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New Mexico Department of Health Awards Medical Cannabis Software Government Contract to BioTrackTHC

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The New Mexico Department of Health's Medical Cannabis Program has awarded BioTrackTHC™, a division of Bio-Tech Medical Software, Inc., a contract for the provision and deployment of an integrated patient and provider tracking software application. This award makes BioTrackTHC the cannabis industry's first company with marijuana regulatory technology contracts in two states, following the company's existing contract for the state of Washington'sMarijuana Seed-to-Sale Traceability System.

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Forget Marijuana -- This Drug Offers a Far Bigger Opportunity

Legalized marijuana sales are booming in the U.S., with the industry growing by a whopping 74% last year. Even so, total sales came in less than $3 billion in 2014, according to a report from the ArcView Group, showing that the drug remains in its infancy in terms of its economic potential. 

Source: Wikimedia.

The interesting part from an investing viewpoint, though, is that although the medical marijuana market is expected to grow to over $10 billion by 2018, that figure still pales in comparison to other rapidly growing healthcare segments, such as treatments for severe pain.

Source: Wikimedia.

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Alabama Senate committee gives OK to medical marijuana bill

In a somewhat surprising move, a comprehensive medical marijuana bill passed in an Alabama Senate committee on Wednesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave Sen. Bobby Singleton's bill a favorable report on a 4-3 vote after little debate. The Medical Marijuana Patient Safe Access Act can now be considered on the Senate floor.

See related: Could medical marijuana legislation pass this year in Alabama?

Senate leadership could, however, refuse to put the bill on a calendar so it can be debated and voted on by the full body.

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One Voice: The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014

According to Military.com, “The Choice plan is supposed to be open to patients who live more than 40 miles from a VA hospital or clinic or who have been told they would have to wait more than 30 days for VA care.

As of April 1, there were nearly 432,000 appointments pending in the VA's scheduling system involving a wait that long.

VA leaders have previously acknowledged that few vets were successfully using the Choice program, but the new statistic came as a surprise -- as of mid-March, officials were saying that more than 45,000 appointments had been completed and that participation had been rising.”  

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Gatineau’s Hydropothecary growing to meet medical marijuana demand

The faded sign off a West Quebec road still points to an old garden centre.

But the greenhouses at the end of the peninsula in the Masson-Angers neighbourhood of Gatineau no longer grows the types of plants your average gardener buys in spring.

The former Botanix-Aux Jardins de La Pointe now houses the Hydropothecary, a small-but-growing medical marijuana production plant. It’s the first of its kind in Quebec.

 

``We get at least two or three cars showing up a day, saying, where do we get our flowers?” said Adam Miron, who co-founded the company with his brother-in-law Sébastien St-Louis.

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Washington gov. signs overhaul of medical marijuana market

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot.

Among the law's many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious "collective gardens" providing cannabis to thousands of people.

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House approves bill to decriminalize marijuana in Illinois

Possessing small amounts of marijuana in Illinois would be punished by ticket

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that cleared the Illinois House on Thursday by a bipartisan 62-53 vote would put possession of small amounts of marijuana on par with traffic tickets.

The proposal by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, would make a possession of 15 grams (about half an ounce) or less a civil law offense punishable by a maximum fine of $125.

The measure, House Bill 218, does not make marijuana a legal substance.

Cassidy said her intent is to bring uniformity to a patchwork of more than 100 local government ordinances that vary tremendously regarding amount of the drug and size of the fine.

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Ian Mulgrew: Nothing confusing about marijuana laws

Ottawa is unequivocal in its stance on pot.

A generation after Canada’s first medical cannabis dispensary opened in Vancouver in 1997, city council and police are scrambling to regulate the business as if taken by surprise.

City Manager Penny Ballem says Ottawa has created “greyness and confusion,” sounding incredulous that there is a pot precinct downtown and more cannabis cafés on corners than Tim Hortons.

Where has she been?

The federal government has never been clearer about the demonized weed and has used the plant to draw a hardline for the fall election between it and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

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Illinois Health officials say now is the time to apply for medical marijuana

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The Medical Marijuana program in Illinois, which started in January of 2014, is off to a slow start, but public health officials say now is the time for patients to apply.

First, patients need to fill out an application to get a medical marijuana card. They'll need their doctor to sign a form showing they have an eligible condition. 

Illinois health officials say they were able to iron out the approval process after looking at the dozens of other states with similar programs.

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New open access journal on cannabis and cannabinoid research launching fall 2015

New Rochelle, NY, April 24, 2015 -- Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, a new peer-reviewed, open access journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers (http://www.liebertpub.com/), is the only journal dedicated to the scientific, medical, and psychosocial exploration of clinical cannabis, cannabinoids, and the biochemical mechanisms of endocannabinoids. Launching in fall 2015, the Journal will be the premier open source for authoritative cannabis and cannabinoid research, discussion, and debate. The Journal will publish under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license to ensure broad dissemination and participation.

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