SIGN OUR PETITION – GOOGLE: STOP REJECTING MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADS

Let’s work together to make 4/20/16 not only a day of celebration but also a day of activism. The struggle for sensible cannabis policy ought not be limited to the halls of Congress or state legislatures but must also extend into corporate board rooms. Corporations must be held accountable for their cannabis policies.

We urge Google to accept advertisements using the words ‘medical cannabis’ and ‘medical marijuana’ and stop rejecting advertisements designed for patients with life-threatening and debilitating conditions like cancer, ALS and HIV/AIDS.

Google’s hypercritical behavior is baffling.

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THE MORNING CALL: MEDICAL MARIJUANA BUSINESS WILL BE BIG BUSINESS

Medical marijuana might seem like a cottage industry, but with Pennsylvania the nation’s sixth-largest potential market, it’s more likely to be big business.

Think guys in suits, or maybe lab coats, not striped baja hoodies.

“I’ve heard estimates that the investment has to be $5 million to $10 million to be a grower-processor,” said Dan Clearfield, a Harrisburg attorney who specializes in regulated substances. “This is not a small business operation.”

It won’t happen overnight. It could be anywhere from 18 months to two years before Pennsylvania residents seeking to treat their medical conditions with cannabis will be able to walk into a dispensary and slap a prescription on the counter.

Read the full story here.

TIMES UNION – SAVINO TO GOOGLE: RECONSIDER PROHIBITIONS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADS

State Sen. Diane Savino, a Staten Island Democrat who co-sponsored legislation creating New York’s medical marijuana program, is calling on Google to reconsider its prohibition on advertisements for medical marijuana products.

In a letter sent last Thursday to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Savino wrote that the Compassionate Care Act, the law that created the state-run medical marijuana program, “created a strong and tightly regulated model that takes every step possible to prevent any diversion or recreational use of medical cannabis.”

“I have great concerns with a policy that impedes patients’ ability to access information about a legal medical treatment,” Savino wrote of Google’s advertising policy, which prohibits advertisements for substances that “alter mental state for the purpose of recreation or otherwise induce ‘highs.’” “Patients and their caregivers need access to information about medical cannabis, and the denial of that access can only lead to additional pain and suffering. The inability of New York’s licensed medical cannabis companies to utilize Google’s advertising platform will prevent patients and health care providers from acquiring an understanding of a beneficial treatment option for severe and debilitating health conditions.”

Read the full story here.

WAMC RADIO: NY MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMPANY ASKS CANDIDATES TO CLARIFY THEIR VIEWS

As the presidential candidates make various stops around New York ahead of the state’s April 19 primary, a medical marijuana company is asking that candidates clarify their positions on medical cannabis.

Vireo Health of New York, one of five companies licensed to produce and sell medical cannabis in the state, is inviting the five presidential candidates to visit its cultivation and lab facilities at Tryon Technology Park in Fulton County. After the tour, candidates will be asked to make a public statement clarifying their positions on medical cannabis. Vireo is asking candidates who are unable to visit the facility before New York’s primary to make a public statement on the issue. Vireo’s April 11 letter has gone to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, both Democrats, along with Republicans Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Listen to the full story here.

TIMES UNION – VIREO TO CANDIDATES: COME SEE OUR MARIJUANA FACILITY

Vireo Health, knowing perhaps, that three presidential contenders, Trump, Sanders, and Kasich, are in the Capital Region today, is inviting them to visit their medical marijuana facility in nearby Fulton County — and to clarify their positions on medical cannabis.

They’ve also contacted Hillary Clinton, who came to the area earlier in the month.

Here are some more details:

Vireo Health of New York (“Vireo”), one of five companies licensed by the New York State Department of Health to produce and sell medical cannabis, is inviting all five presidential candidates to visit its cultivation and lab facilities at Tryon Technology Park in Fulton County, New York. At the conclusion of the tour, candidates will be asked to make a public statement clarifying their positions on medical cannabis.

“New York State is the 23rd state to approve the medicinal use of cannabis for the seriously ill. New Yorkers—and all Americans—have the right to know exactly where the candidates stand on resolving the conflicts between federal and state laws on this crucial issue,” said Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of New York. “Patients struggling with debilitating and life-threatening diseases like cancer, ALS and HIV/AIDS should not be forced to choose between continuing to suffer and violating federal law.”

Read the full story here.

VIREO INVITES CLINTON, CRUZ, KASICH, SANDERS AND TRUMP TO TOUR MEDICAL CANNABIS CULTIVATION FACILITY

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2016

Media Contact: Jill Montag – (518) 326-6400 and (518) 852-8188

Vireo Invites Clinton, Cruz, Kasich, Sanders and Trump
to Tour Medical Cannabis Cultivation Facility

 Company asks each presidential candidate to clarify position on medical cannabis in advance of Primary Day

New York, NY – Vireo Health of New York (“Vireo”), one of five companies licensed by the New York State Department of Health to produce and sell medical cannabis, is inviting all five presidential candidates to visit its cultivation and lab facilities at Tryon Technology Park in Fulton County, New York. At the conclusion of the tour, candidates will be asked to make a public statement clarifying their positions on medical cannabis.

“New York State is the 23rd state to approve the medicinal use of cannabis for the seriously ill. New Yorkers—and all Americans—have the right to know exactly where the candidates stand on resolving the conflicts between federal and state laws on this crucial issue,” said Ari Hoffnung, CEO of Vireo Health of New York. “Patients struggling with debilitating and life-threatening diseases like cancer, ALS and HIV/AIDS should not be forced to choose between continuing to suffer and violating federal law.”

Vireo is asking that candidates unable to visit the facility before New York’s April 19th primary make a public statement on the issue before New Yorkers head to the polls.

For more information, please see these invitations.

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About Vireo Health of New York

Vireo Health of New York is a physician-led company dedicated to providing best-in-class cannabis-based medications and top quality patient care. The company provides a wide array of pharmaceutical grade cannabis-based products formulated from the highest quality, pesticide-free plants and utilizes its separation chemistry capabilities to create products with novel cannabinoid combinations. Vireo Health of New York is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vireo Health, LLC. For more information, visit http:/www.vireohealthny.com.

About the Tryon Technology Park

Vireo Health of New York is the anchor tenant in the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center in Perth, New York. This site was formerly the Tryon Boys and Girls Center (Tryon Facility), a juvenile detention center where Mike Tyson spent time as a child. The Tryon Facility was shut down in 2011 as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to consolidate state government services and boost the efficiency of the juvenile justice facility system. In 2012, the facility was transferred at no cost to the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency (FCIDA) for redevelopment.

About the New York State Compassionate Care Act

New York State Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 5, 2014. It allows patients to use medical cannabis if they have been diagnosed with a specific severe, debilitating or life threatening condition that is accompanied by an associated or complicating condition.

The law identifies several severe, debilitating or life threatening conditions including: cancer, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and epilepsy. The associated or complicating conditions are cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures or severe or persistent muscle spasms.

Physicians must complete a four-hour New York State Department of Health approved course and register with the Department to certify patients. Practitioners must consult the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program Registry prior to issuing a certification to a patient for medical cannabis.

Patients who are certified by their practitioners must apply to the Department to obtain a registry identification card in order to obtain medical cannabis in accordance with any recommendations made by the patient’s practitioner. During the patient registration process, certified patients may designate up to two caregivers, who must also register with the Department, to obtain and administer medical cannabis products on behalf of the patients.

Registered organizations may only manufacture medical cannabis products in forms approved by the Commissioner. Approved forms currently include liquid or oil preparations for metered oromucosal or sublingual administration or administration per tube, metered liquid or oil preparations for vaporization, and capsules for oral administration. The Compassionate Care Act expressly provides that a certified medical use of cannabis does not include smoking. For more information, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/regulations/medical_marijuana/.

 

 

WEST CENTRAL TRIBUNE: MEDICAL CANNABIS COMPANY LAUNCHES PAIN PROTOCOL

MINNEAPOLIS — Seeking an alternative to opioid drugs, Vireo Health has released a draft protocol outlining the replacement of oxycodone, morphine and others with medical cannabis for pain treatment.

The protocol, called FREDOM — Flexible Reduction and Expedited Discontinuation of Opioid Medications — is being developed as a potential alternative for doctors treating patients with chronic pain.

“As an emergency medicine physician, I saw firsthand that opioids are overused, frequently abused and too often the result of fatal overdoses,” said Dr. Kyle Kingsley, Vireo CEO. “We view this protocol and the data that will follow as a first step in combating this public health crisis.”

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WCCO-TV: COULD MEDICAL MARIJUANA BE USED TO TREAT PAINKILLER ADDICTION

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Prescription painkiller addiction is a growing problem in Minnesota and across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control says between 14,000 and 16,000 people die every year as a result of their addictions. Those addictions also often lead to heroin use.

Here in Minnesota, 342 people have died from heroin overdoses since 2000.

But now medical researchers think they’ve found a new way to help break the addiction. It’s by using medical marijuana.

“People often die of opiates, and opiates are highly addictive. Those are two things, two characteristics, that cannabis does not have as a medicine,” said Dr. Kyle Kingsley, the CEO of Minnesota Medical Solutions.

Watch the full story here. 

KVLY-TV: MINNESOTA DOCTOR RECOMMENDS MEDICAL CANNABIS TO BREAK OPIOID ADDICTION

MOORHEAD, Minn. (Valley News Live) A Minnesota doctor believes medical cannabis can help those struggling with opioid addiction and prevent future overdoses.

Vireo Health’s Dr. Kyle Kingsley says cannabis is not killing people like opioids and it is not as addicting.

Kingsley says in order to break the addiction, it is recommended that a patient slowly weenes off opioids then is gradually introduced to medical cannabis.

Many people start taking opioids to relieve chronic pain then later find themselves building a tolerance and even transitioning to a drug like heroine.

Watch the full story here.

TIMES UNION: VIREO HEALTH SEES REPLACING OPIOIDS WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA

A medical marijuana company operating in Minnesota and New York is proposing cannabis as a potential way to wean Americans off narcotic painkillers.

Vireo Health has issued a “draft protocol” — a working paper for others to improve — laying out a potential method for doctors to replace opioids prescribed for pain with medical marijuana. The suggestion comes amid a national epidemic of opioid abuse and deaths from overdoses. It is also consistent with what Vireo sees some of its patients already doing to reduce their opioid use, according to Stephen Dahmer, chief medical officer of Vireo Health of New York.