LAW hammer on computer folder. 3D Icon isolated on white backgroA few weeks ago I issued a Director’s Decision authorizing the use of marijuana for medical marijuana patients undergoing conventional treatment for PTSD.  Beginning January 1 physician certifications will be valid for palliative care of PTSD symptoms as long as certifying physicians attest that the patient is currently undergoing some kind of conventional treatment for PTSD before signing the certification.

I was sued Monday by the Cannabis Nurses Association regarding that decision.  They’re challenging the criteria in the Decision (e.g. the requirement that a physician attest that their patient is receiving some kind of treatment for PTSD and the January 1 implementation date).  This article from a weekly newspaper in Tucson provides a pretty good summary of the issue.

Yesterday, I was served with yet another medical marijuana lawsuitThis suit argues that the provision in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act limiting cultivation rights to patients that live more than 25 miles from a dispensary is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment US Constitution (Equal Protection Clause) and Article 14, Section 15 of the Arizona Constitution (Monopolies and Trusts).

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Last December I denied a petition to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify people for an Arizona Medical Marijuana Registration Card.  I denied the petition because there was a lack of scientific evidence to document whether Cannabis is helpful or not to treat or provide palliative care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Here’s the report conducted by the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health that summarizes the available scientific evidence.

Earlier this year a group of folks appealed my decision to the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings.  A hearing was held a few weeks ago.  This week an Administrative Law Judge ruled that: “…  the Appellant’s appeal is granted and that PTSD is added to the list of debilitating conditions for which marijuana may be dispensed”.

According to the Office of Administrative Hearings, I have until July 9 to either accept, reject or modify the recommended decision.  I’ll be studying the report and will make a decision after analyzing the Decision and Order.

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October 16, 2015

Tweet In some states, there’s an untenable mismatch between the crime and the time, but does anyone think that pot—medical or recreational—will still be illegal in 10 years? Now that a majority of Americans—54% and climbing, according to Pew Research—believe that marijuana should be treated like beer, wine and liquor, it’s time to ask: where […]

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October 6, 2015

Tweet Some cannabis growers may soon find themselves with a lot less irrigation water if the U.S. government decides to block the use of federal water for state-legal marijuana cultivation. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees management of federal water resources, “is evaluating how the Controlled Substances Act applies in the context of Reclamation […]

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September 18, 2015

Tweet The young woman pulled her Subaru wagon into the parking lot of a Framingham hotel Wednesday night for a prearranged meeting with someone she knew only as Kool Guy, a man with short black hair and glasses who resembled actor Joaquin Phoenix. She handed him $250 cash for an ounce of marijuana dubbed Blue […]

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September 10, 2015

Tweet Marijuana exists in a funny limbo in this country. Despite a growing number of people who feel it should be decriminalized, or outright legal – and regulated – it remains a controlled substance. And, as such, we have a multibillion-dollar industry in Canada attempting to operate under the radar of the law. Weed is […]

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September 8, 2015

Tweet Do you smoke pot? According to stats I saw this week, 12 per cent of Ontario residents 15 and over smoked marijuana at least once over a recent 12-month period.  Which is about 1.3 million Ontarians.  Or about 130,000 people here in York Region. This is according to Statistics Canada’s Canadian Community Health Survey […]

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August 31, 2015

Tweet The Drug Enforcement Administration is concerned about a surge in the illegal shipment of marijuana from Colorado since the state legalized the drug, and is trying to crack down on minors’ use of the substance, the head of the agency said Wednesday. Administrator Michele Leonhart said the DEA is troubled by the increase in […]

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August 30, 2015

Tweet The Journal of Neuroscience recently published a study linking recreational marijuana use to subtle changes in brain structure. The researchers, led by Jodi Gilman of Massachusetts General Hospital, identified increased gray matter density in the left nucleus accumbens and some bordering areas. The study was fine, but the media coverage was abysmal. Reporters overstated […]

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August 14, 2015

Tweet Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens believes marijuana should be legalized by the federal government, predicting that the public will soon decide prohibiting the substance is “not worth the cost.” In a Thursday interview with NPR’s Scott Simon, the retired justice was asked if he believes the drug should be legal at the […]

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