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Tue
07
May

Texas House passes bill to vastly expand access to medical cannabis

The Texas House on Monday advanced a bill that would expand the list of debilitating conditions that allow Texans to legally use medical cannabis.

House Bill 1365 would add Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism and a bevy of other illnesses to an existing state program that currently applies only to people with intractable epilepsy who meet certain requirements.

Tue
07
May

April medical marijuana sales top $18M in Oklahoma

Oklahoma tax officials say medical marijuana sales topped $18 million last month, marking the seventh straight month of growth for the new industry.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission reported Monday the state collected more than $1.2 million in April from the 7% excise tax on marijuana that is in addition to state and local sales tax also collected from medical marijuana sales.

Marijuana sales have grown significantly each month since dispensaries began selling cannabis in October.

The number of people eligible to obtain the drug also is continuing to climb. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority says it has approved more than 104,000 patient licenses since August and has licensed more than 1,400 dispensaries and 2,700 commercial growers.

Tue
07
May

Ohio may add five conditions, including insomnia, to medical marijuana program

The State Medical Board of Ohio is gearing up to vote on a medical marijuana program expansion that would make more than half of Ohioans eligible for cannabis treatments. On Wednesday, the board’s four-member advisory committee will decide whether or not to recommend adding five new qualifying conditions to the state’s medical cannabis program. If they do, the full 12-member medical board will vote on June 12 to add insomnia, depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and opioid use disorder to Ohio’s current list of 21 qualifying conditions.

If board members approve the expansion, Ohio will become the first state to specifically codify insomnia and depression as eligible for medical cannabis treatments.

Mon
06
May

Georgia Governor signs law licensing low-THC oil production

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed legislation into law to facilitate the licensed production and distribution of oils and other products containing limited amounts of plant-derived THC.

Mon
06
May

This is how cannabis can help you deal with your allergies

You know spring is here when your allergies start to kick in, writes Calvin Hughes. But instead of reaching for Kleenex, you might try grabbing a joint instead. Turns out, cannabis might help reduce some of those dreaded allergy symptoms.

Mon
06
May

Belgium steps up medicinal cannabis plans with New Government Bureau

Belgium has laid out plans to increase medicinal cannabis production, promising more money for research and domestic cultivation.

The Belgian government has announced plans to launch a dedicated ‘Belgian Cannabisbureau’ to oversee the local production of cannabis. 

The Cannabisbureau will operate as a wing inside the Belgian Federal Agency for Medicine and Health Products (Federaal Agentschap voor Geneesmiddelen en Gezondheidsproducten / Agence fédérale des medicaments et produits de santé).

It will authorise private companies to produce cannabis and will also be responsible for the import and export of medical cannabis.

Fri
03
May

Florida is the Nation's fastest-growing medical marijuana market

Despite ongoing efforts by the Florida Legislature to thwart the will of the people, Florida likely has the fastest- growing medical marijuana program in the nation.

More than 213,000 people are enrolled, with 10,000-plus signing up every month.

New York, by comparison, implemented its medical marijuana program 18 months before the Sunshine State and has fewer than half the patients – even though the number of prescribing doctors is similar.

Arizona, which is probably second to Florida (no one group keeps comparable numbers), had almost triple the number of medical pot users at the beginning of 2018. By the end of March, the last numbers available, Florida had 8,000 more.

Fri
03
May

Portugal: €45M investment in medical marijuana production

Holigen have announced plans to invest €45 million in the production of medical marijuana in Portugal over the next four years.

Pauric Duffy from Holigen told Lusa News Agency that he expects the investment will lead to the creation of some 200 jobs.

"We received our production license this year and we are building our facilities in Sintra (21,500 square metres) and Aljustrel (7,000,000 square metres). If the entire licensing process goes as planned, in the third quarter of 2019 we will be fully operational in Sintra and, in 2020, in Aljustrel”, said Duffy.

Fri
03
May

Plant-derived THC/CBD extracts reduce dementia symptoms per study

The daily administration of plant-derived extracts containing a two-to-one ratio of CBD to THC is associated with a reduction in agitation and behavioral problems in patients with severe dementia, according to clinical data published in the journal Medical Cannabis and Cannabinoids.

A team of Swiss investigators assessed the use of cannabis extracts over a two-month period in a group of ten female dementia patients residing in a nursing home facility.

Patients demonstrated reduced levels of agitation, rigidity, and behavioral problems following cannabis treatment. Half of the subjects decreased or ceased their use of other medications.

Fri
03
May

New Hampshire Senate approves medical marijuana home cultivation Bill

The New Hampshire state Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would allow medical marijuana patients to cultivate cannabis at home. The measure, House Bill 364, was approved by a vote of 14-10. Under the measure, patients registered in the state’s medical marijuana program would be allowed to possess up to three mature cannabis plants, three immature plants, and 12 seedlings.

The 7,000 registered medical marijuana patients in New Hampshire are currently restricted to obtaining cannabis from one of four Alternative Treatment Centers, driving up the price and causing some patients to turn to dangerous options instead, according to Democratic Sen. Tom Sherman.

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