Maryland

Wed
29
Jun

Maryland Local Doctors Plan to Open Lab to Test Medical Marijuana for Quality

A group of local doctors plans to open a medical marijuana testing facility in Columbia to ensure product quality in anticipation of a burgeoning therapeutic cannabis industry in Maryland.  

Testing is required by state law for cannabis growers, and this provided an opportunity for the group of four doctors, led by Dr. Andrew Rosenstein, chief of the division of gastroenterology at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.

He said they were mindful of potential threats to some of their sickest patients from contaminants that could complicate conditions rather than alleviate pain and other symptoms.

Mon
27
Jun

Pastor and rabbi apply for Maryland medical marijuana licenses

At least two religious leaders in Maryland are among the applicants for a limited number of medical marijuana licenses that will be issued by the state, the Washington Post reported.

“In the first chapter of the Bible, God creates plants and tells us that they are very good, and they are for our use,” said Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn. “God has created these things for our benefit.”

Thu
16
Jun

Ravens Release Marijuana Advocate Eugene Monroe, Say They Weren't Behind His Cause

The Baltimore Ravens have released offensive tackle and medical marijuana advocate Eugene Monroe. Monroe has become increasingly outspoken during the last couple of months about the positive aspects of marijuana in comparison to the dangers that come with the league's use of opioids. While the Ravens didn't implicitly say parting ways with the 29-year-old was the direct result of his stance on weed, the team's website did address it in their post announcing his release.

Tue
24
May

Maryland advocates frustrated as medical marijuana inches forward

Maryland’s state medical marijuana commission delivered a blow to marijuana advocates and would-be entrepreneurs recently by abruptly capping the number of businesses that can process marijuana into pills, oils and other products.

The commission also gave conflicting information about when the first long-awaited growing licenses would be issued, with Executive Director Patrick Jameson first saying it would be late summer or early fall, then stating that licenses would come “weeks” after the evaluations of the applications are completed in early July.

At the commission’s first public meeting in months, marijuana advocates and entrepreneurs complained about the slow pace and the secrecy of the process.

Fri
29
Apr

Black Investors Prep for Medical Marijuana Business

A group of Maryland-based Black investors are pooling their money in order to invest in one of the many medicinal marijuana businesses hoping to get approval from the state of Maryland in the coming months.

The group, made up of 18 African American CEOs, is investing in Green Thumbs Industries, Maryland, a division of Illinois-based Green Thumbs Industries. Sterling Cooper, a general manager and part owner of the company, assembled the investors. The parent company currently operates three medical marijuana dispensaries in Illinois. Illinois patients were able to begin buying medicinal marijuana in late 2015 and the number of participants is currently in the thousands.

Wed
30
Mar

Scientists: Cannabis Can Help Heal Brain Cells Damaged by Alcohol

The vast healing properties of the cannabis plant are becoming more and more widely known. The actual scientific knowledge behind why and how cannabinoids are an invaluable treatment and medication is sadly not widespread. Often misunderstood and misinterpreted, some studies involving the treatment and effects of cannabis on medical patients have sometimes been taken into the realm of pseudoscience by otherwise well-meaning cannabis activists and advocates. As with anything else in life, it’s imperative we have all the facts down before we attempt to explain them to others.   

Tue
29
Mar

As A Big UN Drug Policy Summit Draws Near, Will Marijuana Activists Become Global Drug Reformers?

Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and one of the most recognized speakers in drug-policy circles, doesn’t mince words when he gets up to talk at marijuana industry events. “Frankly,” he often says, “I am not interested in meeting most you.” The only people he wants to talk to, he tells his audiences, are those who are going to make a lot of money in the new marijuana industry in an ethical way and are interested in certain social issues that could make them ideal foot soldiers in the wider struggle against the global war on drugs.

Tue
23
Feb

10 top-rated states for medical marijuana

While it's still controversial, medical marijuana is edging toward normality. Forty states (and the District of Columbia) now have some form of law on the books that allow the drug to be used for a variety of ailments, and sales are soaring— reaching $5.4 billion in 2015.

That doesn't mean it's widely available in all of those states, of course. Some, like Alabama and South Carolina, have extremely strict circumstances under which cannabidiol products can be prescribed, and still forbid the production and distribution of the drug. And even in states where it's easier to come by, there are differences in how it's handled.

Sat
23
Jan

Marijuana Legalization 2016: Maryland Governor Vetoes Decriminalization, Senate Overrides Veto

While legalizing medical marijuana may still be in the distant future for the state of Maryland, the Democrat-controlled state senate ensured that criminal charges could not be brought on residents of their state for public use of marijuana or possession of marijuana paraphenelia. While possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana was decriminalized in 2014 while presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was governor, those who supported this bill said it was “really a correction to what we did a couple of years ago” when these specific applications were overlooked.

Fri
22
Jan

Marijuana paraphernalia won't be a crime in Maryland

Having a marijuana pipe or rolling papers won't be a crime in Maryland any longer.

The General Assembly, led by Democrats, overturned five of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes on Thursday. One result is that a bill making possession of drug paraphernalia a civil offense and setting a fine for smoking marijuana in public will become law.

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