Health department preparing plan in case voters approve medical marijuana measure

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× Health department preparing plan in case voters approve medical marijuana measure

OKLAHOMA CITY – In a month, Oklahoma residents will head to the polls to decide the fate of a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana.

On June 26, Oklahoma voters will head to the polls to vote on State Question 788, which would legalize medical marijuana for some patients.

Under the state question, a person 18 years or older would need to apply for a medical marijuana license with the Oklahoma State Department of Health after receiving a note from their doctor. If approved, the patient would then have to pay $100 to obtain that license.

Patients would be allowed to legally possess up to 3 ounces of the drug on them, six mature plants and six seedlings. They could also possess one ounce of concentrated marijuana, 72 ounces of edible marijuana and 8 ounces of marijuana in their home. At this time, there are no qualifying conditions and it would be taxed at 7 percent for all marijuana sales.

Those caught with up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana who “can state a medical condition, but not in possession of a state issued medical marijuana license” could face a misdemeanor charge and a fine not to exceed $400.

Although voters haven’t approved the state question yet, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is working to make sure they have the proper plans in place in the event the measure passes.

The health department says it has already researched previously approved medical marijuana programs in other states, and has submitted an estimated budget to the legislature based on that research.

Officials say they have started the process of drafting administrative rules, which would be considered by the State Board of Health at their

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Ohio medical marijuana dispensary license awards delayed

COLUMBUS — The expected announcement of medical marijuana dispensary licenses was delayed Wednesday by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

The board was set to hold a special meeting Wednesday to announce the license awards, part of the bureaucratic process the state is undergoing before medical marijuana is legally sold Sept. 8. But the board announced Tuesday that the meeting had been postponed, and that provisional licenses will instead be issued in June.

“Postponing the announcement of the awards is due to some unexpected delays in information required to validate an applicant meets the minimum license qualifications,” Cameron McNamee, a board spokesman, said in an email. “It does not have to do with the applicant’s scores, as those have been finalized since March. The Board fully expects that all outstanding information will be obtained or confirmed in order to move ahead with the issuance of provisional licenses in June.”

House Bill 523, which took effect Sept. 8, 2016, legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. While the legislation set a framework for the program, it left the ongoing work of establishing rules and guidelines for the cultivation, processing, testing, dispensing, and medical use of marijuana to different state agencies.

For the purposes of dispensary licenses, the state has been divided into four regions; only 10 dispensaries will be initially licensed in northwest Ohio. Those regions were further divided into districts, so Lucas County will only be allowed two licenses when the program opens.

There are 18 applicants currently competing for those two licenses.

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Medical marijuana opponents, Lt. Governor don't oppose Utah Patients jumping into lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY — Opponents of the medical marijuana ballot initiative and Utah’s Lt. Governor have told a judge they will not object to the Utah Patients Coalition jumping into a lawsuit trying to block the certification for the November ballot.

The Utah Patients Coalition, which is sponsoring the initiative, is asking to intervene to defend it and the Lt. Governor’s authority to certify the question for voters to decide in November.

In court filings obtained by FOX 13 on Wednesday, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox’s attorneys also said they would not object.

The Coalition for Safe and Healthy Communities, also known in the lawsuit as Drug Safe Utah, has filed a lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Cox seeking to block him from certifying the ballot initiative on June 1. The group has asked for an emergency restraining order, but so far a judge in Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court has yet to schedule a hearing.

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Medical Marijuana announces Q1 as the largest sales revenue quarter in company history

Medical Marijuana (OTCPK:MJNA +2.1%) reports Q1 revenue growth of more than 190% Y/Y exceeding $10.5M.

Total gross profits for the quarter increased more than 30% to $3.3M.

Wholly-owned subsidiary Kannaway revenues increased more than 325% to $7.5M.

“In Q1 2018, we had the best revenue quarter in the history of our Company,” said Medical Marijuana, Inc. CEO Dr. Stuart Titus. “We’re excited that, with the help of our investors, spokespeople and customers, we’ve experienced tremendous growth and the company is positioned well for continued explosive expansion.”

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Court to rule on medical marijuana on Arizona campuses

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Wednesday on the legality of medical marijuana on higher education campuses.

The decision scheduled for release Wednesday follows one in which a lower court ruled that colleges and universities can prohibit medical marijuana on campuses but the state Legislature can’t make it a crime.

Arizona’s 2010 voter-approved medical marijuana law allowed cardholders to possess small amounts of marijuana but it prohibited possession in prisons, schools and on school buses.

The Court of Appeals overturned the Legislature’s 2012 addition of college and university campuses to the off-limits list.

The Court of Appeals said the 2012 law violated state constitutional protections for voter-approved laws.

However, the ruling also said colleges and universities can use their own rules to forbid possession of medical marijuana.

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