AP News Brief: June 5, 2018

Florida Judge Considers Lifting Stay on Smokable Medical Cannabis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge will soon decide whether to lift a stay and allow patients to be able to access smokable medical marijuana.

Leon County circuit court Judge Karen Gievers heard testimony Monday, June 4, 2018, on a motion that would vacate a stay on a ruling May 25, 2018. That ruling said the Florida Legislature’s provision banning smokable medical marijuana was unconstitutional. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016, Amendment 2, allowing the use of medical marijuana. It passed with more than 71 percent voting in favor.

The state’s Department of Health filed an appeal, which automatically put the implementation of the ruling on hold.

People United for Medical Marijuana and two patients with terminal illnesses have argued that because the amendment’s language only mentions smoking in public, users should be allowed to smoke in private.

Gievers said she’ll decide “as quickly as possible.”

Delaware Clinic Owner Accused of Falsifying Physician Signatures for Medical Marijuana Cards

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A clinic owner in Delaware has been arrested and charged with submitting fraudulent applications for medical cannabis.

Delaware State police said Saturday, June 2, 2018, that Carolan Krajewski has been charged with forgery and tampering with public records.

Krajewski is the owner of Delaware Holistic Medicine in Lewes. The clinic was formerly known as Disjointed. The clinic’s website says its philosophy is “that it should be affordable, easy and accessible to receive medical marijuana evaluations for medical marijuana cards.”

Police say applications for medical marijuana submitted from the clinic contained fraudulent signatures in the physician section.

Police say the applicants had never seen a physician and instead dealt solely with Krajewski.

Calls on Saturday, June 2, 2018, to the clinic went unanswered.

Ohio Announces 56 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has licensed 56 locations that can sell medical marijuana once it becomes legal in fall 2018.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy on Monday, June 4, 2018, awarded those provisional dispensary licenses that give the stores six months to meet state operation requirements. A total of 376 applications were received.

The executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio, Thomas Rosenberger, says the board has ended months of speculation about where patients will be able to get medical marijuana.

Three of 31 geographic districts won’t have dispensaries. They either received no applications or had no qualifying applicant.

Ohio’s 2016 medical marijuana law says the program must begin Sept. 8.

Also on Monday, June 2, 2018, the board launched a toll-free medical marijuana helpline for patients, caregivers, and health professionals. The number is 833-464-6627.

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