On Jan. 18, 2017, Guam’s medical cannabis license applications were made available at the Department of Public Health and Social Services’ main office in Mangilao.
On Jan. 17, 2017, the Florida Department of Health unveiled a set of proposed regulations for Florida’s medical marijuana system. Under the proposal, rules and regulations guiding Florida’s low-THC medical marijuana program would be applied to the state’s wider system.
Jon Cunningham, VP of RedChip, interviews Corey Hollister, co-founder and co-chairman of American Cannabis Co. (OTCQB: AMMJ).
The Arkansas House has approved delaying the launch of the state’s medical marijuana program and legislation easing the requirements for doctors who certify a patient is eligible to use the drug.
The father of a first-grade student in Aberdeen, Washington, could become the catalyst for a change in state law that would allow CBD oil at public schools. River Barclay, 7, needs CBD oil to manage a rare form of epilepsy, but state law will not allow her father to go to the school to administer the dose because medical marijuana is illegal on school property.
On Jan. 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program announced the release of applications for state cultivator, processor and dispensary permits.
On Jan. 10, 2017, the United States Air Force announced that it would relax its policy on barring recruits who have previously used marijuana from entering the service.
Since Maine voters legalized marijuana, real estate brokers in the state are seeing an increased demand for industrial space, according to a Jan. 16, 2017, article in the Portland Press Herald. Maine’s industrial real estate market had been improving in recent years, and the need for marijuana business space has given the sector a new boost.
The so-called emergency measure is supported by both Republican and Democratic leaders, who said state health officials and law enforcement are scrambling to solve a number of issues, including allowable forms and potency of medical marijuana, and oversight of distributors.
While some cannabis businesses have borrowed plays from the winery playbook, the wine industry is starting to look for new opportunities in legal cannabis.
A vote is expected in March or April to approve whether or not boxers should be able to smoke pot.
On Jan. 16, 2017, the Denver-based law firm Hoban Law Group, which represents several clients in the hemp industry, announced that it had filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to challenge a new DEA rule that would make cannabidiol illegal.
New Jersey already has a tightly regulated medical marijuana program that includes six alternative treatment centers, or dispensaries, but the issue has largely stalled because of Christie’s opposition.
After hitting sales of $1.2 billion in 2016, Washington state’s recreational marijuana sales are projected to top $2 billion by 2020, according to a recent report from Arcview Market Research and New Frontier.
Now that adult-use marijuana is legal in California, a two-year community college in San Francisco is planning a curriculum for training people in the pot business. City College of San Francisco is developing the program with Oaksterdam University and the United Food and Commercial Workers labor union. CCSF plans to begin the program in spring 2018.
For years, Georgia lawmakers have debated the merits of medical marijuana and the discussion will continue this year.
The National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has released a 395-page report that looks at a wide range of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of marijuana as medicine. “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids” provides “a comprehensive review of scientific evidence related to the health effects and potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis.”
On Feb. 3, 2017, the Florida Board of Medicine will hold a public hearing to discuss a proposed amendment to the state’s telemedicine regulations that would prevent physicians from recommending medical marijuana over the internet.
People behind the plan say it is about much more than getting high.
Research suggests cannabis legalization linked to rise in drinking rather than users swapping Budweiser for bud-smoking.
Right now, California’s marijuana industry for all intents and purposes is a cash-only business.
On Jan. 11, 2016, Rhode Island state Sen. Joshua Miller and state Rep. Scott Slater announced in a press conference that they intend to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
On Jan. 11, 2017, Vireo Health of New York, one of five medical marijuana companies licensed by the state of New York, announced that the New York State Department of Health has approved its medical marijuana delivery program, making it the first company in the state to receive such approval.
Adult-use marijuana legalization in Maine is set for Jan. 30, 2017, but the law included a nine-month delay in retail sales to allow lawmakers to set rules. Now Senate President Mike Thibodeau, a Republican from Winterport, Maine, and Rep. Louis Luchini, a Democrat from Ellsworth, Maine, have proposed extending the delay until Feb. 1, 2018.
32 dispensaries are to be evenly distributed among the state’s four congressional districts.
On Jan. 11, 2017, the Pew Research Center released the results of a national survey of law enforcement officers, finding that 68% of police officers think America’s marijuana laws need to be relaxed.
Several states having new marijuana laws have left people wondering not only where they can smoke it, but where they can travel with it.
On Jan. 10, 2016, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 72, a law that permits landlords to ban the cultivation and smoking of medical marijuana on rental property.
There is a new push in the District of Columbia to further legalize marijuana.
Following the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee and anti-marijuana stalwart Jeff Sessions, pro-pot groups like National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and the Marijuana Policy Project responded with a blend of skepticism, concern and hope.
On Jan. 10, 2017, a bipartisan group of South Carolina lawmakers, led by Sen. Tom Davis, introduced a bill to the state Senate to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of medical marijuana for patients suffering from certain debilitating medical conditions.
On Jan. 9, 2017, MedMen, a turnkey marijuana management company based in California, acquired Bloomfield Industries, one of New York’s five organizations licensed to grow and distribute medical marijuana
In the world of television there is an unwritten rule that you should always assume the microphone is live. But during the College Football National Championship, ESPNU commentator and former basketball star Bill Walton forgot that rule.
The service is no longer considering how long it has been since an airman used marijuana prior to service in a move to “standardize” the questions asked of potential recruits.
As U.S. Senate hearings began on Jan. 10, 2017, for Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s anti-marijuana nominee for Attorney General, rumors about the Drug Enforcement Agency shutting down dispensaries were already circulating.
On Jan. 4, 2017, Rhode Island’s Department of Business Regulation issued licenses to the state’s first three medical marijuana cultivators, all of which are based in Warwick.
Caught in the crosshairs of a pending court battle, Pueblo County is working to compromise state legislation to preserve its authority to impose a special 3.5 percent marijuana tax.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers will introduce comprehensive medical cannabis legislation Tuesday in the South Carolina General Assembly.
On Jan. 6, 2017, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it had recently approved 762 recreational marijuana licenses and 9,041 Marijuana Worker Permits.
Some Wisconsin Republicans who have been opposed to medical marijuana are now warming to the idea of legalizing cannabidiol or CBD oil, according to an article by the Associated Press. Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard said he wants to introduce a bill allowing possession and use of CBD oil, which has proven to help people with seizures.
Recreational marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, but drivers are worried their license plate could create problems.
The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division recently issued its 2016 mid-year report, documenting supply chain data from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2016.
Marijuana is a hot topic again in the Wisconsin Legislature with both Republicans and Democrats introducing bills for the state.
On Jan. 4, 2017, the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program reported that it recorded approximately $5.3 million in retail medical marijuana sales for the month of December, a significant increase from the $4.4 million in sales for the month of November.
On Jan. 5, 2017, Michigan State University Extension announced that it will be give workshops on Michigan’s new medical marijuana laws to local governments as a means of helping municipalities navigate the updated regulatory landscape.
A man from western Massachusetts has been posting ads on Craigslist offering free marijuana with the purchase of an empty sandwich bag.
Fairbanks, Alaska, welcomed its first two dispensaries on Oct. 31, 2016, and a third on Dec. 11, but demand for legal marijuana has outpaced supply, forcing all three of the city’s dispensaries to close temporarily.
Patient advocates said the swift addition of these patients to the program demonstrates the pent-up demand for the anxiety-reducing and pain-relieving effects of the cannabis plant, as well as the need for the Christie administration to further expand the seven-year-old program.
In the wake of a string of marijuana victories at the ballot box, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, is leading the charge to ensure banking access for the legal marijuana industry.
Governor Rick Snyder has just a few bills from last session left to consider. Among them is a bill that would allow landlords to include a provision in their leases preventing tenants from smoking or growing medical marijuana.