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The Future of Cannabis in Texas and Arkansas

MedCan Foundation - Wednesday, April 26, 2017



From the desk of: Celeste Brewer

Director of Media for Medcan Foundation, Inc.

Contact: + 1 817-528-2475

Texas is making giant strides in the field of medical cannabis. After, Greg Abbott signed the bill, SB 339 that legalized the restricted use of cannabis extracts for severe epilepsy; there was a house bill and a senate bill inducted to make the medical cannabis program more inclusive to other/additional diseases and disorders.

Yesterday at 11:30 central time, supporters of HB 2107 and SB 269 held a news conference on the north steps of the capitol in Austin. They called on the Representative from the House Committee on Public Health and the Health and Human Services Chairman Charles Schwertner to schedule a hearing on these bills. If the bills are approved it could not only bring billions of taxable revenue, it will also improve the quality of life for many suffering with debilitating conditions.  

As for bill SB 339, regarding the use of medical cannabis for severe epilepsy, the Department of Public Safety is currently finalizing the list of applicants for dispensing organization licenses. The date of approval is set for April 30th, 2017 and under favorable circumstances they will be operating as soon as September of 2017.

In Arkansas, The Department of Health is approaching their deadline to make changes to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment regulations. However, they have recently released rules and regulations for dispensing and cultivation operations.  

The rules and regulations outline the following; labeling, and testing standards; caregivers assisting patients who are physically disabled or under the age of 18, oversight, recordkeeping, and security requirements for dispensaries and cultivation facilities.  As well as the manufacturing, processing, packaging, and dispensing of cannabis, procedures for inspections and investigations of dispensaries and cultivation facilities, and much more.

Arkansas had a maximum of 180 days from November 9, 2016 to establish a registry for identifications cards and begin licensing for dispensary and cultivations sites. The application fee for cultivating and dispensing organizations will be $7,500. The license fee is $25,000 for cultivating dispensaries and $2,500 for non-cultivating. With that said, they will be accepting applications for 32 dispensary and 6 cultivation licenses by July 1, 2017.

 We are all very excited and looking forward to the developments and roll-out of these programs.  It is long overdue that these great states begin to show compassion to those citizens who suffer the most and afford their entrepreneurs with the same opportunities seen in other states.  There is still a long journey ahead for both patients and operators, but the light at the end of the tunnel can now be seen and we will make our way to it, together.


MedCan Foundation - Monday, April 17, 2017



From the desk of Henry Levinski

National Director of Operations for Medcan Foundation, Inc.

Contact: + 1 817-528-2475 MB

Today at Medcan, we would like to give everyone a short summary of the importance of the work being carried out around the world within the niche of our company and the talents that are being generated in this emerging industry that we promote.

In every period in time, there has been a subject of controversy, difficult to accept, that it is incomprehensible to our sometimes innocent human ignorance. Without going too far, let’s remember when the idea that the Earth was round was chaotic and unacceptable to even think about it. In the same way today, accepting many aspects of life in our society generate the same debate, in which some defend their arguments and others have an invalid or invisible participation. The imminent importance of medicinal cannabis is the best example of this issue. From all corners of the world there is a new or old fight to educate people about the positive effects that this plant has against chronic diseases.

Medcan Foundation is forging the way in some US states and countries where there is already some hint of apprehension on the issue and even more in places that are structuring laws in favor of the medical cannabis industry.

In US states and territories such as Puerto Rico (which we already work hand in hand with), Texas, Mexico, Colombia, and more recently in South Africa, we are establishing ourselves with force.

We have been working very hard in Texas since the SB339 proposal by Sen. José Menéndez was presented in 2015, which enables the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation and delivery of low-THC medicinal cannabis for epilepsy. We at Medcan have worked together with the Government to help Texas enter the list of the 28 States that approved the use of medical cannabis in the United States.

Recently there has been an amendment introduced to the Bill which seeks to replace the language of "prescription" for "recommend", create independent testing facilities, limit the application fee to just $5,000 and allow patients to cultivate at least 6 plants for personal use. These have been great advances for the industry in terms of legalization of the product, but not until May 2018 the State regulate and distribute the oil, supervised through the Department of Public Safety.

From the desk of Romina Porcara

Director of Operations for Medcan Foundation, Inc. Mexico

Contact: + 1 832 - 965-4350 MB

In Mexico, we are managing our first educational seminar which will be held on July 22 under the certification of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL) in the city of Monterrey Nuevo León.

Although a law has still not been established, there is an initiative with a draft decree whereby they reformed, added and repealed provisions of the general law of health and therefore amended article 195 of the Federal Penal Code. This initiative was presented by the federal executive and has entered into discussion since 2016 when it was sent to the Chamber of Senators.

However, we are already working in Mexico to promote this initiative and to teach doctors and the community in general that the cannabis industry will bring great benefits to the medical and scientific community.

From the desk of Luisa Fernanda Soto Villada

 Director of Operations Medcan Foundation, Inc. Colombia

Contact: + 57 - 320-789-3513 MB

On the other hand, in Colombia we have a letter of reference, with the newly enacted law 1787 of July 2016 where the scientific and medicinal use of cannabis to be grown, manufactured, distributed and exported under legal regulations is enabled.

Once the Colombian law was established, we realized the task of shaping our Medcan Colombia team and have made significant progress in terms of public relations.

We’ve had the pleasure of making contact with the directors of the National Academy of     Medicine in the country who were ready to help us in all of the accreditation process for continuing education for Colombian physicians. We’ve also made visits to various faculties of medicine in Bogotá for support of our educational seminars, both legally and scientifically, working hand in hand with a great project that seeks to contribute a bit to the peace process that the Government is advancing.

We’ve also managed to make contact with individuals from public policy to learn the different positions and in a case in point, we talked to a Chancellor representative for the conservative party, who said that the approval of the law and the arrival of Medcan to the country may be the beginning of a rampage of illegal drugs and recreational use marketing. But Medcan at this meeting had the opportunity to tell them that what we seek is to break such paradigms starting with education, because we understand that, if ignorance is broken, the evolution of this industry will be imminent, although a long history of social suffering exists.

That representative meeting reached a fortunate conclusion, exposed by the Lord Chancellor, and that is we have to focus our efforts in changing the mentality of those who do not believe in the wonders of this industry. So, we offered to set up a meeting with the conservative party to teach them how medicinal cannabis works, because it was evident that lack of knowledge predominates his refusal of acceptance.

From the desk of Dr. Barbara Collazo Cortes

Director of Operations Medcan Foundation, Inc. Puerto Rico

Contact: + 1 787-988-2187 MB

Regarding Puerto Rico, it is seen as pioneer in the research of the medicinal use of cannabis and is a source of knowledge recognized by countries that want to start the same way and in which Medcan made its presence nearly two years ago. The opinion of the American legislator from Colorado Daniel Pabón stands out in that he promotes not only the legalization of medical cannabis, but its recreational use. Pabón said: "having travelled the world investigating this topic, I can say with certainty that Puerto Rico is on the verge of being at the forefront of research and development around the world like in no other place on the planet”.

Medcan continues to comprehensively monitor in Puerto Rico changes to the law in relation to the approval of the recreational cannabis and we continue operating thoroughly our function as certifying officers on the subject of health with physicians in the country.

From the desk of Diana Avellanet

Director of operations Medcan Foundation, Inc. South Africa

Contact: + 1 787-354-4039 MB

We are also managing our arrival in South Africa. Since February 20, they issued that the Government will give fulfilment to a measure that was proposed in 2014 in which they shall grant the first licenses that allow the production of medicinal cannabis and we hope that with our leverage we will provide great benefits to the national economy of this beautiful country.

Our main interest is to help those who need it and applaud approval of the medicinal use of cannabis oil and its derivatives in Argentina, a country that we carry to heart and where surely Medcan will promptly find a space.

So here we are, speaking out for the less advantaged.

In a week we’ll post again to tell you more about what is happening with Medcan Foundation and the medical cannabis industry. Stay tuned!


Luisa Fernada Soto Villada

Director of Operations

Medcan Foundation, Inc. Colombia

Phone: + 57 320 789 3513

E-mail: dpicazo@medcanfoundation.com

For more information please visit our website: http://www.medcanfoundation.com/


Decreased Crime Through Increased Education

MedCan Foundation - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Decreased Crime Through Increased Education

First, let me tell you a little bit about what Medcan has been up to!

We are currently the go to provider in order to obtain the certifications that is required to get into the cannabis industry in Puerto Rico. We are approved by the Puerto Rico Health Department to do seminars and courses for Doctors, occupational, cultivation, dispensary technician, manufacturing, and oil extraction in order to obtain a license on the island. In addition, we are also able to provide CME credits for Doctors.

Medcan is currently helping 36 clients obtain their license in Puerto Rico and has already received pre-qualifications for 28 of those. Moreover, Medcan just completed turning in applications for 5 clients in Texas. These are all for completely vertically integrated companies that comprise cultivation, processing, manufacturing, testing, and dispensing including delivery; each application was roughly 2,200 pages long.

Medcan has expanded to Florida where we now have 4 clients who are preparing to apply for a license in the Sunshine State. Arkansas, whose applications come out in July, will soon be next. We are also at work with the Governments in Mexico and Columbia to bring educational and consulting services to Latin America. With all that said, you can now see how Medcan is expanding both nationally and internationally.


Cannabis as a pathway to reduce on crime

It is no secret that much of the crime in American streets is in one way or another linked to drugs. From simple theft to assassinations, many people risk their lives when they become involved in the underground drug world. Cannabis has been the epicenter of the drug war, where people’s lives have been ruined by the State for simply possessing a joint or two.  However, the erroneous perceptions about Cannabis are gradually fading, making its positive impact in health, society and the economy a fact to keep an eye on.

Although cannabis has picked up traction and is now being legalized by states in one form or another, it is very clear that the fight for legalization nationwide is still very much alive. People are still being arrested for cannabis possession, including lawful patients who treat their illnesses with cannabis.

Recently, Chicago lawmakers have proposed a plan to decriminalize possession of cannabis and to allow residents to grow, possess or buy up to an ounce of cannabis. Medcan Foundation believes this could be a big step forward in combating crime in this state, specifically in cities like Chicago, which has one of the highest murder rates in the country, most of them linked to drug-related crimes. It could also help with the city’s budget deficit and help a decaying economy prosper.

In Puerto Rico, where Medcan has seen firsthand the wonders cannabis can do for patients and the industry, similar proposals have been brought to the table. Colorado legislator Daniel Pabón suggested in a recent hearing held in Puerto Rico that cannabis should be fully legalized given how successful it has turned out to be in Colorado. The state has reported a decrease in drug related crimes and certain types of crimes since decriminalization took effect back in 2014. In 2016, Colorado’s dispensaries bagged $1.3 billion in recreational and medical cannabis sales, based on Colorado Department of Revenue tax data released on February of 2017. We believe this spells nothing but great news for Puerto Rico and all other states and countries who have embraced cannabis and its wonderful attributes!

Dr. José Torres, our National Medical Director, agrees that Puerto Rico is privileged in having the best regulation for medicinal cannabis that helps protect the patient and the island. We must make sure that all patients have access to cannabis in Puerto Rico by giving the industry an opportunity to develop. The new law will help the industry grow in Puerto Rico and better itself so that all patients have access to this wonderful medicine.

Equally, more legislation is being written to help aid the path to legalization nationwide. In a recent effort, Oregon lawmakers presented a law reform that seeks amongst other things to help people involved in the cannabis industry avoid legal prosecution and help clear any criminal records of marijuana-related offenses. Similar efforts have been made by other lawmakers, and even bi-partisan bills have been presented to Congress to end the federal prohibition of cannabis and to regulate and tax it just like alcohol.  

And the effects of the benefits of cannabis are being felt worldwide as well. Medcan has been a witness of the rapid growth of the cannabis industry in countries such as Mexico and Colombia, where decriminalization has begun and is seen to be a positive sign of how far the cannabis industry is going to move forward.

Although there is much that still needs to be done, the message is clear: cannabis has been redefined, and countries like The United States, Mexico and Colombia are paving the way for medical cannabis patients and the industry workers. Less crime in Puerto Rico as a result of legalization could mean a better quality of life for everyone, so if the tendencies sustain, full legalization of cannabis in Puerto Rico and the rest of the world may well be around the corner.

“Patients, doctors, caregivers and activists all had a unified message which is rare,” said Ben Pollara, who is the campaign manager for United for Care. “They want impediments removed and a free market place.”








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