Rs 2 crore dispensary awaits inauguration, doctors

CHANDIGARH: For the past one year, the municipal corporation has failed to open a newly constructed dispensary in Sector 50 for want of doctors and the staff.
In 2014, the municipal corporation allocated the construction project of the dispensary and finished this the work in July 2017. But till date, the MC has not taken over the building, since it doesn’t have the staff to run the dispensary, for which it had allocated 7,000 square feet of land. The building was planned to have two floors but, initially, tender for only the ground floor was floated. In a year, the MC has not even taken possession of the building from the contractor. The construction cost was Rs 2.27 crore.

During a visit to the dispensary, the TOI team found the ground floor building ready but the road to the building broken. Senior citizens and residents of Sectors 50, 51, and 63 are left with no other option but to visit the Sector-16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) and the Sector-32 Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for routine health check-up. The third phase of Sectors 50 to 61 has no healthcare services and residents say the civic authorities are not even bothered to deliver those.

Confronted, Sector 50 councillor Heera Negi accepted that the dispensary constructed almost a year ago was yet to be inaugurated because the MC had no doctors and staff for it. She said: “Recently, a dispensary in Sector 49 was open after signing an agreement with one of the city hospital. For similar arrangements, we are in talks with the prominent hospitals of Sectors 16 and 32, besides the PGI (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research). We do not want to inaugurate the dispensary without having doctors for running it.”
Sector 50 resident welfare association (RWA) president Girish

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First Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary set to Open in Kauai

HONOLULU– The first medicinal cannabis dispensary in Kauai has received approval to open for business.

Have a Heart is expected to open its doors early next week. Hawaii’s Department of Health greenlighted the new dispensary late last week.

A final onsite inspection was required before the health department would issue its approval. Inspectors also needed to verify some lab testing requirements.

Have a Heart is now the sixth dispensary to be licensed in the state of Hawaii.

“Having a medical cannabis dispensary open on Kauai expands options for registered patients and their caregivers, providing greater access to meet medical needs,” said Keith Ridley, of the health department’s dispensary program, in a statement. “As dispensaries continue to open across the state, we remain committed to working collaboratively with the licensees to protect the safety of patients while ensuring an efficient and thorough inspection and certification process.”

Have a Heart is a retail partner of Green Aloha LTD. According to Green Aloha’s website, Have a Heart operates 5 cannabis dispensaries in Washington State.

Have a Heart’s Hawaii location is expected to sell a wide range of cannabis products including flower, topicals, CBD products, tinctures, topicals, and more.

Approved patients are permitted to buy up to four ounces of cannabis flower per 15 day period. They can purchase eight ounces overall for every 30 day period. Qualifying conditions for a cannabis recommendation include ALS, cancer, chronic pain, HIV, nausea, epilepsy, PTSD, and more.

Hawaii legalized medicinal cannabis in 2000 when former Governor Ben Cayetano signed Act 228 into law. However, 228 did not set up a regulatory framework for dispensaries. Cannabis shops were not legalized in Hawaii until 2015 when the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program of Hawaii. The dispensary program set up requirements for those who qualify for medicinal cannabis to

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INSA Inc. slates opening of Hampden County's first medical marijuana dispensary in East Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Hampden County is slated to open Friday on Cottage Street in East Springfield, culminating more than two years of review, state and city approvals and recently completed renovations.

INSA Inc., formerly Hampden Care Facility Inc., will open for business at 11 a.m. at its dispensary site, 506 Cottage St., said Mark Zatyrka, the company’s chief executive officer. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned beforehand at 10:30.

“We are beyond excited to finally bring a medical cannabis dispensary to Springfield and Hampden County,” Zatyrka said. “For far too long, the patients of this county have been forced to drive great distances to get their medicine. Those days are over.”

Renovations began more than six months ago following local and state approvals.

The dispensary will be open to all Massachusetts medical marijuana-certified patients on Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The regular daily hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., will begin on Saturday.

The City Council approved the medical marijuana facility in November 2016 after a host community agreement was renegotiated and finalized between the company and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

An earlier agreement with the company was rejected by the council. The renegotiated version eliminated a clause that would have given INSA exclusive operations in Springfield. No other company is under consideration currently.

INSA also has a marijuana dispensary in Easthampton that opened in February. INSA announced in March that it plans to add a recreational cannabis shop in that Hampshire County city.

Zatyrka said the company wanted to get its dispensary up and running in Easthampton and focus its attention there before opening the Springfield dispensary.

A major element of the dispensary is its widespread cameras inside and outside the building and the parking lot and other security measures, Zatyrka said.

INSA employs

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Cops who allegedly stole, ate edibles from dispensary raid facing charges

Two Toronto police officers who allegedly stole and consumed marijuana edibles that were seized during a dispensary raid are now facing charges.

The story made headlines in January after the two officers began hallucinating after consuming the weed-laced goodies. One of the officers reportedly climbed a tree while in a state of extreme intoxication.

Things got so trippy that one of the officers placed a distress call. The bizarre episode, which could have been dubbed “Keystoned Cops,” took another unfortunate twist when a responding officer slipped and fell on a patch of ice and had to be treated in hospital for a head injury.

The two officers were not in uniform when they allegedly consumed the edibles that were seized from a St. Clair West dispensary, but they were on duty, a source previously told CityNews.

Both 13 Division officers were treated in hospital and suspended while the Toronto police Professional Standards unit launched an investigation.

On Tuesday, Const. Vittorio Dominelli, 36, and Const. Jamie Young, 35, were arrested and charged with attempt to obstruct justice and breach of trust.

In a release, police said the alleged offences took place on Jan. 27 and 28.

Both are scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on June 7.

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Indio Mayor Mike Wilson says he'd 'go the legal route' to fight Coachella pot dispensary

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Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez touts tourism and marijuana cultivation in state of city speech. (July 27, 2017) Richard Lui/The Desert Sun

Mike Wilson(Photo: Desert Sun file)

When the last bell rings at 2.30 p.m. dismissing Martin Van Buren Elementary students for the day, parents are already lined up along the outside portico or hiding from the heat in air-conditioned cars, ready to pick up their children.

The school sits on Avenue 48, which marks the border of Indio and Coachella. It is also located just a short block from the site planned as Coachella’s first hotel, The Glenroy, which the city incentivized by offering the developer the option to include a cannabis retail business.

Now that the dispensary has opened its doors, elected officials and city staff in Indio are concerned about the impact a business like this may have on their city, including the students of Van Buren Elementary.

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Indio itself has shied away from any further ordinance governing the cultivation and sale of cannabis within its limits, which it banned in 2016. Its neighbor Coachella, however, has embraced cannabis cultivation and is currently in the process of rolling out its retail permits. 

While other valley cities such as Palm Springs and Cathedral City have had some experience with medical cannabis dispensaries prior to the

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