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The Week in Weed: January 15, 2021

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

What will Democratic control of the Senate mean for legalizing on the federal level?  How much do we know about Merrick Garland’s views on cannabis?  What did the FDA say about CBD?  How are things progressing in New Jersey?  What’s going … Continue Reading

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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

What will Democratic control of the Senate mean for legalizing on the federal level?  How much do we know about Merrick Garland’s views on cannabis?  What did the FDA say about CBD?  How are things progressing in New Jersey?  What’s going on in the Dakotas?  Are there problems with Illinois’ social equity program?  Did you know Mexico legalized medical marijuana?  And finally, would you get a COVID vaccine if it meant you could get free cannabis?

democratic control of the senate

After both of the Georgia Senate runoff races went to the Democrats, the Senate is now under Democratic control.  The cannabis industry likes their chances of passing reform, with stocks rising and industry leaders predicting that some version of the MORE Act or cannabis banking could pass.  Of course, the majority is as slim as it can be, with the chamber divided 50-50 and Vice President-elect Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.  And the Senate has some other business on its agenda.  We’re thinking chances are better for reform, but we’re not predicting federal legalization in the next two years.

merrick garland

The Attorney General doesn’t write marijuana laws, but the Department of Justice has a lot to do with enforcing them.  Former AG Jeff Sessions encouraged the Department to enforce federal law, even in states where cannabis was legal.  Former AG William Barr backed off on that stance.  So what will Judge Garland do, assuming he’s confirmed?  That’s an open question.  He’s not written very much on marijuana, so there’s not much to go on.  Cautious optimism seems to be the current mood in the industry.

fda on cbd

Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration released a report on CBD, stating that more real-world data (RWD) is needed in order to evaluate the safety of the product.  The agency plans to “develop and refine its research projects” in order to better assess the benefits and risks of CBD.

new jersey

We’re still waiting for for that implementing legislation.  Last week, we reported that a clean-up bill might be the solution to this impasse.  Nope.  That’s now been delayed.  Further bulletins as events warrant.

north and south (dakota)

These two states are moving in different directions on marijuana.  South Dakota legalized in 2020, but now Governor Noem is working to overturn that vote.  She issued an executive order late last week allowing a challenge to the constitutionality of the amendment.

Meanwhile, North Dakota cannabis supporters submitted a 2022 ballot initiative to the Secretary of State.  It would legalize adult-use marijuana in the state.  We’ll be watching both of these situations, never fear.

social equity in illinois

We’ve reported before on the problems with Illinois’ social equity program.  State lawmakers hope to resolve some of these issues by expanding the number of new cannabis licenses.  The intent is to allow additional pathways for minority and poor applicants to enter the system.

mexico

If your view of Mexican legalization is that it never seems to happen, we can’t blame you.  However, medical marijuana is now legal.  Earlier this week, industry regulations appeared in the country’s Federal Official Gazette.  There have been delays along the way (the regs were supposed to be promulgated in 180 days, and that was three years ago), but they’re here now.

and finally

You have doubtless heard reports of people reluctant to obtain COVID vaccines.  D.C. Marijuana Justice has a solution to that problem.  They’re planning to hand out free cannabis outside vaccination centers in the District, as soon as the general public is eligible to get the shot. The program is called Joints for Jabs.

Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next week!

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Stories of Hope: Living with Lupus but I’m Winning!

I am a 68 year old woman who was diagnosed with Lupus, five years ago.  Prior to that I endured surgeries totaling more than 15!

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I am a 68 year old woman who was diagnosed with Lupus, five years ago.  Prior to that I endured surgeries totaling more than 15!

I was taking steroids, anti-rejection drug, high blood pressure as well as other drugs for lupus.  Yet, I still was in pain!  24/7.  Then here came sciatica–along with all the other pain!

I have been a believer in cannabis for quite some time and here is the blessing.  My son brought me a bottle of 1,000 units of CBD oil. I have been taken in for approximately 6-8 weeks.  I now no longer need steroids, high blood pressure, not anti-rejection drugs.  I am stronger, my bowels are better!

I feel so…much better!  Went to Lupus doctor, and he was smiling when he walked in!  “Ms. Miles, I told you that you needed that anti-rejection medicine!  Your numbers are looking GREAT!  Much better than I have seen before!  I then informed his that I had discontinued most of the medications prescribed; and was taking CBD oil!  He said “well, it must be working!”  Keep on doing what you are doing!

I am so grateful for this medicine but it is expensive and not covered by insurance!  All the herbs and vitamins that work, a person often has the means to purchase. The problem is that cannabis is expensive!

My CBD oil is $80.00 + tax, I need at least 2 bottles per month!  That’s an additional $160.00 on a fixed income.  Am anxiously awaiting the prices to come down.

Hope!

Stay Safe!

Respectfully submitted by Jewel Miles

If you’d like to share your Stories of Hope…we would be honored.  You can submit to Hope@UnitedPatientsGroup.com

 

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Tips To Finding A Medical Cannabis Doctor You Can Trust

Cannabis is now legal in most states across the country, which makes it easily accessible to medical and recreational users. Scientific research and patient claims make medical Cannabis an attractive therapeutic option for patients today.

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Tips To Finding A Medical Cannabis Doctor

Cannabis is now legal in most states across the country, which makes it easily accessible to medical and recreational users. Scientific research and patient claims make medical Cannabis an attractive therapeutic option for patients today. You can consider it for dealing with a host of ailments naturally, safely, and effectively. But everything boils down to finding a specialist you can trust to initiate the therapy. In most cases you will need to see one for advice and getting a recommendation for your medical Cannabis card. Here are some tips for finding a doctor you can trust.

Start with research

Before you start looking around for a provider, you need to start by researching the legality of cannabis in your state. You can purchase and use it only if you reside in a state where the law permits it or if you’re visiting a legal ‘adult use’ state (i.e. California, Colorado, Oregon…). If you reside in a legal ‘medical’ state, you will be allowed its usage only if you have a qualifying medical condition. Chronic pain, PTSD, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease are common qualifying conditions. You can have an initial consultation with your primary care physician to consider the benefits of medical cannabis and then start looking for a specialist.

Find a reputable medical Cannabis clinic near you

After you are sure about trying this therapeutic option, you can start looking for a reputed clinic near you. Online research can help you do it quickly.  But make sure that you verify the license and credentials of the specialist. You can go a step ahead by checking reviews and testimonials of real patients. Comparing consultation fees of physicians is also a good idea. Once you are convinced about their credibility, you can visit the clinic in-person or online to go ahead with the treatment.

Get a consultation with the specialist

When it comes to getting treatment for the specialist, you need to build trust and rapport. Your initial consultation with them will give you a fair idea about their experience and reliability. Discuss your case history honestly and openly and carry your reports along. A seasoned specialist will listen and have personalized recommendations in products. Cannabis comes in diverse strains and products, with each working for a specific condition. For example, purple punch strain has been shown beneficial for mental issues like depression and anxiety and for chronic pain too. Strains and products can get confusing for beginners, and only a trusted specialist can help.

Look for excellent follow-up care

If you plan to use Cannabis as a long-term treatment option, make sure that the specialist you choose offers excellent follow-up care. You will have doubts and questions when you start and you may also need advice on cannabis dosage over time. At times, you may need to seek other alternatives in products and methods of consumption. It is best to look for a doctor who is willing to give you advice from time to time, answer your queries, and work patiently on a long-term treatment plan.

Finding a reliable medical cannabis specialist may take some work, but the effort is worthwhile. They can help you switch to a safe, natural therapeutic option and avoid the risk of prolonged use of conventional medicines.

Also please note, it is not illegal to ask your current doctor about cannabis, even if you reside in a legal state.  If they are not familiar with this plant, ask them for a recommendation to a doctor who may know.

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5 Generation Bakers Adds Special Feel-Good Ingredient: CBD

Scott Baker’s family has been in the baking business since 1875, and to this day it holds the recipe for one of Pittsburgh’s most sweet and guilty pleasures: Jenny Lee Swirl breads. So he brought the famous bread back when he established 5 Generation B…

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Scott Baker’s family has been in the baking business since 1875, and to this day it holds the recipe for one of Pittsburgh’s most sweet and guilty pleasures: Jenny Lee Swirl breads. So he brought the famous bread back when he established 5 Generation Bakers in 2010, following Jenny Lee Bakery’s closure in 2008. King’s Family Restaurants, which features the bread on its menu, was his first customer. The bread is rolled and baked in…

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