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Fri
10
Jan

N.H. House Passes Bills to Expand Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana would be available to more patients under a pair of bills approved by the New Hampshire House, but a more expansive bill has died in the Senate. 

House voted Wednesday to add insomnia and opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions, though the latter would carry significant restrictions.

An earlier version of one of the bills also sought to add anxiety and Lyme disease to the list, but those provisions were removed.

Fri
10
Jan

Mississippi Voters Will Decide Whether To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Mississippi became the latest state this week to add a medical marijuana question to its 2020 ballot.

Voters there will have the opportunity to decide on Ballot Initiative 65, which, if approved, will grant access to medical cannabis for patients suffering from various conditions like cancer and epilepsy. 

Mississippians for Compassionate Care, the group that spearheaded the ballot initiative, announced the news Wednesday on its Facebook page, saying that the Secretary of State in Mississippi certified the signatures submitted.

Fri
10
Jan

First medical cannabis Exchange Traded Fund in Europe launched

The Medical Cannabis and Wellness UCITS ETF (CBDX) is the first medical cannabis Exchange Traded Fund to be listed in Europe.

European company, HANetf, has announced that Canadian based asset manager, Purpose Investments, has launched its first UCITS Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) through HANetf’s unique white-label ETF platform – The Medical Cannabis and Wellness UCITS ETF (CBDX).

Thu
09
Jan

Italian government approves marijuana home growing

Over the holidays, the Italian Supreme Court ruled that it was legal to grow small amounts of marijuana at home for personal use. The court declared that narcotics laws should exclude “small amounts grown domestically for the exclusive use of the grower.”

According to the Independent, the ruling was approved on December 19, but it wasn’t announced until after Christmas. It has predictably caused outrage from conservative political parties and support from cannabis advocates.

Thu
09
Jan

Mississippi: Medical Cannabis Initiative Certified for 2020 Ballot

A proposed measure legalizing medical cannabis access in Mississippi has qualified for the 2020 ballot.

Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office notified lawmakers on Tuesday that petitioners, Mississippians for Compassionate Care, had gathered a sufficient number of signatures to place Measure 65 before voters this November.

Thu
09
Jan

2020 could be a defining year for the cannabis industry

2019 was a momentous year for the cannabis industry: Hemp-derived CBD had a heyday, Illinois made history, California got sticky, vapes were flung into flux, and North American cannabis companies received some harsh wake-up calls.

Thu
09
Jan

The Future Looks Green for Marijuana in Texas

It was only five years ago that Governor Greg Abbott was firmly against legalizing marijuana in Texas, even for medicinal purposes. However, a change of heart appears to have come over the governor and the Republican majority, signaling that an end to a key fight in the War on Drugs may be nigh.

Thu
09
Jan

Can We Blame Senate Republicans for Dispensary Robberies Now?

The effort to get banking access for legal cannabis businesses seems to have lost the wind in its sails for a moment, and while we wait for a new breeze in Congress, a wave of crime is targeting the legal cannabis industry’s fat stacks of cash.

Thu
09
Jan

Why The MLB's Decision To Remove Marijuana From Its Banned Substances List Matters

Among the marijuana milestones we witnessed in 2019 -- Illinois legalizing recreational weed, the House of Representatives passing a bill allowing cannabis bank loans in legalized states, to name just two -- one news item that flew a bit under the radar was Major League Baseball removing marijuana from its banned substances list.

Alex Todd, a celebrity jeweler before he launched Saucey Extracts, has ties to ex-New York Yankee CC Sabathia, among other athletes, and we spoke to him about this development, and what he thinks it may mean going forward.

Thu
09
Jan

Traveling to Other States to Buy Legal Marijuana

A recent survey by American Marijuana – the same group that offered a job for someone to create cannabis content online – asked over 1,000 people who have traveled to another state to buy legal marijuana about where they travel to and what they buy.

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