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Federal Legislation: Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act Introduced

Federal Legislation: Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act Introduced

Federal Legislation: Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act Introduced

On May 25, 2017, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced that they had introduced the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act, a bill that would ask the Attorney General to reconsider whether cannabidiol should be scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act and expand research opportunities as a means of determining the medical efficacy of cannabidiol and marijuana in the treatment of serious medical conditions.

Governor Names Appointees to Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board

Governor Names Appointees to Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board

On May 26, 2017, Gov. Rick Snyder announced that he had named the initial appointees of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Licensing Board, a group whose formation was required by the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. The board’s five appointees include a former state lawmaker, a pharmacist and a retired police sergeant, among others.

Gov. Rick Snyder Makes Initial Appointments to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board

LANSING, Mich., May 26, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the initial appointments to the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board established by the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.

Maryland Medical Marijuana Grow Licenses Put on Hold

Maryland Medical Marijuana Grow Licensing Placed on Hold

It has been a month full of highs and lows for Maryland medical marijuana growers. Last week, on May 15, 2017, news came out that after months of controversy regarding racial disparities the state awarded its grower’s license to Anne Arundel County’s ForwardGro. The victory was short-lived though, as this past Thursday, May 25, a hold was placed on the commission’s ability to grant new licenses.

California Roll Out: Oakland Medical Cannabis Permit Application Now Available

California Roll Out: Oakland Medical Cannabis Permit Application Now Available

On May 23, 2017, in California, the Oakland medical cannabis permit application was released for those interested in cultivating, manufacturing, distributing, delivering, transporting and testing medical cannabis.

Rhode Island Woman Wins Medical Marijuana Discrimination Case

Rhode Island Woman Wins Medical Marijuana Discrimination Case

On April 23, 2017, a Rhode Island Superior Court judge ruled that Darlington Fabrics Corp. broke the law when it rescinded an employment offer to Christine Callaghan, a University of Rhode Island graduate student, based solely on her status as a medical marijuana patient.

New Timeline for Hawaii Medical Marijuana as First Crops Harvested

New Timeline for Hawaii Medical Marijuana as First Crops Harvested

Just months after eight Hawaii companies were given the go-ahead to begin growing medical marijuana, the first crops are being harvested and the first dispensaries could be open this summer.

City of Oakland Releases Medical Cannabis Permit Applications

Oakland, Calif., May 23, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, the City of Oakland released its Medical Cannabis Permit Application for individuals interested in cultivating, manufacturing, delivering, distributing, testing or transporting medical cannabis in Oakland.

California’s New Cannabis Rules: The End of the Beginning?

California’s New Cannabis Rules: The End of the Beginning?

All three of the California agencies charged with implementation of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act released their initial draft of new cannabis rules on April 28, 2017. This long-awaited event puts some meat on the ‘til-now skeletal ideas of what is going to happen in California as the expansion of the state-legal cannabis industry into adult recreational use moves forward.

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Vireo Launches First Marijuana Ad Campaign In NYC Subway History

NEW YORK, May 22, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Vireo Health of New York (“Vireo”), one of only five medical marijuana companies licensed by New York State, has announced the launch of what is believed to be the first-ever medical marijuana advertising campaign in the history of the New York City subway system.

This New Study Should Encourage Marijuana Stock Investors

This New Study Should Encourage Marijuana Stock Investors

The marijuana industry, and marijuana stock investors for that matter, have been expanding by leaps and bounds over the past two decades. One good way to keep this up is through university-based clinical studies. Studies like these really fan the flame of what might be possible with cannabis-based medicines.

South Dakota Marijuana Legalization Petition Approved by State Attorney General

South Dakota Marijuana Legalization Petition Approved by State Attorney General

A South Dakota marijuana legalization petition has been approved by Attorney General Marty Jackley. On May 17, 2017, Jackley issued an Attorney General Explanation for the legalization initiative that aims to legalize all quantities of marijuana and have the South Dakota Department of Agriculture establish a regulatory system for recreational marijuana.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Users Denied Reduced Program Fees

Arizona Medical Marijuana Users Denied Reduced Program Fees

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has denied attempts by Arizona medical marijuana users to lower mandatory patient and caregiver fees. Though Judge Jo Lynn Gentry did not challenge patients’ claims that the Department of Health Services collects more money than is needed to keep the program running, she maintained that the courts are unable to alter the fees for Arizona medical marijuana users.

Aloha Green Harvests First Legal Hawaiian Medical Marijuana Crop

Aloha Green Harvests First Legal Hawaiian Medical Marijuana Crop

On May 16, 2017, Aloha Green Holdings, a licensed dispensary based in Oahu and one of the first two dispensaries approved to grow medical marijuana in the state of Hawaii, announced that it had harvested its first crop of Hawaiian medical marijuana.

ED Talk: A doctor's case for medical marijuana

TED Talk: Dr. David Casarett’s Case for Medical Marijuana

Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic’s hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don’t — and what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.

Pasadena Ponders Shutting Off Utilities at Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

Pasadena Ponders Shutting Off Utilities at Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries

Pasadena, Calif., is considering an ordinance that would shut off the utilities of illegal marijuana dispensaries operating within the city. On May 15, 2017, the city council voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance’s first reading; if approved at its second reading, the ordinance could go into effect as soon as June of this year.

Attorney General Explanation Released for Initiated Measure to Legalize All Quantities of Marijuana

PIERRE, S.D., May 17, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

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Majority of Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patients Saw Benefit During the Program’s First Year

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 16, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A majority of Minnesota patients using medical cannabis reported benefits during the first year of the program, according to early data from a first-of-its-kind study by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Florida Department of Health Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Trulieve

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.

Maine's Caregivers Surged as Dispensary Sales Dropped in 2016

Maine’s Caregivers Surged as Dispensary Sales Dropped in 2016

On April 21, 2017, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services issued its 2016 annual report on the state’s medical marijuana program, noting that the number of caregivers rose from 2,258 in 2015 to 3,258 in 2016, an increase of 44%.

Farmers Breathe Hope: South Carolina Hemp Bill Signed by Governor

Farmers Breathe Hope: South Carolina Hemp Bill Signed by Governor

From fiber to clothes to biomedicine, industrial hemp is fueling new opportunities across the United States, and a newly signed South Carolina hemp bill is going to give South Carolinians the opportunity to enter the re-emerging market of hemp.

Better Know a Marijuana Stock: Canopy Growth Corp.

Better Know a Marijuana Stock: Canopy Growth Corp.

A major Canadian medical marijuana player, Canopy Growth is a producer and retailer of medical cannabis products and oils in our neighbor to the north. It’s also the only other marijuana stock other than GW Pharmaceuticals to bear a $1 billion valuation.

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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

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 Speaker Calls for Special Session on Medical Marijuana

Florida Speaker Calls for Special Session on Medical Marijuana

On May 10, 2017, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran joined a growing number of voices calling for the state legislature to convene a special session on medical marijuana so it can pass legislation regarding the program’s implementation and regulation.

New York Senate Health Committee Passes Medical Cannabis Bill for PTSD

New York Senate Health Committee Passes Medical Cannabis Bill for PTSD

On May 9, 2017, the New York Senate Health Committee passed Senate Bill 5629, which would consider post-traumatic stress disorder an eligible condition for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Group Gathers at Texas State Capitol to Push for MMJ Legislation

Group Gathers at Texas State Capitol to Push for MMJ Legislation

Patients, caregivers and advocates are hoping to keep HB 2107 alive by gathering at the Texas State Capitol. They are urging members of the House Calendars Committee to schedule a vote on the bill, which would patients suffering from more than 22 conditions including cancer, HIV, Crohn’s Disease and PTSD to use medicinal marijuana.

Judge: San Diego DA Must Return MedWest Family's Personal Savings

Judge: San Diego DA Must Return MedWest Family’s Personal Savings

On May 5, 2017, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Tamila E. Ipema ordered local District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to return the $100,693.85 in personal savings seized from James Slatic, former owner of MedWest Distribution, and his family. The money was originally seized on Feb. 2, 2016, following a raid on Slatic’s medical marijuana business on Jan. 28.

Future of Medical Marijuana Clouded by Trump's Signing Statement

Future of Medical Marijuana Clouded by Trump’s Signing Statement

On May 5, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the 2017 omnibus funding bill, covering the federal government’s funding through Sept. 30. The bill contains a provision that bans the Department of Justice from using funds to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized medical marijuana; however, Trump issued a signing statement that has clouded the future of medical marijuana.

Florida Legislature Fails to Regulate Medical Marijuana Before Session Ends

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.

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Statement from Health Canada on Mandatory Testing of Medical Cannabis for Unauthorized Pesticides

OTTAWA, Ontario, May 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – Today, Health Canada is announcing that it will require all licensed producers to conduct mandatory testing of all cannabis products destined for sale for the presence of unauthorized pesticides.


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