Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update The elections are over and the legislative season is yet to begin, so things are quiet on the medical marijuana front. Below are a couple of updates, as follows:  Maryland Last Monday, the Maryland Cannabis Commission announced that it is hiring a consultant to advise it on steps it can take to […]






Donald Trump’s AG, Jeff Sessions, is No Friend of Marijuana

Donald Trump’s AG, Jeff Sessions, is No Friend of Marijuana






Donald Trump’s AG, Jeff Sessions, is No Friend of Marijuana In what is generally viewed as a negative development for the legal Marijuana market, US President Elect Donald Trump has selected Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be the next Attorney General of the United States. Senstor Sessions is an outspoken critic of marijuana legalization who […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update Medical marijuana went 4 for 4 last Tuesday, Election Day, the feds give up on trying to shut down the Berkeley Patients Group, and more.  National On Monday, a new report called marijuana a “promising option” for dealing with opioid addiction. A new report from the National Cannabis Industry Association finds that increasing […]






The Trump Presidency and the Marijuana Industry

The Trump Presidency and the Marijuana Industry






The Trump Presidency and the Marijuana Industry $GWPH, $SMG Of the 9 states where voters were considering legalizing marijuana for either recreational or medical use, 8 approved the statewide measures. California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada approved initiatives allowing the recreational use of cannabis, while Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota approved medical marijuana. Montana, where the […]






California, Its Quest to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

California, Its Quest to Legalize Recreational Marijuana






California, Its Quest to Legalize Recreational Marijuana California’s state capital region could reap 20,000 jobs and generate $4.2-B in business if it becomes a hub for a legalized marijuana industry, a study released Monday showed. The report from the University of the Pacific in Stockton was commissioned by the cannabis investment company Truth Enterprises, just […]






The Medical Marijuana Up Date

The Medical Marijuana Up Date






The Medical Marijuana Up Date The Miami Herald endorses the Florida medical marijuana initiative, medical marijuana is playing a role in the Utah gubernatorial race, and more, as follows: Arkansas Last Thursday, the state Supreme Court okayed the medical marijuana amendment. The state’s high court has rejected a bid by medical marijuana opponents to prevent […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update With all eyes on the November elections, it is quiet on the medical marijuana front. Minors get admitted to the program in Connecticut, and, speaking of the elections, we have news from Florida.  Connecticut Last Thursday, minors became eligible to qualify for medical marijuana. Under changes in the state’s medical marijuana system […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update Chelsea Clinton retracts an errant statement, a California bill creating a “Micro Farm” license for Ma-and-Pa growers is signed into law, Massachusetts moves toward being more patient-friendly, and more. National Last Thursday, a spokesman conceded that Chelsea Clinton “misspoke” about the risk of marijuana fatalities. Chelsea Clinton “misspoke” when she suggested that […]






California Voters Appear Set to Pass Recreational Marijuana Legalization

California Voters Appear Set to Pass Recreational Marijuana Legalization






California Voters Appear Set to Pass Recreational Marijuana Legalization Polls show California headed toward the legalization of Recreational Marijuana with Prop. 64 Proposition 64 if passed will legalize the recreational use of marijuana for anyone over 21. If its supporters believe that passage of Proposition 64 would raise $1-B in taxes annually, dramatically reduce prison […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update No medical cannabis for Missouri this year, polling looks good for the Florida initiative and tense for competing Arkansas initiatives, Colorado moves toward adding PTSD as a qualifying condition, and more.  Arkansas Last Thursday, the state’s highest court threw out a challenge to a medical marijuana initiative. The state Supreme Court has […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update The governors of Delaware and New Jersey sign medical marijuana expansion bills, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson kicks in a million bucks to fend off medical cannabis in Florida, Montana patients are losing access to providers, and more.  National Monday, a study of fatal car crashes found medical marijuana may curb opioid use. […]






5 US States May Legalize Recreational Marijuana in 2016

5 US States May Legalize Recreational Marijuana in 2016






5 US States May Legalize Recreational Marijuana in 2016 About 50% of the US has already legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use. This November, 9 US states may continue the trend. Of those 9 states, 5 have ballot initiatives that could result in legal recreational use. California could legalize recreational use, thus making […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update As all eyes turn toward cannabis legalization initiatives looming in November, it’s been pretty quiet on the medical marijuana front. At least there’s good news from Michigan.  Michigan Last Thursday, the Senate passed an industry regulation bill allowing dispensaries. The state Senate Thursday passed a bill that would tax and regulate medical marijuana […]






Wall Street, “High Time” to Monetize Marijuana

Wall Street, “High Time” to Monetize Marijuana






Wall Street, “High Time” to Monetize Marijuana At the Investor Pitch Forum this week in Brooklyn, NY, hosted by the cannabis industry investment and research firm The Arcview Group, 200 investors described as HNW (high net worth) met with dozens of companies looking to come into the new market of legal recreational marijuana. Cultivating Spirits, […]






The “Headaches” of the Legal Marijuana Industry

The “Headaches” of the Legal Marijuana Industry






The “Headaches” of the Legal Marijuana Industry The legal-marijuana industry faces many challenges to doing business. Most companies in the space are frozen out of bank, cannot use credit cards for transactions, and cannot get loans, huge headaches for the industry. And marijuana is like any other commodity: when there’s a supply glut, the price […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update In a surprise move, the conservative American Legion comes out for cannabis rescheduling, Arkansas medical marijuana initiatives see lawsuits fly, Ohio is now a medical marijuana state, and more.  NationalAt the end of August, the American Legion called for marijuana to be rescheduled. The nation’s largest veterans’ organization has passed a resolution […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update A federal appeals court upholds the ban on Gun sales to Medical Marijuana patients, Arkansans will have 2 Medical Marijuana initiatives on the ballot, Oklahoman’s will likely have none, and more.  Arkansas Last Thursday, a second medical marijuana initiative was okayed for the ballot. The state already has one medical marijuana initiative […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update Which states will be voting on medical marijuana this year is becoming clearer, but is not completely settled; a new study finds that marijuana is not implicated with bad organ transplant outcomes, and more.  National Last Friday, a study found that marijuana use is not associated with bad organ transplant outcomes. A […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update The federal courts reminded the US Justice Department (DOJ) that Congress passed a law barring it from using federal funds to go after state-legal medical cannabis operations, Maryland takes a step toward getting its industry up and running, California balks at a MM grower tax, and more. National Tuesday, a federal appeals […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update The DEA again rejects marijuana rescheduling, a North Dakota initiative makes the ballot, a South Dakota one doesn’t, a Missouri one hangs on by a thread, and more. National Thursday, DEA again refused to reschedule marijuana. The DEA today again refused to reschedule marijuana, arguing that its therapeutic value has not been […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update A 2nd Arkansas medical marijuana initiative is still alive (one has already qualified for the ballot), Boston gets its 1st dispensary, Minnesota chronic pain patients now qualify for medical cannabis, and more.  ArkansasLast Friday, a medical marijuana got more time to gather signatures. Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana, the group behind the […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update Some US senators take the 1st step on medical marijuana, a California cannabis-growing county approves a massive cannabis growing farm, Montanans will have the chance to reinstate their medical cannabis system in November, and more.  National Last Friday, a CBD research bill was filed in the Senate. Four members of the Senate […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update The Republican platform committee rejects medical marijuana, medical marijuana research issues get a hearing in the Senate, Arkansas will vote on at least one medical marijuana initiative this Fall — maybe 2 — and more. NationalOn Monday, the GOP rejected a medical marijuana platform plank. Republican delegates meeting Monday in Cleveland ahead […]






22 Vets Commit Suicide Daily, is Medical Marijuana the Solution?

22 Vets Commit Suicide Daily, is Medical Marijuana the Solution?






22 Vets Commit Suicide Daily, is Medical Marijuana the Solution? Dr. Sue Sisley, a former Department of Veterans Affairs physician, has devoted her life to coming with an effective treatment for PTSD. But her  promising work is controversial and not without detractors. As one of the nation’s foremost scientific experts on medical marijuana, Dr. Sisley […]






Marijuana Is Creating ‘Headaches’ for People in Legal US Businesses

Marijuana Is Creating ‘Headaches’ for People in Legal US Businesses






Marijuana Is Creating ‘Headaches’ for People in Legal US Businesses The legalization of marijuana in the US is creating headaches not just for new marijuana businesses. Such businesses have trouble paying taxes and getting bank accounts, and there are also problems for people who work in the growing industry, as well as for those who […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update This was a quiet week on the medical marijuana front, but a couple of important changes happened on 1 July. Hawaii  On Tuesday, a new report said dispensaries will generate millions for the state. The Aloha State finally got around to allowing dispensaries to operate this year, and now a report from […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update A bi-partisan federal effort to open up research on medical marijuana is now underway, it looks likely that Arkansas will be voting on medical marijuana in November, a New Jersey PTSD bill advances, and more. National Monday, congressional marijuana reform fans and foes said they were working together on a new research […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update Ohio becomes the newest MM (medical marijuana) state, but you cannot smoke it; a pair of contending Arkansas initiatives are coming up on a signature turn-in deadline; DPA identifies problems with New York’s medical marijuana program, and more. Arkansas As of Wednesday, a pair of medical marijuana initiative campaigns are facing a […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update The California legislature gets down to business, MM expansion bills become law in Colorado and Vermont, a “poison pill” California initiative fails to make the ballot, and more.  California Last Wednesday, the Senate approved a medical marijuana sales tax. The Senate Wednesday approved a bill imposing a 15% sales tax on medical […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update In Oklahoma and Ohio, medical marijuana half-measures are being challenged by initiative campaigns, Oakland tries to create some racial equity in the industry, Maryland initiative hits another delay, and more.  California On Tuesday, Oakland passed an ordinance designed to encourage minority participation in the industry. The city council unanimously approved a medical […]






The Cycle Opioid of Addiction

The Cycle Opioid of Addiction






The Cycle Opioid of Addiction Sadly, legendary musician Prince appears to be yet another victim of the opioid epidemic. OxyContin became a blockbuster drug mainly through misleading claims, claims Purdue Pharma knew were false from the very beginning. The basic promise was that it provided pain relief for a full 12 hours, 2X as long […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update National State Department Says NIDA Monopoly on Research Marijuana Unnecessary. The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department has gone on record stating that the United States could issue multiple licenses for the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes without violating the United Nations Single Convention […]






Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update






Medical Marijuana Update The DEA approves a PTSD medical marijuana study, a Senate committee votes to rein in the DEA on medical marijuana, a Utah poll has very strong support for medical marijuana, and more. National Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to prevent the DEA from undermining state medical marijuana laws. The committee […]