US Marijuana ‘Black Market’ Thriving

US Marijuana ‘Black Market’ Thriving

The ‘black market’ marijuana trade is “booming,” Smart Approaches to Marijuana Director Kevin Sabet said in a TV interview early Tuesday. “Drug dealers love legalization,” Mr. Sabet said, because “they get to undercut the legal price. The government, in all its wisdom, taxes marijuana to pay for schools. BTW, it is not paying for any […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update State legislatures are in session and things are getting busy on the medical marijuana front, from CBD bills in Iowa to employment protection bills in California. California Last Wednesday, a bill that would provide employment protections for medical marijuana patients was filed. Assemblymen Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) have filed Assembly Bill […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update Medical marijuana is safe from the Justice Department for now, governors in New Jersey and Rhode Island make noises about expanding medical marijuana programs, Georgia voters are ready for a full-fledged medical marijuana law, and more. National Last Thursday, a House version of a bill aimed at encouraging medical marijuana research was filed. […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update The VA rejects pleas to study Marijuana for PTSD, Illinois gets a couple of court rulings, a full-fledged medical Marijuana bill is filed in Kentucky, plus: National Last Tuesday, news came that the VA won’t study marijuana’s effects on PTSD. The Department of Veterans Affairs will not begin a study into marijuana’s effects […]

Medical and Recreational Marijuana Update

Medical and Recreational Marijuana Update

Medical and Recreational Marijuana Update Some leading Senate Republican calls for removing obstacles to medical marijuana research, a Florida judge decides to take up a case over the state’s ban on smoking medical marijuana, and states likely to allow recreational marijuana use in Y 2018 On the Medical side National Recently, Orrin Hatch decried obstacles to […]

Do Not Let Outlandish ER Charges Break Your Bank

Do Not Let Outlandish ER Charges Break Your Bank

Do Not Let Outlandish ER Charges Break Your Bank I just read a new analysis of US medical bills has found hospitals typically charge uninsured ER (emergency room)  patients 4X as much as the take from Medicare for the same service. The study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that ER patients routinely pay more […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update President Donald Trump has signaled that he and the DOJ will ignore congressional mandates protecting Medical Marijuana states, Florida fails to complete Medical Marijuana implementation legislation. Thursday US AG Jeff Sessions signaled that the DOJ will enforce the laws and seek maximum sentences for drug law violators, The Drug War looks like […]

President Trump Signals: War on Drugs Back on in the USA

President Trump Signals: War on Drugs Back on in the USA

President Trump Signals: War on Drugs Back on in the USA President Donald Trump is signaling that he and the DOJ will ignore congressional mandates protecting Medical Marijuana states, Florida fails to complete Medical Marijuana implementation legislation. Thursday US AG Jeff Sessions signaled that the DOJ will enforce the laws and seek maximum sentences for […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update A new study suggests that medical marijuana can reduce opioid abuse, Arkansas and Florida continue to grapple with addressing voter-approved medical marijuana laws, and more.  National Last Monday a new study found that legalized medical marijuana could help curb opiod abuse. A new study reported in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence […]

President Trump Continues to Unwind Barack Obama’s Legacy

President Trump Continues to Unwind Barack Obama’s Legacy

President Trump Continues to Unwind Barack Obama’s Legacy US President Donald Trump signed bills Monday that roll back regulations implemented by former President Barack Hussein Obama. Monday President Trump scaled back federal control on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, stopped government contractors from having to report labor law violations, voided rules that […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update The North Dakota legislature continues to muck about with the state’s new voter-approved medical marijuana law, North Carolina sees a full-fledged medical marijuana bill introduced, and more.  Iowa Last Thursday, a CBD expansion bill stalled. A bill that could have expanded the use of CBD cannabis oil ran into a brick wall […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update Medical marijuana is keeping Arkansas legislators and regulators busy, Kentucky and West Virginia see full-fledged medical cannabis bills filed, a CBD cannabis oil bill heads to the governor’s desk in Indiana, and more. Arkansas Last Thursday, the House approved a bill banning military members from becoming registered caregivers. The body approved House […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update It is  all Red State Medical Marijuana news this week, reflecting the slow spread of acceptance to even the most conservative areas of the country. Arkansas Last Wednesday, a batch of medical marijuana “fix” bills were moving. Six medical marijuana-related bills moved out of committees to face floor votes in their respective […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update Arkansas legislators are trying to ban medical marijuana smoking and edibles, a new Florida bill seeks to revamp that state’s medical marijuana system, and more.  Arkansas On January 25,a lawmaker filed a bill to ignore the voters’ will until federal law changes State Sen. Jason Rapert (R-District 18) filed a bill that […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update The Hemp Industries Association takes on the DEA over its new coding rule for CBDs, state legislators are busily messing with successful medical marijuana initiatives, and more. National Last Friday, the HIA sued the DEA over CBD. The Hemp Industries Association filed a judicial review action against the DEA last Friday over […]

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update

Medical Marijuana Update Arkansas and Florida start moving toward voter-approved medical marijuana systems, Massachusetts activists push for greater patient access, and more.  Arkansas Last Friday, a lawmaker filed medical marijuana implementation bills. State Rep. Douglas House (R-North Little Rock) has filed a pair of bills aimed at the state’s new medical marijuana law. House Bill […]