Tuscaloosa approves medical marijuana dispensary measure – wvua23.com

August 31, 2022

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It wasn’t unanimous last week, and the measure lost a vote on Tuesday but the Tuscaloosa City Council is moving forward with allowing medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

If the state of Alabama allows for one to be there, that is.

“At this point, we’ll just be waiting on more instructions from the state about the specifics of how this dispensary is run, licensed and operated here in our city or if we actually have one,” said District 2 Tuscaloosa City Council Member Raevan Howard.

District 5 Council Member Kip Tyner said he’s hoping Tuscaloosa is among the cities chosen for the 12 licensees and 37 dispensaries around the state.

It’d be a great economic boost, after all.

“I think it would be good for Tuscaloosa to get our name in the hat,” Tyner said. “People need to understand we did not legalize marijuana by any means. It’s for medicinal purposes only.”

Once the statewide system is up and running, Alabamians will be able to visit a doctor and get a prescription for medical marijuana if they have one of 16 medical conditions, ranging from cancer treatment to chronic pain

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Largest Ever Independent Study Into Cannabis Use

A £2.5 million study into the effects of cannabis on the brain has been launched by a London university.

The Cannabis & Me study will research environmental and biological factors behind the different effects people experience when using cannabis.

King’s College London want 6,000 people to take part in the investigation, which would be the largest independent study of its kind.

Researchers said the funding from the Medical Research Council would help develop greater understanding of the drug, estimated to be used by 200 million people across the world.

– Read the entire article at BBC News.

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Graham Gal: Banning a dispensary is not the answer – GazetteNET

Published: 8/31/2022 5:15:20 PM

Modified: 8/31/2022 5:11:41 PM

A recent letter made some points in opposition to a dispensary in a storefront in Florence. Unfortunately, the points were invalid.

The writer argued that a decline in tax revenue from recreational marijuana sales indicated that the market was already saturated, and therefore another venue was a bad idea. While a decline in tax revenue may be an indicator, it is certainly does not indicate saturation. If sales for marijuana were $10,000, the tax on that amount does not depend on the number of outlets. If the tax rate is 10%, then the tax is $1,000 regardless of whether there is one store or 10,000 stores.

The decline in tax revenue is an indication of an overall decline in sales. If the tax revenue is disbursed based on the location of the sales, then Florence may be better served by allowing an outlet to open in their area.

As for the argument that a dispensary which could be seen by impressionable teenagers is a bad idea. This is essentially the same argument made in Florida concerning the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. If teenagers and their parents can’t discern

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Detroit to open applications for licenses for recreational marijuana dispensaries, consumption lounges – Michigan Radio

Applications will open this week for people to apply to open a recreational marijuana dispensary in Detroit.

This comes after a Wayne County judge dismissed two lawsuits against the city’s marijuana ordinance.

Wayne County Judge Leslie Kim Smith dismissed two lawsuits, from House of Dank and Jars LLC, saying that no preference was given to “equity” applicants over non-equity applicants.

“The ordinance does not prevent Plaintiffs from obtaining a co-location license for an adult use establishment. Moreover, Plaintiffs may apply again in 2027 for an adult use license without regard to numerical caps. Therefore the ordinance does not violate any discernable provisions of the MRTMA. Although the City’s 2022 marijuana ordinance is a complicated scheme, it is unambiguous and provides a fair licensing process,” the ruling says.

House of Dank declined to comment.

City Council President Pro-Tem James Tate is behind the city’s marijuana ordinance.

“I am excited at the fact that we are on the verge of having Detroiters and other equity applicants in the city of Detroit having a fair process that will allow them to participate in this multimillion dollar industry. It is complicated, it is challenging, but it is now possible. And that’s the beauty of this fight that we have

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Centre Region’s Fourth Medical Marijuana Dispensary Slated to Open in October – Statecollege.com

Vytal Options medical marijuana dispensary plans to open in October at 1653 N. Atherton St. Photo by Geoff Rushton | StateCollege.com

The State College area’s fourth medical marijuana dispensary is set to open this fall.

Pennsylvania-based Vytal Options expects to open on Oct. 3 at 1653 N. Atherton St., near Walmart in the North Atherton Place plaza. The dispensary will be open 10 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Patton Township location will be Vytal Options’ sixth in the state.

A State College-area location was a natural fit for the dispensary, whose parent company, PA Options for Wellness, signed a 10-year agreement with the Penn State College of Medicine in 2019 to collaborate on research into the potential benefits and risks of using marijuana extracts to treat a variety of health issues.

“Vytal Options, a PA Options for Wellness medical marijuana dispensary, is excited to bring our excellent patient service as well as quality products to the State College area,” CEO and founder Thomas A. Trite said in a statement. “We were one of the first three medical marijuana clinical registrants approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to conduct research. After undergoing an extensive review process, we were

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California Bill To Allow Vets To Recommend Cannabis For Pets Heads To Governor’s Desk

California Assembly member Ash Kalra authors bill to require the state’s Veterinary Medical Board to provide guidelines for recommending use of cannabis-derived products.

California veterinarians will be allowed to start recommending cannabis products for animal patients under a bill that awaits a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Authored by Assembly member Ash Kalra, AB 1885 prevents disciplinary action by the state’s Veterinary Medical Board for pet doctors who recommend cannabis for potential therapeutic or health supplement uses.

– Read the entire article at Market Watch.

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Hazelwood cannabis dispensary targeted in overnight break-in Wednesday – KSDK.com

It’s the latest in a string of break-ins at dispensaries across the St. Louis area.

HAZELWOOD, Mo. — A cannabis dispensary in Hazelwood is the latest target in a string of break-ins at dispensaries across the St. Louis area.

The Hazelwood Police Department said in a press release that officers responded at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a burglary at Terrabis Medical Cannabis Dispensary, located at 7766 N Lindbergh Blvd.

The suspect or suspects broke the front window to gain entry to the building and ran away before officers arrived at the scene. It did not appear that anything was missing from the business, the police department said.

Police did not provide any further information on the suspect.

The store said in a post on Facebook that it would be temporarily closed Wednesday, and that it would provide an update once it was reopened. Its Creve Coeur and O’Fallon, Missouri, locations remain open.

An investigation is underway. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Hazelwood Police Department by calling 314-838-5000 and pressing 1.

Similar break-ins have been reported at area dispensaries

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Illinois Awards Final Round of Adult-Use Cannabis Dispensary Licenses – Cannabis Business Times

Wisconsin, Aug. 29, 2022 — The Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association launches today to promote the exploration, development and advancement of the cannabis industry for the benefit of all Indigenous communities. As a non-profit organization, ICIA is dedicated to the advocacy and empowerment of Indigenous cannabis businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs nationwide. 

Founded by cannabis entrepreneur and member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians Rob Pero, ICIA will create opportunities for Indigenous people in cannabis and empower the Indigenous community through policy, programming, and outreach initiatives.

“As stewards of environmental responsibility and with deep histories in agricultural expertise, Tribal governments and Indigenous people are uniquely positioned to add value to the cannabis industry,” said Pero, president of ICIA. “ICIA will help tribal communities and Indigenous entrepreneurs navigate the cannabis industry, preserve Tribal sovereignty, further economic opportunities, and bring their unique perspectives into the national conversations around policy, sustainability, and equity.”

While in 2016 the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution approving cannabis production to promote tribal self-determination and self-governance, create job opportunities, strengthen tribal governance, and promote equity in the cannabis industry, the current legal landscape of the cannabis industry is complex. As federal legalization of

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