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Thu
10
Jan

Arkansas moves closer toward launching medical pot program

An Arkansas panel on Wednesday named 32 companies it intends to license to sell medical marijuana, two years after voters approved its legalization and following a series of delays that have frustrated patients and advocates.

The state Medical Marijuana Commission approved the scores from an outside consultant it had hired to evaluate about 200 applications for dispensaries. The companies must pay a $15,000 licensing fee and post a $100,000 performance bond before the licenses to sell the drug are formally issued. The commission last year awarded five cultivation licenses to grow medical marijuana.

Wed
09
Jan

Shoppers Drug Mart is Canada’s newest weed dealer

Shoppers Drug Mart is now the latest in a growing list of legal weed dealers, having officially launched cannabis sales today, January 8.

Just don’t expect to see OG Kush next to the baby aspirin anytime soon, as Shoppers will only be selling cannabis online. Those looking to partake should head to Shoppers’ new online cannabis portal, cannabis.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Wed
09
Jan

Missouri coffee company launching CBD-infused canned cold brew

The United States’ thriving obsession with CBD-infused coffee products has resulted in another product launch, this time in the American heartland. The Roasterie, a Kansas City company, announced on Monday that it is retailing a canned cold brew with 10 milligrams of CBD.

Tue
08
Jan

U.S. Surgeon General says America should reclassify marijuana

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams has been pretty accepting of marijuana legalization, and now he's taking his views a step further by saying America should reclassify cannabis, writes Joseph Misulonas. 

Tue
08
Jan

One cannabis support group is changing the lives of lady veterans

Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Lulu Gonzalez envisioned a life that often seemed out of reach.  

“My neighborhood was really bad,” she tells High Times. “There was a lot of gang violence. I had seen some of my friends get killed, and that was something I wanted to stay out of. I didn’t want anything to do with it.”

After receiving a scholarship to attend a private school, she began focusing on her education and thinking about potential career paths. Then 9/11 happened. And at just 11-years-old, Gonzalez felt that the decision had already been made for her.

Tue
08
Jan

South Africa’s Dagga Couple remind us what’s important about cannabis

Myrtle Clarke and Julian Stobbs’ home was raided by South African police in 2010. They were charged with cannabis possession and distribution and faced some choices: plead guilty, pay bribes, or sue the government. They chose the latter, combining their case with Ras Garreth Prince, a Rastafarian who had been denied access to law school because he was a cannabis user. Defying government opposition, South Africa’s highest court ruled in their favor in September 2018 and decriminalized cannabis use and possession in private spaces.

Mon
07
Jan

Iowa should fix medical marijuana law

The Iowa Legislature’s tepid entry into the medical marijuana field is so typically Iowa.

It is overly cautious and, we suspect, likely to be marginally effective as it now stands.

Since 2014, the legislature has taken baby steps to make cannabidiol available to Iowans.

First, it was legalized for people with epilepsy. The law also limited THC content to 3 percent. THC is the ingredient in marijuana that provides the "high."

However, there were no provisions in the 2014 law to manufacture or sell CBD. It took three years to fix that flaw.

In 2017, the legislature consented to expand the list of conditions and allow it to be manufactured at two locations and dispensed at five sites. One of those sites is in Davenport.

Mon
07
Jan

Arkansas won't issue medical marijuana cards until February

Arkansas' health department has yet to issue licenses to the thousands of residents approved to buy medical marijuana in the state, which is affecting patients' ability to get temporary licenses in neighboring Oklahoma.

The Arkansas Department of Health likely won't distribute medical marijuana cards until February, agency spokeswoman Meg Mirivel said. State health officials don't want residents to pay for a card they won't be able to use yet, in part because the cards must be renewed after a year, she said.

Fri
04
Jan

Ohio medical marijuana program to roll out this month

Ohio residents waiting for medical cannabis have had to witness one of the slowest program rollouts that any state has ever seen. However, Chris Lindsey, senior legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project told sources earlier this week that patients will be able to get legal cannabis within the next few days.

“This will benefit patients because there will finally be licensed facilities patients can visit to get medical cannabis that has been tested and meets state standards,” said Lindsey. “Patients shouldn’t have to wonder if they are following the law or getting a safe product. Retail access finally offers that clarity.”

Fri
04
Jan

Missouri's medical-marijuana program has long road ahead

It’s going to be awhile before medical marijuana will be available to Missouri patients.

The timetable imposed by Amendment 2 – which Missouri voters overwhelmingly backed in November – will likely give the state close to a year before pot in its various forms will be legally available for patients.

Dr. Patricia Hurford, a Kirkwood-based physician, is optimistic that the wait will be worth it. She also practices in Illinois, which has had a medical-marijuana program in place for several years.

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