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High number of applications for Arkansas medical marijuana

9/18/17--Would-be growers and distributors of Arkansas' initial medical marijuana crop have flooded a state office building to submit applications. Agency spokesman Scott Hardin said that before noon, the office had distributed paperwork to more than 100 groups or individuals. A state commission will review applications after the names of companies and individuals have been removed, then select five growers and 32 distribution sites. Read

This country is tapping into the lucrative marijuana industry that could make Africa rich

9/18/17--Lesotho has become the first African country to grant a license for medicinal marijuana. The country’s decision to view marijuana as a source of national revenue rather than petty crime marks a shift in a region where marijuana is widely used and regularly exported across borders. The first of its kind, it’s unclear how many ordinary people could benefit from the legally manufacturing project, but it could become a model for the rest of the continent to tap into the lucrative global marijuana industry. Read

Federal drug agency asks R.I. for medical marijuana patient data

9/15/17--The National Marijuana Initiative, an arm of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, which reports to the White House, contacted the Rhode Island Department of Health seeking data from 2012 to 2016 on the number of patients in the program, as well as patients' age, gender, and a breakdown of the medical conditions under which they qualified. The move has alarmed some who question why the federal government, which has at times appeared to be antagonistic towards the drug, is interested in the information. Read

Legal pot in Mexico: Everything you need to know

9/14/17--This summer, Mexico legalized medical marijuana, or more specifically, "pharmacological derivatives of cannabis" to be regulated and studied by the Ministry of Health. In an article, Rolling Stone presents what you need to know about Mexico's marijuana program, and where it might go from here. Read

Glitches threaten to slow down Pa.’s medical marijuana process

9/14/17--Roughly six months from a projected rollout, Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program continues to negotiate glitches and snags that threaten to slow down the potential for thousands of patients to secure long-awaited medications. In the latest set back, the state's Office of Open Records reprimanded the Department of Health for failing to do its job. Open Records said the department failed to "act in good faith" in its handling of the application procedure, which resulted in large portions of applications being redacted, seemingly arbitrarily. Read

Ohio medical marijuana program faces much work with one year to go

9/8/17--In exactly one year, Ohioans with qualifying health conditions are, by law, supposed to be able to buy medical marijuana. However, the 24 growers won’t be picked until November, and there is much work to be done by the one-year deadline, including building secure indoor growing facilities; growing and harvesting marijuana crops (which takes 13 to 14 weeks); processing marijuana into approved products; testing products for purity, quality and content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); distribution to dispensaries; and then sale to customers. Read

Suit to halt Pa. marijuana program may cause ‘pain, agony, & death’

9/11/17--If Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is delayed, “people will be forced to needlessly endure excruciating pain, agony, and, in some cases, death,” according to State Sen. Daylin Leach, prime sponsor of the 2016 law legalizing medical cannabis in the state. Leach (D., Montgomery) pleaded with an aspiring medical marijuana grower to back down from a lawsuit that could potentially shut down the program before it even launches. Read

Strip club nets San Bernardino’s first cannabis dispensary permit

9/7/17--More than nine months after residents voted to allow medical cannabis businesses in town, city officials have approved a dispensary permit for the location now occupied by Flesh Showgirls, owned by Randy Welty, who’s been involved in marijuana dispensaries and legalization initiatives throughout Southern California for years. This permit, however, has since been appealed, according to city spokeswoman Monica Lagos. Read

Hocking College to put in bid to become Ohio pot research facility

9/6/17--Hocking College is expected to apply to become a research facility and testing laboratory for medicinal cannabis in Ohio. Hocking is also developing an entirely new curriculum and degree specialization in laboratory science, Hocking President Betty Young announced. One new major that will be offered by the college, in cannabis lab technology, will be the first of its kind in the country. Read

Department of Health ordered to release information about medical marijuana panel

9/1/17--The Pennsylvania Department of Health so far has chosen to conceal the identities of members of the review panel that scored the first round of applications for medical marijuana grower/processor and dispensary permits earlier this year. But, the agency that administers the state Right-to-Know Law ordered the health department to disclose the names, job titles, and employers of the panel members to a PennLive.com reporter who requested the information in May. It’s the first notable rejection of numerous actions the department took to obscure the medical marijuana permitting process. Read

Ohio changes medical marijuana dispensary distribution: Lake, Geauga and Portage counties

9/1/17--Lake, Geauga, and Portage counties will have two medical marijuana dispensaries among them, according to updated maps released by the Ohio Pharmacy Board. Meantime, Ashtabula, Trumbull, and Mahoning counties - which were proposed to have three dispensaries - will now have two. The changes came after the Pharmacy Board considered public feedback on its plan, said board spokesman Cameron McNamee. The Northeast Ohio changes were the only ones to the dispensary plan, which allows for 60 stores across the state. Read

Benton doctor starts growing medical marijuana practice

8/29/17--While many at clinics in central Arkansas are still weighing the pros and cons of medical marijuana, Dr. Roger Tilley of Benton has jumped in and says he's never turning back. Dr. Tilley has run Saline Medical Group since 1980. In the month that he's been writing the certifications, Dr. Tilley has seen more than ten patients, young and old, with qualifying conditions ranging from arthritis to intractable or incurable pain to PTSD. Patients bring Dr. Tilley medical records from their primary care physicians and $250 in cash. If everything checks out, he gives them his signature. Read

American Legion adopts resolution supporting medical marijuana

8/24/17--The American Legion adopted a resolution urging the federal government to allow Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, adding to the group’s efforts to get cannabis in the hands of veterans it could help. The resolution was authored by American Legion member Rob Ryan who said he’s heard from veterans “over and over and over again” who use marijuana as an alternative to addictive opioids. Read

Vacaville moves forward with marijuana regulations

8/23/17--After hearing a small group of speakers for and against marijuana, Vacaville city council members expressed ideas for what they want to see in marijuana-related land-use ordinances and regulations. The council told staff to come forward with a new moratorium on marijuana sales or cultivation in town as quickly as possible to give city staff time to research and come up with marijuana regulations later this fall. Read

Medical marijuana growers, more sought for state work groups

8/23/17--The Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation is forming five stakeholder work groups to provide policy suggestions on a new law that will license medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan. A series of medical marijuana changes passed into law last year aimed to clear up legal gray areas within the original law, which voters initiated in 2008. Part of the package specifically authorized medical marijuana dispensaries. Read

Proposal would shut down all medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan

8/23/17--A proposal by a member of the state's Medical Marijuana Licensing Board has dispensary owners worried about their ability to get a license. Board member and retired Michigan State Police Sergeant Don Bailey said dispensaries should close their doors until the state makes license applications available. Bailey's proposal could not force dispensaries to close, but if they don't it would prevent them from getting a license this winter. Read

Marijuana question to be on Fort Collins ballot

8/23/17--Fort Collins voters will once again make a call regarding marijuana. The City Council agreed to place a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot that, if approved, would allow the council to change the city’s regulations on medical marijuana without seeking voter approval. City officials said the change is needed to help Fort Collins keep pace with regulatory changes at the state level. Under current city code, voters must approve changes in medical marijuana regulations. Read

Can medical marijuana revive Israel’s kibbutz movement?

8/16/17--As the business manager of Kibbutz Elifaz, Eilon Bdila is a big believer in the herb, although he has no personal interest in marijuana. Bdil sees medical marijuana as a unique opportunity to revive his remote Negev community. Elifaz is one of dozens of kibbutzim – and hundreds of local companies — seeking to join Israel’s new medical marijuana industry. After decades of stagnation, the collectives are betting that the move can revitalize their finances and even their way of life. Read

How a 13-year-old girl may have inspired Pennsylvania to legalize medical pot

8/16/17--Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that allows medical marijuana use, and Pastor Shawn Berkebile of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Abbotstown, Pa., believes that the story of Annie Sharrer, who suffered from epileptic seizures beginning at the age of 9, played a role in passing medical marijuana legislation in the state. Today, Berkebile says Annie, now 13, has controlled seizures, an improvement from what she used to experience. The use of medical marijuana remains controversial, but Berkebile hopes Annie's story can shine a light on a potential benefit of its use. Read  

Montana has nearly 18K medical marijuana patients

8/11/17--Montana has registered 10,000 medical marijuana patients since voters approved a ballot initiative that repealed a law that limited each provider to three patients. The state has added an average of 1,300 registered patients each month so far this year, and the Department of Public Health and Human Services now has more than 17,800 patients registered. Read

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association launches

8/10/17--A coalition of leaders in health care, agricultural, and legal sectors forms the basis of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association, which will be overseen by a seven-member board of directors, according to a news release. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association will be the voice for medical marijuana cultivators, distributors, and businesses that serve the industry in the state. Read

State gauging interest in medical marijuana lab testing

8/9/17--North Dakota health officials are gauging interest among laboratories in the state in testing medical marijuana. The Health Department earlier this summer sought letters of intent from groups and businesses interested in producing or dispensing medical marijuana and it received nearly 100 responses. Health officials hope medical marijuana can be available to patients by late spring or early summer next year. Read

Maryland is mired in a medical-marijuana morass

8/8/17--Three years after Maryland's medical marijuana program was approved, the state’s legal pot program is still earthbound. It is not only the listless pace the program is moving in but also the signs of self-dealing and shady connections that have given the project a scent of mismanagement and corruption. Read

This former minister expects to make $22 million next year selling marijuana

8/9/17--Despite former minister Dan Osborne's personal views, he is heavily invested in marijuana. He has already spent $16 million building indoor growing facilities in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. His company, CLC Brand Labs, which he founded in 2016, sells marijuana to medical dispensaries. He also plans to sell to recreational retailers when recreational marijuana becomes legal. Osborne expects his growing facilities to reap $22 million in 2018. Read

New Jersey medical marijuana panel proposes 43 conditions

8/4/17--New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Review Panel has recommended that the state’s health department add 43 conditions to the list of illnesses that would qualify patients to receive medical cannabis cards. Many of the suggested additions are variations of the same condition, including several categories of chronic pain, anxiety, migraines, and fibromyalgia, among others. Other conditions recommended by the panel include arthritis, autism, asthma, opiate-use disorder, and irritable bowel syndrome. Read

Maryland’s highest court rules in medical marijuana case

7/28/17--Finalists seeking licenses to grow medical marijuana in the state can defend their interests in a legal challenge over how they were chosen, Maryland's highest court ruled Friday. The Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that barred the finalists from involvement in the case. Read

South Floridians could pay more for medical marijuana

7/30/17--South Floridians could have to pay more than other Floridians for medical marijuana after the state awards five new grower licenses in the next week. Currently, prices range from about $74 to $90 for a 600mg cartridge of marijuana extract meant to fit into a vape pen. Costs can vary depending on seller. Read

Delaware’s medical marijuana Robin Hood or convicted drug dealer?

7/28/17--Jessica Andreavich is considered by some to be the Robin Hood of Delaware's medical marijuana community, but to law enforcement and others, she is a drug dealing felon who gamed the system. Andreavich believes the state dispensary charges patients too much for the product, and she has made it her mission to make medical marijuana more affordable for the poor. Read

Burlington bakery-bar branches into CBD oil confections

7/18/17--Monarch and the Milkweed is now offering two flavors of truffles containing 20 milligrams of CBD, "Strawberry Blonde," a vanilla/strawberry flavor, and "Andy's Mints," similar to a peppermint patty. Andrew LeStourgeon, the chef-owner of Monarch and the Milkweed, says he plans to add more flavors, and to have three to five available on any given day. Read

Price hike in marijuana causing some medical patients to buy cannabis on Nevada streets instead

7/14/17--The price hike in marijuana is causing some patients to turn back to the streets to buy medicine. To offset the rising cost of marijuana, many dispensaries across the valley say they are offering front of the line incentives and discounts for patients to ensure their business. Read

State sets tentative timeline for medical marijuana system

7/11/17--State health officials have set a tentative timeline for establishing a medical marijuana industry in North Dakota, with a goal of having the drug available to patients next spring. Read

First medical marijuana store in Jacksonville opens

7/12/17--Trulieve, the first medical marijuana store in the region, has opened its doors to the public in Jacksonville on Beach Boulevard. This is the eighth store the company has opened in Florida less than a year since opening the first. Read

No immediate fix planned for Ohio medical marijuana testing lab rule

7/12/17--Concerns are fueling about the possibility of Ohio's medical marijuana program not being operational before September 2018. Patients, business owners, and advocates are particularly concerned about who will test the marijuana since all medical marijuana products must be tested for safety and potency before sale, per state law. Read

Governor expands medical marijuana access with SB 24

7/13/17--Gov. John Carney signed into law Senate Bill 24, which will expand access to medical marijuana treatment for Delaware veterans, and other Delawareans, with post-traumatic stress disorder. The bill removes the requirement that a psychiatrist must authorize a patient with PTSD to access medical marijuana — making the process consistent with patients with other debilitating conditions treatable by medical marijuana in Delaware. Read

Holly considers medical marijuana facilities

7/13/17--The Holly Village Council held its second study session on the matter of whether to allow medical marijuana facilities in its community. A public hearing will take place at the Aug. 22 Village Council meeting. If Holly Village were to allow medical marijuana facilities, the community would not only get $5,000 per license issued, they would also receive a significant amount of funds via the 3 percent excise tax. Yet, the council is split at this point. Apparently, there are a few on board and a couple that are dead set against it. Read

Patient advocates call for equal access to medical marijuana dispensaries

7/14/17--Patient rights advocacy groups like the Ohio Rights Group and the Ohio Patient Network fear that the current proposal will leave some patients traveling long distances outside of the counties they live in. The concerns were amplified by recent issues in Nevada, where the first two weeks of recreational sales have nearly depleted supplies at some dispensaries. Ohio patients hope that their state will learn from the precedents set by other states. Read

Pittsburgh City Council told getting medical marijuana will not be simple

7/13/17--Members of the Pittsburgh City Council were told that medical marijuana will not be easy for the medically eligible to receive. According to PA Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, who co-authored the bill, the first challenge is getting enough doctors certified to recommend medical marijuana. The doctor’s recommendation, which may include dosage and types of medical cannabis, leads to a state medical marijuana card. Read

First look at Toledo’s proposed medical marijuana grow facility

7/12/17--Plans for a medical marijuana facility in Toledo were submitted in June to the Toledo-Lucas County plan commission for the 23-plus acre site. The proposed site would have one building, surrounded by lots of landscaping, a few small parking lots, and one driveway off Cassandra. The exact owners of the facility were not determined at the time this article was published. Read

Medical marijuana committee disbanded

7/5/17--Following several highly emotional, controversial meetings with dozens of township residents voicing opposition, the Coldwater Township Board put an end to its Michigan Medical Marijuana study committee without a report. Read

State identifies medical pot applicants

7/5/17--More than 180 applicants have applied for 24 state medical marijuana cultivator licenses, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced. Potential cultivators had until Friday to apply for a license that will be needed to grow medical marijuana legally in Ohio. Dayton Daily News revealed all applicants for cultivation license. Read

Some marijuana-derived treatments aim to soothe skittish pets

7/4/17--CBD has drawn a lot of attention in recent years from neurologists and other researchers intrigued by hints that the chemical might prove helpful to people, and now there is a growing interest in CBD's therapeutic potential for pets. Still, cannabis therapies for pets fall into a legal gray zone. None of the cannabis-derived products for pets are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Read

Here’s the complete list of where Pennsylvania’s 52 medical marijuana dispensaries will be

6/29/17--State regulators on announced the 27 entities that have been selected to operate dispensaries under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, a program expected to be up and running next year. The Health Department said not all of them are currently opting to run three locations, so for now there will be 52 dispensaries scattered around the state. The entities that were issued permits will have six months to become operational and can begin providing the drug to patients. Read

Workers’ comp insurance firm drops all 7 of Hawaii’s medical marijuana dispensaries over fear of feds

6/29/17--Hawaii’s largest workers’ compensation insurer is canceling insurance policies for seven medical marijuana dispensaries preparing to open this summer. The company said its board of directors unanimously agreed to the decision after two independent legal opinions determined it would have “potential exposure for criminal liability” based on federal law. Read

Montana agencies preparing for changes in medical marijuana program

6/28/17--One of the biggest changes in Montana’s medical marijuana program will be a new tax on marijuana providers – 4 percent of gross sales for the first year and 2 percent after that. The money will be used to administer the state’s medical marijuana program. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is also adopting emergency rules, a limited set of rules that clarify how much marijuana cardholders can possess, in addition to creating the initial frameworks for testing laboratories, and the production of marijuana derivatives. Read

What black farmers actually qualify to grow medical marijuana?

6/27/17--Florida is looking to even the playing field for farmers of color when it comes to growing medical marijuana, but many farmers -- let alone black farmers -- may not qualify to become a new licensee under strict requirements to be considered for a spot on the medical marijuana growing roster. To cash in on medical marijuana, black farmers must meet an extremely narrow set of criteria that could shut many of them out completely. Read

Pennsylvania defends decision on medical marijuana permit

6/27/17--Pennsylvania health officials are standing by their decision to award a medical marijuana grower's permit to a company whose affiliate in Minnesota had two ex-executives charged with smuggling a half-million dollars' worth of the drug across state lines. Read

Medical marijuana cardholders may not purchase firearms

6/28/17--According to a spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (AFT), people who obtain medical marijuana cards cannot legally purchase firearms from a federally licensed dealer. The ATF says the card gives a dealer "reasonable cause to believe" the person uses marijuana and should be denied a firearm. Read

Akron approves 5 medical marijuana cultivation plans for conditional use

6/27/17--Akron City Council has approved, for conditional use, five plans to cultivate medical marijuana in Akron. Akron requires residents to be approved for both conditional and provisional use to grow medical marijuana. With conditional use approval in hand, only applicants awarded licenses by the state will apply for provisional use. Read

Texarkana prepares for medical marijuana businesses

6/28/17--Texarkana, a city in southwest Arkansas, is creating a legal structure to accommodate medical marijuana entrepreneurs who are approved for state licenses. Texarkana officials are working to establish zoning and permit rules for the medical marijuana businesses. Read

Cincinnati considers allowing medical marijuana businesses

6/26/17--Cincinnati officials this week will consider whether the city should join those allowing medical marijuana cultivation as the state begins to permit it by issuing a dozen licenses for smaller cultivation sites and another dozen for larger operations. Read

Licensed marijuana growers in PA might have weed, but they still can’t get s bank account

6/26/17--Although Pennsylvania has legalized medical marijuana, it's still illegal at the federal level. Therefore, all of the proceeds from growing, producing, or selling it are illegal as far as the federal government is concerned. As a result, banks that accept proceeds for such activity are at risk of federal prosecution. More specifically, banks that accept cannabis-related income as a deposit could face criminal charges, including money laundering. Read

Arkansas to accept medical marijuana card applications

6/25/17--Arkansas is prepared to accept applications from potential patients, growers, and distributors. Beginning Friday, the state Medical Marijuana Commission will accept applications from those hoping to grow or supply marijuana, while the Health Department will take applications from those hoping to benefit from the first marijuana-as-medicine program in the state. The application periods will run until Sept. 18. Read

Medical marijuana contract will give LSU at least $3.4M

6/22/17--The first medical marijuana production deal struck in Louisiana is expected to bring the state's flagship university at least $3.4 million over five years. In its bid offer, the contractor agreed to pay that amount or 10 percent of gross receipts, whichever is higher, to the LSU Ag Center for permission to grow medical marijuana. Las Vegas-based GB Sciences Inc. also has agreed to a $500,000 annual contribution for research. Read

John Morgan: I’ll sue for smokeable marijuana, and I’ll win

6/21/17--John Morgan says it’s a patient’s right to be able to smoke marijuana, and he is prepared to sue Florida over the state’s newest medical marijuana regulations, which prohibit smoking the drug outright. Gov. Rick Scott said he would “absolutely” sign the Florida legislature’s proposal to regulate the state’s booming medical marijuana industry, and Morgan said he's ready to head to court as soon as Scott’s signature hits the bill. He is confident he will emerge victorious. Read

What Florida medical marijuana will look like under proposed rules

6/19/17--Florida health officials have issued their proposed rules to implement the state’s constitutional medical marijuana amendment. The regulations that were released on Friday by the Department of Health pick up the framework from the bill passed on June 9 by the State Legislature during a special session. Last month, the Department outlined a procedure where it would give 15 days’ notice before adopting a new rule and the public three days to submit comments. Read

Arkansas just opened door to get into state’s brand-new marijuana industry

6/19/17--Applications are now available for those who want to sell or grow medical marijuana in Arkansas under a new constitutional amendment legalizing the drug for some patients. The Medical Marijuana Commission posted the applications for licenses to operate medical marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries. The commission is expected to accept applications from June 30 to Sept. 18. Read

CA lawmakers approve merger of rec, MMJ regulatory systems

6/16/17--The California legislature approved a state budget plan that includes a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown to merge the regulatory systems for both medical and recreational marijuana businesses. The new system will allow California marijuana retailers to sell both rec and medical at the same physical storefront. Read

Vegas MMJ grower begins trading on Canadian Stock Exchange

6/19/17--Friday Night Inc., a Canadian company that owns a medical marijuana cultivator and CBD company in Las Vegas, has started trading on the Canadian Stock Exchange, a move that could make it easier for other U.S. plant-touching companies to list in Canada. Friday Night Inc. previously traded on the TSX Venture Exchange – the junior exchange of the Toronto Stock Exchange – under the name QuikFlo Health. Read

Florida could someday be home to massive medical marijuana businesses

6/19/17--Primed to become one of the nation’s most lucrative medical marijuana markets once it’s up and running, Florida’s program will license just a handful of businesses to produce, process, and distribute all MMJ sold in the state. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he “absolutely” intends to sign the medical marijuana bill. This will bring to 17 the total number of companies authorized to produce and dispense full-strength medical cannabis across the state, and the maximum number of dispensaries will increase to 425. Read

Medical cannabis could be harder to access

6/18/17--U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions is working to make medical marijuana harder to access throughout the nation. On Monday, a letter was released where he proposed undoing federal medical marijuana protections currently in place. Chris Stone, the CEO of HCI Alternatives, a medical cannabis dispensary, said they serve around 500 patients a month. He worries that if Sessions is able to have legalization of marijuana revoked, his patients will rely on other relief methods like opioids. Read