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Some cannabis dispensaries in San Diego could be forced to close if new City Council district boundaries shake up how many dispensaries are within each district, prompting leaders of the local cannabis industry to lobby for a solution.

Each of the city’s nine council districts are limited to four dispensaries under the 2014 city law that allowed legal dispensaries in San Diego for the first time. Three of the nine districts have already reached that cap.

If new council district boundaries being drawn this year move some dispensaries into different districts, some districts might then exceed the cap of four.

City Attorney Mara Elliott said dispensaries in a district where the cap is exceeded would not have to close immediately, but she said they would likely have to close when their five-year conditional use permits expire.

Industry leaders lobbied city officials Friday to quickly solve the problem, which city officials apparently didn’t anticipate when they wrote the dispensary law seven years ago.

The industry leaders told the City Council’s economic development committee that a dispensary operator should not be forced to close just because they suddenly become located in a new council district.

“This is an unnecessary and unfair result,” said Phil Rath, leader of the

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1 / 9 D-2 ESI dispensary, Juna Vadaj (PICS: ANCELA JAMINDAR & NILKANTH DAVE)

2 / 9 D7 Hospital

3 / 9 D7 Hospital D-9 ESI dispensary, near Dada Hari ni vav, Asarwa

4 / 9 D35 Maninagar Hospital

5 / 9 D-32 ESI dispensary, Amraiwadi, Bage- Firdaus

6 / 9 Besides Litho press Hospital

7 / 9 D-16, near Anil Starch Mill, Nikol road

8 / 9 D-33 ESI dispensary, Khokhra Mehamdabad Road

9 / 9 D6 Girdharnagar

At a time when the state government is ramping up its medical infrastructure to counter a possible third wave of Covid, 49 ESIC dispensaries in the city that could have fulfilled the dire need for healthcare and beds lie unattended and in a state of utter ruin.

The ESI dispensaries were set up by Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC). Of the 49 in the city, 15

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Good News cannabis brand is selling limited Pride Edition gummies and vapes that will benefit Center on Halsted—Chicago’s LGBTQ community center—and San Francisco’s SFLGBT Center.

A portion of sales will be donated to Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.

Good News Pride Assorted Sour Gummies sells a pack of 10 gummies with 10mg of THC in each. 

The gummies are vegan and gluten-free.

Good News Pride Edition Vape Pen is disposable and is loaded with 300mg of THC.

The manufacturer claims that the vape is “ready to use right off the shelf. More discreet than a joint and faster-acting than edibles.”

“The length of time Good News disposable vape pens last varies from person to person, but each pen generally offers 90, 3-second draws,” the company says.

Both items are currently retailing around $39 but may differ from dispensary to dispensary—and state to state.

Popular dispensary Sunnyside has two Chicago locations stocked with Good News’ Pride Edition products: 3812 N. Clark St. in Lakeview, and 436 N. Clark St. in River North.

It also has several suburban locations and downstate locations for recreational marijuana products: Champaign, Danville, Elmwood Park, Naperville, Rockford, Schaumburg, and South Beloit.

Sunnyside has locations in Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

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Marijuana plants grow inside the Propagation Room at gLeaf Medical, a medical marijuana dispensary selling a variety of cannabis products in Richmond.

BOB BROWN, Richmond Times-Dispatch file

A medical marijuana dispensary is possible in Danville, but don’t expect groups of recreational users to be hanging out trying to score weed there. 

Such facilities, and the use, dispensing and purchase of their products, come with rules and regulations imposed by the state. 

A person who wants to buy and use medical marijuana products must have certification from a medical practitioner registered with the Virginia Board of Pharmacy as a practitioner for cannabis oil, said Diane Powers, spokesperson with the board. 

But before the patient gets certification, their practitioner, who could be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, must determine that the person could benefit from the use of cannabis. 

The patient must then become registered with the state board of pharmacy, Powers said. 

“After receiving a written certification from the prescriber, the patient must submit application to the board for a board registration,” Powers said. “Proof of identification and residency, a

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Marijuana dispensary owners say they want to help get people vaccinated against COVID-19, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions on how to do it.

TACOMA, Wash. — Marijuana dispensaries in Washington state are trying to find where they fit into the “Joints for Jabs” program announced earlier this week, which would give people a joint in exchange for a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Duane Dunn, owner of Emerald Leaves Dispensary in Tacoma, told KING 5 he wants to know how he can help get people vaccinated because he’s always interested in helping the community.

“We’ve done COVID-19 relief drives, where we’ve fed 2,000 families, we’ve done coat drives, so this is right up our wheel house,” Dunn said.

When the Joints for Jabs program was announced Monday, Dunn contacted state officials to find out how he could get involved. But he quickly realized he was being told what he could do, without any steps on how to do it. 

“There’s really no instructions on how to turn your retail store into a pop-up clinic,” Dunn said. “I called several people trying to figure out how to get this done. They

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Need a nudge to get the COVID vaccine? Retailers are offering everything from tacos to THC to convince people to roll up their sleeve.

A Bay Area cannabis dispensary is also getting in the act by offering unique giveaways to vaccinated customers. Cannabis-infused chocolate bars, for example, are among the items vaccinated customers can get for a penny.

“We wanted to do our part to move the needle in helping people get vaccinated and helping the community achieve herd immunity,” said Ben Grambergu with 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center.

The dispensary decided to offer products for a penny to customers with a vaccination card.

Other businesses and restaurants offering giveaways include Krispy Kreme, Chipotle and Taco Bell.

“I haven’t been to Taco Bell in a while,” said Mark David, who is vaccinated and considering taking up the giveaways. “I think I’ll be there for a taco Tuesday. Why not? It’s free.”

David also went to the Richmond dispensary to get his one-cent reward on Friday, but said the true prize is the sense of protection against COVID-19.

“It’s been so long since I’ve seen or been with family and friends, so it’s just good to be together,” he said.

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Chandigarh, June 11

The city will soon get one more Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary as the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sanctioned two such dispensaries for the region.

Former MP Satya Pal Jain thanked Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan for sanctioning CGHS dispensaries one each for Chandigarh and Panchkula and also for sanctioning of staff of medical officer, pharmacist, clerk and staff nurse for each of these two dispensaries.

The Ministry issued a notification to this effect yesterday. In a letter to Dr Harsh Vardhan, Jain said Central Government employees settled in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula had been demanding the opening of at least five CGHS dispensaries in and around Chandigarh. With the sanctioning of these two more dispensaries, the total number of CGHS dispensaries in the tricity has increased to three. Jain urged the UT Administrator to allot a suitable place for the dispensary in Chandigarh. — TNS

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Community Development Director Vicki Fisher, center, discusses zoning requirements for medical marijuana businesses at Friday’s Rapid City Council working session.

Kittrick Jeffries of Dakota Cannabis Consulting, right, shares his expertise with the City Council. 

Abby Wargo

Rapid City’s City Council held a working session from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday to discuss medical cannabis policy. No action was taken at the meeting.

City Attorney Joel Landeen said the medical marijuana statute legalized by over 70% of voters is clear about what municipalities have regulatory authority over. Municipalities can regulate the time, place and manner in which cannabis businesses operate, which is mostly a zoning consideration. Time, place and manner encapsulates where businesses are located, what their hours can be, odor mitigation, and spacing requirements.

The state will be promulgating regulations on medical registration cards,

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