BREAKING: DEA Plans to Reclassify Medical Cannabis to Schedule III Drug

April 30, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Earlier today, the AP confirmed through a number of close sources that the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is planning to remove medical cannabis from the list of Schedule I drugs and reclassify it as a Schedule III drug. This landmark decision follows the advice given by the federal Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to reschedule cannabis, reflecting the plant’s medicinal benefits. According to the AP, the DEA’s proposal, pending review by the White House Office of Management and… Read more.

North Carolina tribe begins state’s first medical cannabis sales on 4/20

April 22, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Hundreds of customers flocked to the Great Smoky Cannabis Co. on 4/20 to celebrate the launch of medical cannabis sales on tribal lands near Asheville, North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) began MMJ sales Saturday at a 10,000-square-foot dispensary, Great Smoky Cannabis Co., on the Qualla Boundary, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported. Marijuana sales are not legal in North Carolina yet, but Native American tribes such as the ECBI are permitted to establish marijuana programs on tribal lands outside the scope and… Read more.

If You Get High Can You Still Go and Give Blood? – The Rules for Cannabis and Donating Blood

April 22, 2024 ·

Blood donation involves contributing a portion of your blood for medical purposes. It's essential to distinguish between blood and plasma donations, as they are separate processes. It's called blood donation when you voluntarily give a sample of your whole blood. Typically, you provide around a pint or half a litre of whole blood during this process. The components of a standard blood donation include platelets, plasma, white blood cells, and red blood cells. Each year, approximately 6.8 million Americans donate… Read more.

Kentucky Gov. Announces Medical Cannabis License Lottery

April 20, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) announced on Thursday that officials will hold a lottery in October for awarding the state’s initial medical cannabis business licenses, according to the Associated Press. Beshear described the lottery system as the best option for fairly distributing medical cannabis licenses ahead of the market’s launch, arguing that it would prevent hopeful licensees with deep pockets from lobbying to “get a leg up” on the competition. With the recent lottery announcement, Kentucky is on track to meet its goal… Read more.

Has Medical Marijuana Already Priced Itself Out of the Cannabis Market? – 60% of Utah MMJ Patients Use the Black Market for Meds

April 18, 2024 ·

According to Cache Valley Daily, around 60% of Utah's medicinal cannabis users obtain their cannabis from sources other than the state's authorized market. The study, done by Cannabis Public Policy Consulting (CPPC) on behalf of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), sheds light on accessibility issues in the state's medicinal cannabis program. Dr. Brandon Forsyth, Director of Industrial Hemp and Medical Cannabis at UDAF, emphasized the need of conducting annual market analyses to evaluate the performance of Utah's Medical Cannabis… Read more.

As South Carolina Lawmakers Urge House Vote On Medical Marijuana Bill, New Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support

April 11, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

As South Carolina lawmakers and advocates put pressure on the House to advance a Senate-passed medical marijuana legalization bill, a new poll shows the reform enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support. The Mason-Dixon Poll, conducted from March 6-11, found that 83 percent of registered voters are in favor of medical cannabis legalization, including 93 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Republicans and 84 percent on independents. To that end, Sen. Tom Davis (R) was joined by several House lawmakers, the executive director… Read more.

Report: Most Utah MMJ patients still buy from underground market

April 10, 2024 · Green Market Report

Nearly two-thirds of registered medical marijuana patients in Utah aren’t purchasing their medicine from regulated channels, but instead they continue to buy from the illicit market, officials with the state Department of Agriculture found in a recent study. The annual market analysis study, performed by Cannabis Public Policy Consulting, led the Department of Agriculture to conclude it has more work to do to persuade cannabis patients to purchase from state-licensed dispensaries instead of street dealers. “I am proud to see that… Read more.

Iowa Senate Approves Bills to Add Age Restriction for THC-Hemp Products, Double Medical Cannabis Licenses

April 4, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The Iowa Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to impose an age threshold of 21 for consumable hemp products containing THC, We Are Iowa reports. The measure also includes 4 milligram THC serving limit caps, with limits of 10 milligrams per container. State Sen. Dan Dawson (R) argued during the bill debate that the limits are necessary because products available in the state under the Iowa Hemp Act need “to be at a milligram usage less than our medical cannabidiol program, otherwise the… Read more.

Kentucky Budget Bill On Governor’s Desk Would Restrict Medical Marijuana Funding Ahead Of Program Launch

March 30, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Kentucky’s legislature has delivered a budget bill to the governor that includes a provision restricting funding for a medical marijuana regulatory body overseeing the state’s forthcoming program until its advisory board determines there’s a “propensity” of research supporting the therapeutic “efficacy” of cannabis. The language represents a watered down version of what was included in the Senate budget proposal, which would have set a much stricter threshold for the availability of funding for the Office of Medical Cannabis. A last-minute… Read more.

Kansas Senators Kill Bill To Create Medical Marijuana Pilot Program

March 29, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Kansas lawmakers have voted to table a bill to create a medical marijuana pilot program in the state that has drawn early criticism from advocates who view it as excessively restrictive. The Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee took testimony on the legislation in a hearing on Thursday, a little over a week after it was first introduced. But after members heard from supporters, opponents and neutral parties, they accepted a motion to table it until January 13, 2025 in a voice… Read more.

African County of Eswatini Introduces Medical Cannabis Legislation

March 20, 2024 · High Times

The landlocked country of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), located in southern Africa, recently made a move to legalize medical cannabis. According to a report from VOA Zimbabwe, King Mswati III and the Eswatini government have introduced medical cannabis legislation hoping that it will help curb illegal sales and allow the country to benefit from tax revenue. “The legislation will also provide measures to guard against increasing the black market,” said spokesperson Alpheous Nxumalo. “This has robbed government taxes, Eswatini, an opportunity to grow… Read more.

Florida could add more medical marijuana licenses for Black farmers

March 20, 2024 · Green Market Report

Florida lawmakers approved expansion of medical marijuana licenses for Black farmers for a second legislative session in a row. The provision was tacked onto a broader health bill in the last week of the session and earmarks “at least three” additional licenses for Black farmers who were previously denied licenses, the Florida News Service reported. The effort ties back to the so-called “Pigford” litigation, which addressed racial discrimination against Black farmers by the USDA, such as discriminatory lending. The bill introduces a… Read more.

Utah Legislature Passes Bill To Allow Medical Use of Shrooms, MDMA

March 15, 2024 · High Times

The Utah Senate and House unanimously approved a bill that would establish a pilot program for hospitals to administer psilocybin and MDMA as alternative treatment, sending it to the governor. A bill introduced by Senate Majority Whip Kirk Cullimore (R) and House Speaker Pro Tempore James Dunnigan (R), earlier this month, Senate Bill 266, would create a pilot program to explore psilocybin and MDMA as alternative treatments in hospitals in Utah. The bill was sent to the desk of Utah Gov. Spencer Cox… Read more.

New medical cannabis trade group launches in Florida

March 6, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

With $2 billion in medical cannabis sales projected this year, Florida is one of the country’s biggest marijuana markets – and that’s true whether or not adult-use legalization appears on the November ballot. But, regardless of legalization, a new industry trade group plans to lobby for policies favorable to the state’s marijuana sector, representatives told MJBizDaily. Headed by two former state officials and comprised of the major multistate operators active in Florida – with one notable exception – the Florida… Read more.

Congressional Leaders’ Bill Extends State Medical Marijuana Protections And Calls For Studying Legalization Models

March 4, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Bicameral congressional leaders have released a spending package that contains a number of marijuana-related items—including bill provisions preserving protections for state medical cannabis programs and report language that calls for the federal government to study state legalization laws and expand scientists’ access to commercially available cannabis for research. The legislation covering Fiscal Year 2024 was posted on Sunday by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, with bipartisan legislators aiming to pass the package this week before the latest continuing resolution… Read more.

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy signs medical cannabis bill into law

February 15, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed the country’s medical cannabis legislation into law, setting the legal stage for the creation of Europe’s newest medical market. The development was first reported on the Ukrainian Association of Medical Cannabis’ Facebook page. In December, Ukraine’s Parliament gave the green light to a law that sets the legal foundation for a medical cannabis industry. Now the government has three months to develop a draft of regulations to govern the industry. The product types and qualifications… Read more.

You Can Have Medical Marijuana, You Just Can’t Smoke It – South Carolina and Florida are Conservatives Regulating Cannabis Fails

February 14, 2024 ·

South Carolina's MMJ Bill  Would Prohibit Smoking, Killing Economic Growth for a Nascent Industry? When put up an article called, "When Conservatives Regulate Cannabis - Florida Caps THC Limits at 10%", the idea was to show how that once legalization happens, bringing non-regulatory ideas into regulation will be a failure. Well, South Carolina say Florida, and said, "Hold my beer". The Senate in South Carolina continued deliberations on a bill seeking to legalize medical marijuana on Thursday, sparking heated debates among lawmakers… Read more.

Delaware House Votes To Expand Medical Marijuana Access By Letting Patients 65+ Self-Certify Without Doctors

January 26, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The Delaware House of Representatives has approved a bill to significantly expand the state’s medical marijuana program ahead of the launch of adult-use sales that may take another year to implement. About two weeks after the legislation from Rep. Ed Osienski (D) cleared committee, the full chamber passed it in a 26-10 vote on Thursday, sending the measure to the Senate for consideration. The bill would make a series of changes to Delaware’s medical cannabis program, including removing limitations for patient eligibility based… Read more.

Pennsylvania District Attorney Sues Federal Government Over Gun Ban For Medical Marijuana Patients

January 23, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A Pennsylvania district attorney and gun rights advocates have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn the ban preventing medical marijuana patients from buying and possessing firearms—the latest in a series of legal challenges to the policy. Warren County, Pennsylvania District Attorney Robert Greene, a registered medical cannabis patient in the state, teamed up with the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) to file suit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania… Read more.

‘Steady Increase’ In Florida Medical Marijuana Certifications Continued In 2023, State Report Shows

January 13, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The number of registered medical marijuana patients continued to rise in Florida during fiscal year 2023, a state panel said in a new annual report—although the rate of growth slowed slightly from previous years as the system matures and attention turns to an adult-use legalization measure that may go before voters on the November ballot. The number of individual patients enrolled in the program, for example, grew by 15 percent in fiscal 2023 compared to the previous year, down from 25… Read more.

Wisconsin Senate GOP Leaders Say Assembly Bill To Create State-Run ‘DMV For Medical Marijuana’ Is A ‘Non-Starter’

January 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Top Republican Wisconsin senators are already signaling that a newly unveiled bill from their Assembly GOP colleagues to create a strictly limited medical cannabis program may be a “non-starter”—especially as it concerns its novel proposal to have state-run dispensaries that the Senate majority leader is critically comparing to a “DMV for medical marijuana.” Just days after Wisconsin Assembly Republicans held a series of press conferences across the state to announce their much-anticipated plan to legalize medical cannabis, Senate Majority Leader Devin… Read more.

Wisconsin Republicans Unveil Plan To Legalize Non-Smokable Medical Marijuana With State-Run Dispensaries

January 8, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Wisconsin Republicans have unveiled a plan to legalize non-smokable medical marijuana through state-run dispensaries staffed by government-employed pharmacists, with a limited set of conditions that could qualify patients for the program. At a series of press conferences across the state on Monday, GOP state lawmakers detailed the much-anticipated legislation, which would make Wisconsin the “first state to have state-run dispensaries,” operated by the Department of Health Services (DHS). As expected, the proposal would create a restrictive system that limits patients… Read more.

State Starts Undercover Sting Operation to Bust Medical Marijuana Dispensaries? – Oklahoma Approves Secret Agent Missions

January 8, 2024 ·

Oklahoma has enacted a recent law granting regulatory authority to oversee a covert evaluation initiative for medical marijuana dispensaries. Officially known as House Bill 3971 (HB 3971), this legislation, endorsed by state legislators and enacted in 2022, empowers the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) to conduct undercover assessments of at least 50 licensed medical marijuana retailers annually to identify any breaches of state regulations. Effective this week, HB 3971 is part of a series of legislative measures aimed at tightening… Read more.

Wisconsin governor says he’ll settle for medical cannabis legalization

January 6, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has been unsuccessful in his attempts to fully legalize marijuana in the state, but now he says he’ll support a Republican plan to legalize medical cannabis. The Democrat told the Associated Press in an interview that he still prefers full legalization but is supportive of incremental change. “I would think that getting it all done in one fell swoop would be more thoughtful as far as meeting the needs of Wisconsinites that have asked for it,” Evers said. “But… Read more.

Kentucky eyes new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana, taps Metrc

January 5, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is calling for additional qualifying health conditions for the state’s upcoming medical marijuana program, which would expand the total addressable market for MMJ businesses. The Democratic governor also announced new regulations for medical marijuana businesses and revealed that Kentucky has chosen cannabis software company Metrc to provide seed-to-sale tracking for the state’s MMJ businesses. The Democratic governor said Kentucky’s “medical cannabis program is on schedule” during a Thursday news conference. The medical cannabis law is set to take effect in 2025.… Read more.

Alabama medical cannabis launch blocked again

January 5, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Birmingham, Alabama, USA downtown city skyline.

An Alabama judge this week halted the state’s latest efforts to issue medical cannabis licenses. After issuing a temporary restraining order blocking the issuance of dispensary-only permits in late December, Montgomery County Circuit Judge James Anderson on Wednesday also stopped regulators from handing out so-called “integrated” licenses ahead of an anticipated Jan. 9 award date, reported. And there’s a “serious question” whether the state might need to abandon the current licensing round and start over for a fourth time, the judge wrote in… Read more.

Kentucky Governor Pushes Lawmakers To Approve More Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions While Unveiling First Program Rules

January 4, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

The governor of Kentucky is urging lawmakers to significantly expand the state’s medical marijuana law by adding new qualifying conditions as the administration puts forward a series of initial proposed regulations to begin implementing the program. At a briefing on Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) announced that two independent advisory groups he appointed have unanimously voted to recommend that the legislature add more than a dozen new conditions to qualify patients for medical cannabis under a law he signed last year.… Read more.

The US Federal Government is Spending $10 Million to Study the Effects of Medical Marijuana on People

January 2, 2024 ·

In a pioneering effort, Johns Hopkins University is initiating a thorough study to delve into the complexities of medical marijuana usage. As a crucial component of the Cannabis and Health Research Initiative, this expansive research project intends to monitor 10,000 medical marijuana patients for a year. It systematically gathers data on dosage, consumption methods, product composition, drug interactions, and treatment specifics. The overarching objective is to advance our comprehension of the effectiveness and impact of cannabis therapy across diverse health conditions. The… Read more.

Alabama vows 2024 medical marijuana launch despite latest legal obstacle

January 2, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Alabama regulators ended 2023 with a promise that the first legal sale of medical marijuana will happen sometime in 2024. But MMJ sales in the state cannot begin until dispensary licenses are issued, a process that an Alabama circuit judge temporarily blocked last Friday, the Associated Press reported. Alabama legalized medical marijuana in 2021, but a series of challenges to how the state judged license applications and awarded permits have kept MMJ businesses and patients waiting. After two earlier attempts to award… Read more.

Johns Hopkins University To Spend $10 Million Studying Medical Cannabis

January 2, 2024 · High Times

A new multi-million dollar study at Johns Hopkins University aims to analyze how patients nationwide respond to medical cannabis treatments.  Johns Hopkins University, which championed one of the largest and most widely referenced studies on medical applications of psilocybin mushrooms, announced the launch of a medical cannabis study in the winter edition of their Brainwise newsletter.  According to the newsletter, the study will take a nationally representative sample of about 10,000 medical cannabis patients in an attempt to “fill information gap”… Read more.

Alabama’s Medical Cannabis Licensing Process to be Disputed in Court Today

December 28, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

In the latest development from Alabama’s nascent medical cannabis industry, several companies including Southeast Cannabis, TheraTrue 3 Notch Root, Alabama Always, and Jemmstone are set to make their legal case against the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) today, as reported by the Alabama Political Reporter. The applicants are contesting the commission’s methods of awarding medical cannabis licenses, asserting that the AMCC’s decisions during a crucial December 12 meeting were procedurally flawed, specifically criticizing the handling of application scoring and electronic files,… Read more.

Top GOP Wisconsin Lawmaker Is ‘Pretty Confident’ Medical Marijuana Bill Will Pass Next Year With ‘Just Republican Votes’

December 27, 2023 ·

The GOP leader of Wisconsin’s Assembly says a limited medical marijuana bill will be introduced next month—though he expects that lawmakers are “going to have to pass it with just Republican votes” because his Democratic colleagues want broader legalization and aren’t willing to accept the scaled-back reform. In an interview with Spectrum News 1 that was published on Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) said that it’s “taken us a while to find a consensus on the Assembly Republican side”… Read more.

Florida Activists Withdraw Medical Cannabis Home Grow Initiative

December 27, 2023 · High Times

The supporters of a proposed citizen’s initiative that would allow Florida medical marijuana patients to cultivate cannabis at home have ended their efforts to place the measure on the ballot for the 2024 general election. The home cultivation campaign withdrew its initiative petition late last month after failing to collect enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Cannabis activist Moriah Barnhart founded the group Wise and Free in December 2022 to put the medical marijuana home cultivation initiative on the… Read more.

120 Pharmacies in Georgia Applied to Sell Medical Cannabis, The DEA Says Hold My Beer and Shuts It Down

December 23, 2023 ·

Little Five Points Pharmacy, situated in Atlanta, is among the nearly 120 independent pharmacies in Georgia that recently sought approval to distribute medical marijuana through a new state initiative. However, last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a warning to Little Five Points Pharmacy and other pharmacies statewide, asserting that such activities are illegal due to THC being categorized as a Schedule I controlled substance. Expressing his dismay, Ira Katz, a pharmacist at Little Five Points Pharmacy, conveyed his disappointment, stating,… Read more.

Sports Medicine Doctors Have ‘Favorable’ Attitudes Toward CBD And Marijuana, Study Finds

December 22, 2023 ·

Sports medicine providers “generally have favorable views toward CBD and cannabis,” and most believe marijuana should be removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances, according to a new survey of 333 doctors published this month. The study also found that most sports medicine physicians who participated support legalizing marijuana for recreational and medical use. That said, there are still “varying views” about cannabis within the field, authors found, and those “appear to be significantly affected by… Read more.

Top GOP Wisconsin Lawmaker Previews Limited Medical Marijuana Bill He Plans To Unveil Next Month

December 21, 2023 ·

Wisconsin’s Republican Assembly leader says he now plans to unveil a restrictive medical marijuana bill next month, and he believes it will have enough support to move through both chambers of the GOP-controlled legislature in 2024. In a series of end-of-year interviews with local media outlets that were published on Thursday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) said the much-anticipated legislation is nearly ready for prime time—the product of extensive internal talks within the Republican caucus over recent months. As expected,… Read more.

New PA law could increase medical marijuana dispensary permits by 20%

December 20, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Up to 30 new medical marijuana dispensaries could open in Pennsylvania under a bill signed into law by the state’s Democratic governor, a potential expansion of 20%. Under Senate Bill 773 – which Gov. Josh Shapiro signed into law Dec. 14, as promised – as many as 10 independent MMJ growers now qualify to apply for a dispensary license. Until now, Pennsylvania law capped the number of dispensary license holders at 50. That arrangement led to a market controlled by out of state… Read more.

Delaware Bill Would Expand Access To Medical Marijuana Ahead Of Adult-Use Sales Launch

December 18, 2023 ·

As Delaware gears up for adult-use cannabis, sales of which are set to kick off as soon as next year, the state could also dramatically expand its existing medical marijuana program. A bill introduced in the legislature this week would remove the requirement that patients have one of a designated set of qualifying conditions, instead allowing doctors to recommend marijuana for any condition that they believe it could benefit. Additionally, patients 65 or older could self-certify their need for medical… Read more.

Arkansas Medical Cannabis Sales Tax Funds School Lunches for Kids

December 14, 2023 · High Times

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission (AMMC) recently announced the benefits that the state’s medical cannabis program, with millions of dollars in cannabis tax funds helping to provide lunches for kids at school. While the state has collected $115 million from cannabis taxes, $87 million went toward free or low-cost lunches for children. AMMC spokesperson Scott Hardin explained the breakdown. “A billion dollars has been spent to purchase medical marijuana but what that means for the state is that we’ve collected… Read more.

Alabama issues integrated licenses to 5 medical marijuana operators

December 13, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Alabama regulators issued five integrated licenses to medical marijuana companies, finalizing the state’s small batch of initial permits for MMJ retailers, suppliers and processors. After hearing presentations last week, according to, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) on Tuesday selected the following companies in what has been a contentious and controversial process: Flowerwood Medical Cannabis. Specialty Medical Products of Alabama. Sustainable Alabama. Trulieve AL. Wagon Trail Med-Serv. License winners have 13 days to pay the $2,500 license application fee and the… Read more.

UK Medical Cannabis Patients Still Don’t Have Access Through NHS After 5 Years

December 7, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Five years after the United Kingdom’s Home Office legalized medical cannabis products for use on the National Health Service (NHS), the government still hasn’t funded clinical trials that would allow physicians to prescribe cannabis, Sky News reports. Patients with private insurance can access medical cannabis products, but those who rely on NHS cannot.   Dr. Alan Fayaz, an NHS consultant and a spokesperson for the British Pain Society, told Sky News that the 2018 decision by the Home Office to legalize medical cannabis before clinical… Read more.

DEA Threatens Georgia Pharmacies Over Dispensing Medical Marijuana Under State Law

December 7, 2023 ·

Georgia recently became the first U.S. state to allow pharmacies to sell medical marijuana, with nearly 120 facilities applying to sell cannabis oil as of October. But now the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning pharmacies that dispensing THC is unlawful because it remains a Schedule I drug. “All DEA registrants, including DEA-registered pharmacies, are required to abide by all relevant federal laws and regulations,” says a copy of a letter sent to a Georgia pharmacy by Matthew J.… Read more.

Crossing State Lines to Buy Much Cheaper Weed? You Bet, 90% of Virginia MMJ Patients Get Their Cannabis from Other Sources

December 5, 2023 · cannabis-net

It’s not uncommon for residents of states yet to enact cannabis laws to travel and obtain their weed through out-of-state dispensaries. However, one Southern state appears to be experiencing this issue when it comes to medical cannabis, even though it’s had legal, operational medical dispensaries since 2020. A new 78-page report released by the Virginia Cannabis Control Authority (CCA) takes a closer look at the state’s medical cannabis market, most notably finding that the state’s high prices are driving consumers to border… Read more.

Prefiled New Hampshire Bills Would Allow Medical Marijuana Homegrow And Add Eating Disorders As Qualifying Conditions

December 4, 2023 · marijuanamoment-net

Two new bills regarding medical marijuana have been prefiled for New Hampshire’s legislative session that begins in January, with at least seven others already requested by lawmakers. One of the two proposals prefiled on Friday, HB 1231, would allow patients and caregivers to cultivate marijuana for therapeutic use. It’s sponsored by Rep. Wendy Thomas (D), as well as fellow Democratic Reps. Maria Perez, Jodi Newell, Alissandra Murray and Jonah Wheeler. Thomas sponsored similar medical marijuana homegrow legislation last session. Under the new… Read more.

Alabama Regulators Award Medical Marijuana Business Licenses—For Third Time

December 2, 2023 · marijuanamoment-net

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission Friday awarded 20 licenses for the production and distribution of medical cannabis in its third attempt to get the new industry started in the state. The awards followed three days of presentations from applicants and months of litigation over the AMCC’s prior methods of evaluating applications. “The week we had had a good process—it’s worked well,” said Rex Vaughn, the chair of the AMCC. “The presenters brought things to the forefront that maybe we didn’t see otherwise,… Read more.

University of Utah Health Launches Center for Medical Cannabis Research

November 30, 2023 · ganjapreneur

The University of Utah Health is partnering with the state to launch the Center for Medical Cannabis Research (CMCR) which aims to “advance scientific understanding of medical cannabis and help patients and providers make informed health decisions about this increasingly common medication.”    Valerie Ahanonu, B.S., senior manager of the CMCR, said in a statement that the center’s overall aim is to “look at the methodology behind how people are using cannabis, and to create a translational approach to understanding its benefits… Read more.

What Percentage of Legally Sold Medical Marijuana Tests Positive for Pesticides, Mold, or Yeast? A. 75% B. 50% C. 25% D. 0%

November 28, 2023 ·

Do you remember the story on how Colorado regulators are catching all sorts of cheating on lab testing for legally sold cannabis?  The premise destroys the idea that you should be paying more for lab-tested, legal weed, because, well, it was safer than street sold marijuana.  Now, not only are Colorado regulators catching legal suppliers spraying and cheating on lab results, Maine has popped up as a big problem for legal buyer of medical marijuana.  Two recent studies reveal that… Read more.

Ukrainian Medical Marijuana Bill That Was Set For Final Vote Is ‘Blocked’ By Hundreds Of ‘Spam’ Amendments, Lawmaker Says

November 25, 2023 ·

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Ukraine that was supposed to be taken up for a final vote this week is being effectively blocked, with members of one party filing hundreds of so-called “spam” amendments to procedurally delay passage. Ukraine’s unicameral legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, was scheduled to consider the reform measure on Wednesday. It advanced through committee last month, with the support of President Volodymyr Zelensky, and it was expected to easily pass in a final reading—but MP Olga Stefanyshina… Read more.

Oklahoma Extends Medical Cannabis Licensing Moratorium Through 2026

November 23, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Oklahoma has extended its moratorium on new medical cannabis licenses until 2026, Tulsa World reports. The legislation does allow the state Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) to end the moratorium if its leadership “determines all pending licensing reviews, inspections or investigations are complete.” The state’s moratorium has been in place for more than a year and thousands of license reviews remain pending, the report says. Michael Kimball, OMMA communications manager, told the World that it’s “hard to imagine” the moratorium ending early. According to state… Read more.

Top Federal Health Official Says Abstinence-Only Drug Treatment Is ‘Magical’ Thinking That ‘Costs A Lot Of Lives’

November 20, 2023 ·

A top federal health official is offering some pointed critiques of the U.S. drug criminalization model, stressing how politicizing addiction has fostered a system of incarceration that increases overdose risk while biasing research that could reveal the benefits, as well as the risks, of substances such as marijuana and psilocybin. She also rebuked treatment approaches that focus exclusively on abstinence. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow made the comments in an appearance last month at the International… Read more.

High percentage of Maine medical cannabis contaminated, regulators say

November 17, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Maine regulators are again pushing to “modernize” the state’s medical cannabis program after a report showed that 42% of samples they recently tested contained contaminants such as yeast and pesticides. Maine’s Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP) found that 50 of the 120 samples the agency tested in this round of audit testing would have failed under the lab-testing standards for adult-use cannabis in the state, according to a news release. “This data (indicates) that Maine’s medical cannabis program needs a comprehensive solution to reform… Read more.

Pennsylvania House Approves Senate-Passed Bill To Let Medical Marijuana Growers Sell Directly To Patients

November 16, 2023 ·

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved a Senate-passed bill to allow all licensed medical marijuana grower-processors in the state to sell their cannabis products directly to patients. The legislation—which has been amended to further grant grower permits to independent dispensaries—cleared the chamber in a 114-89 vote on Wednesday. Because it was revised, it must return to the Senate for concurrence before it’s potentially sent to the governor’s desk. Under the measure, sponsored by Sen. Chris Gebhard (R), the state… Read more.

Does Medical Marijuana Work? – 9 Out of 10 MMJ Patients Reduce Prescription Drug or Alcohol Use, or Both, Says New Study

November 15, 2023 ·

According to a survey conducted by EO Care, Inc., 88% of medical cannabis users reported that it reduced their reliance on prescription drugs, alcohol, or both. Additionally, 51% of respondents expressed a likelihood or strong inclination to utilize cannabis if it were offered through their health plan. This survey encompassed 1,027 participants from states where cannabis was legally accessible for either medical or recreational use. It also revealed that 65% of those surveyed would feel more at ease using cannabis for medical purposes if… Read more.

Texas receives 132 applications for medical marijuana dispensary licenses

November 13, 2023 ·

Texas regulators have received 132 applications to open medical marijuana dispensaries, but it’s not clear how many will be approved, or when. There’s no official deadline for the Texas Department of Public Safety to approve applications, according to Austin-based TV station KVUE. The window to apply to operate under the state’s Compassionate Use Program (CUP) opened last January and closed in April. Low-dose medical marijuana – the THC cap was raised from 0.5% to 1% in 2022 – is currently legal in Texas under the CUP.… Read more.

Coping with Cannabis: A Soldier’s Experience with PTSD

November 11, 2023 · Cannabis Now

“One of the difficulties with post-traumatic stress disorder is that the readiness or need for treatment may emerge years after the trauma. Therefore, veterans and their families need long-term treatment options and long-term access to treatment, even if symptoms are not present at their time of discharge.” -William H. Braun, from Veteran’s for Medical Marijuana Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) wreaks misery on soldiers and families. Military training, combat experience and traumatic events like sexual abuse often radically change cognitive functioning.… Read more.

States That Legalize Marijuana See ‘Significantly’ Lower Rate Of Cannabis Use Disorder Cases At ERs Compared To Non-Legal States, Study Finds

November 11, 2023 ·

The odds that a patient visiting the emergency department is diagnosed with cannabis use disorder (CUD) is nearly 50 percent lower in states that have legalized marijuana compared to non-legal states, according to a new study. And researchers say the “counterintuitive” finding could be related to the destigmatization of cannabis use within the medical community as prohibition ends. The study, published in the journal Preventative Medicine Reports last week, looked at emergency department data from 2017 to 2020 in two… Read more.

Study Finds Cannabis Treatments for Autism Improved Patients’ Quality of Life

November 10, 2023 · Cannabis Now

A new study has determined that customized cannabis treatments can improve the quality of life for patients with autism spectrum disorder. The study of 20 patients with autism found that participants who took a customized daily regimen of full-spectrum cannabis extracts showed a significant improvement in their symptoms resulting in an improvement in the quality of life for both the patients and their families. The small study, which was conducted by Brazilian researchers monitored by a University of Brasília ethics… Read more.

Ireland’s First Cannabis Clinic Opens Four Years After Medical Program Launches

November 6, 2023 · High Times

Medicann is launching the first medical cannabis clinic in Ireland and is immediately accepting patients who believe they may be eligible for treatment, according to a news release. The clinic will cover “all conditions treatable with medicinal cannabis,” not limited to those recognized by Ireland’s Medicinal Cannabis Access Programme. Currently, there are three qualifying conditions included under the Medicinal Cannabis Access Programme: spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and severe treatment-resistant epilepsy. A Step Forward for… Read more.

Ole Miss To Offer Masters Degree Program for Medical Cannabis, Supplements

November 2, 2023 · High Times

The University of Mississippi, commonly known as Ole Miss, will begin offering a masters degree program for medical cannabis research. According to the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, Ole Miss will begin offering the program in late 2024. The online-only program through the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy will focus on the development of medical cannabis products as well as dietary supplements, both of which have experienced an increased pool of users in recent years both in Mississippi and across the country. Director of… Read more.

$6.91 for a Gram of Weed? – Which States Have the Cheapest Medical Marijuana?

November 2, 2023 ·

Cannabis cultivation in the United States traces its roots to the early colonists, who cultivated hemp primarily for textile and rope production. However, during the 19th and early 20th centuries, cannabis found extensive `use as a patented medicinal remedy, with its formal inclusion in the United States Pharmacopeia occurring in 1850. In 1937, cannabis was criminalized. The criminalization of marijuana was influenced by a combination of political and racial factors and was achieved through the enactment of the Marijuana Tax… Read more.

Alabama Regulators Plan to Issue Medical Cannabis Licenses by December 12

November 1, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) is now aiming to get industry licenses awarded by December, in what its chairman calls an “aggressive” timeline after a summer of starts and stops, WIAT reports. The agency voted last week to officially rescind the previous licenses and laid out a new timeline that would issue the licenses by the end of the year with products available in the spring.  In June, the AMCC awarded the first round of medical cannabis licenses, but days later paused the process due to… Read more.

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Says Medical Cannabis Has Therapeutic Benefits and Is Real Medicine

November 1, 2023 ·

Professor Aaron Ciechanover's captivating odyssey takes us from the confines of a research laboratory into the enigmatic realms of the cannabis industry. This prominent Nobel laureate in chemistry has recently deviated from his colleagues' well-worn route, immersing himself in the cannabis arena. His goal is not to focus on the plant's mystique but rather to uncover the profound scientific foundations that underpin it. At the age of 76, Professor Ciechanover stands not only as an acclaimed chemist, celebrated for his groundbreaking discovery of ubiquitin-mediated… Read more.

Alabama to make another attempt Dec. 1 to award medical cannabis licenses

October 28, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Alabama regulators are targeting Dec. 1 to award the first batch of medical cannabis business licenses after the agency’s first two attempts were scrapped because of scoring errors and litigation. The first licenses will be awarded to individual cultivators, delivery providers, processors, dispensaries and state testing labs, according to the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC). Then, on Dec. 12, the AMCC will award licenses for vertically integrated operations, a designation set primarily for multistate operators. Licenses are expected to be handed out… Read more.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against DEA In Psilocybin Rescheduling Lawsuit Brought By Doctor Who Wants To Give Psychedelic To Cancer Patients

October 28, 2023 ·

A federal appeals court has ruled against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a lawsuit over a Washington State doctor’s petition to reschedule psilocybin. The court said DEA failed to explain its reasoning when it denied the petition, and it ordered the agency to provide a more complete justification. The court did not, however, send the petition to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for review, as lawyers for the doctor had requested. The opinion, handed down Friday by… Read more.

Georgia Pharmacies to Dispense Medical Marijuana

October 26, 2023 · Cannabis Now

Pharmacies in Georgia will soon be able to dispense medical cannabis to registered patients, making the state the first in the nation to allow medical marijuana to be purchased outside of licensed cannabis dispensaries. Applications are currently being accepted by the Georgia Board of Pharmacy from retailers seeking the ability to offer low-THC cannabis oil, which was legalized by the state legislature in 2019. Regulations permitting the production and distribution did not go into effect until this year, however, leaving… Read more.

Cannabis Improves Mental Health Disorders? Admissions Drop In Recreationally Legal States

October 22, 2023 · The Dales Report

A recent study found that when states adopt recreational cannabis laws, admissions for mental health treatment drop.  The study, published in the journal Health Economics, is notable given growing questions about cannabis’ impact on mental health. Over the past two decades, numerous states have legalized cannabis use for adults. Unfortunately, research on how cannabis impacts mental health is mixed.  Some studies have found cannabis helpful for some mental health conditions, while others suggest cannabis’ potential to worsen certain conditions. Because of this complex picture, some have worried that cannabis… Read more.

Victorian Parliament Okays Medicinal Cannabis Driving Trial

October 18, 2023 ·

The Victorian parliament has passed new laws that will allow medical cannabis users to get behind the wheel on a closed road. These new laws are part of a trial that will look into the impact marijuana has on a person’s driving ability. In 2016, Victoria was the first Australian state to legalize medical cannabis. However, individuals part of this program can still face legal consequences if they’re found to have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their system while driving. The difficulty with this is THC… Read more.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Approves First Medical Cannabis Cards

October 18, 2023 · High Times

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is continuing its path toward cannabis accessibility, and as of last week the tribe officially issued its first medical cannabis cards. According to EBCI Cannabis Control Board (CCB) executive director, Neil Denman, a Cherokee Police Commission monthly meeting was held on Oct. 12. In a presentation featuring Denman and his colleague, Kym Parker, they stated that the first medical cannabis card was issued on that day, and many more will follow in the… Read more.

Island hopping: A new cannabis wholesale route in Hawaii

October 16, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

A handful of medical cannabis companies in Hawaii are selling and delivering wholesale flower and other marijuana products from one island to another, a first for the state and a rare sales route anywhere in the U.S. Island hopping by plane, helicopter or boat is common for visitors and residents traversing the region, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean that encompasses a land area totaling more than 6,000 miles. And now the state’s medical marijuana industry is hopping aboard to… Read more.

Alabama Regulators Plan To Issue Medical Cannabis Licenses By Year’s End

October 16, 2023 · High Times

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) hopes to issue licenses for medical marijuana cultivators and distributors by the end of 2023, officials with the agency said last week. The plan, which was approved by the commission on October 12, comes following multiple lawsuits were filed challenging the rollout of the state’s medical cannabis program. Alabama state lawmakers legalized the use of medical cannabis for patients with certain qualifying conditions in 2021. But nearly two and a half years later, cannabis… Read more.

Alabama Medical Cannabis Regulators Pass New Rules; Aiming to Issue Licenses by Year’s End

October 15, 2023 ·

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) on Thursday passed new rules to reset the license application process for the third time, WIAT reports. Under the new rules, the agency will reconsider the applications they already have, and the scores will remain, but the applicants will now have the opportunity to make a public presentation to the commission about why they should receive a license.   The new rules come amidst lawsuits related to the state’s licensing process so far: one alleging the AMCC failed to follow the… Read more.

Rhode Island Sees Record Adult-Use Marijuana Sales As Medical Purchases Fall To Lowest Since Recreational Market Launched

October 14, 2023 ·

Rhode Island’s licensed marijuana retailers sold more adult-use cannabis than ever in September, according to newly released state numbers. Overall sales, however, fell just a hair short of a $9.67 million monthly record in August due to a drop in medical cannabis purchases. September sales of recreational cannabis products totaled $7,116,727.00, according to the latest numbers from the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation. That’s the greatest amount since legal sales to adults launched in December 2022. Medical marijuana receipts… Read more.

Wyoming Advocates Renew Push for Medical and Adult-Use Ballot Questions

October 12, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Advocates in Wyoming are pushing forward with plans to put adult-use and medical cannabis legalization questions on 2024 election ballots, the Star-Tribune reports. The renewed bid by Compassionate Options Wyoming, Wyoming NORML, and the Wyoming Libertarian Party comes after a misunderstanding of guidance from the secretary of state’s office led them to believe that the proposed measures did not qualify, but they did.   Initially, the organizers believed they had thousands fewer signatures than needed, so they didn’t submit them to the secretary… Read more.

Connecticut Continues To Sell $25M Per Month in Combined Adult-Use, Medical Pot

October 12, 2023 · High Times

Cannabis is flying off shelves in Connecticut, according to state data, and adult-use cannabis transactions accounted for over half of the money coming in. Adult-use sales began on Jan. 10 and sales revenue has increased every month since the market launched. The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) announced in an Oct. 10 press release that new preliminary data shows combined sales for adult-use and medical cannabis totaled to over $25 million for the period from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30, 2023. The… Read more.

Kentucky Governor Provides Medical Cannabis Program Update

October 9, 2023 · High Times

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear spoke at a news conference on Oct. 7 and provided an update on the ongoing progress of the state’s medical cannabis program. “We have established the Medical Cannabis Program, which is the office that is going to do this work, as part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services,” said Beshear. “The office is preparing to communicate the implementation of this law with a new website that went live today. So, moving forward, you can get updates… Read more.

Justice Department Defends Gun Ban For Medical Marijuana Patients In Oral Arguments Before Federal Appeals Court

October 7, 2023 ·

A federal appeals court heard oral arguments on Thursday in a case concerning the constitutionality of the federal ban keeping medical marijuana patients from purchasing or possessing firearms. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit listened and asked questions as attorneys for Florida medical cannabis patients and the Justice Department argued their sides of the case, which have been fleshed out in multiple briefings over the course of more than a year. Will Hall,… Read more.

Michigan Bill Would Allow Students to Use Medical Cannabis at School

October 6, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A bill introduced in Michigan seeks to allow students to use medical cannabis at school, CBS News reports. It is the second time the measure, known as Jayden’s Law, has been introduced in the state and supporters say it would allow students to take their medicine without interrupting academic time.    State Rep. Jimmie Wilson Jr. (D), one of the bill’s sponsors, told CBS News that the proposal allows medical cannabis pediatric patients to have their medication in the schools the same way anyone else… Read more.

Feds Threaten To Make It Harder For Medical Marijuana Patients To Get State Gun Permits In Arkansas

October 6, 2023 ·

Arkansas’s recently enacted law permitting medical cannabis patients to obtain concealed carry gun licenses “creates an unacceptable risk,” and could jeopardize the state’s federally approved alternative firearm licensing policy, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says. The Arkansas law took effect in August, clarifying that a person’s status as a qualified patient in the state cannot be used “in determining whether an applicant is eligible to be issued a license to carry a concealed handgun.” The policy change has apparently… Read more.

Georgia Has Been Miscounting Medical Cannabis Patients and Caregivers for Years

October 4, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has been miscounting the number of medical cannabis patients and caregivers enrolled in its low-THC oil registry for years, 11 Alive reports. Health officials had previously reported there were about 50,000 people signed up for the registry, but the figure is actually about 14,000.  The inconsistency was due to officials counting expired and duplicate ID cards, patients counted as caregivers, and about 3,400 patients who had died. The state database had counted 21,000 caregivers but… Read more.

New Jersey Cannabis Funds Used for Hospital-Based Intervention Services

October 4, 2023 · High Times

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced in a press release that $5.5 million in cannabis tax funds will be going toward New Jersey Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program (NJHVIP). The money comes directly from the state’s Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Fund. According to state law, cannabis tax funds consist of money that comes from cannabis taxes and fees to fund a variety of community services and programs. The NJHVIP is managed by the… Read more.

D.C. Medical Marijuana Patients Could Submit Cannabis Products For Lab Testing Under Bill Sent To Mayor

October 3, 2023 ·

Washington, D.C. medical marijuana patients could submit products directly to labs for testing—and regulators would be able to issue temporary cannabis patient registrations to non-residents that last for up to a year—under a bill that was recently sent to the mayor’s desk. The legislation, sponsored by D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) and Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D), would additionally expand who could qualify as social equity cannabis license applicants. It was sent to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) late last month, and… Read more.

Georgia Department of Health Reports Discovery of Inflated Cannabis Patient Number

October 2, 2023 ·

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) announced on Sept. 27 that its previously recorded data regarding the number of medical cannabis patients is actually less than expected. The state found “anomalies” that inflated its patient and caregiver numbers, which originally was projected to be about 50,000 patients. This number was still taking into account patients whose cards have expired or those who have passed away since 2015, and now a more accurate 14,000 reflects the true patient count, according… Read more.

Petition To Repeal South Dakota’s Medical Marijuana Law Contains Error And Must Be Thrown Out, Opponents Say

September 30, 2023 ·

Backers of a 2024 ballot measure to legalize adult-use cannabis in South Dakota are calling on state officials to scuttle a separate initiative effort that would repeal the state’s existing medical marijuana law. South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, which is working to qualify a recreational marijuana proposal for next year’s ballot, said in a recent letter to Secretary of State Monae Johnson (R) that petitions in support of the medical cannabis repeal measure failed to follow state requirements and should be refiled.… Read more.

American Nurses Association Officially Recognizes Cannabis As A Formal Specialty Practice Area

September 29, 2023 ·

A professional organization representing more than 5 million nurses in the U.S. has announced its formal recognition of cannabis as a nursing specialty practice area. The American Nurses Association (ANA) said in a press release about the change on Wednesday that cannabis nurses play an important role in providing patients with education and guidance on incorporating marijuana into treatment. “This recognition highlights the essential role and special contribution of cannabis nurses to the health care system and promotes enhanced integration… Read more.

Nebraska Medical Marijuana Campaign Makes ‘Final’ Push For The Ballot, As Activist Blasts Governor’s Opposition As A ‘Cop Out’

September 26, 2023 ·

This is the third election cycle in a row that Crista Eggers has led the fight to put medical marijuana legalization on the Nebraska ballot. But this is the last time, she says. Defeat is simply not an option she’s willing to accept. “There’s just no choice,” she told Marijuana Moment in a recent phone interview. “I keep calling it the final time—not because there would be any giving up, but this is the final time. We’re going to get… Read more.

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Bill Letting Medical Marijuana Growers Sell Directly To Patients, With House Considering Home Cultivation Amendment

September 21, 2023 ·

The Pennsylvania Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill to allow all licensed medical marijuana grower-processors in the state to sell their cannabis products directly to patients—and there’s talk of potentially expanding the legislation in the House to allow for personal home cultivation as well. In a 44-3 vote on Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Senate advanced the measure from Sen. Chris Gebhard (R), who first previewed plans to file the reform bill late last year. Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law currently says that only… Read more.

Oklahoma Crackdown Shuts Down Five Medical Cannabis Businesses for Alleged Diversion

September 21, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A crackdown by authorities in Kay County, Oklahoma led to the confiscation of 4,800 pounds of cannabis and five businesses shut down, KOCO reports. The operation was led by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) and was prompted by both routine inspections of licensed medical cannabis businesses and civilian complaints.    Mel Woodrow, chief of enforcement and compliance at OMMA, told KOCO that the action was the first time the agency had conducted such an operation.   The crackdown comes as Oklahoma officials try to reign… Read more.

Florida Sees More Consolidation as Medical Cannabis Sales Soar

September 16, 2023 · Green Market Report

Florida’s medical cannabis industry, already boasting a valuation at over $1.4 billion, continues to grow. And with potential recreational legalization this upcoming election season, the space will likely see some hefty deals. “Florida has already established itself with a sizeable medical market,” Pablo Zuanic, lead analyst at Zuanic & Associates, wrote in a report Friday. Altogether, the state’s medical cannabis sales growth has accelerated recently, with sales topping $92 million in August and $480 million for the three months ending on Aug.… Read more.