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.
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Minnesota Medical Marijuana Patients Struggle With Supply Shortage
Minnesota medical marijuana patients are worried after news broke that one of the state’s two cannabis providers is experiencing a distribution delay, leaving them with scarce supplies for treatment.
Pennsylvania Ordered to Reveal Members of Secret Medical Marijuana Panel
On Aug. 31, 2017, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records ordered the state health department to reveal the names of members belonging to a secret medical marijuana panel that scored the applications of prospective medical marijuana licensees.
Pennsylvania Launches Medical Marijuana Practitioner Registry
On July 26, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the launch of the state’s medical marijuana practitioner registry for medical professionals wishing to participate in the state’s medical marijuana program.
Hawaii Medical Marijuana Registry Gaining Patients in Oahu
While the Aloha State has yet to approve any labs to test medical marijuana, demand is growing as the Hawaii medical marijuana registry continues to add patients.
North Dakota Department of Health Requests Letters of Intent for Proposed Medical Marijuana Compassion Centers
BISMARCK, N.D., July 7, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), Division of Medical Marijuana requests that any entity interested in submitting a proposal to become a registered compassion center submit a letter of intent.
Medical Cannabis Registration for PTSD Underway
SAINT PAUL, Minn., July 6, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — As of July 1, Minnesota patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can register to receive medical cannabis through the state’s medical cannabis program.
Pennsylvania Awards Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits for the First Time
Pennsylvania medical marijuana program has taken a critical step forward by granting its first-ever medical marijuana dispensary permits.
Pennsylvania Department of Health Grants Medical Marijuana Permits for Dispensaries
HARRISBURG, Penn., June 29, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today granted 27 dispensary permits for medical marijuana dispensaries. The permittees will now have six months in which to become operational, before they can begin dispensing medical marijuana.
Arkansas Medical Marijuana Program Expects 20K-40K Patients
According to state officials, the Arkansas medical marijuana program expects 20,000 to 40,000 patients to request medical marijuana registration cards.
Florida Medical Marijuana Regulations Proceed Under Department of Health
On May 25, 2017, the Florida Department of Health issued a Notice of Regulation Development Procedure, laying the groundwork for how the department will regulate the state’s medical marijuana program.
Florida Department of Health Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Trulieve
On May 15, 2017, the Florida Department of Health sent a cease-and desist-letter to Trulieve, one of Florida’s seven licensed medical marijuana companies, ordering them to stop selling whole flower medical marijuana to their patients.
Pennsylvania Department of Health Releases Application to Become an Approved Laboratory for Medical Marijuana Testing
HARRISBURG, Penn., May 12, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced applications are now available online for laboratories to become an approved laboratory for the testing of medical marijuana for the Commonwealth’s medical marijuana program.
Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Laboratory Application Now Available
While the the Pennsylvania Department of Health has already processed hundreds of applications for cultivators, processors and dispensaries, laboratory hopefuls can now get in on the action. On May 11, 2017, the PADOH released the application to become an approved Pennsylvania medical marijuana laboratory.
Florida Legislature Fails to Regulate Medical Marijuana Before Session Ends
If Florida lawmakers are to have any say in how the state regulates its medical marijuana program, it will have to wait until next year. On May 5, 2017, the Florida state legislature failed to pass HB 1397, a bill that would regulate the state’s medical marijuana program, before the end of the legislative session.
New York Adds Patients and Issues List of Medical Marijuana Doctors
On May 5, 2017, the New York State Department of Health gave additional transparency to its program by adding registration statistics and a public list of consenting medical marijuana doctors to the program’s website.
New York State Department of Health Adds Thousands of New Patients to Medical Marijuana Program Following the Addition of Chronic Pain
ALBANY, New York, May 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced several milestones in the state’s Medical Marijuana program, including the certification of more than 3,350 patients since the addition of chronic pain as a qualifying condition in late March.
New York Medical Marijuana Providers File Suit Against Health Department
On April 28, 2017, four out of five licensed New York medical marijuana providers filed suit against the state Department of Health for attempting to expand the number of licensed providers from five to 10.
Department of Health Provides Update on Medical Marijuana Program Implementation in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Penn., April 26, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Today, at her regular briefing of the status of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy provided an update on the application intake process for growers/processors and dispensaries and discussed steps moving forward for practitioner and patient regulations.
Florida Warns of Medical Cannabis Scams
On April 19, 2017, the Florida Department of Health announced that state residents should be cognizant of medical cannabis scams as the DOH has received reports of fraudulent advertisements for free or cheap medical cannabis.
West Virginia Senate Approves Changes to Medical Marijuana Bill
On April 6, 2017, the West Virginia Senate voted to approve changes made to Senate Bill 386, a measure which would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
BioTrackTHC Launches First Live Seed-to-Sale Cannabis Traceability System in a FedRAMP Authorized Environment for Hawaii Department of Health
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 30, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — BioTrackTHC has partnered with the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) to be the first in the history of the cannabis industry to deploy a live seed-to-sale cannabis Traceability System in a FedRAMP authorized environment.
Nation’s Capital Now Fielding Letters of Intent for Sixth Dispensary
On March 17, 2017, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser signed Bill 220138, increasing the medical marijuana dispensary cap from five to six and greenlighting an application period for a sixth dispensary to be located in Ward 7 or Ward 8.
Australia Greenlights Importation of Medical Marijuana
On Feb. 22, 2017, Australia’s Department of Health announced that providers approved by the Office of Drug Control will be allowed to import medical marijuana from approved international sources.
Aloha Spirit Spreads: Fourth Dispensary Greenlit to Grow in Hawaii
The Hawaii State Department of Health is on roll with its approvals for licensees to start growing medical marijuana. On Feb. 14, 2017, the DOH announced that Pono Life Sciences Maui had been approved to commence its marijuana cultivation operation, making it the second dispensary in Maui and the fourth dispensary in the state to be approved.
Hawaii Department of Health Approves Pono Life Sciences Maui LLC to Acquire and Cultivate Medical Marijuana
HONOLULU, Hawaii, Feb. 14, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) today issued a Notice to Proceed to Acquire and Cultivate Marijuana to Pono Life Sciences Maui LLC for their production center on Maui.
Florida’s Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules Receive Heavy Opposition
On Feb. 7, 2017, Florida state officials hosted a public workshop in Fort Lauderdale on the state Department of Health’s proposed rules for Florida’s medical marijuana system.
Aloha Growth: Dispensaries in Hawaii Approved to Start Cultivating
On Feb. 1, 2017, the Hawaii State Department of Health announced that Aloha Green Holdings and Maui Grown Therapies have been approved to commence their cannabis cultivation operations, making them the first two dispensaries in the state to receive such approval.
Florida Department of Health Releases Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules
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.
Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Permit Applications Now Available
On Jan. 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program announced the release of applications for state cultivator, processor and dispensary permits.
Department of Health Releases Medical Marijuana Program Permit Applications for Growers/Processors and Dispensaries
HARRISBURG, Penn., Jan. 17, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced applications for medical marijuana growers/processors and dispensaries are now available on the department’s Medical Marijuana Program website. Permit applications will be accepted from February 20 to March 20, 2017.
MedMen Acquires One of New York’s Struggling Marijuana Providers
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
Florida Awards Seventh Medical Marijuana License
On Dec. 12, 2016, the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings posted a settlement in the case of McCrory’s Sunny Hill Nursery v. Florida Department of Health.
New York Adding Chronic Pain as Qualifying Condition for MMJ
On Dec. 1, 2016, the New York State Department of Health announced that it will be adding chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
NYSDOH Announces Chronic Pain to Be Added As Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana
NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced that chronic pain will be added as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana.
Orlando Extends Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban
On Nov. 14, 2016, the Orlando City Council voted to extend a temporary ban on new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
A Freeze in Florida: Boca Raton Bans Medical Marijuana Sales
Even though 71% of Floridians voted to approve Amendment 2, the fight to deliver medical marijuana to Florida is far from over.
Excitement in Arkansas: Medical Marijuana Calls Flood State Agencies
On Nov. 8, 2016, medical marijuana was legalized in Arkansas via the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, prompting a wave of entrepreneurial excitement in the state.
Department of Health Provides Update on Medical Marijuana Program Implementation in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 25, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today announced temporary regulations for marijuana growers and processors.
Progress in Hawaii: Lab and Dispensary Preparing to Open in Maui
On Sept. 21, PharmLabs Hawaii LLC announced that it will begin offering lab testing services in the state on Nov. 15, helping dispensaries fulfill the lab testing requirements so they can prepare to open.
Fiscal Challenges for Medical Marijuana Company in New York
Bloomfield Industries, one of the five organizations licensed by the state of New York to cultivate and distribute medical marijuana, is facing “financial constraints.”
Wyoming Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Possession
Legislators in the state of Wyoming are considering reducing the penalties for simple marijuana possession. The consideration comes after legislators failed to impose penalties on those caught possessing edible marijuana products in the previous legislative session.
DC Mayor Wants to Double Amount of MMJ a Patient Can Purchase
On Sept. 21, 2016, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced changes to the city’s medical marijuana program. Included in the changes is a proposal to increase the amount of medical marijuana a patient can purchase within a 30-day period from two ounces to four.
Mayor Muriel Bowser Announces Changes to Medical Marijuana Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) announced modifications to the Medical Marijuana Program that will work to improve patient access, remove potential barriers and spur innovation in the District’s medical program.
New York to Expand Medical Marijuana Program
On Aug. 30, 2016, the New York State Department of Health announced that it is going to expand its medical marijuana program.
North Dakota Voting on Medical Marijuana in November
On Aug. 11, 2016, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state, had received enough signatures to appear on the ballot on Nov. 8.
Backlog of Medical Cannabis Applications Creates Outrage in New Mexico
In recent days, the New Mexico Department of Health has come under fire from residents and state officials failing to process medical marijuana card applications in a timely manner.
Transparency of New York’s Medical Marijuana Program in Question
As of July 26, 2016, the New York State Department of Health had 639 physicians registered with the state’s medical marijuana program and 5,966 patients certified by physicians, but some New Yorkers and advocates are asking the state for more details. When New York Gov. Andew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, legalizing medical marijuana, into law…
Progress in Pennsylvania: Update on Medical Marijuana Program
On July 19, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Health provided an update on the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program.
Florida Panhandle Developer Backing Medical Marijuana Operation
On July 13, 2016, an attorney for Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, one of the five nurseries in Florida that can cultivate non-euphoric medical marijuana, confirmed that Panhandle developer Jay Odom is backing the company’s operation.