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NYSDOH Announces Chronic Pain to Be Added As Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

New York State Department of Health Announces Latest Enhancements to Improve Patient Access to Medical Marijuana Program

ALBANY, N.Y., March 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced several enhancements to the state’s Medical Marijuana Program that will improve patient access. These measures include authorizing physician assistants to certify patients and adding chronic pain as a qualifying condition.

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Illinois Department of Public Health Provides Medical Marijuana Program Update

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has approved applications for approximately 16,990 qualifying patients (including 139 persons under 18 years of age), since it began accepting applications for the Medical Cannabis Registry Program on September 2, 2014.

Aloha Spirit Spreads: Fourth Dispensary Greenlit to Grow in Hawaii

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.

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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.

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Hawaii Department of Health Approves Manoa Botanicals LLC to Acquire and Cultivate Medical Marijuana

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Feb. 9, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — The Hawaii State Department of Health today issued a Notice to Proceed to Acquire and Cultivate Marijuana to Manoa Botanicals LLC for their production center on Oahu.

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Gerry Greenspoon Announces Launch of the Organization for Safe Cannabis Regulation (OSCR) in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 2, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Gerry Greenspoon, a prominent Florida attorney who has been involved in efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Florida, today announces the launch of the Organization for Safe Cannabis Regulation (OSCR), a nonprofit Florida corporation formed to ensure that the mandate of the voters under Amendment 2 is carried out by the Florida Legislature and Department of Health.

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Hawaii Department of Health Approves Two Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Acquire and Grow Marijuana for Medical Purposes

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Feb. 1, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Two medical marijuana dispensaries are the first to receive approvals to acquire and grow marijuana for medical products in Hawaii. The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licensing Program today issued Notices to Proceed to Acquire and Cultivate Marijuana to Maui Wellness Group, dba Maui Grown Therapies for a production site on Maui, and Aloha Green Holdings, Inc. for a production site on Oahu.

Medical marijuana tax revenue comes in lower than expected

NY Medical Marijuana Tax Revenue Comes in Lower Than Expected

The low projection in tax revenue signals an administration belief that little will change in the coming months even as the state Department of Health works to expand access for patients, which should, in theory, bring in new revenue.

Florida Department of Health Releases Proposed Medical Marijuana Rules

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.

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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.

NYSDOH Announces Chronic Pain to Be Added As Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

NYSDOH Announces Ability for Wholesaling of Medical Marijuana Products and Removes Cap On Number of Products Available to Patients

ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced several enhancements to the state’s Medical Marijuana Program that will improve access for patients, streamline production, increase choice and help lead to reduced costs.

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State Medical Cannabis Program to Add PTSD as Qualifying Condition

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 1, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger today announced the decision to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a new qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program.

South Africa Making Moves to Legalize Medical Cannabis in 2017

South Africa Moves to Legalize Medical Cannabis in 2017

On Nov. 23, 2016, South Africa’s Medicines Control Council announced to members of parliament that it had progressed in its study of medical cannabis and that the Department of Health could have a regulatory framework ready to publish by February 2017.

North Dakota Developing Plan of Action for Medical Marijuana

North Dakota Developing Plan of Action for Medical Marijuana

On Nov. 28, 2016, the North Dakota Department of Health announced that it has been holding regular meetings to develop a plan of action for the implementation of Measure 5, the medical marijuana initiative recently approved by state residents.

North Dakota Department of Health Takes Steps Toward Implementing Medical Marijuana

BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 28, 2016 /Weed Wire/ – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been meeting regularly to take steps towards implementation of Measure 5, otherwise known as the Compassionate Care Act, which was recently approved by North Dakota residents.

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Hawaii Department of Health Contracts with BioTrackTHC™ to Implement Medical Marijuana Seed-to-Sale Tracking and Traceability System

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 28, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Hawaii State Department of Health has signed a contract with BioTrackTHC™, formally authorizing the company to begin work on the development and deployment of the BioTrackTHC™ integrated tracking and traceability software system for the state’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licensing Program.

Excitement in Arkansas: Medical Marijuana Calls Flood State Agencies

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.

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North Dakota Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Medical Marijuana

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — North Dakota voters have approved Measure 5, which legalizes the medical use of marijuana for conditions such as cancer, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, glaucoma, and epilepsy, and other debilitating medical conditions.

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Department of Health Asks for Patient Input on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 4, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today encouraged Pennsylvanians who will be eligible for the Medical Marijuana Program to participate in a short survey to help ensure the program will meet their needs.

State plans to expand struggling medical pot program

New York Plans to Expand Struggling Medical Pot Program

The Department of Health, aiming to improve patient access, plans to add five more companies within two years to a fledgling medical marijuana program that began dispensing the drug in January.

Wyoming Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Possession

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.

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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.

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State Department of Health Expands Medical Marijuana Program to Reach More Patients Suffering From Severe, Debilitating Illnesses in New York

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The New York State Department of Health today announced that, based on a statewide needs assessment, it will implement numerous recommendations through new regulations and guidelines to enhance its Medical Marijuana Program.

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Advocates Welcome New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Changes, Push for Immediate Rollout

NEW YORK, Aug. 30, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his office will sign off on all 12 recommendations made by the Department of Health in its recent two-year report evaluating the rollout and current status of New York’s medical marijuana program.

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NH DHHS Issues Registration Certificate to Prime ATC Therapeutic Cannabis Dispensary in Merrimack

CONCORD, N.H., Aug. 19, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces that Prime Alternative Treatment Center (ATC) has received a registration certificate for its therapeutic cannabis dispensary in Merrimack.

Transparency of New York's Medical Marijuana Program in Question

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

Department of Health Names John J. Collins as Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Medical Marijuana

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 4, 2016 /Weed Wire/ – Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that John J. Collins has been named director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. Collins, who currently works in the Department of Health’s HIV Care Section, will assume his new role on Aug. 8, 2016.


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