New Mexico Munis Look to Decriminalize Minor Possession

September 30th, 2015 - Ryan Allway

The majority of Bernadillo County residents supported the decriminalization of cannabis in 2014, but the city of Albuquerque continues to face an uphill battle in implementing voters’ desires into law, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The Abaquerque City Council narrowly voted 5-4, along party lines, in favor of making the possession of small amounts of […]

Maryland Prepares to Issue Licenses to MMJ Industry

September 29th, 2015 - Thomas Mitchell
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Maryland’s medical marijuana laws are finally on the cusp of implementation two and a half years after being passed. According to the Washington Post, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is ready to issue business licenses to medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers, prompting a range of reactions from public officials. The state’s regulations will permit […]

Pennsylvania MMJ Framework Remains in Limbo

September 28th, 2015 - Richard Battle

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives spent the summer months drafting the initial framework for a medical marijuana system and plan to send the recommendations to the GOP House Majority Leader Dave Reed in the coming weeks. With nearly 90% support among the state’s residents, the House leadership has placed a high priority on passing the bill […]

Costa Rican Officials Visit Colorado for Medical Cannabis Insights

September 25th, 2015 - Ryan Allway

A group of Costa Rican representatives will travel to Denver, Colorado in October to see first-hand the results of the medical cannabis industry, according to The Costa Rican Star. With the Central American country considering medical marijuana legislation this year, the officials plan to meet with medical cannabis business owners, as well as city and […]

Cannabis Advocates in Iowa Target Presidential Candidates

September 24th, 2015 - Richard Battle

The cannabis advocacy group Iowans 4 Medical Cannabis recently announced the release of a questionnaire that they plan to deliver to all presidential candidates over the coming weeks that’s designed to leverage the state’s unique position, according to Sioux City Journal. The move follows similar initiatives by the group to reach out to campaigns and […]

Restrictions are Killing Minnesota’s MMJ Program

September 23rd, 2015 - Ryan Allway

Minnesota has a notoriously restrictive medical marijuana program, where patients face high prices, few qualifying conditions, difficult to reach locations, and limitations on the types of products available to those in need. Given these limitations, some medical marijuana patients are heading back to the black market where medications are cheaper, easier to access, and more […]

Health Canada Takes Action Against Compassion Clubs

September 22nd, 2015 - Ryan Allway

Health Canada sent cease-and-desist letters to a number of illegal marijuana dispensaries and compassion clubs last week, saying that police would raid them if they don’t shut down immediately. In the letter, officials demanded that dispensaries stop all activity and submit a written statement confirming the shutdowns by September 21st. This week, it appears that […]

Florida’s CBD Program is Struggling Before Its Launch

September 21st, 2015 - Ryan Allway

Florida’s CBD program will go into effect at the beginning of the year, but just 42 physicians across the entire state have signed up. While doctors have another six months to become approved for the program, many are concerned about the lack of protocol on where drugs will be dispensed, what dosages will be available, […]

Israeli Pain Clinics Risk Lawsuits for Refusing MMJ Options

September 18th, 2015 - Ryan Allway

The Association for Medical Cannabis Treatment in Israel is threatening to sue pain clinics that refuse to offer medical cannabis to patients, according to Marijuana Politics. In order to receive medical marijuana for the treatment of pain, patients must undergo treatment at a registered pain clinic for a year and exhaust all other methods of […]

California Establishes MMJ Regulations after Nearly 20 Years

September 17th, 2015 - Ryan Allway

California lawmakers reached a long-awaited compromise on regulations for the state’s medical marijuana industry for the first time since legalization occurred in 1996, according to LA Times. The regulations will create a new state office that would issue licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries alongside municipalities. While dispensaries would have to follow a number of new […]

Alaska Establishes Recreational Marijuana Rules

September 16th, 2015 - Ryan Allway

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board outlined allowable advertising strategies for retail dispensaries, as well as security protocols in meetings to consider draft regulations for the launch of recreational marijuana sales within the state, according to Alaska Dispatch News. Regulators pushed to limit advertising in order to avoid the problems that Montana faced after legalizing medicinal […]

Health Canada Cracks Down on Dispensaries after MMPR

September 15th, 2015 - Thomas Mitchell

Health Canada sent out cease-and-desist letters to 13 illegal marijuana dispensaries and compassion clubs across the country, saying that Canadian police could raid them if they don’t shut down immediately, according to Globe and Mail. The letter demanded that dispensaries stop all activity and submit a written statement confirming the shutdowns by September 21st, although […]

New Mexico Narrows Applicant Pool for New Growers

September 14th, 2015 - Richard Battle

The New Mexico Department of Health’s four-member review committee narrowed the applicant pool for the licensing of new medical cannabis producers from 86 to 17 at the beginning of the month, according to KRWG News. Secretary of Health Retta Ward will begin the review process to determine the number of producers that will receiving licenses […]

Colorado Could Pioneer Public Cannabis Smoking Venues

September 11th, 2015 - Richard Battle

Cannabis advocates in Colorado have been pushing for a measure on the November 2016 ballot that would permit the public consumption of cannabis in certain bars and restaurants. In particular, the measure would have legalized the drug’s use in certain adult-only businesses like nightclubs or bars, while permitting edible or vaporized marijuana to be consumed […]

Canadians Permitted to Deduct Medical Cannabis Expenses

September 10th, 2015 - Ryan Allway

Canadians that purchase medical cannabis from licensed producers under the MMPR program are eligible to expense their purchases under the Income Tax Act after the Canada Revenue Agency clarified its stance on the matter, according to the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association (“CMCIA”), an association representing the majority of producers currently licensed under Health Canada’s […]

California Works to Fix MMJ Issues Ahead of Recreational Vote

September 9th, 2015 - Richard Battle

California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is developing a framework for medical marijuana regulations in California, which could end nearly two decades of misinterpretations and court battles that have plagued the industry, according to The Sacramento Bee. In 1996, Californians voted to decriminalize medical marijuana. The lack of statewide guidelines led to headaches for cities and […]

Canada’s New Democratic Party Pledges to Decriminalize Cannabis

September 8th, 2015 - Thomas Mitchell
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Canada’s New Democratic Party leader Tom Mulcair recently pledged to immediately decriminalize cannabis if and when it forms the country’s next government, according to CBC News. “I want to make sure that everybody understands that the NDP’s position is decriminalization the minute we form government,” Mulcair said during a campaign event in Vancouver. Marijuana policy […]

Connecticut Looks to Expand Approved Conditions for MMJ

September 3rd, 2015 - Ryan Allway

Connecticut permits the use of medical marijuana for eleven qualifying health issues, but may be looking to expand that figure to include seven new ailments, including Lou Gehrig’s disease and severe psoriasis among others, according to New Haven Register. The Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians has recommended the approval of the seven conditions to […]

Could Florida’s Recreational Amendments Derail Medical Marijuana?

September 2nd, 2015 - Thomas Mitchell

Florida has three proposed constitutional amendments that would legalize marijuana for recreational use if approved by voters in November of 2016, according to Bradenton Herald. The amendments vary in both substance and potential to be passed into law, including one that would legalize recreational use for anyone over 18 years of age and another that […]

Colorado Just Says No to PTSD Patients Seeking MMJ

September 1st, 2015 - Ryan Allway

The Colorado Department of Health and the Environment and the Board of Health voted to deny post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers access to medical marijuana, despite a recommendation from Colorado’s Chief Medical Officer and a panel of physicians, according to the Denver Post. The 6-2 vote drew shouts and boos from the packed house after dozens […]

Britain Strongly Rejects Move to Legalize Cannabis

August 31st, 2015 - Ryan Allway

The British government strongly rejected any notion that it might legalize cannabis after more than 200,000 people signed an official government petition asking for it to change the law, according to the International Business Times. The petition – which had 207,949 signatures at the time this article was written – called for the legal production, […]

Chile Moves to Decriminalize Cannabis

August 28th, 2015 - Ryan Allway

Chile’s Chamber of Deputies passed an initiative designed to decriminalize cannabis in July that passed with a vote of 68-39. Before becoming law, the Health Commission will have time to make adjustments before passing it along to the Senate for a final vote, according to Scoop. The initiative would permit Chileans to possess up to […]

Arcompassion Looks to Ease Arkansas Medical Marijuana Laws

August 27th, 2015 - Ryan Allway

Arkansas is notorious for having some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country – possession of less than four ounces can land you in jail for a year. Arcompassion hopes to change all of that after receiving approval to collect signatures for a 2016 medical marijuana bid. With 65,000 signatures needed to qualify for […]

Oregon Drafts Rules for MMJ Dispensaries to Sell Recreational Pot

August 26th, 2015 - Richard Battle

Public health officials in Oregon released draft regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries that wish to sell legal recreational marijuana, according to the Associated Press. Under the new regulations, medical marijuana dispensaries will be permitted to begin selling recreational marijuana on October 1st to any consumer over the age of 21. The products can be purchased […]

Canadian Medical Cannabis Users Pay Higher Premiums

August 25th, 2015 - Ryan Allway
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Patients enrolled in Canada’s Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (“MMPR”) program pay a higher price due to their prescriptions, because life insurance policies consider them smokers regardless of how they actually consume the drug, according to CBC News. Often times, smokers pay twice as much as non-smokers for life insurance, since smoking correlates with more […]

Ohio to Vote on Recreational Marijuana this November

August 21st, 2015 - Ryan Allway

Ohio could become the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana if a ballot measure succeeds in the November 2015 general election. After turning in nearly 700,000 signatures with $2.4 million spent on the signature gathering initiative, election officials determined that 400,000 signatures were false and gave the campaign 10 days to collect […]

Florida Cannabis Advocates Continue Pushing for Change

August 20th, 2015 - Thomas Mitchell

Florida cannabis advocates are moving forward with a new campaign to legalize medical marijuana after a recent push failed to satisfy voters and state lawmakers, according to the International Business Times. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, refiled a bill to permit the medical use of marijuana, while supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would permit […]

Delaware Makes Big Moves for a Small State

August 19th, 2015 - Richard Battle

Delaware has decriminalized small amounts of cannabis, opened its first medical marijuana dispensary, and expanded research on the medicinal benefits of cannabis – all so far in 2015. Rep. Helene Keeley, D-Wilmington, sponsored the marijuana decriminalization bill that was approved in mid-June and signed by Gov. Jack Markell into law, despite opposition from police groups […]

Montana’s MMJ Program Struggles to Survive

August 18th, 2015 - Ryan Allway

Montana legalized medical marijuana back in 2004 and reached 30,000 patients and nearly 5,000 doctors in subsequent years, but since then, opposition to the program has been growing in and a state Supreme Court decision could wipe it out entirely, according to NBCNews. The industry’s problems began a few years after medical marijuana was legalized, […]

Washington DC Cannabis Arrests Persist Despite Legalization

August 17th, 2015 - Richard Battle

Washington DC legalized recreational marijuana in November of 2014, which made it legal to use up to two ounces of marijuana and possess and cultivate up to three marijuana plants. Despite over 70% of voters approving the measure, Congress has prevented its implementation by blocking funding to enact the measure with a rider in its […]

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