Rhode Island Demand for Medical Marijuana Skyrocketing

While state lawmakers consider legalizing recreational pot this year, sales of medical marijuana continue to hit new highs.

The reason isn’t just that more people are ailing, state regulators say.

The state’s three medical marijuana dispensaries are on pace to sell about $56 million worth of medicinal pot in fiscal 2019, said Norman Birenbaum, the state’s top marijuana regulator. That’s $17.8 million, or 46.6 percent, more than in fiscal year 2018. Continue reading “Rhode Island Demand for Medical Marijuana Skyrocketing”

Hemp Is Next: Colorado Wants More Than Marijuana Prominence

Already known as one of the country’s marijuana capitals, Denver is a heavyweight in the hemp industry, too, and that status is on full display at the NoCo Hemp Expo this weekend.

After five years in Loveland, the NoCo Hemp Expo moved to Denver in 2019. The Crowne Plaza DIA‘s parking lot was packed and its event center bustling on Friday, March 29 — and that was just the industry-only day. The conference is open to the general public today, March 30, with over 220 hemp and CBD vendors peddling everything from hemp clothing and shoes to CBD extraction technology. Continue reading “Hemp Is Next: Colorado Wants More Than Marijuana Prominence”

More Seniors Seek Marijuana for Age-Related Aches

The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland.

There they board a bus for a quick trip to a building that, save for the green Red Cross-style sign in the window, resembles a trendy coffee bar. The people, mostly in their 70s and 80s, pass the next several hours enjoying a light lunch, playing a few games of bingo and selecting their next month’s supply of cannabis-infused products. Continue reading “More Seniors Seek Marijuana for Age-Related Aches”

Oregon’s Marijuana Surplus Not Gloom and Doom of Booming Market

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission at the end of January issued a study claiming there’s enough marijuana to supply the state’s recreational market for 6.5 years.

The “2019 Recreational Marijuana Supply and Demand Legislative Report” stated the finding was in theory and stems from over-production.

Brandon Krenzler and Erin Purchase argued just how theoretical the finding is. They own and operate Kind Leaf, one of the three retail marijuana stores in Pendleton, and employ about 30 people. They said the market is far from collapsing, and much of the surplus is stuff that will not sell. Continue reading “Oregon’s Marijuana Surplus Not Gloom and Doom of Booming Market”

1st Legal Marijuana Stores Are Open in Massachusetts

After years of preparation and debate, legal marijuana is now a reality in Massachusetts.

Any adult can walk into a store, pay cash and walk out with a joint, which they can smoke, legally, in their home.

But the roll-out of the first marijuana stores is only the beginning. In the coming year, marijuana entrepreneurs and regulators will face a host of challenges, from enabling small businesses to enter the market to writing regulations for marijuana cafes to figuring out how to address drugged driving. Continue reading “1st Legal Marijuana Stores Are Open in Massachusetts”

Israeli Cabinet Ministers Approve Exports of Medical Marijuana

Cabinet ministers on Sunday approved the export of medical cannabis, paving the way for Israeli marijuana growers to begin international sales.

A cabinet statement said the decision is expected to increase the number of Israeli manufacturers, investments in agriculture, research and production, and create new jobs in the related fields.

The move caused stocks in medical cannabis companies to surge, but exports are not expected to begin until later this year, after the bureaucratic procedures governing the export process are put in place. Continue reading “Israeli Cabinet Ministers Approve Exports of Medical Marijuana”

Arizona Lawmaker Wants to Cut Expenses for Medical-Marijuana Cardholders

A Republican lawmaker wants to reduce the financial burden on medical- marijuana patients.

A proposal by Sen. Sonny Borrelli of Lake Havasu would extend the state’s current one-year certifications for medical-marijuana cards to two years. For patients, that would eliminate both the expense of a required second-year trip to the doctor and of paying the second-year annual fee to the state. Continue reading “Arizona Lawmaker Wants to Cut Expenses for Medical-Marijuana Cardholders”

Latest Bill to Legalize Marijuana Gains Momentum in New Mexico

Recreational marijuana would become legal for people 21 or older in New Mexico and the state could tax marijuana sold in licensed stores under a bill introduced Thursday by state Rep. Javier Martínez, D-Albuquerque.

House Bill 356 would establish a licensing system that supporters say favors small businesses and institute a 9 percent tax on marijuana for buyers who are not patients in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program. Continue reading “Latest Bill to Legalize Marijuana Gains Momentum in New Mexico”

New Zealand Law to Make Medical Marijuana Widely Available

New Zealand’s government on Tuesday passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time.

The legislation will also allow terminally ill patients to begin smoking illegal pot immediately without facing the possibility of prosecution.

The measures come ahead of a planned national referendum on recreational marijuana use. The government has pledged to hold the referendum some time over the next two years, but has not yet set a date or finalized the wording. Continue reading “New Zealand Law to Make Medical Marijuana Widely Available”

Michigan marijuana dispensaries won’t run out of pot after state offers help

Licensed medical marijuana dispensaries got a break Wednesday, ending a mini-panic over a shortage of marijuana from licensed growers.

A new resolution that will be considered by the Medical Marijuana Licensing Board next week will allow licensed dispensaries to continue to purchase, test and sell marijuana from registered caregivers, who have been supplying dispensaries while state-licensed growers get up and running to produce usable marijuana. Continue reading “Michigan marijuana dispensaries won’t run out of pot after state offers help”