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State of the States’ Medical Cannabis Programs

State of the States’ Medical Cannabis Programs

State of the States’ Medical Cannabis Programs

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 28, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Today the medical cannabis advocacy organization, Americans for Safe Access, released its annual report entitled “Medical Marijuana Access in the United States: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws.”

Tennessee House Speaker Helps Break Tie on Medical Cannabis Bill

Tennessee House Speaker Helps Break Tie on Medical Cannabis Bill

Efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Tennessee have gotten some unexpected support from state House Speaker Beth Harwell. On Feb. 27, 2018, Harwell voted to break a tie in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee in favor of HB 1749 / SB 1710, also known as the Medical Cannabis Act. Under the proposed measure, medical cannabis

Bills Directing Cannabis Growing in Utah to Go Before Full Senate

Bills Directing Cannabis Growing in Utah to Go Before Full Senate

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday approved a pair of bills promoting the growth of full-strength marijuana in the state and terminally ill patients’ right to try medicinal cannabis products.

Doubts Raised Over Marijuana’s Medical Benefits

Doubts Raised Over Marijuana’s Medical Benefits

A new medical marijuana guideline developed by Edmonton researchers warns family doctors that the risks may outweigh the benefits for the vast majority of patients. The guideline, published Thursday in the Canadian Family Physician journal, suggests the benefits of medical cannabis may be overstated, and research on its medicinal properties is sorely lacking.

Medical Marijuana Patients in Pennsylvania Can Begin Legally Obtaining Their Medicine Today

Medical Marijuana Patients in Pennsylvania Can Begin Legally Obtaining Their Medicine Today

BERHARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 15, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Medical marijuana sales began in Pennsylvania today, allowing certified patients to obtain their medicine legally for the first time. Six out of the 10 dispensaries that have been approved to operate were set to open their doors, and up to 81 more dispensaries are expected to open across the state over the next few months.

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.

Wolf Administration Approves Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Begin Operation

HARRISBURG, Penn., Feb. 9, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved medical marijuana dispensaries in Chester and Lancaster counties to begin operations, bringing the statewide total to eight.

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.

NM Medical Cannabis Enrollment Up Nearly 50 Percent

NM Medical Cannabis Enrollment Up Nearly 50 Percent

ALBUQUERQUE, Feb. 8, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program ended January 2018 with 47,840 enrolled patients according to the New Mexico Department of Health report, a 49 percent increase over the same month in 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Study: Cannabis Use May Reduce Risk of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Study: Cannabis Use May Reduce Risk of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Can cannabis protect individuals from alcohol-related liver damage? Maybe. According to a study published in the journal Liver International, heavy alcohol users that use cannabis on a daily basis have reduced incidence of liver disease than those that do not.

Cannabis Oil Bill Introduced in Idaho House Committee

Cannabis Oil Bill Introduced in Idaho House Committee

On Jan. 25, 2018, during the House Health and Welfare Committee, Rep. Dorothy Moon proposed draft legislation, RS25862, that would permit residents to use medically prescribed cannabis oil.

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Wolf Administration Approves Third Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Begin Serving Patients

HARRISBURG, Penn., Jan. 24, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Health has approved Ilera Healthcare’s medical marijuana dispensary in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County.

Illinois Judge: Add Chronic Pain as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

Illinois Judge: Add Chronic Pain as Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

Illinois patients suffering from chronic pain may soon have a new way to treat their medical condition. On Jan. 16, 2018, Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to add chronic pain as a qualifying condition for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Governor Murphy

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Mandating Review of New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Policy

TRENTON, N.J., Jan. 23, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – Governor Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order directing the New Jersey Department of Health and the Board of Medical Examiners to review the state’s existing medical marijuana program. The goal of the review is to eliminate barriers to access for patients who suffer from illnesses that could be treated with medical marijuana.

Arizona Dispensaries Sold Over 43 Tons of Medical Marijuana in 2017

Arizona Dispensaries Sold Over 43 Tons of Medical Marijuana in 2017

While the Grand Canyon State may have failed to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, Arizona dispensaries ran full steam ahead with medical marijuana sales in 2017, selling more than 43 tons by the end of the year, according to an end-of-year report from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers File Lawsuit Against DHHS

Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers File Lawsuit Against DHHS

In an effort to halt implementation of new regulations governing Maine medical marijuana caregivers, two medical marijuana shop owners, along with two unnamed patients in their care, have filed a lawsuit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the state medical marijuana program.

First Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensary Holds Grand Opening

First Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensary Holds Grand Opening

The Keystone State’s first cultivator was greenlit this past October and while Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the first Pennsylvania medical marijuana dispensary had been approved to start serving patients on Jan. 4, 2018, the dispensary wasn’t quite ready to open its doors until recently.

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Ultra Health Announces Nation’s First In-Depth, Experiential Cannabis Dispensary and Second Cultivation Site

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Jan. 16, 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Ultra Health distributed 230,415 copies of an informational printed media insert to 19 newspapers across New Mexico from January 10, 2018 to January 14, 2018, reaching nearly one third of New Mexican households.

Arizona Supreme Court Reviewing Ruling in Campus MMJ Case

Arizona Supreme Court Reviewing Ruling in Campus MMJ Case

Can Arizona universities and colleges ban medical marijuana on their campuses? Can the state legislature ban it for them? These are the questions that the Arizona Supreme Court is set to decide.

Cannabis Cultural Association Responds to Jeff Sessions Rescinding of Cole Memo

NEW YORK, Jan 5., 2018 /Weed Wire/ — Cannabis Cultural Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in New York which helps marginalized and underrepresented communities engage in the legal cannabis industry, emphasizing criminal justice reform, access to medical cannabis, and adult use legalization issued the following statement on Jeff Sessions decision to rescind the long-standing Cole Memorandum.

Gillibrand Statement on Reports That Attorney General Sessions Will Rescind Current Federal Marijuana Policy

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2018 /Weed Wire/ – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today released the following statement regarding news reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind current policy and allow federal prosecutors to decide how aggressively to enforce marijuana laws.

Michigan Warns Medical Marijuana Patients Against Third-Party Providers

Michigan Warns Medical Marijuana Patients Against Third-Party Providers

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is advising residents who are interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card to register with the state rather than third-party providers.

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Governor Wolf: More than 10,000 Patients Registered for Medical Marijuana Program

HARRISBURG, PA, Dec. 27, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced that 10,135 patients have registered to participate in the medical marijuana program, with 1,188 certified by a physician to participate.

LARA Advises Patients on Michigan Medical Marihuana Program Registration Process

LARA Advises Patients on Michigan Medical Marihuana Program Registration Process

The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released information today to inform and advise patients regarding the registration process for acquiring a registry identification card for the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program.

Aurora Cannabis Opposes CanniMed's Bid for Newstrike Resources

Aurora Cannabis Opposes CanniMed’s Bid for Newstrike Resources

Medical marijuana company Aurora Cannabis Inc said on Monday its acquisition-target CanniMed Therapeutics Inc’s plan to buy smaller rival Newstrike Resources Ltd was a “terrible deal” for CanniMed shareholders.

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Interests 82 Percent of Doctors in State

West Virginia Medical Cannabis Interests 82 Percent of Doctors in State

Medical cannabis cards in the Mountain State won’t see the light of day until July 1, 2019, but it appears prospective patients might have an easier time finding a West Virginia medical cannabis doctor.


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