September has just about ended, folks, meaning we're inching closer to November elections, draft rules, and more exciting cannabis industry news. Here's your Daily Dose for September 30, 2013.
New England News for All Youz Chowdaheads
- Maine: come for the medical cannabis, stay for the job growth! Licensed caregivers in the state have grown to 600, a figure that will grow even more after new rules go into effect tomorrow.
- Vermont's "marijuana eradicaton program" has declined steadily over the past few years. Residents are all, "Less funding towards cannabis crackdown and more funding towards delicious maple syrup."
- Today, the Massachusetts Cannabis Knowledge Forum held a day-long course teaching people about the basics of the medical marijuana industry. The goal of the course was to "provide an educational base that provides credibility and training for people who want to enter the industry." What an awesome idea -- these educational series should spread across the country so people can learn about cannabis in a serious and practical setting.
- Medical professionals in Massachusetts are concerned about "untrained entrepreneurs" who are creating Internet companies that promise to match prospective medical cannabis patients with doctors who can provide certifications. They worry that a lot of these companies are run by "entrepreneurs with no medical background." I'm guessing they want to see fewer Dr. Nicks and more Dr. Hibberts (with or without the hearty chuckle).
News Down in Cali, Cali
- The California Cannabis Hemp & Health Initiative got the go-ahead to spread their petition to legalize cannabis for the November 2014 election. Could we see The Golden State legalize next year, or is 2016 still California's best bet?
- In the meantime, hemp farming is now legal under California state law, so hooray for that.
News from the Midwest
- Illinois is slowly inching towards drafting rules for its medical cannabis law. Their goal is to have a final version to submit to lawmakers by May 2014.
- A medical cannabis patient suffering from terminal cancer is heading to trial in Iowa, where the court will determine if he's a "chronic pot grower" or a patient using cannabis to manage his pain. Here's hoping they decide on the latter of the two.
- Speaking of Iowa, two measures will be introduced in January to remove cannabis from its most restrictive listing and to allow patients to access medical cannabis. Unfortunately, both measures have a slim likelihood of becoming law thanks to Governor Branstad's opposition to anything remotely pro-cannabis. Sad trombone.
- Another parent, this one in Colorado Springs, has opted to treat her child's leukemia with cannabis instead of chemotherapy. Meanwhile, patients in Malta who want to try using cannabis as an alternative form of therapy were denied and told to stick with chemotherapy instead.
Hope you survived your Monday. See you in October!