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Medical marijuana rules move ahead in Florida

5/25/17--After state lawmakers failed to act, health officials laid out a framework for adopting regulations required by a voter-approved constitutional amendment that could make Florida one of the nation's largest medical-marijuana markets. The Florida Department of Health on issued a “Notice of Regulation Development Procedure” establishing the process the agency intends to use to carry out Amendment 2, approved by more than 71 percent of voters in November. Read

Group hopes to open medical marijuana dispensary in Berks

5/20/17--The group, KeystoneGreenMMJ, is waiting to find out whether or not they will receive a license from the state to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the 4600 block of Penn Avenue in Lower Heidelberg Township. Officials said there are dozens of applicants, but only 10 in the region will be approved. Officials with KeystoneGreenMMJ said they are optimistic. Read

Hearing airs details on medical marijuana dispensary

5/20/17--Geoff Rose, who is doing business as Patient Centric, has proposed using 6,600 square feet of a still-unbuilt structure that the Martha’s Vineyard Commission approved in 2010 for a proposed medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation center in West Tisbury. Yet, questions remain as the project works its way through the commission. A continued public hearing shed light on issues related to security and traffic, as well as the site’s proximity to the West Tisbury School, and state regulations that appear to have caused more confusion than clarity. Read

Keep paying higher fees for medical marijuana users, Arizona judge rules

5/19/17--Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry has rebuffed efforts by medical marijuana users to force the state to reduce the fees it charges patients. Judge Gentry said she does not dispute that the Department of Health Services is collecting more from medical marijuana users than it needs to administer the program. Read

Md. gets its first licensed medical marijuana grower

5/18/17--Maryland has given its first go-ahead to ForwardGro to grow medical marijuana. ForwardGro is the first of 15 companies vying for growing rights, and Maryland now joins 20 other states where medical marijuana is legal to use. More than 6,000 Marylanders have registered to use medical marijuana, and 275 doctors have registered to recommend the drug. Read

Oahu-based Aloha Green Holdings harvests first medical marijuana crop

5/16/17--Aloha Green Holdings is the first medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii to harvest its first crop. The Oahu-based dispensary is now waiting for the certification of an independent laboratory to conduct required product safety testing. As soon as a testing laboratory is certified by the DOH, Aloha Green will announce plans to begin retail dispensary operations. Read

Medical marijuana a booming industry in NM

5/15/17--Customers, sales revenue, and dispensaries have exploded the past year with more than 40,000 people now signed up to purchase medical marijuana in New Mexico. Since Jan. 1, some 8,000 New Mexicans obtained a state-issued license that allows them to legally buy pot, pushing patient enrollment to 40,432 in April. With the recent growth spurt, enrollment has increased by 84 percent since March 2016. Read

Health officials look to halt smokable marijuana

5/15/17--The Florida Department of Health on Monday ordered Trulieve, a medical-marijuana operator, to stop selling a “whole flower” product sold for use in vaporizers but can easily be smoked in pipes, bongs, or joints — all off-limits to patients under Florida’s current medical-marijuana laws. Current law bans “smoking” of medical marijuana but includes an exception that allows patients to use vaporizers to consume cannabis products. Read

Minnesota’s medical marijuana providers have lost a combined $11 million

5/15/17--Minnesota Medical Solutions and LeafLine Labs, two of Minnesota's licensed medical marijuana manufacturers, have lost a combined $11 million in just two years of sales. Continuing losses hint at systemic problems with the state’s tightly regulated program despite a recent expansion that allowed thousands more patients to buy the medication. Read

Economic impact of medical marijuana grow operations could be revealed Monday

5/12/17--Youngstown Ward 4 City Councilman Mike Ray believes the companies that want to cash in on growing medical marijuana in the city of Youngstown will likely detail how their operation could boast economic benefits for the city, including the number of jobs each would create should they receive permit approval. Read

Legislature OK’s numerous changes to marijuana dispensary law

5/13/17--Lawmakers recently passed House Bill 1488, an omnibus measure that aims to enact several changes to the marijuana dispensary law, while also mitigating a delay in implementation of the state’s marijuana dispensary system. Read

Philly mayor calls for sale of marijuana in state-run liquor stores

5/12/17--Mayor Jim Kenney believes that Philadelphia could reduce crime while filling its coffers if it legalizes marijuana and regulates it like alcohol. While Pennsylvania hasn’t legalized marijuana, Kenney said the commonwealth’s hundreds of state-run liquor stores could easily double as pot dispensaries if the state passed legislation to that effect. Read

New Electric Kanna Karnival event seeks to normalize medical marijuana

5/12/17--The two-day Electric Kanna Karnival, a new festival at Auto City Speedway, aims to bring a carnival atmosphere, and organizers hope an acceptance of medical marijuana usage. Tony Butler, the event's organizer, said carnival rides are part of the gathering as well as medicating areas for those with their medical marijuana cards. Additionally, a doctor will be on hand to provide certifications and recertification. The event is open to those 18 years of age and older. Read

Retirees on St. Pete Beach have big plans for the medical marijuana industry

5/12/17--Tom Murphy and Michael Welch, two of the founders of Gulf Coast Canna Meds, a burgeoning medical marijuana company in St. Petersburg, want to distribute cannabis products to patients in Florida. They're just one of many groups in Florida eager to be part of this growing new medical industry. Medical marijuana is projected to become a $1 billion industry in Florida within the next three years, but only seven companies have been licensed by the state to produce, cultivate, and sell it. Read

Medical marijuana facility plans aired

5/12/17--Janet Breneman, the spokesperson for a group proposing a medical marijuana growing facility, envisions an operation that would cultivate strains of medical marijuana for patients who have epilepsy and rheumatoid arthritis, among other ailments. She addressed a packed room of about 125 Green Camp township and village residents interested in hearing the proposal. Questions from the crowd ranged from concerns about security to how money generated by the operation would be used by the township. Read

Iowa looks to team up with Minnesota for medical marijuana

5/12/17--Top state lawmakers are trying to work out a system allowing Iowa residents to start buying medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota. The bill specifically allows Iowa residents to buy their supply from Minnesota and directs state regulators to contract with two licensed manufacturers in that state. Read

Sales growth at Maine’s medical marijuana dispensaries slows drastically

5/12/17--Medical marijuana sales at Maine’s eight dispensaries are growing at the slowest rate since the first one opened in 2011. However, growth on the caregiver side of the market appears to be surging, possibly topping dispensary sales. Timothy Smale, president of the Maine Dispensary Operators Association, attributed the slower growth to patients deciding not to renew their medical certifications, and turning to the thriving black market to find cheaper marijuana products. Read

Old Dow factory could be repurposed for pot

5/6/17--A former Dow Chemical factory near Bay City could become a home for medical marijuana. Officials in Bangor Township say they’ve been asked to support this project involving growing medical marijuana for dispensaries around the state. The township isn’t identifying the potential owner, who might invest millions of dollars. Read

New York State medical marijuana program

5/2/17--New York State releases the public list of consenting medical marijuana program practitioners. This list, however, does not include all of the practitioners registered with the Department to certify patients for medical marijuana, only those practitioners who have consented to be listed on the Department's public website. Additional registered practitioners have either not consented to have their information listed, or have consented to only being listed within the Department's Health Commerce System (HCS). Read

John Morgan after medical marijuana legislation dies: Ben Pollara ‘f*cked’ the patients

5/7/17--Florida Legislature failed to agree on rules to enact the medical marijuana amendment supported by 71 percent of Florida voters last November. According to Orlando trail attorney John Morgan, the blame for the collapse of this deal lies squarely on the shoulders of Ben Pollara, a South Florida Democrat who works in both political and policy arenas. Morgan says that rather than working toward a bill that would have allowed patients unfettered access to the burgeoning medical marijuana market, Pollara deployed the lobbyists. Read

Florida’s medical marijuana deal goes up in smoke

5/6/17--Unable to bridge a gap over how many marijuana dispensaries the state should have, Florida lawmakers failed to pass legislation that would have created a framework to carry out a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for a wide variety of patients. Read

New York medical cannabis lawsuit, Vermont MMJ expansion & Texas’ preliminary CBD licensees

5/5/17--Marijuana Business Daily presents some of the notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week, including New York medical marijuana dispensaries filing suit to prevent new competitors, Vermont lawmakers approving expanding the state’s MMJ program, and Texas awarding three preliminary licenses for its CBD program. Read

Pennsylvania releases list of applicants to grow or process medical marijuana

4/27/17--Hundreds of applicants have asked for licenses to grow or sell medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The flood of applications illustrate the massive interest in getting in on the ground floor of the potentially lucrative medical marijuana industry, which some advocates hope will be the first step toward broader legalization of the drug. Only 12 growing permits will be granted statewide. Read

After years of restrictions, revised Montana medical marijuana regulations underway

4/25/17--A bill endorsed by the Montana House attempts to regulate the medical marijuana industry after voters last November approved lifting restrictions that severely limited distribution of the drug. The measure requires state officials to track marijuana in the state from seed to sale, to protect against the drug being sold on the black market. It also requires nurseries and distributors to be licensed, marijuana to be tested, and registered users to have photo identification cards. Read

Colorado bill adding PTSD to medical marijuana list heads to gov’s desk

4/25/17--A bill to add PTSD to the list of Colorado’s medical marijuana qualifying conditions is headed to the governor’s desk. Proponents argue that having PTSD as a qualifying condition opens an honest dialogue between doctors and patients. Yet, members of the medical community frequently caution that more qualified research is needed to determine the effectiveness and any health risks associated with using medical cannabis to treat a complex psychological condition. Read

Creating standards for cannabis industry gets ASTM International board approval

4/25/17--ASTM International, a century-old standards organization, gave the official go-ahead to establish a standards-writing committee for the cannabis industry, officials announced. ASTM’s board of directors approved the formation of Committee D37, a group that will develop standards for cannabis, its products and processes. Read

Report: Medical marijuana patients outspent adult-use three to one last year

4/25/17--Medical patients made up a sizable portion of the market for marijuana in the U.S. last year, spending three times more money on the crop than recreational users, according to a report from New Frontier Data. Recreational customers last year spent an average of $49 on each transaction compared to patients who spent $136 on average, the report shows. To get those results, New Frontier said it accessed online ordering and loyalty information from markets such as Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, and California. Read

Medical marijuana tax, tracking bill awaits governor’s signature

4/25/17--A signature from Montana Governor Steve Bullock is needed in order for a tax on medical marijuana providers becomes law in the state. The proposed tax on gross sales would start out at 4 percent in July and drop down to 2 percent a year later, funding state regulation over the industry. Read

Cannabis experts join True Leaf team for final marijuana licensing review stage

4/24/17--True Leaf Medicine Inc. (True Leaf), a division of True Leaf Medicine International Ltd., has engaged a number of cannabis experts to guide the company through the final stage in Health Canada's review of its application for a license to produce marijuana in Canada. They will be working with True Leaf over the next few weeks to prepare a review package for submission to Health Canada under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) application process. Read

Activists say more access to medical marijuana needed

4/23/17--Even though it is now legal, activists say there are still many obstacles in place that keep people from gaining access to medical marijuana. According to Wendy Hart, treasurer of the Western New York Chapter of NORML, physicians don't have current information about the research that's been done and the facts that have been proven. Doctors and patients are in the dark, and they're scrambling for information. Read

The medical cannabis doctor is in, in Westminster

4/22/17--According to Dr. Paul Davies, chairman of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, cannnabis is expected to be in the hands of Maryland patients by the end of the summer. However, those who have followed Maryland's efforts to provide access to legal medical cannabis may take Davies' optimism with a grain of salt, yet there are fairly concrete signs that medical cannabis is truly imminent this time around. Read

Medical marijuana cultivation rules seek a balance

4/24/17--Ohio rules for getting growers’ licenses were finalized April 17, and application forms were released Friday. The issue to watch is whether certain regulations will curb the program’s ability to get an adequate supply of medical cannabis to patients. Regulators say the rules balance access with public safety and can be revisited later. Read

Maui medical marijuana dispensary opens offices on Oahu

4/22/17--Pono Life Maui’s chief executive officer Michael Takano announced that the company will focus its efforts on the Oahu and Maui communities, given the large number of currently certified patients in Hawaii’s Medical Marijuana Registry Program that are concentrated in both counties, along with the number of tourists who share their time between both islands. Read

Medical marijuana home deliveries expand to NYC, Long Island

4/21/17--Vireo Health, a medical marijuana company in Albany, is set to roll out a home delivery service to patients in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and parts of Suffolk County who suffer from debilitating diseases, such as cancer and Lou Gehrig's disease. Read

What’s the future of Ohio medical marijuana?

4/20/17--Although it's been five months since lawmakers approved medical marijuana for Ohioans, it may take another eighteen months before it's available. Regulations need to be established for cultivators, dispensaries, testing labs, patients, caregivers, and doctors by the Ohio Department of Commerce and Ohio Board of Pharmacy as a requirement by law to take all actions necessary to ensure that Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program is fully operational no later than September 8, 2018. Read

Pa. awards $10.4M contract to track medical marijuana

4/21/17--MJ Freeway, a Denver-based software company, was awarded a $10.4 million contract on Thursday to track all of Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis commerce from seed-to-sale, while also creating a registry for patients, caregivers, and practitioners to participate in the state's medical marijuana program. Read

Local restaurant owner faces charges of manufacturing, delivery of marijuana

4/22/17--The owner of the Coldwater Gardens Restaurant, Nikoloas Troullinos, 42, will face charges of manufacturing and delivery of marijuana, after a Feb. 4 raid found more than the allowed amount at his medical marijuana grow operation. Read

Advocates say anti-drug group is helping craft Florida’s medical marijuana laws

4/17/17--Advocates who worked to pass Florida's medical marijuana amendment last year say Drug Free America Foundation, the anti-drug group who opposed the measure, is helping write the state's new rules on cannabis. Lobbyists for the organization have managed to influence legislation regarding medical cannabis, specifically HB 1397, and over half of the group's 43 suggestions to prevent the state's medical marijuana from being "abused" have made it into the bill proposed by state Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. Read

Moms say medical marijuana transformed their children’s lives

4/17/17--A group of moms who have been fighting the stigma, paving the way, and educating themselves about the benefits of medical marijuana say they're doing it for their children, all of whom are fighting chronic illnesses. The mothers who are part of the organization MomForce Arizona are also dedicating their lives to educating other parents about the effects it had on their children. Read

Medical marijuana producer eyeing Adamsville site

4/18/17--Adamsville Properties filed a motion with bankruptcy court to sell their property, a 45,000-square-foot building, to NH Medicinals (Minnesota) Inc. for $339,000 with several conditions. The conditions are selling the property free and clear of all liens, claims and encumbrances; court approval of the sale; and NH Medicinals obtaining a license from Pennsylvania to grow medical marijuana before the time of the sale closing. Read

Las Vegas considers changes to medical marijuana laws

4/17/17--Las Vegas city officials are eyeing sweeping changes to medical marijuana regulations that would relax the rules and more closely align the city with Clark County. A City Council committee discussed proposed changes that include lengthening the hours of operation, removing product limitations, modifying disposal requirements, and changing dispensary fees. Read

More than 200 Pa. children using medical marijuana in Safe Harbor program

4/18/17--More than 200 children with serious illnesses are legally obtaining medical marijuana outside Pennsylvania while state officials work to make the product available to them here. The Safe Harbor program enables parents, legal guardians or caregivers to provide medical marijuana to minors in their care who have a serious medical condition documented by a physician. Read

Charter ‘half baked’ on medical marijuana, says Kalamazoo city attorney

4/14/17--According to City Attorney Clyde Robinson, a medical marijuana amendment to the Kalamazoo city charter was "half-baked' when approved by voters in 2012. Robinson said he isn't sure the coalition's amendment is in the best interest of the city. The citizen-initiated ballot proposal in Kalamazoo passed by nearly a 2-1 margin. However, Gov. Rick Snyder disapproved of the charter, saying it was inconsistent with state law at the time. Read

Black caucus issues ‘ultimatum’ on medical marijuana

4/12/17--The Legislative Black Caucus stepped up its demand for a special General Assembly session to address a lack of diversity in the medical marijuana industry, saying that failure to do so would effectively shut out African-Americans from a lucrative business. If the leaders refuse, the 51-member caucus will not cooperate with Democratic leaders, caucus chair Del. Cheryl Glenn said. Read

Rules set for North Dakota medical marijuana program

4/13/17--The Legislature on Thursday approved a set of rules to govern the use of medical marijuana in North Dakota. GOP Gov. Doug Burgum said he would sign the legislation that establishes rules for the use of marijuana — including smoking it — as medicine for people who suffer from debilitating illnesses, including terminally ill patients. Read

Neighbors of York medical marijuana facility raise odor, groundwater, lifestyle issues

4/12/17--A group of neighbors near a medical marijuana grow facility on White Birch Lane said they are frustrated by the anonymity of the owners and tenants, a situation that creates a sense of unease in the neighborhood dating back years. They also worry about the values of their homes — particularly if a recreational grow facility is created there. Read

Bill to regulate medical marijuana advances to house floor

4/11/17--A Montana legislative committee has advanced a bill to require testing of medical marijuana, and the licensing of providers after voters passed an initiative last year to lift restrictions on the drug's distribution. The House Taxation Committee approved the measure after making 20 amendments that would, among other things, exempt small marijuana providers from the testing requirement, and change the proposed fee structure for providers. Read

Online map shows Detroit medical marijuana shops

4/11/17--Detroit announced it’s launched an interactive map showing the locations and business names of medical marijuana centers in the city. The color-coded map, to be updated each Monday afternoon, specifies whether a shop has been shuttered, approved, or if it remains in the approval process. The site also allows for residents to anonymously report concerns associated with any of the shops. Read

Pa. releases draft medical marijuana regulations for doctors

4/11/17--The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued draft regulations that would govern how doctors become registered to prescribe medical marijuana and certify patients to receive the drug when it becomes available. It's the most recent step in the effort to provide medical marijuana to patients by next year. Read

Ask a Stoner: Should I still get a medical card?

4/11/17--Westword writer Herbert Fuego responds to a reader's question about whether or not it's worth it get a medical marijuana card for chronic pain. Fuego states that a Colorado medical card provides access to stronger products, more attentive service, cheaper prices, and the state sales taxes on medical marijuana are 10 percent lower than they are on the recreational side. Read

Burlington ganjapreneur breaks ground with mobile hemp cart

4/9/17--This week, Jeremy Skillings, who has nearly a decade of professional cannabis experience, plans to open The Ganja Guides cart, the state’s first hemp extract vending cart on Cherry Street in Vermont’s busiest downtown district. He’ll sell hemp extract products from national supplier, Charlotte’s Web, as well as merchandise and artwork, and schedule consultations where he’ll provide education about the potential therapeutic uses of the cannabis plant and it’s many cannabinoids, terpenes, and additional compounds. Read

Can LSU’s medical marijuana operations thrive?

4/10/17--Although seven companies have submitted proposals to handle medical marijuana operations for the LSU Agricultural Center, some bidders question whether the program can prosper under the limitations of the current state law. Others are less pessimistic. LSU is requiring bidders to bear the entire cost for a secure greenhouse and processing facility needed to produce the medication. The AgCenter estimates the program will cost $11.3 million and will need anywhere from four to nine years before revenue outstrips expenses. Read

New medical marijuana fees in Ohio may actually exceed program costs

4/8/17--State regulators in Ohio acknowledge that proposed licensing fees for medical marijuana businesses could initially exceed the state’s costs of operating the program. Ohio has set some of the highest fees of any medical marijuana state: a $20,000 application fee, a $180,000 license fee for larger growers, a $2,000 application fee, and $18,000 license fee for smaller growers. Read

Marijuana cultivation center may bring further economic development to Carbondale

4/8/17--Carbondale city officials said they hope the expansion of a new medical marijuana cultivation center in the city will spark local economic growth. City manager Gary Williams said the cultivation center, located east of the Southern Illinois Airport, is a legally licensed facility that grows medical marijuana for state approved medical marijuana dispensaries. Read

Medical marijuana firm makes home deliveries in upstate NY

4/6/17--Medical marijuana provider Columbia Care NY has launched a home delivery service in upstate New York. It began a home delivery pilot program to patients across western New York through its Rochester location in March. The company says it expects to quickly expand the program to provide statewide coverage for all registered patients. Read

Medical marijuana dispensary almost ready to open

4/6/17--Medical marijuana products could be available by July at Maui Grown Therapies, one of Maui’s two licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. The actual date will depend on the state Department of Health. In the meantime, the company is developing oils, tinctures, creams, topicals, capsules, and other products in preparation for customers at its retail store in the Maui Lani Village Center. Read

Florida’s medical marijuana cartel is cashing in, and patients will suffer

4/6/17--As millions of dollars flow into license-holders who have been granted the right to grow and sell marijuana by lawmaker, critics say the state is letting a de facto monopoly rake in major cash at the expense of the patients who need that medical pot. If only a tiny group of companies controlled the market, patients would pay a hefty price and might lack ready access to the marijuana they voted overwhelmingly to approve. Read

West Virginia lawmakers send medical marijuana bill to governor

4/6/17--Lawmakers in West Virginia on Thursday passed a bill that would allow patients to use some forms of cannabis for medical needs, state records show. If signed by Democratic Governor Jim Justice, the measure would make West Virginia the 29th state to allow the medical use of cannabis products including tinctures, extracts, pills, and oils, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Read

Medical marijuana coverage now included in Loblaw Companies’ health benefits plan

4/5/17--Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart has taken steps to cover the costs for employees who use medical marijuana for specific conditions. Employees who work for this Canadian company, and other companies owned by the food and drug giant, Loblaw, are eligible for coverage of medical marijuana, up to $1,500 annually. Read

Randolph neighbors fume over medical marijuana facility proposal

4/3/17--Residents came out in opposition of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary. Verdant Medical, Inc. of Boston is seeking a special permit to establish a facility that would grow and distribute medical marijuana in a vacant building located in the Great Pond Commerce Center Overlay District at 78-80 Pacella Park Drive in North Randolph, bordering on a residential neighborhood. Read