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  1. This article was written for us by the Mesothelioma.net project: Those who are suffering from mesothelioma often feel as if they don’t have any hope. This aggressive form of cancer is a disease that spreads quite rapidly, can’t be diagnosed until it has settled into the body and is hard to treat. There is almost no chance of a remission or cure of this disease. In the modern era, many people are starting to seek treatment from alternative therapies in the hopes of getting better treatment and a relief from the unpleasant symptoms of cancer. One of the most popular alternatives for persons suffering from cancer and other painful and chronic disease is medical marijuana. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and twenty-eight US states have decreed that "Mary Jane" is legal for medical purposes. Although the federal government still has not legalized cannabis, the statewide expansion of medical marijuana is looking very promising for cancer patients. "MJ" is a drug that is gleaned from a plant called cannabis. This plant originated in Asia, but is now grown all over the world. There is a resin in the plant that contains compounds called cannabinoids. These compounds are psychoactive, which means that they act on the central nervous system and can affect both the mood and consciousness. For decades, the cannabis plant has been in high demand for spiritual, medicinal and recreational purposes. In the United States, marijuana is still a schedule I controlled substance, which means that by federal law it is illegal for any type of use. As mentioned above, however, there are many states where the drug can be taken under strictly regulated circumstances. Currently, there are two prescription drugs that have been created based on the way that cannabinoids react in the body and are available to patients in states where cannabis for medicinal purposes is legal. One is Dronabinol, which is typically prescribed to persons in order to treat vomiting and nausea that results from chemotherapy. It is also given to AIDS and HIV patients to assist in the reversing of weight loss and improving appetite. The other drug is called Nabilone. It is used for similar ailments as Dronabinol, but is considerably stronger and is more of a last resort. A life with cancer is very stressful. Frequently, cancer patients suffer from emotional distress, depression, anxiety and sleep problems. Cannabinoids have been shown to be quite useful at reversing these problems. In animal studies, cannabinoids have been shown to have a solid anti-anxiety effect.
  2. Many people in Ohio's marijuana past have been activists and also business minded at the same time. A lot of people have been planning their entrance into Ohio's legal cannabis market for years now. STEM Dispensaries has been doing their due diligence and working within all of the right channels to bring a very high level experience to their clients if they are awarded a dispensary license.
  3. Elyria residents could see a medical marijuana dispensary in the future as City Council moves forward with Green Mile Enterprises. The Council voted March 6 to endorse the first application for a medical marijuana dispensary. Darrin Farrow, of Westlake and head of Green Mile Enterprises, plans to apply for licenses to grow, process and distribute medical marijuana to patients with qualifying conditions. Although, companies don’t need the city’s approval to obtain a license, the endorsement from the city would increase Green Mile’s score on the state’s grading scale, Mayor Holly Brinda said. A location for the potential dispensary has yet to be determined, Farrow said during the meeting. “We have several locations we are considering that we will share at the next Council meeting,” said Farrow, which is March 20. Brinda said the possibility of endorsing applicants is an important issue for officials and citizens. “We are learning,” she said. “What we are learning is that some of this is a leap of faith. There isn’t a full body of evidence in all of these areas, but there is substantial evidence so much so that the state of Ohio took the leap in terms of legalizing it.” Ward 7 Councilman Jack Cerra was concerned about how much revenue Elyria could see with a dispensary. State taxing has not yet been decided, but the dispensary could bring in about $3.8 million a year to Elyria, according to Brinda. Councilman Thomas Callahan raised the question of how a dispensary effects law enforcement. “In the past, where your companies have done this in other states, has it caused any stress or any additional work on law enforcement?” Callahan asked. There has been no additional work by law enforcement, but police are encouraged to be a part of the dispensary to know what is going on, Steve Paroby of Green Mile Enterprises said. Police Chief Duane Whitely, once an opponent, said he did research by calling police departments in New York and Illinois to see how crime panned out after a dispensary was placed. Whitely said he believes crime will not increase in Elyria due to a dispensary. Eight of 11 Council members voted for the endorsement. Ward 1 Councilman Larry Tanner voted against the endorsement. In mid-May, Green Mile will apply for its first license to cultivate, following will be a processor license and then the retail dispensary, according to Farrow. “We anticipate all licenses and applications will be submitted to the city between May and September,” he said. “All licenses we assume will be awarded by the last quarter of this year.”
  4. The city council has voted to ban medical marijuana in the city. The council's 5-0 vote Monday night follows a 4-0 vote in February by the city's planning commission to recommend an amendment to the city code that would prohibit the sale and cultivation of marijuana within city limits. Mayor William Duncan said, "We felt like it was important to have certainty that we did not want dispensaries of medical marijuana to be sold or dispensed. It does not affect anyone who has a valid use, a requirement for medical marijuana. That's still provided." Duncan said the city manager has spoken with area jurisdictions, through the manager's mayors and manager's association. “Some are doing moratoriums to get ahead of the game. We decided to straight to a prohibition," the mayor said. The state has not put together what we think are any kid of reasonable rules and regulations as of yet, he said. Oakwood's ordinance is part of the city's zoning laws, the mayor said, so future city councils can always go back and change the zoning rules. “And there's also a possibility that the federal government might intervene and rule that medical marijuana is constitutional... which might require us to change our ordinance," Duncan said. What are the rules? The Ohio Board of Pharmacy, one of three state agencies overseeing the medical marijuana program, posted proposed rules last month that call for a ban on vaporizing medical marijuana by patients under 18, a limit on oil flavors, and restrictions on marketing toward children. The board of pharmacy is also proposing rules that define what constitutes a 90-day supply based on the THC content in different forms. Limits would include four to six ounces of plant material based on THC content, 40.5 grams of THC for oils for vaporizing, 19.8 grams of THC for trans-dermal patches and 9 grams of THC for edibles, oils and tinctures.
  5. Louisville City Council Monday meeting KEY ACTION Agreed to ban medical marijuana dispensaries from the city. DISCUSSION Council cited findings that the dispensaries are public nuisances that may attract criminal conduct, increase noise, and attract individuals and groups engaged in criminal activity. Council also cited the dispensaries as being inconsistent with federal law. The first degree violation carries a $1,000 fine. Smoking medical marijuana in a public area that prohibits smoking carries a $150 fine as a minor misdemeanor. The measure receiver a vote of 3-2 with members Cheryle Casar and Bill Flory voting against. OTHER ACTION Approved a resolution to urge state legislators to vote down a budget proposal to have the state collect local government taxes, withhold a portion for the service and distribute a lesser amount to the city than would be due from those paying directly to the city. Gave final approval to ban feeding the waterfowl in Constitution Park due to the mess left by the geese. Authorized the city manager to enter into contracts for installation of final clarifiers at the wasterwater treatment plant at a cost of $3.5 million. Two million will be paid by the Ohio Public Works Commission as an interest-free loan to be repaid over 30 years. Adjourned to an executive session on a potential contract. No action followed. UP NEXT Meets at 6 p.m. March 20, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. at Constitution Center 1022 W. Main St. DAVID SCHEURER
  6. Investors with ties to the 2015 failed ballot issue to legalize marijuana are rolling out an ambitious plan for a “cannabis campus” on 19 acres in Wilmington. CannAscend Ohio LLC is a new venture backed by Ian James and Jimmy Gould, who ran the ResponsibleOhio campaign, and Bill Brisben, a real estate developer and former ambassador to UNICEF. The group signed an option to buy 19 acres in Clinton County for a medical marijuana growing operation. The land deal is contingent on CannAscend being awarded one of the 12 large cultivator licenses from the state of Ohio later this year, Gould said. State regulators are expected to approve cultivator rules by May 6. The license application process is expected to follow. Cultivators will be required to be ready to grow within nine months of getting their initial licenses. The facility will start out as a 25,000-square-foot indoor growing farm but CannAscend plans to expand it to 50,000-square-feet and then later 75,000-square-feet and add processing and research centers, Gould said. The operation, which will employ about 220, will be about a $45 million investment all told, he said.
  7. SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio is now one of 28 states that has legalized medical marijuana, but several Miami Valley cities don’t want the drug sold in their communities. The billion dollar marijuana industry can pump revenue into any struggling community, but not everyone is trying to get in on the potential pot of gold. Renea Turner is already the owner of one successful business in Springfield, and now she’s looking to add marijuana processor, researcher and dispensary owner to her list, but says it’s been frustrating, because her hometown is trying to prevent it from happening. “Springfield is going to get left behind and anyone that does the moratorium are going to be left behind because they’re only going to do so many licenses once they’re done no one is going to come and invest millions of dollars into a town later. It’s not going to be any licenses available and no one’s going to move their facility,” Turner said. City of Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland said they’re waiting to see how the state rolls out the medical marijuana program before making any decisions. “The basic problem is we don’t know where the cities fits in to whatever the state is going to approve where,” Copeland said. According to Copeland that can change their mind and remove or extend the moratorium at any point prior to July 5. The state has drafted an initial set of rules for medical marijuana including patients paying a $50 annual fee and carrying an ID card. The law would cover 20 specific medical conditions and up to 40 licenses for manufacturers would be available in the state. Turner is hoping to be one of those 40. But she says processors would have to pay a $100,000 fee annual. Making it very difficult for some to get into the industry, but not Turner. She said this has been a passion of hers for the past 5 years. “A lot of personal reasons. My dad had cancer, my sister had cancer and had other issues,” Turner said. By May 6 rules on how to legally grow the product will be adopted and by September 2017 rules pertaining to processing, dispensing and prescribing the drug must be approved, so the program can be fully operational September 2018.
  8. SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio-- The state of Ohio legalized medical marijuana last year. Now, the city of South Euclid is trying to control where it can be grown and sold. Councilman Jason Russell supports the so-called "pot plan," and said by attracting businesses that cultivate, process and dispense medical marijuana, the city could tap into an emerging industry. "I think we're getting ahead of it, because it's legal in the state of Ohio, and if we do nothing, they could just pop up wherever they like. And so the proposed legislation helps put some controls on that to keep it a certain distance from churches, schools, playgrounds," Russell said. Some residents we spoke to believe a controlled pot district is a good idea. Communities around South Euclid, like Richmond Heights and Eastlake, recently ended their moratoriums on medical marijuana businesses. "We've seen it in other states. We've seen it work in states around us. The state of Michigan beat us to the punch and so there is an economic impact it could have on our community," Russell said.
  9. The managers of the unsuccessful 2015 marijuana legalization campaign have teamed up with the Community Improvement Corp. of Wilmington to build a facility that would employ as many as 220 people to grow and research marijuana for medical use. The principals are Cincinnati financier Jimmy Gould and Columbus political strategist Ian James, along with Cincinnati developer Bill Brisben, a former ambassador to UNICEF during the George W. Bush administration. Gould said Wednesday that they intend to build on a 19.2-acre plot on Davids Drive near the Wilmington Air Park, should their company, CannAscend, receive a state license to grow under the state’s 2016 medical-marijuana law. Gould and James ran the Issue 3 effort to legalize marijuana for all adults that was defeated by a ratio of 2-1. But after that election, state legislators who had been long reluctant to discuss even a medical avenue for marijuana use said they sensed a mandate for a licensing program. Gould joined the legislative task force that searched for a path to permit the sick to use marijuana for pain relief and control of other disorders such as multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Ohio’s medical law, which went into effect in September, allows for 12 large facilities and 12 small ones around the state to be granted growing licenses. Other businesses would process and manufacture the marijuana into patches, oils, tinctures and other products for medical use. Gould told The Enquirer Wednesday that when he, James and Brisben sought potential grow sites, Wilmington stood out for its resilience against economic hard times. The Clinton County seat has been reeling from the 2008 loss of the DHL facility and last month’s announced loss of 300 Amazon jobs. “The people were overwhelmingly supportive,” Gould said. “We think that we are going into a place where the jobs are going to make a big difference.” The Community Improvement Corp. of Wilmington is the area's nonprofit economic driver and owns the property on which the grow site would be built. David Raizk, the corporation’s executive director, said Thursday, “We’re excited at the possibilities of these jobs. We had some recent disappointment here as you know with the Amazon deal (opening a hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport instead of Wilmington), so anything that can help us offset that, that’s our reason for being.” Gould said he hopes his company could get a state license by summer, and have a crop ready to plant by March 2018. Employment would start at between 50 to 75 workers, but as the facility expanded, he said as many as 220 people would have jobs at the site. Gould said he is not concerned about recent statements from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warning of a federal crackdown on marijuana. Gould has been a personal friend of President Trump since the early 1980s when Gould persuaded Trump to purchase the New Jersey Generals of the defunct United States Football League.
  10. CLEVELAND - New draft medical marijuana dispensary rules published Thursday by the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee would make patient access easier. Updates to the rules include an increase in dispensary provisional licenses to 60. The limit was previously set at 40. The board also decreased the biennial fee for a dispensary certificate of operation from $80,000 every two years to $70,000 every two years. The pre-approval requirements on advertising were removed. Now the process is similar to FDA regulations for traditional pharmaceuticals. The clinical director position requirement was also removed from the rules. The board also expanded the hours during which a dispensary is permitted to operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Coupons and discounts are prohibited for everyone except impoverished and veteran patients. Home delivery of medical marijuana is still prohibited, according to the draft rules.
  11. A company proposing a medical marijuana facility in Chardon is steering away from the city. Mayor Nancy McArthur reported at the March 9 City Council meeting that Willoughby-based GrowthOrchard is pursuing a larger facility than originally intended. Last month, business representative John Sikora presented plans for a 25,000-square-foot marijuana cultivation and processing center at 124 Parker Court southwest of Walmart Supercenter. The property is owned by a GrowthOrchard advisory board member. In a subsequent conversation, Sikora indicated that the company is considering constructing a much larger building. “He told me it would most likely be a minimum of 75,000 square feet,” McArthur said. “Potentially eventually being up to 100,000 to 150,000 square feet. The spot that they were looking at in Chardon would not accommodate a building of that size, so as a result, they will no longer be considering Chardon.” GrowthOrchard is eyeing sites in three other communities, including a 5.8-acre parcel in Painesville’s Renaissance Park. Such facilities need to be up and running by September 2018 to meet state law requirements. These establishments were legalized with passage of House Bill 523 in September. The law provides for medical marijuana treatment of 25 severe conditions, such as cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Crohn’s, colitis and epilepsy in children. McArthur said the city wouldn’t have been able to meet the timeline required for the facility. “They said they needed a vote of approval from Planning Commission and City Council by early April,” she said. “We couldn’t meet that deadline or guarantee the vote they sought.” Chardon officials are working toward legislation that would prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. “Right now, the state really hasn’t even come up with any guidelines or anything, so we don’t really know what they’re planning on doing just yet,” McArthur said. The state regulations for cultivation will be adopted by May 6, according to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. Sikora has said that his company isn’t interested in operating a dispensary. “We don’t want to be on the retail side of this,” he said Feb. 22. “What we’re looking at is simply growing and processing — that’s it.” The facility is anticipated to eventually employ up to 40 people with pay ranging from $15 to $30 an hour. A medical marijuana cultivating facility is proposed by Buckeye Relief in Eastlake, on the property of the former JFK Community Center, 33505 Curtis Blvd. Mentor and Kirtland leaders have passed laws prohibiting cultivation, processing and/or retail dispensing of medical marijuana in their communities. Painesville was considering a moratorium, but rejected the legislation Feb. 21.
  12. WILMINGTON, Ohio (WKRC) - A place to grow marijuana could bring new jobs to a Tri-State city now that it's legal for medicinal use. The operation could impact a place hit hard by unemployment. At the intersection of Fyfe Avenue and Davids Drive in Wilmington a vacant lot could soon be a place for pot. Officials are thinking of building a campus there and that campus should create between 220-300 jobs over the next six years. Cincinnati financier Jimmy Gould is a partner in CANNAscend; CANN as in cannabis. The group will try to get one of Ohio's dozen upcoming licenses for large site medical marijuana growth and cultivation facilities. Gould was one of the people behind Ohio Issue 3, a 2015 amendment which would have legalized both medical and recreational marijuana. It lost. But then, the legislature legalized medical only. Gould said, "When we got beat in Issue 3, it really was just the beginning of a long journey and we believe that we created the dialogue. Over 90 per cent of Ohioans support medical marijuana." And Wilmington, Gould said, welcomes new business. Many know how Wilmington has had economic challenges the past decade. The loss of thousands of jobs when DHL moved out. And now, a couple of hundred more as amazon moves its shipping hub to the greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Airport. But growing pot could lead to growing the economy. Unless the federal government trumps state law. Gould, who worked with Donald Trump in the USFL Football League in the 80's, thinks it will all work out, "You know, I know President Trump very well and I believe President Trump supports medical marijuana. I don't think attorney general sessions will touch medical marijuana because if he does he'll probably have a civil war on his hands." Gould's group still needs to get an Ohio license. But just down Davids Drive the mayor said, another indoor grow facility was already coming; same technology, different product, 30 more jobs. Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth said, "It's amazing technology. We have a company called Bright Farms that's going to be releasing lettuce and tomatoes for a local grocery store, Aldi's. And they grow it without soil. For a farmer kid it's hard to believe you can raise crops without dirt. They do it all with water. It's amazing." And Wilmington would be perfect for that. Agriculture is now the largest major at Wilmington College. DHL may be history but he future looked like culture and agriculture. The group planning the marijuana facility should find out later in 2017, if it gets a license. The first crops would be ready for cultivation around June 2018.
  13. LOUDONVILLE – Loudonville residents have mostly had positive reactions to village council’s support of a Cleveland-based company’s possible state application to build a medical marijuana growing facility in the village's industrial park, Mayor Stephen Stricklen said this week. Council voted unanimously Feb. 27 in support of a state application by BZGIST, LLC (doing business as Glasshouse Farma) to produce medical marijuana in village limits. The Mohican Area Growth Foundation met earlier this month, also endorsing having the company operate in southern Ashland County. And two Ashland County commissioners, Mike Welch and Denny Bittle, along with other area leaders have written letters expressing their support, local officials said. The chain of positive reactions in the southern Ashland County village appears to contrast with what happened in Richland County, when Ontario council — which asked for public feedback before it made a decision whether to support a potential growing facility within its city limits — heard mixed reactions. While a number of Ontario area residents saw economic development potential, council was presented with a letter from 70 pastors (many from outside the city) who opposed a growing operation. Several area police chiefs also lined up against having a medical marijuana growing operation in Richland County. Glasshouse Farma is likely to make a decision on whether to commit to Loudonville as a potential site in its state application for a cultivator’s license “within the next week or so,” Mohican Area Growth Foundation Executive Director Kathy Goon said this week. Both the mayor and MAGF official said they were uncertain whether Loudonville currently is in direct competition with other communities as a potential medical marijuana growing site.“They did say that we were being considered (as a site),” Stricklen said. “We are just working with the company to make sure that their comfort level (for choosing Loudonville) is good,” Goon said. Two Glasshouse Farma representatives had met privately with “a number of decision makers” from Ashland County, including officials from Loudonville and Perrysville, prior to council's vote. Loudonville council's resolution emphasized local officials wishes for increased economic development “and to encourage safe and legal businesses to locate in the village and benefit from the unique location, resources and potential employees offered by our community.” “All six council members voted to pass the resolution,” the mayor said. Glasshouse Farma must deliver over 1,000 pages of application-related documents to the state by April or May, and the success of its application will depend on factors including community support and the company's plan, including details outlining steps to provide security for the facility, Goon said. BZGIST was formed as an Ohio corporation in early 2016. It registered its intention to do business as Glasshouse Farma, providing greenhouse services, and giving a business address of 1481 Lindazzo Ave., in downtown Cleveland, on Feb. 1 of this year. Ohio Department of Commerce spokesperson Kerry Francis said a deadline for final applications for cultivator licenses has not yet been set. Francis had no immediate information on whether Glasshouse Farma has told the state agency what locations it is considering applying for growing licenses for. “Community support from Loudonville has been very good,” with no one identified as strongly opposing a growing facility in the village’s industrial park, which is physically located in Holmes County, Goon said. While Loudonville officials have heard “a little bit from both” sides — pro and con — from local residents, “once the product is explained, most people support it,” Stricklen said. Glasshouse Farma described an operation that would create 30 jobs, "from white collar jobs all the way up to botanists and scientists,” Stricklen said. But the mayor added he primarily supports getting a growing facility up and running locally because he believes medical marijuana is medically useful. “The product is a pharmaceutical product that helps a lot of people. I’ve seen some of that first-hand," the mayor said. The proposed facility would be a pharmaceutical business producing drugs for people with 21 medical conditions including Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and cancer. And it would be a production facility, not involved in direct retail sales to individuals seeking to use it, Stricklen added. It matters to residents that the business would produce medical marijuana, Goon said. "If it was recreational, we wouldn't be having this conversation." Ohio will issue 12 licenses for larger facilities with up to 15,000 square feet of growing space, and six more licenses for operations up to 1,600 square feet. The Ohio Department of Commerce and Ohio Board of Pharmacy jointly oversee new regulations for medical marijuana. Officials in some areas of north central Ohio have lined up officially against allowing marijuana growing facilities in their region: That includes Washington Township, which approved a resolution in September — the same month medical marijuana became legal in Ohio — prohibiting marijuana cultivators, processors or retailer dispensaries from operating within its borders. Township trustee Bob Entenmann said the township officials voted proactively to discourage a type of business local officials did not want in operation there. lmartz@gannett.com 419-521-7229 Twitter: @MNJmartz