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N.J. medical marijuana prices could be cut under new plan. They’re now highest in nation.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration will help lower the cost of medical marijuana by requiring for-profit companies entering the market to show how they will cut prices before the the Health Department allows them to operate.

With premium dried weed costing as much as $500 an ounce and no insurance company willing to cover the expense, many of the state’s 60,000 registered patients struggle to pay for their medicine every month.

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Florida lawmakers want to give veterans medical marijuana cards for free

With data continuing to roll in that underscores the health benefits of cannabis, two Florida legislators aren't waiting for clarity in the national policy debates and are sponsoring bills designed to give medical marijuana cards to military veterans free of charge.

Last week, the Journal of Psychopharmacology added yet another study to the growing body of evidence pointing to the linkage between marijuana use and the alleviation of post-traumatic stress disorder. In a cross-section survey of Canadians, the authors reported depressive episodes and suicidal ideation was not a factor among cannabis users; consequently, they cited "an emerging need for high-quality experimental investigation" of cannabis in treating PTSD.

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CBD products can’t be marketed or sold in Germany without further research, court rules

CBD just ran into a brick wall in Germany.

A recent court ruling in the EU country reinforced the government’s position that products infused with the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis should be classified as a “novel food.”

Given to products that were not consumed widely before 1997, the classification means CBD-infused products will not be authorized for sale until further research is conducted, reports foodnavigator.com.

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Cannabis in the workplace for Illinois: Employers prepare for January 1

We’re now just weeks away from recreational marijuana being legal in Illinois, but business owners are still coming to grips with what their employees will be allowed to do. Heartland Community College hosted a workshop Tuesday to work on “Cannabis in the Workplace.”

It’s a topic many business owners are concerned about because they don’t know what to expect.

“Employers continue to have the rights they have under the existing law to have a drug free workplace, to have provisions in place in their businesses that ensure a safe workplace environment,” said State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

Barickman says employers will actually be able to make their own workplace marijuana policy rather than a flat decision being forced upon them by the change in law.

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Colorado rules medical marijuana patients on probation can use cannabis

Coloradans on probation can continue to use medical marijuana, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Monday, rebuking a district court judge’s decision from two years ago.

In a unanimous decision, Colorado’s highest court ruled that defendants with cannabis prescriptions are free to do so unless it could be proved that doing so would negatively affect their progress.

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Governor issues temporary executive order allowing the transport of hemp through Idaho

Governor Brad Little has issued a temporary executive order that will allow the transportation of hemp through Idaho.

In a news release, the governor says the order is meant to serve as a "stopgap measure until the Idaho Legislature enacts a more permanent solution" to conflicts between state and federal law related to the interstate transportation of hemp.

The news release clarified the executive order does not authorize or legalize the production of hemp or any other derivative prohibited by Idaho law. 

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Nov

Sweets, consumer products with marijuana extract become hot topic in Thailand

After a famous Thai actor was widely reported to have allegedly given a certain type of candy containing marijuana extract that causes dizziness and irregular heartbeat to a girl, sweets or other consumer products with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) have become a hot topic on social media.

THC has psychoactive properties that help in relaxation and reduce stress if they are taken in the right amount, but can be dangerous if consumed in exceeding doses.

The side effects of THC include a dry mouth, thirst, tachycardia, slow response, red eyes and memory loss.

The substance is popular in foreign countries, where it is mixed in snacks such as jelly, candy and chocolate in safe amounts.

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Nov

The great European cannabis cosmetics confusion

If the “recreational” discussion is off the table for now except in a few local sovereign experiments (Luxembourg, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland), and the medical discussion is mired in “efficacy” and payments (Germany, UK), where does that leave this third area of cannabis products?

Namely cosmetics.

The answer? Because this conversation involves cannabis, as usual, the discussion is getting bogged down in confusion even as industry groups press for clarification and guidelines.

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Luxembourg’s Government triples medical cannabis budget for 2020

While Luxembourg is a tiny country in the middle of Europe, it is beginning to play an outsized role in pushing all aspects of the cannabis discussion forward in the EU.

The country has steadily moved forward on integrating cannabis into the medical system. In 2018, medical cannabis was tested in a pilot project and is now available, on prescription, from a limited number of hospital pharmacies since February of this year. The program, at least from the Department of Health’s perspective, has been “very successful” so far in the words of Health Minister Etienne Schneier.

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NYPD makes huge pot bust, but it was all legal hemp

The New York Police Department was pleased with itself in early November. On the 75th Precinct’s Facebook page, they posted images of officers and 106 pounds of what they called “marijuana that was destined for city streets.”

Except it wasn’t marijuana. And it was destined for a legal marijuana dispensary, not the “city streets.” Unraveling all that took time, but not before a shipment was seized and a person arrested -- all for, apparently, doing things that are perfectly legal.

Officers with the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn appeared unable to distinguish between marijuana and hemp, according to Jahala Dudley, one of the people who made the legal shipment.

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