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Pa. Department of Health issues temporary changes to medical marijuana program

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will be making some changes to the medical marijuana program as a response to the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

A number of provisions for medical marijuana have been temporarily suspended, including ones that limit the number of patients a caregiver might have in order to provide someone with medical marijuana and another that eliminates background checks for caregiver applications, according to a press release from the Department of Health.

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23
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Cannabis Dispensaries Deemed “Essential” – Allowed To Stay Open While Other Businesses Are Forced To Close

As coronavirus sweeps across the nation and state after state is implementing mandatory “lockdown” and “stay-at-home” orders, many feared they wouldn’t be able to get cannabis anymore in the coming days.

Luckily, nearly every state with a medical or recreational cannabis program has deemed these businesses to be “essential”, among services such as pharmacies, grocery stores, hardware stores, and select city and government services. As long as they observe proper social-distancing guidelines and do not include more than 10 people in one place, cannabis dispensaries can continue to operate while companies from other industries are forced to close their doors.

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23
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Ghana legalizes cannabis for health and industrial purposes

Ghana has legalized the use of cannabis for health and industrial purposes as it joins other African countries hoping to derive economic and health benefits from the substance.

On Friday the country’s Parliament passed into law the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019.

The law now makes the country’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) a Commission with enhanced powers to oversee the industrial use of some narcotic substances.

The Commission however will have the mandate to control and eliminate the trafficking of prohibited narcotic drugs to ensure public safety.

Mon
23
Mar

Mexican legalization could leave U.S. cannabis companies between a rock and a hard place

Mexico is poised to make some noise in the legal cannabis industry.

With the country set to finalize the legalization of hemp and marijuana next month, Mexico will become the most populous place on the planet to have dropped the ban.

It may also spell bad news for the U.S., which still prohibits the drug at the federal level, as it will now be sandwiched between two countries with full legalization and regulation in place.

Mon
23
Mar

FDA approves new test that can detect the coronavirus in about 45 minutes

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first rapid diagnostic test that could detect the novel coronavirus in approximately 45 minutes, according to CNN.

The authorization was made Friday by California-based Cepheid, which makes the test, and tests will begin shipping next week.

"During this time of increased demand for hospital services, Clinicians urgently need an on-demand diagnostic test for real-time management of patients being evaluated for admission to health-care facilities," said Dr. David Persing, MD, Ph.D., chief medical and technology officer at Cepheid.

Fri
20
Mar

'It's about being well': Cannabis shops thrive as 'essential businesses' in coronavirus pandemic

As the global death toll continues to rise from the coronavirus pandemic and anxiety for Americans escalates along with the unemployment rate, operators of cannabis dispensaries across the country have reported that business is booming.

Designated by many cities as "essential businesses," legal weed purveyors from Oakland, California, to Denver have been reporting long lines of customers outside their shops similar to those recently seen at entrances to grocery stores and pharmacies.

Fri
20
Mar

Marijuana Legalization associated with Increase in Housing Values: Study

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use is associated with an increase in home values. This is according to a new study published by the Social Science Research Network. The study is titled Retail marijuana deregulation and housing prices.

For the study researchers examined the relationship between marijuana legalization and regional home values.

They found “a large positive spillover effect on the housing market following legalization.” They reported “a five percent appreciation in home prices following the passage of RML (recreational marijuana laws) and an 11 percent appreciation once sales of marijuana products begin.”

Fri
20
Mar

Not All Marijuana Offenses Are Pardonable As Cannabis Reform Proceeds

While prison isn’t necessarily the outcome for most who get busted for marijuana crimes, hundreds of thousands are still being locked up in the criminal justice system every year. 

One of the hottest topics surrounding the marijuana discussion as of late has been eliminating the criminal records of those people convicted of marijuana crimes throughout the years. Illinois got the trend going last year when it made expungement part of its plan to end pot prohibition statewide.

Fri
20
Mar

Texas hemp farmers begin applying for licenses

The inaugural Texas hemp crop is expected to be planted soon, after state regulators on Monday officially opened the online-only application process for prospective growers.

The move by the Texas Department of Agriculture to begin taking applications — which, if all goes as planned, will result in initial licenses and permits within weeks — culminates years of effort by hemp proponents to enable farmers in the state to grow the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana.

Fri
20
Mar

Kentucky Advances Two Hemp-Related Bills

Kentucky legislators are defining and redefining what’s allowed with regards to hemp products.

House Bill 593 calls for a creation of a new section in the Kentucky Revised Statute’s (KRS) Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to establish labeling requirements for cannabidiol (CBD) products, including:

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