Italian Army’s MMJ Production Falling Short of Demand

The Italian Army is tasked with producing the entirety of Italy’s medical cannabis stores and it’s beginning to have trouble keeping up with demand, according to a PBS report. Italy’s military has long been tasked with producing so-called “orphan drugs” — drugs that treat rare, uncommon diseases. Colonel Antonio Medica, commander of the facility growing all of […]

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UK Home Office Returns Epileptic Boy’s Cannabis Medication After It Was Confiscated at Border

Controversy sparked last week when United Kingdom customs agents confiscated a stock of cannabis oils from Charlette Caldwell, mother of 12-year-old epilepsy patient Billy Caldwell. Thankfully, the medications were returned over the weekend, but not until after Billy was hospitalized due to a severe seizure — his first in 300 days, according to his mother. Ms. Caldwell […]

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House Rules Committee Blocks Opioid Crisis Amendments

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Rules once again blocked two amendments crafted to fight the opioid crisis from being brought to the floor for a vote, Marijuana Moment‘s Tom Angell reports. The two amendments — one pushing the VA to research medical cannabis and one preventing the federal government from blocking access […]

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Illinois Lawmakers Approve Bill Opening MMJ Program to Opioid Patients

Illinois lawmakers have approved a bill that would make having an opioid prescription into a temporary qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program, NPR reports. The move is an effort to reduce the devastating effects of opioid dependence, which results in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Dubbed the Alternatives to […]

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Columbus, Ohio MMJ Clinics Open Without Products on Shelves

Medical cannabis clinics are beginning to open their doors in Columbus, Ohio, though the industry’s medical cannabis products aren’t ready and, in fact, haven’t even been planted yet. Instead, businesses have doctors on-site who are meeting with future patients and helping people sign up for Ohio’s new medical cannabis program. “Our goal is to get […]

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South Carolina Democrats Overwhelmingly Back MMJ

Democratic Party members in South Carolina support passing a state law that would allow doctors to prescribe medical cannabis with a strong, 82 percent majority, according to a Post and Courier report. The votes were collected using non-binding resolutions on internal party ballots; the resolutions were crafted to gauge party opinion and increase turnout. Democratic […]

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Conflicting Vermont Cannabis Regulations Cause Confusion for Patients

On July 1, Vermont’s new adult-use cannabis laws will go into effect, overlapping the state’s existing medical cannabis rules, the Burlington Free Press reports. Soon, Vermont’s some 6,000 patients will find themselves in a confusing mire of regulations with no clear government guidance. “We need to figure out how to have two systems. Or for that […]

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Detroit Considers Rules Capping Medical Cannabis Operators

Detroit city officials are considering an ordinance that would create new location restrictions for medical cannabis operators and cap the number of medical cannabis companies allowed in the city at 75, according to a Detroit News report. It is the latest effort by Detroit officials to reign in the city’s medical cannabis industry. The changes, submitted […]

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MMJ For Veterans Amendment Approved By Senate Committee

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved on Thursday an amendment to SB 3024 that ensures access to medical marijuana cannot be denied to veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a press release. The amendment was introduced to the committee by Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana), whose office makes clear it’s both a veterans and […]

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Ohio MMJ Market Delayed, Sales Won’t Launch on Sept. 8

Cannabis patients in Ohio won’t have access to medicine by the September 8 deadline for launching the program due to delays in the licensing process for the state’s 25 growers, according to a Cincinnatti.com report. While licenses have been issued, cultivators can’t actually start growing until they have passed inspections with the Ohio Department of Commerce. […]

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MedMen to Buy Florida Cannabis Operator for $53M

California-based MedMen intends to buy a Florida medical cannabis operation from Treadwell Nursery in a deal worth $53 million, according to the Sun Sentinel. Treadwell, who operates in the cannabis space under the name “Remeny Wellness,” will be transferring its five-acre cultivation site in Eustis and the company’s right to operate up to 25 dispensary locations. MedMen […]

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Florida Judge Upholds MMJ Decision, Says Smoking Ban is Unconstitutional

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers on Tuesday upheld her May 25 ruling, lifting a stay on her decision that the Florida legislature’s statewide ban on smokeable medical cannabis products is unconstitutional, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Judge Gievers said that the state has until June 11 to enact a process to allow smokeable cannabis products […]

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Colorado Gov. Vetoes Bill Making Autism a Qualifying Condition for MMJ

Gov. John Hickenlooper, in a record-setting ninth veto of the year, rejected a bill that would have added Autism Spectrum Disorder to the list of conditions qualifying for medical marijuana on Tuesday, the Denver Post reports. Hickenlooper said, regarding the veto, he could not ignore overwhelming concerns from the medical community. “If we sign that bill […]

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Preliminary Study Results Show Cannabis Has Potential as IBD Treatment

Medical cannabis has shown promise in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a report by MedPage Today covering new research unveiled at Digestive Disease Week, which is taking place this week in Washington D.C. Dr. Mark Silverberg, MD, Ph.D. presented his review of using cannabis to treat IBD and reported that “when you have […]

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Louisiana Gov. Signs MMJ Expansions Into Law

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a medical cannabis expansion program into law on Saturday that adds to the list of qualifying conditions that qualify a patient for participating in the program, according to a USA Today Network Friday report. House Bill 579, which contained the expansions, was first proposed by state Rep. Ted James […]

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Georgia Parents Treating Son’s Epilepsy with Cannabis Lose Custody of Child

Georgia couple Matthew and Suzeanna Brill have been charged with reckless conduct and have lost the custody rights to their 15-year-old son, David, for giving him cannabis as an alternative treatment for the youth’s epileptic seizures, according to a NY Times report. According to the Brills, once he started using medical cannabis, their son went seizure-free for 71 […]

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Los Angeles, California Cracks Down on Unlicensed Cannabis Operators; 160 Arrested

A crackdown on unlicensed commercial cannabis locations in Los Angeles, California yesterday resulted in 160 arrests and 36 criminal cases against 142 people, according to a KTLA report. Los Angeles Police Department Officer Stacy Spell said, since January, the department has served 54 search warrants on illegal shops, seizing more than 6,200 pounds of cannabis […]

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Michigan Extends Deadline for Unlicensed Canna-businesses to Remain Operational

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is allowing unlicensed medical cannabis dispensaries to remain open until Sept. 15 without risking future licensing eligibility. Operators had faced a June 15 deadline; however, regulators have been slow in issuing licenses under the new regime approved by lawmakers in 2016. According to LARA, the extension allows […]

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Canopy Growth Acquires Lesotho MMJ Firm

Canadian medical cannabis firm Canopy Growth has acquired Kingdom of Lesotho-based Daddy Cann Lesotho PTY Ltd, trading as Highlands, which holds licenses to cultivate, manufacture, supply, hold, import, export, and transport cannabis and its resin in the African nation. The $29 million acquisition gives Canopy its first foothold in Africa. Canopy now has operations on […]

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Florida Judge Rules MMJ Smoking Ban Unconstitutional; Stay Ordered as State Appeals

A Florida judge has ruled the state’s ban on smoking medical cannabis unconstitutional, calling the Legislature-approved ban “invalid and unenforceable.” “Qualifying patients have the right to use the form of medical marijuana for [the] treatment of their debilitating medical condition as recommended by their certified physicians, including the use of smokable marijuana in private places.” […]

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NCAA Won’t Allow Player to Use Low-THC Oil to Treat Seizures

A high school football player from Georgia has been barred from playing NCAA football due to his use of CBD oil to treat his seizures, according to a WGXA report. C.J. Harris, a senior at Warner Robins High School, received a preferred walk-on offer from Auburn University – his “dream school” – but the offer […]

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MedMen Heads to Canadian Securities Exchange

MedMen, a U.S.-based medical cannabis company, is set to begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange today after acquiring Ladera Ventures Corp., an oil and gas shell company, the Financial Post reports. The company completed a $143 million raise before heading to the exchange and has an implied value of $2 billion, according to the […]

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Canopy Growth Reaches New York Stock Exchange

Canadian medical cannabis company Canopy Growth began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the “CGC” symbol yesterday, but after opening as high as $32.00 in pre-market trading, shares dropped 6.66 percent to $28.20 by the market’s close. It’s the first cannabis company to list on the NYSE and Midas Letter notes that their […]

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Arizona Supreme Court Tosses Law Criminalizing MMJ Possession on College Campuses

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that the state cannot criminally charge public college students for possessing and using cannabis on campus if they have a medical cannabis card, according to an AZCentral report. The court ruled that the 2012 Legislature-approved law violated the state constitution’s protections for voter-approved laws. The court also tossed the […]

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