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Tue
26
Nov

Lottery Will Determine Rhode Island’s 6 New Medical Cannabis Licenses

Rhode Island’s medical marijuana regulators have unveiled how they plan to issue licenses for six new dispensaries in the state and new rules that would not allow the new operations to grow their own cannabis at first.

The regulations released Thursday say the new licenses will be awarded through a random lottery.

The proposed regulations also would not allow the new dispensaries to grow until they are open and a market study is completed.

The state budget approved in June provides for the opening of six new dispensaries in different parts of the state. The state’s three existing dispensaries are in Providence, Warwick and Portsmouth.

Tue
26
Nov

Florida lawmakers propose making medical marijuana cards free for veterans

Like so many veterans, Randall Lilly returned home after two tours in Afghanistan with injuries you can’t see like post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

And like so many veterans, he faced a Department of Veterans Affairs that will not recommend medical marijuana because of federal law, despite legalization in states like Florida.

Instead, Lilly was prescribed psychotropic drugs. Others are often given opioids, depending on the treatment they’re seeking.

"I tried using them,” Lilly said of the psychotropic drugs he was prescribed by his V.A. doctors. “I didn't like being in a medicated hangover, I did not like the grogginess and the effects."

Tue
26
Nov

Hemp Farmers Struggle to Cultivate Profits as Banks Still Balk at Industry

Hemp has the potential to grow big profits for farmers, but regulatory ambiguity and skittish banks seem to be creating major obstacles.

As the United States trade war with China hurts farmer’s ability to make a living from  traditional crop exports such as corn and soy, hemp seemed like it could serve as a domestic savior. New Frontier Data estimates hemp farms can yield up to $40,000 per acre and many farmers thought they had found a rare agricultural lifeline in one of the most difficult industries to thrive in. 

Tue
26
Nov

Ohio's Hemp Rules May Create Barrier For Small Farmers

The proposed licensing fees and planting minimums for hemp production in Ohio could create cost barriers that exclude smaller growers, farmers and industry groups said.

Tue
26
Nov

Federal dollars for addiction treatment off-limits for medical marijuana

The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana.

The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, whose federal agency doles out money to states for treatment programs.

“There’s zero evidence for that,” McCance-Katz said. “We felt that it was time to make it clear we did not want individuals receiving funds for treatment services to be exposed to marijuana and somehow given the impression that it’s a treatment.”

Tue
26
Nov

American Medical Association Wants To Ban All E-Cigs And Vaping Products

The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the industry is sure to fight back.

The AMA cited a surge in underage teen use of e-cigarettes, which typically heat a solution that contains nicotine.

Tue
26
Nov

Michigan recreational marijuana sales begin in December — but it'll be a rocky start

Maybe adult-use marijuana sales are getting real around here; maybe not. We'll see what happens as legal adult-use marijuana sales are scheduled to start in December in Michigan.

A lot of people are chomping at the bit to buy the stuff, and certainly retail store owners are eager to sell it to them. This is where the pedal hits the metal for the marijuana industry. All the investments and projections are based on millions of folks like you and me walking in the door and spending our money.

We're ready — but not everybody is.

Tue
26
Nov

Illicit Cannabis Supply Output Still Dominates In The US

Read entire article here.

Mon
25
Nov

No Joke: California Will Increase Its Cannabis Tax on Jan. 1

When the year began, marijuana was supposed to remain the hottest investment opportunity on Wall Street. Canada had legalized recreational weed in Oct. 2018, derivative products were forecast to hit dispensary shelves by Oct. 2019, and a number of U.S. states had been pushing for medical or recreational legalization. The stage appeared to be set for success -- and then someone turned out the lights.

Mon
25
Nov

Legalizing Marijuana Would Boost Florida’s Economy By $190 Million

A new report commissioned by the state found marijuana legalization to be “slightly positive” for Florida.

Thanks to its white beaches and theme parks, Florida already ranks high as a travel destination for most Americans. But if the state wants to pull more money into its economy, it should legalize marijuana. If voters agree in the 2020 election, legal marijuana would pump $190 million into the state’s economy from taxes and tourism.

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