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”

What’s Holding Up Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Licenses?

As Michigan residents prepare to vote on adult-use cannabis legalization this November, the state’s 220,000 medical marijuana patients are still wondering when the state will start licensing their MMJ dispensaries.

There are 540 cannabis license applicants. Only 19 are currently being processed, and 8 of those have already been rejected.

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Marijuana ‘Tasting Rooms’ Bill Dies With Colorado Gov.’s Veto

Colorado’s governor on Monday vetoed a bill to allow marijuana retailers to set up “tasting rooms,” dashing hopes that the state would be the first to adopt a system letting consumers use marijuana in public spaces.

 

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With Growers in the Shadows, California Faces Cannabis Shortage

It’s the opening chapter of California’s new era of regulated cannabis, and already a market disruption is underway.

Generally, retailers have ample product on store shelves for both adult use and medicinal cannabis consumers, but some brands are now in short supply. Prices are mostly stable, though new state taxes on legal purchases have meant sticker shock for customers.

Meanwhile, the black market appears to be thriving anew—invigorated by dissuasive taxes on growers, plus licensing fees and frustrations over difficulties of entering the legal economy. If more cultivators aren’t licensed by the state, manufacturers for cannabis concentrates for vape pens, waxes, and infused edibles fear they may run short of their critical production component – leafy cannabis trim – by summer.

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Quebec Battles Federal Law and Facts En Route to Legalization

As Quebec moves—seemingly unwillingly—toward legalization, the details of its legal cannabis framework are still unresolved, which means provincial debate rages on.

Contrary to the federal law allowing up to four plants, Quebec will allow no homegrown cannabis at all.

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Iowa bill reducing marijuana penalties faces obstacles

A proposal in the Iowa Legislature to lessen penalties for people who possess small amounts of marijuana for the first time would save the state money and reduce the disproportionate number of African-Americans in its criminal justice system. Continue reading “Iowa bill reducing marijuana penalties faces obstacles”

Oregon Steps Up Penalties for Cannabis Sales to Minors

Oregon cannabis retailers caught selling to minors will face harsher penalties under a temporary rule approved by state regulators on Friday. That means heavier fines, longer license suspensions, and even the revocation of individual worker permits.

 

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What Trump said about marijuana enforcement while campaigning in Colorado

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent decision to clear the way for possible enforcement of federal laws that outlaw marijuana contradicts what Donald Trump told The Colorado Springs Gazette during his presidential campaign.

During a conversation with The Gazette’s editorial board in July 2016, Trump, then the GOP nominee, repeatedly pledged that he would respect states’ legalization laws and take a wait-and-see approach to enforcing federal law. Continue reading “What Trump said about marijuana enforcement while campaigning in Colorado”