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SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER: SF may temporarily block new medical cannabis dispensaries from opening

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER: SF may temporarily block new medical cannabis dispensaries from opening

San Francisco’s decision whether to stunt the growth of the cannabis industry by enacting an interim moratorium comes to a head today.

 The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote this afternoon on Supervisor Malia Cohen’s legislation to enact a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of permits for medical cannabis dispensaries (MCDs). The length of the moratorium could be extended with subsequent board votes for up to two years.

The proposed moratorium comes as voter-approved legalized recreational marijuana will go into effect Jan. 1 and as The City is crafting regulations for recreational use. Those regulations are expected to create a process for medical cannabis dispensaries to also sell recreational marijuana.

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THE GUARDIAN: Patients to get easier access to medicinal cannabis under Greens bill

THE GUARDIAN: Patients to get easier access to medicinal cannabis under Greens bill

The Greens leader, Richard di Natale, has accused the federal government of “ignoring the will of parliament” on the importation of medicinal cannabis as doctors complain that the current system has “multiple obstacles” that prevent terminally ill patients from obtaining the drug.

Di Natale will introduce a bill on Tuesday to clear the way for importers to stock more medicinal cannabis products.

While the government made medicinal cannabis legal in 2016, it did not allow medical practitioners to prescribe terminally ill patients some previously approved products without seeking prior authorisation, under Category A of the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s special access scheme.

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THE CANNIFORNIAN: How a cannabis patch has given a former NFL star some relief

THE CANNIFORNIAN: How a cannabis patch has given a former NFL star some relief

SAN FRANCISCO — The flesh-colored bandage is sealed to the southeastern region of Reggie Williams’ knee.

The former Cincinnati Bengals star linebacker doesn’t go anywhere without his 96-hour pain reliever. It helps him live with a right knee that is as gnarled as redwood burl.

The patch has turned Williams, 62, into a disciple of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive ingredient found in the marijuana plant that many say has therapeutic value.

I’ve tried everything,” said Williams, who lost two Super Bowls to the 49ers. “More than even smoking, this patch is consistently making a positive difference.”

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