Alabama Commission Considers Medical Marijuana Proposal

A 15-person panel in Alabama convened for the first time Tuesday to consider whether medical marijuana is right for the state.

The panel, known as the Medical Cannabis Study Commission, was born out of a bill to legalize medical cannabis that was introduced in the Alabama state legislature earlier this year. As lawmakers called for more information, the legislation was shifted from a proposal to legalize medical marijuana to instead appoint a commission to study the issue. Continue reading “Alabama Commission Considers Medical Marijuana Proposal”

Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Help Small Businesses Navigate Cannabis Industry

A bill introduced in Congress last week aims to help small business owners navigate the ins and outs of cannabis licensing.

The legislation, the Homegrown Act of 2019, would set up a so-called Small Business Association grant program to “provide state and local governments with funding to help small businesses navigate cannabis licensing and employment with a focus on communities most impacted by the War on Drugs,” according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dwight Evans, a Pennsylvania Democrat. Continue reading “Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Help Small Businesses Navigate Cannabis Industry”

Minnesota Alzheimer’s Patients Can Now Register for Medical Marijuana

Starting July 1, people with Alzheimer’s disease can register for medical marijuana in Minnesota. And once registered, they’ll be able to obtain medical cannabis from the state’s two manufacturers beginning August 1. The Minnesota Department of Health first announced plans to add Alzheimer’s disease as a qualifying condition in December 2018. Alzheimer’s disease is the only qualifying condition Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm approved after a citizen’s review panel proposed adding seven new conditions, including opioid use disorder and traumatic brain injury. Continue reading “Minnesota Alzheimer’s Patients Can Now Register for Medical Marijuana”

Maine Lawmakers Approve Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana Retail

Nearly three years after voters in the state approved legalized marijuana, Maine is finally inching closer to fully regulated pot sales.

Janet Mills, Maine’s Democratic governor, said Friday that she intended to sign a law that establishes rules over the sale of recreational marijuana. A day earlier, the state’s legislature passed the bill at the 11th, approving the measure just before the summer recess.

A spokesperson for Mills told the Associated Press that the governor would sign the bill in the next few days, and Maine officials have indicated that stores selling marijuana could open their doors by 2020. Continue reading “Maine Lawmakers Approve Bill to Regulate Recreational Marijuana Retail”

Texas Governor Signs Bill to Allow Farmers To Legally Grow Hemp

Republican Governor Greg Abbot of Texas signed a bill on Monday that will allow farmers in the state to legally grow hemp. The measure, House Bill 1325 (HB1325), also removes hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances and legalizes cannabidiol, or CBD, and products made with the cannabinoid.

HB 1325 was passed by the Texas House of Representatives in April and approved by the state Senate the following month. The bill received unanimous support in both houses of the legislature. Continue reading “Texas Governor Signs Bill to Allow Farmers To Legally Grow Hemp”

Charlotte’s Web Says Friday TSX Listing ‘A Milestone For The Overall Industry’

Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. (OTC: CWBHF) followed up its first-quarter report with an announcement Wednesday that it will begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange May 31. Continue reading “Charlotte’s Web Says Friday TSX Listing ‘A Milestone For The Overall Industry’”

Marijuana Tax Money Targeted for Colorado’s Full-Day Kindergarten Rollout

Colorado lawmakers have hit on a funding source to help struggling school districts cover up to $25 million in startup costs as they expand full-day kindergarten this fall: marijuana taxes.

The money is expected to aid districts in rural areas, as well as others short on cash. It would help buy new desks and furniture, fixtures for bathrooms and classrooms, and other equipment schools need as they expand their full-day kindergarten offerings. Continue reading “Marijuana Tax Money Targeted for Colorado’s Full-Day Kindergarten Rollout”

Alabama’s Jefferson County Will No Longer Prosecute Marijuana Misdemeanors

If you needed any more proof that law enforcement agencies across the United States are going in on cannabis decriminalization, how’s this? On Monday, Alabama’s Jefferson County — where more people live than any other county in the state — announced that it not be making arrests for nonviolent misdemeanors anymore. Continue reading “Alabama’s Jefferson County Will No Longer Prosecute Marijuana Misdemeanors”

Montana House Backs Major Medical Marijuana Law Reform

Montana continues to tweak its medical marijuana system, which was first written into law 15 years ago. On Monday, the state’s House passed Senate Bill 265, which makes important changes to the program including a temporary tax increase, the institution of doctor recommendations by phone, and the “untethering” of patients. Continue reading “Montana House Backs Major Medical Marijuana Law Reform”

California Bill Would Allow Terminally Ill Patients to Use Cannabis in Hospitals

California cannabis activists gathered with state Sen. Ben Hueso in front of a state government building in downtown San Diego on Friday to garner support for Senate Bill 305, The Compassionate Access to Cannabis Act. If passed, the bill would allow terminally ill patients with a doctor’s authorization to use cannabis medications in health care facilities. Continue reading “California Bill Would Allow Terminally Ill Patients to Use Cannabis in Hospitals”