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Mon
22
Feb

Florida lawmakers may limit potency of medical marijuana this year

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For two years, patients, advocates and medical marijuana operators have been up in arms about lawmakers’ efforts to limit the levels of euphoria-inducing THC in smokable cannabis.

And for two years, the Senate has blocked the move.

But new Senate leadership, and a newly elected senator, could provide fertile ground for THC caps during the upcoming legislative session.

“It’s certainly something that’s on the table,” Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, told reporters.

Mon
22
Feb

'Huge potential': Can India’s medical Cannabis market thrive?

Indian flag flying

After nearly 59 years, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the UN’s central drug policy-making body, recently voted to remove Cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs - where the strictest control measures apply, and its use was generally discouraged for medicinal purposes. 

27 of the CND’s 53 Member States, including India, the United States and most European nations, voted “Yes” on the motion.

If the idea is to genuinely tackle and provide a solution for medical ailments using Cannabis, the regulations in India already provide for it under Ayurveda. 

Fri
19
Feb

Clinical Trial Shows Association Between Cannabis Inhalation and Improvement in Ulcerative Colitis

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A new study shows that the inhalation of cannabis could be linked to improvements and better quality of life for those with ulcerative colitis. The trial, titled “Cannabis is associated with clinical but not endoscopic remission in ulcerative colitis: A randomized controlled trial,”  was published in the PLoS One journal and outlines the effects of high-THC cannabis use on ulcerative colitis.

Fri
19
Feb

Dispelling The Negative Reputation Of Medical Cannabis

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The further cannabis is legitimized through standardization and the spreading of information, the more likely positive treatment outcomes are.

For decades now, cannabis has been treated as a joke medicine, or worse. Fortunately, since 2020, we’ve seen several groundbreaking studies that have begun dispelling cannabis’s negative reputation.

Fri
19
Feb

N.J. can resume issuing new medical marijuana licenses after court ruling settles lawsuit

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The state can resume its review of nearly 150 medical marijuana license applications that have sat untouched for more than a year, thanks to a ruling from a state appellate court Thursday.

The court ruled against all but one medical marijuana license applicant rejected by the Department of Health in 2019. It upheld the department’s denial of seven other applications.

Thu
18
Feb

Florida Legislators Trying to Cap THC in Smokable Medical Marijuana

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Why is it so difficult for lawmakers to accept that medical marijuana literally saves lives?

In fact, a study published in the British Medical Journal found “an increase from one to two dispensaries in a country is associated with an 17% reduction in opioid mortality rates.”

Thu
18
Feb

Germany imported a record amount of medical cannabis in 2020, but its relationship with exporters is shifting

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A new report notes that Germany set a record by importing nearly 10,000 kilograms of medical cannabis in 2020, but its relationship with exporters is beginning to change as more countries sign supply agreements and domestic production ramps up.

From 2018 to 2019, the amount of medical cannabis imports grew by 100 per cent, but increased only 37 per cent in 2020, according to new analysis from Prohibition Partners, a global cannabis market intelligence firm.

Wed
17
Feb

Possible Benefits Of Having A Medical Marijuana Card In An Adult Use State

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With each state’s laws varying to some degree, medical cardholders and applicants are advised to review state and local regulations.

State medical marijuana programs tend to suffer as adult use laws are passed. While much of the purchasing shifts to what is commonly called the recreational market, the medical sector still serves its purpose. In fact, medical cardholders can continue to find benefits in being part of the program, depending on a state’s laws.

Considering the following benefits, patients may find use in the medical cards well after adult use laws pass in a state.

Wed
17
Feb

What does a medical cannabis program look like in a conservative U.S. state?

two medical bottles spilled over with cannabis buds in one and white pills in another

Cannabis reform is undoubtedly spreading across the United States, as more states adopt medical and adult use laws. However, many states that have done so over the years have been labeled as conservative for a variety of reasons. And it isn’t just traditionally red states doing the restricting.

Until it embraced reform in recent years, New York was considered one of the most restrictive states for, among other things, its caps on qualifying conditions, licences and high pricing.

Wed
17
Feb

Ohio Officials Seek Public Comments on Medical Cannabis Conditions

medical bottles over a medical prescription

Ohio is now taking written comments on the qualifying conditions it is thinking of adding to the medical cannabis program. 

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