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Medical Marijuana Update

Kids Mobile Medical Clinic is on the road to better children?s health

An Intergovernmental Operations Subcommittee will monitor the effectiveness of the current medical marijuana program, and a Scientific Subcommittee will review applicable scientific research. Both subcommittees will review the practices of other states. Only 59 patients are enrolled in the program in the District and only 39 doctors are currently licensed to recommend medical marijuana. Massachusetts On Tuesday, the Brookline town meeting cleared the way for a dispensary to open there . The meeting passed three warrant articles designed to set up a licensing framework for medical marijuana businesses. Dispensaries must be at least 500 feet from a school Nevada On Wednesday, the Reno city council approved a moratorium on dispensary business license applications . Las Vegas passed a similar temporary moratorium in September. Reno officials said they were waiting for the state to set final dispensary regulations before the 2013 medical marijuana law goes into effect on April 1. New Jersey On Monday, the state's third dispensary began accepting patient registrations . Garden State Dispensary (formerly known as Compassionate Care Center of America) is opening in Woodbridge, although when that will actually happen is not yet certain.
Source: http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2013/nov/20/medical_marijuana_update

LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. Reports 2013 Third Quarter Results

Core operating expenses (excluding stock-based compensation, deferred share unit compensation and other operating expenses)(3) for the three months ended September 30, 2013 of $719,873 were 3% lower than the three months ended June 30, 2013 and 35% lower than the three months ended September 30, 2012. EBITDA(1) for the three months ended September 30, 2013 was ($139,816) compared to ($103,864) for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and $811,255 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The Company reported a net loss of $1,959,503 for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to a net loss of $2,201,139 for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and net income of $753,643 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. Nine Month Comparative Results For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company reported revenues of $2,303,860 which is lower than the $4,922,760 in revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Gross margin(2) was 60% during the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2012 of 59%. Core operating expenses (excluding stock-based compensation, deferred share unit compensation and other operating expenses)(3) for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 of $2,261,632 were lower than the nine months ended September 30, 2012 of $3,569,423. EBITDA(1) for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was approximately ($881,977) compared to ($644,630) for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. The Company reported a net loss of $5,494,416 for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to a net loss of approximately $692,394 for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Cash was $973,410 with net working capital(4) of approximately $741,493 as of September 30, 2013 compared to cash of $1,718,435 with net working capital(4) of $972,183 as of June 30, 2013. Business Highlights Notable business developments and achievements up to the reporting date included the following: -- On August 28, 2013, the Company announced that its VELscope(R) Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System received the Pride Institute's "Best of Class" Technology Award for 2013. This is the third consecutive year the Company has received this award; -- On October 3, 2013, the Company announced that effective October 10, 2013, Dr.
Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131120-911011.html

Guest post: Eliminating medical marijuana system will hurt the vulnerable

And on Monday she took her 2- and 3-year-old boys there to see the traveling group of pediatricians because the boys had a mysterious, itchy rash. Theyre always right about everything, she said of the doctors. And they help us. The Kids Mobile Medical Clinic has been riding through the streets of Washington for 20 years this fall. Run by the department of community pediatrics at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, the van has treated 5,000 District children, according to hospital figures. Thats 50,000 patient visits, said Matthew Levy, a pediatrician and medical director of the Kids Mobile Medical Clinic. Were part of the community, he said. The van targets some of the Districts most-impoverished neighborhoods and reaches children who often lack access to doctors and health services. Levy said the clinic examines all the barriers to medical care and helps residents overcome them, no matter where they live. Whether its the clinics monthly ophthalmologist visits, free glasses for the uninsured, immunization or a limited pharmacy, Levy said, residents continue to turn to what they affectionately call the van year after year. Theres something about our program thats unique and special, and our families know that thats why they come back, Levy said.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/kids-mobile-medical-clinic-is-on-the-road-to-better-childrens-health/2013/11/18/d88167d0-50a1-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_story.html

He became a doctor himself, working as a vascular surgeon in Yaounde's Central Hospital. And he started a nonprofit, ASCOVIME, that travels into rural areas on weekends to provide free medical care. Since 2008, he and his group of volunteers have helped nearly 32,000 people. Each of these weekend clinics provides a variety of medical care . Many people are treated for malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition, diabetes, parasites and sexually transmitted diseases. Others might receive crutches, a pair of donated eyeglasses or free birth certificates -- documentation that's required for school but that many impoverished families simply can't afford. In the evenings, the team will do simple surgeries with local anesthesia. Operations are usually done in a schoolhouse, town hall or home; after the procedure, patients get up and walk to the recovery area to make way for the next person. "We are receiving 500 people in each trip," Bwelle said.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/17/health/cnnheroes-medical-marvels/index.html

3 medical marvels saving lives

There is a clear mandate for the state to regulate this segment and indeed bringing the benefits of the plant to the larger medical community is a valid long term strategy. The state feels a need to craft a regulatory environment to allow for the roll-out of the I-502 program, making a recreational component of this plant available by taking away the entirety of the existing Medical Cannabis Program. One does NOT have to mean extinguishing the other. The people voted for it in 1998 The state can certainly produce a regulatory system to support a flourishing recreational model, while also crafting a similar regulatory scheme allowing for smart rational parameters that continue to allow for Washington Citizen/Patients who voted for the right to have Whole Plant Botanical Cannabis to continue on a redrawn blueprint for promoting wellness for our own states Citizen/Patients. The citizens of this state have rights and now, one of them is to Whole Plant Botanical Cannabis and we urge our elected officials to recognize that we the Citizen/Patients have spoken clearly about this issue. The many benefits those that grow are able to achieve should not be totally taken away. The collective garden model is a necessary adjunct for those sick and injured who are not able to garden for themselves. Now, with the states input at this crucial time, a new set of operating protocols can be established allowing for a more specified system that patients can use to guide them in pursuit of a self-directed healthcare regime. What advances such a model is a regulatory system that affirms the Washington citizens rights to behavior consistent with the law of the state.
Source: http://blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana/2013/11/20/guest-post-eliminating-medical-marijuana-system-will-hurt-the-vulnerable/

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