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Medical Marijuana Cannabis has been used to reduce nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy and people with AIDS, and to treat pain and muscle spasticity. its use for other medical applications has been studied,
Green Rush Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood, relaxation,and an increase in appetite.

Pacific Grove, Marina considering medical marijuana growing bans

By Felix Cortez | Posted: 3:01 PM PST Jan 05, 2016

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. —Medical marijuana is a hot topic this week for several cities in the Salinas Valley and on the Monterey Peninsula as City Councils debate pros and cons of the drug.

Rules on medical pot clubs, growing medical marijuana, and distributing it are all being debated.

The City of Gonzales will consider an ordinance that will prohibit medical pot dispensaries, but will allow for growing medicinal marijuana.

The Salinas planning commission on Wednesday is set to consider an ordinance that would allow for up to three dispensaries and the cultivation of medical pot.

But Monterey Peninsula cities are taking a different stance.

On Tuesday, the Marina City Council will consider a ban on the cultivation and delivery of medical pot. Medical dispensaries are already banned in city limits.

Pacific Grove, which bans all forms of medical marijuana, will be reviewing its ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting.

Marina and Pacific Grove are trying to beat a March 1st deadline set by the state that requires cities to have ordinances in place to address medical marijuana, or otherwise lose their regulatory rights regarding medical pot.

If no ordinance is in place, then local regulation will be administered by the state Department of Food and Agriculture.

City leaders said they are not trying to permanently ban the cultivation and distribution of medical pot, they just need more time to consider their next move.

"It gives us an opportunity to identify best practices being applied by other communities and then incorporate it into our own regulations should the city decide that it then wants to begin allowing dispensaries along with cultivation and delivery," said Marina Police Chief Eddie Rodriguez.

Advocates of medical marijuana said city leaders should educate themselves about the benefits of pot in their communities, such as additional tax dollars and jobs.

Aaron Johnson, a Salinas attorney who represents medical pot dispensaries, said Marina and Pacific Grove will be "late to the game" if they clamp down on marijuana.

"Now is the time to get into it. A lot of Salinas Valley cities are going forward with cultivation and processing with dispensaries. They'll be kind of late to the game," Johnson said.

Mills to present medical marijuana bill to House panel this week

By Ken Stickney | Posted: 2:11 p.m. CDT May 25, 2015

Medical marijuana in Louisiana may come a step closer to fruition this week, as State Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, presents his legislation Wednesday morning before the House Health and Welfare Committee on which he once served.

“I’m hoping for a repeat performance from the Senate,” said Mills, who practiced pharmacy for 15 years and once headed the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. Mills’ Senate Bill 143 cleared the full Senate 22-13.

This year marks the second consecutive session in which Mills has attempted to persuade state lawmakers to back medical marijuana legislation. In 2014, the bill did not clear the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Changes have been made

But Mills, with assistance from the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, has worked over the past year to make the legislation more palatable to more lawmakers. Along the way, the bill has changed in these ways:

• Prescribed marijuana would be taken in a form other than smoking it, perhaps in a pill.

• The state Agriculture Department would be in charge of growing marijuana to be used for medical purposes.

• Dispensing pharmacies — 10, at this point — would be required to meet certain conditions.

• The bill would “sunset,” or be reviewed on Jan. 1, 2020, giving lawmakers pause to determine if the changes to state law were beneficial. If the bill proves ineffective, the law could be corrected or ended.

• The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy would adopt rules about dispensing medical marijuana.


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