Oklahoma Quickly Becoming Medical Marijuana Hotbed

The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June.

The ballot question received 57 percent support and established one of the nation’s most liberal medical pot laws in one of the most conservative states. Six months later, the cannabis industry is booming. Continue reading “Oklahoma Quickly Becoming Medical Marijuana Hotbed”

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”

Illinois just elected a cannabis-friendly governor and Chicago pot companies are on the move

In the past six months, Illinois marijuana companies have gone public in Canada, raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fund expansions and consolidated through a number of deals — one topping $680 million.

The state’s medical marijuana companies are moving at a fast and furious pace. They are largely past the days when growth was stagnant and there was a stigma around weed. About 60 percent of Americans think recreational marijuana should be legalized, and Illinois just elected a governor, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, who has said he is one of them. Continue reading “Illinois just elected a cannabis-friendly governor and Chicago pot companies are on the move”

Louisiana Lifts Limit on Number of Medical Marijuana Patients Doctors May Treat

Louisiana legalized medical cannabis in 2015, and since, legislative changes, revisions and other modifications have slowed the law’s rollout. But this November, medical cannabis sales will likely begin throughout the state. The problem, however, is how few patients will have access to a doctor who can provide the recommendation they’ll need to enter one of those dispensaries. As of today, Louisiana has just 31 physicians licensed to recommend medical cannabis treatments. Continue reading “Louisiana Lifts Limit on Number of Medical Marijuana Patients Doctors May Treat”

Ohio Blows Past Medical Marijuana Deadline

While Ohio blew past the deadline Saturday for rolling out its medical marijuana program, the pot industry is confident greener days are coming soon.

It’s not uncommon for states’ marijuana programs to be delayed, sometimes for years, by legal, regulatory or logistical snags, said Tom Rosenberger, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio. Continue reading “Ohio Blows Past Medical Marijuana Deadline”

7 Reasons Why Ohio Won’t Be Selling Medical Marijuana This Week

Ohio had a plan.

Sell medical marijuana to patients suffering from cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and epilepsy. Set up a well-regulated, safe industry. Do it all in two years. Start this Saturday.

But that didn’t happen. Patients won’t have medical cannabis in their hands by the Sept. 8 deadline set by lawmakers when they passed a bill legalizing the treatment more than two years ago. Continue reading “7 Reasons Why Ohio Won’t Be Selling Medical Marijuana This Week”

Mandatory Testing Costly For Colorado Marijuana Growers

New mandatory marijuana pesticide testing in Colorado is putting a financial squeeze on local cultivators to the tune of thousands of dollars in increased costs.

The added expense is the latest financial blow to hit the state’s cultivators, which are already struggling with falling wholesale prices and a glut of product. Continue reading “Mandatory Testing Costly For Colorado Marijuana Growers”

First Medical Marijuana Licenses Approved Saturday In Oklahoma

The rollout Saturday of the state’s application portal for medical marijuana licenses went smoothly, with some residents noting they had been approved for their licenses earlier than expected.

Nearly 1,370 accounts had been registered and 366 patient applications and 205 commercial applications had been received by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority in the first hour after the portal went live. Continue reading “First Medical Marijuana Licenses Approved Saturday In Oklahoma”

Lawmakers ask governor to halt scheduled shutdown of Michigan medical marijuana facilities

A group of Michigan legislators wants to prevent a scheduled shutdown of many of the state’s medical marijuana businesses.

At issue, the band of nine Democrats and one Republican says, is a “significant backlog” of licensing applications from marijuana businesses, some of which applied prior to Feb. 15. Continue reading “Lawmakers ask governor to halt scheduled shutdown of Michigan medical marijuana facilities”

Ruling rejects limits on Florida medical marijuana businesses

In a ruling that could have a revolutionary impact if it stands, a Tallahassee judge has found a law limiting the number of medical marijuana operators in Florida runs afoul of a constitutional amendment approved by voters two years ago. Continue reading “Ruling rejects limits on Florida medical marijuana businesses”