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New Mexico Lawmakers Press Health Chief to OK Cannabis for Opioid Treatment

New Mexico Lawmakers Press Health Chief to OK Cannabis for Opioid Treatment

New Mexico Lawmakers Press Health Chief to OK Cannabis for Opioid Treatment

New Mexico lawmakers injected a dose of political pressure Monday into an unwavering but so far unsuccessful effort to add opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis in New Mexico.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Ready to Serve Patients This Week

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Ready to Serve Patients This Week

While the Keystone State’s first dispensary held its grand opening on Jan. 27, 2018, it didn’t have medical marijuana available for patients to purchase, but now the wait to buy products from Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensaries is almost over. Starting on Feb. 15, and progressing through the week, a handful of dispensaries will open with products available for patients to purchase.

Lawmakers Threaten Department of Health Funding After Medical Marijuana Delays in Florida

Lawmakers Threaten DOH Funding After Medical Marijuana Delays in Florida

Dr. Ahmed El-Haddad with Mari J MD Medical Marijuana says the rollout here in Florida has worked in some respects. It’s a system he says that still has a lot of room for improvement.

Virginia Senate Passes Bill for First-Time Offenders to Have Cannabis Charges Expunged

Virginia Senate Passes Bill for First-Time Offenders to Have Cannabis Charges Expunged

Virginia residents caught with cannabis might get a chance to clear their convictions. On Feb. 12, 2018, the Virginia Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 954, a bill which would reduce the penalties for cannabis possession and allow first-time offenders to have their charges expunged.

Study: Medical Cannabis Treatment Significantly Reduces Chronic Pain in Elderly

Study: Medical Cannabis Treatment Significantly Reduces Chronic Pain in Elderly

Baby boomers have become a growing market segment in the legal cannabis industry as the acceptance of medical cannabis treatment continues to spread across the world, and now it appears that medical cannabis treatment may offer senior citizens a safer alternative to opioids in the treatment of chronic pain.

Deadline to Challenge Michigan Legalization Signatures Passes Without Objection

Deadline to Challenge Michigan Legalization Signatures Passes Without Objection

The Michigan-based Committee to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol received a boost in support after the Feb 9. 2018, deadline to challenge the group’s petition signatures for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state passed without any objection from opposing organizations.

Michigan Pot Legalization Push Faces New Opposition

Michigan Pot Legalization Push Faces New Opposition

A campaign to legalize and commercialize recreational marijuana in Michigan is facing opposition from a national group that has fought similar proposals in other states around the country.

Ontario Selects Shopify to Run Mobile and Online Cannabis Sales

Ontario Selects Shopify to Run Mobile and Online Cannabis Sales

With Canadian cannabis legalization slated to commence this summer, Ontario has been proactive in its preparations, being the first province to issue its market regulations and now announcing a partnership with a popular ecommerce platform based in Ottawa to run mobile and online cannabis sales in the province.

Colorado Marijuana Sales Hit a Record $1.5 Billion in 2017

Colorado Marijuana Sales Hit a Record $1.5 Billion in 2017

Colorado marijuana shops raked in a record $1.51 billion sales of medical and recreational cannabis, edibles and concentrate products during 2017, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data released Friday.

City of Seattle to Erase Marijuana Misdemeanors

City of Seattle to Erase Marijuana Misdemeanors

In a municipal move signifying the dying war on drugs, the city of Seattle is going to vacate convictions and dismiss charges for marijuana misdemeanors. Former U.S. Attorney and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes made the announcement during a press conference on Feb. 8, 2018.

Enrollment Gaining in New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program

Enrollment Gaining in New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program

The New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program started 2018 on a high note, with the most enrolled patients it has ever had. As the month of January came to an end, the program had 47,840 registered patients, a nearly 50% increase from January 2017.

Canadian Regulators Repeat Call for Weed Firms to Disclose U.S. Risks

Canadian Regulators Repeat Call for Weed Firms to Disclose U.S. Risks

Canadian regulators on Thursday reiterated their call for listed cannabis producers with U.S. businesses to clearly disclose risks of operating there, and warned of potential punishment if U.S. federal anti-marijuana laws are more strictly enforced.

Study: Medical Cannabis May Not Be Panacea to Prevent Opioid-Related Deaths

Study: Medical Cannabis May Not Be Panacea to Prevent Opioid-Related Deaths

It has often been touted by medical cannabis advocates that states with medical cannabis laws see a statistical reduction in opioid-related deaths, and there is some evidence to support this claim; however, a recent study conducted by the RAND Corporation and the University of California, Irvine, calls into question this assumption and paints a more complex picture.

Leafly Cutting Unlicensed Cannabis Companies From Dispensary Finder Tool

Leafly Cutting Unlicensed Cannabis Companies From Dispensary Finder Tool

Prior to recreational cannabis legalization in California, unlicensed cannabis companies proliferated under a system that didn’t require state licenses to operate medical cannabis businesses; however, the opportunity for those operating under the guise of legality is over in California and a popular cannabis dispensary and strain review website is erring on the side of caution.

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Seeking Input From Counties

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Seeking Input From Counties

In an effort to hear what the public thinks about the proposed recreational cannabis regulations, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is traveling from county to county to gather feedback.

Medical Cannabis Exports Suspended in Israel

Medical Cannabis Exports Suspended in Israel

Israel has temporarily suspended medical cannabis exports. According to Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was responsible for the suspension and has ordered a review from both the Health Ministry and the chairman of the National Economic Council.

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Virginia Senate 40-0

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Virginia Senate 40-0

The Virginia Senate voted unanimously Monday to pass the Joint Commission on Health Care bill SB 726, which will let Virginia doctors recommend the use of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil for the treatment of any diagnosed condition or disease.

Fourth Corner Credit Union Gains Conditional Approval From the Federal Reserve

Fourth Corner Credit Union Conditionally Approved by Federal Reserve

A Colorado credit union dedicated to serving the cannabis industry is one step closer to becoming fully operational. On Feb. 5, 2018, the Fourth Corner Credit Union was given conditional approval by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for a master account.

How a Cannabis Tech Platform is About to Make Life a Lot Easier for Marijuana Dispensaries

How a Cannabis Tech Platform Will Make Things Easier for Marijuana Dispensaries

A slew of cannabis software services has cropped up with the advent of marijuana legalization, from point-of-sale systems to advertising networks to product-review platforms. As businesses angle for a piece of the cannabis-tech pie, retailers have a lot of options to choose from.

British Columbia Marijuana Market Details Revealed

British Columbia Marijuana Market Details Revealed

Canada is nearing its rollout of recreational marijuana this summer and while there have been challenges in keeping up with the federal deadline, the British Columbia marijuana market is taking shape.

Legal Weed: Politicians and Police Cashing in on New Industry

Legal Weed: Politicians and Police Cashing in on New Industry

Who gets to profit from Canada’s booming weed industry? Researchers at The Weekly found that nearly 40 former politicians and police officers are involved in medicinal marijuana companies, set to make retail sales as soon as it becomes legal.

New Mexico Senate Rules Committee Approves Legalization Bill

New Mexico Senate Rules Committee Approves Legalization Bill

Recreational cannabis might be heading for the New Mexico ballot in 2018. On Feb. 2, 2018, the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee voted 4-3 to approve Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino’s Senate Joint Resolution 4, a measure which would allow state residents to vote on cannabis legalization in the next general election.

Girl Scout Sells Over 300 Cookie Boxes Near San Diego Marijuana Dispensary

Girl Scout Sells Over 300 Cookie Boxes Near San Diego Marijuana Dispensary

California’s recreational cannabis industry continues to march on in the face of federal uncertainties and even youngsters are finding ways to cash in on the green rush, including a Girl Scout who recently got a jump start on her cookie sales outside of a San Diego marijuana dispensary.

Ohio Awards $1 Million Contract for Medical Marijuana Help Line

Ohio Awards $1 Million Contract for Medical Marijuana Help Line

State regulators awarded a $1 million, three-year contract this week to a New Jersey-based company to operate a toll-free help line for patients, caregivers and doctors accessing Ohio’s new medical marijuana program.

US Prosecutor: Oregon Has Big Marijuana Overproduction Problem

US Prosecutor: Oregon Has Big Marijuana Overproduction Problem

Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said Friday the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market and that he wants to work with state and local leaders and the pot industry to do something about it.

Maine Governor Agrees to Delay Implementation of Controversial Medical Cannabis Rules

Maine Governor Agrees to Delay Implementation of Controversial Medical Cannabis Rules

Controversial rules regulating Maine’s medical cannabis program will not go into effect as scheduled. On Jan. 31, 2018, Gov. Paul LePage agreed to delay implementation of the medical cannabis rules, which would have gone into effect on Feb. 1, 2018, until May 2018.

Bright Side of the Bay: 8 Winners Selected for Oakland Dispensary Licenses

Bright Side of the Bay: 8 Winners Selected for Oakland Dispensary Licenses

In California, officials with the city of Oakland have been working for more than a year to create and implement the city’s Dispensary Equity Permit Program, and with the winners of Oakland dispensary licenses having been announced, the fruits of their labor are being realized.

Bill Allowing Cannabis Oil for Medical Patients Gains Traction in Virginia

Bill Allowing Cannabis Oil for Medical Patients Gains Traction in Virginia

A bill that would allow physicians to prescribe a form of medical marijuana to patients suffering from a variety of serious diseases seems headed toward passage Thursday on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates.


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