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Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program is now devising protocol on who can recommend, dispense, and grow medical marijuana. Those involved in these decisions are spread across several government agencies. We know September 2018 is the cutoff to finish writing and getting these statutes into effect. Becoming a medical marijuana patient in Ohio is difficult in itself. Only 30% of physicians who took an Ohio Medical Board Survey said they were likely to prescribe marijuana to patients who qualify.

A positive point in this entanglement of administration is that patients can use medical marijuana obtained from other states. Luckily, neighboring Michigan has full reciprocity. Ohioans for Medical Marijuana spokesman Aaron Marshall stated, “If Ohio doctors aren’t willing to participate, others may move into the state to fulfill demand. The sad part of this process, being as slow as it is, is patients are being left to fend for themselves,”

The Ohio Department of Commerce is suggesting 24 initial grow locations. MMJ advocates are anxious that won’t be enough to begin serving the anticipated nearly 190,000 clients. Severe pain is among Ohio’s 20 qualifying conditions, which generally heightens the number of applicants.

Most would admit this is better than the declined 2015 ballot which suggested only 10 locations reserved for prosperous investors. However, no grower can own more than one site and they will be separated among different sections of the state. The Ohio Board Of Pharmacy is suggesting setting up 40 dispensaries by September 2018, with at least one nurse, pharmacist, physician or physician’s assistant on site.

Berman stated, “Ohio got in early enough to take advantage of the excitement the industry is building and the opportunity it creates for local investors and players to be part of the industry.” Draft rules for growers and dispensaries follow a trend in other legislative-led MMJ states.

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It is a notoriously difficult task to get your hands on legal marijuana in New York State. While that holds true, several new policies from the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo are looking to make access to the state’s medical marijuana program a bit easier for licensed patients. Under the new ordinances, patients too sick to travel can have their medical marijuana delivered, and nurse practitioners may now approve patients for access to the medical marijuana.

The state is also considering expanding its list of medical conditions that would qualify patients to be apart of states the medical marijuana program to include mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. As of now, only a handful of severe, “Debilitating or life-threatening” conditions make patients eligible for medical marijuana treatment.

New York’s medical marijuana program is arguably known to be one of the most restrictive and cumbersome programs in the united states, leaving patients and advocates frustrated, however, plenty of states have yet to legalize cannabis in any form. In the states of California, which is known to have the most lenient medical marijuana rules and regulations, patients can obtain a recommendation and product without leaving the comfort if their desks.

Patients can begin to order delivery by the end of September. New York may also double the number of companies allowed to open dispensaries in the state, from five to 10. Currently, there are only 17 dispensaries statewide, which is a number many advocates consider too small to serve the state’s 20 million residents. The state expects to implement all 12 of the Health Department’s recommendations, the Times reports. In the meantime, patients may rest easy knowing New York is making good on its promise to evolve its nascent medical marijuana program.

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The state of New York is about to expand its medical marijuana program to help better meet the needs of all patients and improve accessibility. The state’s new regulations were endorsed by the Department of Health and will incorporate things like home delivery and doubling the amount of businesses that can provide medical marijuana. The New York Times documented that the amended policy is expected to be announced on Tuesday. Supporters of medical marijuana have previously scrutinized New York’s program for being too limited.

“We’ve always been interested in expanding the program,” Alphonso David, Governor Cuomo’s counsel, said to the Times.

Kassandra Frederique, the state director at the Drug Policy Alliance’s New York office, released information to the Times that patients have been asking for a lot of these changes for the past year and a half. Many of the new policies will make life a lot more subtle for patients who use medical marijuana. As of now, there are only five firms in the state of New York that are allowed to sell the marijuana legally. The state intends to expand that number to 10 so that patients hopefully will not have to travel a great distance to find a dispensary.

Home delivery will help those who have difficulty traveling at all. Nurse practitioners will now be allowed to certify patients for using medical marijuana. Some physicians are reluctant to recommend marijuana, or even refer a patient to someone who would be able to because marijuana is still a Schedule I drug in the eyes of the federal government.

Expanding the role of nurse practitioners will hopefully ease that problem. New York plans to add more conditions to the list of those that qualify a patient for medical marijuana use. The state is expected to expand its list of qualifying disabilities to include PTSD and similar mental health disorders, and conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.

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While the medical marijuana law in New York is often understood as one of the most restrictive in the nation, the state could soon be persuaded to further the reach of the program based on recommendations outlined in a new detailed document from New Yorks leading health agency.

It insists the program is functioning better than other states with similar laws in place, at least in terms of the number of physicians and patients who are registered for participation. Since January 2016, the report says, the state has certified over 5,000 patients through the assistance of 600 doctors that have come forward to complete the state’s online marijuana training course that’s more registered physicians than other programs that have existed longer.

Despite the limited success of the program, the Health Department says there are a number of improvements that need to be made to strengthen its foundation, including the expansion of its list of qualified conditions.

We recommend “a review of evidence be conducted for the medical use of marijuana in patients suffering from chronic intractable pain,” the report reads. The Health Department feels that the first course of action should be to allow nurse practitioners the freedom to provide patients with medical marijuana recommendations.

This should be done in order to remain “Consistent with their current authority to prescribe controlled substances” which “Would allow them to properly treat patients suffering from severe, debilitating or life-threatening conditions, particularly in many rural counties where there are fewer physicians available.” The report goes on to suggest that the state should work toward providing cannabis access in schools and health care facilities, while also exploring alternative methods, including a home delivery system, to make it easier for patients to get their hands on this medicine.

Among other proposed changes-ranging from outreach to ease federal restrictions to extending the financial hardship waiver-the Health Department believes officials should consider getting more marijuana businesses involved with the program in order to bring a wider variety of brands and products to the market.

It also recommends the continued evaluation of scientific developments that could one day lead to patients consuming medical marijuana through delivery methods other than pills and vapors. There is hope that the Health Department’s report will be taken seriously over the next year and perhaps influence legislative changes.

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The Israeli Healthy Ministry is allowing a hundred more physicians to give out prescriptions and licenses for medical marijuana. This is twice the current rate and allows more patients have and access to medical marijuana. The country has been pretty progressive with their policies on medical marijuana and as of today about 23,000 people in Israel use the medicine. The new edict from the ministry will expand the benefits of medical marijuana to many more thousands of people that could benefit from cannabis in some capacity.

At the moment, there are thirty-six physicians allowed to prescribe medical marijuana, with half of those physicians within the ministry’s medical cannabis unit while the other half are spread throughout different hospitals around the country. As acceptance has grown for cannabis, so has demand, prompting the ministry to make this change. The issue of obtaining medical marijuana has been an incredibly daunting one the patient was suffering from a terminal condition such as cancer.

The training of more physicians, which is going to take place during the fall is tasked with helping patients in two ways. First by widening the pool of doctors who are knowledgeable about the benefits of medical marijuana and are willing to prescribe it. Secondly, it is going to save patients the hassle of having to wait an extremely long time for something they may need urgently.

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New York’s medical cannabis program is set to start this month, with four new medical shops opening in the city.  However, there is a whole set of occurrences that need to take place prior to patients being able to buy marijuana in the form of oils or bills. Pot enthusiasts have been worried about this set of occurrences that the state Department of Health would never get rolling.

First, it starts with doctors: they need to finish a $249 four-hour online course on medicinal marijuana and register with the New York State Department of Health before they can recommend pot to patients who have medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS, and Parkinson’s Disease. Patients can just apply online for the registry ID card that they’ll have to show at dispensaries after they’ve received certification from a state-registered physician that demonstrates their medical need and details the prescription.

Going against the broad conviction among the pot advocates that few doctors will be allowed to provide certifications by January, a prime supporter of the organization that runs the online course —  which covers such points as the symptoms of cannabis and overdose avoidance — told DNA info New York that numerous doctors have been setting themselves up since autumn.

”I can tell you registration [for the course] is brisk,” said academic clinician at Harvard Medical School and a founder of The Answer Page, Stephen B. Corn. “It’s been brisk for a number of months, since the end of October, when [the course] launched… And many, many doctors have successfully, quickly, effectively completed the course.”

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Over the two decades we have gone from not a single state with any form of a marijuana program to currently almost half the united states having some form of a legal marijuana program for medical issues and the numbers are only increasing.
However earlier this month we have discovered that there potentially could be an obstacle stronger than the progression of the cannabis movement that could stop its growth and that is the Federal courts.
On July 9, 2015, in reference of the case Olive v. Commissioner, san Francisco’s Ninth Circuit of Appeals upheld U.S. tax code section 280E which say’s that expenditures in correlation with the sale of illegal drugs do not count for any deductions or credits. What this means is the cannabis industry is not able t deduct necessary and regular business expenses and are there for being taxed on 100% of their gross profit versus their net profit.
The idea here isn’t hard to understand even if individual states pass laws legalizing cannabis and make and effort to set up shop with a friendly business environment, federal tax laws will remain dominant to state tax laws. Unless the IRS makes an alteration to section 280E, there is no way get over paying taxes on gross profits for cannabis-based businesses and this has the potential to be harmful news to the marijuana industry.

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