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L.A. Moving to Make Changes to Its Legal Marijuana Market

Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to make numerous changes to its once-flourishing marijuana market. The legislative body gave its initial approval to expand licensing and get more assistance to operators who endured the consequences of the nation’s war on drugs.

Broad legal sales kicked off in California in 2018, and at that time Los Angeles was expected to quickly establish itself as a world-leading cannabis economy, according to an article from the Associated Press. “But that never happened. Instead, robust illegal sales continue to outpace the up-and-down legal market, while businesses complain that hefty taxes and a cumbersome bureaucracy have slowed, rather than encouraged, growth,” the article states.

The new revisions are designed to provide a jump in licenses for so-called “social-equity” applicants. These include individuals, many of color, who were arrested or convicted of a marijuana-related offense, and lower-income residents who live, or have lived, in neighborhoods marked by high marijuana arrest rates.

Only applicants meeting those criteria would be eligible for new retail and delivery licenses through 2025.

The council also seeks to help businesses wanting licenses to quickly get temporary approval to begin operating once certain benchmarks are met. The rules would permit businesses to relocate while being licensed and streamline the application process, according to the article.

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FDA Will Not Request Extension to Sept. 9 PMTA Deadline

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not intend to delay the current Sept. 9, 2020 deadline for the vapor industry to submit applications for marketing authorization before a hearing is scheduled for the plaintiffs in the case.

In a status report filed Wednesday to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the regulatory agency told the court that it does “not currently plan to seek an extension of the September 9, 2020 premarket application deadline.”

Any extension requested by the plaintiffs could be complicated because the request would have to be approved by the Maryland-based federal court that forced the agency to move the deadline to May 12, 2020 due to a separate lawsuit.

The FDA has already delayed the PMTA deadline due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The deadline was previously scheduled for May 12, 2020 but was moved to Sept. 9. According to the FDA’s status report, the plaintiffs in the case are expected to file a status report requesting their preferred argument date for a further extension.

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Majority of people with MS use complementary and alternative medicine, survey finds

Majority of people with MS use complementary and alternative medicine, survey finds

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Jun 25 2020

A new survey of more than 1,000 people with Multiple Sclerosis finds that an overwhelming majority use complementary and alternative medicine, with many using cannabis.

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University conducted the survey of people in Oregon and Southwest Washington in 2018. The results were published recently in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

The survey found that patients are nine times more likely to talk with their neurologist about the use of alternative therapies than patients in a similar survey conducted in 2001, a sign of broader societal acceptance of treatments beyond conventional medications. In the years since the first survey, several conventional medications have become available to manage MS-related disease activity.

Even so, patients appear to be more inclined to use alternatives such as dietary supplements, despite limited evidence of their effectiveness.

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