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Iowa’s first medical marijuana dispensary will begin selling products Dec. 1

11/7/18--Iowa’s first medical cannabis manufacturer and dispenser, MedPharm Iowa, is slated to begin selling products on December 1. Upon opening, MedPharm Iowa will offer a total of 14 different products from two dispensaries in the state, one in Sioux City and one in Windsor Heights. Read

Why Is CBD everywhere?

10/27/18--Cannabidiol is being touted as a magical elixir, but according to a New York Times article by writer Alex Williams, it’s hard to say the precise moment when CBD turned into a mainstream panacea. With its proponents claiming that CBD treats ailments as diverse as inflammation, pain, acne, anxiety, insomnia, depression, post-traumatic stress, and even cancer, it’s easy to wonder if this all natural, non-psychotropic and widely available cousin of marijuana represents a cure for the 21st century itself. Read

Concerns raised over lack of guidelines for medics regarding use of substances like cannabis oil

9/13/18--The lack of guidelines to assist medical and nursing staff with the safe use of potentially psychogenic substances, like cannabis oil, has been highlighted by the authors of the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ). Read

Marijuana comes to your coffee and candy—but is it legal?

9/12/18--Companies are selling a growing number of products that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical found in hemp. It’s being added to everything from gumdrops to beverages, as marketers claim benefits such as pain relief and stress reduction. Read

Underground network brings medical marijuana to Georgia residents, and it’s legal

9/9/18--Georgia is one of the few states that has not provided patients a legal way to access it. Shannon Cloud is part of a quiet network of volunteers meeting in parking lots and fast food restaurants throughout Georgia to legally pass out medical cannabis to those in need. So far, the group’s effort has helped more than 700 patients, but they’re having to start turning people away due to an increase in demand. Read

His seizures stopped when he smoked marijuana. Then he was taken into state custody

9/9/18--While smoking marijuana, David Ray Brill's parents say he went 71 days without a seizure, before one of his doctors alerted DFCS. They immediately made him stop. Shortly thereafter, David was back in the hospital, and his parents were arrested and charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct. In Georgia, patients with nearly a dozen different conditions can get a medical card to take an oil derived from cannabis, but evidently none of his doctors would approve it. Read

CBD company Charlotte’s Web debuts IPO

9/10/18--Colorado-based cannabidiol company, Charlotte’s Web completed its Initial Public Offering in Canada on August 30, 2018. The company’s shares trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) under the ticker symbol “CWEB” and debuted at C$7.00 (US $5.40) per share. Read

CBD oil helping fight the opioid crisis in Georgia, users say

9/3/18--According to a WSB-TV investigative report, the marijuana product CBD oil is helping Georgians get rid of prescription pain pills because the opioid epidemic is killing people. Currently, cannabis oil is legal for some patients in Georgia, but it is illegal to grow or bring it across state lines. Editors note: Please see Fact Check on this story (fifth story in the September 5, 2018 TMR e-newsletter) hereRead    

Charlotte’s Web and the $100 million IPO

8/31/18--Charlotte’s Web, the producers and distributors of the hemp-based wellness products, went public August 30 with a projected $100 million initial public offering in the Canadian exchange (CWEB). Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. is the producer of Charlotte’s Web, created by Stanley Brothers. While it is certainly not the only high-CBD breed of cannabis on the market, it is the one that’s best known and has garnered a sort of infamy. Read

Families turn to black market; organizations urge better access

8/30/18--Patients who are registered with the state are allowed to possess and use oils that contain ingredients derived from marijuana, including cannabidiol (CBD), THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and THC-acid. Yet, patients have been told by doctors that they can’t help them get the oil, and they want to know how they can get the oil. Rep. Alan Peake, who supports expanded access to marijuana for medical use in Georgia, says patients can go to a legal state, such as Colorado, and smuggle the oil back, but for many, that’s not practical. Other patients or their family members buy marijuana on the street and make the oil at home. Read

Without legal way to buy medical marijuana, Georgians turn to CBD

8/14/18--It’s against the law to buy medical marijuana in Georgia, but customers can buy cannabidiol droplets, capsules, or creams to treat minor aches and pains. Meanwhile, there’s no way for patients suffering from severe seizures, intractable pain or deadly cancer to legally purchase a more potent cannabis product, low THC oil, in the state even if they’re registered through Georgia’s medical marijuana program. Without access to medical marijuana, business is booming in Georgia for cannabidiol — also called CBD — to find relief for anxiety, arthritis and back pain. Read

Soured CBD deal highlights need for ‘persnickety’ due diligence

8/23/18--A tantalizing innovation in the CBD market has turned into a nasty contract dispute that spans the globe. Bomi Joseph, a California plant breeder, is suing CBD Naturals, a company that has been associated with Canadian CBD manufacturer Isodiol. Isodiol once held distribution rights to Joseph’s self-proclaimed innovation – a cannabidiol product derived from a hops variant. Read

Gwinnett father’s medical marijuana made baby sick

8/9/18--When a 6-month-old's test results indicated positive for marijuana, warrants were issued for the child's father, Thomas Looby, alleging the medical THC oil he used likely seeped into the baby’s skin. Looby turned himself in to authorities on charges of reckless conduct and possession of a schedule I controlled substance, Gwinnett County jail records indicate. Read

Wyoming threats force Kroger affiliate, another local grocer to pull CBD products

8/3/18--Boulder, Colorado-based Lucky’s Market, a company that partners with Cincinnati-based Kroger and Jackson Whole Grocer & Cafe, took the CBD off their shelves in Jackson Hole after they were threatened with criminal penalties if they continued selling them. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation told the stores the products were illegal, and state regulators argued that some of the products tested positive for THC, marijuana’s intoxicating cannabinoid. Read

Week in Review: Arizona’s defiant marijuana firms, California deadline & big cannabis investment in Iowa

7/6/18--Marijuana Business Daily presents closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week, including but not limited to a Arizona cannabis companies defying a court decision banning the sale of extracts, California marijuana businesses deal with the state’s July 1 transition, and an emerging player in the MJ industry planning a large indoor grow in Iowa. Read

Charlotte’s Web’s secrets revealed as parent company plans to go public in Canada

6/29/18--Stanley Brothers Holdings plans to go public in Canada, the latest in a growing list of U.S. businesses looking north of the border to raise capital. The firm is the parent company of CW Hemp, the manufacturer of Charlotte’s Web CBD products, that was catapulted into the media spotlight in 2013 when it was featured in the CNN documentary “Weed.” According to the firm’s preliminary prospectus Stanley Brothers, the company has been steadily posting an annual profit since 2016. Read

Why the FDA is high on a marijuana drug

6/29/18--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription drug for children with severe epilepsy on June 25, making it the first prescription medicine derived from cannabis permitted to be sold in the U.S. The decision is a boost for the U.K.’s biotech industry and bolsters the nation’s position, according to the United Nations, as the biggest producer of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. Read

A tiny Texas town takes a chance on medical marijuana

1/10/18--Last September, a farm near Schulenburg, Texas, a quiet, conservative town of fewer than 3,000 people, became a medical-marijuana dispensary. Knox Medical, based in Florida, owns the farm and is one of the three newly licensed cannabis outfits in Texas to start selling cannabidiol, or CBD, a substance derived from low-THC marijuana. Read

World Health Organization clashes with DEA on marijuana compound CBD

12/15/17--The US Drug Enforcement Administration has long held that the non-psychoactive component of marijuana, cannabidiol, is a schedule I drug. That is, a drug that has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. But, according to a preliminary report embraced by the World Health Organization, clinical and pre-clinical studies of CBD show no evidence of a potential for users to abuse the drug or suffer any harms. Moreover, the experts found plenty of inklings that CBD has medical benefits, particularly for treating epilepsy. Read

CBD store to open soon in metro

11/26/17--CBD, a Cannabinoid, has grown in popularity throughout OKlahoma, and now OKC American Shaman, a store in metro, will sell it in the form of creams, oils, and sweet treats. OKC American Shaman CBD oils are supposed to help with conditions such as OCD, Lupus, PTSD and Arthritis. Read

Study: Nearly 70% of online CBD marijuana extracts tested were mislabeled

11/7/17--According to a study of 84 CBD products sold by 31 companies online, blind testing found that only about 31 percent of them contained the amount of CBD listed on the label (within +/- 10 percent). Some of the products contained other components of marijuana that were not listed on the label, including Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabibolic acid (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana that does generate an intoxicating high. Read

FDA warns companies against claims that marijuana cures diseases

11/1/17--Four companies  — Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises, Green Roads of Florida, That’s Natural, and Natural Alchemist — each sell products that falsely claim to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or other illnesses, according to the FDA. They have been warned by the agency to stop pitching their products as cures for cancer, a common but unproven claim in the industry. The companies sell CBD in a wide range products on their websites featuring endorsements from people who claim that they or their loved ones have been miraculously cured of terminal diseases and other illnesses. Read

Pot doesn’t cure cancer and stop saying it does, FDA says

11/2/17--Marijuana doesn’t cure cancer, and it doesn’t somehow explode tumor cells and it doesn’t promote the growth of new brain cells, the Food and Drug Administration stated. The FDA warned four companies to stop making these unproven claims and to stop selling cannabis-based hemp and marijuana products that claim to treat cancer or any other medical condition. Read

FDA sends warning letters to CBD companies, including Colorado’s CW Hemp

11/1/17--The Colorado company known for the “Charlotte’s Web” cannabidiol extract and three other businesses that make CBD products were put on notice by the FDA for illegally making unsubstantiated health claims. In a statement, FDA officials said they’ve becoming increasingly concerned about the “proliferation” of products that claim to treat or cure diseases such as cancer. Read

Why a young mom left Georgia to help her disabled son

10/24/17--Sarah Allen, a single mom, and her son, Aidan, who has multiple health conditions, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, and cortical visual impairment, as well as enlarged ventricles, scarring on his brain, and a mild form of microcephaly, qualifies under Colorado Medicaid for 24/7 nursing care in the home. Medical benefits under Colorado Medicaid prompted their move from Georgia to Colorado in a bid to gain more coverage for his care. Allen’s situation in Georgia was not much different from that of other families with medically fragile children. Read

Strongest evidence supports use to reduce seizures, side effects of chemotherapy

10/23/17--A systematic review of published studies on the use of medical cannabis in children and adolescents finds a notable lack of studies and a minimal number of the randomized, controlled trials needed to confirm the effectiveness of a treatment. In their paper published in the journal Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators Shane Shucheng Wong, MD, and Timothy Wilens, MD report that their review suggests only two pediatric uses of medical cannabis. One is to relieve chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and the other is to reduce seizures. Both are supported by existing studies. Read

Target pulls the hemp oil product that DEA opposes from online store

10/1/17--Target's online store stopped selling hemp oil containing cannabidiol, a cannabis extract, in the wake of concerns by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency about the products. CW Hemp, makers of Charlotte's Web high-cannabidiol (CBD), low-THC extract oil, announced Thursday morning that its products could be purchased through the retail giant's website. However, by Thursday afternoon, Target's web page that sold the products was updated to reflect the products' removal. Read

Hemp pills and oils make brief appearance at Target.com, get purged from the site

9/28/17--A Minnesota-based Target offered online customers a chance to buy Charlotte’s Web, non-psychoactive hemp-derivative pills and oils, on its website — for about a week. Although some medical marijuana advocates celebrated the appearance of Charlotte’s Web products on Target’s website, the product was quickly made unavailable. Read

Reynolds appoints members to new medical marijuana board

8/30/17--Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed eight people to a medical marijuana advisory board created under a new state law. The board was one of several provisions in a medical marijuana law that went into effect this summer. It expanded Iowa's existing cannabis oil program by allowing the sale and manufacturing of such oil within the state. Read

Fred Levin pledges to make Charlotte’s Web medical marijuana available in Pensacola

8/24/17--Prominent local attorney Fred Levin is pushing to make the medical marijuana strain Charlotte's Web available in Pensacola. A business with connections to Levin, Loop's Nursery & Greenhouses Inc. in Jacksonville, has been approved for a license to grow, process, and distribute medical marijuana. Although it is unknown if the nursery would open a local dispensary in the Florida Panhandle, Levin has pledged to make that happen. Read

Hemp cannabis product sales projected to hit $1 billion in 3 years

8/23/17--Hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) is projected to be a billion-dollar market in just three years, according to a new report by Brightfield Group. The data company estimates that hemp CBD sales have already hit $170 million in 2016 and a 55% compound annual growth rate over the next five years will cause the market to crack the billion-dollar mark. Read

Medical extracts in the Netherlands: An uncertain tightrope

8/21/17--The Netherlands has one of the oldest medical cannabis laws in the world. However, the sale of any hard drugs in the Netherlands is strictly prohibited. THC and CBD oil are listed as “tetrahydrocannabinol” and “hemp oil” on List I of the Opium Act and are thus considered hard drugs by Dutch authorities. In contrast to most EU countries, toleration is fundamentally possible in the Netherlands in the case of offenses which are “not of public interest” in the opinion of the police and public prosecutor’s office. Read

Compound derived from marijuana interacts with antiepileptic drugs

8/7/17--New research suggests that an investigational neurological treatment derived from cannabis may alter the blood levels of commonly used antiepileptic drugs. Read

Compound derived from marijuana interacts with antiepileptic drugs

8/7/17--New research published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggests that an investigational neurological treatment derived from cannabis may alter the blood levels of commonly used antiepileptic drugs. Read

12 stalls you need to visit at the Welsh Vegan Festival

7/15/17--The Welsh Vegan Festival is returning to the Tramshed Cardiff. Their mission is to educate others on the importance our diet holds in health, the impact on the environment, and what it means for animal welfare. There will be 70 stalls serving food, drinks, clothing, and accessories. Wales Online features 12 of the stall highlights at the festival. Read

Sonny Perdue: Medical marijuana “slippery slope”

7/12/17--Former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue thinks it should remain illegal to grow marijuana in Georgia for any reason. However, Perdue backs efforts in some states to produce industrial hemp, but with "very tight rules and regulations... to make sure nothing else untoward happens." Georgia is not one of those states. Read

10 best CBD products on the market

7/12/17--Green Rush Daily features the best CBD products currently on the market for those who are interested in cannabis-based medicine, but don’t want to get high. Read

Op-ed: DEA position statement on CBD, hemp, and Farm Bill “reckless and illegal”

7/7/17--In an op-ed piece published in The Cannabist, Joel Stanley, CEO of Stanley Brothers, addresses an opinion statement released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration that he says not only contradicts federal law, but its very issuance is also illegal. The statement was released in response to The Cannabist’s ongoing reporting on cannabidiol (CBD). Stanley comments that the statement violates the expressed intent of Congress. Furthermore, the opinions expressed by the DEA in the statement show that the agency is choosing which laws it would like to apply to hemp, CBD, and Charlotte’s Web. Read

Dr. Rasean Hodge prescribes medical marijuana for suffering Atlanta patients

7/7/17--With the advent of Georgia’s new laws regarding the use of medical marijuana, many healthcare providers are looking at this option for their patients; one such provider is Dr. Rasean T. Hodge. He is one of a few Georgia physicians who are eligible and willing to complete the necessary documentation for patients, and he's on a mission to help those whose suffering can be alleviated with medical marijuana. Read

Forbidden medicine: Caught between a doctor’s CBD advice and federal laws

6/20/17--The Cannabist’s special report “CBD, TBD” explores a regulatory and legal landscape pockmarked by federal-state conflicts, national drug policy, pioneering research efforts, and disparate avenues toward the compound’s full legalization. The Cannabist presents the first installment in an ongoing series featuring a man on a quest to help his epileptic sister with cannabidiol who is stymied by the system. Read

Remedy tangerine THC syrup

6/13/17--Dope magazine writer Jesse Perry reports on Remedy Tangering THC Syrup, a natural agave syrup infused with The Clear’s solvent-free distillate oil, and blended with tangerine terpenes to create a truly unique remedy option for cannabis consumers that is effective. Upon applying a dose of Remedy to his tongue, Perry states that he quickly felt a sense of calm with a clear and focused mind as the effects rested in his muscles and behind his eyes. Read

Expanded medical marijuana law grows Georgia program

5/28/17--More than 100 new patients have received permission to use a form of medical marijuana in Georgia this month, bringing the statewide total of people using the product to more than 1800 less than three years after the state began the program. Read

Governor signs bill legalizing marijuana extract

4/17/17--Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law that lets a physician or pharmacy dispense Cannabidiol (CBD oil), a cannabis compound, with a prescription. State law bans possession of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Cannibidiol, however, does not produce a high or psychoactive effect. CBD Oil has been used to treat seizures, pain, anxiety, and other disorders. Read

DA warns of crackdown on marijuana-related products

4/11/17--District Attorney Brent Cooper gave buyers and sellers of a marijuana compound 30 days notice to stop transactions involving the drug or face prosecution. After 30 days, the DA’s office will start cracking down, whether through possible surveillance or raids, if necessary. Read

Denver officials scrutinizing out-of-state CBD products sold in local pot shops

4/12/17--Denver is clamping down on CBD products that originate outside of Colorado. A bulletin issued by Denver Environmental Health’s Public Health Inspections Division outlines a policy prohibiting out-of-state-made cannabidiol (CBD) products intended for human consumption. Manufacturers who cannot demonstrate whether their products came from standardized processes in a safe facility could be subject to enforcement action and restrictions in Denver, officials said. Read

Four-year old Georgia boy ‘different child’ on cannabis oil

3/22/17--Georgia mom Julianne Martin administers a small amount of low-THC oil three times a day to her 4-year old son, Alex, who has been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, autism, and epilepsy. Although Alex says the oil is helping, Virginia Galloway, Regional Field Director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, has serious reservations about medical marijuana. She says it's untested, and parents who are dosing their children with the low THC oil have no idea how it could affect their young brains long term. Read

Minnesota marijuana oil sent to New York stirs anger

3/23/17--Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on one of the state's medical marijuana companies whose former executives have been charged with illegally shipping $500,000 of marijuana oils to New York, pushing legislation allowing regulators to revoke the manufacturer's license and levy a huge fine. Read

Gov. McAuliffe expected to sign marijuana reforms

3/14/17--Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign marijuana-related bills passed by the General Assembly during its recent session. They include SB 1027, which will allow Virginia pharmacies to make and sell marijuana extract oils for treating intractable epilepsy, HB 2051, and SB 1091, which will eliminate the state’s punishment of automatically suspending the driver’s license of adults convicted of simple marijuana possession. Read

Medical marijuana supporters upset with Kansas bill

3/13/17--A Kansas Senate committee endorsed a measure that would let doctors and physicians prescribe "non-intoxicating" medicine derived from a marijuana chemical compound. Supporters called it a step forward for medical marijuana use in the state. But opponents, including actual marijuana advocacy groups, fear it won't do much. Read

Georgia lawmakers working on medical cannabis ‘resolution’

3/14/17--The two Georgia lawmakers behind two different medical cannabis expansion plans say they’re in talks. Under a bill by state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, Georgia’s medical cannabis oil registry would be opened to patients who have several new diagnoses. Peake’s House Bill 65 passed the state House easily. However, the state Senate debated a bit before approving its own bill, Senate Bill 16, by state Sen. Ben Watson, R-Savannah, to open the registry to people who have autism. Read

What is CBD, and why it was seized from Alaska marijuana shops?

3/5/17--Cannabidiol — commonly referred to as CBD — is a chemical compound often used in pain management. On Feb. 9, enforcement officers with the state Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office seized products containing CBD — including oils, chocolate bars, and chewing gum — from 10 marijuana shops. The problem, the state says, is those products didn't follow the same seed-to-sale tracking required for marijuana under Alaska regulations. Read

Medical marijuana faces July 1 expiration unless legislators act

3/5/17--Iowa’s medical marijuana program faces a critical deadline that, if not changed, will end the program. Advocates had pressed lawmakers all session to create the program, seemingly to no avail. With the program set to expire July 1, lawmakers this session have attempted to craft measures that would extend, and in some cases, expand it. There have been ups and downs. Read

Georgia Senate passes medical marijuana plan opposed by advocates

2/16/17--The Georgia Senate passed a plan to downsize a key part of Georgia’s medical marijuana law reducing the maximum THC level in the cannabis oil from 5 percent to 3 percent, despite warnings from advocates that it will alienate dozens of families and children who use cannabis oil to help treat debilitating conditions. Backers of the plan said it would bring the state more in line with others that also allow limited forms of the oil. Read

DEA gives cannabis law significant tweak

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-9-40-20-pm12/15/16--United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Wednesday set new cannabis extract laws by amending the Schedule I Controlled Substances Act to include tighter regulations for marijuana extracts, including cannabidiol (CBD). Read

Establishment of a new drug code for marijuana extract

tmr_image-block12/14/16--The Drug Enforcement Administration is creating a new Administration Controlled Substances Code Number for “Marijuana Extract.” This code number will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this material separately from quantities of marijuana. This, in turn, will aid in complying with relevant treaty provisions. Read

LA shop is now making cannabis coffee and smoothies

screen-shot-2017-01-02-at-10-31-20-pm12/10/16--The all-natural grocery store Erewhon has just merged cannabis oil with in-store coffee and smoothies. The weed-purveyor claims it doesn't get you high, but does relax you. Read

Licensing fees for CBD oil dispensaries could soar in Texas

fb-square-english-spanish10/26/16--Licensing fees would surge – to $1.3 million from $6, 000 – for Texas CBD oil dispensaries under a proposal being considered by the state’s Department of Public Safety, sparking industry concerns that such a move would deliver a crippling blow to businesses. Read

Mother faces charge for treating daughter with marijuana butter

fb-square-english-spanish10/25/16--Kelsey Osborne, 23, is facing a criminal charge and fighting to regain custody of her two children after she said she gave her daughter butter infused with marijuana to treat the girl’s seizure-like symptoms. Read

Mum Vera launches petition to seek support for cannabis oil

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-10-48-43-pm10/22/16--Vera Twomey is calling on the Minister for Health to help her ease her daughter’s suffering – with the help of cannabis. Ava Twomey, 6, has endured multiple epileptic fits and seizures on a daily basis since she was four months old, and her mother believes Charlotte’s Web cannabis oil offers some hope for her daughter. Read

Medical marijuana a ‘gateway to health, freedom’?

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-12-58-40-pm10/15/16--State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-11th, of Cosby, recently spent three days in Colorado to find proof of the benefits or the negatives of medical marijuana. While there, Faison found out that it can be a gateway to health, a gateway to freedom, and a gateway to a quality of life that traditional medicine doesn’t give you. Read