. But it said he has not been allowed to join the black farmers association, effectively preventing him from receiving a license.

The Florida Department of Health, however, has opposed the temporary injunction. It argued in an October court document that such an injunction would prevent the department from issuing any additional marijuana licenses.

The document pointed to rapid growth in the number of patients qualifying for medical marijuana and said that “restricting medical marijuana is not simply maintaining the status quo and (is) clearly not in the best interest of the public.”

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Provider Perspectives Assessed on Medical Marijuana Use for Pediatric Cancer

December 12, 2017

Those eligible to certify report less favorable attitudes to medical marijuana overall

HealthDay News — The absence of standards is an important barrier to pediatric oncologists recommending medical marijuana (MM), despite their willingness to do so, according to a study published online December 12 in Pediatrics.

Prasanna Ananth, MD, from the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues surveyed 654 pediatric oncology providers in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington to characterize MM practices, knowledge, attitudes, and barriers. 

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Of the 288 responses, the researchers found that one-third of respondents were legally eligible to certify (ETC). Thirty percent of providers reported receiving at least 1 request for MM in the previous month. Very few providers (5%) knew state-specific regulations. ETC providers were significantly more likely to know that MM is against federal laws (P<0.0001), even though most providers (92%) reported willingness to help children with cancer access MM. ETC providers were less likely to report approval of patient MM use by smoking, oral formulations, as cancer-directed therapy, or to manage symptoms (P<0.005 for all), in adjusted analyses. Cited barriers to recommending MM included the absence of standards around formulations, potency, or dosing.

“Most pediatric oncology providers are willing to consider MM use in children with cancer and receive frequent inquiries,” the authors write. “However, ETC providers endorse less favorable attitudes overall. The absence of standards is an important barrier to recommending MM.”

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Medical marijuana distribution facility gets permit in Costa Mesa

A medical marijuana distribution facility proposed for Costa Mesa cleared a major hurdle Monday night as the city Planning Commission granted a necessary permit.

Commissioners voted unanimously to award the conditional use permit to CMX Distribution, which plans to move into 4,722 square feet of existing industrial warehouse space at 3505 Cadillac Ave. — in a business complex just east of the Santa Ana River.

That decision is final unless appealed to the City Council within seven days. Even if the permit stands, CMX needs to secure a handful of final city approvals before opening its doors, according to city staff.

CMX would be a distribution facility for medical cannabis products. Its building space would include offices, parking for delivery trucks, an order preparation area and secured storage.

Distribution is necessary so businesses can get their hands on safe and high-quality material to sell, said project applicant Robert Taft Jr., who lives in Costa Mesa and owns 420 Central, a licensed medical marijuana facility in Santa Ana.

“We’re open, and we need products in the store,” he said.

To secure the site, CMX plans to install cameras, lighting, alarms and other features. Cannabis also will be stored in a secure room that only authorized personnel can access.

Per city rules, no one younger than 21 would be allowed at the facility, and cannabis could not be consumed on the premises at any time. Employees will be required to wear identification badges at all times.

Following voter passage of Costa Mesa’s Measure X last year, businesses that research, test, process and manufacture some medical marijuana products are allowed to set up shop in the area north of South Coast Drive, west of Harbor Boulevard, south of MacArthur Boulevard and east of the Santa Ana River, though not in South Coast Collection.

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