Puerto Rico Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Yesterday’s News – May 5, 2015

 

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Executive Order Brings MMJ to Puerto Rico

Medical cannabis is now legal in Puerto Rico, after Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla signed an executive order that went into effect immediately. The health department now has three months to decide how to implement the new law, including qualifying conditions and licensing for cultivation and distribution. The law includes “marijuana and its derivatives” and is “a significant step in the area of health that is fundamental to our development and quality of life,” according to a statement from Gov. Garcia. Huffington Post has the AP story:

huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/04/puerto-rico-medical-marijuana_n_7203916.html

 

 

D.A.R.E. Prints Satirical Article as Actual News

Apparently the folks at D.A.R.E. didn’t realize that they’d printed a satirical story about deaths caused by cannabis edibles as real news until Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post called to ask them about it. The piece, originally published by fake news site topekasnews.com, was immediately removed from the D.A.R.E. blog with no further explanation. One of the more hilarious lines: “I always knew this day would come, when a liberal president allowed a state to legally sell Marijuana Flintstone Vitamins to children.” You’ll have to check out the Wonkblog for more ridiculous quotes that D.A.R.E. thought were real:

washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/04/d-a-r-e-gets-duped-by-anti-pot-satire/

 

 

Cannabis Conversations at TechCrunch Disrupt

It’s clear that the cannabis industry is moving into more conventional territory, attracting investors like Peter Thiel and Y Combinator, and now it’s a highlight on the agenda at TechCrunch Disrupt. Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Privateer Holdings, contributed his message as part of the Cannabis Startups Blaze Up Panel: “…this is a mainstream product consumed by mainstream Americans.” He was joined by Geoff Lewis of Founder’s Fund, who said: “We think the war on drugs has been really bad for our country.” Watch the whole interview on the TechCrunch blog:

techcrunch.com/2015/05/04/the-end-of-the-war-on-drugs-and-the-emergence-of-the-venture-backed-cannabis-industry/

 

 

New Conditions Eligible for MMJ in Illinois

An expanded slate of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana is now up for approval with the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has recommended the addition of 11 conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, migraines, and irritable bowel syndrome. More generalized issues such as chronic pain and anxiety were found to be “too broad” for inclusion. The Chicago Tribune has details:

chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-state-board-to-hear-case-for-marijuana-for-ptsd-other-conditions-20150504-story.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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