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New York Governor Approves Medical Cannabis to Treat PTSD

New York Governor Approves Medical Cannabis to Treat PTSD

New York Governor Approves Medical Cannabis to Treat PTSD

Patients in the state of New York suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will now be able to use medical cannabis to treat PTSD.

First Look at the Proposed Canadian Cannabis Tax Framework

First Look at the Proposed Canadian Cannabis Tax Framework

While several provinces have announced their plans for recreational cannabis distribution and retail operations, industry stakeholders have been waiting for an announcement on the Canadian cannabis tax framework and that moment has now arrived.

Four Ways the California Treasurer Wants to Improve Cannabis Banking Services

Four Ways the California Treasurer Wants to Improve Cannabis Banking Services

While there have been attempts at the federal level to ensure the availability of cannabis banking services, the Golden State is forging ahead with its own strategies so it can be prepared for the rollout of recreational cannabis in 53 days.

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor's Veto

Back to the Drawing Board: Maine House Fails to Overcome Governor’s Veto

It’s back to the drawing board for Maine legislators. On Nov. 6, 2017, the Maine House of Representatives fell 17 votes short of overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 1650, a bill regulating the state’s recreational market.

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

Maine Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana

On Nov. 3, 2017, Maine Gov. Paul LePage vetoed LD 1650, a bill that would regulate recreational marijuana in the state. In his veto letter, LePage outlined three key concerns and urged legislators to come together and rework the bill.

California Approves Commercial Insurer's Offering of Cannabis Business Insurance

California Approves Commercial Insurer’s Offering of Cannabis Business Insurance

It looks like the California Insurance Commissioner has taken a pivotal step for the state’s cannabis industry. On Nov. 2, 2017, Dave Jones approved a commercial insurer’s offering of cannabis business insurance for the first time.

Organization in Ohio Is the New Holder of a DEA Marijuana Research License

Organization in Ohio Is the New Holder of a DEA Marijuana Research License

While the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s marijuana research license isn’t awarded lightly, an Ohio-based organization was recently awarded a Schedule I Researcher license by the DEA to study the effects of marijuana.

Beer Distributor’s Play for Cannabis Beverages Amps Canadian Company’s Stock

Beer Distributor’s Play for Cannabis Beverages Amps Canadian Company’s Stock

Drinkable cannabis has been on the rise since the advent of states in America with recreational marijuana legalization and now that Canada is on the brink of implementing recreational legalization, a recently announced strategic relationship has the future of Canadian cannabis beverages looking bright.

These Are the First 6 Colombian Medical Marijuana Manufacturers

These Are the First 6 Colombian Medical Marijuana Manufacturers

While Colombia legalized medical marijuana on Dec. 22, 2015, the country has yet to harvest and process any legal Colombian medical marijuana; however, recent government actions are about to change that.

Gallup Poll: Support for Legalization Reaches All-Time High

Gallup Poll: Support for Legalization Reaches All-Time High

Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in the United States has reached an all time high. According to a new a Gallup poll, 64% of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuana, compared to 60% last year and 58% in 2015.

Provincial Crown Corporation to Sell New Brunswick Cannabis

Provincial Crown Corporation to Sell New Brunswick Cannabis

With New Brunswick cannabis set to be cultivated by Organigram (TSXV: OGI) and Canopy Growth (TSX: WEED), the provincial government has now determined that a Crown corporation, not the private sector, will handle retail cannabis sales.

This Will Be the Largest Study on How Marijuana Affects HIV Symptoms

This Will Be the Largest Study on How Marijuana Affects HIV Symptoms

While some data has been collected on how marijuana affects HIV symptoms, there has yet to be a large-scale study on the topic; however, researchers at the University of Florida are getting ready to change that.

Nevada Recreational Marijuana Sales Topped $33 Million in August

Nevada Recreational Marijuana Sales Topped $33 Million in August

While supply shortages may have hampered Nevada recreational marijuana sales when the second month of sales commenced on Aug. 1, 2017, the industry was able to rebound and close out the month of August with more than $33 million in sales.

This Is Why California Wants Commercial Carriers to Offer Cannabis Coverage

This Is Why California Wants Commercial Carriers to Offer Cannabis Coverage

With last week’s devastating wildfires in Northern California and the state’s impending rollout of recreational cannabis on Jan. 1, 2018, California wants legal cannabis businesses to have commercial cannabis coverage and California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is on a mission to make it happen.

Charges Against the Kettle Falls Five May Soon Be Dropped

Charges Against the Kettle Falls Five May Soon Be Dropped

After years of court battles, the charges against the Kettle Falls Five may soon be dropped. On Oct. 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice filed a motion to stay the case against the Kettle Falls Five, admitting that federal prosecutors did not have the authority to try the group.

Organic Farming Expert: Oregon's New Cannabis Laws and Sustainable Options

Organic Farming Expert: Oregon’s New Cannabis Laws and Sustainable Options

Oregon’s laws regarding cannabis testing for pesticides and insecticides are a double-edged sword. Just like many things in life, there is a trade-off to progress.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Accepting Processor Applications in Decemeber

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Accepting Processor Applications in Decemeber

On Oct. 19, 2017, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program and the Department of Commerce announced that the application for prospective cannabis processors is now available, with the application period running from Dec. 4 to Dec. 15.

This Is Why New Zealand May Be the Next Country to Legalize Cannabis

This Is Why New Zealand May Be the Next Country to Legalize Cannabis

On Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, the recently elected prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden, said she wants to initiate countrywide conversations regarding the legalization of cannabis.

These Are the First Two Licensed Jamaican Cannabis Companies

These Are the First Two Licensed Jamaican Cannabis Companies

While Jamaican cannabis has a rich history, the country of Jamaica hasn’t been at the forefront of the legal industry; however, that may soon change as the country has issued its first two Jamaican cannabis licenses.

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Regulators Want Input From Residents Right Now

West Virginia Medical Marijuana Regulators Want Resident Input Right Now

West Virginia medical marijuana may not be a reality for another two years, but state regulators are ready to start calculating the supply and demand needs of Mountain State patients.

This Is the Second Lab Approved to Test Hawaiian Medical Marijuana

This Is the Second Lab Approved to Test Hawaiian Medical Marijuana

The Hawaii Department of Health announced on Oct. 17, 2017, that it had approved the state’s second Hawaiian medical marijuana laboratory, Pharmlab Hawaii, to start testing medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries, registered caregivers and patients.

Canadian Researchers Identify Optimal Rate for Organic Cannabis Fertilizer

Canadian Researchers Identify Optimal Rate of Organic Cannabis Fertilizer

With the recent publication of North America’s first scientific paper on advancing medical cannabis production, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario are investigating the brave new science of organic cannabis production.

First Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Grower Greenlit to Begin Cultivation

First Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Grower Greenlit to Begin Cultivation

While the Pennsylvania medical cannabis program has been under the microscope for its application scoring practices, it has now taken a critical step forward in becoming fully operational.

What We Know About the Ousting of MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich

What We Know About the Ousting of MassRoots CEO Isaac Dietrich

On Oct. 16, 2017, the Board of Directors for MassRoots (OTCQB:MSRT), a marijuana social media platform, ousted Isaac Dietrich as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Melissa Etheridge Busted for Possession in North Dakota and She's All Smiles

Melissa Etheridge Busted for Possession in North Dakota and She’s All Smiles

Singer-Songwriter Melissa Etheridge has long been an advocate of medical marijuana and on Aug. 17, 2017, her advocacy met a prohibition reality when she was charged with simple possession in North Dakota, but Etheridge kept it all smiles for her mug shot.

Florida Health Officials Request Judge's Removal from Medical Marijuana Case

Florida Health Officials Request Judge’s Removal from Medical Marijuana Case

On Oct. 10, 2017, Christian Bax, Executive Director of the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use, issued a request to Robert Cohen, Director of the Division of Administrative Hearings, asking for Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham to be removed from a medical marijuana case involving cultivation licenses.

California Releases Cannabis Insurance List as Wildfires Continue to Rage

California Releases Cannabis Insurance List as Wildfires Continue to Rage

Wildfires are continuing to lay waste to Northern California. Beyond the loss of life and land, some of those that have survived are waiting to sift through the ashes of their cannabis businesses knowing they don’t have cannabis insurance to recoup their losses.

Medical Marijuana in Montana Ready to Give Slight Boost to State Coffers

Medical Marijuana in Montana Ready to Give Slight Boost to State Coffers

It looks like the enhanced legalization of medical marijuana in Montana will boost the Treasure State’s coffers this year, with sales increasing the amount of money in Montana’s general fund.

Things to Know About Washington Cannabis Consumers

Things to Know About Washington Cannabis Consumers

While it has been established that Washington cannabis consumers still love flower the most, who’s buying all of this flower, how much are they spending and what brands do they prefer?

Wisconsin Lawmakers Lobby for Bill That Would Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp

Wisconsin Lawmakers Lobby for Bill That Would Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp

On Oct. 10, 2017, Wisconsin lawmakers lobbied for a bill that would permit farmers to cultivate hemp in The Badger State.

DEA Report: 71% of Cannabis Plants Seized in 2016 Came from California

DEA Report: 71% of Cannabis Plants Seized in 2016 Came from California

While California may grow eight times the amount of cannabis state residents can consume, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration is dimming the brilliance of the Golden State’s illegal cannabis plants.

Nevada Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Marijuana Distribution Dispute

Nevada Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Marijuana Distribution Dispute

On Oct. 3, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a dispute over the distribution rights of recreational marijuana in the state of Nevada. The case is the culmination of months of back and forth between the state’s Department of Taxation and the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada.


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